Best Fiverr Guide For Beginners

What would you do for $5? Or, what would you pay someone else to do for $5? Fiverr.com is a marketplace that has taken online space by storm. Whether you are a transcriptionist, graphic designer, voiceover expert, or data entry specialist the opportunities here are endless.

Tasks/services are sold for $5 where the seller gets $4 and the site retains $1. Since its inception in 2009 the community has seen over 3 million service gigs created and there have been tremendous changes in how the site operates and how the sellers make their money.  Click here to view my Fiverr profile.

In my opinion, this is by far the easiest and fastest way of making money online. With other sites you have to bid on projects and wait for the client to contact you, which can be such a daunting task if you are new and just starting out. But with Fiverr, this is a ready market. Clients have money in their wallets and are ready to order.

So, hurry and make it count.

Fiverr Services

How Do I Create My Account?

Creating an account on Fiverr is really easy. You can either register using your Facebook or Google+ account if you already have one or just fill out the form provided if you don’t.

Click on https://www.fiverr.com/. It will take you straight to the sign up page.

Fiverr Sign Up Page

You will then be taken to the next page as shown below.

Join Fiverr

If you choose to sign up with Facebook or Google+ it will be automatic. If not, you will have to do it manually. You will insert your email address and password and voila! You are a Fiverr registered user. You will be taken to Fiverr’s dashboard where you will see a message asking you to activate/confirm your email as shown below. I used my sister’s account to illustrate this step by step since I already have mine open and in operation.

Join Fiverr

Two things to note:

  1. Username

Make sure your username is relevant to whatever service you intend to offer. If it’s illustrations you can say “Illustrationspro” or if it’s a graphic design you can say “graphicswizard” etc. Anything that will show up in search results is really useful.

  1. Add a photo.

It is evident that people like working with people they know, like and trust. If you hide your face chances are clients will pass you by because they don’t know who you are or what you offer. So, go take a high quality picture, upload it and stand out as the professional that you are.

How to Create Noteworthy Gigs

As I had mentioned earlier, there are over 3 million services on Fiverr. One thing that you have to keep in mind is there is a lot of competition. You must choose a unique service that you are good at and that is profitable.

What are you good at?

  • Is it Transcription?
  • Is it Graphic Design?
  • It is Article/Content writing?
  • Is it Video Editing, or
  • Is it Social Media Marketing?

There are so many things that you can do here. Take a day if you can and come up with a unique and eye-catching service that will get you clients in the shortest time possible.

 Strategies to Guarantee Gig/Fiverr Overall Success

  1. Create high quality pictures

They say that a picture is worth a thousand words. This could not be further from the truth when it comes to selling your services on Fiverr. People with eye-catching images sell more compared to those who don’t or those who have pictures that do not say much about who they are or what they do.

If you are a transcriptionist taking a picture that is nicely done with either a keyboard or a headset will clearly communicate your message across to the clients compared to someone who has a cartoon character on their gig picture.

  1. Service Keywords

I know when you hear this you might say, “But keywords are useful on websites/blogs.” This is entirely not the case. The search engines like Google play a big role in ensuring that your services are found on Fiverr. So make sure you choose them wisely.

The two areas to pay more attention to when creating your keywords are: gig titles and gig tags.

Your gig title must have at least one keyword that is relevant to your industry.

Example 1 – Transcription gig

I will transcribe 5 minutes of audio within 24 hours for $5

Gig Tags – Transcribe, Transcripts, Type, Voice-to-Text

Example 2 – WordPress gig

I will solve your WordPress blogs CSS, HTML and other WordPress issues for $5.

Gig Tags – WordPress, Website, CSS, HTML, PHP

This is a real gig example

Gig – I will design an Eye Catching ebook or Kindle Cover with bonus for $5

Gig Extra – I will deliver this gig in just 1 day for $20

Note: Don’t just focus on making more money. Make sure your gig extras offer even more value to the client.

  1. Proper titles and descriptions

Your gig title is the first point of contact that you will have with your clients/buyers. Make it as impressive as you can. In just a few words tell the client what you do and why he/she should choose your services over other hundred similar services on the site.

Be very, very clear in your description. Tell the client what they will gain if they buy your services. Demonstrate that you are a professional who will give them value for their money

  1. Convenient Delivery Time

When dealing with clients there is always one rule to follow. Under-promise and over-deliver. Do not tell a client you will create his logo in 2 days if you very well know that it will take you 7 days. Or, claim to finish a testimonial in 24 hours if you can comfortably complete it in 48 hours. Be realistic about delivering your services. This will build trust and bring more business your way.

  1. Clear Instructions

When creating a gig there is a section for client instructions. Immediately a buyer orders your gig you will receive a notification to provide further details so that the seller can begin working on the project. This can be providing an email address so that the client can add their Dropbox shared folder. Or, give the name of the website plus keywords and meta tags if the service is about creating websites.

  1. HD Video

It is a proven fact that a gig containing a high quality video will sell at least 200% more than one that is without. Having an intro video that welcomes your clients, explain to them what you do and show them features and benefits of your services will get you ahead of the game.

  1. Gig Extras

Another fact that we are all aware of is that the services on Fiverr go for $5 where the seller gets $4 and the site retains $1. When you think this in realistic terms it doesn’t sound like much. But, one great aspect to increasing your earnings is by offering gig extras. As a top level seller or 2 level seller, a client/buyer can buy services of up to $500.

