Part 3 (Gig Promoting and Buyer requests)
Selling and marketing
First: Buyer requestsAlthough the main concept in Fiverr is to have sellers offer their services so that clients can buy them according to their needs, Fiverr allows clients to put requests and sellers can bid on them using their Gigs. Sellers can find such requests in the buyer requests page. It is notable here that sellers will see only the requests of the same category of their Gigs. So if you have one Gig only under the graphic design category you would see only buyer requests in this category. Hence it is highly recommended to create as many Gigs as you are permitted to in different categories. That means if you have a skill in other category rather than graphic design you better create a Gig for it. On the other hand creating all Gigs in graphic design only wouldn’t be a wise idea. To access buyer requests page from Fiverr home page click on Settings then choose buyer requests from the drop down menu (see Figure 1). Bellow figure 2 shows how buyer requests page look like. To bid your offer on a request we move the mouse cursor over it. Then a Send offer green button will show up on the right (see figure 2). Click on Send offer button to bid your offer then you will see the following picture (see figure 3) In this window you can see a list of your gigs. Select the Gig of the same category of the request. We will select our logo design Gig here. Then we can write a brief description of our offer in the next window (see figure 4). In this window we should determine the delivery time and your offer details. Note: you are allowed to bid on only 10 requests per day.
Second: How to promote my Gig.Whenever you create a new gig you can share it to social media in the 6th phase of creating a new Gig (see part 2). You can share your Gig to Facebook, Googe+, Linkedin, and Twitter. So you better have an account in each one of them so you can share to it. As long as Facebook is the most widey used social media platform we will focus on it.
Gig promoting in Facebook:The very basic thing you can do here is to share your Gig to your timeline. Thus all your followers will be able to see it. However, that is not the perfect practice in our situation. The perfect practice is to create a special account for your business. Then you can add only who may be interested in your services.
Share to Gig promoting Facebook groups
share to Facebook pages.
Share to Facebook groups of potential customers
Sharing in other social media platformsThe same way you can share in Linked in and Twitter. Consider using relative Hash tags in twitter. This makes your Tweet visible to those who search for the particular tag you hashed. For example but a hash tag before the word Fiverr and the word Gig. Hint: you can connect social media accounts and allow one account to auto share your posts to all of your other accounts on other social media platforms. Finally I wish you the best luck. I hope you found this article useful Part 1
PPH new service feePeoplePerHour is not the first freelance platform to raise it’s service fees. In May 2016 Upwork (Formerly oDesk) announced a new sliding service fee. According to which freelancers charged 20% of their earnings unless they make 500$+ in all contracts of the same client. Thus Upwork freelancers who work with different clients paid 20% service fees. Now PPH announced a PPH new service fee “scheme“. According to it if you earn less than £500 | €600 | $650 in any month, your fee will be 20%. (For Sellers registered after March 21, 2017). PPH justified the new service fee scheme saying “Established and loyal members, worry not! …… we will continue honouring this for our regular and loyal Sellers”. but by the end of the announcement they said “Bear in mind that if you do miss the monthly goal, you will automatically fall into the newly designed Service Fee scheme. Therefore we advise you to remember to invoice Buyers regularly!”. A saying that made PPH sellers ask “What kind of honoring? punishing us for missing the monthly Goal?”. It must be a silly joke or an April lie as silly as Upwork joke saying “Ubama joined Upwork”. It was actually almost the same poor, and insane justification as Upwork’s when they announced their new service fee sliding. Upwork justification was “To this point, Upwork has subsidized the costs of processing payments on the platform. With this change, clients making payments on Upwork will be paying a portion of this cost.” Garnor M said. That means Upwork is still subsidizing a portion of the costs of processing payments!!.
PPH sellers opinions:PPH new service fee met with angry sellers who didn’t like the new service fee scheme. We quote bellow some PPH freelancer’s opinions about it. mzalewski: “Not sure I’m happy about this. It’s obvious you’re trying to convert existing users over to the newer rates” Paul: “How many people are you prepared to lose to other platforms due to this change? For those of us who are VAT registered like myself, for example, if we were forced onto that structure because of a “dry month”, we get £300 out of the first £500. I would be far happier to pay a monthly subscription as with other platforms than this.” Eno Eteng: “I would have been happier if something was given to Sellers such as extra connects. Why would I have to get stuck with my 15 connects and still have to pay 20% of work done with such a measly amount of Connects? At least on Upwork, I get to bid for 30 jobs with free connects. Here, we pay for everything: profile features, extra connects, etc!” Adam: “20% ?? For what? Pure and simple it’s a cash grab.”
Our reviewWhen Upwork started its new sliding service fee too many freelancers left the platform. They started working on other platforms such as Fiverr. But the amount of freelancers left upwork didn’t have a big effect because Upwork had already a huge number of freelancers since the join of Odesk and Elance. On the other hand PPH with only 1.5M registered users it would be worse losing a portion of talented sellers.
