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  1. That's more of a seller myth/tip that's bad, but for sure one of the most nonsensical I know of. This was more of a "perception of Fiverr" type of post, since it's been bothering me for some time that people believe such things, and are propagating untrue perceptions of the community without having tried it themselves.
  2. No doubt about it: Fiverr has saved a lot of families from going hungry! I was lucky to have built a carreer on Fiverr over several years when the pandemic hit, along with my other successful businesses, making me truly independent. When the pandemic hit, my regular job went to hell just like with so many others, and I didn't shed a single drop of sweat over it. That felt so damn good! A big reason for this was Fiverr, and it still is. We have much to be thankful for. I think the fact that Fiverr is more than just a platform has also helped a lot of people combat loneliness in these times. Fiverr is a community, too, so it makes me happy to see when others succeed and are getting through this as well - in large part, thanks to Fiverr. It's something holding us together.
  3. The gig economy is still snowballing. New buyers and sellers are flocking to platforms like Fiverr for many different reasons, yet there are still many myths about the site going strong. In this post, I’ll go through some of the more common myths you’re likely to hear about Fiverr and why they aren’t true – at least not always. Let’s dive in: Myth #1: You can only get low-quality services on Fiverr Not true! Some of the talent on Fiverr is working with the biggest brand names in the world. You have sellers with names like Google and Microsoft under their belt. You also have sellers with absolutely no experience or merits – and everyone in between. Separating the wheat from the chaff is up to you, but there’s no truth to this myth. You get what you pay for, and you won’t hire that famous designer at five bucks. That moves us on to the next myth: Myth #2: Everything on Fiverr is cheap Again, this is not true. Yes, there are some excellent deals to be had on Fiverr, but you can also find yourself spending thousands on a single freelancer, depending on your project. If you require a professional *insert title here* for a high-end *insert product or service here* you’re likely to spend a lot more than five bucks! As with everything else in this world, you get what you pay for. Myth #3: You can’t make a living on Fiverr alone Not true. I know people with six-figure incomes from Fiverr. That doesn’t mean you should, because diversifying your income streams is very important! You don’t want to leave all your eggs in one basket. With that said, you can surely make a living from Fiverr alone, and many people do. If you have the right talent, the right gig, and offer great value to your buyers over time, you can most certainly grow a career. Myth #4: Nobody will take you seriously on Fiverr Some elitists will claim that you can’t and won’t get the good projects if your name is on Fiverr. Yet, I’ve been working with top-dollar agents, large multinationals, national governments, celebrities, and yes – the local plumber who just wanted an affordable voice over for his explainer video. If someone doesn’t take me or what I do seriously, I probably don’t want to work with them, anyway. Myth #5: It’s easy to succeed on Fiverr No, it’s not. It takes hard work, effort, time, expertise, more hard work, and a considerable sprinkle of talent. You can’t just set up a gig, leave it there, and wait for the money to roll in. Well, you can, but it won’t, and you’ll be asking the forums why you’re not rich yet in no time! Ok, seriously: you need to spend time and effort to build your success on Fiverr, just like in the “real” world! It’s not a shortcut to become rich. If you made your profile thinking it was, you’re wasting your time. Put your back into it, and you will (hopefully) see results. Lazy people will be just as unsuccessful on Fiverr as they will be anywhere else. Myth #6: People will treat you poorly and without the respect you deserve Unfortunately, there is some truth to this myth, but only if you let it become so, and not more so than in other places you meet possible clients. Just like in the real world, there are plenty of people out there who take advantage of others. You need to avoid those people to stay happy. If you let disrespectful people take advantage of you, it’s a slippery slope. Many complaints on this come from people who don’t know how to set boundaries and demand the respect they deserve. In 95% of cases, your buyer/seller will be polite and behave appropriately. The remaining 5% are the ones you need to watch out for. You could check out my post on red flags to see how I avoid issues like this and my how to deal with bad buyers post to see how I deal with them when the issue arises. What myths have you heard about Fiverr?
