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Have you used Fiverr for design freelancers?

I've used 99designs before to pretty good results, but just curious if anyone has had good luck with fiverr or others to find freelance designers and tips/tricks. With Fiverr they don't really let you talk to the designer more than your instructions so feels like you need to know what you want. is it ok for logos, etc. but not for a full web page? What have others experienced?

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Ashish Patil
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Ashish Patil Entrepreneur
User-Experience Designer (UX Designer) / Information Architect & Entrepreneur
Hey Bill, I have a friend who gets all his business card designs done. It's great for "I need an initial design that's pretty good." Sometimes you're totally wow'd other times your like it's not that great. But in the end it's $5 and you're paying for a snippet of time for a key skill you don't have. Most good ones will have 1 -3 iterations on top of that $5 so you can start to mold it in the direction you want it. Hope that helps! Ash *Ashish Patil* Freelance UX Designer m:[removed to protect privacy] | e:[removed to protect privacy] | w:http://www.consultingux.com
Stephen Mitchell
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Stephen Mitchell Entrepreneur
Owner, MLogiq
Exactly my experience, Ashish. It's $5 - you will get more than your money's worth, but your money is worth $5.

Surprises sometimes.
Dimitry Rotstein
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Dimitry Rotstein Entrepreneur
Head of R&D at SafeZone
The first time I also used Fiverr to design a business card. The design was horrible to the point of being completely unusable (text too small to read, among other things). Forget $5 - I lost more time filling out the request than it would've taken me to make my own design. That's exactly what I did afterwards, actually. I created my own design that perhaps wasn't professional, but it was still much better than what I got from Fiverr, it was memorable and people liked it (and that's all you can ask for, really).

The second time I tried Fiverr for something else. Don't remember what - all I remember that after placing the order it got mixed up somehow and I was redirected to a designer for something very different and nothing I could possibly want (again, don't remember what it was). It's possible that I pressed the wrong button somewhere, but I can't imagine where or how - that have never happened to me before. I requested a refund on my $5 and got it back after a couple of months or something like that.

Haven't used Fiverr since, and don't plan to.
Nater Kane
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Nater Kane Entrepreneur
Senior Systems Engineer & Full Stack Developer
No, never have and never would. Platforms like these devalue designers. It shows a lack of respect for them and their work. - sent from my potato
Michael Brill
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Michael Brill Entrepreneur
Technology startup exec focused on AI-driven products
In defense of Fiverr...

The average salary in, say, Ukraine is $200/month. People live in houses and eat food and go to movies on $200/month. Let's say there's an awesome designer who works for a Ukranian magazine and earns double the country's average salary: $400/month. That works out to be $2.35/hour.

Now let's say that it takes someone 20 minutes to take your name, put it in a template, send it back to you and iterate once. After Fiverr's commissions you get roughly $4 times 3 per hour = $12/hour. And that doesn't include the various extras people charge for.

$2.35 vs. $12.00/hour.

$12/hour is TEN TIMES the average compensation for a Ukranian worker.

Don't see any lack of respect there. To be sure, there is a ton of crap on Fiverr (can anyone say whiteboard explainer videos?), but there are incredible pockets of value as well.


Kim Albee
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Kim Albee Advisor
Marketing Automation & Content Marketing Strategist
Think about what you're asking?! You are talking about your branding. You are building a company. Your first impression that many will see, and you want to spend $5?? Wow.

I get wanting to keep expenses down, but when marketing is what drives leads who could buy your product, shift perceptions, and start building traction - you want the cheapest logo? Or business card? Or design?

I'm reminded of this: Good, Fast, Cheap. Pick any two.

where we've had good success with Fiverr is for voice over talent. But usually spend multiple gigs because $5 is only 30 seconds of voice. So a 5 min voice deal is $50 - EXCELLENT value. We have found some great resources for that. Never use Fiverr for anything SEO related unless you want penalties from Google.



Shell Mendelson, Entrepreneur
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Executive Dream Designer specializing in coaching Adults with ADHD✔Create and Design a Happy Work/Life
I had a logo done that I am using (with a few changes) that is a Wow! I got 6 designs to choose from and all were exceptional. It is a bit of a crap shoot, however, since you can't speak with the individual. Overall, I would use them as a way to generate design ideas at a low cost.
Angela Giglia
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Angela Giglia Advisor
Award-Winning Creative Idea Person | Communicator | Revenue Spotter | Human Connector | Digital Media Producer
No. Those logos you love from fivver, someone else has the exact same one. It demoralizes a craft that people work hard to master. Why is it that the arts are always cheapened? You wouldn't ask your dentist to clean your teeth for 5 bucks, so why would you cheapen your brand?
Shell Mendelson, Entrepreneur
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Executive Dream Designer specializing in coaching Adults with ADHD✔Create and Design a Happy Work/Life
I don't agree. The logo was customized to my brand. I do value art and design very much. I founded a children's art franchise. But if I like the work, I'm not going to reinvent the wheel. With my previous company, we paid a fortune on logo designs, none of which worked. We ended up doing our own. What is good for one brand may be entirely different for another. Fiverr gives free lancers an opportunity to get their work out there. Higher priced experienced designers are successful because they are proven. The work speaks for itself. But I do understand your point. Fiverr is still a great option for start ups. Overall, the response from market research and other professionals to my logo has been extremely positive.
Dimitry Rotstein
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Dimitry Rotstein Entrepreneur
Head of R&D at SafeZone
"why would you cheapen your brand?"

A pretty logo doesn't add much value to the brand (if at all). Same goes for catchy name or slogan. The brand is built by providing a real (or at least perceived) value to the customers, high quality service, reputation, etc.
Of course, designers and copywriters believe otherwise, because that's their "raison d'etre", and try to convince others as well.
So I hired a professional designer to make me a pretty logo. I paid for 5 sketches and got 25 (the designer was very generous and really wanted to do good). Unfortunately, none of the 25 was even remotely usable, mostly even objectively so. For example, some were clear copies of well-known brands - I'd probably got sued if I ever used them. Others had obvious religious symbolic in them (completely by chance by the way). The rest were laughed off stage by the focus group.
So I went to "99Designs" and found a perfect stock logo for a small price, which was beautiful, exactly what I wanted, and universally liked. I could pay a little extra to buy it exclusively so that no one else would buy it (still would've been much cheaper than that designer), but I didn't, and I'm glad I didn't. The project failed miserably (as most do), and not because the logo was cheap. I'd feel pretty stupid if I paid extra for no reason. Well, actually I did pay the designer, but that was a lesson well learned.



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