Want To Start Your Side Hustle This Weekend?
Here’s the Full How-To (Step By Step)
This A-Z training is a bit lengthy so I’m detailing as much as I possibly can in this post. If you have any questions along the way, one of the best resources I found is searching for Fiverr tutorials on YouTube. There are tons of full walk-throughs but many of them just take too long to watch or have annoying teachers.
First off, how are things? I know I’ve been really bad about keeping in touch since I decided to end the Year of Purpose Podcast in December. After 150 episodes, I still feel like it was the right thing to do so that I can focus on new creative projects. Be on the lookout for some fresh self-published books that I’ll be releasing over the next year or two. They’ll be bigger and better.
I’m going to catch you up real fast and then dive into the details so that you can create your very own online income this weekend – scroll down to the monopoly guy picture if you want to get started now.
Here are the big things that happened for me in the past month:
- I moved into a new apartment with my fantastic girlfriend – we used money we earned with Ebates to furnish our place.
- I released “The Last Podcast” episode 150 – it’s a full three hours of me sharing my own two-year journey.
- I sat down and planned out my goals for 2017 with the best free productivity and time management software I have ever used.
- I automated my retirement savings (something you should consider) so I’m no longer wasting time and money investing in stocks. I’ve made over $500 on my money without doing anything using Betterment.
- I hacked my Amazon Fire Stick so I can watch free tv and movies and finally cut the cord with my cable company (I now only need internet). You can search YouTube for “amazon fire stick exodus install” for the full tutorial.
Here’s the full play-by-play on How To Create A $900 Side Hustle In Just 30 Days with Fiverr. I’ll also share some tips and secrets along the way.
Fiverr is an online marketplace for all things $5. You can find people that will design a website, shoot a video, send you a postcard from a different country, impersonate celebrities, advertise your business on their radio show and more.
The first step is to sign up HERE.
The cool thing about Fiverr is you don’t even have to sell anything. You could use it to buy really cool things or even outsource different activities in your business.
But before we move forward, I want to give you the best piece of advice anyone ever gave me when it came to buying or selling on this site. Read the reviews, check the ratings, only use 2nd tier or top rated sellers when buying. When selling, make sure you are offering something that people are already buying on the site.
I’ve had far too many people say, “Zephan, I checked out Fiverr and ordered this thing but it was terrible.” or “I made a gig but didn’t get any buyers.” Then I always ask if they looked at the portfolio or reviews to see if the seller was any good or if people were buying that type of gig and 9 times out of 10 they got caught off guard by the shiny title and didn’t do their homework.
The Step By Step
1) Create Your Fiverr Account
You can get started in making your account by Clicking Here.
You need to create an account regardless of whether or not you are buying or selling things on Fiverr.com
Here’s How To create an account:
- Click the link above to go to the sign up page and click the JOIN button.
- Enter your email address and click CONTINUE or if you prefer, you can join with Facebook, Google or LinkedIn for faster login.
- Choose a username but remember that you cannot change it once it has been set.
- Choose a password and click JOIN.
Now you are live on Fiverr, but you will need to activate your account. An email is sent to the email address you registered with and you’ll need to activate it by checking that email for a link. Be sure to do this right away.
- Within the email you receive from Fiverr, click ACTIVATE YOUR ACCOUNT.
You are now ready to start buying and selling on Fiverr!
2) Fill Out Your Profile
The Public Profile Settings section allows you to introduce yourself to the Fiverr community and customize how you would like to view Fiverr.
To set your public profile settings:
- Once logged in, place your mouse over your username and click Settings > Public Profile Settings.
- In the PROFILE PHOTO area, click CHOOSE PHOTO and select a profile photo. Be sure to use a real picture if you are a seller. When I first started, I used a fake photo to try to remain anonymous but I’ve found that your buyers want to trust you, so give them every reason to do so.
- In the SOMETHING ABOUT YOU area, introduce yourself to the Fiverr community by writing a short description.
- In the ONLINE STATUS field if you are going on vacation or aren’t starting to sell your gigs yet, select for how long you want to go offline (e.g. 1 HOUR, 1 DAY, or 1 WEEK). By default, your status is listed as online. This allows your Gigs to be visible under the online search filter. Be sure to turn it back online if you go on vacation otherwise this will prevent any sales from coming in.
