Fiverr has quickly become one of the fastest growing outsourcing websites on the Internet. Whether you’re scaling up your small business or building a brand from scratch, we’ve got the resources you need to keep you at the top of your game.
From privacy buffs to the average internet user, the past few weeks have been filled with GDPR headlines, emails and blog posts all focused on changes to privacy laws and policies across Europe that affect everyone.
The law, broadly dubbed “General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR),” is focused on enhancing protection for consumers within the European Union (EU) and outside of it. The policy was issued by European Commission, European Parliament, and Council of European Union, and if you’re interested in learning more about the specifics of the law, its creation, and its intended outcomes, you can check out more from the European Commission, here: https://ec.europa.eu/info/law/law-topic/data-protection/data-protection-eu_en
If you’re the kind of doer who wants to read the law itself, feel free to take a gander here: https://gdpr-info.eu/
But if you’re more in the TL;DR camp, the main goal of the legislation is to give people more control and protection over their personal information. It also creates a simple and clear standard for all companies doing any business in the EU, which ultimately will make it easier for Fiverr and its community of doers in Europe to keep on doin’.
While these laws were introduced in 2016, they’re going into effect on May 25, 2018, which means everyone should expect approximately 1,000 more emails letting you know the change is coming in the next couple of days.
Until then, be sure to check out the updated policy and feel free to reach out to Customer Support for more information.
Have more questions about how GDPR affects Fiverr? Ask us in the comments below!
We love our amazing community, and are always looking for ways to celebrate and enhance their experience both on and offline. In that vein, the Fiverr Community team hosted the third installment of the “The Art of Doing” event series, “The Future of Influencer Marketing,” in New York City on Thursday, May 17th. The discussion—open to freelancers, creative agencies, social marketing professionals, and doers alike—featured incredible industry professionals from Digiday, Epic Signal, JerryMedia, Ketchum and Fiverr.com.
Our awesome moderator and panelists included:
Kerry Flynn (moderator), Media buying and platforms reporter at Digiday
We brought this phenomenal group of people together to explore the future of influencer marketing and the various new obstacles and opportunities for brands in a rapidly changing business landscape. We wanted to know how influencers remained authentic to their audience, what goes into their strategy in terms of platform choice and staying relevant, and what to expect for the future of the industry.
As you’ve probably seen, the influencer marketing industry is booming. While there isn’t an official number for annual influencer marketing spending, eMarketer estimates that marketers spent $570 million globally on sponsored Instagram posts in 2016 — which means the influencer marketing game is likely a several billion-dollar business. Although 92% of marketers who used influencer marketing in 2017 found it to be effective, it is still in its infancy, and brands are wasting a lot of money figuring it out.
Some of the evening’s discussion centered around the regulations of using “#ad” and “#spon” to indicate to audiences that the posts they were seeing were promoted by a company or brand.
For some of the larger brands, they said that they reluctantly use them, because those are just the rules. But most have also seen that there hasn’t been much of a drop off in engagement when using #ad or #spon. The panel also agreed that using those hashtags didn’t matter as long as the brand was a relevant one to the influencer’s current audience, and seemed like an authentic fit. Natalie Zfat, the NYC-based writer and influencer, said she was happy to use #ad. She said she loved to use it, because it showed her followers that doing what you love can earn you a living, and by putting the #ad on her content, she was proving just that.
When looking into the future of influencer marketing, it seemed clear that there was one platform that stood out from the rest—Facebook Watch. Panelists agreed that with Facebook’s control of the other most popular social networking service, Instagram, it was only a matter before they overtook Youtube with their answer to video, Facebook Watch. And we’ve seen the numbers about the popularity of video content continuing to grow, so, if you’re thinking about where to market your business next, or looking for an industry to get into, do as the influencers do, and create a video.
Overall, we were floored by our largest event turnout to date, and the discussion to match. It’s clear that influencer marketing will continue to be prevalent and essential for brands to master if they want to stay relevant in an ever-shifting digital world.
Have any influencer marketing questions? Tips that have worked for your business or brand? Share in the comments below—and stay tuned for other community upcoming events!
The difference between getting that next meeting, sealing a deal or winning a client can sometimes be as simple as having the right presentation. Looking polished, professional and creative is key when working independently, so you can show clients the best side of yourself, and inspire confidence that you’re the best person for the job.
But what do you do if you’re not a design-person, or never really learned your way around a Powerpoint? How can you stand out?
