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The impact of Apple’s sideloading philosophy on developers

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On June 23, Apple unleashed messaging to explain why users should only install Apple-approved apps through its App Store on iOS. This is an extension of the US District Court case between Apple and Epic, where Apple positioned “sideloading,” the practice of installing apps outside its App Store, as dangerous. 

While it is true that Apple has led the industry in privacy — in particular making it difficult for businesses and rogue apps to obtain unnecessary personal information — connecting this messaging to non-Apple installs seems a bit of an overreach. Moreover, it sets up a challenging dichotomy for developers: Do you promise choice or reassurance as your app’s key marketing message? 

Smartphone As A “Pattern-Of-Life” Device 

Apple has cited at least one study saying,”[…] devices that run on Android had 15 times more infections from malicious software than iPhone.” In a June 16 interview, Tim Cook said that Android has 47 times more malware than iOS does. These are interesting numbers, given the relative sizes of the Android and iOS markets. Android has almost 73% market share worldwide, while iOS sits at just under 27%. As with the PC and Mac markets, it makes sense that the prime targets are those with the largest market share. However, this also brings up an interesting conundrum — there are billions of PCs and, pointedly, Macs in the world, and they don’t have locked ecosystems. 

Apple further makes the argument that smart devices are carried with you all day, so they can gather more “pattern-of-life” details than traditional computers. But how well does this apply to iPads, which are just as mobile as iPhones, and that Apple is also positioning as traditional laptop replacements? 

What This Means For The Mobile Developer 

Regardless of messaging, Apple’s tactics have an impact on app developers. Small development shops may suffer remembering the hoops they jumped through to sign an iOS app before Xcode 8. Even today, some developers hold their breath when submitting to the App Store. In 2020, Apple says it rejected almost a million new apps. Of those, about half were misleading, violated privacy guidelines, contained undocumented features, or had fraudulent violations. 

Regardless, as an iOS developer, you have two basic choices: Ship using the App Store or not. If you are a smaller developer and want to monetize to any reasonable degree, you must use the Store. However, let’s say you’re not as worried about monetization — perhaps you are a larger organization with different needs. What options do you have to distribute your app outside the App Store? 

  • Use the web. Despite the limitations that Apple has put on web APIs, you can still do a lot with JavaScript on Safari. Creating a progressive web app allows you to “install” it. You’ll have to walk your users through adding your icon to the home screen, but if you can live without push notifications, geofences, Bluetooth, serial connections, magnetometers, light sensors, NFC, and battery life (among other things), you can create code that runs in Safari. Microsoft recently did this to allow cloud streaming of Xbox games. The good news for web developers: Biometric ID support was added in Safari 14 (PublicKey.isUserVerifyingPlatformAuthenticatorAvailable), and camera and microphone APIs were added in Safari 11 (MediaDevices.getUserMedia). Geolocation has been around since Safari 3 (Geolocation.getCurrentPosition).
  • Join the Apple Developer Enterprise Program. If your app is meant for employees of your company and you work with more than 100 employees, your company can apply to enter the Apple Developer Enterprise Program. This will permit you to ship your app to employees without going through the App Store. In the past, enterprise certificates were used to distribute apps outside an organization; now, Apple has said it reserves the right to review apps distributed via enterprise certificates. 
  • Use ad hoc distribution. If you have a small number of high-value customers, you can distribute your app as a .ipa file that you generate and make available for download. Installation can be tricky: You will need to get the UDID of each device (up to 100) and entitle the devices in your account on developer.apple.com. Some developers point users to http://whatsmyudid.com/ to walk them through the process. You’ll also have to manage revoking and readding UDIDs and reissuing provisioning profiles on your own if your users switch devices. 
  • Ship the source. Since 2015, Xcode has allowed you to build software for iOS devices without a developer account. Telling users how to download and install the Xcode binaries, and possibly the Xcode command line binaries, if you want to automate an install is not trivial. However, it does allow you to deploy your software to customer devices — if those customers have a Mac with a version of macOS that supports the Xcode version you want to use. Since users have your source, they are free to change it. You can package your code into a framework or library to reduce what users can modify. 
  • Require a jailbroken device. This is extreme and limits your user base to those who have the technical skill to hack their device. There’s also the obvious concern of taking advantage of security defects to run arbitrary code, and there may not be exploits for all iOS devices. However, your more technical users may have already jailbroken. Jailbreaking requires a Mac, and some jailbreaks require that the phone remain tethered to a computer while booting. Once jailbroken, a user can install your app from a third-party app store — Cydia is a commonly used one. 

