Why You Shouldn't Sell Your Work on Fiverr and Etsy | The difference between templated and customized services and why custom design is more expensive | Jenn Wells Design

Today I’m going to talk about something most entrepreneurs can relate to: trying to convince others of the value of your work. And, just as importantly, convincing yourself.

“You should sell your work on Fiverr/Etsy/99Designs/other cheap crowd sourcing sites.”

Lately I’ve had a couple of kind and well-meaning acquaintances suggest I sell my work on Etsy or Fiverr. They’ve had a couple of great purchases there and you can sell a lot of stuff through those sites because they’re popular, which is fantastic! But here’s the problem: similar designs on Etsy are $15 or $10. On Fiverr things are sold for only $5.

The Problem with Fiverr for Designers

In theory this is great for the customer. Why pay more if you don’t have to? But as a designer, how on earth can I justify hours of my time for $5 or even $15? If I want to have enough money to live somewhere and eat food every day, I really can’t.

The Problem with Fiverr for Clients

And my customers can’t afford it either. My clients come to me expecting custom design. Something unique, designed for their specific projects and needs. If I were to charge Etsy or Fiverr prices, I’d be scrambling to get everything done as quickly as possible and the quality of work I’d be churning out would be atrocious. Even with templated designs with minimal alterations per customer, it would be difficult to make ends meet. And that’s without getting into all the accusations of copyright violations by Fiverr designers. Read more