How to Make Money on Fiverr

Fiverr can be a pretty great way of making some extra money, although it might take some time until you become well-known as a seller. 

In today’s article, we’re looking at how you can make money on Fiverr from selling your skills and services to being an instructor and affiliate marketer. 

How to make money with Fiverr

Starting out

Creating an account on Fiverr is completely free. What you should do is just click the ‘sign up’ button, fill out whatever info they request, and then create a basic public profile. 

The best piece of advice that we have for you when it comes to creating your account is that you should never leave it blank. People need to know what skills you have, so you should use keywords as if you were to optimize a text that you’d write for your own website.

If you have no idea about how you can make your profile more appealing to potential buyers, a good idea would be for you to first do a little browsing through Fiverr, find out some of the best gigs and look at the profiles of the people who sell them. 

You can do this even before setting up your profile or creating your account so that you have a good idea of what information you should include there. 

How much does Fiverr take?

What percentage does Fiverr take? Since this is a pretty general question, we’re going to answer it also for the buyers, but for the sellers, too. 

If you’ve ever bought a service from Fiverr before and it was under $20, you might have noticed that the processing fee is pretty low, somewhere around $1. The fee does increase in case you’ve purchased a more expensive gig, and it can get up to 20% of the entire value. 

Sellers are also charged a fee whenever they sell a gig, and the standard is 20% in their case, too. 

How to make money on Fiverr with or without skills

If you’ve been working in the online media industry for a while, surely there are a lot of services that you can offer and they can range from copywriting to SEO and everything else. 

But if you have no skills right now, there are some things that you can still offer to people. One good example is using Canva to get rid of watermarks or improve people’s photos. 

Without further ado, here are some of the ways you can use Fiverr to supplement your income every month. 

SELLER

Writing 

If you’re a native English speaker or if your English writing skills are on par, there’s definitely money to be made on Fiverr. 

The trouble with this niche is that it is quite competitive. Naturally, native English speakers also ask for higher fees, but when you are starting out, you want people to pick you for your budget-friendly gigs, too. 

While it might seem counterproductive to work for $100 for a whole week (of course, on the side), you might have to do it in order to receive positive reviews. 

Here are some writing services that you can sell on this platform:

  • Blogging
  • SEO writing
  • Newsletters
  • Translation
  • Copywriting
  • Press releases
  • Product descriptions for affiliate websites or Amazon
  • Writing guest posts

Proofreading and editing

This one might also be a tad complicated for people who aren’t native speakers of a certain language. However, we’d like to note that English is not the only language you can use on this platform.

For example, if you live in Germany or the Netherlands, you can offer translation and proofreading services to people looking to sell their products in these countries. 

More ‘exotic’ languages work even better and you will be able to charge your customers a bit more. Unfortunately, most folks don’t respond well to you suddenly increasing the price of your services, and you will have to accept low bids at first to get enough positive reviews to stand out from the crowd. 

Graphic Design

The sky’s the limit when it comes to what graphic design services you can offer on Fiverr. You can create custom logo designs, infographics, branding kits, and even book covers. 

Here are several more examples of what you might be able to sell if you know how to use the standard tools and software that a graphic designer might require:

  • Designing shirts and clothes (apparel)
  • Brochures
  • Social media graphics (this can be very easy using Canva)
  • Business cards

SEO services

Since this is an SEO blog, you’ll come across a variety of resources that you can use to brush up your skills, from a technical SEO guide that we have published in the past to tips on getting more links for your website. 

Learning SEO does take time, so if you want to start selling on Fiverr fast, we suggest learning some basic skills and adding several more to the set as you grow. 

Here are several examples of SEO services that you can provide to potential buyers:

  • Keyword research (although this would call for an Ahrefs or SEMRush subscription)
  • Setting up SEO plugins
  • Running content through tools like Surfer to give indications as to how those pieces can be optimized
  • On-page optimization
  • Building links through outreach and other means
  • Actually selling links or contact emails (as shady as this might seem) 
  • Anything related to technical SEO 

Marketing 

If you know a bit of digital marketing, you can definitely make use of that knowledge to get yourself some spare cash using Fiverr. 

The trick is that some of the services that we are going to mention below are more or less advanced, so you will have to continuously learn how you can improve your skills. 

  • Social media management
  • Influencer marketing
  • Creating custom marketing strategies
  • Designing landing pages
  • Creating ad campaigns for social media and search engines
  • Promoting brands through your own social accounts (if you have a huge following on Instagram, you can recommend brands there)

WordPress services

WordPress is by far the largest and most used content management system in the world and it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. 

If you already have a blog or affiliate website yourself, you’ve probably learned the platform enough so that you can instruct or advise other people, too. 

Also, there are a lot of themes, plugins, and WordPress features that site owners might need, but do not have the skills to work with them. 

