A recent article in the Kansas City Star published on May 20, 2014 reports that the spirit of entrepreneurialism is sagging in America. As a Fiverr Top Seller, I can relate. The Star article says that new business startups have dropped to their lowest point in over 30 years, resulting in consistently slow job market growth, increased fears of retirement possibilities, and a decline in homeownership that continues to suffer for nearly a decade now.
Manufacturing Business Technology is also reporting on May 21, 2014 that temporary jobs are on the rise in America. As long term employment opportunities continue to remain elusive, many people are now choosing short term or contract jobs as a way to make ends meet. As a Fiverr Top Seller, I can attest to the fact that starting and maintaining any sort of business comes with its own share of pros and cons.
Pro: Unlimited Possibilities
Of course one of the main positive benefits of working on Fiverr is that I can work whenever I like, within reason. When my gigs are up and taking orders, I essentially have the possibility to receive orders 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Con: Unlimited Possibilities
On the flip side of this issue, I am also forced to deal with orders from buyers who have never even read my gig description. They essentially place orders that are so excessive for a mere $5 fee that I am often required to spend countless email conversations with them, trying to get them to understand how the site works. “Time is money”, and this was not something that I originally anticipated when joining Fiverr.
Pro: Never boring
As a Fiverr Top Seller, I have sold thousands of individual gigs. I am a writer, so nearly every single order is different from the last. Of course, I have a huge stable of repeat customers, but they rarely order the same type of article twice. So, this keeps me from getting bored with the “day to day”.
Con: Never boring
But then there are many, many days in which I wish that I could simply sit down and go to work. Unfortunately, I am forced to deal with the excessive expectations of customers and the endless barrage of emails from potential buyers, people who have not taken the time to read the gig description. As a result, I waste even more time. And frustration levels can easily mount, if I am not careful.
But these are very typical issues of any job. No job or business is perfect.
The best tip that I can give to a newbie on Fiverr is to be prepared for the widest assortment of customers imaginable. And be careful not to promise huge returns for a mere $5. Know your worth. Another article from the Wales Online website is reporting that some entrepreneurs are running themselves out of business by dropping their prices way too low. Be careful of undercharging on Fiverr. Your freelance career could be over before it even begins.