Let’s talk about Fiverr. You might have stumbled across this site recently with their bright green logo and unsatisfying double ‘r’. But more to the point what is Fiverr? And how can I make it work for me to make some money online?

Although established in 2010, Israeli based Fiverr first jumped into the collective conscious of the internet when a certain Youtube creator called Pewdiepie showcased their platform a couple of years ago.

The prankster that he is he stumbled across a site where numerous people offered their skills and services online in return for the paltry sum of 5 dollars. Being British, this means around £3.50, or next to nothing, so it seemed like the ideal platform to have some fun and do some weird stuff.

Now as it happens, he took it too far and became embroiled in an racism controversy after getting two hapless Indian chaps to write… In fact I don’t even want to type it. They basically suggested genocide. It was in poor taste indeed. There was also an incident with a guy who looks like Jesus reading out various things.

Now of course, Fiverr had a number of users and sellers before, but I’d be seriously intetested in seeing their stats following the Pewdiepie exposure. I’d be willing to bet it was astronomical, and their stock value rose by many millions overnight.

But what is Fiverr? And How can I use it?

Ok, so that’s a brief history of the company, certainly as far as I understand it. But how can serious people use it to showcase their skills and make money online?

Fiverr is one of a number of on-demand, gig working sites where freelancers can advertise their services in demand for a set fee. For example, a graphic designer could offer to design a logo for your online coffee business or a trained voiceover artist could offer to narrate your Youtube video to give it that extra bit of professionalism.

Whilst the essence of the company revolves around this ‘five dollars’ idea, and a number of sellers still offer a fiver dollar option, most sellers also offer more advanced services too.

Writers might offer a ‘fiver’ for 100 words, all the way up to a thousand word essay for £100. Or something like that.

In truth, the price and services you can advertise on Fiverr is almost limitless. Unlike other similar freelance platforms, Fiverr maintains a sense of amateurism that you’d expect when the starting point is just five dollars.

There aren’t stringent entry requirements and pretty much anyone can start a page and offer to complete a task they they’re good at.

What’s the catch with Fiverr?

Well, there’s no catch per se. The only issue that I’ve found when using the site is the lack of order, and professionalism. Because of the somewhat casual nature of the site, there seems to be an almost never ending stream of Indian would-be Richard Bransons offering to drive traffic to your website, write your dissertation or clean your car for you.

Ok, the last one is made up, but that’s how it feels sometimes. As someone who has both bought and sold services on Fiverr the quality is definitely hit and miss.

There are guys on there, (again, normally from India) who offer to proofread your article who clearly aren’t fluent in English. You’d have thought this was a pre-requisite to proofread any document but, as I say, Fiverr is somewhat of a free-for-all and you have to dig down to find the real talent.

The same is true if you’re a seller. Because the marketplace is so crowded you need to do all you can to stand out from the competition and make prospective buyers realise you’re serious about your work and not a dude sat in a hut somewhere churning out articles in broken English.

So how to I get started?

If you’ve got a skill you’d like to share, then head on over to Fiverr.com, create and account and post your first ‘gig’.

Fiverr works with a ratings system, similar to ebay or Uber, where buyers and sellers can leave feedback about their experiences.

With that in mind, I’d highly recommend pitching low to begin with, and trying to create some quality content. If this means doing a few gigs to start with for next to nothing. Suck it up, and see it as a loss leader, or a stepping stone to future profits.

Once you’ve completed a few tasks and gathered a bit of quality feedback you’ll find it far easier to set realistic prices for your next tasks and hopefully the work will start to flow in.

I’m a strong believer that if the output is good enough, you’ll succeed, but if you put little effort into properly describing your gigs, or put out any sub-par content you’re doomed before you’ve even got going.

Some of the most popular gigs on offer are as follows:

  • Writing – articles and blog posts
  • Proofreading – essays or marketing copy
  • Content creation – videos, voiceover
  • Graphic Design – Logos, facebook banners, wedding invites
  • Audio transcription
  • Digital Marketing
  • Web Design

These are just a few of the gigs on offer on Fiverr, but you get the gist. If you’ve got a transferable skill relating to the online or digital marketplace, you’ve got something in demand.

Sounds good. I’ll start tomorrow

Good for you!

The best thing about Fiverr is, as I say, that amateurish, wild west type marketplace where virtually anyone can sling an idea or pitch a skill without having to prove they’re any good at it.

If you’re someone who’s just getting started in blogging or digital marketing then it’s a great place to cut your teeth without having to pay any subscription fee or showcase a whole load of posts or tasks you’ve completed previously.

Likewise, if you’re someone who already works on a successful freelance basis, why not sling a gig up on Fiverr, set a price you’re prepared to work for and see what happens? You may get the odd sale here or there to supplement your current income, and there’s no harm done.

For the very most serious creators and freelancers Fiverr has responded to concerns about quality and introduced ‘Fiverr Pro’ where, if accepted, professional freelancers can pitch their skills for higher prices.

But for now, assuming most people reading this blog and amateurs just setting out to give it a try, stick to ordinary Fiverr. Let the world know what your talent is. And let’s see if we can’t make a bit of money online.

Good luck.