Cecelia grew up in South Australia. During her work in Kindergartens, Cecelia also became interested in speech development as literacy.
What Is Fiverr and Is it Safe to Use?
I was recently participating on a discussion board about Fiverr. It is a site that offers a number of services, and when people need a unique, sometimes small service, they wonder whether Fiverr is legitimate. The best answer is that the site is legitimate, but the sellers vary!
What Is the Worst that Could Happen?
You could order the wrong gig.
In fact, if you order a few gigs, you probably will make an unwise choice or two.
Your bank account could be overcharged.
I've seen horror stories posted elsewhere on the net about clients' bank accounts incurring multiple charges, however, with the current site you can pay via Paypal, which offers greater protection.
You could order art material for which you don't really have the rights.
Unless the gig provider draws purely for pleasure, I do not think $5 US is fair compensation for original art. This means that any stock images or drawings provided to you might well be copied from elsewhere. This could result in your use of the images being a breach of copyright... or the intellectual equivalent of being the receiver of stolen goods.
Even if the stock image you receive is public domain or released for re-use, you run the risk of using the same art as someone. Imagine releasing your book and another book sorts itself close to yours on a website with the same image on the cover? Embarrassing anyone? This is the mega equivalent of attending the office Christmas function wearing the same dress as another employee!
What Else Could go Wrong?
You might give your sign in details to a hacker.
Some gigs, like website design, require your personal sign in and passwords. This could be misused, and your website could give out spam, be infected with viruses or any number of things. This may result in the loss of your website, and as the official owner, you may be responsible for any offense your website has caused.
It takes hours to work out some of these platforms and design your own website, even using templates, but I would advise either paying a real-world I.T. person to do this—or persist with the project yourself.
Website articles may be plagiarized or unoriginal.
Once again, I would not trust someone I had no contact with in real life to write my web articles for me. A site like HubPages may allow individual authors to write for it, but each author remains responsible for their own material and the administration retains the right to remove articles that appear to duplicate material posted elsewhere on the internet. There are also little edit bots that we have all become used to going through and correcting our work.
If you purchase and post plagiarized material, you may be the one who is sued or prosecuted for the breach. You may be banned from a web provider in which you have invested a lot of time and energy, or even lose a web site you have paid good money to have hosted.
What Is the Best that Could Happen?
You may locate a really good service provider.
Some providers have external websites that you can check and see are really good quality. Other providers have been known to include bonus graphics in packages purchased by buyers. (Usually this is computer generated and related to the material provided by the buyer, so the buyer will know the history of the graphics.)
You may learn from someone who has skills that you do not have.
Sometimes, when someone helps me with a project, I learn a lot about technology and websites I have never used before, or have never even heard about.
You may be really happy with the product or service.
Browsing the internet, I see testimonials that people have been pleased with short animated videos, or even artwork such as a sketch of their pet, that they have ordered.
Your project or business could benefit from someone else's skill set.
As a writer, for a long time I thought I would never consider getting anyone else to write anything for me. However, I begin to think I always sound exactly like me! That sounds sort of awkward in my own bio or back of book cover sometimes. so I am willing to test someone else out. I could con friends or family or even other writers I know into doing it for free—and sometimes they are willing.
I could also pay a freelancer... sometimes I wish someone could carry some of the load. I write the book, then it is hard to turn around and write ABOUT IT! Traditional publishers have their marketing team—why can't I?
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What has my Experience on Fiverr Been Like?
I know you are reading this article to get real-life feedback! I must admit that I have had a variety of experiences on Fiverr.
1. Inactive or near inactive gigs.
You place an order, because the service sounds great. You wait the week out, and eventually the computer allows you to cancel the order. You receive in-site credit that can only be used on Fiverr. You look around for a more active gig.
This process is frustrating and time-consuming. It also ties your money up. I am somewhat sympathetic—because if I was a seller, it would give me a migraine to always be online and ready to deliver in a set time. However, waiting around for some gigs is a waste of effort.
2. Sellers that demand far too much for the job.
Beware of gigs that do not ask for appropriate requirements for a job. If you know certain things are needed, and the order box does not request them—you are likely only purchasing a quote—not the gig itself.
This seems especially true with technical jobs. Once someone is familiar with a website or other technology—such work may only take minutes. (I actually placed an order once and solved the technical problem myself mere minutes later). Imagine my amazement when I received the response that the job could not be done... at least not for the quoted price... and a price four times higher than quoted!
However, because they believe the customer could not do the job themselves—they demand high fees. Skills are worth money, but small jobs add up when completed quickly, and that is how the seller ought to make their money.
3, Sellers that are not prepared for the job they advertise.
Reading the gigs through carefully, many seem to offer more than they deliver. For example, one seller may offer to write a blog post. However, THEY DO NOT HAVE A BLOG SITE designed to post upon - they actually only deliver a word-processed article for the purchaser to post elsewhere.
One seller who claimed they would write something amazing for me had no blog of their own, and furthermore belonged to NO REPUTABLE SITES. (Avoiding moderators perhaps?) I was even more surprised when they strategically waited for twenty-four hours to elapse and then ended up mailing, asking me to give them words, to send back to me! That sorta defeated the purpose of hiring a third party to write marketing copy....
4. A few really great sellers.
I am going to sound web page happy here, but the most successful interactions have been with sellers who have their own web page. This of course would be related to my aims. I am not looking to PASS SOMEONE ELSE'S writing off as my own, I am looking for advertising opportunities.
5. Sellers with more skills than they list.
This is rare, but it does happen and these people are great to locate.
Would I Ever Consider Becoming a Fiverr Seller?
Maybe I would... if I had something automated so that I could deliver a quality suitable service quickly.
It also seems like a good way to build my own website. Instead of scratching my head and wondering what to write about—the books and requests would come to me! My conscience would probably require that I purchased some web-hosting instead of using a free site. This would deliver a better quality product.
Notice the way I am talking is more in the realms of a hobby—it would not necessarily be about the money. What do you expect for $5 really?
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
© 2018 Cecelia
Alvina George Martino from London on December 11, 2018:
Fiverr is totally in favor of Buyers, Sellers is unsure...