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Top 10 Tips To Help You Make Money With Fiverr

Updated on April 26, 2012

My Top 10 Tips For Making Money With Fiverr

What started out as a lark on November 26, 2011 has now turned into something much, much bigger.

I know, it sounds crazy. I've read all those blogs, too. But you really can make a steady, 4-figure income on Fiverr. And I'm living proof.

I'm not going to lie to you, though - It's not easy. It's a lot of hard work. Especially in the beginning, when you're trying to find just the right Gig to offer and you're trying to learn how Fiverr works.

But you can read all about that on my other lenses. You came here to get my top 10 tips. And Lord knows my other lenses are long-winded enough.

So let's cut to the chase, shall we? I have things to do and I'm sure you do, too.

Here are my Top 10 Tips for Making Money with Fiverr.

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As You're Reading These Tips, Remember...

You can edit your Gig any time you want. In fact, you're encouraged to edit your Gig.

Use this to your advantage.

You'll see what I'm talking about as you read these tips.

Be An Expert

Whatever you're offering to do for five bucks, be an expert. Or as close to it as possible.

You're going to have buyers asking you all kinds of questions, trying to get as much for their $5 as possible. You have to know where to draw the line.

In my case, one of my first gigs was offering to write an article that was guaranteed to pass and get published at Ezine Articles, as long as it was an acceptable topic under their TOS.

Guaranteed is the key word. If you've ever submitted articles to Ezine then you know how particular they can be. I felt comfortable offering this guarantee because I'm a Platinum Author at Ezine, I've never had one of my own articles rejected, and I know what topics they'll approve and disapprove.

What I had forgotten about was how difficult it is to get articles past their editors when you have a brand new account. I also didn't consider the fact that some of these buyers had already earned several black marks with Ezine, so they were on the Ezine Hit List, which means Ezine wasn't going to accept anything they submitted, no matter how well it was written.

After doing about a dozen re-writes - free of charge - I shut that gig down fast! All of those buyers were just trying to use me to get their accounts built up past that first level that Ezine sets. They couldn't do it themselves and they were looking at me as cheap labor.

Know exactly what you can and can not do when you're working with another site, or building links, or submitting content for someone. Because you will have buyers who try to take advantage.

Don't forget... You can always edit your gig.

Watch Out For Boredom

Watch Out For Boredom! You're only going to actually clear $3.92 after Fiverr and Paypal fees so it's important that the Gig you create be something you can deliver quickly, efficiently and with good quality - over and over again. You're going to have to deliver on a lot of Gigs if you want to make good money on Fiverr.

I'll use my article writing gig again, as an example:

Yes, I can write a 450 word article in about 15 minutes. If I have to research I can usually push out 3 per hour. That's approximately $12 per hour, which isn't great, but it beats a sharp stick in the eye.

However, I also hate... no... I absolutely despise writing about the same topic over and over again. When I do, I start slowing down. I mean WWAAAAYYYYyyyyyyyy down! Like one article every 2 hours! It's what I hate most about freelance article writing - the monotony of writing dozens of articles, all on the same keyword.

My gig started attracting repeat buyers. And they started ordering multiple gigs. The day I had to write 8 articles about Man Boobs - and then go back and clean up that buyer's mess on Ezine - I shut that gig down for good.

So choose a gig that you know you can produce, over and over again - quickly, efficiently, and with good quality...

Without getting bored to tears!

Timing Is Everything

Which brings us to Timing. Since you're only going to clear about 4 bucks per gig, you do the math. How much do you need to make per hour? How many hours a day or week are you willing to devote to Fiverr? And how much of that hourly figure do you want to earn with Fiverr?

If you want to make $50 a day with Fiverr you're going to need to deliver 13 Gigs per day. If you only want to devote 4 hours a day to Fiverr that means you're going to have to deliver more than 3 Gigs per hour. So you'll need to offer something that you can complete in about 15 minutes, give or take a few.

If you think you have a really good idea for a Gig, go for it. It might take you a few days to get a system down that enables you to cut your time. So don't panic if you only deliver 2 or 3 gigs your first day. Just take a look at what you're doing and see how you can streamline the process.

Don't forget... You can always edit your gig.

Something Else To Always Remember...

You can also Suspend your Gig anytime you want to, if you're overwhelmed with orders or you need some time off.