The good folks at AND CO from Fiverr are here to help. They’ve put together an eye-catchingly awesome set of free templates for your presentation, mood board, and proposal needs, called Deckstack 2 (They released Deckstack 1 a few months ago—in case you want even more awesome templates).
Make your presentations even more awesome (and beautiful) using these *free* templates.
Even if you’ve never touched a Powerpoint or Keynote presentation before, you’ll be able to navigate these templates and customize them to your needs. Better yet, they’ll look incredible, because these templates feature stunning fonts and beautiful, high-definition photos from ‘Death to Stock’, meaning you won’t have to worry about your work standing out.
So, if you’re looking to save time with your next project without sacrificing quality, check out DeckStack 2, here.
Want more free resources to take your business to the next level? Fiverr Elevate addresses the foundational elements of living the freelance and entrepreneurial lifestyle by providing educational content and partnership access to help navigate financing, company formation, business administration, taxes, retirement savings, and healthcare.
And don’t forget to download AND CO, our free business software for freelancers and studios chock-full of all the invoicing, contracts, and expense tools you need to help you get sh#! done.
Want to know more about DeckStack? Ask in the comments below!
As an entrepreneur, you already have dozens of decisions to make every day. And it can be especially time-consuming to find, vet, and hire people who can help you reach and exceed your business goals.
With Fiverr Pro, we’ve saved you that time. You can choose from our premium-tier selection of professional freelancers with robust portfolios and proven track records, so you can get back to doing what you do best and get first-rate deliverables on everything else you need.
Here are four reasons why hiring a Fiverr Pro is good for business.
You’ll save money and see an increased return on investment.
Hiring full-time employees is expensive: You have to pay their base salary and added costs like benefits and taxes.
For example, the average salary for a social media strategist is $51,097, according to PayScale. But if you’re just getting started on social media and you only need someone to set up your profiles, post twice a week, and respond to comments, that takes a few hours a week – not 40. Instead, you can hire a Fiverr Pro social media strategist for as little as $3,600 a year. You’ll still get a dynamic social media presence for your business, but your return on investment will be much higher.
They’re an expert who creates high-quality results.
It’s always a gamble when you hire new employees. They might not perform, fit the team culture, or be accountable. And if you have a limited budget, there’s even more of a risk because you often have to hire less experienced people who will accept a lower salary.
When you work with a Fiverr Pro, you’ll be hiring someone with years of experience and who is an authority in their niche. Even better? They’ve been selected for the program not only for their talent and skill, but also for their professionalism, interpersonal skills, accountability, work quality, and output. And you’ll be getting all of that for a great price that fits within your budget.
They’ll be accountable and will meet their deadlines.
Among the greatest challenges that come with working with freelancers is the fact that they can be difficult to manage remotely, they miss deadlines, and they often don’t deliver the results you need. There can also be miscommunications about the scope of work and the number of hours needed for completion, so the bill may be much higher than you anticipated.
A Fiverr Pro, on the other hand, is a vetted expert who knows how to meet their deadlines and will always stay accountable for their work. What’s more, when you hire someone on Fiverr, there’s a greater level of transparency and clarity because all of the prices and terms, such as the number of revisions and delivery time, are outlined on the profile. If you hire someone to design your logo, for example, you can see exactly what you’re going to get from the designer, such as three logo proposals, three rounds of revisions, and vector files. You can also see how long the design process will take and you agree on a price up-front instead of worrying about being charged an hourly rate if you ask for revisions. And if you run into any issues, the Fiverr resolution center is there to support you.
They’re focused on strategy and will customize to your project goal and needs.
When you hire a freelancer for a project, often you have to spend a lot of time setting them up for success. If you have an ongoing project like hiring a writer to manage your company’s blog, for example, you want to find a person who you not only work well with and who understands your brand’s voice, but who you can also trust to run a project long-term. But when you hire a Fiverr Pro, you can be confident that person is an expert in their field and knows exactly what they’re doing, so you won’t have to spend a lot of time explaining things to them. And they won’t apply a one-size-fits-all approach – instead they will be flexible enough to execute high-level projects customized to your specific goals and needs. They will look at all the things that make your business unique and help you create a strategy that will lead to long-term success for your business.
Have you worked with a Fiverr Pro? What did you like most about it? Tell us in the comments below!
This can result in more traffic to your website, increased signups to your email list, or more orders for your Fiverr gigs. Quora is the perfect vehicle for getting more leads and eventual conversions as a freelancer.
Learning to navigate Quora for this purpose doesn’t take much effort, and you can generate big rewards. Here are the secrets to success.
