Yay! My first Tip on Fiverr

Last Update: April 29, 2018

Have you ever been tipped?

Once upon a time, I was a waitress and tips were the highlight of my day. In our country at that time, waitrons earned below minimum wage, so we lived for our tips and off our tips.

Fastforward a couple of years to when I was a Massage Therapist. I worked for myself so pay was way better. Still, it felt awesome when someone enjoyed their treatment so much that they left a tip.

Tips make you feel valued, don't they?

But it's been a long time since I've worked in a tipping environment.

So you can imagine my excitement when I received an email from Fiverr yesterday with the headline:

"You've just been Tipped!"


I knew the Tipping option existed on Fiverr because I've bought a few Gigs myself and left tips.

However, this is the first tip I've received.

Woohoo!

It's especially surprising as this is the first order I've received on Fiverr in aaages.

I get a lot of enquiries on Fiverr but not many sales. This hasn't really bothered me because I think most people choose to buy directly from my site.

I also usually prefer selling directly off my site because I don't have to pay Fiverr 20% commission or wait 2 weeks for my payment to clear. And then yet another week for clearance in Paypal.

However, there are three really clear bonuses of selling on Fiverr.

Benefits of Selling on Fiverr

1. Payment is Guaranteed.

Buyers pay for their gig upfront and Fiverr holds the money until the order has been fulfilled and then for a couple of weeks afterwards to ensure their is no come-back.

When I deal with new clients, there's always a fear that they won't pay me. However, I've found that most buyers are honest and pay promptly, on the same day or within a day or two.

The longest I've ever waited is 3 weeks and I had to follow up with a number of emails requesting payment. So one slow payer so far. Zero non-payers.

2. Reviews are Encouraged.

I love getting 5 Star Reviews on Fiverr and because of their step-by-step system, it's very seldom that a client will complete an order without leaving a great review.

On the other hand, I struggle to get people to even place an order properly in my Woo Commerce shop (they prefer to just email me the order so they can pay once I've completed the work) and very few have left reviews.

3. You can receive Tips!

What a pleasure.

I charge $25 on both Fiverr and my shop for this particular service, but on Fiverr I'd only clear $20 (after the 20% deduction).

Receiving a $10 tip (again Fiverr took their 20%, leaving me with an $8 tip), meant I cleared $28 for this order.

So for once, I actually earned more on Fiverr for a gig than I would if I was selling direct. And payment was guaranteed. And I got another 5 Star Review.

Now I know what You're Thinking...

Why do you charge the same on Fiverr as you do on your site? Surely you could be earning the same for your Fiverr gigs if you simply upped your pricing on Fiverr?

YES. Sure. I thought so too. And I tried it.

But.... I never received any orders on Fiverr in that period.

Because the perceived value wasn't there.

The value of something is determined by what people are willing to pay for it.

And from the face of it, that gig is worth $25.

Plus, there's another very important business principle at play here...

Suppliers should never undercut their resellers...

I learned this lesson while I was Head of Network Marketing for a company selling Nutritional Supplements.

When I joined the company, we had a network of people selling products person-to-person. And we had a new Retail Division selling products into Pharmacies.

We have a huge discount pharmacy in the country that would drive our prices down through bulk discounts and early settlement discounts. On top of this, they would also sometimes advertise our most popular product as a loss leader.

Their price would drop to below the price the networkers were paying for the product.

Every time the Pharmacies would run a Special, the Networkers would be up in arms.

Our Retail Division and Networking Division were at war until we found a solution... selling different products to the network and Retail.

But I digress... this post was about TIPPING, wasn't it?

Enough with the lessons in business...

Over to YOU

Have you Received Tips on Fiverr?

Or any Tip for that matter?

How did it make you feel?

To Your Success



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Igor13 Premium
Hi Lauren!

Tips are always welcome of course! they make one feel good. I am a teacher for years already and when I was teaching tennis I used to get tips as well. It showed me that the client was happy with the teaching.

I have never offered my skills on Fiverr! I can teach tennis, astrology and affiliate and online marketing, create graphics, set up websites ( I am certified website creator), etc.

I might consider offering some skills on Fiverr, why not!

If you agree, please contact me in private and we can discuss the issue! I would like to get some tips from you!

Thanks in advance,
Best regards,
Igor
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GiuliaB Premium
Sorry for my late comment, Lauren. As ever, I keep working on catch up mode here #lol But really great to hear about the Fiverr features. I must say, I still struggle, but possibly it may be due to the fact that I don't persevere. Out of interest, do you advertise your Fiverr profile on your website or on your social media?