- In the I CAN COMMUNICATE IN area, select the languages you can speak by clicking add language and selecting the language. This allows buyers and sellers to feel comfortable communicating with you in their native language.
- Select the level of language efficiency, for example, BASIC, CONVERSATIONAL, FLUENT, or NATIVE or BILINGUAL.
- Click SAVE CHANGES.
3) Decide What You Want To Sell
So this is the part that everyone gets super confused about and ends up overthinking it. To put it simply, think about all the things you are good at. Perhaps you’ve been born with an amazing announcer voice, or maybe you love pranking people and telling funny jokes. If you’re like me, your background is in video editing, podcasting and photography. You want to start browsing through each category listed on the site to find two or three gigs that are high ranking AND are related to your area of expertise.
So for example, my one big skill is video. This would fall under the Video and Animation category you can see at the top of the Fiverr.com homepage. Notice that if you hover over that category, they list other subcategories like Intros & Animated Logos, Promotional & Brand Videos, or Spokespersons and Testimonials.
What I would do, is figure out which one of these best describes what I’m capable of doing AND could be something that wouldn’t take up more than 20 minutes of my time to complete. There are gig extras and ways to make more than just $5 on a gig which is advanced and may come further down the line. For now, let’s stick with the subcategory of Intros & Animated Logos because this is very easy for me. I use animation templates in After Effects to make logos fly around on screen.
From here, I’m going to go into that category and apply a few search filters. For starters, under the Seller Level filter, I’m going to select “Top Rated Seller” this allows me to only see the big players who are making bank and I can start to learn what they are doing. This will also come in handy later when I create my gig so I can use similar wording and style formatting.
Next up, I want to add a filter for price range. I only want to see people selling gigs for $5 because as a new seller, you won’t have the ability to charge more just yet. Last, under the “Delivery Time” option, select 3 Days. This helps me make sure I’m only looking at high quality sellers that deliver fast and are making good money.
Now that you’ve done this, by default the results will be sorted by relevance, which is a pretty good place to start but you may want to sort by average customer review to find the cream of the crop.
This is a really good starting point to find what people are selling within a category that you have expertise and could compete in. Notice what they offer in their descriptions, pay close attention to their videos and photos they use to draw your attention to their gig, look at what some of the reviews are saying to find out where the gigs could be improved, and take note of any keywords or phrases that you see used over and over again. This will come in handy when making your gig.
4) Plan Your Gig Details Out Carefully
Using what you’ve learned from some of the top rated sellers, you’ll want to craft a juicy title that brings people into your gig page. You also want to write up a really nice description and research the best keyword tags to use so that your gig can be found in the search results.
Your Gig is the service that you sell on Fiverr. Creating your Gig is an opportunity to show off your talent and provide buyers with all necessary info to help them decide to do business with you.
- Create Gigs that represent the scope of work you will deliver in a clear and accurate way.
- When building the description of your Gig you should:
- Be clear about your description and the service you provide.
- Don’t use external links or private information in your Gig description.
- Use Gig Packages (if available).
- Add do’s and don’ts to your Gig Description to help avoid misunderstanding.
- Only list Gigs and skills that you are qualified to deliver.
- Be sure to only use images, videos and other portfolio items that you created or which you have full copyright to.
To create a Gig:
- After you login, place your mouse over your username and click Selling > Create a Gig.
STEP 1: Overview
- In the GIG TITLE field, write a title up to 80 characters.
Your title should be short, clear, and to the point. You can use the top rated sellers in your category as a great example for your wording.
- In the CATEGORY drop-down menu, select the appropriate category and then subcategory for your Gig. This will come from your prior research.
- In the SERVICE TYPE drop-down menu, choose a service type to ensure you appear in their search results. This option might not be available depending on your category.
- In the GIG METADATA area, select the relevant criteria for each topic. This option also might not be available depending on your category.