Work really hard on your profile.
Quora success begins with your profile because it’s the first thing readers and potential leads look at when they’re navigating the site for the best answers from authority figures. Before people want to read your answer, they want to see if you’re a credible, expert source.
Do the following things to your profile before you answer any question:
Include a thorough About Me blurb.
Highlight your areas of expertise.
Don’t forget to mention your interests.
Include where you’ve worked.
Link to your Fiverr seller page (or business website) from your Quora profile, using a call to action like “See how I can help you get more organic traffic and boost your leads.”
Link up your social media accounts.
Now, think hard about your bio’s tagline, which appears at the top right of each answer you provide. It should brand you as an expert in your field.
Think of using words like:
Your bio should also have:
A winning/personable headshot.
A useful offer (an ebook, a course, etc.).
Links to your best Quora pieces.
Social proof (where your work has appeared or what brands you’ve worked with).
A profile like this attracts positive attention and builds your authority.
Track your Quora metrics like a hawk.
You need to know if your efforts are succeeding, so it’s key to track the right analytics. If your profile or answers aren’t having the impact you expect, you can always re-evaluate and tweak them to increase your lead generation.
You want to see how far your answer’s reach is going. Look in Stats to discover juicy details about metrics like:
Views of specific answers.
Total number of upvotes.
Total number of shares.
You can get more granular with this data, seeing your totals for a specific week, month, three-month period, or all time.
Armed with this data, you can tell which topics are the most popular and generate the most engagement. You can invest more time answering those topics with greater traction. For example, if you see that your answers on inbound marketing get the most views and upvotes, you should concentrate on making that topic your niche.
Learn from inspiring case studies.
Some freelancers and brands have perfected the science and art of using Quora for lead generation and acquisition.
Josh Fechter, 2017 Quora’s top writer
Josh conducted an experiment on Quora, which, after five months, got him thousands of leads to his social media groups and email list. His secret? He answered controversial questions like “At what point should founders take a salary from their startup?” This created debate and discussion, leading to his answer getting more than 100,000 views!
From tactics like this, Josh was able to:
Add more than 2,000 new members (from 6,000 requests) to his Facebook group
Get more than 3,000 new leads to his email list
Generate more than 22,000 followers
Earn more than 8 million views on Quora
Wishpond, a lead-nurturing platform
Wishpond regularly uses Quora to drive massive traffic to its site, and has been doing so for years. In one month, Wishpond succeeded in driving almost 10,000 visitors to its site from Quora alone, thanks to answering questions with authority and focusing on engaging with the Quora community.
Wishpond is so successful with Quora that only Facebook sends more visitors to its site, but Quora beats Twitter, LinkedIn, Tumblr, Pinterest and so many others.
Seize all that opportunity.
Your advantage in using Quora to drive leads to your Fiverr page or profile is the fact that more and more people are using Quora! Everyone understands the basics of the Q&A format, and when it comes to Quora, it has a good reputation.
Have you ever used Quora? What do you think the secrets to success are? Tell us in the comments below!
There comes a time when it’s important to stop, take stock, and understand the playing field before you keep marching forward. Well we’ve done just that by evaluating the state of freelancing in the United States and seeing where people are, what they do, and what they need so that we can deliver. To help you get a better view of the state of the Gig nation too, this week’s Gig Economy News dives into the best places and practices for being an entrepreneur in the Gig Economy today.
The Full Impact
There’s no doubt about it: the Gig Economy is growing. But, we wanted to know how it’s growing, where it’s flourishing, and what the future of freelancing looks like – so we decided to find out! Our brand new Impact Report offers an in-depth look at where freelancers live and what they do today.
With the Gig Economy expanding, it makes sense that the nature of who freelancers are and what they do is shifting too. If you find your own goals and expectations as an entrepreneur changing, you’re not alone. This recent Forbes article about the New Entrepreneur offers some interesting insights into who today’s entrepreneur is and what they’re seeking.
One of the struggles that many entrepreneurs face while freelancing is the lack of protections that moving from client to client can create. Too many freelancers don’t implement a basic contract that would protect their interests and rights, opening themselves up to all kinds of problems down the road. We are working to solve this issue by promoting standardized contracts which are accessible and comprehensive – so check it out and make sure your next client signs one.
Where the Freelancers Are
As the country becomes filled with more freelancers, it’s time to evaluate: is your city freelancer-friendly? Did you know that some cities are better for freelancers than others? It’s no wonder that there are certain hubs which attract freelancers and where residents are more likely to be freelancers. If you’re thinking of moving to follow your freelancing dreams, make sure you check out these top cities before you pack your bags.