Don't Be Afraid To Suspend Your Gig

In the beginning I was afraid to suspend any of my gigs. I thought I'd lose my momentum with the buyers if they couldn't see it all the time.

But then I had some things happen - I lost my Internet connection for a whole day due to a snowstorm and at that time I was booking 10 or 15 gigs a day. Being offline for that one whole day put me way behind schedule.

The guys who run Fiverr put that option to Suspend there for a reason - they don't want you to get burned out or fall behind on deliveries. That makes the buyers angry and that's where Fiverr earns their money.

I've also used the Suspend option when I'm trying to decide if I want to keep a gig running. Like that article gig. I suspended that thing 3 or 4 times, and I kept editing and tweaking... But finally it just got to be too much.

If you're trying to decide whether to leave a gig running or take it down forever, just suspend it for a couple of days and give yourself time to think about it and see if you can come up with a way to make it work. Because...

Once you delete a gig you lose all that good buyer feedback.

Just Want To Make A Few Extra Bucks Every Month?

You don't have to go full tilt with Fiverr like I have. You can set up one gig and just make a couple of extra bucks a day if you want to. It could be your vacation fund or Christmas shopping money!

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Top 10 tips to help you make money with fiverr
Top 10 tips to help you make money with fiverr

Deliver On Time

I'm still trying to figure out the lead time system on Fiverr, but here's what I think happens...

You can set your lead time to anything you want. So let's say you set it at 7 days.

As soon as a buyer orders your gig the clock starts ticking. So if he orders the gig on Monday then you have until the following Sunday night to deliver it before it's considered late. (And even then, you still have a couple of days before it's automatically cancelled.)

But just because you have 7 days doesn't mean you have to use them. When I have the time and energy I work ahead so I can give myself a day off later in the week.

But here's the thing - if you deliver your gigs early, the the Fiverr clock automatically adjusts up. It still reads 7 days when you look at your gig. But it starts shaving time off your deliveries on your dashboard. Instead of giving you 7 days, it might only give you 6.

If that happens too often, which is has to me, then you'll be back in the same old place again, overwhelmed with too many orders to deliver at one time.

AND - you can only move your leadtime OUT, you can't pull it back in. THAT happens automatically!

Anyway, my point is this...

Watch the clock! Deliver on time or you're risking your rating!

Use The Cancellation Request Button

Don't be afraid to request that the buyer cancel his order. I use this option a lot.

Any time you don't deliver a gig in the allotted time, for whatever reason, the buyer has a button pop up on his side that gives him the option of cancelling. If he does, you get a Thumbs down and your rating is lowered. Obviously, you want to try to maintain a high Seller Rating. So beat the buyer to the punch.

You can request that the buyer cancel the gig and if he does it won't hurt your rating at all. In fact, Fiverr would prefer a mutual cancellation agreement over a negative feedback. It makes you and Fiverr look better.

I've used this option a number of times. When my power was out I sent all of my buyers a message and told them I was going to be late delivering and why. And I gave them all the option of cancelling the gig.

I've also used it when I have someone order something really unusual that would just take too much time to create - something that's just on the edge of what I'm offering. You know? One of those buyers who's trying to get more for his money than I'm willing to give.

In those cases, I send them a polite cancellation request, telling them that their request is outside of TOS or it's not something I feel comfortable writing about, etc.

Whenever I send this cancellation request I'm always polite. I give them the option of changing their order and I tell them I completely understand if they want to cancel. I also tell them what I can do for them if they want to continue with the order.

This cancellation request button is useful for three reasons: It gives you a way to get out of gigs that would take up too much time. It makes you look good to the buyer - you're leaving the decision up to him. And it puts everything in writing, right there where the Fiverr guys can see it if the buyer wants to give you any crap!

Always, always, ALWAYS....

Communicate with your buyers right on the Fiverr website. This is for YOUR protection.

The Fiverr guys love the Sellers - we make them their money. And they'll do everything they can to help you - provided you're taking care of your buyers. If you can show them that you've been communicating with the buyer and still ended up with a Thumbs Down for some reason, nine times out of ten they'll remove it and restore your rating.

Communicate With Your Buyers

I've met some really awesome buyers on Fiverr. In fact, out of the hundreds of gigs I've delivered, I've only blocked one buyer from ordering from me and I've made a few really great friends.

