How to make money on Fiverr

Fiverr is a website that allows you to offer a service called a “gig” to the world for 5 American dollars. Although it may seem trivial at first, you will be amazed to know that serious money can be made on this site. There are many professionals and non-professionals alike who are making money offering a range of services including website design to painting and singing in a peculiar fashion or simply in their underwear.

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Fiverr allows you create service called gigs for people to pick from. So when a user buys something, they will pay you $5 for a service that you provide. But you will only end up with$4 that you can withdraw to your PayPal account. But before you can do that, you will have to wait 14 days before you can withdraw your funds. After you have delivered you services, users can give leave feedbacks just under your Fiverr gigs, something like an eBay feedback. This actually helps you to build customer trust and will get more orders if you have many positive feedbacks. So try to do a good job and build customer trust. Many of buyers of your gigs are return customers.

You will have to think of some ideas, ideas that are unique. Think of a talent you have, be it writing skill, singing skills, playing a musical instrument or just simply jumping up and down in a banana costume and singing happy birthday. As long as it’s unique, something out of the box; you’re in, you are can make some decent money easily with the comfort of your own home. It’s all about thinking laterally. Even if you don’t, you can utilise some of your talent and you can make money doing something for other people.


There are a range of categories to choose from; Gifts, Graphics, Video, Social Marketing, Travel, Writing, Advertising, Music & Audio, Fun & Bizarre, Tips & Advice, Business, Technology, Programming and Other. 

There are also a range of things you can do. Some of the things that are coming of my mind are;

1. Offer to make videos for about 1 to 3 minutes advertising someone's business or website.

2. Sing a song. You can sing a song you know and then record it for your buyers to dedicate to a loved one.

3. Writing services. There is a great demand for writing services. If you show case some of your previous work, you can get lots of customers.

4. Offer tips and advice on how to repair a broken relationship. I know this is strange but people do need advice.

5. Offer to teach a computer program.

6. Offer to teach a language or anything you like.

7. Offer to send someone’s website to your Facebook fans, or Tweet then on Twitter.

8. Do some fun, bizarre or weird stuff.

9. Other things include selling digital products, tips and advice, fortune telling, ridiculous things, softwares, instant backlinks from your websites, Facebook fans, making cartoons of your photos, writing articles, press releases social bookmarking, selling eBooks, etc.

10. Sending post cards from your place to buys friends/family etc.

11. Offer to be someone’s girlfriend or boyfriend for a week on Facebook.

Drawbacks of making money on Fiverr:

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There are some draw backs of using Fiverr. For instance, you can only withdraw your money after 14 days, Fiverr takes a 20% cut (1$ per every 5). It does seem a little unfair to take a very high commission. Then when you withdraw your earning, PayPal will take another share of 2%. So you end up something around $3.92 per gig sold. You really have to think if you want to spend a lot of time trying to do something for that small an amount. No wonder there are hundreds of people from India trying to sell things as $3.92 converts to little more than 200 Indian rupees which is not bad. But if you are from the United States, you are not expected to work for that low an amount unless the gig takes you just minutes to do.

Another drawback is that Fiverr is full of spammers offering thousands of Facebook fans, LinkedIn connections which are defiantly not the right way to attain such things. This lowers the credibility of Fiverr as they do not do anything about it. I saw a gig offering a text link from a page rank of 7. I could clearly tell from the website that it was a faked page rank. This is cheating.

In addition, there is a huge competition, as more and more people become aware of Fiverr, more and more people are trying their luck. Sometimes gigs are never found even though you are offering something great; due to a large number of gigs offering the same thing, you will be lucky to sell your gigs.

There will be very high expectations from buyers. They will expect you to deliver one of the most professional gigs to be found on the whole world in spite offering just 5 dollars. For example, if you are offering to make logos, some buyers will expect one of the best logos ever designed and will expect you to do unlimited changes to it. Let’s face it, some buyers are going to be stupid and will not understand.

Lots of gigs are offered by inexperienced and irresponsible people who do not care about anything other than making money. After you have sold a gig and offered the best possible service, some buyers will simply leave a negative feedback hampering your gig sales. There are some reports of Fiverr banning accounts and confiscating your hard earned money. Although this has not happened to me and I have just read it on the internet, it’s difficult to verify this. But this has also been said about Adsense. The question to ask is, why would they do something like this, if you make money, they are make money too. 

Conclusion:

All in all, Fiverr offers a great and exciting way to make some money on the side. Do not expect to get rich. So I suggest you do sign for free, you have nothing to loose other than a few minutes. But remember and ask yourself the question; is $4 dollars is worth your time or not? If the gigs you have to offer takes a few minutes to do then perhaps it’s worth trying it out. Perhaps if you have a digital product then you should defiantly try it out, since all you have to do is email the product to the buyer.  If you have a talent, think about it and why not offer it. I am sure if it’s creative enough, you will bound to get some attention. If you become a top rated seller on Fiverr, you will have your gigs featured, and then you have a real chance to make money with the Fiverr programme

Kindly leave any feedbacks about your experiences on making money with Fiverr.

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