Giulia :)
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laurenjean Premium
Hi Giulia, yes, I do. I've written a couple of posts mentioning Fiverr as well.
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GiuliaB Premium
Thanks Lauren, that makes sense. I am really gonna have to brush the dust of my Fiverr profile and start advertising my services more actively :)
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LouisaB Premium
As of now I will be getting tips. I wasn't aware of this.
Thank you for the tip.

Congrats!

Louisa B
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laurenjean Premium
Aah, awesome, Louisa! You are most welcome.
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Kyra-Lynn Premium
Hey Lauren,

You've definitely given me quite a bit to think about! I never thought to charge for my services, I thought that if I offered free initial consultations that would get people engaged enough that in the end they'd make their product purchase through my site....but I seem to remember someone at some point in my life telling me never to do something I'm good at for free....maybe I should look into Fiverr? Not sure that I'd want someone taking 20% of my profit though.

I know there has to be a way to get paid right from my site for my services and I think if I can figure that part out I'll be off to the races not having to pay out 20% to Fiverr. But I have no idea how to do this....and on the other hand tipping ability would be nice.....I just don't know. Is it possible to set up a tip option directly on my site in the payment process? or would that come across to people as being conceded?

If I only go through Fiverr and not through my site then I could set my price so that I feel compensated for my services regardless of the 20%, but then you talk about 'the price people are willing to pay.' I've never found anybody in my particular niche that's offering consultation services like I am so I have no ballpark range to base my pricing from.

You mention changing the amount you charge on Fiverr, would this work for say a monthly promotion every 6 months where I reduce the price to bring in new customers and then put the pricing back up after the promotion ends?

I appreciate you taking time to read this Lauren! I hope you can help me make a decision about this as I made up a business card design and put on it that my initial consultations are free, but I haven't printed them out yet so I still have time to change it if I feel like it.

I've searched pretty much all of WA for pricing on services and only came up with going rates for web design, gonna try google next.

Kyra-Lynn
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laurenjean Premium
Hi Kyra-Lynn,

So sorry for the delayed response. I've been swamped.

Yes, you can be paid for your services directly on your site. I use the Woo Commerce plugin for my shop.

I would encourage you to try selling on a freelance platform like Fiverr first as it gives you the chance to get known, you are accessing a market of people looking for services.

On Fiverr you have to start with $5 orders, after 20% commission you will earn $4 on each one. Hey, if you were planning to offer your services free, $4 is still something.

I only added my shop to my site after I'd been selling gigs on Fiverr for about a year.

I've never thought of running a promotion on Fiverr, I have the feeling that would work better on your own site.

Once you're on a freelancing platform you can also see what others charge for their services and what gigs are popular. I would think business card design would sell very well on Fiverr - great idea!!

Hope that gives you the information you need to proceed. At the end of the day, only you can decide what's best for you.

All the best
Lauren
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queenredgie Premium
Hi Lauren
What do you sell on your Woo Commerce site? I suppose I was thinking of WC as more for products rather than services if is what you use it for?
Not exactly sure either how the guest posting works? is that you allowing people to sell themselves and their products/services on your site?
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LTMLifestyle Premium
Weldone Lauren. I don't use Fiverr at all, maybe it's time I look at it.
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laurenjean Premium
Thanks so much, Lilian. Go for it, I can say that it's been well worth it for me. It certainly got the ball rolling.
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LTMLifestyle Premium
Great to know. I will definitely check it out
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newmarketpro Premium
I used services from Fiverr quite a bit. What's your ID there Lauren ? Maybe one of these days I would stop by at your gigs store.
Awesome side income...

:)
Joe
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laurenjean Premium
Hi Joe, aw sweet. Thanks for the kind offer. I think I'd be going against WA policy to add my Fiverr Link here, I'll send you a PM.
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StPaul Premium
Wow great! Keep rocking!
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laurenjean Premium
Thanks Paul!
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TaniaHersel Premium
Enjoyed learning about Fiverr. Well done on the tip and your success.
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laurenjean Premium
Thanks, Tania. Glad you enjoyed.
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ElaineSmith1 Premium
Great post and I was always going above and beyond at work. All I ever got was a pat on the back and a way to go. But when times got hard for me I was just shown the door. Not a good experience in my eyes but that was the past.