Of course, there’s also a sixth option, which we don’t recommend: Give up on Apple. Given that Android apps will run not just on Android devices but now Windows 11 desktops and laptops, that is an option for those who want to make their own decisions about security, privacy, and what they install. 

Really, it comes down to use case. For consumer-facing or information-worker apps, you likely have to abide by Apple’s sideloading philosophy. However, for task worker apps, where enterprises provision the device to employees or even business partners, sideloading flexibility has some value. If you are supporting franchisees or an extended network of suppliers, you have the option of preferring Android rather than navigating Apple’s restrictions. 

This post was written by Senior Analyst Andrew Cornwall, and it originally appeared here

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Google will require vaccines as workers return to the office

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In the coming weeks, Google will start requiring workers to be vaccinated before coming into the office, the company announced Wednesday. The tech giant is also extending its voluntary work-from-home policy through late October, as the Delta variant of the Covid-19 virus spreads. 

The vaccination requirement will roll out across US offices first and then expand to other regions. The implementation of the policy will vary depending on local conditions and regulations, as well as the availability of the vaccine. 

Google’s decision follows similar vaccination requirements by a growing number of government agencies and entities like the Mayo Clinic. 

Google first closed its offices in March 2020 and previously said its employees would work remotely until at least September 2021. After announcing it would adopt a “hybrid workforce model” that asked employees to spend at least some time in the office, Google in May said that it expects around 20 percent of its employees to work from home permanently. 

Some of the company’s campuses have started reopening. Google said it will give employees at least 30 days’ notice before implementing its full return-to-office plans. 

“It’s encouraging to see very high vaccination rates for our Google community in areas where vaccines are widely available,” CEO Sundar Pichai wrote in an email to employees Wednesday. “This is a big reason why we felt comfortable opening some of our offices to employees who wanted to return early.”

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Upwork vs. Fiverr: Which freelance job site is best?

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Remote work is increasingly taking off as technological developments continue to change and shape how we live and, more importantly, how we earn. Freelance job sites have become a new lifeline to both old and new professionals who need a new start, a new client, or simply a new challenge.   

Two of the most popular sites for freelance work include Upwork and Fiverr. These are both popular sites within the digital and virtual employment realm, but which one is better for freelance services? 

Here ZDNet takes a deep dive into the differences between Upwork and Fiverr.   

A beginner-friendly freelance job platform

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Upwork is home to big-name clients, including Microsoft, Airbnb, Bissell, and GoDaddy, giving instant credibility for curious freelancers. There are three ways to find work on the platform: the Talent Marketplace, where you can post jobs and get hired, the Project Catalog to post and sell projects, and Talent Scout for recruiter services that pairs talent with employers. Job opportunities are expansive and include areas like development & IT, design & creative, sales & marketing, writing & translation, admin & customer support, finance & accounting, and more.

To get started, create a free profile and filter between domestic and international jobs. Upwork uses its own virtual currency called Connects, which allow you to apply to jobs. You get ten Connects with the basic free plan, but if you upgrade your plan, you get 80 each month. Connects can be used to apply to jobs directly, or you can simply post projects that are available for hire and wait for employers to come to you. Or, if you can benefit from professional help, recruiters will do the heavy lifting with a skills-based approach to your job search. You can also add Badges that quickly and easily showcase your qualifications to employers visiting your profile. 

Payment works a few different ways: traditional hourly pay or fixed-price protection that uses project milestones to release payments in full or over time. You can choose how you get paid, with options that include traditional direct deposit and wire transfer, in addition to PayPal and Payoneer. There is an invoicing feature available to simplify things and keep your records organized in one place. 

