There’s never enough time in a day to do all the things we want to do. We can get help for cheap, however. Fiverr.com is a website where freelancers offer to do odd jobs for a one-time fee.
- Free up your time and eliminate stress.
- Pass on the tasks you dislike or don’t do well.
- The professionals on Fiverr may have suggestions for the job that you didn’t consider, thus raising the quality bar.
Sample Fiverr Freelancers a Dark Fiction Writer Might Hire
- Horror Podcast Cover Art
- Horror Soundtrack for Podcast, Promo Video, Website, etc.
- Audio Voiceover for Dark Projects
- Book Trailer Production
- Design Social Media Banners, Headers, Ads, etc.
- Go to Fiverr.com and “Join.” It’s free to join. Fiverr takes a commission on any work you actually hire someone to do.
- Fill out all the information they request once you’re sure you want to use it. They are secure and well-established. You can use Paypal or input a credit card.
- Browse the freelancers and find one that does what you need. See the tips below for how to pick a good freelancer.
- Fiverr holds your payment in escrow while your freelancer does the job.
- The freelancer alerts you when the job is done, and you approve the payment.
Choosing a Freelancer
Be somewhat discriminating when you choose your freelancer.
- Start by mousing over the menu bar at the top of the page. You’ll get dropdowns of all the types of freelancers you can hire. Look for the type that best suits your need.
- Look under the heading “Business” for the most useful freelancers. This is where you’ll find virtual assistants, for example.
- In the list, pay attention to the number and quality of reviews a freelancer has received.
- Click on the freelancer to go to their profile. On the profile, look for the following clues:
- How many likes/hearts do they have?
- Do they have any orders in their queue? A lot could mean they’re overwhelmed. A few is okay. If they have any here, make sure you get an estimate on how long they think your job will take when you contact them.
- Make sure their description of what they do matches what you need. Query if in doubt.
- Notice the levels of service near the top/right. Basic, Standard, and Premium. Look at each of them. This will give you a better idea of how much they charge. Your project may require more than just Basic-level service.
- Look at the general level of their English. They don’t need to be fluent, but they do need to have the ability to communicate in English. Many freelancers live in countries other than the United States. This is not a problem unless they don’t speak English well.
- Scroll down the page to see reviews and to learn more about how this freelancer does business.
- Remember, once you’ve decided on a freelancer, don’t book them (“Continue” button). Message them (“Contact Seller” button).
Tips & Best Practices
- You have the option to give a tip once a job is completed. Don’t feel obligated. It’s not required, but it is a nice thing to do.
- Write a review of the freelancer’s work. Bad reviews can damage a freelancer’s rating on the site, so it’s in their best interest to give you excellent service. Good reviews boost their rating and help their credibility.
- It’s important that you contact the freelancer before booking, explain your job, and ask if they’re interested. Let them send you a job proposal so you get an accurate quote for the work. If you don’t like the quote, reject the job.
- Once you find a great freelancer, you can use them again and begin to build a relationship of trust with them. They’ll learn more about your jobs, and you won’t have to micromanage them.
- You’re the boss, and this is a business relationship. Be professional, communicate your needs clearly, give feedback in a professional manner, and be grateful for a job well done.
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