Are you also tired of your monotonous nine to five routine, day by day increasing workload, meanwhile struggling to find personal satisfaction and a work-life balance? Or are you someone who is looking for a side hustle to make your way towards an independent life? If yes, then this post is for you!
How many times have you heard the words “work from home” and wondered how that works and exactly how much could one earn to make sure they can pay their bills? As it turns out, all of this is possible and according to several people, working online gives them a sense of freedom to assign work timings according to their routine.
There are several platforms which are currently being used worldwide by millions of people to earn money from home. One of these platforms is Fiverr, which has more than 800,000 freelancers employed now, and several users earn hundreds and thousands of dollars every month. The best part about it is that there is a variety of services that you can choose from, whether it’s editing pictures, creating digital drawings and painting, designing, making videos, marketing on social media, writing reports, e-books or even articles and blog posts. All you must do is choose the niche of your interest and start working as soon as the first order lands in.
The whole process of setting up a profile, receiving your first order and most importantly choosing a reliable and trustworthy client can get confusing for people, especially if they are just getting started. Luckily, this is what this article is going to be about. Sit back and relax as I go into the step-by-step detail of how you can make money on Fiverr.
Building a profile - The first thing that you have to do is merely going to fiverr.com and making an account. Since you are looking for work, you will be considered a seller who is selling services. Once you sign up and get a confirmation email, the next step is creating a good profile. Your profile will be your chance to provide a proper description of yourself, highlighting your interests and skills to get hired by clients, so you must ensure it is well-maintained. It is suggested to add your profile picture and a proper and verified payment method as well; otherwise clients can get a bit sceptical about hiring you. Adding details about your education and certifications is also a plus point since that will also give the client an idea about how experienced you are. Linking other accounts, such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are also advised to add more credibility.
Creating a Gig – The gig that you create will be the most important factor taken into consideration by a buyer. So, I will go into more detail about this in this post.
However, before creating a gig, you must figure out your area of expertise and task(s) that you would be skilled in. Make sure to never create a gig for something about which you don’t have any knowledge. It is always a good idea to test a new skill, but when creating a gig, it is advisable to only talk about what you consider yourself good at since that makes it easier for you to add more details to the gig.
This is your chance to showcase your skills and give information regarding why you would be the perfect choice for a project to work on. You will need to choose a title for your gig which informs others about what you can do. Do not hold back on your creativity while choosing one because the title of your gig should be straight forward and appealing for the customers. Once you choose a title, there will be categories and subcategories for you to choose from. For example, if you choose “Writing,” you will be asked to choose from subcategories about what you can write, such as articles and blog posts, reports, resumes etc. For more information about your gig, there is a required option for gig metadata which describes your gig in further detail. You will also be asked to add search tags which make your gig easily accessible to the buyers. Therefore, you must ensure that you use specific keywords for those.
A gig is the essential part of your profile, taken by the client into consideration before hiring you, so the more information you add, the higher chances for you to get hired. Moving on, you will need to add packages for the services that you have chosen. You can either just add details about a basic package or modify it a bit for standard and premium packages with different incentives and rates. There is also an option for gig extras. These are extra services that you would be willing to provide for added charges. Be wise while choosing these and setting rates for them because gig extras usually include tasks which require more effort and time. However, it is always suggested to add at least one extra service to make your gig more inviting.
Now when it comes to describing your gig, try to include the most relevant and vital information. This is your chance to attract clients, therefore be as creative as you can and don’t hesitate to make it detailed. There is also an option for adding frequently asked questions (FAQs). Think of questions the buyers might need to ask regarding specific details included in your gig and answer them to provide a clearer picture of your services.
If there is anything particular that you will need before starting to work on a project, mention that as well in requirements. These are instructions for your buyer to provide you with something when hiring you. For example, if your service includes writing an article, you could mention a template in a word document format as a requirement.
For making your gig more attractive, it is advisable to add a few pictures or even a video representing your service. Use websites which have free images available without any copyright issues if you have trouble editing a film yourself. According to Fiverr, adding a video to your gig increases your chances of getting hired by 40%. You can also add any samples that you own, which further highlight your service and experiences in that field. Make sure to add only those samples which are relevant to the service you are providing and save the rest for another gig.
Publishing your Gig – Before posting the gig you created, you will be asked to pass a basic English test. Once you do that, your gig will be active.
There is no limit when it comes to publishing gigs on Fiverr, so you can create as many as you like! You can also view the statuses of your gigs which include views and impressions and optimize them accordingly.
Now let’s discuss how you’re supposed to proceed once you get a buyer request. Buyer requests which are relevant to your gig appear under the Buyer Requests’ tab. Before deciding whether or not you will be working for them, always ensure that they are reliable. Once you do, respond as quickly as you can and personalize your offer according to the buyer’s requirement before submitting a proposal. Gain their trust as well and discuss everything clearly once you are hired while being strictly professional. Try to keep giving them updates about the milestones of your project, and this will assure the client that you are keen about providing your best service. The better your communication is with them, the higher are your chances of getting a useful review and being hired again. One thing which people often tend to forget is requesting a review once they have completed the task. Always ask your client for a review! This makes your profile better and more attractive to other buyers and helps you earn money.
Nowadays, since more and more people are signing up as freelancers on Fiverr, it is getting harder to be hired. Usually, freelancers with more reviews on their profiles are more likely to get hired. However, there is one thing which you can do. Ask a friend or a relative to buy a service from you and give you a useful review. Once you have a good review on your profile, it will attract buyers, and you will quickly get your first project of earning from home.
Working from home is a desirable option for so many people out there, but due to the increase in the number of freelancers worldwide, you always have to make sure your profile stands out from the rest. Follow all the tips and tricks mentioned in this post, and it will help you in earning money from home, whether it’s a side hustle or a full-time job. You can also look for help on the Fiverr website to sort out your queries. Have fun working in your comfort zone and hopefully making lots of money on Fiverr!