View Now at Upwork

Upwork is free to join. The free plan gives you the ability to create your own profile, add a video introduction, perform job searches, and create your own projects. You have ten Connects to use to apply to jobs on the platform. If you want to purchase additional Connects, they are $0.15 each and are sold in the following bundles:

You also have the option to upgrade your plan to Freelancer Plus for $14.99 per month. This gives a total of 80 Connects each month instead of the standard ten that come with the free plan. Freelancer Plus also provides increased visibility to employers and exclusive insights regarding competitor’s bids so you can price your bid accordingly. 

Upwork uses a commission-based fee structure based on a sliding scale for your jobs and projects. The more you earn, the smaller the fee. 

Total Client Billing

Upwork Commission Fee

Up to first $500

20%

$500.01 – $10,000

10%

$10,000 or more 

5%

If you participate in the Upwork Payroll service, service fees are waived. Additionally, if Upwork awards you with Top Rated or Rising Talent status, reduced fees may apply if you are hired for a Featured Job

View Now at Upwork

What are the pros and cons to Upwork?

Pros:

  • A multi-faceted approach to hiring.
  • Recruiter support.
  • No service fees with payroll enrollment.

Cons:

  • A limited number of Connects each month.
  • Must pay for extra Connects.
  • Varying service fees.

A gig marketplace to sell your services

fiverr-freelance-platform.jpg

On its website, Fiverr proudly boasts that a gig is purchased every four seconds. It is a service largely known for its logo design, with over 50 million transactions sold on its platform to date. There is also major name recognition with clients that include Facebook, Google, Netflix, and PayPal. 

Jobs are available for freelancers in several areas like graphic design, digital marketing, writing & translation, music & audio, programming & tech, lifestyle, data, video & animation, and business. Website design, copywriting, SEO, and illustration are all popular services that you will see listed on the platform. However, there are tons of categories to choose from. Clients can use a comprehensive search tool to find the right freelancer for their needs, or you can be proactive and simply add your own products or services for sale. It is free to sign up, and after creating your seller profile, you can begin to create gigs or packages that show off your skills and attract employers. 

There are four seller levels for every freelancer using Fiverr:

  • New Seller: Inexperienced sellers new to Fiverr begin here.
  • Level 1 seller:  A seller must successfully complete 10 highly-rated gigs and have an active Fiverr account for a minimum of 60 days.
  • Level 2 seller: A seller must successfully complete 50 highly-rated, on-time gigs and have an active Fiverr account for a minimum of 120 days.
  • Top-rated seller: A seller must successfully complete 100 highly-rated, on-time gigs for a minimum of $20 000 and have an active Fiverr account for a minimum of 180 days.

Once you post your profile and your jobs or services, you are ready to go. When a client purchases a project, you get a notification to begin work. New to the service is Fiverr business, which is created for teams and allows businesses to work with experienced freelancers. If you’re a brand-new freelancer, there is no need to worry, either. Fiverr has excellent resources to help you grow, like the on-demand tutorial Learn from Fiverr. For simpler bookkeeping, it integrates with the AND CO app, which allows for proposals and task management, in addition to invoicing. Fiverr skips the hourly rates, instead opting for flat-rate gigs and projects. 

The platform offers the capability for projects that range in price from $5 to $10 000.

View Now at Fiverr

Fiverr keeps it simple with no fees. There is no subscription to sign up for, and you do not have to pay anything to list services. When you complete a job, Fiverr simply takes 20% off each transaction.  

View Now at Fiverr

What are the pros and cons to Fiverr?

Pros:

  • Free to join.
  • Complimentary ads for services.
  • Tons of freelancer resources.

Cons:

  • No hourly projects.
  • 20% service fee.
  • $10 000 project cap.

Which is the right freelance job website for you?

Upwork vs. Fiverr: At a glance

upwork-vs-fiverr-shutterstock-289434728.jpg

Upwork

Fiverr

Free plan

Yes

Yes

Commission

5% – 20%

20%

Customer support

24/7

24/7

Both have many similarities, so it is important to consider several important factors that can help you find the right freelance job site for you. 

  • Cost: When you are a freelancer trying to make money, the last thing you want to do is spend your earnings on expensive membership fees. Before you sign up, consider what costs are associated with using the service, whether it is a membership fee or a commission. 

