Making Money on Fiverr

Fiverr is super popular right now — so much so that it has spawned countless clone sites, a few of which I have talked about here. But I’ve never actually reviewed Fiverr itself, so here is a quick rundown:

What is Fiverr?

Fiverr is something that many people refer to as a a “micro job” site. Basically, you just post a service you are willing to offer for $5. This could be almost anything — graphic design, writing, editing, or something really off the wall. The bizarre ones are always kind of fun to read over. As long as it’s legal and doesn’t violate the Fiverr terms of service, you can really use your imagination here and get creative with what you sell.

How does Fiverr pay?

After you’ve posted your services and someone has purchased them, you have to deliver your completed work through the “Deliver Completed Work” tab on their site. After your work has been submitted, there is a 14-day clearing period. After that amount of time, you can withdraw the money to your Paypal account. Keep in mind that Fiverr takes a $1 commission off your final earnings, so what you offer for $5 you’ll actually be doing for $4. Some people say that a fee is also deducted from your Paypal account when you are paid by Fiverr, so depending on how much this fee is, you might be doing work for not quite $4 :(

Customer Ratings

You need to try to get good feedback from your customers. If your feedback rating is consistently low, Fiverr has the right to remove your posts.

The Downside

Some people are annoyed that after the fees and Fiverr commission, you are not *really* getting $5 for your work. So if you are thinking of posting your writing services on Fiverr and doing some quickie articles for $5,  you might want to reconsider or possibly reduce the word count you advertise so that what you earn will be consistent with what you’re willing to do for not quite $4. People also don’t like having to wait the 14 days before they can withdraw their funds.

Some Good Points

In spite of any negatives, the simplicity of Fiverr (and other sites like it) is really appealing. Sure, you can get paid for your freelancing services on sites like oDesk, Guru, and Elance, but the process is a little more involved and complicated. Fiverr makes it quick and easy to post a job, get a buyer, and start making money.

Trying to think of something to sell on Fiverr? Check out my list of 40 ideas.

E-Books About Fiverr

If you need a little extra assistance making Fiverr work for you, check out some of the e-books below. There are many people who have making money on Fiverr down to an art and do quite well. These books will give you some additional strategies:

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  1. Annie says

    I have just become a Fiverr fan. I am selling on there and very excited about it. I seem to be a day late on these topics. lol That’s okay though! I love this site and I am using it for a stepping stone to bring traffic to my own website. :)

  2. Charleen Larson says

    I too think Jen is on the right track. I found her through Fiverr! It’s my favorite site. Nothing else comes close.

  3. vikas says

    I know but lot of my customers say that they have been blocked by fiverr,
    I am sure there is one solution for everything, this site has good responses and the commission on this site is very less compared to Fiverr and you can charge what u like.

  4. Jen says

    I love selling my services on Fiverr. I have been able move my Fiverr customers into long term clients who purchase other services directly from my website. If you stop thinking of it as $4 per gig and start thinking of is as a way to attract customers, then you can really start making some money!

    • says

      I love that line of thinking, Jen :) What an awesome way to look at it! Fiverr is huge, so I can see how it’s definitely a good source for finding long-standing customers.

  5. says

    I like that Fiverr is simpler than, say, Elance or Odesk. It seems somewhat more reasonable than MTurk, where people are often working for pennies. Sounds like a great extra money site.

  6. says

    I agree about the disappointing fees bringing my pay down to around 3.80. But if I keep that in mind then I really like Fiverr. I love shopping on there, knowing everything is five bucks…so I imagine that helps increase sales. I think more people are aware of fiverr than many of the other competitive sites.

  7. Dion Lynk says

    I’ve experienced success with fiverr and I can tell you that they are one of the more reputable crowd source sites out here. Its funny because I signed up with peoplestox too (because of your suggestion of course :) and with my first sale, I made 5x the fiverr gig amount. Waiting 14 days is really annoying, but its something to look forward to bi weekly. Its another pretty consistent stream for me, I have made 328.00 since Aug 2010. Considering I’m offering my design services there for literally 3.92 a pop, I’m not too concerned about the periods of no work. I much prefer getting fair market value for my work. Some people are making in the 2500.00 per month range with fiverr and others like myself make a consistent 28.00 per month. Its yet another stream though nonetheless.

    • says

      Wow! I had no idea people were doing so well on there! I’m glad I posted about it … the fact that it’s so popular might mean you would get more orders for your services than you might at other similar sites.

  8. Katie Jones says

    I haven’t had real good luck using fiverr but I know others have. It’s something I will definitely consider again in the future and also the other sites that do seem like clones!

  9. says

    You touched on one of my favorite things about these micro-job sites: simplicity. I still don’t think it hurts to get out and market that your services are available there, but the “bidding war” aspect is eliminated here.

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