– A review written by an insider has been something of interest of mine. In part people are willing to do things for five bucks.  Be it calling someone from a foreign country to wish someone a happy birthday, to writing as the below author of the bulk of the content for this post. There are a few things I will explore with  Two reasons why I have chosen to look at

1. To explore how much you can expect from $5.

2. Some of the abuses that are in  One of which is faking reviews, another is faking social media such as likes on FaceBook or Followers on Twitter.

Several of my colleagues will outsource some of their projects for just $5.  Since I am short on posts and I have been meaning to contact people that work on Fiverr some day to explore what to expect out of a buck a friend of mine has been asking people to write some posts for me. This writer is helping him to populate a blog with content for it’s niche .

The provider of this review inside the industry was paid for. The option was provided for them to have their account linked to this review, especially since my friend likes the writer’s work. However due to the nature of their review they felt it would be best to remain anonymous.  But they are offered to at any time post their link in here. After the post I have a few questions, which I get to open another project for and pay $5.  So in short this post will cost a total of $10, which I think is a bargain since I have been short on time.

A review from an actual person that will do something for $5 bucks on

The below content was a paid review of a seller.


On Oct. 19, 2010, I had turned on the television to watch Robin Meade and her newscast on HLN while my son got ready for school. There were all kinds of news happenings that day; but, one segment that’s done during her show is Clark Howard “Money Expert”.  He caught my attention with the word “money”. He had talked about Fiverr and how people were creating all kinds of gigs to make a little bit of additional money. I thought, great, I can earn a little more in addition to my work on Freelancer and Elance.

I created my first gig “rewrite or edit “1” 600 word or less article or blog” for $5. I set my initial timeframe for delivery at 2 days. And, for the first month, I didn’t hear anything. That was fine because as soon as I created the gig, more work from Elance came in. I didn’t expect anything right off the back with Fiverr. I didn’t do much with it, as worked mainly with the other freelancing sites to earn money for the household. Still, when it took off… it really took off! It really just takes one client to set things ablaze.

 Is It Really Worth The Hassle: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly Of Fiverr

The Bad Of

I’ve been using for close to two years now and I’ve seen some good and bad things with it.  And, that’s not to say that the bad stuff is all Fiverr’s fault; some of it is with the clients who come on board, needing something done.  What’s some of the bad things I have experienced with Fiverr?

1 – (And most importantly) Fiverr claims you can make $5 for every gig ordered. The actuality is… you actually make a tad bit less than $4 for every gig. If you can earn $50 or more before you withdrawal the cash you earn, you’d be better off, as it is $1 to process the payment. Fiverr takes $1 for every gig ordered and then additional money to process the payment. It’s a bit unnerving but it’s their way of making money.

2 – (Another important bad point) Upon clients marking the order complete (or when it’s automatically done), Fiverr sets a countdown of 14 days before you can withdrawal the cash you earn to your PayPal account. Why do we have to wait two weeks for the money we earned?

3 – Sometimes the gigs take too long to get approved. I don’t know what it is (or if certain gigs get flagged for additional screening); but, I know that several of my gigs upon creation or updating have been on hold and not published for up to 24 hours. This can eat into the profits you’d like to make. This is especially true if the gig you’re updating is extremely popular.

4 – The time difference can sometimes be a factor when gigs are ordered. Many of my gigs will come in while I am sleeping, which means many of my clients are overseas from where I live. That’s why Fiverr stresses to think about the delivery date when designing a gig.

5 – Another bad aspect with Fiverr is a new change that recently went into effect. Buyers can now order more than one gig at a time in one lump gig. However, the timeframe for that buy is still the same. For example, on rewritten article 600 word or less to be done in 5 days or less is going to be done in five days or less. However, an article with 4,800 words might take me some additional time. However, Fiverr doesn’t recognize the additional orders and so the 4,800 words are due in 5 days or less. If you fail to deliver in that timeframe, buyers can cancel and leave negative feedback. Or, the system will automatically provide negative feedback.

6 – When it comes to feedback, some buyers are downright cunning in trying to get their work for free. I have personally experienced this problem – and Fiverr claims it cannot help. I had a buyer say that he could not use any of the work I did because it was horrible. Rather than have him leave me horrible feedback, which would significantly reduce my rating, I refunded the gig. Many providers feel that their feedback is held hostage and will promptly refund a gig if the buyer is unhappy.

