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Can I Make Money With Fiverr.com? Tips to Turn $5 Jobs Into Riches

Updated on March 19, 2014
Fiverr is a valuable tool for people interested in making money online.
Fiverr is a valuable tool for people interested in making money online. | Source
3 stars for Fiverr as a money making opportunity

While Fiverr is not the quickest way to get rich, it can provide stable, guaranteed income (provide you self promote). Additionally, the networking opportunities make it much more valuable than the $4 per gig that you actually make.

The three stars are for the potential to make money. The missing two stars is because it can take a lot of work to make a small amount of income on Fiverr.

For more tips on earning with Fiverr, visit my blog FiverrDaily.com.

Anyone who has taken a look at Fiverr.com can recognize the genius of the developers of this website (as can be evident in the countless clones created of this website). Fiverr is a marketplace for micro-jobs. Anyone can post what they will do for $5 and people will purchase their "gigs". Once the gig is delivered, Fiverr delivers $4 to the person who did the job and keeps $1 for their services (hence the reason it is such a great business to own - you receive $1 for every task accomplished!).

The ultimate question is, however, "Can I make money on Fiverr?"

Sure $5 (or, I should say $4) here and there is nice, but it is not necessarily the greatest way to get rich. How can an internet entrepreneur make the most of Fiverr.com and actually make money?

Here are some tips to help you enhance your online earnings by using this micro-job site.


Fiverr Tip #1: Post Jobs That You Can Quickly And Easily Accomplish

I quickly learned that Fiverr is not the place to sell your time. After all, not only are you selling your time in increments of $4, but you are also competing against people from around the world who can sell their time for far less than you.

It is possible to find a virtual assistant on Fiverr for 1 hour, 2 hours, or even 3 hours for just $5! This is great if you need a virtual assistant, but it is not so good for those who are trying to make money on Fiverr. Personally, I believe my time is worth more than $1.25 per hour.

I've posted several gigs saying that I will proofread documents, articles, etc. While this is not that difficult, some of the work as still taken me 30 minutes to do. Of course, while $8/hour is not terrible for a student, I still prefer to make more from my online work.

For someone just wanting to make a few extra bucks, posting whatever jobs that you want on Fiverr is no problem. However, for those interested in actually making some money from Fiverr, consider following the below advice.

Jobs to Avoid on Fiverr:

  • Virtual assistant positions - few people will pay for 15 minutes of your time and your time is worth more than $4 an hour.
  • Proofreading over 500 words - if you can read quickly and easily correct grammar and spelling, then Fiverr can help you earn some extra money. However, set a clear limit on how much you will do.
  • Passing out flyers - unless you really have nothing to do but wander the streets, avoid this type of gig.
  • Graphic design or artwork that takes more than 10-15 minutes - while this can be a useful way to build up a portfolio (see below), do not value your time for just $5 per job. There are people willing to pay hundreds and thousands for good design work.
  • Any other lesson, tip, advice segment, etc that takes more than 15 minutes - simply value your time and recognize that it is necessary to include the time contacting employers, promoting oneself, and doing renditions to a gig into the price.

Jobs Worth Your Time to Post On Fiverr:

  • Tweeting a link - for anyone with a large following on twitter (or any other social network for that matter), a simple post to your profile is likely worth the $4 that you will receive. At $4 for 2 minutes, you are making $120/hour. Not bad!
  • Selling an ebook/program/etc - providing people with a file for $5 is worth the time. Again, it costs you nothing to do and simply takes a few minutes to send the file, document, program, etc. This can be worth your time.
  • Creating a short testimonial video - for people talented in front of the camera, spending a few minutes reviewing a product or website can be an easy and fun way to make a few dollars.
  • Sending YouTube, Facebook, or Twitter likes to a person - clearly, providing someone with 100,000 YouTube views is not worth your time if you have to click on the link 100,000 times. However, if you are tech savvy enough to create a program to do this, then by all means, go for it!

Although this is not an extensive list of the jobs that you should and should not post, it should reveal the key element to keep in mind - the value of your time. Do not waste your time doing jobs for menial amounts of money. Value your time first, and post jobs that will not treat your time for less than it is actually worth.

Buy My Gigs!

As an example of promoting one's own gigs, here is a link to my personal Fiverr profile where you can view my services. If you are interested in something that is not posted, feel free to contact me via Fiverr or HubPages.

I look forward to interacting with your charming self!

