Have you heard of Fiverr? It’s a website where you can buy/sell services like graphics & design, marketing, music and video amongst a whole slew of services. The best part (at least for someone like me) is that the service starts at just $5 per order although there are a lot of varied prices and packages that can make that number go up, up and up again.
I have used Fiverr in the past and was not happy with the results although I ultimately stuck with them. I have also paid a graphic designer for a whole logo design and all the bells and whistles that came with it <– loved the results and I can recommend her to you if you are looking for one. Ultimately though I am constantly evolving and growing and as such my need for a new logo happens about once a year and my hobby blog does not make enough money to justify all the bells and whistles that come with a graphic designer close to home.
I also don’t really need all those bells and whistles. True story. I need a high-resolution image that has a transparent background and possibly a source file (even though I can’t access it). That’s it. This is where Fiverr comes into play.
Tips to Success Using Fiverr
Figure out what you want. Think of logos you like and what about them you like. Take notes. Think of colour schemes, fonts, graphics, whether you want the logo to be straight across or on different rows, whether you want it in a circle…the list is neverending but make sure you take notes. Also, think about what the logo is for–> what is your business all about? Do you sell products? write that down too!
Take note of what you don’t like. You know when you see a logo or design and cringe. WRITE DOWN WHAT YOU DON’T LIKE. If you hate purple write it down. If the sight of flowers makes you want to gag make sure you write that down too!
Go search the Fiverr website and look at the different logos. Look at all the different styles and see if any catch your eye. The first time I used Fiverr I failed to really explore the site and I overlooked the feminine/watercolour logos. I really wish I had not because the selection was wonderful and I added a lot of notes to my love/hate lists just by seeing other logos.
Think about timeline. This time around I ordered from two different designers and I gave them both the same instructions. Gold font, florals, not just purple/blue. One promoted her orders as being done in 24 hours and the other was 4 days. I should have known that four days was going to be a horrible wait and it would leave my whole weekend in limbo.
Look for unlimited revisions. When looking for a designer try to find one that will offer you unlimited revisions on your logo for the set fee. Some charge per revision and there is nothing worse then feeling like you are being played or accepting a design that you don’t absolutely LOVE.
My Latest Fiverr Experience
Before I ordered on Fiverr this latest time I spent about a week looking through the site. I looked at designers, sent girlfriends links, talked to hubby, searched and searched and searched some more. The reason I ordered from two different designers was because of how disappointed I was the first time and I didn’t want to risk it again.
The first order I placed was with HiraMustafa1822. It was for a basic package that came with unlimited revisions, 1 logo, logo transparency and a printable resolution file to be ready in 24 hours. I placed my order and gave her my preferences. She was half way around the world and I woke up to an email in the morning with my first design ready.
She took my blog name too literally and drew me a house (cottage?) with the florals I requested and gold font. It was MEH. I sent it off to two girlfriends for their opinions but also asked Hira to do a revision with no house, more florals, and the font to all be thicker on Aneta. At this point one of my girlfriends had the same idea about the cottage as I did–why was it there? My other girlfriend tried to sell me on the house idea but to be placed in a different part of the logo, all across one line. Home With Aneta blog Fiverr logo
It was then that I got my revision in my mailbox (within a couple of hours) and I fell in love. I sent it to my girlfriends again and the one who was selling me on the house said to screw the house because this was it. I agreed but I also had another design on the way and didn’t want to make any decisions before seeing the results.
The second order I placed was with IsabelleSalem. It was for a base package that included 2 Revisions, 1 Logo Included, Logo Transparency, and a Printable Resolution File to be delivered in 4 days. Worst decision I have made because she delivered right under the deadline and it was a long time to wait for someone as impatient as I (although to be fair she delivered as promised). I gave her the same instructions as I gave Hira and when I saw the design she sent me I didn’t even ask for the two revisions that were available because I knew that the design above was right for me. As my girlfriend pointed out this design looks like the plastic tablecloth at your grandma’s picnic table and I didn’t even want to bother. I had spent the past three days falling in love with the design Hira made for me.
All-in-all I am very impressed with the services I received. I ended up also buying the source file from Hira with my design on it for an additional $5 putting my total to $11. If you are looking to sit down with someone and hash out details together I think that Fiverr is not the place for you but on a budget and willing to follow the tips above? Do it! What do you have to lose? $5? You can make your coffee at home for a day or two to save what you lost.