Tried and True

Elaine
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laurenjean Premium
Thanks for your perspective, Elaine. Oh yes... work can be like that. UGH. Glad that's all in the past.
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heljam404A Premium
Great inspirational post, thank you.
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laurenjean Premium
Pleasure Robert. Pleased you enjoyed.
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DianneBee Premium
I have used Fiverr and I always tip. Minimum wage is $12.50 an hour so it's amazing to actually get a job done for $5. Yay for tips!
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laurenjean Premium
Oh wonderful, Dianne!! I don't charge $5 anymore for my Fiverr gigs but yes, I agree... makes so much sense to tip if you're getting quality work at a low price.
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LynneHuy Premium
Yes I have been tipped a few times on Fiverr and it feels great, in fact you gave me a tip once there! My biggest Fiverr tip was $20 which was really great and made my day :)
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laurenjean Premium
Was an absolute pleasure to tip you, Lynne... wish I could say it was me who had given you the $20 tip!! I can just imagine how that would have made your day.
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LindaF Premium
Ya I agree with you it feels great getting a tip, I worked as a waitress and car hoping as a young girl and we lived off our tips It was great at the end of an evening to count up my tips. Then later on as a hairdresser got lots of tips there and Christmas was a very special time of year. One year I got so many gift that I shared them with my co-workers. I felt bad that most of them didn’t get too much. Then I put in my own shop and the clients tipped my workers that really felt great because I new my co-workers were very good. Although they were well paid because they receiver 50% profits after minimum wage.
Later on in life I worked in a large hotel chain and the manager had us pool all the tips and recycling. First I worked in a smaller Motel and we were aloud to keep our tips and recycling that came to quite a bit.When I moved to a large hotel chain as night auditor. The owner was a East Indian and had us pool all the tips. Housekeeping was a very hard thing to keep up with and he always went through a lot of housekeeper because the girls never seen any of the tips I thought that was very unethical for him to do that. Recycling was a real biggy at the hotel especially in the summer.
So it was nice to hear your story on tipping thanks for sharing
Always a better way Linda
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laurenjean Premium
Oh, wonderful Linda! Thanks for sharing your tipping stories. What fun.
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LindaF Premium
I guess I do get cared away sorry about that
Linda(0:
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SCash Premium
Congrats and good point I try to always give a 5 star rating when warranted have given tips in the past I will be more aware of that also. What type services do you have gigs for?
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laurenjean Premium
Thanks, Sheryl. Most of my gigs are offering to publish guest posts on my site.
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Freedomseekr Premium
Way to go Lauren! I haven't yet used Fiverr, but I may give it a try sometime. I had no idea people could give tips there, that is awesome to hear...if someone does an outstanding job it should be rewarded! Congrats on the tip and the 5-star reviews! I'm sure you'll be getting more of those in the future, keep up the good work.

Thanks for sharing your experiences with Fiverr, btw. I hadn't known they take 20% for each sale either, lol.
Best wishes :) ~Sherry
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laurenjean Premium
Thanks for your enthusiasm, Sherry! Glad you learned a few new things in this post.
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lynnsam61 Premium
I've never offered my services on Fiverr but I've used Fiverr and tip if I'm happy with the job. Tipping is a great way to show appreciation and I always tip if the job is low-paying and the person does a great job. Housekeepers at hotels are the most overlooked I think when it comes to tips so I always leave a nice tip for them if it's warranted.
I had no idea that Fiverr gets 20% of the tip though. Wow.

Erica
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laurenjean Premium
That's awesome of you, Erica. Yeah... Interesting, hey? It's in Fiverr's vested interest to encourage tipping because they also take their cut.
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jetrbby80316 Premium
Woo Hoo! "You've Been Tipped" is great but getting a "5 Star Review" is wonderful!
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laurenjean Premium
Thanks Kaju!! So far all 5 Star Reviews... YAAAAY!! I always aim to go the extra mile for my clients and they appreciate it.
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jetrbby80316 Premium
Well worth it, keep up that great work!
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laurenjean Premium
Thanks Kaju! Will do.
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firstlearn Premium
Hello Lauren,
Don't we all tip for a good or outstanding service? If the service is mediocre then the tip is non-existant.
I have received tips when I have been doing bar work and also when I have been doing cooking, and yes it does boost your morale when you know someone appreciates the job you have done.

