Working as a freelancer has become a primary income for folks who want the flexibility of working from home. Due to the growing demand for freelance work, platforms like Fiverr are flourishing. For side hustlers and full-timers alike, Fiverr is an excellent option for finding clients.
Keep reading if you’re wondering how to set up a Fiverr account and get your first order as quickly as possible.
New to Fiverr
If you are new to this platform, first, you need to know how it works and what will help you succeed in earning money online. In this article, I provide the following answers:
- What is Fiverr?
- How much does Fiverr charge?
- How do I create a gig I can sell on Fiverr?
- How do I get my first sale?
- How long does it take to get my first order on Fiverr?
- How can I stand out on Fiverr to attract ideal clients faster?
What Is Fiverr?
Fiverr is a freelancing site where sellers list their skills as gigs that buyers need for their businesses. Job opportunities listed on Fiverr range from highly skilled work (requiring a degree or certification) to gigs as easy as certificate designing.
To give you an idea, here are just a few of the gigs listed by freelancers on Fiverr:
- Article writing
- Blogging (design, backend work, writing, etc.)
- Search engine optimization (SEO)
- Template designs (certificates, printables, cards, etc.)
- Website design
- Banner design (i.e., Spotify)
- Voiceovers for videos and movies
- Social media management
- Social media advertising
- Application and software designing
- Software testing
- And tons more
Fiverr is one of the best freelancing sites you will find out there for quickly finding legitimate work from home. The site started operating in 2010 and has its headquarters in Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel.
Fiverr is available in various languages, including English, Spanish, French, Dutch, Portuguese, Italian, and German. It has freelancers in over 160 countries, with 3 million buyers using the site.
How Much Does Fiverr Charge?
Fiverr is free to sign up and find your first paying client. Once paid for your work, Fiverr charges all users a 20% flat rate for the money they make per gig.
This is the only fee that Fiverr charges to its users. There are no subscription fees or any upsell fees for using their services.
How To Create a Gig You Can Sell on Fiverr
Finding your first gig on Fiverr can take time and effort. For example, if you need money as soon as possible, you might try certain gigs that out of desperation. Unfortunately, this is not a sustainable way to establish yourself as a freelancer.
If you want to earn extra money using the Fiverr platform, you must create a selling gig that fits your skills and strengths. In the following sections, I will walk you through the steps to create your first gig and make your first dollar on Fiverr.
1. Select Your Niche
If you are looking into freelancing work, you must have a skill or skills you want to leverage. Identify and specify the skill you want to specialize in. It is okay, even encouraged, to showcase more than one skill.
Don’t think you have a skill or niche? You’d be surprised how many skills you possess from your past work and experiences. I will explain more about this below.
2. Play to Your Strengths
When considering your skills, it’s good to start broad. Over time, you’ll likely settle into a more specializes sub-niche. For example, if you want to be a writer on Fiverr, you will notice that bloggers, copywriters, article writers, and content writers are on the platform.
If you’re unsure what you’d most succeed with, don’t be afraid to try a few different categories. Ultimately, try to let your interests help you decide where to start. For example, if you are a writer that loves to research, you will find it easier to become a content creator and blogger.
When choosing a gig, there is no right or wrong way to do it as long as you stay tuned into your strengths.
3. Skill Up
Do you need some more knowledge to offer the gig you prefer? If so, you can also get a certificate in your area of competence. This is essential if you are dealing with gigs that require a lot of specifications, such as software designing.
While not necessary, you can also boost your confidence and gain more visibility when training in a specific method, for example, for writing or graphic design using Canva. It can help you look professional and dedicated.
However, don’t let getting a certificate to keep you from getting started. It can be scary to put yourself out there, but if you focus on providing excellent services to happy customers- that’s most important of all.
4. Identify Your Target Audience
Identifying your target audience will make it easier (and more straightforward) for you to find potential buyers for your service. It will also help you tailor your services to meet the needs of a specific segment of the market.
You may run yourself thin if you want to meet the requirements of everyone in your line of work.
5. Sell for Reviews, Not Money
High-quality reviews are essential for being successful on Fiverr. Reviews push you to the top of the search results and expose you to more buyers.