The key is to communicate. If you're having trouble meeting the deadline, if you have any question at all about the gig, anything - go ahead and communicate.

Most of the Fiverr buyers realize that five bucks is a really small price to pay for anything these days. They also understand you probably have more profitable ventures going on at the same time. They're willing to wait for delivery - as long as you communicate.

Just make sure you do all of your communicating right there on Fiverr!

Communicate With Fiverr

I live in that area of Kentucky that was hit by tornadoes a couple of weekends ago. It didn't hit my house but it did hit pretty close to home. So I've been doing some work helping out a couple of churches in the area and I was offline for about 3 days or so.

I immediately sent messages to all of my buyers and also communicated with the guys at Fiverr Support so everyone would know what was going on. I ended up with a couple of cancellations in the process that dinged my rating but I'm pretty confident I can get the Fiverr guys to remove it if I ask because I've kept them up to date on my progress.

The guys who run Fiverr are great and I've never seen this level of support from any other site I've worked with. Be nice, be polite, and remember - they're human beings, too.

Top 10 tips to help you make money with fiverr
Top 10 tips to help you make money with fiverr

Use Your Gig Extras Wisely

Once you hit Level 1 Seller status you can start offering gig extras. Use these to increase your profitability - not just make more work for yourself!

I can't tell you how many gigs I've seen that offer to write a 500 word article for 5 bucks and if you buy the extra, which is another 5 bucks, they'll write two articles! How dumb is that?! Why offer an Extra at all?!

Instead, offer something that compliments your original gig and makes it just a little bit better. But make it something that doesn't add in any additional time.

For example, one of my gigs is on offer to create Squidoo lenses. As an extra I offer to add in the "Lens Link' module so all their lenses are linked together. It doesn't take me any extra time at all but it adds value to their lens. I make an extra 5 bucks just for adding a module.

Fiverr gives you that opportunity to add Extras so you can increase your profitability.

Update And Add Gigs Regularly

Fiverr has a few different options that buyers can use to sort through the gigs and one of them is 'New Gigs.' If you notice your orders are slowing down, just put up a new gig - even if it's the same offer with different wording.

I do this a lot, especially during holidays. Fiverr always puts up a category like Christmas or Halloween or Valentine's Day. I just create a new gig offering the best Valentine's Day Squidoo lens on Fiverr. It's the same offer, I just word it a little differently so it's not duplicate content, and it pops up under the New searches and under the Holiday searches.

And remember - you can always suspend or delete it after your momentum picks back up.

Be sure to use plenty of tags so buyers can find your gig!

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      Fiverr 2 years ago

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      jay 2 years ago

      Fist 30 buyers to order my service will get the chance of promoting their gig in another 100 pages more in addition to the first 100! Which means 100+100= 200!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I will read your Life and give a Life Reading Report for $5

      fiverr.com/asanga19/read-your-life-and-give-a-life-prediction-report

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      askrexharris 4 years ago

      I have not used Fiverr to make money yet, but have purchased several services there, all of which have been quality investments... most notably and video optimization I bought over a year a ago and my video is still front page, number one for the key phrase I was targeting. Great lens... !!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I`ve made 50$ for three months on Fiverr,now i want to make 50$ per day.

      Great site.

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      bbuyer 4 years ago

      Lovely lens! Mind if I add an 11th tip to make money on fiverr? fiverr affiliate program! bring new signups, make them buy and get commission! cool, right?

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      Srena44 4 years ago

      great lens

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      sasta10 lm 4 years ago

      Love fiverr. Adding video can help to boost sales. Timing is very important on fiverr, deliver quality and deliver on time and you will succeed on fiverr. Thanks for sharing this useful info.

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      srsddn lm 4 years ago

      Looks like a great piece of information.

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      psychegr 4 years ago

      Useful information! Thank you!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thanks for this wonderful information, regards fiverr.com/tayerro

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      scweb1 5 years ago

      I'd like to say that your information on when it may be right to suspend a gig was very helpful!

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      Geekedlabs 5 years ago

      I love you :)

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      Rose Jones 5 years ago

      I'm ready to get up just a little account. I sell books on Amazon sometimes and know time is an issue for me, I have not received any poor feedback for being late, but I have had to scramble. I work full-time so I would like to have this as just a little something extra. Still one gig a day pays my phone and computer bill. Pinned to my board "Cool Ways to Make Money."

