Knowing how to make money on Fiverr is a good skill to have if you’re hoping to starting learning how to make money online.
Back in 2012 when I started trying to earn some money from the internet, it was actually Fiverr that I got started on and in a few months I went from earning nothing to more than $1000 per month.
It might not sound like much, but back then it really helped to show me that you could actually making a living online.
In 2014 I even got my girlfriend started on the platform and she still uses it today as one of her sources of income.
In this post I want to share with you the basics of Fiverr and how to make money from Fiverr starting right away.
Before I dive into the juicy stuff, I want to cover some of the basics first.
What is Fiverr?
You’ve probably heard of it by now, or even seen some of their TV commercials, but Fiverr is basically on online marketplace where people can offer a variety of different goods and services starting at just $5.
Everything used to be $5, but these days there’s no entry-limit on the cost and it’s possible to sell things for hundreds or thousands of dollars right from the beginning.
The way it works for people hoping to earn money is that you sign up for the platform and offer a service or a good, where it’s known as a “gig”.
People head onto the website looking for “gigs” to buy and Fiverr takes a 20% commission on every “gig” sale that you make.
Some of the popular gig sections include things like:
There are hundreds of different topics to choose from and you can find a surprisingly amount of things for sale on the platform.
Any skill you have that someone else might want can be sold on Fiverr and there’s some really wacky gigs out there that you wouldn’t believe people are actually making money from.
To find gigs there is a search engine that visitors use and they can browse through all of the different offerings, see reviews, check prices, and message people directly for more information or custom price quotes.
Getting Started with Fiverr
Signing up for Fiverr is really easy and doesn’t cost anything at all.
You can start by heading over to Fiverr.com and creating your account.
Make sure to fill in all the information properly and upload a nice-looking, quality profile picture.
Then, browse the different products and services until you find a few where you can offer something similar.
Create your list, or gig, and make sure you provide all of the details you can relating to what you’re selling.
Follow through with the gig creation process and finalize everything so that your gig becomes “live” on the platform.
That’s really all there is to it when it comes to getting started.
For a better guide at setting up and optimizing your Fiverr gig, make sure to keep scrolling to the tutorial further down in this post.
Now, let’s take a more in-depth look at how you can start to make money from Fiverr.
How to Make Money on Fiverr
Step 1: Do Your Research
The first thing you need to do after setting up your account is to actually decide what type of gig you’re going to create and what kind of service you’re going to be selling on Fiverr.
Even though you might have a few different ideas, you need to do some research beforehand to validate the idea to see if there are actually people interested in paying you for what you’re hoping to provide.
Doing your research and checking out the competition is going to save you a lot of time in the long run in case you pick something that you can’t make money with.
This is also going to help you get a step ahead of those people that just start creating gigs right away without any idea of what actually works and then later on complain that you can’t make money with Fiverr.
There are a few different factors you need to look at when you’re doing your research into whether your specific product or service that you want to provide on Fiverr is going to be profitable for you.
Here are the things that you need to consider:
Start by Listing Your Current Skills and Areas of Expertise
The first thing you’re going to want to do is create a list of all the different skills or other areas of expertise that you have.
Hopefully you have some hobbies or skills that you’re good at and these might include things like:
- Photo editing
- Content writing
- Video creation
- SEO or other Internet marketing skills
Once you have a list, try to get rid of anything that you don’t think that you could actually make money from.
With the options that you have left you’re going to want to continue onto the next step to see if they’re any good.
Check Current Fiverr Gigs
With your list in hand, head over to Fiverr.com and browse all of the different categories along the top of the home page.
Try to see if there’s any specific category that your current skills will apply in and click through to that category if you find something relevant.
If you don’t find any categories right away, don’t worry, just do a quick search for your specific skill, service, or product.
Whether you clicked on a specific category or did a search, take a look at all of the different gigs that show up on the first page.
Make sure to organize by “average customer review” to get a better look at the more popular gigs because these are going to be the ones that you are going to be competing against in the search results pages on Fiverr.
Now, ask yourself the following questions about the top 5 to 10 gigs:
- Do any of the gigs have more than just a few orders in queue?
- How often are buyers leaving reviews for the top gigs?
- How many of the top gigs have more than 100 reviews?
- Do the top gigs provide services that you can provide?
- How much do the top gigs cost or charge for their service or product?
- What’s the average review score of the top results?
- Are the gig pages (title, description, etc) optimized for search?
At this stage if you’re seeing a lot of gigs with hundreds or thousands of reviews along with plenty of orders in queue then you know you’ve found a good topic or category to start selling in.
If not, then try again with the next skill that you have written down on your page or that you can provide to see if it’s a better niche/topic that you can earn money in.
This research should give you a better idea of what types of gigs are doing well on Fiverr and whether or not your own skill is something that you can use to profit from on the platform.
It should also help give you some inspiration if you don’t have any ideas about what you can provide or provide you with some more insight on what you can offer potential clients.
With the research phase over, it’s now time to actually create your own gig and get it listed so you can hopefully start making some money.
Step 2: Getting Your Gig Up and Running
Create and Set-Up Your Gig on Fiverr
Hopefully you have already created your Fiverr account, and if not then just refer to the steps up above so that we can move forward with this section.
To create a new gig, head to your dashboard, select “Selling” from the menu bar at the top, and at the top right you should see a blue button that says “Add a New Gig”.
Click on this button and the process of setting up your new gig should begin.
The first page is the ”Overview” page and here you need to fill out the “Gig Title”, select a category, and add your search tags.
Choosing the right gig title from the beginning is important, but you can change it in the future if you make a mistake or come up with a better title idea.
