In today’s world you can become who you want to be and not even step a foot out of your front door. In other words, remote work is absolutely achievable today. There are websites for ‘freelancers’ meaning those who either refuse to work a 9 to 5 or choose to try out a side gig/hustle. I happen to be one of those “freelancers” who works from the comfort of my own home. In this blog, I’m going to speak about the greatest difference between 2 of the top freelancing websites: Fiverr and Upwork.
Now, if you don’t know what Fiverr is, that’s quite surprising as it has totally blossomed over the past few years. Be sure to check out my last 4 blog posts all about the platform here. If you don’t know Upwork I understand, as it is a lesser known platform although it is higher paying than Fiverr. Fiverr is the self-proclaimed freelance site where you can get services done for as low as five bucks, hence its namesake. Upwork is a mixture of 2 former freelance sites that merged: E-Lance and O-Desk. Now, when I first became a voice over artist I chose to only work on Fiverr. It was as if I was blinded to any other freelance sites and trust me there are many more. It was through Fiverr that I acquired skills to move forward to the more upscale version or what is known as UpWork. It took over 1 year for me to branch out and seek Upwork. But I am super thankful that I did branch out.
Higher Paying Gigs
I’m going to show you an example of the difference that matters most between the 2 platforms. I recently acquired 2 jobs on both platforms at the prices of $175 and $170. These were very similar in price so I figured comparing them on both platforms would work well. The $170 job was acquired through Fiverr. A client wanted their SEO blog post to be read, it contained an over 4,000 word document. This job took me around 2 hours to complete. The $175 job was acquired through Upwork and it contained around 50 words to be read in a natural way. It took me a maximum of 15 minutes (with script writing, editing and revisions). Do you see the HUGE difference? I earned more money on a job that took me only 15 minutes to complete! Don’t get me wrong they are both great platforms but clearly one is more lucrative than the other. See pics below of both jobs.
Fiverr and Upwork Fees
Also, note that Fiverr charges 20% per job completed which means Fiverr receives 20% of all jobs completed on their platform. Upwork also charges 20%, but for Top Rated Sellers there is only a minus of 10% for certain jobs. Which means for these 2 jobs, I received a total of $136 for the Fiverr job of 2 hours. I received a total of $157.50 from the Upwork job of only 15 minutes. Being a Top Rated Seller absolutely has its perks on Upwork.
Although it might seem easier to jump straight to Upwork and begin earning more money faster, I highly recommend Fiverr if you are in the beginning of your freelance journey. Fiverr is the way to get your foot in the door and get jobs under your belt first. Then you will have a more impressive resume for Upwork when you take that leap and trust me you will want to take that leap!
Clearly based on the example I have shown, Upwork offers more payment which is why I consider it to be the upscale version of Fiverr. I'm not saying Upwork is better than Fiverr as I have completed significantly more Fiverr jobs than Upwork jobs, I am saying that both platforms have their differences. When you think about it though, what's best to do more jobs at lower prices or do less jobs at higher prices? You'll have to decide for yourself. I do however recommend both platforms instead of just one that way you can maximize your exposure by utilizing both. Be sure to check out the video at the top of this post that shows a run through of both jobs. Happy FREELANCING! -Shenteria