When I was 27 weeks pregnant with my eldest daughter, I was put on bedrest for pre-term labor. That little misadventure started a brand new adventure that hasn’t stopped yet, one that has allowed me to find myself and tend to my children, outside the normal 9-5 hustle. I never went back to a typical job, and though I dearly miss the hospital environment, working from home works for me, and for my family.
How I make an extra $500 a month on Fiverr
In order to pull in a little side cash, I have expanded my horizons, from blogging to writing ebooks. I also run a smart little side business on Fiverr, where I offer editing, proofreading and creative writing services – mainly to authors and other bloggers.
When I first started, I hustled hard on their forum and ‘Buyer Requests’ section, offering my services to any and everyone I thought I could help. It was slow going, but it eventually gained steam and my gigs started pulling in cash. I set everything up to be transferred to my PayPal account, though there are options for a payment card or direct transfer to a bank account.
Buying Services on Fiverr
Dubbed a Micro-gig economy, Fiverr has grown into a huge platform that offers services in numerous categories – all starting at just $5! No matter what you are looking for, you will probably find a seller on Fiverr that specializes in it.
If you are a blogger that is looking for a new logo or web design, Fiverr has you covered. If you need a post written or something formatted, there is someone for that. If you need a VA or Social Media Manager, there are categories for that too.
Hand made crafts also make their own appearance as well as music creation, advertising, production and even models to help display your product.
Make Money on Fiverr
As for selling on Fiverr, it couldn’t be easier. All you really need is a valid email address and an idea – the system will walk you through all the steps needed, both to set up your account and to make your first gig.
No matter your skill set, you can craft a gig that will compliment it. Do you read a lot? Do you have a keen eye on what makes a story readable? You can make a gig that specializes in beta reading or critiques.
Please note – offering reviews is against Third Party TOS and can land you in hot water with Amazon and other book sellers, so please do not offer paid reviews, even if you see other sellers doing so. It WILL eventually come back to bite you!
Can you draw? You can offer a gig for art work. Do you craft? There is a section for hand made goods. Are you a teacher? You can offer a tutoring gig. If you are bilingual, then translation services might be up your alley.
There are countless ways you can create gigs, covering almost every aspect and skill set. Search around the home page, look through the tabs – you will find inspiration for your gig.
How I make money on Fiverr
Currently, I have made over $13,000 on Fiverr, which roughly translates to $500 a month over the course of my tenure. Some months I make more, some less – it varies on season and how much advertising I want to put into it (which you don’t really need to do if you so choose – customers can still find you when searching for your gig type).
I stick to the creative writing genre, composing blurbs and blog posts for others. I also reformat documents, though this gig falls in a highly competitive subset and has brought me few customers.
It’s not a massive amount of cash, but it pays some bills and lets me stash a bit away in savings – and it has taught me that you really can make money on Fiverr! If you want to look into selling, or buying on Fiverr, this affiliate link will take you to their home page!
How about you?
Have you ever used Fiverr for services? What for? Were you happy with the results?
Wow that’s awesome! Thinking of getting started myself, but it just seems so saturated and hard to get picked though….any tips for standing out from the crowd?
It IS rather saturated these days, and the levels are getting a bit harder to attain (I’ll be writing a post on that soon too) – but it IS possible! What do you do really, really well? Fiverr tries to give New Sellers a boost, listing their gigs in the ‘New listings’ right at the top of the categories – so exposure is prime to begin with. In order to increase sales, you need to first make them in order to gain star ratings – the best way to go about that at the beginning is to go to ‘buyer requests’ under the selling tab. Fiverr will divide all requests up and show you only the ones that actually pertain to your gigs – if you find one that you like, send an offer. You may not get chosen at first, but you eventually will. Perform the task or service well, give great customer service and get that first 5 star rating! Then keep doing it. The higher your star rating, the more people will trust you – and the more orders you will get from browsers. Fiverr also transforms your gigs into sharable links with a single click, allowing you to advertise your gigs on Twitter, FB, email, etc. After that – it just takes time. I’ll be posting more about this platform soon – as it really is an amazing way to make money from home. Good luck – and thanks for stopping by!!!
