I thought it was about time to get back to earning money online this week. Have you ever heard of fiverr.com? It’s a great site (and app) where you can perform tasks (gigs, as fiverr calls them) for $5 each.
You can also search for a task you need performed for $5. It’s unbelievable how many original ideas people come up with, like “I will make your face appear on a cool glass of beer”. There are a lot of professional gigs available that can help you with social media, research, marketing your products, making a product for you, etc. The list goes on and on.
The gigs all start at $5 but then there are add-ons that can be done if you require a little more work than what’s being offered in the seller’s basic package. For instance, I just started a gig where I will research any subject online and provide 4 research links and 500 words for $5. If more extensive research is required, a buyer can choose an add-on of 2-4 more links and 500 more words for an extra $5.
So how do you get started with fiverr?
Set up your fiverr profile and, if you want to be a seller, add your abilities and education info. They don’t ask for a lot, just if you have a degree and from where and if your abilities are beginner, intermediate, or expert.
Fiverr takes you through each step. To sell, click on create gig and fill out the overview by choosing a title, category, description, and three tags. Tags are keywords that buyers may use to search on fiverr. As an example, I used research online, summary, and research paper. These tags will help your gig to be found.
On to pricing. I’ve included a video explaining how to set up different packages. I just stuck with a standard package, but you can charge up to $400 with different add-on services. This section is where you will include how many days for delivery, s&h fees, and charges for additional services such as quicker delivery. You can also indicate how many orders you want in your queue at one time so you don’t get behind.
The next section is Requirements. If you are selling a product, such as a crocheted dish cloth, you will need to say something like, “Tell me what color you would like”.
The last step is to add at least one gallery photo and any videos you may want to include. From here you will click save and preview to make sure everything looks good. Once you save everything your gig will be pending until approved, which usually only takes a few minutes.
Keeping track of your fiverr sales, purchases, and other stats
The Dashboard section keeps you informed of sales and purchase stats. There are also analytics for how many page views and clicks you’ve had on your gigs. This can be helpful if you’re not getting many views as it lets you decide if maybe you need to change your wording or tags in order to get more hits.
On the dashboard as well are sections for your inbox and names of those who have bought from or sold to you. I would think that this could be used for additional offers you have that may interest these folks.
What are the fees and how do you get paid with fiverr?
Posting a gig on fiverr is absolutely free; however, there are fees involved if your gig sells. Fiverr will keep 20% of your gig revenue, which seems like a lot, but if you offer add-ons of value to the buyer as well as to yourself, you have the ability to make decent money per gig.
The best payment method is probably PayPal. When you request your balance to be transferred to PayPal there is a 2% fee up to $1. There are other ways to get paid but the fees are higher.
So basically, if you sell a gig for $5 you will receive $3.90. If you offer an extra $5 add-on that sells you will receive $7.80.
Keep in mind, though, that if you have a talent for something special you can charge up to $400 using different packages with lots of different add-ons.
If you are interested in buying on fiverr, here is a link for a special offer. You will receive 1 free gig service with this link. And if you join, refer a friend. If your friend spends $10 or more you will receive $5! So you may as well give it a shot. It’s easy to set up an account search for services, and create gigs.
Let me know how you do. I would love to know if you’ve tried fiverr and what your experience has been.