What do you think is the future of the Gig Economy? Tell us in the comments!
In our humble opinion, role models make the best models. So we knew we wanted Fiverr community members to be the faces of our Year of Do campaign. We flew in real Fiverr buyers and sellers for a two-day photo shoot with world-famous photographer Platon. Now you can see the results in our out-of-home ads in Washington, DC, San Francisco, and New York—and most recently, Brooklyn!
Meet Greg Molinar: Fiverr buyer, Brooklyn resident, and one of the faces of our In Doers We Trust campaign. Find out what makes Greg tick as an entrepreneur in the interview below, and then head to our Insta Stories for behind-the-scenes outtakes from the shoot and a peek at the daily life of a BK doer.
Tell us a little about you. Who you are, where you’re from, what you do.
So my name is Greg Molinar, aka Gee Wizz. I’m a dad of two beautiful children. I am also a hip-hop artist who is trying to put purpose into production.
You’re a multipreneur, to say the least. Tell us about some of your side hustles.
I am into multiple things due to my constant need to create. Outside out of music, a group of friends and I have a production company called ‘Clean Fun Comedy.’ We produce skits and are currently filming our first short film. You can check some skits out at cleanfuncomedy.com!
I am also in the early stages of putting together a platform of inspiration for creatives and dream chasers, together with one of my good friends who is a U.S. track star.
What drives you as an entrepreneur? Why do you do what you do?
What drives me is the need to create. It’s not as much that I sit down and make myself think of ideas or lyrics when I’m writing music. It’s more inspired, it more or less comes to me. The purpose behind the things I do is clear though. Production with purpose. Purpose in doing what I can to push people forward, to give people hope and to let them know it’s okay to “chase your dream.”
How do you use Fiverr as a business? What do you use it for? Why do you like working with freelancers?
I’ve used Fiverr for everything from logo creation to digital images construction. A Fiverr freelancer helped me come up with mixtape cover, and I’ve also used Fiverr to help promote my music. I love how Fiverr allows me to see every freelancer’s skill set as well as read reviews, compare rates, and browse categories.
We were honored to have you as one of our real-life “role” models featured in the In Doers We Trust campaign. How do you feel about being the face of Fiverr?
Working with Fiverr for the In Doers We Trust ads was amazing. Seeing yourself on a billboard or the side of a bus is crazy to me. It was definitely a wonderful experience and I am ever thankful for the opportunity.
Greg’s In Doers We Trust bus stops traffic in New York City.
What was it like to work with Platon?
Working with Platon was SPECIAL. Before we started to shoot, he sat down and asked me some questions about myself. He then spoke to me a bit about life, told me a story about a talk he had with Muhammad Ali (you know, as one does) and gave me what seemed to be a life lesson in five minutes. The way he was able to connect with me and bring things out of me made the experience unforgettable, and I feel you can sense that in the photos he took.
We’re thrilled to be launching our out of home ads right here in Brooklyn. What do you think makes doers in BK special?
Doers in BK is special due to the fact of wanting to be atop the boroughs. Think of the Nets going there, the way BK has morphed into a new place and when it comes to music, forget about it. BK is home to Biggie, Jay-Z and Fabolous, two of which many people would argue are the greatest ever. I just believe the grind and hustle is deep-rooted there.
Greg reps his hometown in the Bedford subway station.
What advice do you have for first-time Fiverr buyers?
Advice for first-time buyers is to shop around. Read the descriptions of what the people are offering and read the reviews. One of the other cool attributes on Fiverr is being able contact the sellers before you purchase a Gig.
What are your business goals for 2018?
My goals for 2018 are heavy. I just released my mixtape on May 2nd. My team and I continually film skits and am currently filming our short film that we will be submitting to some film festivals. I am also in process of writing and recording for a collab EP I am doing with some friends who are also artists and will be working on my EP after that.
Have a question for Greg? Ask him in the comments below—and follow along as he takes over our Instagram Stories today to show us a day in the life of a BK doer!
The freelance economy has grown rapidly over the last five years, with a massive increase in accessibility and opportunity for freelancers everywhere. Much of that opportunity has come through platforms and digital marketplaces like Fiverr, which not only provide a global community of opportunity to work with but act as intermediaries and a support system for when boundaries are crossed.