The dream team of talented freelancers6 hours Ago Lena E Upwork community manager announced one of the most interesting announcements in Upwork life time. It may be the most interesting announcement in the remote work world. “We’re announcing Upwork Rainmakers, a “dream team” of talented freelancers. Each individual brings unparalleled skills and experience to clients, adding to the quality talent already available through Upwork.” said Lena E “Among the Upwork Rainmakers already confirmed are:
- Barack Obama – political consulting
- Kim Kardashian – social media marketing
- Tina Fey – script writing
- Banksy – logo design
- Dalai Lama – Zendesk
- Warren Buffett – financial forecasting
- Angela Merkel – German translation
- Richard Branson – cloud services
- Marc Benioff – Salesforce
- Cristiano Ronaldo – business goals
- Siri – language recognition
Did you believe this announcement. 🙂Just don’t. Actually it was a silly joke by announced on Upwork Blog which “falls on April Fools Day”. That was a joke that really got every one on upwork community and even on other social media. Actually Upwork team released the announcement first on the Official Upwork announcement board by Lina E. In which she said “For more information, read our blog post here.”. Then when you follow the link to the blog you will find out that it was a big joke. Nice trek by upwork to get some attention. Though might think it is not acceptable joke to be said by a professional remote work platform like upwork. Related topics
Upwork community manager announced at earlier time of January 2017 that Upwork is planning to extend the “waiting period” freelancers should wait to retake an Upwork skill test.
IntroductionAlthough Upwork skills tests is one of the most powerful advantages as a remote work platform. Not only because there is tests for most of the skills but also because its free of charge. Other freelance platforms like freelancer.com charges fees on skills tests . “We have a couple of options in mind for the new “waiting period”, 90 days and 180 days. This would mean that after taking a Skill Test, if you tried retaking that same test, you’d be blocked from doing so until either 90 days or 180 days have passed.” said , Upwork community manager
Upwork Community members sample reviews
Freelancers reviews 🙁“The skills tests are hopelessly outdated. Making us wait longer to retake them won’t change that. All of the Adobe software tests, for example, are at least three years behind, and don’t reflect any of the new features of the Creative Cloud model. The basic English language tests are available by a quick Google to get 100% without any effort.” “Hello. Kindly leave the tests’ wait time the way they are. Do not extend the waiting period so outrageously.” “Wrong direction. 30 days is way too long. One week, or 10 days is plenty of time. ”
Clients reviews 🙂“In general I don’t find test results that useful as a client. I glance at them but rarely use them to make a recruiting decision, because I find they’re not very indicative of skill at the moment. So improvements to the test system across the board would be welcome.” “I like the 90 day option because it could, indeed, encourage the freelancer to improve their skills. I also like it because it might be effective in discouraging wannabe freelancers who probably don’t belong on the platform in the first place.”
Our reviewIt seems that the free concept is resulting in lazy testing system. Everyone can notice that questions are not changing for long while. That was the reason Upwork set a long waiting time of 30 days before a freelancer can retake the same test. But instead of developing the tests adding new questions, Upwork team came up with a poor idea. The brilliant idea is to extend the already long “waiting time” 3 time or 6 times longer. Freelancers in Upwork used to retake skills tests for two reasons: 1- if they failed in a test. 2- if they wish to get a higher score. The time extending idea might be reasonable only in the second case. Freelancers who passed the test would face no problem waiting a bit longer to enhance their score. But in the first case it is completely unfair to make freelancers wait even for 30 days. Given that some skills may only take two weeks to learn.
ConclusionExtending the test retake time to 90 days instead of 30 would make no difference. The best thing Upwork can do at this point, is to increase the pool of questions. Or may be Upwork should use a third party to have a professional testing system. Related topics:
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Freelancer Annual report: the most interesting spots
Number of usersThe number of freelancers and clients registered on freelancer.com reached 18.5 Million users. In 2005 This number was about 2 Million users. So we can see that the number of users jumped about 925% in the past 10 years.
Number of jobsThe total number of jobs and contests posted in freelancer was redefined in January 2016. Filtered for spam, advertising, test projects, or otherwise projects that are deemed bad and unable to be fulfilled.
Investmentsin 2015 more than 3 Billion US dollars invested in jobs posted with average job size of 156 US$. This makes freelancer.com one of the biggest online crowd sourcing platforms.
Other interesting facts
- 65% of the jobs posted have received bids within only seconds.
- in 2015 freelancer supported 34 different language.
- more than 900 different skills are available.
- more than 700K user downloaded freelancer mobile app.
- More than 8M contest entries have bid on More than 266K contests posted in 2015.
- the number of contest increased by 51%.
What is outsourcing?“Outsourcing is the strategic use of outside resources to perform activities traditionally handled by internal stuff and resources” Dave Griffiths
Online Outsourcing“Online outsourcing or freelancing platforms match employers (firms and individuals) and workers to perform work online. The process of finding a job, performing the job and being paid for the job all take place online.” SAORI IMAIZUMI In 2013, at least 145 online outsourcing marketplaces or platforms were identified globally, although the true number is likely to be higher. Some of these platforms are very large: 17 million registered users at Freelancer and 9.7 million at Upwork. About 10 percent of registered workers are active. The United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Israel are the top five hiring countries on oDesk (now part of Upwork)—the largest online freelancing platform. the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Israel are the top five hiring countries on oDesk (now part of Upwork)—the largest online freelancing platform.the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Israel are the top five hiring countries on oDesk (now part of Upwork)—the largest online freelancing platform.
