There is an easy way to start your freelancing career, and if you’re willing, you can start making money today. Here’s how I first stumbled my way into a freelance career and found out how to make money with Fiverr.
The internet has made it easy for anyone to start making money at home.
Even if you don't have any skills, it's easier than ever to get started, learn as you go, and increase your earning potential along the way.
Back when I first got the idea that I could make money online, I started churning out affiliate blogs and was doing quite well for a while.
Eventually, I ran afoul of Google and lost my income. Bohm bohm! Don't ask me, because I don't have a clue what I did to attract their ire.
Getting shutdown inspired me to look for other ways I could make money at home.
My First Foray into Making Money on Fiverr
I searched for new ways to make money online, and eventually, I came across Fiverr.
As I recall, I believe it was a book listed on Amazon, which I bought for $1.99 during the self-publishing craze (is that still a thing?).
What Can You Do to Make Money on Fiverr?
In the good 'ol days Fiverr had been earning a name for itself as a site where you could make money doing some bizarre stuff:
Nope! I did not want to do any of those!
Finding My Fiverr Niche
There were quite a few business-oriented gigs which were more serious, and they seemed to be doing quite well for themselves.
Writing caught my eye, as I had been doing a lot of it for my blogs. I tried out a gig to gauge the competition.
I have to say, the prose underwhelmed me, but it gave me confidence that I could have a real go at making easy money on Fiverr.
My First Gig to Make Money on Fiverr
Starting with something simple seemed to be the way to go. As I had been rewriting PLR to make it unique for my blogs, I thought it might be an excellent place to start.
There were a ton of other blogging affiliates doing the same thing, so I figured there should be a market for it on Fiverr.
After I set up my gig, it didn't take long before my first order came in and I was off. I worked longer hours than I should have on those first few rewrites, but I wanted to produce a top-notch copy for my first client.
That first order was for eight articles at 500-words each, and I charged five dollars for each one.
I didn't spin the content, and I did my best to deliver the same message uniquely. The client rewarded my efforts with my first ever 5-star review.
More orders started rolling in. There were so many that in my first two weeks of making money on Fiverr I had to take my gig offline and play catch-up.
It wasn't going to make me rich any time soon, but an extra $400 that month was very sweet indeed.
What's it Like Making Money on Fiverr Now?
Fiverr has moved a long way from the dinky five bucks a pop site that I first joined.
There's some serious money changing hands for professional services from just about any industry you care to name.
A lot of professionals are making good money. I am talking seriously good money. Check it out.
At $3,000 a pop for a 14-day delivery, the Fiverr seller above stands to make $78,000/yr, more if they sell their premium gig, or can get it turned around faster.
You'll more often than not come across gigs starting at $100. As you can see, some are a lot more.
The good news is that anybody can get started on Fiverr. If you've got some skills, you can start making a serious income.
Even if you don't have skills, there is still a place for you on Fiverr.
How to Make Money on Fiverr Without Skills
You could claim that you don't have any skills for making money on Fiverr, but I'm here to tell you that you are wrong.
Don't have any skills, huh? Pfffftttt! You can learn. I believe in you.
On Fiverr you can:
None of the above need any special skills. And if you don't have even those, they are easy to learn in a couple of weeks.
It's insane how many services are available on Fiverr.
You'll be trading time for money, and to a busy entrepreneur, time is a valuable commodity.
Your so-called lack of skills are vital to making them more efficient in running their business.
I rewrote PLR content, and I wouldn't exactly call that a vital skill set.
My point is, if I could learn how to make money on Fiverr without skills, then you can too. Seriously.
If I can Make Money on Fiverr, Then You Can Too
I started on Fiverr with what I would consider next to no skills.
The $400 figure in the above images is for US dollars. In my country, at my current exchange rate, that equates to $577. On average, I make between $800 and $900 (USD) a month for about 60 hours of work.
Admittedly, it's taken me some time to get to that level, but I started part-time, kept self-educating, and now I'm overrun with orders. Sure, there a lot of writers making more than me, but I think I've positioned myself well with the prices I charge at my skill level.
Advantages of Starting with Fiverr
Fiverr gigs are easy to set up. You sign up, enter your PayPal account details, set up your gig, and let it go live.
New members may have to wait a little while to get approved, but other than that, you will be good to go.
On Fiverr, you can get found by anybody searching for the work they want you to do. Your prices are there for everyone to see, but you can negotiate and send custom offers to people who contact you.
Play around and experiment with your gig description and your tags. It's essential to pay attention to these, so your gigs get a spot in the search results pages.
Yes, it's SEO for Fiverr, but it's not as complicated as SEO for Google. I'll tell you more about it later.
