When I told you about losing my job, I promised when I found ways to make money online that I would share it with all of you so you could start doing the same. I read in mental health communities how tough it was for people with bipolar to find workand/or keep a steady job. Well, here’s a great alternative you should consider, which allows you to work from home and earn decent money.
I’ve been trying new things online to make money because I lost my job last week. I decided to try a freelance network called Fiverr.com. I’ve had an account on Fiverr for a while, but never really set it up until I lost my job. Fiverr is free to join, so you should check it out. Even if you have a full-time job, it’s a great way to earn extra money without the added stress because you set your own hours, deadlines, and price.
Here’s how it works. The platform connects buyers who need online work done with sellers who can do it for them. Some gigs includes writing content, designing websites, doing small coding projects, transcribing video, creating a logo design, creating audio and video editing. You can pretty much post anything into one of these categories, and set a maximum price of $5.00. The cool thing is once you’ve built your reputation after working on a few projects, you’ll be able to add gig extras, allowing you to make more money.
My Fiverr Plan
For 7+ years, I’ve been a blogger and have been writing content for myself and others in different niches. I’m good at researching, so can pretty much write about anything. I decided to sell my skills on Fiverr and offer a content writing gig.
Before setting up an account on Fiverr, here’s something to think about –
What are you passionate about? And what skills to you have? Remember, on Fiverr people are selling their skills like writing, designing, researching, editing, etc. There are a lot of categories, so head over to their website and view what kinds of gigs others have posted to get a feel for it.
For you to make money on Fiverr, you’ll need to be able to sell your knowledge and skills. But, the good news is you have so many options, and some things you can learn like writing content, designing logos, or even setting up someone’s Facebook or Instagram account.
I’ll provide resources later where you can learn how to become a freelance writer (that’s my skill :)).
Here’s my Fiverr account to you can get a sense of how this platform works:
Income Earned from Fiverr (February 14, 2017 – February 21, 2017)
1) This is money which I can withdraw to my PayPal account –
2) These are the orders that are completed and cleared.
3) These orders are completed, but the income is still pending. When you complete a project, you have to wait 2 weeks before the money is cleared for withdrawal.
Now that you’re ready to get started on Fiverr.com, you can follow my blueprint…
Registering an Account
Head over to Fiverr.com, and click “Join” on the top right hand corner –
On the next screen, you’ll enter your email address, then hit continue. You’ll be asked to enter a username and password. I recommend choosing a username that represents you or your brand. This will help you stand out when people are searching through the list of gigs being offered.
Activate your account by clicking on the email that you received from Fiverr.com.
Watch my video above where I walk through the entire process.
Setting Up Your Profile
It’s time to set up your profile and add a picture. Click on your username on the top right and scroll down to “My Profile.”
I uploaded my photo and added a description…that’s all! I was in a hurry to get started so I didn’t bother filling out anything else. But, you can add a quick storyline, link your social media accounts, and list your education, skills and certifications.
Quick tip – when filling out your description, make it short and sweet. Your character count is limited so you want the buyer to be able to scan through and find out what makes you unique. Here’s mine:
“I am a professional creative writer. I have worked with various writing agencies on diverse projects for several years. My writing style is enjoyed by readers of all ages and professions. I have worked for some of the top blogs online giving me the experience required to create engaging content.”
Creating Your Gig
Click your profile on the top right, and scroll down to “Selling,” then “Create a Gig.”
Gig Title – your allowed 80 characters maximum when creating your title. Make it short and right to the point. For example,
“Check out these cool gig titles –“
Fiverr fills in the “I will,” so you just continue from there –
Category – Choose the MOST relevant category for your gig (i.e. content writing, video & animation, music & audio, etc.).
Tags – Add tags that describe your gig. For example, SEO content writing, audio, video, logo design…
After, click “Continue” to proceed to the “Scope & Pricing” section. Here, you can add up to 3 packages: basic, standard, and premium.
The Packages – For each one, fill in the name, describe what’s included, delivery time, words included, and if you offer additional revisions just in case some changes need to be made to the completed project.
Pricing – You want to set a price that is not too high or low. Setting too high of a price will push people away from buying your gig. Setting a price too low will cut into your profits. I recommend browsing similar gigs on Fiverr, looking at the way they’ve structured their pricing.
Watch my video above where I explain how to set a price for your gig and provide additional tips.
Gig Extras – You can charge more money to deliver the project quicker. For example, if your standard delivery is in 5 days, you can charge an extra $10 to have it delivered within 2 days. I recommend leaving this field alone because extra fast deliveries add more stress on you, and this can be tough on someone managing bipolar. I have left this field blank in my gig.
After, click “Continue” to proceed to the “Description” section. You have a character limit of 1200, so describe your gig and make it enticing. Remember, you are trying to push people to purchase your services. Here are a few pointers to follow when filling out the description:
- Add relevant keywords in your description and format them in
- Research what your competitors have added in their description. Take some time and skim through relevant gigs.
- Use spacing in descriptions to avoid clutter.
- Tell buyers what makes your gig(s) special (i.e. your experience, how long you’ve been in the industry, etc.).
- Give them a breakdown (in point form) what buyer will receive. Below I pasted an example of a content writing gig description:
Frequently Asked Questions – As buyers start to contact with you about your gig and have question, you can go back and fill out the FAQ section. This will save you time from answering the same questions over again.
Once done with the FAQ section, click “Continue” to proceed to the “Requirements” section. Once a buyer places an order, you will require some information from them so you can get started. In this section, you let them know what information they need to send in after placing an order.
Next, click “Continue” to proceed to the “Gallery” section. Upload memorable photos to your gallery to set yourself apart from competitors. The best strategy is to learn from your competition and look at what images they added to their gigs.
Click “Continue” and publish the gig!
Watch my video above where I walk through the entire process.
Driving Traffic to Your Gig
There are three ways to drive traffic to your gig.
With or without traffic, your gig will still be shown because Fiverr randomly displays new gigs at the top so sellers get an equal chance for exposure. But, having several positive reviews on your gig will permanently place your gig at the top, giving you more sales and increasing profits.
I explain each one in detail in the walkthrough video above, but here’s a quick overview –
Fiverr search – In this method, you don’t do anything and just wait for Fiverr to randomly display your gig in front of buyers. To increase the likelihood of a sale, make sure your pricing is competitive, description is enticing, and you offer a popular gig (something high in demand). It’s important to do a quick search on Fiverr to find what’s trending. From my experience, here are a few: content writing, link building, video editing, logo design, transcription, etc.
Go to each category and filter the “Sort By” to “Sort by “Avg. Customer Review.” This will bring up all the gigs with a lot of reviews, so you know these are all high in demand.
Social Media – Click on your username in the top right corner and scroll to “Selling,” and then “Promote Your Business.” You can share your gig on all the major social media networks.
Purchase Your Own Gig – This was something I did when I first got started on Fiverr and it worked. I registered multiple accounts on Fiverr and used the same PayPal payment address to purchase my own gig. It works well because each time you purchase your gig, Fiverr only takes $1 dollar as a fee. This means $4.00 is going back into your account, which you can deposit back into your PayPal account. You can mark the gig as completed and leave a positive review.
Over time this will keep moving your gig to the top increasing exposure and sales. Make sure you register 4-5 different accounts and have $20.00-$30.00 to use towards gig purchases. Watch my video to learn more about this method :).
If you have any questions about setting up your Fiverr account and first gig, leave them in the comment box below.