  4. This have been pointed out before on the forum, so I'm gonna keep it short: Gigs move around on Fiverr both due to algorithm changes and to rotate the placements, so that other sellers have a chance to make sales as well. Your placement in search is not guaranteed in any way, and your gig will move around from time to time. Your gig can also change positions if you have late deliveries, cancellations, bad ratings, or a poorly optimized gig.
  5. As long as your content is yours (made by you) you have the right to publish this content again, but only if the content is allowed by the terms of service. So if anything you have on your current account violates the terms in any way, you can't. If everything is ok with the content, you should have no problem, as long as you make sure to delete your old account, since you're not allowed to have multiple accounts.
  6. Cool! Yeah the first seasons were the best. It was fun because we had to work out a general accent that didn't sound like it came from any particular time or country. I think most of the actors did a very good job at that. They had dialect coaches on set, but there's no substitute for practice with a native "viking". :D
  7. I think I did something for NatGeo once as well. It was for an interactive game on their kids section if I remember correctly. I've done multiple documentaries, but never for Natgeo. I don't have the "animal voice" - haha. You @newsmike most certainly do, though! Very nice!
  8. @newsmikeThanks for your feedback. I agree, for the most part. It depends entirely on the project. Buyers who are not concerned with lowering the rate for a project are easier to work with, usually. But there are situations when negotiating makes sense. In one case, I politely asked if it was possible to match my budget if I was willing to accept the delivery with a slightly extended deadline. I had 500 dollar budget, and the usual rate of the provider was 550. It ended up becoming a respectful and enjoyable negotiation that resulted in a long and good professional relationship, and I got the project done within my budget. Sometimes, you have to be concerned about the price because you're working within constraints that cannot change. It also makes sense that companies want to get the best possible price and the best possible quality: what I'd call "a good deal". For me, as a seller, it makes sense to offer "a good deal" to attract business, but this doesn't mean I'll work for pennies. I'd rather say no thank you to a job than do that. It's not about being cheap: it's about working together and being able to negotiate. Sometimes, it might not be just the price: perhaps the buyer is 25 words over the limit but asks nicely if it's possible to take the extra 10 dollars off because it would cause him to go over budget? On a 500 dollar gig, that would make sense. On a 20 dollar gig, it would not. In the end, it's up to the seller. I've said no thanks to plenty of projects because their budget wasn't aligned with my rates. Sometimes, if a buyer becomes too pushy about the price, I'll say thanks, but no thanks, because at this point, their attitude is a red flag.
  9. You would share it inside the order conversation, after the order has been placed and is active. It sounds like a case when it's needed, so that should be fine. Don't share it outside the order.
  10. If by famous you mean a "well known company", I'd have to say eToro or NordVPN. If by famous, you mean celebrity individual, then all I can say is that I've helped develop the nordic accent of a main cast member in the TV-series "Vikings" (but to protect the privacy of said individual I won't name him/her. I can say that we're still in contact today, though, since we had a lot of fun developing the characters way of speaking/intonation.
  11. Oh there can be a lot of difference. Price isn't the only indicator here, but I'd say you can get a nicer (but still low quality!) logo for 20 than 5. If you want something professional, you'd have to spend a lot more. No designer worth their salt will charge 5, 10 og 20 for a custom and well thought out logo. This type of thing requires research into the target audience, great talent, time and effort spent learning the skills needed etc. At best, you'll get someone with more logo generators to chose from for 20 than 5 (maybe). But you won't get a custom and good logo for that price.
