What is Fiverr?
People of the internet want all kinds of services. They want someone who can make websites for them, write online content, research things, design logos, increase their YouTube views, make testimonial videos for their start-ups. There's no limit. Fiverr gives everyday people a platform to sell those services.
Browse the site for inspiration, and you will soon work on the deal. The site has a community of people with a wide range of skill sets. You may not think it, but you can help someone somewhere with something on Fiverr.
What Can I Sell on Fiverr?
Fiverr has an ever-expanding array of categories on its site. These give a framework that many tend to stick to. These include:
- Digital Marketing
Even if you don't think you can offer anything meaningful for any of those, it doesn't end there. It's a supply and demand thing. Be creative. You could offer to finish someone's homework, make a personalised Rap, be someone's Facebook girlfriend for a week. Look at the madness in the ‘Fun & Lifestyle’ section, for goodness sake.
What's in it for You?
Fiverr is a way to ease yourself into freelancing. I would definitely recommend it to students and people that want to increase their portfolio. There's an abundance of potential customers out there, if you have something valuable to offer:
For those who want a boost to their income, I've found it to be a reliable place to increase cash flow. Once you work out what you want to sell (if you can do it well) you may just find a buyer.
What's in it for Them?
Commission. In the early days when everything was $5, the seller saw $4 of it. Very clean system. Now you can sell at various prices, they're obviously not just taking a dollar out of your earnings. They are giving you a place to sell things, and they get a slice of the pie. It's only fair.
They have created a very stable platform to exchange skills in a pain-free way.
What's My Experience Selling on Fiverr?
I started on Fiverr in 2012, when $5 was all you could make per gig, and requests were the thing. I've done all sorts there. I've made money giving music PR consultancy, copy editing, transcribing conferences, domaining advice and I even ghostwrote a novel. The other sellers will you inspire you to be this adventurous, I’m telling you.
To make the real money there, you need to increase your seller level. This means you need to be active, responding to questions quickly, delivering orders quickly and making sure those orders result in good feedback. I've only ever dipped in and out to increase the cash flow, so never got to that stage. Despite this, I amassed a couple or hundreds pounds there. It's easy to list jobs, deliver them, and get that money flowing in.
I'm assuming most readers will be from the UK and US. In this case, you have a massive advantage over other sellers for writing-based activities. In fact, most things, because the English-speaking buyers want to ensure that the brief is understood comprehensively by the seller.
If you state basic things in your profile about being (in my case, a UK graduate) that's enough for a seller to be reassured that I'm probably capable of what I claim I can do. Because there are a lot on there who aren't so good, and you need to differentiate yourself. New sellers that aren’t from the UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia or America get ignored a lot, despite their skills. That’s the truth. Use your privilege, people.
Because it’s such an open platform, there will be a lot of have-a-go sellers. As an example, I needed someone to create an Apple-like emoji for me. A Fiverr graphic designer in India claimed he could, but his only example he could produce was of a paper clip. There are opportunities to outcompete other sellers and become the go-to in a particular sub-category, allowing you to amass orders fast quicker.
Buyers go to Fiverr for cheap, decent-standard services. When they have to pay above that $5 point, they want to be assured that they receive value for money. Convince the buyer you can deliver exactly that, and go out of the way to prove it with examples.
This is all freelance work, so you have the typical problems that all have with clients. Vague briefs, not quite knowing what they want and high expectations are the most common ones. As long as you're honest about your capabilities, you talk things through with the client before you complete the work, and you do things on time, you will have happy customers.
The earning potential is entirely in your hands. You can do much or as little as you want. The more you use it and refine the titles of your listings, the more likely it is that you will get more work. I find it's usually better than UpWork to attract work. You won't have bad selling experiences on Fiverr often, if you're doing things properly.
Is Fiverr a Scam?
The payment system for Fiverr ensures that you won't complete work and go unpaid. They're good like that.
Minimum redemption: $1
Time required: As much as you put into it. People do Fiverr full-time
Effort required: Just as above. It's up to you
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