Are You Selling Your Soul On Fiverr?

Are you selling your soul on Fiverr? Should you? Maybe this is a ridiculous question to you? Would you be surprised to hear I get this question often or see it discussed often? Do I ask too many questions? I hope to clear the Fiverr air about the first two questions and if you don’t know what I’m talking about let me start off with that.

There seems to be some controversy on Fiverr lately. There are sellers quitting on Fiverr and not just sellers who couldn’t make money. I’m talking Top Rated Sellers, people who earn a lot of money. They’re giving up and they’re fed up. Why? They feel like they’re selling their soul on Fiverr.

Fiverr and its buyers ask for a lot. They want more and more for as little as possible. It’s very competitive. A lot of buyers forget that sellers are actually only making $4 per gig, not $5 and that they’re already getting a lot as it is for such a bargain of a price. A lot of sellers get frustrated by all the demands and the expectation that many buyers have now and it’s only getting worse at an alarming rate.

It’s not just about the money either. Yes, slaving your time away for a measly four bucks can start to suck the life out of you, especially when you start getting buyers who demand revisions or are unsatisfied with your work. But there’s another way sellers are seen to be “selling their soul” on Fiverr. I’m talking about video testimonial gigs, sign holding gigs and other similar gigs.

video testimonialsYou’ve all seen it and you’ve seen how popular these gigs are and for good reason. They sell really well. No, they sell like crazy. Especially video testimonial and video spokesperson gigs. So what’s the big deal? The controversy is that you’re being paid $4 (remember, sellers only make $4) to give a spiel on a product or service you’ve never even tried or heard of. You’re essentially selling your face and voice on camera to help give somebody’s business or product some sort of credibility and social proof it otherwise wouldn’t have. I’m not going to go into the ethics of this or anything like that but I will admit that doing this gig after a while must really drain the seller.

Still, there are sellers making a killing on Fiverr doing it.

How do we fix this? How do we stop the soul sucking? There are a few ways:

  • Be expensive: Stop selling yourself short and charge more per gig. Meaning, instead of writing an entire article for 500 words, charge $5 for every 100 words or even 50 words. Guarantee your buyers that the’re going to get quality work and the reason they’re paying more is because it will encourage more quality out of you by giving their gig the amount of time and attention it deserves. The competition doesn’t care how much you charge and there will always be someone who will be able to do it cheaper than you. That’s just how business is. Position yourself as the quality/premium seller. You will still get sales and you’ll actually be doing work worthwhile. You will increase your hourly rate like this.
  • Be selective: Don’t take on every order you get. It’s okay to cancel. If you do video testimonials, list the kinds of work/businesses you will not make videos for and be firm. Sure you will lose a few orders here and there but if you think you’re selling your soul, it’ll keep you on Fiverr longer.
  • Don’t do the soul sucking gigs: They’re not for everyone. If you’re doing a gig that requires too much work for $4 or a gig that you feel uncomfortable doing, stop doing it. You need to enjoy what you sell on Fiverr on some level. You won’t last long and you will lose motivation if it’s purely about making those $4. If you need suggestions for gigs that take no skill and are easy to do, check out my book!

I hope that helps. If you are already doing gigs that take a lot of time for $4 or are already doing gigs like video testimonials, I’m not here to judge. I’m just here to bring some light to the recent controversy. Let me know what you think in the comments!

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Corey

Author of Fiverr Success, instructor of the Fiverr Success Udemy course and Fiverr guru on makefiverrmoney.com

  • Hey Corey!

    I’ve really been enjoying reading all your posts and especially loved the book and bonus book. I found them both extremely helpful and I have been slowly increasing my sales since applying your tips. I also appreciate the retweets on Twitter! 🙂

    Kristen
    http://www.fiverr.com/josipher32

    • Hey Kristen!

      Thanks so much for the feedback and comments. It truly is amazing to read. I wish you a lot of success on Fiverr. Just stay patient with it and keep grinding, it will be worth it.

      Thanks!

  • Mimie

    Hi Corey

    I read your book as well and applied some of the tips to optimize my gig’s. I understand that Fiverr income should be generated from automated easy task, and not hard work and products that cost usually a lot of money, like video productions and whiteboard animation. With that being said, I did a month worth of extensive research on SEO tools and reporting, created a gig and I believe I have a very good service I offer. The problem is, I don’t stand a chance with those gigs. There are other SEO gigs that have been on Fiverr for a long time and have such a high numbers of buyers, that I don’t sand a chance. To many people offering the same service with higher ratings. So what else to do then offer video testimonials, when I know I am like the only person so far on Fiverr with a real studio and quality videos doing testimonials in German and Turkish? I feel like I am a modern slave working for 4$, but I have a solution. I am raising my prices. I can’t believe that some sellers offer 100 words for 5$, they are driving these gigs to the ground. I will adjust my prices to that way, that I will get paid for the production, technology, time afford and editing. If they buyers want to turn around and buy cheap production, oh well. All I can say is, if the label says 5$, there should be a 5$ product in the box and not a 500$ product. I hope that other sellers do the same and know there works worth, or we will all be modern slaves that work for tips basically.
    Sincerely
    Mimie
    http://www.fiverr.com/mimie01

    • Its just like the real business world. You can either position yourself as the “cheap” product or “premium” or “quality” product. Cheap is the easier way to go but then you get finicky customers who will always abandon you for the cheaper seller. If you position yourself as the quality product, customers will only switch if they find someone better. But its a lot harder for the competition to be better than you. Its easier for them to be cheaper.

      Thats why we see a lot of undercutting and the quality/price of gigs being driven down. I dont only blame the sellers though, i blame the buyers.

      Anyway, thanks a lot for the comment and being a reader. It means a lot to me!

      – Corey

  • Mimie

    Corey,

    I think the Fiverr site is going trough an evolution process, like everything. Right now we are in a stage of restlessness and perturbation. It’s like this one saying, if you stir up the dirt in a river it gets blurry and dirty, but after the dust settles, the waters become clear again. I am in this for a long run and I want to position myself right, meaning high quality product, high quality service seller-made in Germany…lol

    Thank you for the blog, I do follow it weekly!

  • Awesome post! Doing too much work for $4 does feel like it sucks the soul out of you. When I first started, I couldn’t wait to become a level one seller. I refrained from adding Gigs like writing 500 words because I felt it wasn’t worth it but now since I read your post, I will try charging 100 words per $5.

  • Dario

    No i am not selling my soul on Fiverr i am selling Gigs or micro online job servcies, i take from 5$ to 60$ for my Gigs and i know people want more and more for as little as possible but i have my prices, it can be difficult to get my expensive Gigs sold when ussin Fiverr but the Gigs i selling most are the 5$ and 10$ Gigs.

  • Hello Corey!

    This is very true, I’ve suspended my best gigs when I realized they are taking my whole time. After getting the opportunity to add gig extras, the situation is better now.

    Keep advising!

    Thanx.