I’ve been using fiverr for about a year now. My first purchase ever was for #1 on this list, actually 🙂 You really can get pretty much anything you want done on fiverr, and usually you can save a lot of money because there’s lots of talented folks overseas willing to do work at low rates. It’s great for one-off projects, and you can post what you want done and just allow people to bid on it.
There’s a bit of a “thrill of the hunt” when I go looking for something I need on fiverr — I love looking at reviews, comparing value, and finding just the perfect person for the job.
There is one thing I don’t like about fiverr — for one, you get stuck with the processing fee. It’s not usually much, but the more your gigs cost, the higher it is. I suppose it’s not as bad as the 20% commission they take from the sellers, but why bother with a tiny fee from the buyers, too, y’know? Just my two cents on that.
Other than that, I’ve had great experiences on fiverr. The messaging and delivery system is great, and the files for the products delivered stay with your order, so it’s pretty much impossible to lose them.
Here are 9 things I’ve bought on fiverr — all of which directly or indirectly benefited one of my businesses in some way. If you’ve never used the platform before, click the word “fiverr” anywhere in this post to get your first $5 gig for free.
#1: My very first logo. ($5)
This was my first fiverr experience. I didn’t know how easy it was (using PicMonkey) to create awesome logos. It was kind of odd communicating with the seller, too — I asked her to remove the book and uncapitalize the R, but instead she just sent me a random file of logo renditions and asked for feedback. Because I had little hope that Proofread Anywhere would turn into anything at all, I just picked my favorite out of the bunch. $5 is actually really, really cheap too — when I had a personal training business, I paid someone $100 to create a logo!!
#2: Submitting a press release ($5… and then $45)
I paid someone to submit PA’s first press release (which I wrote all by myself!). Sites like PRWeb charge $100 or more to do the same darn thing, but these fiverr peeps have accounts set up that allow them to do unlimited releases, so they can charge you less to get yours submitted. Go for one of the folks overseas who have great reviews, though — I actually paid someone else $45 for the exact same service, but I didn’t realize it because I thought I was getting more since it was more expensive. I even had to rewrite my press release for the American seller because she couldn’t submit the same text as the one from India. That’s how I found out it was the same exact service — it just cost $40 more!
#3: Paid a proofreader to write about their experience as a proofreader on fiverr (Really. $5)
I wanted to get some firsthand info on what it’s like to be a proofreader on fiverr (pay, pros and cons, etc.) This was interesting. Here’s what happened: the proofreader outsourced the work to someone else who made some glaring typos (on an article about proofreading, I know!!), like tempararly, poteintal, compitition, Compitioion, Somtimes, “get accustom to”. Typos like whoa. I was flabbergasted. Read the post using the information here.
#4: Had my own snarky ecard created ($10.50)
Did you know that it’s against someecards’ policy to share your own someecards you create on their site on your Facebook page (unless you do it directly through their site)? F’real. I have one that’s been shared over 40,000 times. Here it is:
I wanted to use these as Facebook ads since they’re so popular, but didn’t want to get into any trouble w/ someecards, SO… I commissioned a seller on fiverr to help me make one of my own just for the proofreading crowd.
FUN, right?! It’s a smart-looking gal holding an iPad (because that’s what we use to proofread). She made the graphic for me, and I made the card on Photoshop (this was before I knew how freaking easy it was to use PicMonkey!)
#5: I got a fully personalized travel itinerary to New York City ($15)
This one didn’t directly help my business, but it sure saved me a lot of time. The trip was back in April 2015 and PA was just getting started. My course fee was only $380 at the time. The week I was in NYC, we earned $7,021 from the business.
A college student in Slovenia planned out an entire 7-day trip in NYC for me for $15, and I was super impressed with the work he did! The PDF file included links and photos for each day’s activities, exactly which Metro line to take, and great suggestions for restaurants and fun evening activities. You can download the itinerary here — you know, in case you ever want to try out the awesome vegetarian food scene in NYC and NOT go to the Statue of Liberty.
#6: An inspirational promo video for The Work Anywhere Life website ($20)
For my first foray into video marketing, I wanted a quick, feel-good video that didn’t break the bank. I’d say this does the trick. It’s still on the homepage, too 🙂
Note: we recently removed this video to make room for something more detailed 🙂 This was a fun one, though!
#7: Got an editor to polish 3 blog posts ($25)
I paid an assistant experienced in law $9/hour to write some blog posts for a new (and still pending) project. That person was not as experienced in writing as they were in law, but I didn’t have time to polish the way I normally like to — i.e., make the words shine. The seller got it done very quickly, and I got to concentrate on more important tasks.
#8: A 2-and-a-half-minute whiteboard-style sales video ($441)
After being quoted $1400 a minute by a popular custom whiteboard video production company, I had to look for some other options. Fortunately, fiverr has many sellers that make all kinds of explainer videos, including whiteboard-style. The illustrations in the video aren’t hand-drawn by a real hand, it doesn’t include storyboard planning, etc., but the production quality is still top notch, and if you have great music and an excellent script, why pay more if you don’t have to?
#9: Turned my Instagram mascot, Eagle Eyes, into a cartoon to “expand the brand” ($26.25)
For several months, I had been posting pics of Eagle Eyes, Proofread Anywhere’s mascot on Instagram, in many of the places Ben and I have traveled. But because my brand is not just about “anywhere,” it’s also about proofreading, we decided to add to Eagle Eyes’ job description. Using his cartoon version, we create funny and/or helpful graphics to engage and educate our audience on Instagram.
Here’s the first lesson Eagle Eyes taught!