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Fiverr’s new products: how do they compare to the competition?

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Fiverr’s latest products launched through its “Winter Release” campaign have some welcome additions for freelancers and hiring companies alike. But how do they stack up against the competition? Let’s dive into the details and compare Fiverr’s offerings to other major freelance platforms.

New Consulting Category

This is a unique feature, giving businesses direct access to top-tier industry experts, potentially setting Fiverr apart from platforms like Upwork and Freelancer.com, which focus more on general freelance talent. However, platforms like Toptal specialise in connecting businesses with vetted, high-level freelancers who have been vetted, offering direct competition in this space.

Fiverr Agencies

This caters to the growing demand for agency services within the freelance ecosystem. While Upwork offers similar features, Fiverr’s focus on building detailed agency profiles and showcasing past work could give them an edge. However, established platforms like Guru.com, specifically designed for agencies, might pose a challenge.

Actionable Ratings and Leveling System

Increased transparency with data-driven feedback is a positive step, aligning with platforms like Toptal and Catalant that emphasize freelancer development. However, Upwork’s Talent Scout feature also uses data to connect businesses with suitable freelancers, making it a key competitor. However, as of July 31, 2023, the Talent Scout programme stopped accepting new freelancers and clients into the programme. 

Revamped Homepage and AI-powered Recommendations

Simplifying navigation and personalising recommendations are common trends across platforms. Fiverr’s use of AI through “Fiverr Neo” is similar to Upwork’s “Project Matching” tool, both aiming to optimise project allocation.

Fiverr Pro Enhancements

The new features for freelance collaboration and profile building aim to attract larger businesses. Similar features exist on Toptal and Upwork’s “Enterprise” service, making it a competitive landscape. However, Fiverr’s focus on community building and training resources for Pro freelancers could differentiate them.

Fiverr Pricing:

  • Fixed price model: Freelancers set fixed prices for their services, typically ranging from $5 to $1000+. Additional features or complex projects often incur extra charges.
  • Transaction fees: Fiverr takes a 20% commission from freelancers and a 5.5% fee from buyers (with an additional $2 fee for gigs under $50).
  • Tipping: Clients can optionally tip freelancers on top of their service fee.

Comparison to Other Platforms:

  • Upwork: Offers both hourly and fixed-price projects. Freelancers set their own rates, and Upwork charges service fees based on freelancer earnings (ranging from 20% to 5%). Generally, Upwork caters to more complex and expensive projects compared to Fiverr.
  • Freelancer: Primarily operates on an hourly bidding system. Freelancers submit bids for projects, and clients choose based on price and proposals. Fees vary depending on project type and membership level.
  • Toptal: Focuses on connecting businesses with highly vetted freelance talent. Rates are generally higher than platforms like Fiverr, reflecting the expertise and experience of freelancers.
  • Guru: Guru has a free plan for freelancers, however for more services, you will have to pay for a plan with prices starting at $11.95 per month or $8.95 per month with annual billing. Similar to Upwork, offering both hourly and fixed-price projects. When you pay a freelancer through Guru, a 2.9% payment processing fee applies to the invoice amount. This means if you pay a freelancer $500, you’ll be charged an additional $14.50 by Guru. However, clients can avoid this fee entirely by using eCheck or wire transfer. Guru waives the processing fee for these payment options.

Impact of Winter Product Release:

While it’s difficult to predict specific price changes, the Winter Product Release aims to enhance discoverability and streamline the hiring process. This could potentially:

  • Increase competition among Fiverr sellers: This leads to slightly lower prices for some services.
  • Attract higher-skilled freelancers: Potentially impacting pricing for specialised services.
  • Improve project clarity: This leads to less need for additional charges outside the initial offer.

Overall, Fiverr’s Winter Release brings some nice features to the freelancer platform market, especially the Consulting Category and Fiverr Agencies. However, the level of competition in the freelance platform space is high. To truly stand out, Fiverr could amplify its AI capabilities, foster an even stronger Pro community, and ensure the new features provide tangible value for both businesses and freelancers.

Watch this space as the competition will likely start launching new products that use AI to keep competitive, useful and relevant to its target freelancer and client bases.

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