I’m just going to say it. I don’t care for many of these new things like Fiverr Learn, And Co, and whatever else is in the pipeline.
I don’t mean to criticize these new features. However… Well, I pay over $1,000 a year for products which I learn how to use to boost my productivity. On top of that, I’m a hawk when it comes to all important experimentation. - I experiment with new ways to hone my skills and when it works, I stand out because I am different. Can a $23 - $35 video course help me do that? Maybe it can for ‘exposure’ on Fiverr. However, to me, that sounds like a bribe. - Sorry.
Now I understand why Fiverr is doing what it is doing. I get it. Fiverr wants to stand out. However, standing out means being unique. As it is, I see nothing with a whole year of Fiverr updates on Fiverr which grabs me and makes me want to participate. In this case, I’ve decided to compile a few bullet points which instead of repackaging things like Udemy, would entice every single talented freelancer out there if they were ever introduced.
Banking. Ever heard of digital nomads Fiverr? Or for that matter, freelancers who can’t use PayPal because of where they are located? Organizing banking and payments can be a nightmare. Also, Payoneer fees are catastrophic. If Fiverr could roll out an addon banking/payment service which met international regulatory standards, you would kill it, even if your fees were a bit premium.
Healthcare & Insurance. Do you have any idea how expensive healthcare and insurance is for freelancers? Globally, it’s insane. In this case, why not start some kind of Fiverr exclusive healthcare and insurance scheme? Add it on as an incentive. Start earning a minimum of $50-$100K a year and get coverage for less from Fiverr than other major insurers. Fiverr would make a killing. Why? To earn that much, freelancers have to effectively surrender the outside world and contact with everything that can kill them. It’s win-win!
Web Hosting. I’ve mentioned before how I think it would be incredible if Fiverr set up a blog like Medium which any seller can contribute to. Instead of (or as well as) that, why not sell web hosting to sellers? Let sellers pay for space to build their own 100% Fiverr approved portfolio site. Give sellers a discounted rate using Fiverr’s buying power, and they will jump all over it like Duracell Easter bunnies.
Trade Union Membership. - Yes, this has the power to shake every business to its core. However, hear me out. Fiverr, you have a horrible reputation when it comes to random unquestionable bannings and so on. Spend enough time on the forum and you see it happen over and over. Now, mistakes do happen and I’m not asking you to change your ways. However, don’t you realize that by charging something like $10 a year seller protection, you could raise tons of money, by actually turning a bad reputation story into a “Wow! Fiverr is a success story?” - Allow sellers to pay $10 - $20 a year. For that, they benefit from a full investigation when things go wrong and expeditious remediation of problems. Serious sellers with nothing to hide will see this as an investment. Meanwhile, you can keep throwing mek-sellers with multiple accounts to the curb.
I realize that my points are a bit rambly. However, as I see it, Fiverr is trying to build a seller ecosystem a bit like a seller app store. I admire this effort. However, I personally see trying to train new mek-sellers and bribe existing sellers into achieving badges, as missing actual seller pain points. In fact, I will go as far as to say as this discourages sellers.
Fiverr, if you want to start earning extra revenue from sellers AND make them love you for it, start hitting the actual pain points!