  • Customer service: Consider which service offers the type of customer support that is most beneficial for you. For example, if you work late hours, you may prefer a freelance service that has 24/7 customer support.

  • Terms and conditions: It often pays to read the fine print, so you are aware of what requirements and fees govern the site. 

  • Clients: One way to tell a service’s legitimacy is through the customers that they service. Take the time to see what kinds of projects have been successfully completed on the platform and for whom.

  • Payment: When it comes time to be paid, you want to be sure that your service will work in conjunction with your preferred payment methods. Check to see what payment and deposit options are available, as well as timelines for each, so you can be sure that these payment terms will work with your finances. 

What is the primary difference between Upwork and Fiverr?

Although very similar, Fiverr and Upwork conduct business in separate ways. While Fiverr creates a welcome environment for gig work, Upwork tends to possess a more singular focus toward hourly and flat-rate projects. 

What is the primary cost difference between Upwork and Fiverr?

Fiverr takes a flat 20% commission off all projects, but Upwork uses a sliding scale. Depending on your plan, Upwork takes between 5% and 20% off each service. 

What is a freelance job website?

A freelance job website is a way to collect, apply, and sell services to clients using a third-party platform. It is a popular type of virtual work for freelancers. 

Are there alternative freelance job websites worth considering?

The best freelance sites for jobs are a great place to start when considering which job sites to use. In addition to Upwork and Fiverr, these services also offer attractive features for freelancers looking for virtual and remote jobs:

See more: The best freelance websites: Find jobs and remote work

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Upwork vs. Fiverr: Which freelance job site is best?

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Remote work is increasingly taking off as technological developments continue to change and shape how we live and, more importantly, how we earn. Freelance job sites have become a new lifeline to both old and new professionals who need a new start, a new client, or simply a new challenge.   

Two of the most popular sites for freelance work include Upwork and Fiverr. These are both popular sites within the digital and virtual employment realm, but which one is better for freelance services? 

Here ZDNet takes a deep dive into the differences between Upwork and Fiverr.   

A beginner-friendly freelance job platform

upwork-freelance-platform.jpg

Upwork is home to big-name clients, including Microsoft, Airbnb, Bissell, and GoDaddy, giving instant credibility for curious freelancers. There are three ways to find work on the platform: the Talent Marketplace, where you can post jobs and get hired, the Project Catalog to post and sell projects, and Talent Scout for recruiter services that pairs talent with employers. Job opportunities are expansive and include areas like development & IT, design & creative, sales & marketing, writing & translation, admin & customer support, finance & accounting, and more.

To get started, create a free profile and filter between domestic and international jobs. Upwork uses its own virtual currency called Connects, which allow you to apply to jobs. You get ten Connects with the basic free plan, but if you upgrade your plan, you get 80 each month. Connects can be used to apply to jobs directly, or you can simply post projects that are available for hire and wait for employers to come to you. Or, if you can benefit from professional help, recruiters will do the heavy lifting with a skills-based approach to your job search. You can also add Badges that quickly and easily showcase your qualifications to employers visiting your profile. 

Payment works a few different ways: traditional hourly pay or fixed-price protection that uses project milestones to release payments in full or over time. You can choose how you get paid, with options that include traditional direct deposit and wire transfer, in addition to PayPal and Payoneer. There is an invoicing feature available to simplify things and keep your records organized in one place. 

View Now at Upwork

Upwork is free to join. The free plan gives you the ability to create your own profile, add a video introduction, perform job searches, and create your own projects. You have ten Connects to use to apply to jobs on the platform. If you want to purchase additional Connects, they are $0.15 each and are sold in the following bundles:

You also have the option to upgrade your plan to Freelancer Plus for $14.99 per month. This gives a total of 80 Connects each month instead of the standard ten that come with the free plan. Freelancer Plus also provides increased visibility to employers and exclusive insights regarding competitor’s bids so you can price your bid accordingly. 

Upwork uses a commission-based fee structure based on a sliding scale for your jobs and projects. The more you earn, the smaller the fee. 

Total Client Billing

Upwork Commission Fee

Up to first $500

20%

$500.01 – $10,000

10%

$10,000 or more 

5%

If you participate in the Upwork Payroll service, service fees are waived. Additionally, if Upwork awards you with Top Rated or Rising Talent status, reduced fees may apply if you are hired for a Featured Job

View Now at Upwork

What are the pros and cons to Upwork?

