This article will take you through my experiences selling on Fiverr, if it’s worth it and where you can go from there.
By now, you’ve probably read a dozen articles on “How to make money on Fiverr” and “Best gigs to make for money”.
Fiverr, like any selling platform such as Amazon, requires the same fundamentals. The big difference is that you can sell services instead of physical things. I have a toy, I can sell this to on Amazon, and try to flip a profit. On Fiverr, it’s kind of like “I will write an article about a toy for you”
Services on Fiverr are called gigs, you can buy these services through the Fiverr website. You can get gigs as weird as a man in a skirt on an island singing happy birthday to you.
But first, let me ask you this question.
Should you even sell on Fiverr?
You probably didn’t think of this, you just saw all the videos, articles, and screen shots of people making so much money on the side that you were hooked.
You see, the only people who write, promote, or discuss pro’s and cons of Fiverr are those people who have tried, and succeed in the Fiverr market. So when you research about Fiverr, and how to start making money on it, you will not be able to find any sources with negative opinions on it. If you do, you either see that person as a loser, since they never made any money, so their approach to Fiverr was bad so their opinion doesn’t matter, or they re just some nobody trying to defame Fiverr to get views on their website as Fiverr is a popular subject.
I will be the first one to tell you the honest truth. Fiverr is one hell of a place to break into, if you’re the type of person who needs to search up ‘Gigs to setup to make money as a beginner/long time seller’ your experience on Fiverr won’t be what you think.
You see, every single category that you could easily think of on Fiverr is already dominated. You’re thinking of writing articles for people, guess what, 99% of the orders for articles will go to the top rated sellers on Fiverr, and the remaining 1% orders will be distributed between dozens and dozens of level 1/level 2 sellers. (Note, I did not do the math and these percentages may be exaggerated for effect, but my point still stands). So writing articles, well, you wouldn’t do good in it.
Fiverr is no longer the place for offering generic services to earn good cash, it is the place to offer unique, skill based services for good cash.
The Fiverr market will reject the new person trying to make testimonial videos (I think fake testimonial videos are banned from Fiverr now) and it will accept the gifted photo shop designer who will design your photo with real celebrities to make it look like you took a picture with someone famous.
You see the first one, all that is required is a camera, and talking.
The second one, you need Photo-shop the program, you need to know how to use it, which is quite complex, you need to know the specifics for your offered service, in this case, taking a photo and pasting it onto a believable photo of a celebrity while making it look real and natural.
Since its creation, Fiverr already has filled up its generic markets with top rated sellers who dominate those markets, such as , writing articles, proofreading articles, business card designing, singing your song lyrics’ gigs, making a happy birthday video for you while dancing in a skirt on a beach and writing you name in the sand, yes that’s a very real gig and its a top rated one too.
Let’s define somethings that most beginners wouldn’t know about Fiverr. Simple things, like terms.
Terms You Should From Fiverr
Gigs: Gigs are basically what you’re selling. If I want to offer my service for proofreading your article’. This is a gig, since it is a service I am offering for money.
Each of those pictures with a title under it is a Gig. They all offer a service for payment.
Seller categories: There are different categories or levels on Fiverr. There are 4 levels. The first one is just ‘seller’. It is for beginners, the second is level 1, the third is level two, and the last is ‘top rated’. Each of these levels except the first has retirements to get into, all of the requirements, along with perks per level are available in the following link.
How To Get Started As A Beginner
This is a beginners article as well as a seasoned seller article. I would consider myself seasoned, I spent 2 years selling on Fiverr. In that time I achieved lever two seller status and made money along the way. I will not be covering step to step instructions on how to get started selling on Fiverr. This is an article, not a manual. However there was a book I used to get started, It is very much relevant since its release 3 years ago and its the only book that is proper without filler, it gets to the point, takes you through creating your first gig, creating usernames, branding, rules of success on Fiverr, what to do to make more money, first gig ideas and so much more.
I would say everything other than the first gig ideas is still relevant to Fiverr today, the reason? Keep reading until the end!
It cost $29 US and is the best investment to start on Fiverr properly rather than watching random videos, and reading random articles that only give you bits and pieces.
You can read and purchase it here :BOOK
However, Before Purchasing, Read The Rest Of The Article To See if Fiverr Will Work For You.
What Type Of Gigs Make Money
Here’s the thing about Fiverr. It doesn’t work unless you have something new to offer, when Fiverr was new. There wasn’t that much dominance on certain markets or gigs, and everyone could earn a share of the pie. Now, markets are dominated, to even break into them you would have to offer so much for so little money that you wouldn’t even be asking for money, but really just to get sales and become reputable.
