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Side hustles are a great way to add extra income to your main job, but how do you know where to go? I may have the answer, by showing you how to make money on Fiverr.
If you’re like me, this year has been a hard graft to make some extra money. Since quitting my job, I’ve been trying lots of different methods to make some extra cash (all legal – don’t worry).
Some of them worked, and some of them didn’t – but it was all a learning curve. Since this year has been difficult for all of us, I wanted to see what methods people could use, that can lead to a nice income if you work at it.
Well… I may have found one. In this blog – I’ll be showing you how to sell on Fiverr, based on my own experience, and a few tips to start out on Fiverr if you wanted to try it out..
What is Fiverr?
Fiverr is a platform for freelancers to sell their services to other people. At the inception of the website, the draw was, everything was priced at $5 – from logos to video animation.
Things have slightly changed since then, so things can be priced at whatever you like, but a lot of $5 deals are still there – mostly as a shop window to more expensive services.
I’ve known about Fiverr for several years now. In the past, I’ve bought logos, paid someone to help me format my e-book, and to help with my website.
But I’ve never actually thought about selling things myself on there. It’s one of those weird situations, where you know you have skills in different tasks, but question whether people would want them!
Luckily, people buy everything on Fiverr. Whether it’s unboxing videos, logos, spokesperson videos, proofreading, voice overs, singing you a song – you name it, it’s on there. I even saw someone on there as a Tinder coach for $15…
So I decided to try it out, doing one of the things I love the most, which is voice over. After doing a lot of radio interviews, it’s something that I got quite into, but never knew how to get paid for it.
I already had a professional microphone and quiet room in the house – so why not try and sell my voice for money? I set up an account and went to work creating my first listing – known as a ‘gig’.
P.S: If you own a business, be sure to check out my Fiverr Business blog, as it’s a massive help!
How to sell on Fiverr – my journey
After doing a bit of research on the site to see what competitors were charging for a British male voiceover, I went to work creating my first gig.
The average price for voice over was around $5 for 50 words, which is scalable if people had a larger script. I matched it, as my voice might be the style buyers are looking for, so I didn’t want to undercut.
You needed to add a cover photo to draw attention. From looking at other people’s gigs, most had their own face, and a brief outline of what they do. So I did the same thing and created this image on Canva.
After all of the details of my gig were in… I pushed it live. (You can see the gig here).
For the first few days, I nearly completely forgot about it, before receiving a message from a potential customer after 2 days.
It was a big one. A company was looking for a voice over for an E-Learning video and contacted me. It was 4,000 words long (yikes), and they had a budget of £300. I jumped at the chance.
I recorded a demo track of a few lines of their script and anxiously waited if they’d accept. Luckily – they did, meaning once the work was complete – I was already £300 up after just a few days!
I had 5 days to record and deliver a 4,000 word voice over, which I did with good time to spare. It was an amazing few days working with a really nice client, which earned me £300 for a job well done.
They were also nice enough to leave me a full five star review too for my work, and recommending me for anyone else looking for voice over on the site.
Because of this first five star review, it meant I soared up the rankings of the search results (as I’d been tried and tested). My clicks and views on the gig went through the roof, because that great review meant people were more likely to trust me.
And just like that the messages kept coming in. A few days later, a really exciting order came in. A small private airline company in America had bought my gig!
I became the voice over for a promotional video of the airline – which was super exciting! That one paid $65 for 150 words, but it was probably cooler to say that I’d become the voice for an airline video!
A few other smaller jobs came in after that, they were shorter (about 100 words each), but this meant I could turn them around quickly – albeit for less money.
How much did I make on Fiverr?
I started my Fiverr journey about two and a half weeks ago – and through a lot of sheer luck (and then hard work when I got the gigs), I had 5 total orders, with a gross profit of over £370.
Fiverr takes a fee of 20% before you can claim your money, so after fees I made a grand total of £305.51. Not bad at all considering I was talking into a microphone in my spare bedroom.
So will I continue with this? I sure will! I’ve not been going long – and who knows what other cool jobs it could lead to.
Podcast: If you wanted to listen to the whole story – I joined Andy Webb on Cash Chats discussing the whole details.
Tips to start selling on Fiverr
If you’re reading this thinking “I want to get me some of that”, then I don’t blame you at all.
Just as a disclaimer… I can’t guarantee you’ll make the same amount in the short time I did (my first big order was very lucky), but this just shows you, that putting yourself out there means a job like that can fall into your lap.
As I’ve said before, you can literally sell A N Y T H I N G on Fiverr, so if you have a skill in something (or a hobby you want to try out), here’s the chance to do it.
From my short time on there, here are a few tips on how to sell on Fiverr that I’ve learned, which should help you on your way:
No matter what it is you’re selling, you’ll need to do some research on Fiverr beforehand. Find out what people are selling it for, how many people are selling it, and what keywords the top results are using.
That way you can find out if it’s something people are buying, how much competition you have, how to rank and what your price should be.
As a new seller, you can publish up to 5 different gig listings. Make sure you’re using as many of these as possible. You can either do this by posting the same gig with different keywords each time, or do five totally different gigs to broaden your horizons.
As you can see with my page, I set up four different gig listings – 3 of which were voice over and 1 for editing blogs.
The more visible you are when people are searching, the more likely you are to land jobs. This is 100% a buyers market, so you want to be in front of as many of those people as possible.
Fiverr loves videos for your gigs, so if you want the most amount of people to see it, you’ll need to get your face on camera and do a quick explainer video.
I know that might not be what you want to hear, but Fiverr says it gets you 40% more impressions if you have one – so it’s worth it.
When you’re just starting out, having no reviews and being a brand-new seller may put people off from parting with their cash. So it might be an idea to get your friends and family to sign up and purchase your gig, to get you some reviews.
If you give them the money back, then no one will really be out of pocket, and you’ll have a five star review next to your name.
And there we have it! I hope this blog has helped you learn how to sell on Fiverr- and you may even become a super seller soon! I hope I have a few more orders soon – as it’s a nice little side hustle.
If you want to have a go at Fiverr but don’t know what to do a gig on… just search through the menu bars on Fiverr’s website, and see if something fits you.
If you want to make some extra money on top of this – check out how to make money from your spare space.