Here are several examples of WordPress services you can sell on Fiverr:

  • Setting up a WordPress website (including installing it)
  • Working with themes and plugins
  • Designing a site using page builders
  • Creating opt-in or contact forms
  • Adding specific sale plugins, buttons, and anything else that an affiliate or eCommerce website might need
  • Integration with newsletter or email subscription providers 
  • Creating landing pages

Video services

If you have grown a YouTube channel and it’s becoming quite successful, you can use it as a means of showing off your editing skills. 

You wouldn’t believe how needed video editing services really are, especially for people who have zero experience using even basic tools such as iMovie. 

You can create videos using free or cheap stock footage (available on Pixabay and many other websites), which basically means that you aren’t going to be paying a single cent for the actual material — you will merely edit it and then sell it. 

As for the types of videos that you can sell on Fiverr, they can range from social videos, testimonials, or intros, to documentaries and teasers. 

Virtual Assistance

Even though Fiverr might not necessarily be the best place to become a virtual assistant, the truth is that it is pretty easy to use and you can see some success with it. 

The best thing about being a VA is that you can perform a lot of activities and sell a number of different things. One day you might help someone with recruiting new employees and another you could be answering their emails and organizing their calendar for the upcoming week. 

Here are some other examples:

  • Responding to comments
  • Commenting on forums
  • Data entry
  • Online research
  • Training and hiring new people 

Voiceover work 

Whether you’re capable of throwing out different voices or you are just the native speaker of a certain language, there’s a lot to sell on Fiverr in this respect. 

You don’t have to be a voice actor to make a bit of cash on this platform, but you do have to speak a language fluently. You will also require a good enough microphone as well as recording software. 

Believe it or not, lots of Fiverr sellers that do this actually use their iPhones for recording, so you don’t have to purchase really expensive equipment for this. Once you’re done, you deliver the files to your buyer and that’s it. 

Web development

We left this toward the end of the list as it is perhaps the most complicated skill that you can sell on Fiverr. Not all people have decent knowledge of various programming languages. 

However, if you are lucky enough to have learned at least one and you know your way around code, in general, there’s definitely money to be made. 

Granted, there are other platforms that could be better for you, particularly if your skills are pretty good, such as Upwork and others where you can make more money. All of these other platforms charge pretty much the same as Fiverr, meaning 20%, but the value of the projects is typically higher, so at least you’ll make more. 

How much money can you make on Fiverr?

It all depends on how much time and effort you put into selling on Fiverr. If you begin with $5 gigs just to collect several favorable reviews, you will be effectively making $4 per gig. 

That is definitely too low for someone who wants to make an income online, but you should think of it this way — if you work just one hour a day for a month, you’ll make $80, but the money doesn’t matter as much as your reputation. 

Those will be 20 favorable reviews that you will acquire and they will definitely increase your chances of getting other gigs, right? It might take several months until you can start selling your services for more decent money, but if you do this on the side, you’ll not fully depend on your Fiverr account. 

It’s said that some sellers can make as much as $10K per month on Fiverr, but you should also consider that they might be around the platform for years and years, might have worked with a lot of buyers before, and might also offer highly advanced services. 

INSTRUCTOR

Fiverr now has a different sub-platform which is an e-learning place. If you’re highly skilled in something, you can teach other people. 

You can always apply and become an instructor and get people to buy your courses. The only issue we’ve found in this sense is that Fiverr doesn’t really disclose how much it takes for each sale, but it’s assumed that you’ll get around 50 to 70% of the sales. 

However, we’d like to note that some other places, such as Udemy or Skillshare, might be able to remunerate you better. At least they might be worth looking into for comparison purposes.  

AFFILIATE MARKETER

If you have a blog where you write about affiliate marketing, making money online, productivity, and how people can brush up their online skills, the Fiverr affiliate program might be worth considering. 

We’ve written an extensive article on it in the past, so you might want to read it so as to understand its pros and cons and commissions you can expect. We’d like to note that the payment threshold is $100, as is the case with many other affiliate programs out there. 

Is making money on Fiverr worth it?

It all depends on what you are looking to achieve by doing this and the amount of patience you are equipped with. 

As previously mentioned, it takes time to build a reputation on Fiverr and while you might be able to use some tricks to get at least 2 to 3 positive reviews in the beginning (such as asking your friends to purchase your gigs and review them), you’ll have to put in a lot more time and effort into everything. 

Given the money that you can make at the beginning of your journey as a Fiverr seller, we’d like to advise you to look at it as a potential way of making money besides your main job. 

Depending on the country you live in, $100 or $200 per month might not be enough. Also, do consider that if you already have decent skills in one of the fields we’ve mentioned, you can use better freelance websites, where you might be able to make more. 

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Craig Campbell

I am a Glasgow based SEO expert who has been doing SEO for 18 years.

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