Oh! And make sure you include a video on your gig description. It doesn’t have to be long or even professional looking, a cell phone video will do. But you’ll find that many people don’t actually read your gig description – but they will watch a video.
Wow, so much useful info! I just thought Fiverr was for graphic design! I had no idea! Thanks for letting me know, I’ve gotta check it out. I’ve been thinking about doing some freelancing.
You totally should – it’s easier than it looks and once you get some clientele set up, it can be quite profitable.
An income stream I never thought of! Thank you. I just assumed you had to be a graphic designer to work with Fiverr.
Oh no – you can practically do ANYTHING on Fiverr!
I have used Fiverr a few times for very small jobs (SEO set up and font change). Pleased with the outcome but the process is always a little difficult since the transactions are all on line, often to someone in another part of the world. Thanks for a look into the other side.
I’ve bought a few services myself – and I admit, it made me a touch nervous. But everything turned out well, plus the entire Fiverr system is really geared towards the buyer, not the seller. It’s fairly easy to get refunds if results are not satisfactory.
Fiverr is the best! I will be sure to look out for you there!
I would love it! =)
I had no idea Fiverr was more than logo designs, haha. I should check out some of the offerings – that would be a nice way to start making money with the blog.
Do it! I’ve paid off some bills this way – totally worth it.
I’ve heard of Fiverr, but have never used it. I am teacher and also dabble in handmade decor, so I will definitely be looking into advertising my services on Fiverr. Thanks for the info!
I’m sure you will find buyers! You could also offer a tutoring service? Something like, 15 minutes via skype for $5, or something like that? Plus, you do NOT have to stick to just $5, that is just the base price – many services go for much more!
I’m thinking I need to take another look at it! Thanks for the info!
You’re welcome! =)
Wow! Thanks for the info. I had not thought of doing a side hustle. Blogging, homeschooling 5 children, taking care of hubby (LOL!), 16 chickens, two dogs and 6 puppies, and 2 cats is A LOT! But thanks for the post so I know what’s possible with Fiverr
16 chickens? Nice! My hubby wants chickens – not to mention more dogs! We have 2
I was a proofreader for a newspaper. I never thought of doing that on fivver.
As I say that I have a typo in Fiverr. Oh, the irony.
Proofreading on Fiverr can be huge – and you can build a portfolio that can be used to launch a private business (which you probably don’t need, considering you did it for a newspaper!) =)
I am a graphic designer and have considered signing up for this on Fiverr so it is nice to read other experiences while I decide if this is for me.
If you decide to jump in, I wish you all the best! What kind of graphic designing do you do?
I have been thinking of doing freelance writing on Fiverr- I know it can be lucatrive if you do your work! 🙂
You should! There are many, many people out there looking for decent freelancers who can turn a phrase!
Wow! I’ve thought about doing something on Fiverr but have absolutely no clue what I could do. I’m so focused on my blog and selling on ebay and Amazon right now. If I can think of something great I would do it. Congrats on your success.
Do you enjoy selling on ebay and Amazon? I was looking into Amazon, but I’ll admit – I’m a bit nervous.
I have used Fiver several times and never thought to offer my services there. I provide financial help to those in need. I will be looking into this for sure.
I hope you do! =)
Oh cool! I’ve used Fiverr for logos and things, but I didn’t know they had an affiliate program too. Interesting. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks for the good information. I didn’t know money could be made there!
Give it a go! The system is free to set up and use – the only time you are charged ANYTHING as a seller is after a customer pays you and it clears – at that point, the Fiverr system takes $1 from every $5. That’s it!
What a great idea! I have lots of skills marketable on this type of platform, and I could certainly use the extra income. I’d heard of Fiverr but hadn’t considered selling. Thanks for sharing.
Great post. I know quite a few people who do little gigs on Fiverr and I’ve used it in the past myself.
This is a great idea! Moms (well, really everyone) have so many skills that can help others.
great tips! I’m gonna check it out!