How To Make Money on Fiverr

Fiverr was designed to provide users with the ability to buy digital services from an array of world-class providers.

Founded in 2011, it’s grown rapidly, with over 8,000,000 “gigs” being bought through the platform in 2015 alone.

Whilst this might sound great, the big question is whether you can make money with it, too.To answer this, I have found it best to consider the overall scope of the market, and where you’re able to make any progress with it…

Having spent the past 5 months working with a number of people on the platform, the one thing I have found which determines if someone will be successful is how they’re able to position their offer.

For most people – and women are particularly bad at this – they will basically list what they’re able to “do” with some examples of previous work.

Perhaps this will work well for high-level photographers, but for everyone else – it’s a recipe for disaster.

People want to know how you’re going to move their business / life forward, not what you’re able to do.

For example, you may be a “world class surgeon”, but how does that translate into the type of treatment you can provide to patients? What’s your speciality? What have you done before that other surgeons would not touch?

In the Western world, we’ve reached a time where social media has pretty-much debunked the “faceless business” myth — people want to know who they’re dealing with, and want the very best services to be delivered direct to them.

To this end, when considering what you can do with the platform, there are a number of steps to go through:

  1. Lead With YOUR Experience

The first BIG thing I found is to lead with your experience.

If you don’t have any experience, you need to just say that you’re eager to learn – the idea being that people will use your services because they want to help you improve etc.

Every time I’ve seen someone who’s been successful on the platform, they always lead with their experience over everything else.

The best providers on the platform are very specific with what they’re offering, because they will always mould it around the expertise they’ve developed in the “real world”.

A big mistake of many different people is to simply try and sell a service because they think it’s popular (SEO / WordPress desgin etc) – this is a very BAD way to do things, and will typically inhibit growth as you’ll not provide very good results.

Whilst the initial rush of making money might be good, bad customer reviews will kill any aspirations you may have. Thus, it pays in the long run to focus on what you’re actually able to do (not what you think people want to pay for).

  1. Look At What’s Selling

Some things will be more popular than others – whilst you shouldn’t “copy” other people’s work, it’s always healthy to see what’s popular & what isn’t.

In terms of the way you do this, there are two methods:

Look At Popular Accounts
Look At Popular Products/Services
The first method is to try and identify any popular “accounts” on the platform, and “reverse engineer” how they have been so successful. This typically opens the door to looking at the various popular “markets” through which they’ve been selling their gigs:
Click onto Fiverr
At the top, select one of the “topics” from the navigation bar
Select a sub-topic (make sure both are fairly popular (Digital Marketing > Social Media Marketing)
From the left menu, select “Level Two” + “Top Rated” from the “Seller Rating” section
Also input at least $100 into the “Price Range” section
Make sure the listings are ordered by “Best Selling” and start clicking on the ones that appear popular
If you find anything that looks appealing, click onto the “profile” of the seller
This will give you an overview of their entire portfolio of gigs
The second method is to look for any products / services which are generally popular. Whilst you should not be generic in what you’re offering, you need to be able to consider the “language” through which your audience may wish to communicate.
Click onto Fiverr
At the top, select one of the “topics” from the navigation bar that appeals to your experience
Select a sub-topic which further appeals
Ensure the listings are ordered by “Best Selling”
Scroll through and look for the small number after the start rating
For example, you may have 5 stars + “1k”
The “1k” represents the number of people who’ve bought the gig and left a good review
It directly denotes the popularity of the gig, and thus whether it’s something to consider
As mentioned, both of these methods are only really to be used to gain a “lay of the land” – some base level research designed to give you further ideas as to what’s popular on the platform.

  1. Create Your Own IN-DEMAND Offers

After doing the above, you need to consider creating an “in-demand” offer.

Demand is a loaded word; the key is that most people simply want to know what you are going to do for them.

The problem is most people will simply try and tell you either what they “do”, or what they think you want to hear. This doesn’t work.

What works is having a system which allows you to “offer” your services in such a way that people instantly understand the underlying benefits for their business.

For example, one of my Fiverr profiles specializes in computer repair.

Computer repair isn’t the most sexy, nor the most abundant market now. Back in the 90’s, being a “PC repair” guy meant big money… not in 2018.