- In the TAGS field, add a minimum of three words or phrases that best describe your Gig. These tags are going to ensure that you get found in the search results. So if I’m offering a logo animation gig, I might use “animate logo” “logo animation” “video animation” “logo” etc.
- Click Save & Continue.
STEP 2: Pricing
- In the Delivery Time drop-down menu, select the amount of days it will take for you to complete your Gig. I typically go for three and then deliver faster (usually within 24 hours of getting an order) it will help you get better reviews.
- In the Included Revisions drop-down menu, select the amount of revisions you include in your Gig. Sometimes this would mean no revision. Depending on what you are selling there might not be an option to revise.
Adding Extra Fast Delivery
You have the option to deliver your Gig extra fast and charge accordingly.
To set Extra fast delivery:
- In the My Gig Extras section, select the Extra fast delivery checkbox and indicate how many days and how much money you will charge.Note: If you select Extra fast delivery, the amount of days for the extra fast delivery cancels out the amount of time you indicated in your extra services.
The number of extra services you can offer depends on your status; see Fiverr’s Levels. These fields are optional.
- In the Add Gig Extras section, fill out your unique customized Gig extra. To add more extra services, click Add Gig Extra.Note: For each extra provided, select the checkbox and fill out your extra service description. Make sure you select the amount of days it will take you to complete and for how much money.
Adding Revisions and Source File Pricing
You are able to better control requested revisions, while maintaining the buyer’s right to request revisions by defining your modification pricing. You can also charge for the use of your source file deliveries. So let’s say you are editing photos in Photoshop, you can actually offer them the raw photoshop file for extra money. Perhaps you are a logo designer, you can send them the raw Adobe Illustrator file for an additional fee.
To set revisions:
- In the My Gig Extras section, mark the checkbox next to Additional Revision.
- Select the number of extra revisions, the cost, and duration per each modification.
To set source file pricing:
- In the My Gig Extras section, mark the checkbox next to Source File.
- Select the amount you charge for the delivery of your source files. If purchased, you cannot deliver your work without uploading the source files.Note: The Additional Revision and Source File pricing features are available in certain categories only.
Shipping & Handling
If you provide a product, you can charge shipping fees.
- Select the checkbox, and select how much you charge to a specific country and then to everywhere else.Note: If you have multiple orders enabled, you can select how much you charge.
- Click Save & Continue.
STEP 3: Description & FAQ
- In the Description field, write a description of your Gig up to 1,200 characters. Be as detailed as possible so buyers will be able to understand if this meets their needs.Note: If you add a URL, only include URLs from the approved list.
- In the Frequently Asked Questions area, click Add FAQ.Note: Here you can add answers to the most commonly asked questions. Your FAQs will be displayed in your Gig page.
- Add a question you think buyers may ask, and then add your answer.
- Click Add.
- Click Save & Continue.
STEP 4: Requirements
Tell your buyer what you need to start the order. You can define instructions for your buyer as free text, a multiple choice question, or a file upload.
- In the Requirements #1 field, enter the details of your requirement.
- In the Answer Type field, select either Free Text, Multiple Answer, or Attached File.Note: If you select Multiple Answer, answer fields will be displayed. Fill out the multiple choice answers you want the buyer to select. You also have the option to allow more than one answer.
- If you require the buyer to provide the information you selected, mark the Answer is mandatorycheckbox.
- Click Add.
- When finished defining your buyer requirements, click Save & Continue.
STEP 5: Gallery
- In the Portfolio Photo area, drag an image or click Browse and select an image. You may upload up to three images. Upload photos that describe or relate to your Gig. The photos can be samples of your work. Each image should be in JPG, JPEG, or PNG format, a minimum of 550 x 370 pixels, and up to 5 MB. The image should be owned by you. Do not use copyrighted images otherwise your Gig won’t be approved.
- In the Gig Video area, drag a video or click Browse and select a video.Note: This field is optional. We recommend that you mention your services are offered exclusively on Fiverr and make sure your video is no longer than one minute.
- In the PDF Files area, drag a PDF or click Browse and select a PDF. You may upload up to two PDF files.Note: This field is optional.
- Click Save & Continue.
STEP 6: Publish
Publishing and Promoting Your Gig
- Click PUBLISH GIG.