However, when I went to copyscape the article a couple of days later  just to see if he was using my article, I discovered about 75 percent of my article was being used… in addition to changes he made that was not in the original article he had given me. Fiverr said because I had refunded it, there was nothing they could do. And, they would not ban his account even though it was likely he was taking advantage of other professional writers.

After this happened and with no assurances this would not happen again, I almost closed down my account. However, after some kind words from a great client of mine from Fiverr… I chose to leave it up. And, that leads me to my good aspects of Fiverr.

The Good Of

Believe it or not, there are some very good points of And, while one point of it deals with money, it’s not all about it. What are some of the good aspects of doing business on

1 – Money is certainly a great aspect of After all, if you’re good at your job (whatever it is you’re offering as service) and are quick at it, then you can certainly make a side living with it. With the help of Facebook, Twitter and other social media to spread the word, you can earn a good deal of change to pay for what you need or want.

2 – Another great aspect of Fiverr comes in the form of clients. Yes, you do have some sneaky, want something for free clients; but, you also have the clients who genuinely care about paying for the work. Many of my clients are repeaters. I would say about 35 percent of my clientele comes back to me time and again to rewrite or write something.

In fact, I have one client who told me that the only person he comes to for rewriting services is me. He doesn’t trust anyone else to rewrite the material, which is nice to hear…even if it’s not true. (I don’t know if it is or isn’t.)  This particular client also pays me additional money to ensure that his articles are top notch, not just $5.

3 – The customer support aspect of Fiverr is also good. Despite the lack of help in the above scenario, the customer service has been extremely helpful in removing bad feedback when it was called for or when feedback was left when I was out of town and unable to shut down my gigs for a short while.

4 – Fiverr gives you the option to suspend a gig for however long you need it for. This is great if you find yourself overwhelmed with work and must avoid new orders coming in. With my most popular gig, I’ve had to suspend it 4 times in the last two months. I can wake up and have about three to eight new orders in one night.

5 – Fiverr also allows gig owners to update and change their gigs as well as add extras to the gig. If a buyer wants me to research additional information for the article or to ensure that the article is precise, he/she will purchase an extra on the gig.

It would seem that there is more bad things than there are good with Fiverr; but, if you can get past the part of waiting 14 days for your money and really getting paid less than $4 for every order, it really is a good deal… for buyers and providers (sellers). I do it, not just for the money, but the fact that I meet interesting people and learn about interesting topics.  Really, Fiverr is just a side thing that took off and continues to do so. If my clients cannot find me on my main gig, they turn to one of the other eight that I have to contact me.

Overall, Fiverr really isn’t that bad!

11 Replies to “ – A review written by an insider”

  1. To whom it may concern,

    Thanks for taking to time to write up a rather lengthy review. I have a few questions in regards to post.

    1. How long does it generally take you to finish a $5 project?
    2. Are there features that you would like to see implement?
    3. Are there features you wish they would get rid of?
    4. Do you have the ability to rate buyers?
    5. Do any of your projects lead to better opportunities outside of
    6. What percentage of projects do you decline?
    7. Does hold declined projects against you?
    8. How long have you been working with Elance?
    9. How much of your week is dedicated to projects?

    Thank you for your time.



  2. 1 – The answer to this question generally depends on my current workload. Initially, my gig was on a one delivery… it’s now up to 5 to 7 days, depending on what the client has worked for.

    Of course, if a buyer wants to order more than the advertised word limit, it adds on additional time. I’ve had one buyer order 9 gigs at once and it took me almost 2 weeks because of my other workload. I let him know ahead of time that it would take additional time and he was more concerned with quality than length of time.

    When you let buyers know upfront of scheduling issues and other problems and you’re in constant contact with them, then they’re more willing to work with you.

    2 – I wish Fiverr would implement some type of program that would automatically increase the delivery timeframe for multiple gigs. It’s really frustrating to have to tell a “new” buyer, “hey thank you for your order but I cannot do this in the timeframe initially specified. I can do it X many days. If this is not good for you, so on and so forth! That’s mainly my beef!

    Of course, there is one more. I wish we were “allowed” to contact buyers outside the workroom… sometimes the information I have received is conflicting and it would be good to verify either by skype or phone (if need be) to determine what it is the buyer actually wants from his purchase.

