Business Ideas: Making Money On Fiverr

Image of LampsSome of us can’t fall asleep at night because our minds are racing. We’re brimming over with new business ideas and get frustrated that we don’t have enough time to follow through with all of them.

Then there are those among us that can’t seem to gain any momentum when it comes to business. You know you want to start something but you don’t know what or how.

Oh and you’re probably your own worst enemy shooting down all of the ideas that you have.

Let me help you with this right here.

This blog series “Business Ideas” is a new feature I’m rolling out to deliver online business ideas. It’s up to you to expand on them and apply your effort and strategy.

Some of them may work best online and others will work to complement a brick-and-mortar business. I’ll try to mix it up for everyone.

Truth be told, I can’t guarantee that these ideas will make you self-employed, afford you a yacht, and have you living your dreams within 30 days right out-of-the-box. The purpose is to open conversation, get your creative juices flowing, and inspire you to start or grow your business using my ideas.

Your support and interest will determine how long this feature runs ;)

But I invite you to take the concepts in this series as seed-starters; nourish these ideas with your efforts and I encourage you to improve upon them. All I ask is that you come back here to share your experiences of your venture as it flourishes. Fair enough?

Remember, I’m not completely fleshing these ideas out and in most cases I’m probably not executing on them.

(C’mon, cut me some slack, there are only so many hours in the day for me to experiment with new business models.)

But my hopes are you’ll find inspiration from what I share with you. I feel that for now It’ll be payment enough for me knowing someone found a gem here and took action.

Business Ideas – Use Fiverr

Today’s business idea is based on the website Fiverr.com which, as far as I can tell, started in early 2010. The whole idea behind Fiverr is ordering or offering gigs (small jobs) for $5 each.

Want someone to create a video testimonial for your site? People on Fiverr will do it for five bucks. Need some voice over work done for a podcast intro? You’ll find a willing voice at Fiverr.

You can even find people willing to convince their Facebook friends or Twitter followers to “like” and follow you. You name it and there’s someone offering it. The following goes over some of the initial details of joining Fiverr and then I suggest a few ways to rock your promotion and how to scale this concept.

Here’s an overview of the service in Fiverr’s flashy image fashion:

Image of Fiverr Buy and Sell Table

Fiverr Idea – The Phases

Phase 1:  Starting Out
You have to register a free account with Fiverr. It’s easy and only takes a few minutes with email sign-up. You’ll click through the routine email confirmation link that’s sent to you and then you’re free to browse around and post gigs.

Before you jump right into creating a gig; take a few moments to search the main categories on the right sidebar. Then sort by Popularity to get an idea of gigs with the highest activity. From there you’ll see the hottest gigs and can start brainstorming how you’ll improve on them. If you have a keen eye you may even find a gap in the market to fill.

It’s only $5 per gig but money is money (actually, you net $4 after Fiverr takes their cut). Be forewarned that people still complain or leave negative feedback if you half-ass the gig so take it seriously.

Even though there aren’t big dollars at stake you need to be professional, over-deliver, and complete your gig on time. Your reputation in the Fiverr community depends on it. Want future business? Then treat your clients like they paid you $500 instead of $5; everybody wins this way.

You can customize your profile description, upload an image, then save it:

Image of Fiverr Profile Panel

Do you have a knack for writing cover letters for resumés? Try offering a service of writing them for others. Are you savvy with writing code for websites? Maybe you can churn out neat tables, widgets, or “share this post” boxes for business or personal bloggers.

Are you a musician looking for more exposure? Try recording a snazzy jingle or a powerful intro for someone’s podcast or vlog. Maybe you’re a “foodie” and can offer tourists day plans to hit all the great diners, cafés, or fine dining establishments in your city. You could do all of the above if you feel so inclined.

Consider where your skills and market demand intersect. Keep this in mind as you do the category searching and sorting I previously suggested. Then click “Start Selling” from your dash panel to the upper right (once you’re logged in).

Image of Fiverr User Panel

Phase 2:  Create A Gig
The Start Selling option will take you to the gig creation page pictured below:

Image of Fiverr Create a Gig Page

Click through the “Create First Gig.” Compose the headline of what you’ll do for $5 and treat this like gold. Great headlines get more clicks! Choose your Category from the drop-down, and then be thorough about describing your gig. Add any special instructions to the Buyer in the box provided.

Image of Fiverr Selling Page

Be advised that you’ll have to enter at least 3 tags (shown below) in the box provided or the form submission will fail. Enter the number of days it will take for you to complete your gig then upload an image to represent your listing (perhaps use a sleek icon or image to draw attention). Select shipping costs, if any, and then Save your gig.

Image of Fiverr Selling Page

Phase 3:  Promote and Scale
If you want to boost your feedback, try legitimately recruiting someone from a forum or a social media connection you have. Ask them to order a gig from you on Fiverr and then ask them to leave you the appropriate feedback.

In compliance with Fiverr’s terms of service, even if you know the person that ordered your gig, you can only contact buyers about your gig through the Fiverr messaging system. So if a buddy on Facebook decides to order your gig, limit your correspondence about it to Fiverr’s system.

