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Making Money Online - Fiverr

Updated on May 5, 2013

So your wanting to make money online?

I suppose most people want to make a little extra money on the side, especially if they can do it fairly easily whilst working from home. There are a number of websites out there that offer you work from home but sadly many are scams. Your never going to be able to get rich quick working on little jobs from home, and sadly you will still have to put in the work to get the money. But that being said you can make a nice small side income if your willing to put in a little bit of time.

Fiverr.com is one of the most popular and most well known mini-job sites on the internet. It is simple to use, easy to get started and you may be surprised how quickly the jobs will start rolling in. Obviously you still have to provide a service people want and you have to do it to a good standard so your ratings stay up which will encourage others to buy your services. Plus you may even gain return customers.

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My stats so far

So I have only been a member since the end of April. I started by offering 3 gigs and then upped it to 7 in mid June. Here you can see how many gigs I sold each month and how much revenue it made me.

The Figures

Month
Number of gigs sold
Amount Made $
Amount made in £ (approx)
April
2
$8
£5.16
May
8
$32
£20.66
June
12
$48
£31
July
38
$152
£97.12
August
12
$48
£31
September
(took month off due to holidays)
0
0
October
6
$24
£15.25
November
30
$120
£76.26
December
26
$104
£66.09
Total for 2012
134
$536
£340 approx
January
10
$40
£25.42
February
41
$164
£105.28
March
58
$232
£150.22
April
34
$136
£87.31

How it works

Essentially you decide what you are willing to do for $5. It can really be anything, from providing images, completing reviews, designing logos, making videos or proof reading. You will have a right laugh looking at some of the things people are offering to do on there. But if you are serious about making some money then you need to offer serious services that many people will be interested in, some of the big hitters are video testimonials and logo/web designs.

So what you need to do first is sign up to the site and get yourself a nice little account. You can then start listing your gigs (mini-jobs) that you are willing to offer for $5. You can add images of your work and even upload a video to help interest people. You will also need to set a time limit on how long you think the job will take you. Don't cut yourself short just to try and get the jobs as any late gig, even if you delivery the job, can be canceled by the buyer and you won't receive payment.

At first I listed providing blog posts on my blog to help companies and sites advertise, writing guest post for other peoples sites and providing reviews for products and services. These were all things I already provided through my blog. After being on there for a month or so, and doing fairly well selling blog posts, I decided to add some editing and proof reading gigs as well - and this has proved pretty popular.

Once you receive an order you will be emailed a confirmation and you can start working on your gig once you are ready. When you done you confirm you have completed it and send back any work (if you need to). The buyer then confirms the work has been completed and you wait for your payment to clear.

Once you have received enough orders and good feedback you will be able to add extras to your gigs which will enable you to make more money from your gigs.



How the money works

Although each gig is charged at $5, Fiverr takes $1 commission from each gig you sell. So you essentially earn $4 per gig. They also take 20% of any extras you manage to sell. Although this is quite a high percentage, more than a lot of other mini gig sites, they are a very popular and well known site so you have the potential to get far more work on Fiverr.com then other mini-gig sites.

Of course paypal will also take a small percentage when you cash the money out too.

The secrets

One of the key things is not to offer gigs that will take you too much time as they will not be worth the money. A post write up will usually take me around 20mins so earning $4 for 20 minutes is a decent wage. But offering to build a whole website for $5 is obviously not a very lucrative job as it will take you a long time. These need to be jobs you can do easily, in your spare time. If you are a wiz at design then making a logo can be done in a few minutes and you can easily do a number of them in an hour.

I have also read that a number of people have had their accounts shut down - for no apparant reason - and lost any money left in their account. Because of this I made the decision to pull out my cleared funds frequently and in small amounts. Instead of letting your funds accumulate to a high figure, consider removing them overtime you reach a smaller figure like $20. That way if you ever lose your account you should only lose a smallish figure instead of everything.

The up-sides

  • The site is well know - meaning more people visit it to buy gigs, the site receives thousands of hits a day
  • The site is easy to use and has a simple layout, making it appealing to more people
  • You can provide any service you want (aside from adult services!) and work from the comfort of your own home
  • The funds are paid in to your paypal on a regular basis - no minimum payout is needed

The down-sides

  • Money takes around 2 weeks to clear, so you won't get any payout for a few weeks
  • Fiverr.com take 20% of your earnings
  • There is a lot of competition on the site
  • Fiverr.com can shut down your account and withhold any funds left in it, if it believes you have breeched its T&C's

Comparisson

Fiverr.com was the first of the mini-job sites I joined and so far has been far more lucrative for me. I am on around 4 other sites offering the same gigs and have only sold 4 of 5 gigs in total on them combined, nothing compared to my success on fiverr so far. I really would advise you sign up to Fiverr.com first over some of the other sites out there as it is so well established.

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      adguru 3 years ago

      Like you already pointed out , the fact that Fiverr takes a 20% cut out of your money (which is already a veryyy low $5) really sucks...found a new fiverr alternative site called earnfromskill.com , they seem to have a much better micro-job model than fiverr

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 3 years ago from Cardiff

      Hi Ceres Schwarz I think I was on there 3-4 weeks before I got any orders, then it took about 4 months to start making a more substantial amount. I know average anywhere between $150-$450 a month, but it takes works. If you have a service people really want you can do really well, a lot of graphic and web designers do great on there.

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      Ceres Schwarz 3 years ago

      Fiverr sounds really interesting. I'll be looking into it more. It looks like Fiverr could be quite lucrative but only if you have lots of people buying your gig. But if you're new to the site, then how would you go about getting people to purchase your gigs? How long would it take before you can get your first order or does this just depend on luck?