    3 – As for getting rid of any features, I have yet to see anything that really annoys me.

    4 – Rating buyers doesn’t happen like it does with other freelancing sites. You’re allowed to leave a thumbs up or down and some notation about the buyer, as the buyer can do with the seller. But, you don’t give them stars on markdowns on what the issues were like you see with Elance and Freelancer.

    5 – Yes, I have had it happen. I met a couple of clients on Fiverr who managed to find me through the web… doing a search of my username (which I happen to use for four other freelancing websites. One buyer moved from Fiverr to Elance… while another contacted me through my personal email.

    And, another buyer has actually become a close friend… I would edit her press releases anytime she had them. She now pays me directly. She even bought my child a Christmas gift (the one I had been looking for).

    I’ve had several buyers say they just did a search through the Google and find my website, Elance account, etc. I didn’t give it to them; they did it all themselves.

    6 – It would better to think in terms of transactions. And, in the last 100 transactions, roughly five of them were cancelled… Usually due to scheduling conflicts or the buyer made a mistake in the word count in my heading.

    However, there have been cases where I just didn’t feel like taking up a project… and I cancelled it. Rare… but it does happen!

    7 – Fiverr says it does hold declined projects against you… by lowering your seller level. I have yet to see it happen!

    8 – I started my Elance career more than 4 years ago.

    9 – How much of my week is devoted to my fiverr work? I’d say a good chunk of it when there are a bunch of LARGE orders. I have some wonderful clients… many of them have become repeaters, which is just what I love!

  3. I was banned *as a buyer, only ever been a buyer!* without even a courtesy email.
    I had bought a lot of gigs (maybe 40-50), but during a Philippine vacation I geuss my IP was flagged. They replied “Your account will not be reinstated”.
    Rude bar stewards, If tehy treat buyers like that gawd help the sellers.

  4. I’m new to Fiver. There are a few ideas that I would like to explore….but my ad doesn’t stand out yet.
    1. How should new users improve ad placement and rank?
    2. How to succeed at fiver.

  5. Hello Ashley,

    You can point to your profile page here, that could help draw some attention to your offerings. After all I would like to see what you are offering and perhaps I could with further information give you some advice.



  6. Since Ive been on fiverr for about a month, I have noticed that some people have a few gigs and others have a lot of gigs to offer. These gigs can be varied and targeted.
    What do you suggest? Which is a more attractive method? What does fiverr like best?

    Post a multifaceted list of gigs or a targeted list of gigs?


  7. Hello Ashley,

    To be honest I can’t say which is the best approach as I am a buyer and not a seller. Most of the time I go with graphic artists, and once in a while I may get drawn into some of the weirder stuff as $5 to send something weird to a friend can be priceless. Most of the sellers have multiple projects. What draws me in is good graphics and well written description. What is it you plan to do with Fivver?




  9. Hello Chad,

    First of all I have to be clear about this, I find people who use all capital letters annoying. I often over look proper grammar, after all mine is not perfect especially before I have my coffee or if I am in a hurry to push something out. But it irks me to no end when you use all caps. Do you think you are yelling?

    Second, here is what is missing from your complaint about

    1. What it was you ordered from them.
    2. What it is you were expecting.
    3. What your actually complaint was. Seriously word for word what it was you filed in that complaint.

    Facts make a difference in a complaint.

    Based on your lack of case sensitivity and assumptions in what you posted on this blog I think its safe to say it was deleted because of what you said and not what the seller did.

    Also as a business owner, no the customer is not always right. Like for example when I offered to design someone a site based on their specs for $25,000, and they want you to do it for $500. They assume that is all they should pay me. Clearly I am not going to do a solid three weeks of work for $500, especially when I don’t work alone. This potential customer was wrong. But let’s remember you paid $5 for a job (maybe an extra $5 for something on top of it). There is a big limit on what will be done for you. Not to mention it takes a lot of gigs for to make money. Its not a business model I could live off of since the profit margin is barely above the costs. I don’t doubt that there are sellers on that are bad. But no the customer is not always right. When the customer assumes they get more than what was actually offered they stop being a customer.



  10. Is it possible to have this persons fivver details, he seems very literate & I love his writing style! Pretty Please!? Thanks

  11. Hello Hannah,

    I am sorry but the person that wrote this choose to remain anonymous. I have to respect their wishes.



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