You will see various social networks in which you can promote your Gig. To promote your Gig, just click an icon and fill out the details.
- Click Finish.
- As a new user, you can create up to 7 Gigs. Level 1 sellers can create up to 15, Level 2 sellers can create up to 20, and Top Rated Sellers can create up to 30 Gigs.
- If your Gig contains a video, its status will be pending until your Gig video is reviewed. If your Gig does not contain a video, it will be labeled Active.
- You have the option to share your Gig via Facebook, Twitter, Google +, LinkedIn, or by email.
5) Wait For Fiverr to Approve Your Gig
Typically within 24 hours you get approved and are ready to go. You should get an email notification when the gig goes live.
6) Get Some Reviews
I will usually ask my friends or pay them to buy 2-3 gigs from me and leave 5 star reviews along with some good comments. This will remove the “New Arrival” badge from your gig so people won’t be concerned that they are buying from an inexperienced seller. This should increase your sales big time because of the social proof. A big thing to keep in mind here is that you shouldn’t use these powers for evil. Don’t get reviews from friends if you are selling a bad product or service. It will catch up to you.
Fiverr can generate some huge profits for people once you get your seller rating up. If you can sell gig extras and pack on additional features to your gigs, you can make a nice chunk of money. In just 30 days, I was able to create $900 in profit by churning through logo animations. Just keep in mind, you have to sell something that people want or need. Use the research time to make sure what you are going to sell is already profitable online and don’t get discouraged by anyone who is selling something similar. Competition is good – it means there is a demand.
So let’s get real for a minute. Will Fiverr make you a full-time income? It’s not likely.
But could it bring in an extra $1000 and pay your rent for the month? Absolutely.
In fact, I believe this is very doable so long as you pick a good service to provide that people actually want or need and you also optimize your listing to be found in the search.
I want to give you a jumpstart on one way you could make money. Fiverr has fantastic voiceover opportunities. Do you have a good announcer voice? You can simply grab a Blue Snowball microphone from Amazon for less than $50 and start recording voiceovers.
My favorite voiceover gig on Fiverr has 4414 5-star ratings meaning she has profited at least $17,000 off of one gig.
So here is my challenge to you…
Over the weekend, take a couple hours and create your Fiverr gig as a seller. Follow the full list of instructions in the blog post and do your research. Make sure you are offering something people want or need. Get a few good reviews from some friends and then you’re off to the races.
Report back to me in a month. Let me know how it went!
In the meantime, here are some bonus tips for you to make sure you create the best possible gig:
*Use the word “create” instead of “customize” in the title it gets double the search traffic
*Use your face – they trust a face more than words on screen
*Include a money back guarantee for your work – some will abuse this but most won’t
*A gigs first title generates its URL and is unchangeable so create a memorable and attention grabbing headline that reinforces excellence
*After the title URL is generated you can make a more buyer friendly title
*Use consistent keywords throughout your title and description as well as tags. I.E. if you are doing podcast editing you might use keywords “Podcast”,”Podcast Editing”, “Edit Podcast”,”Podcast Mixing” & “Podcasts”
*Leverage capitalization in your title – Fiverr allows one fully capitalized word per gig title so make it a good one
*Download the app to your phone so you can respond quicker
*Deliver ahead of time by adding an extra day to your expected delivery time and then sending the finished product a day early
*Use the filters in the sidebar when searching for a gig similar to yours to see which filters would knock your listing out of the search results
*Video is king – create a video that advertises your gig and upload it with your gig description. It will look much better in the search results and gigs with videos have been said to convert into buyers 300 percent better than gigs without a video
*Only upload high quality images to your gig
*Offer one day delivery (if you can)
*Create multiple similar gigs
*Gig SEO – Use your target keyword in your gig title, no longer than 60 characters. The structure should be [Primary Keyword] – [Secondary Keyword] | Brand Name or Descriptor. Hide keywords all over your description. Link to your other gigs in your profile page.
*Ratings matter. Feel free to have some of your friends buy your gig so you can have two to three 5-star reviews on your gig to start with along with raving reviews.
I can’t wait to see what you create!