How I Made an Extra $61 on Fiverr (and How You can do the Same)

Fiverr is a place where you can do anything you’re willing to do for $5. The idea behind the site is simple, yet it is now considered one of the fun and effective ways to earn extra income in your spare time. Note that you do not receive the full $5 payment, Fiverr gets $1 and you get $4.

Earning $5 is not really a sustainable income, especially if you are living in a western country. But for people in other developing countries or people that must work from home because they are ill or have to look after dependents, Fiverr is a god-send for getting some additional income.

I became a member of Fiverr three months ago. I started just browsing for fun, but I am now making a profitable amount of income from Fiverr in my spare time. Recently, I just withdrew $61 from my Fiverr account. Maybe you feel that the amount is not significant, but if you can have an extra $61 to go shopping for this month for not doing too much work, it’s not a bad idea, right? So, in this practical guide today, I will show you how I made this money.

I won’t go into details about Fiverr since you can sign up for an account and go through process of creating or buying a gig. My post will solely focus on how you can create, promote and monetize a profitable gig.

Plan your Gig

The first step is plan your gig. You have to:

  • Brainstorm one gig that you think people will be interested in hiring you to do.
  • Plan to write a small sales letter to your gig.
  • Plan to find an appropriate image.

Brainstorming your Gig.

Grab a piece of paper and pen and think about some small services you wish someone could do for you or something you would like other people to do for you – for $5. In this step, just close your eyes and write down as many ideas as you can. Try and fill the page. There are heaps of bizarre gigs on Fiverr… so I think any idea is plausible.

For example: Imagine if there was someone who could help me set up a blog, create a video, create a table of contents for my eBook, install WordPress, fix WordPress theme bugs, etc.

Next, start to brainstorm about your abilities, your competitive advantage; what you like to do and most importantly, what can you do fast. Include these items into your list.

Tip: If you don’t know what to write now, go to Fiverr and look on the sidebar where people suggest what they want others to do for them for $5.

Tip: Some of the hot gigs right now is advertising, like Facebook fans, Twitter followers, comment on other blogs, build FBML etc. Some other hot gigs are in video & audio creation, like a voiceover on video,  a podcast, etc.

Evaluate your Gigs

If you can come up with 50 items, that’s awesome. The next step is to evaluate them.

While you can go ahead and create your gig right away, this is the most common mistake that people make on Fiverr. They create gigs without judging the opportunity cost they have to give up doing those gigs and start losing money, and not really making a profit. If you have to work for 10hrs to make $5… then you are definitely on the losing end of the deal.

Think of it like this: If your hourly wage is $15/hour (approximate), will it be profitable for you to create a gig that will take you 2 hours to complete for only $4? In this case, you have lost the amount of $15 x 2 – $4 = $26 if you work on your gig instead of spending your time to do your own work. So, it’s really important to judge your time and evaluate your gig before you create one. Careful planning always helps.

Start to write down how much time will each gig would take you to complete. Remember to add time for communicating and delivering your gig. These additional times should be counted as well.

Then, go to Fiverr and search for the gigs you have written down. Chances are, many people have posted the same gigs before you, so it is important to research how they do their gigs and what aspects you think you can do better than them.

Plan to Write a Small Sales Letter

After you have completed the researching and evaluation of your gigs, the next step is write a small sales letter.

It’s not a good idea to just jump on your keyboard immediately whack out a gig description, because that will never allow you to achieve a high income from Fiverr. It’s best to plan first before writing the actual gig description.

Start with typing a sentence about a problem that your clients will be likely to face or the feeling your clients will have after their problems have been solved.

For instance: “Would you rather spend 4 hours setting up a WordPress blog OR instead breaking free and doing what you want?”

Then, the rest of your sales letter should really focus on what are some of the benefits your service will include. Don’t forget to mention some work examples and some previous testimonials. These tips will make your sales letter stronger than anybody elses.

Plan to get an Image

Besides a catchy title and a sales letter, another element that catches people’s attention is your thumbnail image. Make sure that you don’t just copy an image from Google. Make it different, and make it unique!

For instance: If you offer a service to sing a song, take a picture of you singing. If your gig is related to tech, take a picture of you smiling in front of a bunch of computers. Try to stand out and people will start to notice you.

Making Money from Fiverr

After your gigs have been posted for one week, orders will start to come in. Your first orders on Fiverr are very important because if you do a great job, people will be likely to tip you another gig and they will pass your service around.

While making some money out of Fiverr, I realize that the main source of income isn’t from the site. You must understand that Fiverr is a great place to start introducing your services, but the actual gold is in side projects. When clients start to trust you, they begin to order big projects from you.

For instance: I did Magento installation service on Fiverr. I made small amount on Fiverr, but behind the scenes, one of the clients I worked with gave me a huge project that paid me thousands of dollars. So that initial $5 turned into thousands of dollars of additional income.

Avoiding Fiverr Traps

Fiverr has many traps that if you don’t avoid, you will either lose money, sales or reputation.

The first trap is in the communication system. Fiverr changed how it handles messages recently. It now makes it hard for me to follow up with my clients. So you have to be really careful about this.

