I love Fiverr. I’ve had a lot of success over the years building up a client base and earning money on Fiverr. The premise is simple – you set up a gig for a set price and someone buys it. It eliminates a lot of the hassle of negotiation that sites like Upwork require. But over the past few weeks, I’ve felt a bit adventurous. I set out to find the best sites like Fiverr to see if I could expand my horizons a bit. Here are the best sites I found that are similar to Fiverr.
You, as a writer, will create a gig to sell. There’s a category for writing and translation, and you can select a subcategory. Your gig can include a title, an explanation of the service, a photo and a price. Your price can range from $3 to $200. And they only charge a 10% fee to sellers like you. Fiverr charges 20%.
Upon its creation, your gig is posted as an available service to buyers. Buyers can then purchase your service or contact you for more information. Easy? I think so! The best part of Zeerk is that there’s no waiting period to get paid. Unlike Fiverr, you can access your earnings just as soon as your client approves your work.
This freelancer platform isn’t kidding around. FiverUp appears in a Google search as “FiverUp: Hire Top Affordable Freelancers 20% Cheaper than Fiverr.” They know their competition, right?
Like Zeerk, the site is set up in a similar manner to Fiverr’s layout. You’ll see categories of gigs offered, from “backlinks” to “ebooks.” You can charge anywhere between $4 and $100 for your gigs on FiverUp.
But it’s got other similarities to Fiverr, and I’m not sure that it’ll be as successful as Zeerk. For example, you’ve got to wait 14 days before you receive payment for a project. It’s got its benefits, though. They’ll tweet your gig to their Twitter followers. You can also push your gig up to the top of the list once per day.
GigBucks operates on a similar premise to Fiverr, but using the site is a little different. Gigs are listed by category, and instead of being top posted based on ratings or number of gigs sold, buyers can search by other criteria. For example, they can sort from lowest to highest price, or by the most viewed first.
Writers can post gigs ranging in cost from $5 to $50, and are paid via PayPal. Like Fiverr, there’s a 20% fee deducted from each gig sold, so make sure you price your gig to reflect that. And, like Fiverr and others, you’ll have to wait two weeks to be paid. For five bucks, it may not be worth the wait for you.
GigBucks does have quite a few categories, though, so it may be a good venue to sell your ebook or other small service. You can post as many gigs as you like, so it could be a good way to make some quick cash.
The folks over at Tenrr made nothing secret about the fact that they’re a Fiverr clone. The advantage to listing on Tenrr is that there aren’t any fees associated with selling your gigs. But there are disadvantages, too.
Because the site is free for sellers, there’s very little arbitration in place should something go wrong. Payments are made through PayPal, which does offer a bit of buyer protection. But as an example, the bigger sites offer a full payment service including refunds and automatic payment. On Tenrr, you’ll issue your own refunds and are responsible for collecting payment from clients.
I also feel as if sellers on Tenrr may not be taken as seriously as others, and that’s just a factor of how the site is laid out. Your content writing gig could quite easily be listed on the same page as someone offering something a bit more R rated, and that doesn’t bode well for some clients. Overall, the site’s okay, but it’s not one of the best sites like Fiverr for your reputation.
Why not Fiverr?
I’ve written quite a bit about how highly I recommend Fiverr. If not as a full time platform for freelance writers, then at least as a way to make a considerable amount of money. So why am I outlining a list of the best sites like Fiverr?
A few reasons. First of all, that 20% fee that Fiverr takes puts a huge dent in your earnings. It’s only five bucks, but you worked hard for that money. And when Fiverr takes a dollar of it, and then PayPal takes even more, it’s going to start to frustrate you. With that in mind, I wanted to let you know that there are other, similar sites out there that don’t deduct at the same rate.
Secondly, 15 days is a ridiculously long time to wait for five dollars. In fact, when I first started working as a freelancer, I joined Fiverr. I did a few small gigs here and there, and earned maybe ten bucks, tops. Then I forgot about it. When I returned to the platform last year, that money was still sitting there in escrow.
Finally, I still maintain that Fiverr is great if you’re going to use the platform long term. But if you’re just doing a writing job every now and then, it’s going to take a while for you to become successful. Fiverr, like Upwork and others, works on a rating system. The more gigs you sell and the higher your rating, the more jobs you’ll get.
Getting one five dollar job isn’t going to move you up the ranks on Fiverr. Not very quickly, anyway. There’s a certain amount of self-promotion and marketing that you’ll have to do in order to get noticed on the platform, and that takes time. Using a smaller site may increase your chances of being hired. These sites will give you a good start!