Fiverr Tip #2: Self Promote and Contact Buyers Directly

While selecting a gig that will actually provide money for your time, promoting it is just as essential in order to make money. Promotion is essential with any business and Fiverr gigs are no different. With hundreds of thousands of gigs by hundreds of thousands of people, what sets your gig apart? Why should people purchase from you?

After being on Fiverr for a while and building up a reputation, jobs will start coming to you on their own. However, in the mean time, it is essential to promote yourself any way you can.

How to Promote Your Fiverr Gig:

  • Share what you are doing with your personal network.
  • Post on forums and blogs.
  • Buy other people's gigs.
  • Contact buyers directly.

While the first two methods are self explanatory, the last two may require a bit of expounding upon.

Firstly, there are a huge number of great gigs on Fiverr. You can find people to promote virtually anything. If you have a gig that is going to be valuable for musicians, consider buying a gig that says "I will tweet your message to my 10,000 twitter followers who love music". Pay $5 to have your gig tweeted and you may end up with more customers than you can handle.

My personal favorite way to find clients is by contacting people who have posted needs on Fiverr. People are able to request gigs on Fiverr - stating what they need done. By contacting these people individually, you already know that there is a demand for the service, you simply have to be the first to respond to the post.

Fiverr provides great marketing opportunities that can assist in making connections to increase your number of cash flow opportunities.
Fiverr provides great marketing opportunities that can assist in making connections to increase your number of cash flow opportunities. | Source

Fiverr Tip #3: Use Fiverr to Network and Develop Relationships

While a $5 gig is not worth much money, the potential of building up a long-term relationship can make that $5 worth much more. I have had employers like my gig and purchase 10 more from me. Additionally, I have found clients interested in other, more expensive, services that I provide - such as writing, marketing, and networking.

Fiverr is an invaluable marketing tool for a freelancer or online business consultant/professional.

If you are struggling to find clients for your business, or need to develop a larger portfolio with positive references, Fiverr is a great tool. Consider using this website to strengthen your online presence and start building relationships that can enhance your professional life for years to come.

Fiverr Tip #4: Use Fiverr to Outsource Your Business

Not only do I find work on Fiverr, but I hire other people on Fiverr as well. When I need to do a simple task for a client that I do not have the time to accomplish myself, I simply higher someone else to do it for me on Fiverr. Of course, there is always a risk of the job being done poorly, but if you are smart, you can find talented people capable of doing the work that you need done.

Yes, even when work is outsourced to you, you can outsource it to someone else - that is the beauty of the internet. In fact, I even know of some people who will put together packages, using Fiverr, and then sell these packages for a markup on other platforms or to clients individually.

Whether you are behind on your own work, or whether you are looking to expand your business, consider using Fiverr as a tool to find talented, effective, and interested employees and partners.

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Conclusion: Fiverr Can Help You Make Money and Market Yourself

It is important to remember that many people who purchase gigs on Fiverr are looking to get things done cheaply. Therefore, these customers, while you must keep them happy, are not worth an extended investment. However, if you structure your gigs to take a little amount of time and use them to segway into more valuable jobs, Fiverr can be a huge asset in the Freelancers marketing arsenal.

Do you have experience buying and selling on Fiverr? Have you discovered other valuable tools for those involved in working online? Share your thoughts and comments below.

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      John Coviello 3 years ago from New Jersey

      Useful Hub on Fiverr. I learned a lot from this Hub. Thanks for sharing this information!

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      Robert Erich 3 years ago from California

      That's fantastic Bruce! I haven't been on HubPages for a little while - so I just saw these comments. I am checking out Fiverr to see your picture. Keep up the great selling and I'm looking forward to featuring you on FiverrDaily.com!

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      Bruce Chamoff 3 years ago from New York

      Robert, I just checked out your Fiverr Daily website. What do I need to have one of my gigs featured on the website? Is there a gig I can purchase or is it free? My Fiverr seller account is hotwebideas.

      Thanks and voted up!

      Bruce

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      Bruce Chamoff 3 years ago from New York

      Hey Robert, I have been on Fiverr for 3 years and love the website except for the fact that the Fiverr editors are ridiculously playing favorites when they decide to promote a seller to TRS, but I still get sales every single day with 15 gigs.

      On May 1, I will be stepping up my Fiverr sales by converting a lot of my gigs to 24 hour gigs, so I hope to increase my Fiverr revenue.

      Fiverr even sent a photographer to my house to do a photo shoot! If you go to the Tech and Programming section of Fiverr, you will see a photo of my me and my daughter sitting on our living room couch.