Pros:

  • A multi-faceted approach to hiring.
  • Recruiter support.
  • No service fees with payroll enrollment.

Cons:

  • A limited number of Connects each month.
  • Must pay for extra Connects.
  • Varying service fees.

A gig marketplace to sell your services

fiverr-freelance-platform.jpg

On its website, Fiverr proudly boasts that a gig is purchased every four seconds. It is a service largely known for its logo design, with over 50 million transactions sold on its platform to date. There is also major name recognition with clients that include Facebook, Google, Netflix, and PayPal. 

Jobs are available for freelancers in several areas like graphic design, digital marketing, writing & translation, music & audio, programming & tech, lifestyle, data, video & animation, and business. Website design, copywriting, SEO, and illustration are all popular services that you will see listed on the platform. However, there are tons of categories to choose from. Clients can use a comprehensive search tool to find the right freelancer for their needs, or you can be proactive and simply add your own products or services for sale. It is free to sign up, and after creating your seller profile, you can begin to create gigs or packages that show off your skills and attract employers. 

There are four seller levels for every freelancer using Fiverr:

  • New Seller: Inexperienced sellers new to Fiverr begin here.
  • Level 1 seller:  A seller must successfully complete 10 highly-rated gigs and have an active Fiverr account for a minimum of 60 days.
  • Level 2 seller: A seller must successfully complete 50 highly-rated, on-time gigs and have an active Fiverr account for a minimum of 120 days.
  • Top-rated seller: A seller must successfully complete 100 highly-rated, on-time gigs for a minimum of $20 000 and have an active Fiverr account for a minimum of 180 days.

Once you post your profile and your jobs or services, you are ready to go. When a client purchases a project, you get a notification to begin work. New to the service is Fiverr business, which is created for teams and allows businesses to work with experienced freelancers. If you’re a brand-new freelancer, there is no need to worry, either. Fiverr has excellent resources to help you grow, like the on-demand tutorial Learn from Fiverr. For simpler bookkeeping, it integrates with the AND CO app, which allows for proposals and task management, in addition to invoicing. Fiverr skips the hourly rates, instead opting for flat-rate gigs and projects. 

The platform offers the capability for projects that range in price from $5 to $10 000.

View Now at Fiverr

Fiverr keeps it simple with no fees. There is no subscription to sign up for, and you do not have to pay anything to list services. When you complete a job, Fiverr simply takes 20% off each transaction.  

View Now at Fiverr

What are the pros and cons to Fiverr?

Pros:

  • Free to join.
  • Complimentary ads for services.
  • Tons of freelancer resources.

Cons:

  • No hourly projects.
  • 20% service fee.
  • $10 000 project cap.

Which is the right freelance job website for you?

Upwork vs. Fiverr: At a glance

upwork-vs-fiverr-shutterstock-289434728.jpg

Upwork

Fiverr

Free plan

Yes

Yes

Commission

5% – 20%

20%

Customer support

24/7

24/7

Both have many similarities, so it is important to consider several important factors that can help you find the right freelance job site for you. 

  • Cost: When you are a freelancer trying to make money, the last thing you want to do is spend your earnings on expensive membership fees. Before you sign up, consider what costs are associated with using the service, whether it is a membership fee or a commission. 

  • Customer service: Consider which service offers the type of customer support that is most beneficial for you. For example, if you work late hours, you may prefer a freelance service that has 24/7 customer support.

  • Terms and conditions: It often pays to read the fine print, so you are aware of what requirements and fees govern the site. 

  • Clients: One way to tell a service’s legitimacy is through the customers that they service. Take the time to see what kinds of projects have been successfully completed on the platform and for whom.

  • Payment: When it comes time to be paid, you want to be sure that your service will work in conjunction with your preferred payment methods. Check to see what payment and deposit options are available, as well as timelines for each, so you can be sure that these payment terms will work with your finances. 

What is the primary difference between Upwork and Fiverr?

Although very similar, Fiverr and Upwork conduct business in separate ways. While Fiverr creates a welcome environment for gig work, Upwork tends to possess a more singular focus toward hourly and flat-rate projects. 