The second trap is about canceling gigs. Never cancel a gig by yourself! Even if you can no longer take any orders, email the clients and ask for them to cancel the gigs for you. If you cancel a gig by yourself, you will lose a reputation point. It’s not that fair, but that’s how the system operates.

How can I help you get Started Making Money on Fiverr?

Do you have some questions that you would like to ask me? Don’t hesitate to either comment below or send me a private email using my contact page. I am more than willing to help you get started and be successful and I won’t even charge you $5!

37 Comments

  1. Hi,

    Thanks for sharing this great information. Fiverr is really great.

    I signed up an account on them last 2 days ago and now, I already got 8 orders… That’s really nice right?

    That’s why I am a bit busy on fulfilling my gigs… Another thing to boost your order is to give promo to your clients.

    As for me, I encourage my clients to make 5 orders for 1 order bonus for FREE…

    To our success,
    Felix Albutra

    • I have of course heard of Fiverr. I even went by there once and played around a little bit. It definitely seems like a cool tool. When I am back home in MId- November I am definitely going to play around more with the service, probably mostly one the “buying” end. But I might do something sales wise just to try it out.

      It really seems like a perfect Idea and the price is just. For 5$ is it low enough that if you get a really crappy return you do not feel too “burned”. – Hey it was only 5$- But it is still hjigh enough that if you get enough action it can add up pretty quickly to some decent returns.

      • It really easy to get into Fiverr craze and sometimes, I found people offer complex services for only $5. For instance: service to fix WordPress bugs, Javascript bugs or do programming works. This is surely funny because these services can cost a lot in outsourcing sites like odesk, freelancer, etc. But, people are really like “Oh, let’s create this gig” without judging their opportunity cost. That’s why I believe Fiverr can really benefit us in outsourcing aspect. Don’t you think, Steve?

    • Hey Felix,

      That’s great that you have achieved some success with Fiverr mate :), and the idea about ordering more to get bonus is truly unique. I haven’t seen a lot of people who apply that in real practice. Maybe after you have earned quite an amount of money, you can come back and share with us your experience, will ya?

      • Sure Mike.

        Once I get paid, I will share to you my income report from fiverr. Their service is really very great and many people are asking for more.

        My advice to everybody who will try fiverr as your money making media, to give all your best. Make your first client awe your service and encourage him/her to order.

        Another thing is that, I also please my client to share my quality service to her/his friends.

        – Felix

        • That’s awesome Felix. I think you’re using viral marketing for your services, man. Keep up with the good work :)

  2. Nice write up Mike!

    And kudos on the earnings man – every little bit counts I say!

    I was looking at this for a while – but decided against it – maybe I should go back again huh?

    • Hey Alex,

      I agree that sites like Fiverr should not get you distracted from your main objective which is blogging. I did not spend a lot of time on Fiverr as well as did not have intention to make Fiverr my full income, though :) I just wanted to make some extra, ya know :)

  3. They retain 20% commission. THAT’S HUGE. I mean I make 5 bucks, but they pay me 4 in the end. I’ll play with it a bit, but surely not good enough to base my business on it.

    • lol, yeah Ramona, that sucks, huh?

      There are other sites that clone Fiverr and as far as I know, they don’t collect any money from your gig so that’s absolutely better than Fiverr :)

  4. Hey Mike,

    cool to see that you are making money off off Fiverr. I also created an account there a few months ago and just posted a service but I guess I didn’t turn too much attention to it.

    And what you describe about Fiverr is exactly what I thought it would be like. You offer your service on Fiverr and make a few bucks. But the real money comes from knowing the clients and working for them.

    • Hey Julius,

      You’re absolutely right. There are a lot of people who’re looking for long and stable relationship with outsourcers where they can give orders and wait for orders to be done, so I think that’s definitely cool for freelancers. I think bloggers like us could utilize some services on Fiverr like commenting services. I have seen people who are willing to post 20 comments to your blog so it’s quite helpful for new bloggers to get some engagement in the first days of blogging :)

      Cheers, Julius :)

  5. Hey mike,
    You are relentless ! The good posts just keep coming out.

    I recently read an article about this, and I got a really good idea on how to make money from fiverr, actually the idea was from that post I read( selling banner space for 3 day on one of my websites).

    Also, I found that on fiverr there are freelance writers that can write you an article of 350-400 words about a topic you chose (the provider doing the research about the topic).

    If you know (actually if you read the right sidebar) you can make some good money in a small amount of time without long term engagement.

    P.S. I noticed something weird, I can see many articles about the same subject in a small timeframe.

    • I find it that it’s better if you sell something than doing something :) because selling is fast and easy, so you can make lots of money in a short time. The downside is maybe not a lot of people will be interested in your items :)

      And the last sentence, that’s true :) I have seen few people publish an ebook about how to make thousands of dollars on Fiverr. That’s just ridiculous and funny because until now, I don’t believe anyone be able to make thousands on fiverr in like a day or week or so. Don’t you think?

      • Yes, if you can find something that you can sell (something that can be very cheap to make or even homemade) and start a buzz about it I am sure you can earn a lot of cash. Because people think that is worth 5$ and even if it isn’t it’s just five bucks, in exchange you the seller if you multiply it by 1000.

