Fiverr is the Israel based service website that connects providers and clients for jobs, called “gigs”, for as little as $5. Yes, you read that right: five dollars US. It requires becoming a member, which is free, and then hiring someone from just about any nation in the world to do work for you.
Like many things, at first I didn’t get Fiverr. I used it mostly to buy “gigs”. Then I thought, “wait a minute, there are a lot of things I would be willing to do for $5 that may lead to more work!” So I started offering a few gigs. At first I offered to install WordPress on a ready hosting account for $5 figuring this would lead to more advanced WordPress work. Then I started selling an automated response system which would ask for a visitor’s name then send them an email. I sold several of both gigs, but the success wasn’t exactly what I had in mind.
Here is my Fiverr page fiverr.com/thekencook
Not too long after I started with Fiverr I had some personal issues which took me “out of the loop” so I left it to sort of rot. And rot it did. I lost a good rating and angered a few people who left some rather nasty comments. So I just didn’t go back for a few years. Until one day I thought, “wait a minute, I’ve done hundreds – maybe thousands – of voice overs.” That’s when I started offering voice overs on Fiverr for about the same price I charge in the “real world”. Boom! Almost immediately I started getting 2 or 3 orders a day. No, that’s not much, considering Fiverr takes a 20% cut right off the top, but it lead to other things like script writing, background music, and even a few character gigs.
Fiverr extras are what separates the success stories.
Here’s Where It Gets Good
After you have delivered a few gigs and have maintained a good rating your ability to charge more, through gig “extras”, for your work. In fact I am now a Level 2 and I can charge up to $160 additional per gig. Now we’re talking! Most of my gigs these days are for more than $5. Some of them are for $165 and even then I have repeat buyers.
As soon as you qualify for the extras start using them. This is where you can go from $30 or so per day to literally $500 or more per day. I’m not at that level, but the potential is definitely there.
Ten Important Things About Fiverr Success
- Don’t offer more than you can truly do for the fee
- Respond as immediately as you can (sometimes I deliver in less than 30 minutes)
- Communicate with brevity and pointedness (Fiverr doesn’t allow much room)
- Use attachments to communicate when you need to be verbose
- Describe your gig very accurately (the better you do upfront the more success you’ll have)
- Suck it up and do it over when they tell you they don’t like it, don’t argue – just do it!
- Create a video to talk about your gig
- Use descriptive images where you can to talk about your services
- Share your links in social media and on your blog
- Treat every order like a lead who is already interested in your services
There Are Some Limitations
Fiverr is very aggressive about protecting their relationships. They don’t want you contacting the buyers directly, though it’s possible of course, and they never want you to make any money from Fiverr customers outside of Fiverr. Here you just have to weigh the risk of “getting caught” against whatever profit you make. I have been contacted outside of Fiverr by Fiverr leads and sent them back to my Fiverr page to place the order. In fact, if you visit my voice over order page on Greensabi you’ll be sent to Fiverr to place your order.
Gotchas! Thing To Beware Of On Fiverr
Like anything else there are people on Fiverr who really want to take advantage. For example if you offer to write 500 words about on keyword they may place the order then send you 8 keywords. Or, if you offer to read 200 words of voice-over they may send 289. One of the really big “gotchas” is when they order multiple gigs and only pay for one super-fast delivery. See, Fiverr lets you charge more for fast delivery. This is fine if someone orders, say, 500 words which is normally delivered in 2 days and they pay for 1 day delivery. However, when they triple or quintuple the order (order say 2500 words) and only pay one rush fee, it gets sticky.
Other gotchas are when you deliver work and they continually reject it. Cover yourself and do a search a few days later to see if your work turns up somewhere. I have been hit by this recently by a buyer from India.