As a father struggling to support a family of five on a single income, I’m always on the lookout for new ways to make more money to help accelerate us toward our goals.
One idea I’ve been researching recently is the website Fiverr.
If you just said to yourself, “What is Fiverr and what’s with that extra R?” let me explain.
Fiverr is an online marketplace offering all sorts of tasks and services for as little as $5 per gig. Jobs on Fiverr are called gigs by the way.
As a buyer, you can use Fiverr to connect with people selling services like graphic design, writing, programming, and more.
I should mention that Fiverr isn’t a new site. I first discovered it years ago but never actually signed up or tried it out.
And the site has changed a lot recently. For example, all gigs used to cost a flat $5.
Obviously, this limited a seller’s ability to offer quality services. I don’t know about you, but if I was only getting paid $5 to write a blog article, I don’t think I’d put much effort into it.
Instead, I’d focus on pumping out as many mediocre articles as possible to maximize my earning ability.
These days, sellers are no longer limited to a $5 price tag so they can offer far more comprehensive services at higher prices.
The offerings are now a bit more, shall we say professional than before. And a bit less fun if you ask me.
If you check out this thread on the Fiverr forums you’ll see lots of people upset that their gigs were deleted for being irrelevant.
I think this just means that Fiverr wanted to tighten up the types of services they offer and become more business and less quirky.
But some of those old gigs were kind of fun and people actually earned some side money doing them. For example, here are some old screenshots I used in an article about fun ways to make money on Fiverr (posted on an old blog of mine).
For example, you could get paid for selling your secrets techniques for making a perfect grilled cheese:
Or pretending to be someone’s girlfriend on Facebook:
Or dress up in a banana costume and yell some random shit!
Unfortunately, when I searched Fiverr again these gigs were all gone. I assume they were all considered irrelevant and not the type of thing Fiverr wants to be involved in.
And hey, that’s their right. But personally I thought these were funny and creative ways for people to make extra money.
How Does Fiverr Work?
For buyers, the process couldn’t be easier.
Just visit Fiverr and set up a free account. Search for the service you need using the search tool or browse through the catalog until you find what you want. When you find one you like just place the order.
That’s it. Couldn’t be easier.
But what about selling on Fiverr?
If making money on Fiverr is your goal, you’ll need to set up your free account and then complete your seller profile.
Then you can go in and create your own gig. If you aren’t sure what to sell just spend some time browsing the Fiverr catalog to see what is out there and what kind of service you can offer.
You’ll be notified when you receive and order and then you can get to work on the gig. When the work is completed, you get paid!
Fiverr does take an eighty percent cut of your earnings, and then Paypal takes their share of fees too.
In the end a $5 gig will net you three dollars and change.
That’s not a lot, so the key is to offer a service that you can deliver very quickly and then offer additional services at a higher price point.
I just signed up for a Fiverr account to test it out and see what kind of results I get. Once I decide what kind of service to offer and make some sales I’ll share my results here on Budget Kitty.
In the meantime, if you’re looking for more tips on making money with Fiverr, my buddy Peter wrote up a detailed guide to selling on Fiverr which will put you on the path to success. Check it out and be sure to tell him I sent you!