Running a home business can be very challenging and time consuming. Being able to have someone else take care of some of the smaller problems, can save you a lot of time, and wasted effort.
In this article, I am going to share my experiences of outsourcing work on fiverr, and I am going to explain why this is one of my ‘Go To’ sites for solving problems that I either don’t have the expertise to fix myself, or I just don’t have the time to do myself.
Outsourcing work on Fiverr
Fiverr (www.fiverr.com) is a community of people who will provide services for you, starting at $5, as in, “I will do….(task)..for a fiver!” The offers are referred to as Gigs, and gigs can cover anything from, singing Happy Birthday to you or a friend in a Mickey Mouse voice, writing a love note in the sand, managing your social media accounts, building an entire website for you, and everything else in between.
Gigs start at $5, but I have seen gigs as high as $300. Gigs will increase in price depending on how much work is involved in your request. The gigs I have paid for have generally been around $15 – $40.
Payment is made via Paypal or credit card, and the money is held by Fiverr until the gig is completed. When you agree that the gig has been finished, fiverr releases the money to the Seller.
Sellers are rated on a star system, much like eBay, or Amazon, and feedback about the seller is available so you can make an educated decision as to whether to hire them or not.
Many people leave feedback like.”Outstanding experience”, or “All good”, which is not helpful at all.
Generally, if the seller has received enough feedback comments, you will be able to get a good idea if they are someone you want to work with.
Work I have outsourced on Fiverr
This is not a complete list, but these are actual things that I have had people do for me on fiverr.
- Built complete websites (I have built many websites myself, but sometimes, I haven’t had the time to do it myself, or the website was more involved than what I was able to do)
- I have had my Twitter account managed for a month. ( I don’t use Twitter very much anymore, but the Seller who managed it for me, tripled my followers using organic methods.)
- I have had my autoresponder integrated with my Sales Funnel System
- Had Logos created.
- Had multiple website issues rectified.
- Had Search Engine Optimisation performed on my website.
I am about to order a gig from a guy in America who runs a podcast that goes out to over 100K listeners. For $50 (USD), I will be the main sponsor of a podcast episode. I will get three, 90 second Ad slots during the show, my website will be featured in the show titles, and I will be advertised on his social media platforms, with backlinks to my site. Personally, I think this is amazing value.
My criteria for choosing Sellers
The majority of the gigs I buy, require me to give the Seller my Login details, and passwords to my website, autoresponder accounts, and other system accounts, and as such, I will only use Sellers who have 100’s of five star reviews. I am not saying that Sellers who have much less ratings are not trustworthy, I just feel more comfortable using Sellers who have had good dealings with 100’s of people.
Most of the people I have dealt with on fiverr have been from India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan. I have found them to be trustworthy, and my privacy and security of my accounts has never been breached. Many of these people make a living from fiverr, so they have too much to lose by doing the wrong thing.
Each Seller has a description of what their gig entails, and I tend to choose people who have a good command of English. This is not a racist attitude, it is because I need to communicate my needs to them, and language barriers can make things a lot more difficult.
I have only ever had one bad experience on fiverr, and it happened a few weeks ago with a guy from Nigeria. I have to take most of the responsibility for this because I accidentally clicked on ‘Proceed to Order”, without messaging the Seller.
It had been a very long day, I was tired, and it was just a miss-click. The Seller was very annoyed that I had placed an order without messaging him, and he couldn’t seem to get past this, despite numerous apologies from me. The order was never completed, and after several days we both agreed to cancel the order. It wasn’t a big deal, but it was a waste of my time. Lesson learnt. (Always contact Sellers before ordering anything.)
Gigs to be wary of
If you have a website, or you rely on social media for your home business, there can be the temptation to hire people to drive traffic to your site, or gain followers for your social media accounts.
I would steer clear of these gigs. These Sellers promise targeted traffic, back links, and a huge increase in followers, or page likers. What you actually get are, Bot traffic, fake followers/likers, no follow links, and you also run the risk of being penalised by Google. Hire these gigs at your own risk.
There are many people who offer Search Engine Optimisation for very reasonable prices. Some of these people are very knowledgable, and skilled with what they do. The gigs will take several weeks to complete, and you will also be given full reports, and advice on how to improve your SEO.
Overall, I am a huge fan of fiverr, and it will remain one of my most favourite tools to use for my business. If you are looking to hire virtual assistants, outsourcing work on fiverr is a great option for you.
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