You can see the feedback rating is shown under the gig headline in the final listing:

Image of Fiverr Gig Listing

Pro Tip: It’s easier to trust someone with a couple positive feedback under their belt than someone showing goose eggs. So be quick, creative, and ethical about increasing your positive feedback at the start.

If you’re going to make a go of it you may as well promote your user profile on a website. It’s up to you how much content you’re going to publish on the site (I’d recommend using WordPress on a self-hosted domain) but I’d write up a few short articles about what you offer.

Do all the baseline things you’d do for a normal site; About Page, Contact Page, blog, and (if possible) display some of your previous work in a photo gallery.

Try establishing Facebook and Twitter accounts specific to this project. I’d advise against using your personal accounts because it’s a lot easier to keep things organized if you dedicate channels to this.

Then write articles that are relevant to your gigs on Fiverr. You can submit these to article directories such as EzineArticles, ArticlesBase, and Buzzle to build backlinks to your WordPress site (which will then direct traffic to your current gigs).

The reason you’d build article backlinks to your WordPress site is because you should already have plans to sell higher ticket items in the future. So the article marketing and blogging being done now to help land you those $5 gigs will pull double-duty by also building up your “hub” on a WordPress site.

Don’t want to go through the trouble of registering a domain for this project? Maybe you’re just in it for the quick $4 result? Then consider using the free WordPress.com platform and let them host your site and you can link out to Fiverr from there.

Keep in mind that Fiverr’s TOS enforces an anonymous buyer/seller environment. So if you do find out a client’s personal information, you’ll probably want to avoid name-dropping later.

This business idea is ideal for:

  • Fast pocket cash
  • Gaining momentum doing something (instead of watching the world pass you by) and
  • Scaling this into higher-paying gigs while gaining experience along the way

Your Feedback

Now I’ll turn it over to you. What do you think? Could you modify this to make it work for you and what would those modifications be?

13 Responses to Business Ideas: Making Money On Fiverr
  1. Marcus Sheridan-The Sales Lion
    February 20, 2011 | 11:42 pm

    Jon, this was awesome man, seriously. I’ve been hearing so much about fiverr around the web as people have been writing articles about its services, but I haven’t seen one do such a great step-by-step guide to getting started like you’ve done here. You really broke and down and made it easy to follow. Well done my friend.

    Marcus

    • Jon
      February 21, 2011 | 9:05 pm

      Thanks, Marcus. I plan to be a bit more granular in detail going forward with these business ideas. Your input is always appreciated!

  2. Charleen Larson
    February 25, 2011 | 8:34 am

    Great article on Fiverr, one of my favorite sites! I buy and sell there. If you do a followup post, you might want to mention that it is really difficult for new sellers to get their gigs seen after the first week or so. Sellers need to develop some creative promotional skills to make their offerings stand out. And if you learn any secrets to making a gig Featured, please share them — many will be grateful!

    • Jon
      February 27, 2011 | 8:27 am

      That’s a great heads-up and fuel for a future post; thank you, Charleen. I’m glad a regular user of Fiverr shed some light here!

  3. Orator
    February 27, 2011 | 5:18 pm

    It was quite a shock to see my gig in this post, but anyway I would like to thank you for the blog post here. It really is an in-depth overview of how to use Fiverr, and is great for newbies.

    • Jon
      February 28, 2011 | 7:43 pm

      Thanks for stopping by and you’re welcome!

  4. Marlee
    March 11, 2011 | 8:21 pm

    Hey Jon,

    Way to go above and beyond. This must have taken some serious time! I’ll be referencing this post in the future!

    • Jon
      March 12, 2011 | 11:04 am

      Thanks, Marlee! There’s just something I like about writing this series. It’ll evolve and regardless of people implementing it the series will serve as an archive of my ideas to reflect back on. I may try one or two as a case study as time permits.

  5. Nikoya
    March 12, 2011 | 1:02 pm

    Very detailed instructional Jon! I just joined the site a few minutes ago. I am very curious to see how it works out for me. You are the 3rd person that I have seen write about this site, and you answered many questions. It seems like a pretty cool way to promote your business while making a few bucks!

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  8. Tito
    June 8, 2011 | 12:06 am

    Great article Jon,
    I use Fiverr as a buyer, and I’m very happy with the results. I wanted to ask you for your feedback though about other sites. I found a list of fiverr clones like uphype, gigbucks, etc. and other that are not clones, but have a similar idea, like peoplestox (http://www.peoplestox.com). I found many of the fiverr sellers in these other sites, and they seem to have found a way to offer a wider range of services at different prices, for a different audience.

    Have you looked into those? Do you have any recommendations about them? Pros/Cons?

    Thanks,

  9. Dan
    February 1, 2012 | 4:40 am

    Fiverr is certainly a great spot for earning some quick cash online by selling your knowledge and skills. Be sure to deliver high quality gigs to earn great reviews and bring in more clients.

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