Interesting post Paul but I must admit that some of the content has irritated me - note that I am not trying to shoot the messenger; my comments are for discussion purposes and more focused towards irritation with what Fiverr has decided or based things on, not you for writing them up in a clear and easy to read way!
I do find it a little odd, or it doesnt sit well with me, that Fiverr experience is not seen to be as valuable as off Fiverr experience. This is especially irritating for me personally as I tend to spend quite a bit of time telling clients and others outside of Fiverr that finding clients through Fiverr is just as valid as being an independent freelancer. Does Fiverr not believe in itself or is it being self-deprecating in order to make the Pro label seem “better”?
There are many sellers, not myself, who have been here for years and who’s commitment and dedication to working on Fiverr has made it what it is. If this sentence is the case, then why weren’t those longstanding Fiverr sellers brought in first and foremost and verified.
Pro sellers aren’t any “better” than regular sellers either — Fiverr values all of its sellers, and the only real difference that the Pro service provides is the pre-selection and vetting process, which is designed to save buyers from the effort of validating freelancers for themselves.
If the above is the case then is it really worth paying 10-20(0) times the price to avoid doing a little vetting? To be perfectly honest, I know some of my services are infinitely better than some others on the platform - it is ok to say that. If someone was to say that I am just the same as every other “standard” seller out there, I would find it insulting considering some of the rubbish I have seen here. I don’t think I am the best at any of what I do either by the way but certainly far better than some.
The only reason I would and consider paying Pro rates is for the added extra they give. A writer I know since before she went Pro, I know is totally worth the cost as the value and power of her writing is clear. I would have no hesitation in hiring her again, not because she has been verified, but because she is simply BETTER! One other Pro gig I have looked at is a consultation gig - I am considering buying that because the person offering it has vast experience and a proven track record in what he does that is superior to mine or others I have looked at - BETTER. I have commended a Pro video maker to a client because I can see the level of quality and service provided - out of my own price range and quality requirements - but suitable for this client of mine - BETTER.
At the same time, I have recently switched my graphics person to a level 2 seller who I tried out and realized he is BETTER (for me) than others I have used. I don’t need to look elsewhere because he is excellent with excellent service and I pay probably 80% less I would with a Pro. With a content writer I use regularly, he provides excellent value, service, content and communication - every single time - at a price that is 10% of the cheapest Pro price. BETTER (for me).
In addition to that, it seems that the “outside of Fiverr” preference is derogatory to those exciting, high quality and professional businesses and business owners that I and others have worked with.
Why are their projects not seen to be as valuable for experience or as a portfolio item?
Again Paul, don’t feel these questions/moans are directed at you!