How Much Can I Make on Fiverr?
Until your gig gets some momentum, you won't be making much at all, but give it time.
Fiver have levels for their sellers which include:
As a level one seller your options aren't too shabby. You can have 7 active gigs, with 2 gig extras. Your clients can order up to 5 multiples of your gig (5 x $5= $25.00). You can even send custom offers up to $5,000.
To get to Level 1 you will need to be:
You can see more about levels here on Fiverr.
Breaking through to level 1 will allow you to open up more gigs and charge a higher base rate.
You don't want to be wasting time on a five dollar gig which takes an hour. Create a gig around a task you can do in 20 minutes or less.
Finding the Right Fiverr Gig to Start?
Make a list of things you think you can do which will be quick to finish.
Even though you can only charge a base price of $5.00, your gig extras and gig multiples can bump your rate up quite a lot.
For example, you could do 60-minutes of keyword research for $20.00 (a multiple of 4 gigs), or create a 400-word article for $10.00 (a multiple of 2 gigs).
We should mention here that Fiverr take 20%, which is $1.00 for every $5.00. Bear that in mind when considering how much you are willing to do for $4.00.
Find a Popular Niche
Start your search on Fiverr by typing the service you are planning on offering into the search bar.
Check out the gigs which show up on the first page. Sort them by customer reviews to find the ones that are most popular. These will be your competition.
For your service to be viable, the gigs you are examining will need to have the following features:
With this information you will have a good idea about what is currently selling well on Fiverr. You should also have a ball-park figure on how much you can earn.
You will even get a few more ideas about the types of services you can offer on Fiverr, even without any skills.
It's time to start creating your gig. I won't get into it here because it's simple, and Fiverr will often change the system. But, a few key sections will help you earn more money.
Fiverr provides an option for you to choose three packages: a basic, a standard, and a premium. You can use these sections to increase your earning potential. These are my current packages.
Add in Some Gig Extras for Greater Income Potential
Fiverr will offer up gig extras you can include. Gig extras appear as optional items to add during ordering, but they can increase your earning potential if they add value.
For my writing gig I have gig extras like extra fast delivery and more keywords. There are also options for stock photos and extra words.
Yours might be different depending your service. Use them if you can, but you will also have the option to add your own once you gain a few levels.
Once you have your gig up it's time to start getting found and getting your first orders.
Get Found on Fiverr
Fiverr SEO is stupidly simple. At least my method is anyway.
It's Fiverr's algorithm, and they keep precisely how it works under lock and key. There's no way for me to tell if the steps I outline below actually worked, or I got lucky, but they're worth a shot.
I typed in some phrases I thought people looking for my services would use.
Then I took a look at the top performing gigs and checked out their description while noting down the keywords they included.
You can use five keyword tags during your gig creation, which Fiverr list at the bottom of the published gig. You have to scroll to see them because they are right at the bottom. Fiverr now calls them related tags when you see them on a published gig.
Next, I added them into my tags. Then I edited my description and inserted the keywords.
Do not copy a gig description word-for-word! You will get banned!
Before I did the steps above, I usually found my gig on the second or third page. I was still getting orders for my unique articles gig, but my queue was never full.
Now it's never empty, and 90% of my customers are repeat business; which is how you want it to be.
Promoting Your Gig
Fiverr are always in your face about promoting your gigs outside of their site, so I imagine self-promotion pays dividends when it comes to getting your gigs ranked. Don't quote me on that because I have no proof.
Promote on Twitter
I promote my gigs on Twitter regularly. It makes sense for me to follow SEO agencies in the hope they follow me back because they usually outsource their content production.
There is a scheduler I set-up to send out a promo for my service around two times a day.
Promote Your Fiverr Gig on LinkedIn
LinkedIn is still a new profile for me, so it hasn't built up much steam and is still a work in progress.
Promote on Facebook
I've never had any luck with Facebook promotion-wise. Although, you might if you've got a following. Or a group; groups on Facebook are big right now.
Create a Website
You could make a website to promote your Fiverr gigs. You're looking at the one I made right now.
Websites are cheap to host, but if you don't know how to create one, you can always hire a website developer on Fiverr.
Don't Do This on Fiverr
You may have seen tips for creating fake accounts so you can order a couple of your own gigs and give yourself glowing reviews. But, despite the obvious benefits, I would not recommend this method.
Another shady practice would be to buy a service which gives you hits on your gigs. But, I wouldn't like to risk my gig getting called out and possibly banned because of using this type of service.
Above all, you're on Fiverr to start a business, and this sort of activity only helps to give the platform you are about to rely on for income a bad name. But, if you keep it clean and ethical and work hard, you will get there.