  12. If it's needed to complete the work, you can share that inside the order after it has been placed. Never share this or any other contact information unless it's necessary to complete the order, and never outside of the order. I do wonder why you have to give up your e-mail, though. It's rarely needed. From the terms of service on Fiverr:
  13. Hey, buyers! I'm a fellow buyer and a top-rated seller here on Fiverr. I want to tell you something about negotiating with your seller to avoid coming across as rude. First of all, let me tell you that there's nothing wrong with negotiating prices on bigger projects. It's normal and acceptable. The way you do it – and when – is what makes all the difference. Also, keep in mind that rules and etiquette can vary across cultures. For example, haggling over price is more common in certain Asian and Middle-Eastern countries. Don't get me wrong: westerners still haggle, but we do it differently and less up-front. Here's some stuff that might make you look rude when negotiating with your sellers (and knowing it might help you get some excellent deals!). #1 - Don't be Scrooge McDuck (Everybody likes him unless they have to do business with him) Unless you're bringing a big project, remember that you might come across as cheap and rude if you're asking for a lower price. Asking the seller to do a 20 dollar project for 5 isn't good etiquette, and unless the seller is desperate, you won't end up with a good working relationship. Have respect for other people's time and work, and they will respect you. There's a big difference between asking for five bucks off a 50 dollar order because of budget constraints and asking for 15 dollars off a 20 dollar project. #2 - Know the market you're working with If you're shopping for low-cost services on Fiverr, you're in luck. There's thousands of gigs and some great deals to be had. But before you do, make sure you know the market. Shopping for a Scandinavian high-end and human translation? It's probably going to cost you a bit more because that market is more niche and has higher living costs for the people selling their services. Asking a Norwegian translator to translate 1000 words of marketing content for ten bucks manually is an insult: you'll barely get a cup of coffee in Norway for that, while it might be food for the whole family that day in a low-cost country. If you know your market, you'll have more success finding the right seller at the right price. #3 - Don't haggle if the seller says the rate is fixed If you contact a buyer with a project description while asking for a reduced rate, and the buyer explains that their rate is fixed, that means it's fixed. If it's not within your budget range, you should acknowledge that, thank the seller for their time, and move on. #4 - Don't insult the seller or service offered I've experienced this. Buyers who think they can get a better deal by explaining that translation is easy or that just speaking into a microphone isn't worth that much. Insulting a professional like that will not get you a better deal: it might get you blocked, though. #5 - "I can get it cheaper elsewhere". Ok. Then buy it elsewhere. #6 - Don't make demands Ask – don't demand. Some sellers will get angered by demands. This could even be "I'll pay you x for this". It might be meant as just a simple statement but can be considered a demand at the other end. Try asking politely instead. Remember, this is for your benefit since a friendly tone can get you a better deal. #7 - When you find a seller you like, keep working with them As a seller, I might be more willing to offer better rates for regular buyers. If I know a buyer has spent 2000 dollars on gigs with me before, and they suddenly have a project that's a bit under budget, I'd be inclined to offer them a lowered rate to help them out. But starting the relationship with a mindset of "I'm gonna pay this seller a maximum 20% of his rates"? No deal. Wrapping up Don't be cheap, but don't be afraid of looking for a good deal. If your budget is far off the set rates in the gig, look elsewhere. Know the market you're shopping in. Don't push for a lower rate if the buyer tells you the price is fixed. Don't insult the service or seller. Ask – don't demand. Maintain a good relationship with your sellers. In the long run, they might be more willing to help you out. (Fun story: This post was inspired by experiencing a single buyer who did all of these things: demanding a ridiculous offer on a small project as a first-time buyer (with me, not on the platform), telling me it's cheaper elsewhere, who kept on haggling after I said my rates are fixed, clearly didn't know the market they were shopping in by asking for at least two hours work for an absurd amount, and then ended up insulting me by explaining how easy my job was when I didn't budge. Let's say I said thanks, but no thanks.)
