Whether you’re looking to supplement your income on the side or you want to replace your full-time job, there are a few platforms you can take advantage of. Since it covers such a wide range of services, products, and settings, Fiverr may be the best place to start.
It’s easier than ever for anyone with a marketable skill to put it to good use! “Gigs” (the products/services offered) on the Fiverr marketplace range from advertising to fortune-telling and thousands in-between. You can choose to work as much or as little as you want to, for $5 per gig (at first).
It may not sound like much but even $5 can add up if you’re motivated and willing to hustle a bit. There are thousands of gigs available that range from ordinary and professional to goofy and unique. So, if you have a skill or a service that you can use to complete a gig within a few minutes at no cost to you, Fiverr can be incredibly profitable. And don’t worry if you feel like your skills are worth more than $5 per gig, you can charge more once you level up!
How to Get Started on Fiverr
Fiverr has recently become one of the largest marketplaces for digital services, if not the largest. Luckily, it’s pretty easy to use, too, especially if you’re already familiar with the gig economy. Here are the basic steps for getting started making money on Fiverr:
- Create your account and seller profile
- Add in as much information as you can and include a clear photo of yourself
- Create your gig(s) – up to seven
- Add an intro video to your profile
- Create and send custom offers
- Start making money!
When you create your account, you’ll first choose a username and password. When you choose “become a seller” on top of your screen, you’ll have the opportunity to include extra information on your profile as a way to introduce yourself to potential customers and add a picture to boost confidence and show that you’re a real person. You’ll also get to record and upload an introductory video if you choose to, which can help you start to build your relationship with others on the platform.
Now that all of the basics are established, you’ll have to choose which gigs you want to highlight. One of the best things about Fiverr is that you’re not limited to one service or product when you sign up like you are with some other marketplaces. You can choose up to seven gigs to start out with and the number will increase as you gain customers, earn money, get positive reviews, and level up.
Once you start accumulating extra cash, you’ll probably find that it’s addictive. Most users recommend participating in multiple gigs to make the most of the service. Fiverr will take 20% of your earnings, which is about average, and you can cash out through PayPal when you’re ready. There’s no cap to what you can generate if you’re ready and willing to put in the work.
Finding Popular Fiverr Gigs
There are certain gigs on Fiverr that are more sought-out than others, so if you have more than one marketable skill, it may be helpful to do some research before deciding what you’ll offer. Some users have reported making as much as six figures in a year using Fiverr alone. These are not the most typical results but it’s nice to know that it is possible, and even if you don’t hit the six-figure mark, plenty of people make a sufficient living through Fiverr.
These are some of the most popular gigs on Fiverr in 2019:
- Marketing consultation
- Custom logo design
- Graphic design
- Freelance writing
- Create book & e-book covers
- Business card creation
- Virtual assistance
- Website building
- Website designing
Unique Fiverr Gigs
What’s particularly unique about Fiverr (as opposed to other marketplaces) is that you have the freedom to offer just about anything you can think of. And after taking a look at what some of the more creative individuals are offering on Fiverr, it seems like some people have taken this as a challenge! From miracles to Macho Man impersonations, a number of users are thinking outside of the box (and others are thinking way, way outside of the box, see: “screaming loudly for 20 seconds”).
Here are some of the most unique gigs we’ve found on Fiverr:
- Budget acting
- Relationship advice
- Strange makeovers
- Fortune telling
- Weird voice recordings
- Rap recording of any song you choose
- Screaming loudly for 20 seconds
- Mailing glitter bombs (not actual bombs, just envelopes or cards filled with rainbow glitter)
Although it seems unlikely that you’ll make as much money from it, you can have some fun trying out different gig offerings on Fiverr if you have unique and specialized skills or services that you think other people might be interested in. Fiverr’s list of bizarre offerings includes things like “I will call you and tell you I love you” and “I will put together your Valentine’s Day outfit.”
Others on the same page offered to “photoshop your image into a comical and zany image” (the sample photo shows the head of a roaring lion attached to the tiny body of a floating bee) or, my personal favorite: “I will cast a love spell with powerful white magic.”
These fun, interesting, unique, quirky, and sometimes confusing gig offerings prove that the opportunities on Fiverr are, quite literally, endless.
Other Fiverr Gigs You May Consider
If nothing on either of these lists sparked your interest, it’s time to get creative! There are thousands of things that you can offer in the Fiverr marketplace.
- Sell your e-book
- Create video lessons
- Make and sell crafts
- Be a viral promoter
- Voiceover work for podcasts, video narrating, e-books, radio, commercials, etc.
- Re-write resumes and LinkedIn profiles
- Career consultation
- Corporate recruiting
- Ad creating
- Create customized meal plans
- Create illustrations to go along with stories or notes
Creating Your Fiverr Gig
Now that you’ve seen some of what’s out there, you can decide what you want to sell for yourself. It’s time to dig deeper and discover your marketable skills. Start off by making a list of all the things that you’re good at, big and small. Your list can include anything from crafting to communicating, and about a million things in-between. The point is to get all of it on paper and get the creativity flowing.