Initially, if you want more exposure, you might have to sell your gigs for less than you’d like to get better reviews. As you build an established profile, you can slowly raise your prices to help you meet your professional goals.
6. Sell Benefits, Not Services
When describing your gig, it should be positioned in a way that showcases all of the benefits a potential buyer could gain. Consider offering additional services and benefits as a package that buyers will love. This will take their focus off the price and help them decide based on what you can offer them.
Approaching your services this way will help you stand out in a sea of freelancers.
7. Exhibit Your Previous Work To Potential Buyers
If you have experience in specific work related to your gig, you can include links to it in your description. It helps buyers gauge your ability. It is a great reference point to which they can decide to buy services from you, especially if you are new to freelancing.
8. Create More Than Two Gigs
You might have more than one skill. For example, you might be an excellent writer and social media manager. In this case, you can create two different profiles for the two skills you have. You can then market both of these gigs and see what turns up the most requests and success.
It is up to you to choose the gig you specialize in. The obvious choice would be the one that brings you more exposure and jobs.
9. SEO Your Gig
Search engine optimization helps rank your gig or page higher in search engines. In this case, you can purchase the services of a good person in search engine optimization to help display your gig in the first search queries.
If you don’t have a budget for SEO, you can also try to reverse-engineer the top-ranking profiles in your niche. For example, notice the keywords in their descriptions and how much information they include.
10. Leverage Buyer Requests
The Fiverr platform has a buyer section where buyers can communicate their requests for the gigs they have. Buyers will list their requests when they haven’t found a good fit or want potential sellers to come to them instead. Thus, you can apply directly to these buyers.
You can also check out this section to identify areas your competitors are not offering. This will help you create a comprehensive and well-detailed description for your gig.
11. Answer Commonly Asked Questions in Your Gig
If you notice the same questions popping up on other sellers’ profiles or from potential buyers that contact you- use these to your advantage. Including an FAQ section on your gig can help buyers get an idea of what you offer without having to ask many questions.
Overall, fewer questions equate to less time for your first payment.
How Do I Get My First Sale on Fiverr?
This section will give you some crucial tips for making your first sale. When you get these right, you will be on your way to making your first sale on Fiverr.
1. You Need To Be Marketing
Marketing yourself is the single most critical aspect of getting work on Fiverr. If you have just joined, you might be the only person that knows about the service you are offering. Therefore, you need to use social media and advertise your skills for people to see.
Try looking for entrepreneurial groups looking for freelancers to offer your services (popular on Facebook). Or simply post an announcement to your favorite channels.
2. Check The Buyer Requests Section
“Buyer Requests” is a section on the Fiverr platform where buyers describe the unique attributes they need in a one-time offering for a service. You can go to the Fiverr website and read through the buyer request section to find the ones needing your service.
This makes it easier to find work since you know what the buyer wants, and you can alter your description to serve them specifically. Plus, you will apply to them directly, increasing your chances of visibility.
3. Utilize The New Seller Section on Fiverr
Fiverr offers a fantastic opportunity to get exposure as a new seller for a week or two. The new seller's section usually displays freelancers recently joining the site.
This is an opportunity for you to display the services you offer to buyers, so make sure your profile is well-articulated.
4. Make Your First Prices Appealing
As a newbie, set an attractive price for your service. It may be challenging to find work if your service is at a higher price point and you don’t have references yet.
You should look closely at the prices for your services and set yours as competitively as possible. At first, you should select a figure that is average or low compared to others.
5. Give Something for Free
You can include added benefits or bonuses for buying your service in your gig description. This will help you appeal to the buyer in a way that they believe they are getting more for the price they are paying than they deserve.
Just be careful not to offer bonuses that will run you thin.
6. Upload Your Profile Image
Uploading a profile picture is very important when offering an online service. The buyer wants to feel safe when getting a service from someone they do not know.
A profile picture that identifies you creates an air of trustworthiness amongst your potential buyers since they know who they are dealing with.