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      haven't try it yet. but the systems is like Elance. have an account but never really work. huhu. gonna try this one

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      biminibahamas 5 years ago

      Yes, and I like it!

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      Timothy Arends 5 years ago from Chicago area

      GREAT idea to create holiday-themed gigs!

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      FashionMommy 5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this information. I haven't tried Fiverr but sounds like a really cool deal. I will definitely look into it.

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      iWriteaLot 5 years ago

      @Aquavel: Aquavel, A lot of people are intimidated by that 450 words thing. But listen to yourself the next time you're talking to a buddy on the phone. You rattle off 450 words in a matter of minutes. It's not really that hard to come up with 450 words and if you can type fast then you're in like Flynn!

      And see there? I can't do art work to save my life! The best way to make money with Fiverr is to offer something you can do fast and something that you enjoy doing.

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      Aquavel 5 years ago

      Haven't tried it! What an interesting lens. Fascinating to read about your history with finding the right gig and about people on the Ezine Hit List wanting to use you as cheap labor to change their status. ~ I'm amazed that you can write 450 words in 15 minutes. It takes me forever! However, I can do art and design work fairly quickly. :)

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      fancymelody 5 years ago

      I haven't done it yet, buy maybe I will.. In the summer :D

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      allenwebstarme 5 years ago

      I've tried earlier Fiverr but didn't succeed yet, but now I feel I will get success on Fiverr by using your tips. Thanks a ton.

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      m massie 5 years ago

      I've used it and i've made a couple bucks but the things I did took way too long for the money. I have to figure out something that takes less time

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i'd like to give this a try...

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      I should look into this further.

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      Anthony Altorenna 5 years ago from Connecticut

      This is very interesting, and I really appreciate your tips. I've heard a little about Fiverr, and now I'm wonder if I can convert some of my DIY stuff into something a Fiverr that might interest a Fiverr buyer. But I cannot match your productivity....

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      Marika 5 years ago from Cyprus

      I've never used fiverr either way (as a buyer or seller) but I keep hearing about it, might have to check it out.

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      iWriteaLot 5 years ago

      @Ahdilarum: Hi Ahdilarum - are you promoting your gig? I have about 3000 Twitter followers and I started out just Tweeting my gigs. Plus, I started chronicling everything here on Squidoo right away - just for the fun of it - and I get a lot of gig orders from my Lenses. You could buy a Fiverr gig and have someone promote YOUR Fiverr gig!

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      iWriteaLot 5 years ago

      @Elsie Hagley: Hi kiwinana71 - First, I almost always build the lenses on my own account. I feel uncomfortable working on theirs. If something happened to their account while I was in there then I could be held accountable.

      If they already have a Squidoo account I ask for their Squidoo email address and then just transfer the lens when I'm done.

      If they don't already have an account I set up an email address, usually with Hotmail right now, and then create a new Squidoo account. Then I WAS building the lens on my account and transferring. I have a template file and I just fill in the Squidoo and email account info, along with a link to the lens, and I deliver that file when I deliver the gig.

      NOW - with some recent changes at Squidoo, I'm doing the set up steps but I'm NOT accepting the lens into their account. I'm leaving it up to the buyer to click that link in the email and accept the lens himself.

      This helps me two ways - One: I got shut out of Squidoo on FF and IE a couple of weeks ago, both times while I was accepting lenses. I think it was just a glitch but I'm not taking anymore chances. And TWO: A lot of buyers never actually accept a gig when you deliver it. (You still get paid. Don't Worry.) Those lenses are all just sitting there in dead accounts now. If they don't accept the transfer the lenses are still mine and I can earn from them. I just let the transfers sit there now.

      I have more Fiverr lenses planned. I'll make sure I cover this in better detail. But if you have questions feel free to use my contact button!

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      mennella 5 years ago

      good job, really

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      Elsie Hagley 5 years ago from New Zealand

      Another great lens. Interested how you start a lens for them. Do you open account give Squidoo a user name, then when you have finished, transfer it to their email address. Thank you in advance.

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      Ahdilarum 5 years ago

      I have joined there two weeks back, but still no order, who will place?