  14. I've been asked about this before, especially from new sellers on Fiverr, who might not be aware of certain red flags when selling on Fiverr. The fact is, you're likely to come across a scammer or two when selling your services on Fiverr. Most articles I could find online is geared towards buyers rather than sellers. So here is my list. It's by no means complete and is based on the scams I've encountered myself, so if you have been the victim of a scam or have different "red flags" than me, I'd love to hear about them! Let's help each other avoid bad experiences :D #1 Trying to connect outside of the platform This is a big red flag for me. It's not just against the terms of service – it's also potentially dangerous. You never know who's on the other end. In addition to getting you banned, this could lead to all sorts of scams, including having you do work, then not pay you for it. Buyers will sometimes ask for contact information like e-mail or phone numbers. The best response to this is to explain that it's against the terms of service, that you'll only work directly here on Fiverr, and that the platform offers all the tools you need to communicate and collaborate effectively. If they don't respect this, you should report them, block them, and move on. It's not worth it, even if the gig sounds sweet. #2 Asking for unreasonable discounts or services This goes without saying. If someone suggests that you provide them with a discount, especially if they do so in a rude way, it is a big red flag. "Give me your best price" or "I will only pay... for this" and so on, tells me something about the buyer: they are not valuing or respecting my work or time. I don't want to work with buyers like that because it often leads to revision loops (sellers abusing the revision button) or other bad experiences, and it's disrespectful towards the professional. #3 Dear sir I've mentioned this in another post, where I go more into why "dear sir", "dear madam" is a red flag. It doesn't necessarily mean it's a scam, but it puts me on my toes, for sure. Primarily due to experience, so your mileage may vary. #4 Anyone who pretends to work for Fiverr Fiverr has recently implemented a green Fiverr-badge next to the username in chat for users who are part of the Fiverr team. Be very sceptical if someone claims to work for Fiverr and don't have that badge, no matter how professional they might seem. #5 If it looks too good to be true... ...It probably is. Be aware of any gigs or offers that don't feel right. This could be the promise of regular work, massive projects etc., especially from new buyers. If a buyer just created their profile, they're not likely to spend thousands of bucks on the platform. Sure, it might be true, but be very sceptical, ask questions, and make sure you get good answers. #6 Short/unclear/bad instructions This also goes for anyone contacting you for a custom offer, promising to give you all the instructions after you've sent them the offer. If they want a custom offer, they should provide you with instructions beforehand. This is because they might mislead you to set up a custom offer, promising that you'll do something, only to give you different instructions after the order has been made. It's also likely to cause revisions loops, as I mentioned before, because a buyer with bad instructions probably won't be happy with the end result. Ask questions, make sure you understand the project before sending the offer and require proper instructions from all your buyers. #7 Bad beheavior, rudeness Some people are just rude. They might be a good buyer nonetheless, but my neck hairs tend to rise immediately if this happens. Rude buyers who don't respect you, your services, or who behaves in any way that you're not comfortable with should immediately raise red flags. Be wary about messages using words like "demand," "you shall", or just plain old rudeness. #8 Threats If anyone threatens you with a negative review if you don't do this and that, report them. It's against the terms of service, and it's a big red flag. This buyer will likely force you to work for free, go outside the scope of the original order or refuse to pay you. If someone threatens with a negative review, I'll instantly report them to customer service. I'll then wait - I will not accept to cancel the order, and I will not answer the buyer: I'll report it. Then wait for customer support. They will handle it for you, as this is unacceptable. Related to this: never ask a buyer for reviews, or talk to them about reviews. The mere mention of it can get you banned or put under review because Fiverr doesn't want you to influence the buyers' feedback. I hope this list helps you avoid some common issues with scammers on Fiverr. I probably missed many, though, so if you have red flags to share, please do so! I'd love to read & learn from my fellow doers!
  15. I’m particularly fond of “sugar-bun”. It’s so american to use food as a term of endearment. @michaelscottmk6 I disagree, actually. I guess it comes from the fact that I live in a tourist area where street sellers will use the line “special price for you my friend”. It has become sort of a stereotype when you want to explain what they do for a living. :rofl:
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