Even with the explosion of freelance work, governmental bodies have been slow to change the legal structures that exist for traditional employees and don’t include independents, creating liabilities for doers everywhere.
We’ve always strived to keep Fiverr an inclusive and accepting community, and our strong Terms of Service gives us the ability to handle any instances of abuse, harassment and misconduct, which are investigated quickly and dealt with properly by our Customer Support team.
But not all freelancers work online, and for those who do, it may not represent all of their business. That leaves many freelancers on their own when it comes to sexual harassment, without an outlet or HR department with whom to raise a problem and no financial safety net in the case of an issue.
Fiverr is a platform built for all freelancers and entrepreneurs to create sustainable, long-term success. When Fiverr acquired AND CO last year and made the platform free for all users, it was aimed at giving freelancers access to standardized contract creation, written to be consistent with the Freelance Isn’t Free Act in New York City, making those same protections the standard for freelancers everywhere.
Just one year later, in a very different world, Fiverr and AND CO have amended the Standardized Freelance Contract to include explicit language around sexual harassment, legally protecting freelancers both in terms of the behavior they encounter and the financial outcomes that come with blowing the whistle on inappropriate conduct.
To learn more, head over to AND CO to hear more on the protections Fiverr and AND CO are creating, and the longer-term vision of standardizing the freelance lifestyle.
Here’s how to identify the questions with the most potential for exposure and craft your answers with masterful expertise that will promote your brand as a thought leader.
How to find the best Quora questions.
To find the questions with the most potential for getting leads and conversions, search for and choose the questions within your niche of expertise, so that you can answer in an authoritative way. (Also look for the threads whose questions have generated a lot of views but that have relatively few answers provided.)
If you work in web design or digital marketing, for example, look for question threads featuring those topics.
What digital marketing strategy produces the most leads?
Ideally, these topics are areas in which you’ve already exhibited some form of authority – such as by having authored a blog post, article or opinion piece on the subject.
How to craft the perfect Quora answer.
Now that you’ve located the question thread with lots of views and few answers that’s also in your niche, this is your perfect opportunity to make your answer count and drive leads and conversions to your site.
Stand out from the majority of Quora answers – which are usually poorly worded, unclear or irrelevant – by editing and proofreading your answer. Ensure your answer is concise and authoritative.
It’s also important to break up your response into smaller, easily digestible paragraphs.
Tip – Use the usual arsenal of good writing, like:
Bolding important parts
Italicizing key segments
Including links that fit naturally within your sentence.
Finally, ensure that the content of your answer is extremely substantive and very helpful. A good Quora answer includes the following:
Direct and relevant information for the question asked
Actionable knowledge for the question asked
Rationale that supports the answer
Credibility by including reliable sources, stats, etc.
Clarity to avoid misunderstandings.
Here’s a successful Quora answer.
The whole point of leaving a Quora answer is to build your online authority and drive traffic back to your gig or Fiverr profile, which you can only do if people vote up your answer enough times because you’ve provided value. This is harder than you may expect because Quora removes links that are irrelevant, fail to answer the question, or are too self-promotional.
To see what a successful answer looks like, consider Sarah Kathleen Peck’s answer to How do I attract the first 1,000 subscribers for a content website?, which has more than 200 upvotes.
Note that she’s able to keep the links in her answer, even those to a site she’s plugging.
Takeaway – A successful Quora answer must:
Directly respond to the question
Provide helpful information
Give actionable ideas
Must be clearly formatted
Offer great value to people interested in the question
Make the most of Quora.
Using the Q&A format to highlight your expertise as a freelancer is well worth the effort since Quora has more than 200 million monthly unique visitors. By taking the time to find questions you know a lot about and crafting answers that provide deep value to anyone reading the question, you’ll increase your authority and acquire more leads.
Have you ever used Quora? Tell us about it in the comments below!
Raising kids is the hardest job in the world. Raising kids while running your own biz and getting sh*t done?! Borderline impossible! But kickass mamas do it all the time, so in honor of this mom-tastic day, we decided to pay homage to these super-hero go-getters.
We asked three of our favorite triple-threat mothers/sellers/doers to illustrate hilarious, everyday moments in the life of the mompreneurs. We’ve got the perspectives of a working mom, an expecting working mom, and the daughter of a mom who’s comically interpreted the struggle. Enjoy a LOL on this Mother’s Day. You’ve earned it.
By seller saradonato.
Created by seller luvbeautiful.
Created by seller Camilosandovalm.
Calling all mothers! What are your tips for other mompreneurs? Leave them in the comments below!