Derek
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laurenjean Premium
Well, yes and no, Derek. No-one has complained of mediocre service from me on Fiverr, they've all been really happy with my service and given me 5 Star Reviews, yet this is the first person to tip me. If everyone of them were to have added a tip, I'd be ecstatic!I

I agree though, In the restaurant industry, most customers will tip unless they are unhappy with the service.
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firstlearn Premium
:)

Derek
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Nick-at-WA Premium
Congrats on your tip, Lauren! :)
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laurenjean Premium
Thanks Nick!
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KMrwashu1 Premium
I love Fiverr, someone assisted me and designed a beautiful logo for my blog and I left a tip. It was a nice feeling knowing I made her day. She delivered on time and she deserved it.
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phakacha8 Premium
Very good to know that.
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laurenjean Premium
Wonderful, Kele. Good on you! I'll check it out.
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Charlesplay Premium
I am in the process of setting up a project on Fiverr. Didn't know there was a tip feature and will definitely make good use of this.

Thanks for sharing!
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KVanWormer Premium
It comes at the very end after you have accepted everything and everything is ok. Then they send you a notification.
Honestly though, I though guy she received the whole tip, didn't know fiverr would take a percentage as well.
She did such an amazing job on my logo I had to tip.
It was worth way more then I paid.

Kenny
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laurenjean Premium
Awesome Charles. I don't recall having to add it as a feature to my gigs. Fiverr added it automatically.
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buffetearns Premium
Thanks Lauren

Wayne
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laurenjean Premium
Sure thing, Wayne.
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phakacha8 Premium
Good feelings on the tips.
I haven't received a dime from Fiverr but paid 4-5 times for gigs.

Well now, over to SWAG. How are you progressing?
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laurenjean Premium
Aah, so you are also a buyer and a seller on Fiverr, Phomrong? Cool.

Planning to give a SWAG update on my next post. Hopefully still today.
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phakacha8 Premium
A buyer first to see how I sell.

Cheers!
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KVanWormer Premium
I have left tips on fiverr, they did my logos.
I'm actually thinking of having somebody on fiverr do signs for me to put on tee shirts.
I've already looked into a couple designers.
I love fiverr. She did an awesome logo for me. So I tipped her.

Kenny
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laurenjean Premium
Excellent, Kenny!
Unfortunately, I had the opposite experience of logo design on Fiverr. The lady I bought a logo gig from offered 7 revisions and gave up working with me after 3 or 4. Perhaps I was a bit picky.
Enjoying making my own logos on Canva now. Well, I've done one. Still haven't created logos for my other 2 sites. Maybe I should buy a gig from your lady?
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KVanWormer Premium
I put her in my save like list. I told her what I was looking for and she nailed it. I think she was from Egypt. I had unlimited revisions, but I didn't need any.
I can pm her link if you want. She really did an amazing job for me.
You can see my logo on my site, it's listed under my profile pic.

Kenny
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laurenjean Premium
Thanks, Kenny. She definitely nailed it!! I would appreciate a PM with her details. If I buy a gig from her, I'll let her know you referred me.
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KVanWormer Premium
Okay, give me some time, I'm working.

Kenny
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HMaurice1 Premium
I don't know what Fiverr is:) I will research, then I'll know if I have ever received a tip on it:)

Seriously, congrats. Make that money.....
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laurenjean Premium
Hi Maurice, Fiverr is a freelancing platform, where you can sell your skills. Thanks for the Congrats.
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CarolMeador Premium
I've never been a waitress, but I was a housekeeper for a large motel chain in Des Moines while I was in college many years ago. One of my clients gave me a $5.00 tip, and I was over the moon! Not very many people had the courtesy to tip the housekeepers back then, but since I know how good it feels to get one, I always tip them when I stay in a motel. Carol
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laurenjean Premium
Aah, wonderful that you're paying it forward, Carol. Such a great feeling. Both giving and receiving!
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CarolMeador Premium
That's true. Hadn't thought of it that way, but you're right, Lauren. It does feel great! Have a wonderful week. Carol
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DarleneB Premium
Great news on your tip. I was a waitress many years ago. We did get minimum wage but with part-time hours, I needed the tips in order to survive. Thank goodness I'm not there anymore. Congrats on your Fiverr tip. I'm sure there will be many more for you.
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laurenjean Premium
Aw, Thanks for your lovely comment, Darlene.
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Hollshope Premium
Fiverr is awesome and so are tips. I was a waitress for years and boy did we all love our tips.
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laurenjean Premium
Awesome, Holly! Oh YEAH, didn't we just?
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