This is what I did, I offered dirt cheap high quality written articles. I had to write 1000 words for $5. Whereas top rated sellers were selling 300 words for $5. I was doing more than 3 times the efforts. It was too much work and I didn’t make money. I did earn decent reviews, I have a 4.9 average star rating from 89 reviews. When I decided to make my costs higher and lower my words offered, I stopped getting orders. This is what I meant when I said that unless you have something never seen before to offer, you will probably fail.
So now you might see my perspective.
A wisdom that I believe is that if you stick with something for long enough, you will become successful at it. I just didn’t have the heart after 2 years of grinding, spending days on creating professional looking gigs that were unique, and dealing with customers who asked me to redo projects, or offer money back, it was too much so I left.
I did learn a lot of valuable things from my time on Fiverr, but the income was just not enough to the effort I was putting in. This goes back to the overall theme on Fiverr. Unless you have something unique, or skillful to offer, you will most likely be a spectacular failure.
If you’re a positive person, you could say that people should try to sell on Fiverr anyway since it’s free, it only requires minimal knowledge to create gigs, and the work required, well, you should already know that. I would have to agree. Most people don’t know what they can achieve until they start the work. I have read so many threads about Fiverr, where sellers say that it was so easy to get to level 2 seller status, and that they’re making an easy $1000 a month. But not for everyone, it certainly wasn’t for me.
The Money Breakdown
In transparency, I will tell you why Fiverr is popular even though most new sellers can’t break into markets, and how much I made during my 2 years on the platform.
So besides Fiverr promoting your gig directly by email, or front page on Fiverr, there’s really only one thing you can do to get more orders. That one thing is get good reviews.
That leaves offering good services, often giving more service for less money starting out to attract orders.
Now this begs the question, why is Fiverr pretty popular if most of the people on there don’t even make enough as a minimum wage job? They don’t. A lot of low-level sellers that are content with Fiverr are based in third world countries. India has many Fiverr sellers. So each dollar earned on Fiverr can be upwards of 63 rupees in India (as of now). So one order that might take 1 hour to finish for 5 dollars will not be worth any thing for someone in America, because $5/hour is too low, but in India, it is a decent 252 rupees (after Fiverr takes 20% of the total sales). That’s actually pretty good in standards in India if you’re making that much per hour , you’re set.
How Much I Made On My Two Years On Fiverr.
I made $952 USD. Since I live in Canada, that price was actually more since the Canadian dollar is around $1.3 per US 1$.
In the couple of months after starting, I was barely making 30-50$ a month. That’s low. It was because I had just started out, and instead of making a unique gig offering a service no one else was, I made gigs on article writing. Article writing has extreme competition since the top rated sellers get the most orders. I was also giving 3x the work done on my gig, for the same $5 a top rated seller would accept, but they would give 3x less work for that price.
So you see I grinded, I got some decent reviews, but I could never get out of making too little money. Through a year and a half. I had rarely worked, maybe 1-3 hours per . That was because I would not accept bigger orders, because, I was being paid almost nothing for my work. Each project took me about 1 hour to complete, and I was paid $5 for it. Not a good way to make money right? So I decided in 2017, I would make new gigs and offer services other didn’t even have. So I did, and within the first month of the service, I made $300. the second month $350. And it was easier too, each order only took 5 minutes to complete.
Unfortunately, my gig was shot down because it was in violation of Fiver’s terms and services. So, I kind of quit Fiverr. Not really doing much anymore.
But when I made that Gig, I got a decent amount of orders, and was spending the same 1-3 hours per week, but now making way more money since I could do each order way faster.
I got more orders because the gig I made was only offered by me, and no one else, it was unique.
My unique gig has less reviews, less 5 stars, but still got more orders than my article writing gig, which had 50+ 5 star reviews, and rarely anyone ordered it anymore since I was now offering only slightly more work done than top rated sellers, instead of 3 times as much, like I used to.
The Best And Only Way To Make Big Money On Fiverr
If you haven’t yet figured it out. I’ll make it crystal clear. You can only make real money, if you offer a service that no one else is, or offer a service other people are offering too, but with a special twist.
Now the example of a service no one is offering is hard to find, since you need to make it about something people want but can’t find. If I made a Gig about doing ‘Animations of Towel Paper’ Gig, meaning like I would draw on towel paper, and take pictures often, so it looks like the drawings are happening by themselves, this gig would make decent money. First off it is a unique gig, I don’t think people offer the choice of having drawings and animations done other than computer or white board. So I’m offering to have it done on towel paper, on top of that it is a special twist. Let’s say many people are doing animation services on paper, since I am doing it on towel paper, my offer will seem more attractive, and also this would be a special twist which would attract customers.
So If you can do research, and find out what people need and want but isn’t offered, than Fiverr is probably for you.
