How I’m Making Money with FIVERR



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If you’ve ever read my Dreams, Schemes, and Income Streams page, you know that I have a goal of leaving my full-time job and working from home. So I’m always trying one thing and another as a way to earn money. Before I forget to mention it, I want to share that I was recently inspired and interested by a great post over at Equipping Godly Women, entitled “How I Make Real Money from Home Writing for Textbroker.” You should check it out. Thanks to this post, I’ve already sent my writing sample to Textbroker and I’m waiting for their reply, but Fiverr is a different thing altogether.

Basically, Fiverr is a website where people can go and list all sorts of things they would be willing to do for five dollars. Their main categories of service are graphics and design, online marketing, writing and translation, video and animation, programming and tech, advertising, and business. There’s also a “more” category, where people often offer to do silly things such as dress up as a character and sing happy birthday to you, or dance in the street while holding a sign to promote your business, or maybe draw a cartoon that resembles you. I have to wonder if some of these people are making decent money doing something so simple and silly! I kinda hope so.

My husband has a friend who set up a profile offering to do voiceover work, and he began to get requests. Since he already had the equipment, it was quite simple for him to record himself reading a script and then send the recording to the buyer. Naturally he hopes this will lead to a relationship with one of these clients and increased money at some point, but for now he’s having a little fun. I thought about that and realized how many documents I proofread at my job, so I thought I would put up a profile offering to edit or proofread. While I was at it, I put one up offering to write 500 words on any topic. (500 words is one typed page, single-spaced.) I got my first order right away, and it was just what I was hoping for–something extremely simple. A man was launching a website dedicated to matching people with appropriate pets for them and their families, and he needed to fill it up with content about people who had had certain types of pets. So he asked me to choose two pets I’d had in my life and just write a little bit about the positives and negatives of owning that particular animal. Easy as pie, so I was excited!

Then, strangely, for about two weeks I had NOTHING. No order, no message, no inquiry. I told my husband I was just going to delete Fiverr from my bookmarks and forget about it as I was just tired of looking at it. But before that day was over, for some unknown reason, my email started BLOWING UP. Every day since, I have received multiple Fiverr orders or messages. Many I decline to do, just because the subject matter is not something I’m comfortable with (I don’t mean it’s inappropriate, I just mean it’s usually some technical or business area that I’m sure somebody else could do a better job with). Also, many times I’ve been asked about something that would not be a good use of my time. For example, a man asked me if I would take his 2000 word document full of meeting notes and organize it into something understandable. I said no thanks, because I would have to first READ his 2000 words of notes before I could even make a decision about writing them up, and five dollars just doesn’t buy that much of my time.

But some of my assignments (Fiverr refers to them as “gigs”) have been easy and fun, and the buyers were very pleased. I wrote one article about female empowerment (Seeking Empowerment? Try Modesty)  that I was so happy with, I wish I could use it here! I can’t, I sold it and it no longer belongs to me, but once the buyer gets her blog up and running I might be able to link to it. I wrote one about toxic materials in toys. I wrote a sort of a social media advertisement about a credit repair company, and then a “testimonial” which one of their customers had authorized them to write on his behalf. So there is a lot of variety in the assignments, and plenty of demand allows me to choose what sounds interesting and decline the rest. Payment is via Paypal. For now, the money I’ve made is just sitting there…they keep track of every completed order and you can see your sales and revenues every time you log in. Whenever I feel like it, I can transfer the balance to my bank account. (You can also use your earnings to buy things from other Fiverr sellers, if you want to.)

You may be saying to yourself, HA! I wouldn’t write a grocery list for five bucks, much less a 500 word article. Well, that’s a good point, but here is the good news. After only 30 days of being a seller in good standing, Fiverr advised me that I’m now a Level One seller, so I can offer “Gig multiples” or “Gig Extras.” This means that I have the option of telling a seller that I would not care to do their assignment for $5, but if they would like to add a Gig Extra and make it, say, $25 or whatever I think it’s worth, then we have a deal.

I’m just a beginner at this myself, so if you have questions you’d probably do better exploring the Fiverr site than asking me. But I am excited about the results so far and wanted to share them with you. If you have any gifts or abilities in the categories Fiverr offers, I encourage you to check them out and see if you too can boost your income doing something you enjoy.

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13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Candle in the Night
    Nov 24, 2014 @ 14:13:08

    Thanks so much for posting this! I’ve been hearing about FiveRR and wondering what it’s all about and your article was very informative. I think I’ll check it out!


  2. Donna Reidland
    Nov 29, 2014 @ 22:49:03

    I did a little bit with Fiverr and also purchased some services. One of the services I purchased was help with WordPress and I loved the lady I found. I spent several hundred dollars with her when I was first learning. Your post inspired me to take another look at selling there. Thanks for linking up @ Soul Survival.


  3. Terri Presser
    Nov 30, 2014 @ 06:59:24

    This sounds very interesting, thanks for linking up at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings


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  5. loggerswife112
    Dec 04, 2014 @ 12:43:45

    I’ve always wondered about Fiverr. Thanks for the insight. I have no idea what I would offer or if I even have time but it’s always something I consider.

    (visiting from the Thriving Thursday link up)


  6. Heather @ My Overflowing Cup
    Dec 04, 2014 @ 18:48:21

    I’m so glad you shared this at Thriving Thursdays. I’ve never heard of this company, but I am always looking for ways to make money at home by writing. Thanks so much!


  7. sharonspad1
    Dec 05, 2014 @ 12:45:11

    I have never thought of going there to look for clients to write for, thanks for sharing I might go over there now and sign up.


  8. Brittany at
    Dec 05, 2014 @ 15:47:35

    Thanks for the mention! And I think that’s great that you’re doing so well with it! I’ve heard of it, and even purchased a thing or two through it, but I never thought it would be worth the time. I mean, obviously it is once you’re established, but I didn’t want to put in that much effort :) Writing has been very profitable for me, but I’m so glad to hear Fiverr is working out for you!


  9. karablank
    Dec 05, 2014 @ 17:20:38

    Interesting. I didn’t realize that we could do something like this. It might help my family as we get our ministry going. Thanks!


  10. Laura @ Missional Women
    Dec 07, 2014 @ 00:43:40

    I appreciate fiverr a lot! Thanks so much for sharing this. I’ve wondered if it’s worth the sellers time since it seems the buyer gets such a good deal.


    • Sweet-Water-and-Bitter
      Dec 07, 2014 @ 03:32:47

      Hi Laura, thanks for visiting and bringing up an interesting point. So much writing in this world is done for free, and so much is done for insultingly low pay. It’s really sad when people put their heart and soul plus a lot of their time and skill into a craft and then they are expected to give their work away for free, just for the “thrill” of seeing their name in print. I know artists and photographers who say the same thing, and it’s obviously true for musicians as well. My husband used to be a DJ and we’d get “invited” by friends to parties where they wanted him to bring all his equipment and music and work for free. All sorts of creative people get taken advantage of. So to be honest with you, five bucks an article is more money than I ever made writing fiction! (Plus, as I mentioned, I’m now able to charge more than that for larger projects.)


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