The benefits of online outsourcing for workers:1- They can access jobs with higher wags than many can access in their home countries. 2- They can work flexibly from home. 3- It enables workers to earn extra money besides regular jobs. 4- Workers can always select only the work they love to do. 5- Most online freelance platforms doesn’t require education certificates, unlike traditional hiring process for internal workers. Figure 1: Main advantages and disadvantages of online work: Results from survey on Microworkers.com Source: Survey of online workers on microworkers.com, where the majority of workers are from developing countries, especially South Asia. The survey was done as part of the background work for the World Development Report 2016.
The benefits of online outsourcing for employers:1- Outsourcing reduce costs. When internal stuff performs the work, the company will have to afford the costs of the facilities in which internal stuff will work. The rent of the office, electricity bills, … etc. Where as the costs to outsource the activities can be relatively way cheaper. 2- No long term commitments required with workers. 3- The ability of finding a high talented workers from any where in the world. 4- Fastest work turn over. Many freelancers work even in holidays and any time of the day. This actually makes hiring a freelancer for a task is better than giving it to an internal worker. The internal worker will only work during the work time of the day and will not work in holidays absolutely. 5- Faster hiring process. Employers can get an online worker hired, and start working on the job in literally a few minutes. While hiring a new internal worker to do the job might requires a few days in the best scenario.
Challenges of online outsourcing.For employers There is many challenges affects the success of the hiring process. There are also many challenges affects the quality of work they get. For example:
- Well, lets face the fact that most freelancers in the world are from developing countries. Actually a study done by Payoneer shows that 40% of freelance jobs offered worldwide is taken by Indian freelancers only.
- Although freelance platforms adopt different ways to verify the freelancers skills. It is too difficult to make sure online workers have the enough skills to have jobs done with good quality. In fact it is a big challenge for employers to test and verify the freelancers skills before using them.
- Also the work turn over is a challenge it self because outsourcing work online can’t be directly supervised.
- Inexperienced freelancers might be a victim to fraud because they are not aware of how to guarantee that employer is willing to pay.
- Time control is not easy at all. So it is a big challenge for any freelancer to control his working hours especially for those who work from home.
- Distraction elimination is another challenge. When you work from any where you are your supervisor so you probably wouldn’t be able to avoid distraction.
- Marketing your work. When you work for others as an internal worker you never care about marketing. But working for your own, you have to market for your services in order to sell them, and this is a great challenge.
DiscussionThe workforce in the biggest economies are rapidly heading to online outsourcing because its great benefits. So there lies a very promising opportunity for freelancers from all the countries to hunt. Although we listed a long list of challenges or disadvantages of online freelance, it doesn’t make full time local work any better. Actually all the challenges discussed earlier can be easily beaten. For example employer can always ask the freelancer to do a sample work to make sure he got the required skills to do the job. Also freelancer can always manage their time and learn how to promote their services. Finally, there is a lot of tips written by experienced freelancers and clients to help others overcome these challenges, we are listing some bellow:
Since India has the second highest number of freelance professionals (about 15M), standing next only to the US (approx 53M). These 15M Indian freelancers take up a whopping 40% of total freelance jobs offered worldwide. Hence this clearly manifests the dominance of Indian Freelancers over their western counterparts.
Contract Hiring in India is Catching upWhen we say that the US has 53M freelance professionals, it’s important to note that half of them work on contracts as consultants with one or more companies at a time. While India’s contract workforce is in nascent stages; however, India is catching up with the west as startups actively seek out senior professionals from various industries to work on contract – something they could not afford on full-time payroll .
Burgeoning Startup Ecosystem in IndiaIndia has the fastest growing startup ecosystem and the third highest number of technology driven startups worldwide, trailing behind only the US and the UK.
Most In-demand Skills for Freelancers in India in 2016
- Cloud and Distributed Computing.
- Content Marketing.
- User Interface Design.
- Graphics Design.
- Digital and Online Marketing.
- Web Architecture and Development Frameworks.
- Perl / Python / Ruby.
- Data Presentation.
- Mobile Development.
- Algorithm Design.
- Social Media Marketing.
- Game Development.
- Shell Scripting Languages.
- Middleware and integration software.
- PR and Communications.
- We have identified 145 online staffing platform businesses operating around the world. This including 33 “witkeys” (the Chinese variant of online staffing). There are actually likely to a larger number of tiny platform businesses we have not detected yet.
Annual spends of online staffing platforms
- In 2013, only a fairly small number of these online staffing business processed annual spend of more than $25 million, with the now-merged Elance-oDesk being the industry giant by far with combined spend of $750 million. In 2014, however, more platforms should cross the $100 million level of annual spend.
- All platforms globally processed an estimated $1.4 billion-1.6 billion of gross spend (dollar value of work completed and paid for) in 2013. 2014 seems to be shaping up to be another year of very strong double digit growth in this segment.