Fiverr & Me
Several months ago while looking for a way to promote my side business as a headshot photographer for actors, I stumbled upon a website called Fiverr.
Fiverr is a site that gives you access to an array of services at a low price ($5). Everyone can setup an account on Fiverr and sell practically anything.
At $5, you will certainly find some totally bogus services being offered on Fiverr, but you will also find a lot of very useful services such as logo design, copywriting, and professional voiceovers. You can even hire someone to pray for you...
So I decided to create an account and sell my services as a headshot photographer. But I didn’t read the fine print and Fiverr has a strict policy against communicating with anyone outside of their website. It helps to have the actor standing in front of you if you're taking their headshots. So my first gig on Fiverr was rejected.
I’m pretty creative so I started thinking of other ways I could earn money on Fiverr. At that time, I had just ended my job at Squarespace and being well aware of their growing popularity, I decided to offer a service creating Squarespace sites for people.
At first, I did not take it seriously. My ego was not okay with spending any amount of time building a website for someone for only $5. Only after completing my first order, was I able to see just how great of a potential Fiverr could be for me. So rather than creating a entire website, I changed my gig to just setting up a single Squarespace page.
The first two months were very slow and I did not receive many orders. But the turning point came when one of my buyers returned for additional help. And they kept coming back and left a fantastic review each time. After the 20th order, I received an email from Fiverr saying my account had been upgraded to a Level 1 Seller. This meant I could now charge $10 for extra services.
(Generally it only takes 10 completed orders with all positive reviews to be promoted to Lever 1, but I later found out that my account had been penalized by Fiverr for the Headshot gig I originally created)
As a Level 1 seller, business for me picked up slightly but not by much. I was mostly working with repeat buyers. When I completed my 50th order and retained 100% positive ratings, Fiverr upgraded my account to Level 2 Seller. At this point I was able to add $20 and $40 items to my services. And this is when things exploded for me.
I began receiving orders between $200 and $500 to build someone’s Squarespace site. Crazy right?! Now, my Fiverr inbox is constantly full. I don’t even reply to a lot of people, just because of the amount of time it takes.
The money I earn through Fiverr certainly pays the bills. Not all of them, but a good amount. The best part of all this for me, is that I can work from home, and on my own time.
My dream in life is to be a professional comedian, so being able to choose when I work is perfect.
As great as Fiverr is, there are some things about it, which have caused me to seek other resources for freelancers. I have not found any source worth writing about just yet, because since launching in 2010, Fiverr has found itself as one of the top marketplaces for entrepreneurs.
One thing I dislike like how Fiverr takes 20% commission from all sells. So if you sell something for $5, you’re only actually earning $4.
Once you deliver your services, it takes 14 days for the revenue to become available in your Fiverr account. Once your funds are available, you can transfer it to a PayPal account, which PayPal charges a small fee to do. Then from Paypal, you have the option to transfer the money into your bank account. This will take an additional 3-4 days.
The only other option for obtaining your revenue is by transferring it to the Fiverr Master Card. There are a million fees associated with this card, which is why I choose the PayPal option.
My biggest issue with Fiverr is not being able to communicate with buyers outside of the site. Doing so, will result in your account being deactivated.
Fiverr has been very lucrative for entrepreneurs, especially those with a growing niche such as Squarespace. So, if you are struggling to find work or just sick of working for someone else, I would highly recommend checking out Fiverr.
If you would like complementary gig from any Seller on Fiverr, just shoot me a message and I'll hook you up!