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 5 years ago from Cardiff

      Thanks, it has been pretty good for me so far too! Good luck!

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      Christabel Evans 5 years ago from England, UK

      This is a useful article about fiverr. I was a bit sceptical about registering with them, but after a while, i decided to give it a try. Within 21 days of registration the gigs started rolling in. It is a very good source of earning extra income working from home. Voted across.

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 5 years ago from Cardiff

      I've found it a really good source of a little extra income, if you offer a service people need but that is easy for you, you'll definitely get orders. Good luck

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      Olde Cashmere 5 years ago from Michigan, United States

      Excellent article on how to make some extra money daisydayz. I'm inspired to add more ways of making money from home and this was an enjoyable read. Voted up, useful, and interesting :)

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 5 years ago from Cardiff

      Well I haven't been a member long but it's been really worth it for me, and I'm still getting plenty of orders on a regular basis

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      Christiano Odhiambo 5 years ago from Nairobi

      I have an account with Fiverr, laying dormant. Thank you for bringing out the Do's and Dont's, they are quite helpful and I will sure pass them on to anyone interested in Fiverr. Voted useful.

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 5 years ago from Cardiff

      I only joined it after reading a post on Hubpages about making money online! I have been really lucky as I notice there a lot of people who arent selling many gigs, but I seem to have found something that is really working for me. And I have been really lucky to land a few larger jobs. I would say go for it, as there is really nothing you can lose.

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      AlanRimmer 5 years ago from Southwest UK

      Had a look at Fiverr a few weeks ago after reading some promotional stuff about it. This is the first "review" I've read from someone who has joined recently and is starting to make it work. Visited your profile you have some interesting gigs. You've encouraged me to think a little more about what gigs might work for me. Looking forward to your updates. Thanks.

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 5 years ago from Cardiff

      No problem, I hope it works as well for you as it has for me the past few months

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 5 years ago from Cardiff

      You really should you will be surprise how easy it is to make some money. If you provide a popular gig people genuinely need you should be able to get sales fast and frequently. Good Luck

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 5 years ago from Cardiff

      Well to be honest I have done no marketing at all, I think I got lucky. I picked up a great long term gig this month re-writing a big website. I think it is great for a simple extra income

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 5 years ago from Cardiff

      Well I wish you the best of luck. I will continue to update the Hub each month to show how I am doing on the site, but it has been a great extra income for me the last few weeks. All adds to the savings fund at the moment

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 5 years ago from Cardiff

      Thanks. I was a little sceptical about it all, but have been really pleased with the outcome I have had from it so far. It has been a great boost to my savings fund so far. I really think it is worth signing up, you would have nothing to lose

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      Wendell Patterson 5 years ago from Alabama

      I so glad that I read this hub. I have never heard of Fiverr but I am very anxious to explore this site and see what opportunities are available. Thanks for the information.

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      editorsupremo 5 years ago from London, England

      I have done ok on Fiverr and got a long-term gig writing weight loss articles. You have to market your Fiverr website in order to gain popularity because there are so many Fiverrs' offering work.

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      Fotinoula Gypsyy 5 years ago from NYC BABY

      Great information and very helpful! I don't think I've heard of this site but I' ll be checking it out! Thanks!

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      Murphy 5 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Following the crumbs of Christy, I had appreciated this information so much that I had to sign-up and see where www.fiverr.com takes me...

      It sounds encouraging. Especially for one who has an expertise in anything. Thank You Daisy !!!

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I like that there is no minimum payout, unlike many other sites. I have not looked far into Fiverr but I may now after reading your hub. This is the first post that has made it seem worth my while. I vote up and interesting too!

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 5 years ago from Cardiff

      Well I think it has been pretty worth it for me so far. I have been lucky this month to land a massive repeat gig, which I doubt I will get again, at least not soon. But I am getting the odd gig off other similar sites too! Give it a try, youve nothing to lose.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 5 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      A very useful informative article.

      I did consider joining Fiver when I first started on the internet, maybe it's time to take another look.

      A great write.

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 5 years ago from Cardiff

      My thinking is, if it never goes into your bank account you cant really miss it! You pretend it doesnt exist, then it doesnt feel so hard saving it. You can see my saving for our first home hub to see our progress!

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      Columba Smith 5 years ago from California

      I had never heard of Fiverr. Thanks for this useful hub; I'm going to check it out. Like you, I will stash any cash in savings. : )

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 5 years ago from Cardiff

      I have found it fairly easy to make a small side line, and it is all going towards my house fund. You can find a blog on my online earnings and savings too

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      Vin Chauhun 5 years ago from Durban

      thanks for the Hub...will check the site out.....:)...hopefully I can get some money to roll in

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 5 years ago from Cardiff

      Well I hope you find it useful and make lots of money, lol!

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 5 years ago from Cardiff

      I was really quite surprised at how many I had in a short space of time. And its all so easy to use. Its all getting added to the savings fund!

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      Charlene Little 5 years ago

      I think I am going to try it. I have never used Fiveerr before. Thanks for the great information.

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      Kristy LeAnn 5 years ago from Princeton, WV

      I've used fiverr to make money too. It is a pretty awesome site. I've been meaning to get back on there and add a few new gigs but I have been lazy. Shame on me lol...

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 5 years ago from Cardiff

      Yes I was sceptical at first but thought there was no harm in just putting the gigs up and seeing what happened. I was pleasantly surprised how quick I started getting orders. And I've had 2 repeat customers this month, so hopefully will be able to keep getting little jobs from them for the following weeks.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I have tried them before and earned $5 in a month...then gave up. You have been fairly successful and you might have encouraged me to try again. Interesting hub; nice job!