Thus, in order to craft an “in demand” offer (because computers are still used – even more than the 90’s – just in different ways), you need to go with where the “demand” is:

Worpress repairs
Cloud VPS provisioning + management
Shopify fixes
Now, although these are okay – the BIG issue here is that there’s not much demand for them. People don’t “want” to buy them.
What people want to pay for are the reasons “why” they’re using the aforementioned software packages – traffic, growth + sales.

Thus, you wrap whatever you’re doing in the packaging of “growth”…

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There’s obviously an art to this – if you’re able to do it effectively, you’re able to attract orders from a huge number of buyers.

  1. Understand What People Are Buying

Obviously, people buying a fix / upgrade – but at it’s core, you need to appreciate that most people will not be willing to send you money for mediocre service; they want exceptional.

Exceptional doesn’t mean “quality” – it means “results”.

Thus, when considering the process of working with clients (if you get orders), you need to do absolutely everything to push their business / life forward.

As explained above, things like wrapping the offer in underlying results (for them), going the extra mile to help them understand what you’ve done or just doing more than expected – if you treat your clients with respect and energy, you’ll start receiving decent reviews.

These good reviews are what should perpetuate the growth of the service.

  1. Ensure The “Back-End” Is Handled Properly

If you want to get into the big leagues, the absolute key is to ensure your business is able to handle increased numbers of orders.

Whilst it may be nice to get 5 new orders, if you want to sustain your momentum, you have to think about what handling 500+ orders will look like.

To this end, one of the best things you can do is focus on how the “back-end” of your business is managed.

Such things as integrating Trustpilot, creating a YouTube channel, Facebook page, Twitter feed, etc are all small things to keep clients in your “loop” (and thus have the ability to continue delivering your “in demand” services at a later date).

In the sales world, it’s known as a “funnel” – the deeper the client goes, the more valuable they become.

Obviously, you have to respect everybody’s ideas etc – but from a purely pragmatic perspective, you need to be able to consider how you’re going to keep “recycling” the buyers that Fiverr brings.

If you do this effectively – which may include everything from setting up a CRM system to integrating email marketing campaigns into your services – you’ll end up with exponential increases in sales.

The way you handle this growth is dependent on your experience / temperament – but the core is that business is out there if you’re willing to focus on demand.

As mentioned, I earned $2,500 in my first month with my friend on Fiverr – and have since worked on a number of offers across two of my own profiles.

If you follow the above steps, you’ll be ahead of 98% of people starting on the platform.

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Fiverr $2,500 Earned

Fiverr is a marketplace for professional services.

The name is derived from the service’s original concept – the idea that you could buy services for as little as $5. As the marketplace has developed, and more sophisticated providers have been drawn to it, higher-priced services are commonplace now.

If you’re looking to make extra money, or even create what has been called a “Fiverr Business”, you need to understand how the system works.

There are a number of “tricks” which most people will likely not know about with it.

Initial Pointers

  • Fiverr’s Market Is HUGE & Varied – The underlying idea that it’s only for cheapskates is typically wrong. If you have a great product/service/skill, you’ll find many sellers are able to achieve prices of $350+ for even quite obscure offerings.
  • People want to know who YOU are – The biggest problem I’ve constantly seen is that the best people simply share their expertise – they don’t try and wrap it in anything fancy; they use their real name and are honest.
  • You need to *adapt* your offering to match demand – This is the biggest mistake most businesses make; rather than telling people what you do, you need to explain it to them in a way which shows how it’s going to benefit them.

Obviously, everybody will have their own experiences with the platform; the following is based on mine…

Fiverr’s Market

The biggest thing most people don’t really “get” is the scale of Fiverr’s market – it’s huge.

It’s estimated that in 2015 alone, 8,000,000 sales were made on the platform – a gig purchased every 5 seconds.

The point is that MOST people hold themselves back by convincing themselves the “market” isn’t that big, or it’s full of people from developing countries (able to work for a fraction of a Western person).

Whilst these ideas could hold some merit, the simple fact is that the majority of buyers on the platform are from the West (although this is not exclusive), and therefore if you’re able to offer a quality service, there’s definitely an opening.

I’ve found that if you’re able to offer a GOOD service, for relatively competitive prices, you’ll typically attract a large number of buyers.

The key determinant in success is being able to craft an in-demand offer. I’ll explain this in a second, but along with it, you also need the belief that the Fiverr platform is bountiful enough to support ANY service.

People Want To Know Who YOU Are

Apart from an in-demand offer, I’ve found the more popular “gigs” are created by people with a particular talent / skill.