At the most, you could get a couple of family members or friends to order your gig and give it a little head start in the ratings.
How to Become a Fiverr Top Rated Seller and Stay on Top
When you are first starting out on Fiverr, it can be hard work just to get those first few sales, but it's important to focus on your Fiverr gigs as a real business.
Like most businesses, you will need to stick with it until you build some momentum. Once you do, it won't be long before you reach Fiverr top rated seller status.
I'm not top rated yet, but at the time of writing I am only a few months off. Here's what I am doing on Fiverr to make sure I get there.
You can also consider the following tips a pretty good guide on how to rank your Fiverr gig on the first page and show up every time someone searches for your niche.
1. Excel at Customer Service
It's incredibly important not to let any customers get under your skin, at least during your first 200 or so 5-star ratings.
Fortunately, most of my customers on Fiverr have been pretty good, but there have been a few odd balls with unreasonable expectations.
Whatever you do, do not let the unreasonable customers get under your skin and lure you into making inflammatory comments.
Customers who want to leave a negative rating will have to accept and pay for an order, if they accept a cancellation, then they can't leave any rating. However, during the start of your career your gigs will be cheap.
If you get into an argument, there are more than a few Fiverr clients out there who will happily pay $5.00 for the privilege of leaving a crappy review, even if the fault is theirs.
One negative rating against a couple of hundred positive ratings doesn't make much of a dent. But, a 1-star rating against just a few 5-stars can really screw with your averages.
I guess my advice here is do whatever takes to get those 5-stars in the beginning, even if it means working for no pay. It does pay off in the end, so you shouldn't let a lousy 5 bucks ruin a profitable future.
Remember, the Fiverr algorithm is going to work in favour of those gigs which keep the customers happy.
I've probably written 4 or 5 free articles in 7 or so years to keep unreasonable customers from leaving a bad review, and all I lost was a little bit of time.
2. Prompt Communication
Fiverr clients are spread out all over the planet and can message you at any time of the day or night, but I'm not going to tell you to wake in the middle of the night to respond to a Fiverr client (unless you really want to).
However, you should respond to each message as soon as possible.
Fiverr are big on prompt replies. It's important enough for them to use it as one of the criteria for levelling up, so take your customer queries seriously.
I have the Fiverr app on my phone and answer any questions which come up when I am out and about wherever I am. But, I don't get into any in depth discussions until I am back at my computer.
A reply telling the customer you aren't at the office right now and will get back to them as soon as possible counts as a quick response, and will bring your average response time down.
When I wake up and during my first morning coffee, I will go through the queries from customers and answer all of them before starting work.
This strategy has been enough to keep my average response time down to 1 or 2 hours, and the Fiverr algorithm happy.
3. Don't Cancel Unless you Absolutely Have To
Sometimes you will get an order that you can't possibly complete. Instead of an outright cancellation try communicating with the customer.
Ask them if there is something else you can do for them instead. In my time on Fiverr, I have only had to cancel a very few orders.
I'm not sure how the Fiverr search engines deals with cancellations. Fiverr say only the seller can see their cancellation rate, but I'm sure too many cancellations could be a detriment to your gig's ranking ability.
4. Always Deliver on Time
If you are running out of time to complete your orders you should consult with your customer rather than delivering late. Most clients will be happy to extend the due date.
When you find yourself regularly asking for extensions it might be time to give yourself a more flexible schedule and increase your delivery times.
You also have the option to take your gig offline while you play catch-up.
5. Be Helpful
You should do everything in your power to do everything you can to help your customer. Going above and beyond will almost guarantee a 5-star rating (only almost, because some people are impossible to please).
Do a great job and you may also get recommended outside of the Fiverr platform.
I regularly have clients come to me because someone has recommended my service. It's just like word-of-mouth in the bricks-and-mortar world, and just as powerful.
Okay, that's about all I have for you right now. If you were hoping for something more complicated, then I'm sorry to disappoint.
Getting started on Fiverr is that simple:
Good luck, I hope this guide helped you in some way. If you ever need any help Fiverr wise, or just want to say hello, don't be afraid to get in touch.
Just click on the link in the bio box below to contact me.
Leigh has been working as a professional content creator for the last 7 years, providing unique, engaging articles for web sites and blogs. His educational background is in web development, marketing, and IT, which provides him a broad range of experiences to draw from in his writing. Leigh's content strikes the fine balance needed to give your human readers an engaging article, while also providing the search bots what they need for correctly ranking your site. Leigh prides himself on providing excellent customer service and always enjoys meeting and working with new clients. Contact Leigh today for all your content needs.