7. Gig Images and Videos
You should also include an image that relates to your gig. With catchy videos and pictures, you can command the attention of buyers. Since they are hooked to your page now, it is easier for you to find a buyer from the people attracted by your images.
How Long Does It Take To Get The First Order on Fiverr?
It will likely take a few days to get your first order. When I researched Quora, some users said you could increase your chances by offering more than one gig. It helps to spread your eggs out in many baskets rather than relying on one that may not come to fruition.
All in all, you just have to do your best and wait.
How Can I Stand Out on Fiverr?
Standing out is an essential aspect of getting gigs on this platform. You have to stand out from the crowd. Here are the best ways for you to stand out:
1. Curate a Profile Description
A well-written description is a requirement for anyone with a seller Fiverr account. You are required to have a profile that talks about your background and skills. Think of it like a concise and well-detailed curriculum vitae.
An accurate and well-presented profile description can attract potential buyers to your gig. As discussed earlier, your profile should also include a professional profile picture.
2. Take Fiverr Skill Tests
For some gigs like SEO (search engine optimization), you must take tests to check your ability to perform on the gig. You will practice (and showcase) your skills whenever you take these tests.
In addition to practice, Fiverr favors sellers that frequently take these tests. Regular test-taking is a way to gain visibility because of your commitment to improving your skill set.
3. Include Frequently Asked Questions
Regarding freelancing gigs, specific details may take time to be apparent to the buyer.
Since you are not always online to interact with the customer instantly, you need to set up a FAQ area to address issues that may need clarification when choosing a seller for your services.
You can design your questions to discuss the price of your service, bonuses, free bonuses you add to your services, and everything you deem necessary.
4. A Well-described Gig
There are over 1000 sellers for any gig on Fiverr. Take time to use keywords in your gig description. For example, you should include the word “article writer” in your gig if you are an article writer. Adequate research will make it easier for buyers to find you.
Make sure you avoid vague words in your gig title. The more specific, the better.
5. Get Positive Reviews
Reviews are a critical aspect of making money on Fiverr. You will notice that both buyers and sellers have reviews on their profiles. For sellers, having a few five-star reviews is crucial to help you get more buyers.
Most buyers would prefer to have a five-star service provider. Therefore, you have to make sure that you emphasize the quality of work done for the first few gigs you get. Hopefully, you will get excellent reviews.
6. Improve Your Work Delivery Time
Most people hide under the guise of quality work to deliver work late. List a delivery time under 24 hours to your clients (when possible). For jobs requiring extensive work, you can adjust your time frame to deliver the best quality of work.
All in all, do not sacrifice quality for speed of delivery. Find a way to keep them both as assets in your skill set.
7. Be Consistent (And Level Up)
Consistency is the way to go. If you successfully follow the steps above, you will get enough work on Fiverr. The more gigs you complete, the quicker you level up.
Searching quickly for writers on Fiverr will find a few writers on the first page with “Level two” and “Level three” listed on their services. A level two or three designation means that they have consistently been taking jobs on the platform, and it will exemplify your dedication to excellence and trustworthiness.
8. Don’t Forget Your Qualifications
You need to include any certificates relating to the gig type you are listing on the Fiverr platform. For example, I have completed several certifications to improve my writing skills. Perhaps, more importantly, I have an excellent catalog of previous work from reputable customers that I can also showcase.
Every gig has a potential certification that shows you are dedicated. If you have such a document, you can include it in your description. A buyer will look at it and acknowledge your hard work.
Since most people on the platform are freelancers without formal training, this can help you stay ahead of them.
9. Partner With a Top-rated Seller
If you need help to gain traction and need money now, your final option is to reach out to top sellers on the platform. There’s a chance they have too much work and could use help from a subcontractor. It’s a great way to earn money fast, but it won’t help you build your portfolio like the other options. However, it’s worth a try if you’re in a pinch.
How To Get Your First Order on Fiverr
Fiverr is an excellent place for finding paying customers as a freelancer. Maintaining a presence on the site can feel overwhelming, but if you follow the steps outline above, you’ll be ahead of the curve instantly.
Best of luck to you in finding your first paying customer!