Why Fiverr (Still) Sucks


Fiverr, to freelancers: Bend over. Photo by NeuPaddy.

Fuck Fiverr.

In a huff, I disabled my Fiverr account. I’ve been wanting to do that for a while. Now, I have had a few great clients on Fiverr, and I fear that I will probably not be able to work with them again since it’s forbidden to give them my actual contact information, but I had to do it.

Today, for some reason, Fiverr took me off of out-of-office mode. I found out because I woke up to THREE orders from a client I have been trying to brush off, all to be finished in a day and a half. You can’t choose who you work with on Fiverr, but you can keep tweaking your gigs so eventually it’s not worth it to keep taking advantage of you.

The day after I finally got all of my money from Fiverr’s escrow, I ended up with three new orders I did not intend to get because I thought I was on vacation until August. Three new orders that meant dropping studying for the bar exam, going to bed at a decent hour, so I can create someone else’s content, and all for about $60, minus Fiverr’s 25% fee, so $48, I could drop EVERYTHING today and write articles for this client who knew I was studying for the bar exam and wasn’t taking any orders until at least August.

But why am I angry? I should be used to this. The trouble is that I’ve been off Fiverr for a month and got un-used to this sort of thing. I was like a normal student or a normal freelancer again. I wasn’t stuck in the Fiverr cycle of having my work dictated by everyone else but me.

But this is literally what Fiverr is for, and even though it’s supposed to be improved, it hasn’t really improved over the years because it’s a fundamentally flawed model.

So I just disabled my account. Good-bye, Fiverr.