To the uninitiated, Fiverr seems the lowest common denominator on the make money online scene. A breeding ground for low standards, cheap buyers, and providers who haven’t an ounce of pride in what they do. For someone who does have pride, sites like this are the bane of the Internet.
But if you’re seeking a way to make some cash out of thin air, Fiverr may warrant a closer look. While the elements above do describe a substantial portion of what you see in this marketplace, it certainly isn’t the only story. For many, the site serves as a platform for a solid income-generating business, or at the very least a good stream of side income.
Today, I want to talk about how to make money on Fiverr without selling your soul.
1. Know How to Say No
When I first offered a few gigs on this platform, I learned quickly that along with all the clients who only expect a reasonable amount of work for five bucks, there are plenty who don’t mind eating up your time and demanding more out of you then was offered. Common sense not included.
You can avoid these problems ahead of time by providing clarifying in the description and instructions what the gig includes, what it doesn’t, and what you will absolutely not do. Also, try to answer common questions in these places to prevent messages from stacking up. You want to streamline the process as so you can get the job done and move on to the next.
Some providers don’t even answer private messages unless they can do it quickly; I can’t say I blame them and considering that the site is fairly anonymous, they can do that without affecting their business too much.
2. Leverage the Power of Upsells
Still a relatively young feature on Fiverr, upsells have become, for the smartest sellers, the entire point, and the company continues to expand on what is allowed. Essentially, every service provider must offer something for $5 – that’s what makes the site what it is and the unique concept that gained it such widespread fame (and notoriety).
But many just use that as an entry-point for setting up a gig. The real money is made on the upsells.
You see writers, for instance, selling a 100-word snippet for the base $5 and then upselling to 1000-word+ articles for $30, $50, or more. You see video creators offering higher-quality footage. You see programmers offering to enter your computer remotely to do virus scans or other tasks. It’s also common for a provider to put a price tag on early delivery, should a customer want a rushed order.
Can you see the potential in this feature? The more experience you gain on Fiverr without getting any complaints, the more of these upsells you can offer and at progressively higher prices.
3. Use Fiverr as an Entry-Point
Apparently, Fiverr can be used as a lead-in to generate clients and then sell them on higher-paid services off of the site. This is officially against Fiverr TOS, and I’ve never actually done it myself, but I’ll do some more research and write an article about my results soon.
4. Send External Traffic to Your Gig
Fiverr has a lot of its own traffic, but there’s also a lot of competition. You can get more leverage for your gig if you promote it elsewhere, like on your website or social pages. If you know influencers with grounding in the niche and your service is a great buy for $5, perhaps they’ll give you a plug. Or consider paid advertising on someone’s site (as long as it’s profitable, the cost is worth it.).
There’s definitely more to this marketplace than meets the eye. Dig around a little. Browse through gigs and study the ones that seem to be successful. Figure out what there doing and how they’ve structured their offer, and then consider why they might be doing it that way specifically. It could very well be they’ve figured out that’s the way to make it worth their while.
It doesn’t hurt to set up a test gig and see if you get any bites either. So, give it a shot and come back here to share your results in the comments.