A Beginners Guide to Making Money on Fiverr

If you’re looking for a way to make money and you have skills, expertise or a service to offer, then Fiverr is a great place to start. Fiverr is a global online marketplace which started in 2009 where freelancers offer services, known as “Gigs”, which can be purchased for as little as a fiver (hence the name).
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If you’ve read our recent post How to Turn What You Know into Lots of Dough, you’ll be aware that there are literally thousands of services you could potentially offer as a seller on Fiverr. Everything from web design and social media marketing to DJ mixes and astrology readings are available on the platform.

In this post we’ll show you how to get started, create your first gig, and succeed as a seller on Fiverr.

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How Does It Work – The Basics

As a Seller on Fiverr you’re offering a specific service for a set price to earn money working freelance. You’ll have a seller profile which should give potential buyers a good idea of your skills and the quality of your work. When you’re paid Fiverr takes 20% as a commission for use of the platform (which includes any tips you might make). Your payment clears within 14 days of a successful sale.

Buyers are able to search for the service they’re looking to purchase and choose which of the many offerings best suits their needs. The seller they choose will usually depend on a number of factors such as how professional the sellers’ profile is, if they have a portfolio which showcases their work and most importantly if they have a good rating from previous buyers. 

Top Tip: Taking communications and payments between yourself and a potential buyer “off platform” i.e. outside of Fiverr is prohibited and may result in you being removed as a seller.

Signing Up, Becoming a Seller & Creating Your Profile

In order to become a seller on Fiverr, you first need to sign up as a user. Once you’ve submitted your details, you’ll receive a verification email to confirm your account. When you’re logged in go to the top of the page and click on “Become a Seller”

You’ll then see some information on what makes a good seller and what not to do – such as the tip we mentioned above, before being asked for your personal and professional information. The information you submit in this section is what buyers will see on your seller profile when searching for services.

Firstly you’ll be asked for your full name and prompted to upload a profile picture. Then in the description box give some information of the projects you’ve worked on and your experience and expertise.

In terms of professional info, you’ll be asked your profession, what specific skills and experience you have, your education and if you have a professional website. Don’t worry too much at this point, not everyone on Fiverr has a degree in Graphic Design. Just be truthful and honest about your skills.

Finally, if you have them, link your social media accounts (as long as they’re relevant to your area of expertise – no potential buyer needs to see your collection of funny cat videos). That’s it you’re done. Now you’re registered as a seller you can get going and create your fist gig.

Creating Your First Gig

Now you’re registered as a seller you’re able to create your first gig. Firstly click “create new gig” and complete the gig title. Once you’ve briefly told buyers what you’re offering the next step is to choose a category which best suits your gig. The next step is to complete “gig metadata” and “search tags” which will enable buyers to find your gig via the search function.

Here are some examples….

Setting Your Price

Unless you’re prepared to pay Fiverr some money to use a tiered pricing system then you’ll only be able to offer a basic package. If you do opt to pay the extra then you’ll be able to offer three different packages – Basic, Standard and Premium and specify the details for each.

An example of this would be if your gig was to transcribe a video or audio clip – the Basic package might be a clip up to 10 minutes long, Standard might be 30 minutes and Premium might be an hour with prices increasing accordingly.

On the pricing page you’ll also specify the delivery time in days (this will be your deadline for delivery of the service so be realistic, particularly if you have other commitments elsewhere such as a full-time job).

You’ll also specify how many revisions you’re prepared to carry out to ensure the buyer is satisfied with your work and add any extras such as faster delivery for an additional fee or an additional revision.

Description

The next screen is where you give a full description of what you’re offering in as much detail as you can so that buyers are able to understand if your gig meets their needs. Try to think as a buyer at this point and include every bit of information you think they might need.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

As with the description, take some time to consider fully populating the FAQs – this gives buyers answers to the most common questions they might need answers to before engaging with you directly. If you’re unsure then have a look at the top sellers in your category for inspiration. 

Buyer Requirements

Be sure to let potential buyer know what you need from them in order to complete the work such as relevant specifications, dimensions or materials.

Gallery

This section is used to showcase your work. Adding photos, videos or a PDF showing what you produce will give a clearer picture of what the buyer should expect to receive having purchased your gig. Make sure that the gallery accurately reflects the quality of your work.

Publish

Once you’ve completed all of the above steps it’s time for your gig to go live. Double check everything and ensure you’ve corrected any grammatical or spelling errors and click publish. That’s it – your first gig is live and should be searchable on the site.

Promotion

Use social media to promote your gig. It’s also possible to send your gig to buyers who have posted a request on the platform.

Fiverr Mobile App

Ensure you have the Fiverr mobile app on your phone – this will enable you to respond to potential buyers on the go. Fast response times also reflect well on you as a seller. Nobody wants to be left hanging for a seller to respond.

Referrals

Once you’ve successfully completed your gig and have a few satisfied customers don’t be afraid to ask them to refer you to other potential buyers. Prospective customers are far more likely to hire you if they heard about you from somebody they trust. You could even offer a discount for successful referrals they send your way.

5-Star Ratings

Finally, if you’ve completed the above steps and have a growing number of happy customers you need to keep an eye on your rating. Anything above 4.8 is great. Good feedback and positive customer reviews will enhance your profile and also ensure you rank well in the search results.

Conclusion

Fiverr is a great way to benefit from the skills you already have. The platform is simple to use and a great way to either top up your piggy bank or even use as your primary income. The latter might take some time to achieve but if you stick at it and do everything right, it’s a really great option for almost anyone who wants to make more money.

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