There are so many videos on YouTube about Freelancing on Fiverr and how to Create Gigs on the many other Freelance sites , some are valid and some totally wrong, painting an altogether too rosy picture of your prospects.
Longstory short becoming a freelancer takes WORK and you probably will not make any return for perhaps many weeks. I have outlined below the way that works the quickest, to get you going with gigs and earning cash. Nonetheless Fiverr et al is actually a legitimate way to go to raise Capital for your new business venture
Remember your blog is going to be the source of your income for years to come. It will take at least a year to build it to the point where it is earning enough to be your only income. Gigs on Fiverr can boost the effort toward that goal by earning some money which you can use advertising or outsourcing some of the repetitive work. Initially your new blog will have little or no visitors so using these gig type jobs to earn, while the blog grows is a great way to go.
Exchanging your Time for Money
I am an advocate of making multiple income streams from hands-off sites you build, that run themselves. This is a passive income, which is not determined by the TIME that you put into it. Exchanging Time for Money is not a good model, yet most of the world does it when they get a JOB. I did not realise this until I had worked in a job for half of my working life!
Finally I put together an Amazon review Affiliate site promoting Cooking gadgets, in my spare time. Within a month I was making commissions, within 3 months it was paying my mortgage payments! But the best part was, it did this with no extra work from me, once built, the site was autonomous, making money month after month.
But in the beginning, if you have no capital to help start your new business, what can you do?
Providing an Online In-Demand Service.
Note I said Online. Don’t go for physical products! It may be tempting, but you will have to deal with distribution, returns, postage, packing materials, invoicing, everything a business has to do, which will suck up all your available time believe me.
There are now millions of bloggers, YouTubers, Influencers, TikTokrs , Instagrammers , Pinners and other social media creators out there on the internet. They all want help! The list is endless
- You can create intro videos for YouTubers
- Remove marks from Images
- Picture editing, remove spots and wrinkles
- Remove background (mainly for online shops)
- Voice over to customers video if you have a distinctive voice or accent
- Offer a complete Social Media management service eg Pinterest: Creating, Pinning, Scheduling and Following
Copywriting: Another Much-In-Demand Service is Copywriting, you can with the right skill level charge 50cent to a Dollar a word, for composing sales pages and email follow up letters.
Social Media: Managing a platform such as Pinterest, for a business, is another highly prized skillset, you can boost your clients on-line presence making huge returns, for which you can demand good rewards.
SEO: this is needed by every website, just to get the most from their own site. Few new website owners know how to do this and there are tools you can use to assess the SEO state of any site. I wrote some details of the main points within SEO here. SEO improvements will ( eventually) make big steps towards higher visitor numbers and higher bottom line for these businesses. It IS more difficult to get new clients, as there are many scammers out there hammering the email inboxes of every business under the sun, so it is perhaps more difficult to get started.
The great thing about providing services like the ones above is they are the very skills you will need to use on your own blog, so learning the basics and more advanced techniques of photo editing and site promotion are skills that will serve you well and that you should be doing anyway.
The websites to join , to get this work are:
- People per hour
- Simply Hired
- 99 Designs
When you join and first log in, it may look like you are up against enormous competition, I searched the following terms and listed the number of gigs under each one:
- Image Editing 7200
- Picture Editing 2700
- Video Editing 29000
- YouTube Intro/Outro video 10200
- Logo Animation 4800
- Voice Over 770
- Character Animation 304
- Explainer Video Animations 300
So be aware that it will take a while to become established, the competition in some categories is high. Most people hiring on these platforms choose intermediate level gigs, not beginners with no track record, so be prepared to hustle for a while to get some work on the platform, once you have 10 or so gigs behind you, you will find more enquiries coming through.
Note that for many services carried out with tools, for example photo-editing; there are FREE tools, available for most purposes, rather than pay out top dollar for Photoshop, use GIMP (download) or PhotoPea(online). Similarly with Sound Editing there is Audacity. For video Editing there are VSDC, HitFilmExpress, Openshot(opensource V easy) . Shotcut 4k, intuitive interface and DaVinci Resolve ( incredible number of features) which is probably the best.
