Fiverr: How to Use it and Make Money With it
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Have you heard of Fiverr yet? It’s an amazing website where you can buy or sell services for $5.00! I had heard a lot of bloggers talking about it and recommending it for services, but I was nervous about using it when it sounded so cheap. How much quality work was I really going to get for only $5.00? Once I started selling services on it I understood it better and now purchase services on there as well.
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Here is a better definition of what Fiverr is all about:
“Fiverr is a global online marketplace offering tasks and services, referred to as ‘gigs’ beginning at a cost of $5 per job performed, from which it gets its name. The site is primarily used by freelancers who use Fiverr to offer a variety of different services, and by customers to buy those services.” – Wikipedia
How to Use Fiverr:
1. Find a Gig
A gig is a service offered on Fiverr. There are many many different categories and selections offered, you could spend hours just looking at them all. Here are just a few of the categories offered:
- Logo Design
- Business Cards
- E-Book Covers
- Blog Mentions
- Virtual Assistance
Once you find a category, then it’s time to search for a gig! Fiverr is set up on a rating and review system. You want to find someone that has a lot of good ratings and reviews. It will show you their percentage and also what level they are. From there you can decide based on their ratings, reviews, and how many buyers they have if you want to purchase their gig.
Some gigs will have portfolios of their work which you can scroll through. This is always nice to see if their gig is what you are looking for. If you are not sure if you want to purchase someone’s gig, you can “heart” it and come back to it later. I love that you can “heart” all the ones you like and use them whenever you need them.
2. Purchase a Gig
Now that you know what gig you need, it’s time to make a purchase! In some cases, the seller will ask you to contact them first, but in most cases, you order your gig and then the seller’s instructions are automatically forwarded to you. Once you give them what they need to complete the service, they are on a countdown to finish it within the number of days that are set on the gig.
When you purchase a gig, some people will have what is called, “Gig Extras.” These are extra services that you can buy along with the main gig. They are not mandatory, but ways for the seller to make a little more money, and for the buyer to get more to suit their needs.
3. Rate and Review Services
Once the seller has delivered your service, Fiverr will ask you to rate them in three different areas:
You may also be asked to leave a review. It doesn’t have to be paragraphs long, just a sentence or two describing why you enjoyed working with the seller and how much you enjoyed their work. The seller will then be able to rate you and how you interacted during the process.
As a current Fiverr seller, I need to tell you how important this stage is for everyone involved. Fiverr is based on ratings and reviews and without good ratings and reviews, it’s hard to run a good business on Fiverr. Of course, if you had a bad experience then please, rate accordingly, but please try not to be too picky with your ratings.
How to Make Money with Fiverr
1. Find Your Money-Maker
What are you good at? Do you offer services on your blog or website already? These are going to be your starting point. Big or small there is a way for everyone to make money on Fiverr. Search out Fiverr and see what other people are offering. Can you do something similar? Can you do it better? What extra’s could you offer with it? Find your thing and start from there!
2. Set up Your Account
Setting up an account with Fiverr is very easy. They will walk you through every step of the way. The only things I want to point out at this step is knowing what your description is going to be and having a gig photo to start with.
Your gig description is very important, this is what is going to help people decide between your gig and someone else’s. It can be simple, or descriptive. Also, don’t forget to add what limits you may have. For example, I have this disclaimer on my gigs:
No affiliate, adult or gambling pins/repins. Each pin must be FAMILY-FRIENDLY.”
Lastly, your photo is going to be what catches a buyer’s eye first. It needs to be your own photo, not someone else’s. I just used a screenshot for my gigs or used a nice picture that I paid for to catch someone’s eye. You can also make a video of yourself describing the gig instead of using a picture. This is a very popular option on Fiverr, but not necessary.
3. Get Buyers
Now that your gigs have been approved, it’s time to wait for buyers. Keep in mind that this part is slow. New gigs have a hard time getting picked up because they don’t have any ratings or reviews yet. But don’t let that discourage you! Keep sharing your gigs, check out the tips on the Fiverr Blog and Forum and once you have that first buyer, make it your best!
4. Level Up and Continue Building your Fiverr Business
Once you start getting buyers, things can pick up fast. The better the rating, reviews, and level you have, the more popular your gig will get. Add small goals for yourself to hit. Add gig extras when you are able, to help make more money. Don’t get overwhelmed too fast, but if you do, remember these two things:
- You can take a vacation. You mean I can go to the beach? You can, but on Fiverr you technically don’t have to go anywhere to go on vacation! You can turn the “vacation” tab on to take a pause or break to catch up on things. Potential buyers can still see your gigs and can sign up to be notified when you return.
- You can change the number of days it takes you to finish a gig. When I first started on Fiverr, I said I could do my main gig in 3 days. As I got more and more buyers, that was just impossible. Now, my days are moved up to 8. This gives me enough time to work with everyone, and continue my blog and taking care of my family.
My Fiverr Business
I have been on Fiverr as a seller for a total of 8 months now. It took about 2-4 weeks for me to really get started and I’ve changed a few things and learned a lot along the way. Currently, I am making approximately $200 a month from Fiverr alone. It’s definitely been a life changer for me.
Right now, I only offer Pinterest-related gigs because Pinterest is a strong point for me. However, in the future, I may branch out and do more. I have had a lot of buyers ask for different things because they like working with me and sometimes you just have to give the people what they want!
Please let me know if you have any questions about Fiverr. I would love to help you out! Meanwhile, check out my profile and gigs on Fiverr and have a free gig on me!
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Outstanding post. Fiverr is amazing site to make money.
Cool post! I never considered FIverr to make money myself. Although I am familiar with the site. Thanks for the info!
I think it really depends on what you offer and how much time that’s costing you. I’ve done translation work on Fiverr, like, A LOT, and it was a lot of work for virtually no pay. (I did do gig extra’s, but extra’s in this case meant even more work – more words, more editing – for still way too little money) It brought me extra experience, but I am very happy that I have decided to leave Fiverr and only work for clients that pay normal rates.
I’ve also been on the buyer’s end several times, mainly for logo design, and found it to be quite depressing. Even the sellers with great portfolios delivered the simplest stuff, often ripped from elsewhere. Gems are probably to be found on Fiverr, but I’d rather spare myself the time and frustration and just hire someone I know is good, I can brief properly and negotiate things with and pay the rates that their work is actually worth.
(BTW at the time I left Fiverr, you could only take 28 days off in a year, which I think is quite strange if you’re doing it on the side – i.e. have a life and a job or a business – and are self employed…)
Great stuff, Kathryn!
I’m writing an article for our blog on everything that you can get done on Fiverr for a small business. Wondering if you might like to contribute and would love to link back to your site as well.
I’m looking only for your first hand experiences (what you have actually done), a story of how it worked, a link to the Fiverr gig that you sold or trying to sell, and how it generally worked out for the client and yourself.
Also, it would be great to link to your website (if you have any) or your Fiverr profile. Perhaps, we could also include a photo of you in the article as well?
Let me know if you would like to be part of the article. It’s for our blog http://biz30.timedoctor.com/
I am definitely interested! Could you email me the details? firstname.lastname@example.org