The Guide to Generating Enough On Fiverr to Pay for Your Vacations
I started out making $15/week on Fiverr. Here’s how it now pays for my vacations; with very little time required.
I can’t tell you how I found out about Fiverr, or how I ended up on it, but I recognized it as an established place to offer services and goods online about five years ago. I wanted to find out if this was a way to make some extra “spending money” on the side.
While I posted my first gig on there about five years ago, I’ve been using it consistently only for the past couple years.
My first gig was writing 300 words for $5. Since then this has become 100 words for $5.
Let’s talk about how I went from $15 per week to $200 each week; enough to pay for my vacations and tech toys.
I set up my profile, and decided on a gig that I could fulfill remotely. No matter where I was, or what time it was when an order came in, I wanted to be able to fulfill it with my Macbook Air or iPhone without worry.
So pushing copywriting gigs on Fiverr made sense to me.
I went an entire week without an order and thought “this doesn’t make sense”.
I looked at other copywriting gigs on Fiverr similar to mine (but were successful), and compared the title of their gigs, the profile pictures they used, the sales copy they used and anything else I could learn from to ensure that when someone did landed on my gig, they would want to order it.
I added bonus orders to my gig like 5 creative slogans for $5, or proofread your existing copy for $5.
You MUST add photos, and a VIDEO always wins. You can double your traffic simply by having a 10 second intro video as your gig cover. Videos and photos will make you stick out of the crowd. You’d be surprised how many people don’t do this considering how effective it can be when trying to get orders. New gigs almost never use videos; so you should.
After making some tweaks to my gig, I then discovered the “Buyers Requests” page on Fiverr.
If you are new to Fiverr, chances are you don’t have any reviews for people to judge you on, meaning you are asking everyone to “take a chance” with you. Also, if you don’t have many previous orders, you are probably not on Fiverr’s radar just yet, so you’re getting very little exposure if any on their website.
I decided if people can’t find me, maybe there’s a way I could reach out to potential buyers looking for my services. That’s where Fiverr’s “Buyer’s Requests” came handy.
I began going through every request similar to what I was offering, each day, every day, and replied to every single one, personally (no template).
I began getting more than a few back each week. Got a bunch of 5 star ratings under my profile. Some of these orders turned into repeat customers on Fiverr, and my profile began building a repertoire of positive reviews.
This was the beginning of the snowball rolling.
Simplify your gig. Add more gigs.
I read somewhere that simplifying your gig, and perhaps taking some of that spillage into posting additional gigs under your profile can help your visibility and increase your revenue.
So that’s what I did. I took my bonus side order stuff that you could add on to my initial 300 word gig , and made them their own gigs.
For example, 5 slogans for $5 became its own gig with its own side orders like “get 100 words of copy for an additional $5".
Use Fiverr as “trial” and gateway to your real services.
Even though my orders were beginning to come in more frequently, I recognized it was nothing that I could ever live off of, but i thought it could be a great and cheap way for people to try me out before ordering my big copywriting packages of 500 words and more.
I began to advertise my Fiverr profile and gigs on my website and Facebook profile, and twitter, Instagram etc, as a way for people to try out my copywriting for themselves for only $5 before discussing and committing to a full copywriting package.
Majority of the orders I get for my full copywriting packages starting at $100 are prior Fiverr customers.
Ask for reviews. Go up Fiverr’s levels.
Moving up through Fiverr’s levels can turn into a huge boost for your gigs. People pay attention to whether you have a level badge at all (displayed on your profile and profile photo), or you’re level 1, level 2, or a “Top Rated Seller”.
Fiverr actually states that by become Level 1, your gigs will show up higher in search results, and will be shown in various email promotions as well, resulting in up to 2.5x more traffic to your profile.
To get to Level 1 you need the following:
- 30 days active on Fiverr
- Completed at least 10 individual orders
- Maintain a 4 star rating and above
- Have a low cancellation rate
Now if you make it to Level 2, which is where I am, Fiverr says you can get up to 5x more traffic than someone who isn’t on a level just yet, and 2x than level 1 sellers.
