No compensation was earned for this post. It is based on my personal experience with the Fiverr website.
Fiverr is a website for buying or selling a gig that provides a talent/service for $5. There is no upfront cost for sellers. Buyers must pay $5 before their order for a gig is sent to the seller.
In the last 2 months I have earned $100 and counting in revenue. Here’s how…
My current 4 gigs are in the Writing/Translation category. I write articles, reviews, post online comments, and tweet about products and businesses. There are many tools available to help you write the best gig. You will be prompted to add a picture or a video for each one. I include detailed information about what I will and will not provide as well as my writing and blogging credentials. I also add keywords/tags.
Be sure to read the guidelines so as not to have a gig denied like one of mine. It was too heavy on the promotion of another site, i.e. Twitter, Amazon, etc. The stats above show my data for the last 30 days. The first column reflects the number of impressions my gigs have received in the last 30 days.
You determine a deadline for when you can deliver the work. I can deliver most work in 2 days or less. For book reviews, I have a longer deadline.
You will receive an e-mail when you receive an order. The deadline clock starts ticking the moment your gig is ordered. The sheet above shows my active orders with their respective deadlines.
This sheet will also show any messages that you need to respond to from potential or current sellers. Many buyers will send you a message before ordering one of your gigs to confirm what it entails. Above you can see my average response time to a message is 1 hour.
I pride myself on giving buyers my best. If I can complete the order immediately, I will. Again, the clock starts ticking the moment a gig is ordered from you. If you are ever unsure of the actual time you have left to deliver an order, there is a countdown timer linked to each order.
Once you have completed the order, you click on the “Deliver Now” button. A message box will appear with an attachment option. I provide text, links, and screenshots whenever applicable as proof of my work. I always thank the buyer for the order.
Your Fiverr inbox (below) alerts you to feedback that a buyer has left for you. I in turn leave feedback for the buyer. Ratings rule. I also ask questions of buyers if I don’t have enough information to complete an order. Sometimes buyers will order a gig, the clock will start counting down, and for reasons beyond your control–you can’t complete the order. Fiverr has a resolution center in which you can seek to cancel an order if problems arise. It stops the countdown clock until a resolution occurs that allows you to complete the order.
Fiverr has an option to tweet your gigs and share them on Facebook, Pinterest, and LinkedIn. I received a series of 4 orders from a seller because my profile came up when he googled Catholics.
As your Fiverr level increases, you are allowed to add more Gig Extras to your gigs. My Gig Extras include quicker delivery time and posting reviews to more than one site. You can charge an additional $5, $10, or $20 per gig extra for up to 3 add-ons at Level 1. As you level up, the gig extras and revenue increases.
By doing all of these things:
- I earned a 100% positive rating.
- I achieved a Level 1 status after my first few orders.
- I am very close to achieving Level 2 status.
- My Fiverr profile and gigs are elevated in searches.
- I had 6 repeat buyers, completed 2 extra gigs, and had 3 international sales.
- I completed 25 orders in the last 2 months generating $108 in revenue for me.
Disclosure: $1 is retained by Fiverr for their portion of each sale. My $108 is the amount available to me after their portion was retained. Funds are available 14 days after the buyer marks your order complete. Payments via PayPal are available within minutes of your withdrawal from Fiverr. You pay the fee associated which normally averages to $.08. The payment alternatives are Direct Deposit and a Fiverr Revenue Card which has quite a few fees attached to it.
It may seem like a lot of work is involved for some gigs to only be compensated $5 $4 $3.92. But you can make your gigs as easy or as complex as you like. The revenue adds up over time. And the higher your status, the more you can charge.
You can view my Fiverr profile here.
For updated info, check out How to Make $500 on Fiverr.