This is something that bothered me when I initially signed up for a Fiverr account back in 2016. I got so tired of getting $5 requests for 3 SOLID days of work to be delivered within 24 hours that I was too embarrassed to mention I had a Fiverr profile to anyone in a professional setting. I was appalled at the number of people offering very professional / highly skilled services for less than the cost of the coffee I had to buy to keep me awake all night to complete that $5 task before the deadline.
After reviving my account last week, nothing’s changed. In fact, it’s gotten so bad that the GIGS getting the most work are not only under-charging for the type of service they offer, they have terrible profile pictures, poor spelling/grammar as well as a tendency to just Copy-Paste text from profiles of Top Rated Sellers in their niche.
Now, I am not saying you can’t charge $5 if you don’t have any experience at all, but DON’T take on or compete for Buyer Requests that offer higher payouts if you do. Conversely, if the going rate for a simple logo design is $20, you should be charging $20 minimum and shouldn’t entertain buyers who offer you less than that.
The problem with Sellers is that they allow the Buyer to dictate the going rate. The reality is, most Buyers have NO CLUE what they want or how much time something creative or detail-oriented is going to take. If the Buyer keeps getting offers for their $5 budget, guess what’s going to happen? All the people doing really good work & charging a fair price are going to either lose gigs or have to compete with under-cutting from other Sellers. The people offering very high prices are also going to lose out because Buyers are going to dismiss their offers altogether if they see lower offers coming in all the time.
So let’s stop selling ourselves short, please! Also, sellers who are looking to make extra bucks without any experience in their niche, need to be respectful of people who know what they’re doing. Work on building up trust and a solid client base rather than jumping on every gig that comes your way for spare change. Deliver higher-quality work and improve your own skills instead of trying to compete by cost-cutting. There are FREE courses for beginners, but it doesn’t make you a professional and you shouldn’t be charging or competing for jobs with those who are.
Just my two cents, and you’re welcome to disagree, but I think everyone on here would benefit from a fair wage for any work they deliver.
There are plenty of Buyers with ridiculously low budgets who will keep taking advantage of people who can afford to live on less than $5 / day - but the reality is, most of us can’t. I pay more than that for my internet/electricity usage per day! True story. I am certain there are a lot of professional people who have HAD TO take gigs online because of the current situation and the job market is already competitive. Let’s not make it harder on each other and do the right thing.
Thanks for reading.