The biggest advantage of being level 2 is getting exposure on their homepage, and subcategory homepages. On the first day of finally making to their homepage, I received 27 orders within 24 hours. This is where the momentum really begins to build.
To get the Level 2 you need the following:
- Completed at least 50 individual orders in two consecutive months
- Maintain a 4.5 star rating or above
- Have a low cancellation rate
Now, the next level is what Fiverr calls a “Top Rated Seller”. These are sellers Fiverr hand selects in a manual process. You can expect up to 15x more traffic than a non seller, and being featured on homepage, social media campaigns, emails etc.
Before you can even be considered a “Top Rated Seller” by Fiver you need the following prerequisites:
- Maintain a high star rating (4.7–5 star rating)
- Exceptional customer care
- Have a low cancellation rate
- Community leadership
- Volume of sales
However, having all of the above doesn’t guarantee you’ll be selected. I’m still waiting for the call, but in the mean time, you can still may some great side cash flow.
Be transparent about what you can and can’t do. Communicate.
The best way to avoid a negative review, which you really really don’t wan’t, is to communicate. I have just one negative review, and it’s for work I said I couldn’t do and gave a refund as well. So the guy paid nothing, and left a one star review. You need more 5 stars to make up for that.
It took me 30 five star ratings to get me back to 97% from 96%. So you really want to do all you can to communicate whether you can do what they are asking, whether you understanding what they want, whether it will be late or not (always better to try to mutually cancel upfront if you can’t do it then to get a negative review later on).
Or even better, extend the time you say it will take to complete any of your gigs. Fiverr can penalize you for to many cancelled orders.
Show gratitude. Ask for a review.
Many of my customers who love their work, don’t review. You can actually view how many people just haven’t rated you yet.
To make sure you get a review from everyone, and hopefully a positive review, I’ve use these few sentences while deliver each and every one of my orders:
Thank you very much for your order. Attached is your copy. If you have any questions at all before leaving a positive review, please let me know and I’ll address your concerns right away.
- show you are thankful for your order
- Reassure them that if they don’t like what you’ve delivered you will address any concerns right away
- Help prevent negative reviews
- Encourage a positive review
Feel free to use it for your gig deliveries.
This is relatively new in Fiverr, but it is AMAZING. Finally, I can offer my full fledged copywriting packages right on Fiverr, with more exposure than most people would get by simply having their services on their website like everyone else.
While I don’t believe it has been rolled out to every category of services on Fiverr, for a lot of them, you can now add packages to your Fiverr profile, and you know what? They don’t have to be $5!
So here’s what you do..
You create a bunch of $5 “intro or trial gigs”. You also create your big packages on there as well. For anyone inquiring about any of your services, always tell them they can try you out for $5 first before looking at your premium packages.
Also, always offer a satisfaction guarantee. I make it very clear in all my gigs that if you are not happy with the work, I’ll either do it again or I will give you your money back, no problem.
Over the past 5 years, I have only had to refund someone their money back twice because they weren’t happy. But I can guarantee that many people have ordered because of that sense of peace of mind and no risk that I’m offering them. So DO IT!
In a nutshell:
- Keep your gigs simple
- Create add ons for your gigs
- Make your add ons their own gigs as well
- Use a video as your cover for your gig.
- Answer to Buyer Requests to get the ball rolling and get orders.
- Over communicate. “Thank you for your order”. “I’ll get started on this right away”.
- Be transparent. If you can’t do something, tell them upfront.
- Move up Fiverr levels.
- Be consistently good. Don’t let anything slip.
- Show gratitude. Ask for a review.
- Avoid negative reviews by letting them know you will address any concerns right away.
- Offer a money back guarantee. Create peace of mind.
- Build Fiverr packages.
- Use your cheaper Fiverr gigs as gateways or trials to your premium services.