30 minutes guide to start earning on Fiverr

In my previous post, I have shared on how i make USD48 just testing out on Fiverr. Fiverr is an easy platform for freelancers to get started and to build up their portfolio. You will probably not able to charge a lot at the initial stage with so much competition in the market but Fiverr is an easy platform to get started.

I do not know if you will be able to earn a living on Fiverr. I have not done that but i know you definitely can earn a decent side income from it. In this post, I will be writing a step by step guide to help you get started on Fiverr. It’s free and will take less than 30 minutes to get started!!

Step 1: Creating an account on Fiverr

To get started, you will need to have an account in Fiverr. Here is an invite link from my account. I will get a small credit should you obtain any services from Fiverr but in this case, you will not be buying anything. So go to Fiverr and sign up for your free account.

Once you land on this page, click on the link ‘becomes a seller’ at the top right corner. You will be prompt to fill up your email, username and password. Be sure to choose your best username as that username will be the name that will appear to your potential buyer.

Once you sign up, a link will be sent to your email for activation. Go to your email inbox based on the email you previously used to activate your account.

Once you have successfully activated your account, it is time to move on to the next part of the setting up process.

Step 2: Creating your profile

Your profile is one of the contributing factor to your potential sales. Think about this, whenever you shop online, the one thing you will do is browse through the online store to check if the shop is well established. The more details they have, chances of you buying from that online shop is greater. It applies the same here. Having a complete profile helps build credibility and trust.

From you homepage, hover your mouse over to your username where you will see a drop-down menu. Click on ‘my profile.

Once you click on the link. A page that look like the one below will appear.

There are lots of details that you can fill up. Though it is optional, the more you provide, the better it will be. You can disregard the ‘create a gig’ part for now as that can be done later after you complete your profile.

Updating your profile

  • Photo: It is important to have a photo. As the freelance service is through the net, a photo will help in building trust. Depending on the service you are providing, the type of photos can vary. If you are providing a professional service such as bookkeeping or legal advice, a professional looking photo would be advisable. But a creative and fun looking photo would be amazing if you chose to provide a service which require creativity like logo design.
  • Description: This is where you get to share about yourself. Talk more about what have you been doing, what are your background, your experience you have and how will you help add value to potential seller. Note that this is not the part where you talk about your gig as you can share more on the gig in the gig page later on.
  • Languages: Fiverr attracts clients from all over the world. Updating the list of languages you know will help potential buyer to choose if you are suitable for the job. Even if you know it at the most basic level, state it in your profile as well.
  • Linked accounts: This is optional but you can choose to link your other social media account to Fiverr.
  • Skills: List down all the skills you are good at. HTML? CSS? Programming? Accounting? Photoshop? Microsoft? Whatever it is, list your skills down and state the level of experience you have with it.
  • Education: State the place you obtain your education and the degree you obtained from that university.
  • Certification: Do you have a qualification in any field? If yes, state it down. It helps to build confidence among the buyer.
  • Portfolio: If you have previous portfolio to share, this is the place to do it.

Step 3: Creating your first Gig on Fiverr

You are almost 50% through! Now comes the tough part. Not exactly tough if you know what you plan to do. If you have a gig idea, then get started immediately but if you do not, go to the home page and browse through a list of  other gigs to search for inspiration.

Once you found a gig that you want to sell, go back to the same page you update your profile and click on ‘create a gig’.

It will bring you to this page where you can begin filling up your gig details.

There are a few things you need to fill up. The first part is the name is your gig. Basically, state what service are you trying to provide. Go straight to the point so the potential customer is clear immediately when they see the gig. Here is a dummy gig I have created. In this dummy gig, I will be providing logo design service.

The second part would be the category, this will help your gig to be found when the buyer filter through the category tab.

Third part would be the tags. Tags is what you want to buyer to type in the search box to find your gig. Note that you are not allowed to repeat the same word a multiple times.

Step 3: Pricing your gig

Here comes the tricky part. As a first timer, you will have a tough time figuring out how to price your gig. What I would do is search up for other sellers who are selling the similar service and use it as a benchmark, usually charging slightly lower or increasing the level of service. The latest Fiverr interface allow you to set up your pricing based on 3 packages which is pretty cool.

You can name each of the package with your own name, describe your service, set how long will you take to deliver it, number of revisions, what is included in the package and etc. based on each package.

With that existing service you provide for each package, state the price you would offer to your potential buyer. And here comes the fun part again where you can increase your potential revenue.

If you scroll to the bottom, you will see ‘My Gig Extras’. This is where you can increase your revenue by tweaking and providing add-on options to your potential buyer.

If your gig involves shipping and delivery to your buyer, remember to state if the price they pay includes delivery charges.

Step 3: Communicating your gig to the buyer

You are almost done with the gig creation. This part is where you can describe your gig to your potential customer. Tell them what is your gig all about, what it includes and why they should use your service. In short, make your sale pitch in this section.

You should also identify the potential question that the buyer might ask and address it in this column. This helps to answer certain concerns that the buyer may have. However, you can always opt to add in more FAQs after your first few sales and knowing what are the common questions that the buyer usually ask.

The next part, is to state what is required from the buyer part when they make a purchase to help ease your work. You may request for as much details as you need.

Click save and move on to uploading photos to your landing page. You can also film a video to describe your gig. Videos help increase your chances of getting clients.

Once you are satisfied, you may move on to publishing the gig. But first, you have to complete the verification step. You will need to fill in your phone number but do not worry as it is only used for verification purpose.

Once you are done with that, you may move on to publishing the gig. Congratulations!! You are done creating your very first gig.

Finally, it is time to check out how your gig look like now that you have published it. First, hover over to your username and click on the ‘selling’ label. Then, click on the ‘my gigs’ label.

Click on the Edit button, then select preview.

Here is how your gig will look like to the potential buyer. If you are not satisfied, you can always edit the gig.

Step 3: Getting your first sale

You are done with the technical aspect. The next step would be promoting and getting customers. In the mean time, you can explore the dashboard and familiarize yourself with the platform. When a buyer make an offer for your service, you will be notified. To stay up to date on any new notification, download the Fiverr app to stay up to date.

Waiting for buyer to magically appear will take a very long time especially when you do not have a single review. There are many ways you can get your first sale.

  • Promote your gig to your friends and family
  • Share your gig link on your social media profile (Linkedin and etc)

Those are some of the recommended ways but the best way would be to actively look for potential clients.

For the purpose of illustration, I will be using my actual account instead of a dummy account. Go to the upper right corner of your page and click on ‘selling’ and later click on ‘buyer request’. These are a page that will list down all the requests made by other buyer in your niche. What you can do is look for those within your service range and make a competitive offer.

Conclusion

Depending on the niche you are in, you may either get your first sale real quick or it may take a long time. The first sale is crucial as it will affect your rating so always strive to deliver the best you can.

There are times where you may get sales but you might not like what you do. You may struggle a bit searching for the perfect gig but keep tweaking and trying.

Earning through Fiverr may or may not be for you. I truly believe that Fiverr is a great platform to earn something extra on the side as I have tested it myself. However, I did not proceed with it to work on other gig.

If you have any questions about getting started on Fiverr, let me know in the comment below. I’ll try to help on areas I am familiar with. 

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