14 months into my full-time marketing job, I decided it was time to start diversifying my revenue streams and experiment with different ways to make money. I had read in several different places that Fiverr was a solid option to consider for writers, so I decided to check it out. In October, I created a profile and became a live member of the Fiverr community.
The set-up was relatively simple, basically just providing a profile picture and some brief descriptions.
I noticed that Writing & Translation was a central category on the platform, which aligned with what I wanted to offer. My area of expertise is in the article/blog realm, and after a few days of browsing through other sellers pages to see whats works and what doesn’t, I created my first gig.
For those who don’t know, Fiverr is a marketplace that connects aspiring freelancers (sellers) with customers looking for specific services (buyers). There are a variety of different categories that your work can fall under from Financial Consulting to Logo Design. In order to make money, you have to create “gigs”, which are essentially a mini sales pitch that try to reel in potential buyers to purchase your services.
As with anything, there is no single recipe for success on Fiverr. I cannot give you a step by step guide to make 25k a year or build a funnel of reliable clients. What I can provide are my experiences and (hopefully) insights to help you decide whether or not Fiverr is a solid revenue stream for you to consider.
So, should you start freelancing on Fiverr? Let’s take an in depth look at the pros and cons.
You Will Work On A Variety Of Projects
In a few shorts months, I’ve done everything from writing blog posts for an upbeat coffee apparel company to website content for an exterminator.
It can be interesting to do research on such diverse industries that I honestly never cared about before.
If you enjoy working on a completely unique project every time, Fiverr might be the right fit.
The obvious pro is that you can make some pocket cash by doing something you enjoy.
Are you being paid fairly? Probably not in comparison to some other platforms and independent freelancers. However, at the end of the day, it is money that you would not have had otherwise. You also don’t have to spend time bidding on projects.
So far I haven’t made much, but transferring money over from Fiverr into my PayPal account is a good feeling regardless.
Website Is Easy To Navigate
Fiverrs platform is fairly straightforward, and you can become an expert in finding what you need after a few minutes. The Fiverr staff is open to communicate any issues that you come across and responds fairly quickly. Since so many people are on Fiverr, most of your needs can be resolved after a quick Google search.
Fiverr also has it’s own forum where you can post questions, and people tend to be very helpful and informative.
Fiverr Will Bring You Some Business
Everyone starts at zero on day one. If you put in ten minutes per gig, making sure you optimize your copy to appeal to a potential buyer and throw a nice picture with it, you should be able to snag a few beginner jobs.
Here are several of my active gigs: