How to Start a Sidehustle on Fiverr

What exactly is Fiverr, and can you start a sidehustle on the site? Fiverr started as an online platform where you could buy and sell different services for the low price of $5 (hence the name), but has evolved into a powerful platform for freelancers. From movie editing, to copywriting, to graphic design, Fiverr is the place to be when you’re starting a side hustle. In this blog post I will tell you how I started using the platform, how it’s been great for lead generation, and how you can start using the platform too.

Getting Started

I started on Fiverr after losing my job last year, and it’s been a great platform for getting clients for my online marketing business. Setting up your Fiverr account is super simple and you can even use my link to sign up and we both get a bonus once you land your first gig. Simply hit “join” and you are on your way to building your profile! Make sure you choose a nice, professional username that will represent you and your personal brand. In your description you can introduce yourself and what makes you qualified to sell on Fiverr. Make sure you take this seriously and fill this in, because this will add to your credibility as a seller and set you apart from others. Remember, there are thousands of sellers on the platform, so you want to make sure you stand out.

In addition to your seller profile, you need to set up your gigs. Gigs are the skills that you are offering to potential buyers, and they are the most important part of your seller profile.

Deciding on What Gigs to Offer

While setting up your account wont take long, figuring out what you actually want to sell can be tricky. The way the platform works is that you set up “gigs,” which are the jobs that you can do. You can have up to five active gigs at a time, so think about what you would actually like to do. I would highly recommend you take a look at what other people are selling within your field to get some inspiration for what you might want to sell and how much you should charge.

Think about what you will enjoy doing and focus your gigs around that. Don’t create any gigs that you don’t want to do, because you will not be motivated to put in the effort.

In addition to figuring out what you like to do, you need to think about what potential buyers search for. Make sure that you are using the right keywords in your titles to get found when people are searching. Similarly, you need to add a detailed description of what you will do as part of your gig. This is the gig description of my social media manager gig:

Notice how I am very specific about what I will do as part of the gig? I am also presenting myself in a friendly, professional manner, which sets me apart from other sellers. Finally, I am using a number of keywords that are related to social media marketing to highlight what I am talking about. Again, I cannot stress enough how important it is that you look at the other sellers when you are setting up your gigs. This way you can truly get a sense of what (and what not) to do in your niche!

But I Don’t Know What My Skills Are!

If you don’t know what you would like to do for your side hustle, or if you feel like you don’t have any marketable skills, don’t worry! There are definitely some things that you can do to start earning some cash on the side. For example, I recently consulted a group of women on how to start freelancing and I told them about Fiverr and presented my gigs. One woman was shocked that people will pay money for blogging because she assumed that someone within a company would already be doing this. But it is very important to remember that businesses are BUSY, especially right now, so they are looking to outsource tasks that they don’t have the capacity to do. It doesn’t matter if you would pay someone for this, but rather that someone would.

Some ideas for gigs that you can try include:

  • Virtual assisting
  • Data entry and file organization
  • Blogging and article writing
  • Conducting competitor analyses
  • Designing powerpoint presentations
  • Proofreading papers or online tutoring
  • Designing social media graphics using Canva*

People will pay for anything, you just need to figure out how to set yourself apart.

Landing Your First Gig

One thing that can be tricky about Fiverr is landing gigs consistently, and it’s especially hard to land your first gig. Think about it, your profile doesn’t have any reviews yet, so potential buyers don’t know what they can expect. In the beginning, you will need to dedicate some time to working on your profile and exploring the “Buyer Requests” section.

The “Buyer Requests” are basically where potential buyers will list a project where they need help and ask sellers to submit themselves for consideration. These are filtered based on the gigs that you have listed, so if you are a graphic designer you will not see requests for blogging, unless you have that listed as an additional gig. The buyer may receive a lot of submissions so it is important that you show your personality and enthusiasm to work on their project. Send them a personalized message and highlight how you will benefit their project to stand out from the crowd.

While I definitely believe it is important to know your worth, I also think that landing your first gig can be tricky so you may want to low-ball your prices a little bit. Not a lot, but just a bit. Most often, the request will say their budget, so I would keep this in mind and stick to something that is below their budget. If their budget is $75, maybe you want to offer $60-65.

The “Buyer Requests” can be a hit or miss, but it is just a necessary evil when you are growing your account. I have a theory that Fiverr knows how much effort you are putting in and that this affects the algorithm of how you are ranked when potential buyers are searching for gigs, but like I said, this is just a theory. I have sent out a LOT of these requests and have gotten maybe 20% of the gigs, with many of these becoming repeat purchases, so I think it is definitely worth the effort. Depending on where you live, you may also want to keep an eye on when there are the most requests available. Downloading the Fiverr app makes it easy to check the requests periodically throughout the day, and you will start to realize when the busiest times are.

Maintaining Your Profile

So you’ve landed your first gigs and you are actively submitting requests every day, what’s next? In my experience, the more requests that I submitted, the more messages I got from different buyers looking for services, not just those I submitted a request to. After about a month, and maybe 3-5 completed gigs, my profile really took off and I was able to make a decent living on the platform. My most expensive gig, the monthly social media manager gig which at the time was $250, became the most popular and I was able to establish clients outside of Fiverr. Now, I have a number of steady clients that I first met on Fiverr, who I invoice directly every month. While my beginning earnings were low (about $150 the first month), I found that this quickly increased during the next month and I was able to complete the first level within the first three months of selling on the platform. While you may be discouraged in the beginning, just continue putting in the effort every day and you will see results.

Is Fiverr a Legit Side Hustle?

I truly believe that Fiverr is a great side hustle. While it does take some initial investment, and it definitely won’t make you rich over night, there is a lot of potential on this platform. It is completely free to use (compared to platforms like Upwork), but the fees are quite high. To me, it is still worth it though because the platform enables you to connect with buyers from all around the world and you can use it as a launchpad to build your freelance career.

If you have gotten this far and would like to try Fiverr, you can sign up using my referral link which will give us both up to $100 when you sell your first gig. If you have any questions or tips that have helped you optimize your Fiverr account, feel free to leave them in the comments below! If you are looking for other ideas for sidehustles, check out my other blog post on the topic.

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