If you can tap into making services others don’t offer and only you do, or taking something offered and putting a special twist on it, then Fiverr would be a good side business for you, where you could make $300-1000 monthly, easily, depending on the time, effort, and demand of your gig.
Work Environment On Fiverr
Fiverr, if you choose to truly invest time into it, is more like a work job at home, and less of a leisure you’re pursing. You work on your own times, you manage everything yourself, you hold yourself accountable.
It’s sort of like the entrepreneur lifestyle.
Each gig must be completed within a certain amount of time you put for your gig. You can offer 24 hour gig delivery, which is most common, or 48 hours etc… However for best results, unless it’s a big project, you should offer 24 hour service for your customers.
It’s good working on Fiverr. If you can handle the load of orders under the period of time, you’re good. You may be stressed at first if you receive more orders than you can handle (I doubt this will be a problem for most beginners, unless they set up a gig which is highly in demand and not being offered) you would work more than you normally would to finish those orders , but you’ll get used to it and find ways to finish faster, or get more money for the same order through gig extras, which is basically add ons customers can select for their gig, such as “Get pictures added in your written article”-$5, so now your customer wold be paying $5 for the gig offered, lets say a one page article, and another $5 for you to add pictures, so a total of $10.
Most customers are normal, average people like you and I. However, if you want to keep a good 5 star rating, you need to offer “re-do’s”. Fiverr doesn’t require this but you could offer this yourself in the gig description, meaning if the customer doesn’t like the work that’s done, they can ask for an edit to the work to fix something.
Obviously this wouldn’t be needed with some gigs, for instance, if you ordered a photo shop of an image according to a message a customer sends to the seller, and the seller agrees and delivers. The customers can’t really complain they didn’t get what they want. Sometimes they will, and you might have to do an edit for them.
I’d say 1 in every 30 customers is a jackass, ceiling high expectations , con artist. I say this because this type of person will have you fulfill the order, and try to cancel the order and say you didn’t deliver as expected, so they could be refunded and keep your work, or they could keep requesting edits making you spend too much time for a low-cost order.
Dealing with this is unique to every customer, never-never never EVER speak to a customer rudely. If you are pissed, walk away from the laptop and take a break. If you need to put a customer in their place for trying to ask too much for too little money, or if they keep asking for edits, you tell them professionally. Say that what they’re asking for is out of your reach, and unless they accept what they already have, cancel the order. Because if you ignore them, they can mark the order as complete and give you a 1 star review, which is detrimental to your success on Fiverr.
Fiverr Isn’t For Everyone
It will not be easy. You will have to make videos for your gigs, professional ones, you will have to write the sales pitch in the gig description, and you will need to have astoundingly good customer service.
People often think that these markets are substitutes for jobs, and that they’re much easier. It doesn’t work that way. Sure, you could put all your efforts into Fiverr, and make over $10,000 per month, if you get good at it. But don’t ever think it’s really easy. You need to have continued persistence, along with knowledge.
In this world, creativity isn’t valued high enough. That’s why in schools they teach rules, they teach you how to work for somebody, how to read papers, work with formulas, numbers, theories, there’s no room left for creativity.
To be successful in Fiverr, you need to be creative in making your gigs, and be knowledgeable on how to make it work. You can keep posting new gigs and check if you’re getting the response from customers or not, delete the ones that don’t do good, and make new ones in their stead.
Simple Tip To Find Good Gigs To Make
Be creative, always keep a notebook with you. Whenever you need something and cant’ find or get it for cheap. Write it down, and write down ways you could offer this as a service for people, or how you could basically make it cheaper for people, then put it up on Fiverr, and using the method I mentioned previously, post tons of gigs on all these ideas, some won’t get response from customers for months, but they could easily ‘explode’ and become a best seller. So keep making gigs, keep the ones you believe in, an get rid of the ones that aren’t doing good. Soon you will find some of your gigs are attracting more attention and orders than others, work on those ones, edit them, try to make the process of completing the order easier.
- keep a Notebook and pen with you
- write down what ever you needed but couldn’t find, or a service you could make simpler/easier/cheaper.
- Make it into a gig.
On an ending note, your first gig that you make may easily just become a gig that earns you $1000 on your first month. And even more in the following months. So don’t think that its impossible to break into Fiverr.
After reading this article, you should have a good idea of what it takes to make it in Fiverr. If you don’t have what it takes, just spend time writing on your notebook, finding ideas. After a few months. Pick the one you really think is the best idea and a service everyone would need and want. Make it into a gig and watch the cash flow.
If you guys want more information and want to really get into Fiverr, check out the pdf book I mentioned. I’m not getting paid to advertise it, it’s just something that helped me out tons when I was first starting on Fiverr.