They are typically very personal with their offer (using their face as their profile picture etc), and will describe their experience in as a matter-of-fact way as possible.

The reason this is important is because if you’re looking at offering a service on the platform, it’s by far more effective to use “yourself” as the product.

In the “business” world, we’re lead to believe that people want as cheaper product as possible – provided by faceless, corporate companies who provide conformity and rigidity.

Whilst this is true for many people, in the “online” services world, it’s actually more profitable to offer YOUR service. Rather than hiding behind some avatar, or fake username, you can now

Adapt Your Offering

Finally, this is the most important idea that I’ve come across with the system.

The BIG mistake most people make is they think that if they’re good at [insert skill here], people will automatically attribute that to some underlying benefit for their business.

Unfortunately, the majority of people are not very smart, and you really have to explain to them how your service could benefit them – as lucidly as possible.

In marketing / sales, this is called the “offer” – the way you match a “product” to what a market really desires.

In the case of Fiverr gigs, most people will list things like “Portrait Photographer”, “Fitness Trainer” or “Web Designer”.

Whilst these work, they won’t work well. You need to provide a reason why someone should look at what your service is able to do.

This typically means adopting a “juxtaposition” / “niche” – where you’ll become highly proficient with one market, and ignore the rest.

For example…

  • “Amazon Product Photographer To Boost Sales”
  • “Boost Business Traffic With Unique Professional WordPress Theme Design”
  • “Elite Fitness Training To Eliminate Belly Fat Within 3 Weeks”.

I cannot stress enough the importance of this.

Most people will list that they are a “content writer”, but have assert no real skillset/expertise that provides value to the person buying their service.

You need to be willing-and-able to “adapt” your offer to match demand.

My Story With Fiverr

To explain why the above is important, I started selling services on Fiverr through my friend.

He has experience with software, computer support, network engineering, financial trading and Bitcoin.

Whilst he listed his name / information appropriately, his first “gig” was for “Forex” articles. Whilst he received a few orders for these, the real money came from “Crypto” articles.

Crypto articles have been done a million times on Fiverr, so we didn’t create anything crazy. But what we did do was give users the ability to perceive *exactly* why my friend would be the best choice for them as a writer.

Not only did he have real experience in the technology world, but – most crucially – he’s been talking with a “consortium” from London for several years.

In the finance world, a “consortium” is basically a group of people / companies / banks who work together with a common interest. It doesn’t matter what it is, each has their own agenda.

My friend’s consortium was focused on currency trading… but more importantly, one of the group had been dabbling with BTC. By “dabbling”, turns out he’d become a legitimate Bitcoin millionaire in Dec 2017.

With this in mind, we recrafted my friend’s profile to reflect this unique experience, and insight, to the Fiverr audience – and started receiving a huge influx of orders.

We made $500 in the first week, and about $1,500 in the first month.

In my own world, I have set up 2 Fiverr profiles.

Whilst both profiles received responses, one of them started to take off quite well.

This was a computer support profile, which I had a HUGE level of experience with – it’s not only my profession but you may argue a “passion”, too.

The main deal with this profile was that I actually knew enough about the market to be very specific in what was offered.

Rather than posting “I will fix your computer for money”, I actually worked at providing particular fixes for different software packages they may have used.

For example…

  • I will fix WordPress plugin, theme, page, post, newsletter, WooCommerce errors with code
  • I will improve Shopify conversion rates with theme, page, newsletter, CRM code fixes
  • I will provision cloud VPS servers on Azure, AWS, Rackspace, DigitalOcean and more

After doing this, I started to keep develop the site that I had built for the thing, and made sure that I was able to include my name, face and story on there.

Soon enough, people started showing up with questions for our service. “Can you fix this problem with WordPress?”, “How do you add a logo on Shopify?”, “My Shopify site won’t convert – any tips?”.

I made sure I went above-and-beyond in terms of answering any queries, and also that any fixes we provided were done on-time and with “added extras”.

The “added-extras” we included were complete “run downs” of improvements the client could make to their infrastructure – either to save money or increase traffic, conversions or back-end processes.

As word got around about the improvements we made, we started systematizing much of our processes; incorporating the likes of Trustpilot and other tools.

The net result was that we were able to give users the ability to receive pertinent support, and we had a reason to keep them updated with more information etc.

$2,500 came in the first month, and continued to grow.