Good at writing? That can be a very lucrative gig. You can offer to write blog posts, in-depth articles, social media posts and captions, product descriptions, cover letters, resumes, short stories, emails, novels; the list goes on and on. There will always be a demand for creative writing.
Good at research? Your gig can be offering virtual assistance to managers and business owners. You can run reports, do bookkeeping and industry research, perform market and competitive research to drive their bottom line, and so much more.
Good at crafting? Many people struggle with creating things on their own, so if you’re capable, this is an endlessly valuable skill. You can create anything from wedding décor (think: detailed signs, alternative bouquets, and perfect place cards) to greeting cards (think: unique birthday, anniversary, and holiday cards). Handmade jewelry is another popular option and excellent handwriting will open up a world of possibilities in the craft-selling world.
Not sure what you’re good at yet? Do some research to find a niche that interests you. Once you know what you like, you can work on refining your skills in that area. You can find books, tutorials, and instructional guides on just about anything online these days. Social media marketing, business card creation, and transcription are a few promising options and they’re relatively easy to learn. You have the unique opportunity to decide what skills you want to chase and build them up from there!
What Makes a Good Fiverr Listing?
A thorough listing is a good listing. Once you’ve set up your profile, it’s really easy to create your first gig. All you have to do is hover over the “selling” menu at the top right of your screen and then choose “Gigs” from the drop-down options. Click “Create A New Gig” and you’re on your way! Now, there are several components of a gig listing:
- The gig overview (includes the title, category chosen from a drop-down menu, and relevant search tags)
- Scope and pricing
- Description and FAQ
- Gig requirements
- Gig Gallery
The gig overview is your first chance to grab the attention of potential buyers. You can only use 80 characters in the title, so think carefully about what message you want to convey. Create an original and intriguing title to get them hooked right off the bat. As for the category, Fiverr will offer suggestions first to make it easier, but if you can’t find one that fits, keep scrolling down; there are tons of options to choose from. Lastly in the overview category, we have the relevant search tags. You can only pick five, so make a list of what you think a buyer would be searching for when they’re looking for your service, and pick the best ones.
When you get to the pricing section, you’ll have the chance to set up different packages. These are labeled as basic, standard, and premium. You don’t have to use all three, but they could help you earn extra money on Fiverr’s tiered platform. Each package requires a name, description, delivery time, the number of revisions you’ll allow (chosen from a drop-down menu), price, an optional extras section, and a shipping charge (if you’re sending physical products).
It’s important to dedicate some time to the scope and pricing section because that’s what a lot of buyers will focus on. Choose catchy titles for your packages and offer descriptions that clearly show their differences. Be creative and informative, provide a reasonable delivery time and revision number for how long your gig takes you, and pay attention to pricing. You can price your packages anywhere from $5 to $995, but you may want to start off with $5 to attract new buyers and get some reviews built up. You can change the pricing later.
The gig description and FAQ section is another one that’ll take some time, but it’ll be worth the extra effort; the description is one of the most important factors in landing clients. Give your potential buyers a clear, detailed, and accurate description of what you’re offering. Vague or misleading gig descriptions can lead to bad reviews, making it difficult to get more buyers in the future. Start out the FAQ section with questions you’d ask if you were buying this product or service. This part is tricky, but you can always go back and add questions later once you’ve started receiving them from buyers.
Your gig requirements section gives you the chance to let buyers know what you need from them in order to complete your project. You can choose from three methods for this section: free text, multiple answers, or the attached file. Free text lets you write in your requirements and the buyer then sends you the information (think: dimensions, personalization information, etc.); the multiple answer option lets you send over multiple answer choices for the buyer to pick from, and the attached file option requires an upload from the buyer before the gig can begin.
The gig gallery lets you add relevant pictures, videos, and PDFs as you see fit. Although it’s optional, adding pictures and videos can help drive your earnings. Most people are very visual, so seeing pictures of your work can increase confidence and interest in your work and maybe the deal breaker between you and another seller offering the same service.
Now you’re ready and all you have to do is click “Publish Gig” to get started! Fiverr offers convenient sharing links to Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn when you publish your gig, stating that promoted gigs are three times more likely to sell.
Marketing Your Fiverr Gig
Now that you’ve determined your gig and created your listings, it’s time to get out there and market your gig. There are a lot of different ways to promote a gig and get customers and reviews, but it may require putting in a significant amount of work, especially in the beginning. Here are a few ideas to help get you started:
- Reach out to site owners and offer a discount. This is a great way to create a buzz around your gig; site owners will feel like they’ve got nothing to lose if they’re getting a discount and you’ll be on your way to wrapping up repeat customers.
- Share your new gig with your friends and family. Talk to people you trust about what you’re selling on Fiverr; they may need similar services themselves and if not, they can still help by spreading the word about your new side hustle.
- Promote your gig on your website or social media pages. There’s nothing wrong with a little bit of shameless self-promotion and you never know who may need exactly what you have to offer. Sharing your information on social media also makes it easy for co-workers, former colleagues, and old college buddies to recommend you to someone else when they catchword that they’re looking for what you’re selling.