What is the primary cost difference between Upwork and Fiverr?

Fiverr takes a flat 20% commission off all projects, but Upwork uses a sliding scale. Depending on your plan, Upwork takes between 5% and 20% off each service. 

What is a freelance job website?

A freelance job website is a way to collect, apply, and sell services to clients using a third-party platform. It is a popular type of virtual work for freelancers. 

Are there alternative freelance job websites worth considering?

The best freelance sites for jobs are a great place to start when considering which job sites to use. In addition to Upwork and Fiverr, these services also offer attractive features for freelancers looking for virtual and remote jobs:

See more: The best freelance websites: Find jobs and remote work

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Upwork vs. Fiverr: Which freelance job site is best?

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Remote work is increasingly taking off as technological developments continue to change and shape how we live and, more importantly, how we earn. Freelance job sites have become a new lifeline to both old and new professionals who need a new start, a new client, or simply a new challenge.   

Two of the most popular sites for freelance work include Upwork and Fiverr. These are both popular sites within the digital and virtual employment realm, but which one is better for freelance services? 

Here ZDNet takes a deep dive into the differences between Upwork and Fiverr.   

A beginner-friendly freelance job platform

upwork-freelance-platform.jpg

Upwork is home to big-name clients, including Microsoft, Airbnb, Bissell, and GoDaddy, giving instant credibility for curious freelancers. There are three ways to find work on the platform: the Talent Marketplace, where you can post jobs and get hired, the Project Catalog to post and sell projects, and Talent Scout for recruiter services that pairs talent with employers. Job opportunities are expansive and include areas like development & IT, design & creative, sales & marketing, writing & translation, admin & customer support, finance & accounting, and more.

To get started, create a free profile and filter between domestic and international jobs. Upwork uses its own virtual currency called Connects, which allow you to apply to jobs. You get ten Connects with the basic free plan, but if you upgrade your plan, you get 80 each month. Connects can be used to apply to jobs directly, or you can simply post projects that are available for hire and wait for employers to come to you. Or, if you can benefit from professional help, recruiters will do the heavy lifting with a skills-based approach to your job search. You can also add Badges that quickly and easily showcase your qualifications to employers visiting your profile. 

Payment works a few different ways: traditional hourly pay or fixed-price protection that uses project milestones to release payments in full or over time. You can choose how you get paid, with options that include traditional direct deposit and wire transfer, in addition to PayPal and Payoneer. There is an invoicing feature available to simplify things and keep your records organized in one place. 

View Now at Upwork

Upwork is free to join. The free plan gives you the ability to create your own profile, add a video introduction, perform job searches, and create your own projects. You have ten Connects to use to apply to jobs on the platform. If you want to purchase additional Connects, they are $0.15 each and are sold in the following bundles:

You also have the option to upgrade your plan to Freelancer Plus for $14.99 per month. This gives a total of 80 Connects each month instead of the standard ten that come with the free plan. Freelancer Plus also provides increased visibility to employers and exclusive insights regarding competitor’s bids so you can price your bid accordingly. 

Upwork uses a commission-based fee structure based on a sliding scale for your jobs and projects. The more you earn, the smaller the fee. 

Total Client Billing

Upwork Commission Fee

Up to first $500

20%

$500.01 – $10,000

10%

$10,000 or more 

5%

If you participate in the Upwork Payroll service, service fees are waived. Additionally, if Upwork awards you with Top Rated or Rising Talent status, reduced fees may apply if you are hired for a Featured Job

View Now at Upwork

What are the pros and cons to Upwork?

Pros:

  • A multi-faceted approach to hiring.
  • Recruiter support.
  • No service fees with payroll enrollment.

Cons:

  • A limited number of Connects each month.
  • Must pay for extra Connects.
  • Varying service fees.

A gig marketplace to sell your services

fiverr-freelance-platform.jpg

On its website, Fiverr proudly boasts that a gig is purchased every four seconds. It is a service largely known for its logo design, with over 50 million transactions sold on its platform to date. There is also major name recognition with clients that include Facebook, Google, Netflix, and PayPal. 