The title allows you to choose something like “I will XXX” where is the “XXX’ part should be the specific service that you are offering.
It’s a good idea to provide a detailed title here, so for example you’re going to want to go with something like:
- I will write a press release
- I will do SEO for your website
- I will design a logo for you
These are short and to the point so that your potential clients know exactly what they’re getting if they click on your gig or are interested in your service.
It’s also a good idea to check out your competitors to see what kind of titles that they are using and model yours after the top ranking results.
Choosing the right category is also important because it’s going to be where your gig is going to be displayed if somebody clicks on one of the category options at the top.
There aren’t really that many categories to choose from so make sure that you choose one that’s completely relevant to the service that you are providing.
After selecting a category, you might be presented with a sub category to choose from and you also want to make an accurate selection here that best represents your service.
The search tags are the search terms that your buyers are going to be using when they search on Fiverr to look for services that they want.
You can check out some of your competitors to see which search tags they’re using and basically you just want to choose tags that are relevant to what you’re providing.
For example, if you’re providing a writing service you would choose tags like:
- Blog posts
- Content Writing
- SEO Writer
The pricing section of setting up your gig is where you need to describe the service that you’re providing in the form of packages that you can sell to your clients.
You can choose a three different packages and it’s a good idea to set different prices for each one so that you have the opportunity to make more money from a single buyer.
For example, if you’re a writer then your basic package would be something like just 300 words of content.
Then, your standard package would be something like 500 words and will also include some optimization and editing.
Finally, your premium package would be something like 700 words and would include a few additional features that you could provide for a premium price .
Make sure to describe the details of each package regarding what you’re able to provide and choose delivery times that you’re comfortable with so that you don’t run out of time and risk delivering late.
Depending on your category, there might be some additional boxes at the bottom that you can check off if you’re are able to provide something extra.
Speaking of extras, at the very bottom you’re able to create “Gig Extras”, and this is basically where you can upsell your clients on anything extra that you can sell along with your basic service.
This could be something like faster delivery, extra research, a detailed report, or anything that you can add on top of your basic service and earn some extra money from.
I’ve had a lot of luck offering something along the lines of a 12-hour “rush” delivery for clients that are in a hurry and are willing to spend the extra money to get something done really quickly.
Description and FAQ
After this, select “Save and Continue” at the bottom and this will bring you to the Description and FAQ portion of filling out your gig.
The description is where you are able to describe what your service is all about and it’s here that you want to provide an in-depth and detailed description so that your buyers and potential clients know exactly what they’re going to be getting from you.
There are 1200 characters of writing space and I recommend filling up the entire amount if you’re able to.
Make sure to check out your competitors to get an idea of what kind of description they’re going with and always add a personal touch to run description so that your client or buyer can feel a connection even before they decide to work with you.
You can also take advantage of SEO in the description so make sure to include any relevant keywords related to your service as well as a call to action at the bottom for them to order or contact you for more information.
Many of your competitors won’t take advantage of having a detailed description and that means that it’s important for you to spend some time here to create a great description that will impress any potential clients and lead them to purchase your gig.
After filling out your description you have the opportunity to include some frequently asked questions (FAQ).
It’s a good idea to include at least three specific questions and answers to provide potential clients with a better idea of what your service offers and what you can provide for them.
The requirements section is very straightforward and here you just need to fill out any requirements that you have for your buyers that you need to provide your service with.
This could be anything like more information about their business, ideas they have for a logo or illustration, links to their website or social media, etc.
You’re going to be contacting the client directly on Fiverr messaging once they order from you anyways but it’s a good idea to have some requirements so that you can start thinking about how you are able to deliver your service effectively and on time even before you start working on it.
The gallery is the last stage in the set-up process and here is where you need to select an image that gets displayed as your gig thumbnail.
For this, I recommend checking to see what sort of images your competitors are using and then working to make your own image that’s unique and that gives an idea of what your service is about.
I would also recommend uploading a video because having a video on your gig will increase conversions and also helps to make you seem like more of a real person to your potential clients rather than just another random gig.
Regardless of which category you’re in, it’s always a good idea to have at least one image in your gallery with a face as this is also going to help your clients relate with you more.
Start Making Money!
That’s really all there is to it when it comes to making money on Fiverr and setting up your gig correctly.
It’s possible to upload quite a few gigs at a time and as a beginner I recommend filling up your account with as many different services that you’re able to provide.
This will help you to cast a wider net and reach more potential buyers so that you’re more likely to make money rather than just relying on one or two gigs and hoping for the best.
It’s important to remember that you likely won’t start making money right away and your gigs are going to need time to become normalized in the Fiverr search engine result pages.
The good thing is that once you start getting a few orders and some good reviews that this is going to have a snowball effect and as long as you provide a good quality service then the orders will keep coming in.
There are thousands of people making money on Fiverr everyday so there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be trying out this platform has a great way to make money online.
In-Demand Services You Can Sell on Fiverr
It’s important to provide a service that you can actually make money with so if you’re wondering about which different services you should provide, here are a few examples:
- Content writing
- Logo design
- WordPress support
- Search engine optimization
- Video editing
- Photoshop help
- Social media management
- Testimonials and Voice-overs
Hopefully this post has helped you get started and that in a short while you’re no longer be wondering can you make money on Fiverr.
I don’t want to lie and say that there are easy ways to make money on Fiverr, but it’s definitely possible if you put in the work and try out a few different methods and tactics before giving up.
If you have any questions or suggestions, please don’t hesitate to let me know down the comments below.
I’d also love to hear about any successes or failures that you’ve had with Fiverr so feel free to share if you’re comfortable with doing so.