Fiverr is the latest addition in the list of quality freelance websites where you can find a contractor just for $5 and get the job done. The website has been in operation for quite a long time and I see a lot of people buying and selling gigs. Fiverr is all about things you are willing to do for $5 but then the buyers should respect what you are willing to do and should only expect what is mentioned in the gig description.
$5 seems quite reasonable for a lot of “gig” types but you do not expect a contractor to do a very technical task knowing that he will only get $4 in the end. This is where the problem lies, people are going online and new websites are being created every day but they do not know how much a decent website costs. I work on a lot of freelance websites and I feel that the number of online buyers have increased and there is more work available for talented freelancers than they can handle.
You can find a gig for logo design on Fiverr just for $5 but how do you expect that this logo will be custom made and will stand out? I work on Photoshop and I know how long it takes to create a logo and those logo designs sell from $70 to $100. You may buy a logo on Elance from $50 to $75 as well but a custom made logo for $5, NO WAY!! What most of the people do on Fiverr is that they download free PSD logo templates from websites like freepsd.com or psdgraphics.com, modify them and complete the gig. The clients are happy too as they do not know about the resources.
Same goes with the website design as well. I myself started selling a wordpress website for $5 but I clearly mentioned the things I will be doing. People yet expected to get a completely custom made website with a $97 theme for just $5. The worst thing is that they order the gig without asking the contractor and when the contractor refuses to do that much, they simply cancel the order and destroy the contractor’s feedback. Like other freelance websites, you cannot complain about negative feedback to anyone which is very harsh.
Sometimes clients are nice enough to cancel the order with mutual understanding but you have to act fast to be able to do it. Ask them nicely to take the refund and more often than not they will listen to you. If you want to be rewarded properly for your efforts then do not sell highly technical skills on Fiverr.