        It depends, although I think is tough, everything is possible but it should really be something special to do thousands of dollars.

        Oh, I think people will earn more money from ebooks about earning money on fiverr :))

        • In that case, I agree with you that it’s possible. However, there’re still other good sales channels like WarriorForum, where you can make $700 in 3 days from Warrior Special Offers. So, it really depends on what products you sale and how hot they are :)

          Thanks for your comment, buddy. Have a great weekend.

  6. Great post, Mike. I appreciate seeing it mentioned here as I recently started using fiverr myself, mainly to get graphic work done. Originally my plan was never to sell anything as I had this thing that my time was worth more than $4 after fees, but as a marketer when you see other people making money its hard not to jump in! So, like you I decided to focus on doing things that took just minutes (one of my gigs is to build 5 High PR links – literally takes 7 minutes) So far I have 2 gigs, Ive done $32 in revenue in my first 3 days of selling and it takes me 15 minutes or less to complete, which at an hourly rate is $20 or more. Not a bad deal any day

    • Wow, that’s very nice earning right there..here you go Dana, good job :)

      I also have seen people doing this but this niche is more likely to be crowded with so many sellers that every time I search for one, new sellers just keep coming up :)

      And you’re right :) The key is fast turn around time and that gig must not take up a lot of time to do.

      Cheers, Dana :)

  7. Great one mike, i am happy that you are rocking

    • Thanks Praveen, it’s been a long time not seeing you around. How’re you doing?

  8. 61$ might not matter or bother few!
    it mattetrs to me a lot!
    wouls surely join there :)
    thanks a lot MIke!

    • No problem, mate :) Try it and let me know the result 😉

  9. Hey Mike,

    Mike here. One of the problems I found with fiverr is that only offering $5 gigs can be rather limiting to those of us who value the services we would like to offer and don’t think it is worthwhile to offer for only $5.

    There are several other sites out there now that allow you to post gigs for more than $5. One of them I am starting to use is fora20.com which allows me to post gigs for $20 instead of $5. The reason they did this is exactly for the reason I stated above.

    Don’t get me wrong, I still use fiverr, but the services I want to make more money off of I list on fora20.com. Just like fiverr, it is free to sign up and you only pay if you sell a gig.

    Another cool thing is that you can select to have your gig ‘featured’ instead of hoping like you have to on fiverr. FORa20 charges a premium for this service but it is well worth it if you get more gigs sold as a result.

    Thanks for all your valuable info and I hope the info I left is helpful as well.

    ~Mike

    • Hi Mike,

      Thanks for sharing about fora20.com. I am searching for fiverr like websites yesterday but haven’t found a good one. Thanks for this.

      Another great website is zeerk.com. This website is very flexible because instead of pricing your gig for $5 or $20, you can name your price $5, $10, $15, $20, $25.

      You see, very flexible. I will also try your recommendations.

      – Felix

      • It’s true Felix, there are many other Fiverr clones you can use now. Just check out the fora20, too, but not many gigs to shop around :)

  10. I am reading about fiverr for the first time. Seems fun and also some extra money. Thinkinng to try

    • You can try writing service, Kavita :) My friend is able to write an article in about 15 mins and she earns $4 right away. So, an hour can add up to $16, which is not bad for a college student like her. She’s easy to get up to $1000 a month! A must-try service :)

  11. Great article! I can add a little perspective from the buyer side of the Fiverr world. I’ve bought so many gigs I had to set up a spreadsheet to track them. And I’ve dealt with some really outstanding sellers (as well as a few jerks). I’ve put together a WordPress blog to talk about my experiences with the best Fiverr has to offer.: bestoffiverr.com. You’ve created a fantastic resource here — keep up the good work.

    • Thanks Charleen. It’s very nice that someone has set up a blog about Fiverr. I definitely will look at some chances to create several posts over there by guest blogging if I can. Keep up with the good work, Charleen!

  12. Very nice post dear i like this fiverr post

  13. Mike, $61 is absolutely not a small amount, you can pay for hosting for a few months with that money! I am also a Fiverr guy and I have been making some money since last April. The amount I make is not very much as well but any extra income is welcome, right?

    In the past I had canceled some of my orders and now I have some negative feedback just for this. They should change that feature.

    • Hi Nail,

      I absolutely agree with you, man! This feature killed me! Obviously, my account is deactivated now because I have been involved in some Fiverr clone accident that I couldn’t remember. How’s absurd! I hate Fiverr now and I only go there to buy stuff, not selling any more. I have switched to Zeerk which seems to be a nice site recently :)

  14. Hey thanks for the info.

    I have a question, how do you get your gig to be Featured?

  15. Hey Mike!

    Thanks for the article! I enjoyed reading it.. I have a few fiverr gigs and I offer quality service, but I don’t get too many orders. It can be frustrating at times. Can you please tell what are the best ways to promote your fiverr gig and get noticed?

  16. I will definitely give it a try.
    For new blogger like me $61 matters a lot..

  17. Last time i have also made some $ from fivver. Really this is great place to started make some money.