      Bruce

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      Robert Erich 3 years ago from California

      Thank you all for sharing your great tips and comments! I've actually just started a website about the Fiverr experience, great gigs, etc. Check it out and let me know what you think: www.FiverrDaily.com

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      dave 3 years ago

      very informative article, i also have a variety of gigs on fiverr that range from (list-building,traffic generation,graphic design), feel free to check them out at...www.fiverr.com/bizwizman

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      adguru 3 years ago

      yes, fiverr is great and all, or rather 'was' great..when they were new, it really seemed awesome, but then the 20% commission that they take for all the hard work that you do is just mean...i would recommend other alternatives like earnfromskill.com [they charge the lowest commission] or seoclerks [they are specialized in seo]

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      tollyservices 4 years ago from Nigeria

      Am Level 2 Seller (check my profile ) in Online Marketing Category and it's a real marketplace where anyone can make extra income, when you get 10 ORDERS and 50 ORDERS you become Level 1 and Level 2 respectively likewise there TOP-RATED SELLER that have sold over 100 gigs. Imagine a seller have made sold over 5000 gigs ( 5000 X $4= ) so you can try it out and join. Am here to assist.

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      Brenda Kyle 4 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

      I just found the site today so I am glad you provided so much insightful information about the site. I am excited about trying it out. I am just learning about it today and how to use it. Very interesting. Thank you for sharing.

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      Robert Erich 4 years ago from California

      Thanks for your input Sasta10. And yes Sean, it is very competitive. It certainly depends on what you are promoting as it is not for everyone.

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      Sean Shock 4 years ago from International

      I tried to sell myself doing promote videos but only one person contacted me, but forgot to check my email and they canceled, it's super competitive.

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      sasta10 4 years ago from Manchester, UK

      Fiverr is a great site and it is my second source of regular online income. I provide graphics design gigs on fiverr and joined 11 months ago. Money is already rolling in and I am second level seller on there. Anyone looking to earn money online should definitely check it out. Thanks for sharing this great hub.

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      Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Very interesting. It sounds like it might be worth looking into.

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      Robert Erich 4 years ago from California

      I certainly do not recommend that writers use Fiverr. I did for a while and, while I probably was making $15/hour from my writing, it was writing other people's work - not incredibly fun. If you are not careful, you can end up spending an hour for $4. However, if you can do something quickly, it can be a great way to make some extra money and get your name out there!

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      I've heard of Fiverr, but haven't heard of anyone making any money on it until your excellent overview. Great job, Robert! Voted up and sharing.

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      Ruminta Sari 5 years ago from Sleman

      I only use Fivver for buying and never sell anything there.

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      Matt G. 5 years ago

      This is interesting. I have thought about posting writing gigs on Fiverr, but never did because those gigs are very competitive and the $4 profit isn't much for the time it would take to write an article. It's definitely a cool place to make money if you can offer a unique gig that stands out from the rest.

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      Leah Lefler 5 years ago from Western New York

      I haven't checked Fiverr out yet, but will definitely take a look! I stash my extra income away to my five year old's hearing aid fund, so every extra bit helps!

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      FreezeFrame34 5 years ago from Charleston SC

      Interesting! I never heard of it before, so this information is great to know!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Definitely interesting. Thanks for a look at how to make the most of Fiver. I may take another look at it now that I know how to look past the surface of the concept.

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      Robert Erich 5 years ago from California

      @Kris: I am glad that the hub helped you learn a little bit more about this service!

      @falgostomos: I have learned that it takes some time to build up a reputation. The majority of my sales have been from employers I contacted directly. A gig certainly does not simply get discovered by having it posted on Fiverr. But it can help you make connections here and there.

      @Irmscher: I agree, until I started making connections on Fiverr that paid more than a Fiverr, I thought it was a useless website. However, I have actually benefited from both sides of it - simply have to be a bit creative about what you sell and buy.

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      Andrey 5 years ago from Riga

      To be honest Fiverr sucks *cough however you can still find quite good gigs there. Not sure about seller's point of view, as there's an option for $20 upgrades these days it might be somewhat worthwhile.

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      flagostomos 5 years ago from Washington, United States

      Interesting, very useful information. I tried selling my services to do Spanish Translation... guess that wasn't a good idea huh?

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      Kris Heeter 5 years ago from Indiana

      Thanks for giving us some insight to this sight. I've head of it and have been to it once but haven't taken the time to check it out in detail. Your hub answers a lot of questions I had!