Jobs are available for freelancers in several areas like graphic design, digital marketing, writing & translation, music & audio, programming & tech, lifestyle, data, video & animation, and business. Website design, copywriting, SEO, and illustration are all popular services that you will see listed on the platform. However, there are tons of categories to choose from. Clients can use a comprehensive search tool to find the right freelancer for their needs, or you can be proactive and simply add your own products or services for sale. It is free to sign up, and after creating your seller profile, you can begin to create gigs or packages that show off your skills and attract employers. 

There are four seller levels for every freelancer using Fiverr:

  • New Seller: Inexperienced sellers new to Fiverr begin here.
  • Level 1 seller:  A seller must successfully complete 10 highly-rated gigs and have an active Fiverr account for a minimum of 60 days.
  • Level 2 seller: A seller must successfully complete 50 highly-rated, on-time gigs and have an active Fiverr account for a minimum of 120 days.
  • Top-rated seller: A seller must successfully complete 100 highly-rated, on-time gigs for a minimum of $20 000 and have an active Fiverr account for a minimum of 180 days.

Once you post your profile and your jobs or services, you are ready to go. When a client purchases a project, you get a notification to begin work. New to the service is Fiverr business, which is created for teams and allows businesses to work with experienced freelancers. If you’re a brand-new freelancer, there is no need to worry, either. Fiverr has excellent resources to help you grow, like the on-demand tutorial Learn from Fiverr. For simpler bookkeeping, it integrates with the AND CO app, which allows for proposals and task management, in addition to invoicing. Fiverr skips the hourly rates, instead opting for flat-rate gigs and projects. 

The platform offers the capability for projects that range in price from $5 to $10 000.

View Now at Fiverr

Fiverr keeps it simple with no fees. There is no subscription to sign up for, and you do not have to pay anything to list services. When you complete a job, Fiverr simply takes 20% off each transaction.  

View Now at Fiverr

What are the pros and cons to Fiverr?

Pros:

  • Free to join.
  • Complimentary ads for services.
  • Tons of freelancer resources.

Cons:

  • No hourly projects.
  • 20% service fee.
  • $10 000 project cap.

Which is the right freelance job website for you?

Upwork vs. Fiverr: At a glance

upwork-vs-fiverr-shutterstock-289434728.jpg

Upwork

Fiverr

Free plan

Yes

Yes

Commission

5% – 20%

20%

Customer support

24/7

24/7

Both have many similarities, so it is important to consider several important factors that can help you find the right freelance job site for you. 

  • Cost: When you are a freelancer trying to make money, the last thing you want to do is spend your earnings on expensive membership fees. Before you sign up, consider what costs are associated with using the service, whether it is a membership fee or a commission. 

  • Customer service: Consider which service offers the type of customer support that is most beneficial for you. For example, if you work late hours, you may prefer a freelance service that has 24/7 customer support.

  • Terms and conditions: It often pays to read the fine print, so you are aware of what requirements and fees govern the site. 

  • Clients: One way to tell a service’s legitimacy is through the customers that they service. Take the time to see what kinds of projects have been successfully completed on the platform and for whom.

  • Payment: When it comes time to be paid, you want to be sure that your service will work in conjunction with your preferred payment methods. Check to see what payment and deposit options are available, as well as timelines for each, so you can be sure that these payment terms will work with your finances. 

What is the primary difference between Upwork and Fiverr?

Although very similar, Fiverr and Upwork conduct business in separate ways. While Fiverr creates a welcome environment for gig work, Upwork tends to possess a more singular focus toward hourly and flat-rate projects. 

What is the primary cost difference between Upwork and Fiverr?

Fiverr takes a flat 20% commission off all projects, but Upwork uses a sliding scale. Depending on your plan, Upwork takes between 5% and 20% off each service. 

What is a freelance job website?

A freelance job website is a way to collect, apply, and sell services to clients using a third-party platform. It is a popular type of virtual work for freelancers. 

Are there alternative freelance job websites worth considering?

The best freelance sites for jobs are a great place to start when considering which job sites to use. In addition to Upwork and Fiverr, these services also offer attractive features for freelancers looking for virtual and remote jobs:

See more: The best freelance websites: Find jobs and remote work

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