Looking for extra money this holiday season?
The extra money comes in handy during end-of-the-year holiday shopping times.
Actually, some extra cash can come in handy year-round.
Why don’t you provide services to people who need your particular skill set?
This post will cover places online where you offer your skills to people in exchange for financial compensation.
This post reviews Fiverr and the following Fiverr alternatives: Odesk, ProBlogger, Upwork, social media sites, Beyond Your Blog, and Indeed.
After reading these reviews, you can make an informed choice as to where you want to offer your freelance services.
The best part: There are many ways to make an income which physically require you to go to your place of employment. Since the places reviewed in this article are all online, you won’t even have to travel to provide your services.
Also, these services are free to you. The person buying your services pays the company.
You get to make extra money and pay nothing? It’s true!
Bring on the Fiverr review and the reviews of the Fiverr alternatives.
Before we begin, let’s define our terms:
What is the difference between a freelancer and a virtual assistant?
There is no difference. A virtual assistant is a type of freelancer. A virtual assistant can freelance by providing help with administrative tasks as well as creating work. Rather than split hairs, this article will call freelancers “service providers.”
What is Fiverr?
Fiverr is a place you are willing to share your services for $5.00 a task.
How does Fiverr work?
Step 1: You create the Fiverr gig you’re willing to do.
Step 2: You’re notified when someone orders your work. You’re asked if you’re willing to accept the gig.
Step 3: You get paid by PayPal within 48 hours after delivering your work.
Fiverr Gig Ideas
There are many gigs you can do for buyers of your service.
The screenshot shows the major categories on Fiverr.
- I found my service provider Marvin on Fiverr who was extremely capable. I happily wrote him a glowing review.
- Apparently, you can even resell gigs. [Source: How to Make Money Fast on the Internet. See Tip 3 about Fiverr.]
- People have reported having an easy experience monetizing at Fiverr.
- Fiverr has an app.
- I know someone who said it took him just 2 days to get hired there. Also, CBS reported on a 25-year-old who made 150,000 in six months working at Fiverr.
First, Marvin stopped responding to me when I tried to give him repeat business. I have a feeling there’s great turnover at Fiverr since I consider Fiverr one of the best freelance websites for beginners. Once service providers become more experienced, they tend to move on. The people at Fiverr are definitely capable, but are they reliable? This may bode well for you if you’re looking for short-term work. Buyers are used to quick turnover at Fiverr.
Also, Fiverr alternatives like Upwork pay more.
Last, consider these comments from my reader Rasma who tried to find work on Fiverr:
“Maybe it is just me but I have to ask is there something written like Fiverr 101?
I joined. I made the bids to get some writing work. I went back; no one has asked anything and I have not done anything else. I just do not understand what it is that I have to do there to get anybody’s attention.”
How does Odesk work?
At Odesk, the freelancer sets the rates.
The freelancer uses time cards so there is never a question about how much money is owed.
Advantages: The service provider gets paid in a variety of ways.
What is Upwork?
Upwork is considered more of an upscale-site than Fiverr. In other words, the freelancers get paid more.
Tips for succeeding on Upwork:
I conducted interviews in which I asked several Upwork freelancers for tips in succeeding on this popular site.
Respondent 1: Dana
I had the opportunity to interview Upwork freelancer Dana who has successfully used Upwork to find monetization opportunities. Dana offers helpful tips for the Upwork freelancer:
“Apply for the jobs you’re right for.”
Dana reported prior relevant experience helped her get her first job.
When asked if reviews help, Dana reported “definitely, but many people have good reviews. You need to distinguish yourself.”
Applying for a job that specifically related to her skill set and/or backgrounds helped her get jobs at Upwork, she shared.
Dana insisted, “Make sure the job specifically relates to your background. If you haven’t written about it and have no experience, considering the competition, why would they pick you?
Dana went on to explain, “Knowing what the potential employer is looking for helps as well.”
I wondered how the Upwork freelancer would know that information.
Dana replied, “It’s in the job description. Let them know in your application that you specialize in doing what they want.”
When asked why she prefers Upwork to Fiverr, Dana reported that the pay is more competitive on Upwork.
Respondent 2: Shehab Zakaria
I have personally used Shehab as my virtual assistant when I needed technical help with my blog. I found him at Upwork.
According to Shehab,
“Upwork efficiently helps the digital world by connecting the ever-growing businesses with the right skilled talents, removing the boundaries to get the work done.
Freelancers from everywhere compete to deliver a world-class level of productivity. Clients can browse through a vast list of specializations no matter what, with a set of tools that enables them to actively communicate with the hired skills and easy billing system in place.
As an IT Professional, Upwork helps me to showcase and use my skills on a global scale, whether working on tight deadlines, projects, or flexible ongoing schedule serving clients from all over the world without having to leave my computer.
For clients and freelancers new to this platform, I’d say good communication and high quality of work delivered are the key to a successful experience. I’ve studied dozens of failed contracts to avoid such a thing myself and the two reasons I found 90% of the time were lack of good communication and low work quality.”
Respondent 3: Ryan
I also had the chance to interview Upwork freelancer Ryan.
Look at how Ryan describes himself on Twitter:
“Rent my words, or read them. Found freelance success with Upwork with zero ‘writing experience.’ Be different, be good, be emotional, be disciplined. “
Me: I’m doing a post about Upwork. What do you think helped you find success there?
ProBlogger is Darren Rowse’s blog. The site offers a job board for professional bloggers.
Fiverr and Fiverr Alternatives: Wrapping Up
In closing, anyone can use these sites. I even recently recommended them to a tech-savvy high school student looking to make some pocket-money.
The best part: You can use Fiverr and these Fiverr alternatives to get yourself a service provider for when you’re swamped as well as offering your services as one.
Readers, please share so bloggers wishing to monetize learn about Fiverr vs Upwork and these other Fiverr alternatives.
Do you make money blogging? How do you find the opportunities? Can you recommend any other Fiverr Alternatives? I look forward to your views.
If you’re in need of more one-on-one monetization coaching, contact me.