Tiers of Gig
Fiverr gigs are no longer Five Dollars, most are way more !
On Fiverr ( and most similar sites ) you can have 3 levels of Gig, which may be Basic, Middle and Super. Each with a higher price and more facilities included eg. For images:
- the basic might be $5( for a newbie) and just provide the end product .
- The Middle option might be $10 and include all the files used, (so the hirer can produce work using them ) and
- the Top Option might be $20 and have 10 images with files.
This is the most important structure to gather more work. Offer something different to your competition. Offer 10 free revisions, different resolution images, Style variations…. again the list of options is endless.
Don’t expect to earn overnight, Fiverr takes a while to get going, to accumulate those positive feedback stats, but can be a great regular income once established, that doesn’t take up too much of your time.
What Services Can You Offer on Fiverr
This may be stating the Obvious, but make sure you are confident that you can actually DO the gig you’re offering. If in any doubt, there are many good tutorials on YT and courses on Udemy and Coursera. And…. practice practice practice
Virtually all businesses, need a logo. Logos need to be original, simple memorable. Offline businesses use a logo on their delivery van, their business cards and stationery. Online businesses like to use logos on their sites, for webpages, ebooks, popups and favicons. The market does seem to be saturated in Logo design, but will always be in demand and good sellers are hard to find. Ideas can be generated by various online tools.
YouTube Thumbnail design: the UT platform is ever more popular and video makers need to have matching and relevant thumbnails for each of their playlists.
Portfolio of Work
My main and KEY point with Fiverr is this – when you start no one knows you. You have no reputation. No 5 star rating. Nothing. Who wants to hire someone with no track record?
The answer is your Portfolio
My approach was to build a portfolio website. Sounds like a lot of work? Not really, you can launch a WordPress site in just 5 minutes, after choosing and purchasing a suitable domain name. Most people , when starting their blogs choose shared hosting , which means you can host as many sites on your own space as you want. If you want to keep costs to a minimum, look out for Domain Name bargains, you can often find some of the secondary TLDs for less than a dollar for the first year. Remember this website will be used primarily within Fiverr, so it doesn’t necessarily need to be a .com TLD.
The sole purpose of this Portfolio site is to make your picture and image work stand out. It doesn’t really matter about the usual Google ranking factors such as page load speed so you can go to town purely on presentation, have as many popups, flashy ads, scroll outs….. etc as you want, its all about self promotion !
I would suggest either the Digi Theme or the Elementor Theme, either of which has enough bells and whistles to make a super job of creating a splash with web pages. Digi is a paid product best value is $249 once only for lifetime access, full drag and drop page builder. Elementor comes in a fantastic free version with almost as many features ( all my own sites are build with Elementor free version ) as Digi, very good user interface. Digi of course has backup from the authors with any problem, where Elementor only has backup for their paid product Elementor Pro. This may be a deal breaker for beginners who may need help more often. However I managed to learn the main Elementor features from an early adopter on YouTube and figured the rest out easily. It is a bit of a leap if you’re used to WP only and their Gutenberg editor, but worth every minute of time learning Elementor.
Ensure you have many pages displaying your work, use before and after images, make certain to use the max resolution possible even at the expensive of load time, people looking to have work done, want to see DETAIL.
Although you can upload a video for each type of gig you offer ( and that is a great idea ), your portfolio site will build up over time to show a mass of work, which will be more persuasive than just a video on one sub-niche and get you more work.
Other Important Issues with Fiverr Gigs
- Create a good profile, with a decent head shot photo
- In your profile, fill in the description fully tell people what you do, why they need YOU.
- Create an SEO optimised subject line for your gigs, make it easy for users to find you
- Overdeliver, Give Value! Go the extra mile and you’ll soon get repeat business
- Create sub-niche gigs
- Create 7 ( max allowed ) gigs
- Create an outstanding thumbnail
- respond quickly
- Upload a video for each gig
- start with low prices
- stay online as much as poss.