How to Set Up Your oDesk Profile and Stand Out

Having your oDesk profile filled out at 100% is the fastest and easiest way to get noticed. Make sure you take your time and pay more attention to the following areas:

Basic Information

Here you type your full names as they appear on your national identity card, driving license or social security number. It will be required again when choosing and verifying your payment option. Remember this is serious business. So, no faking here.

Other details to fill in are:

• Email address (Advisable to create one specifically for jobs)
• Country (where you are currently residing)
• Username that you will be using
• A unique password that cannot be guessed by anyone

Next you will fill in your title. There are thousands and thousands of freelancers offering services here.

  • So, which services do you want to offer?
  • Is it Customer Service?
  • Is it WordPress Customization?
  • Are you a writer? Do you do Social Media Marketing or Search Engine  Optimization?

Be specific, professional and choose a catchy title using keywords of the services you offer. This way you will be unique and will stand out from the crowd. You will make it easier for clients to notice you and send you a job offer. So, make it count.

Examples of catchy titles

• SEO, SMM, Data Entry, Web Research and Many More
• Web & Graphic Designer: PHP, HTML5, CSS3, WordPress, E-commerce
• Joomla1.5/Wordpress/Oscommerce/Magento/Zencart Expert

Note: Use keywords in your title that will catch the eye of the client. They will easily show up in search engines and the clients will notice you faster.

How Do I Apply to Jobs?

The job application is a 5-step process and is as follows:

1) Finding Jobs

When searching for jobs to apply to, you will select from the following categories:

• Customer Service
• Web Development
• Writing & Translation
• Software Development
• Administrative Support
• Sales & Marketing
• Design and Multi-media
• Business Services
• Networking and Information Systems etc.

This will be done at the sign up stage. You get an opportunity to choose categories that interest you. You are also allowed to choose more than one category. Every day you will be notified via email of new jobs being posted that might be a match for you according to what you selected.

On the oDesk interface, once you’ve logged in, you click on the Find Work button and you will be taken to available jobs that match your qualifications. This is called My Job Feed. You click on one of them and check it out. Read the title and the body of the post to make sure you understand the client’s instructions. Also, make sure it’s a job you can successfully complete. It is also advisable to check out the client reviews.

What to look for in a client’s profile:

  • How long has he/she been on oDesk?
  • Does he have reviews?
  • If yes, are they positive?
  • What do the contractors say about him?
  • Does he have a verified payment method?
  • Does he/she pay his contractors and is it on time?
  • Does he leave positive feedback?

It’s easy to find this info just by checking the client’s profile. After that, click the Apply to this Job button.

2) Application Review

Here the client will review contractor applications. The best candidates with matching skills, experience and noteworthy cover letters wills be contacted for interviews.

3) Interview Stage

The client can send a message to ask freelancers to take a paid test so he can see how well they can work together. If it’s a hourly project he may suggest working for 2 or 3 hours then track the time using the time tracker as you would when working on a real project. Make sure you are hired first before agreeing to this.

Alternatively, the client may send you a message and request to schedule a Skype call. If this happens reply as soon as possible and ask the client what would be a convenient time for him to receive your call and for how long so you can both be prepared. Log on Skype at least 30 minutes before the call and have a few questions prepared to ask the client regarding the project. Make sure they are appropriate and thoughtful.

4) Accepting the Offer

If the Skype call or the paid test goes well you will be offered the job. This will come as a notification that you must accept within 7 days. Once you accept it the contract will be automatically created between you and the client. At this stage you will start working for the client as agreed.

You can also check out How to Get Started on oDesk and Make Money in case you missed it. Stay tuned for more interesting posts!

How to Get Started on oDesk and Make Money

Are you a graphic designer, virtual assistant, customer service provider or transcriber and is great at bidding? If you are, then you will find oDesk.com an amazing site. It is the world’s largest online marketplace that offers both freelancers and businesses a convenient environment to do business.

oDesk.com was founded back in 2003 Campbell, California, United States. It has tools and resources that will properly equip you and enable you work online successfully. Just go to the site. Set up your profile and start bidding on projects (I will help you with this in later posts). It’s as simple as that.

Other sites similar to it are:  Elance, Freelancer, Guru, People Per Hour and vWorker.

How Does oDesk Work?

I know by now you must be wondering how the site works. Well, it’s a free to register website. You sign up by filling in personal data in preset fields. Then, choose a variety of tests to undertake according to the services you provide. You will be allowed to apply to 20 jobs per week if you pass at least 5 of their set tests. These tests can be: US Basic English, Office Skills, Telephone Etiquette, WordPress, Customer Service test just but to name a few.

How to Pass the oDesk Readiness Test

There is also an initial oDesk Readiness Test that every freelancer must take if you are to work with the site. You get to apply to 2 jobs per week without doing the test. Once you do the test the application quota will be increased to 10 jobs per week. Doing 4 or more tests will give you 20 jobs per week. It should take you about 60 minutes to complete. You can retake the test if you fail. So, do not worry.

Topics covered in the oDesk Readiness Test:

• oDesk Policy
• Applying to jobs
• Working on contracts
• Payments
Click here to find answers to the oDesk Readiness Test

Are There Fees?

This is a question that lingers in everybody’s mind, “If it’s free then how does oDesk make money?” For every project completed oDesk takes 10% of the total earnings. This amount goes to site maintenance and other related activities. In my opinion, it’s a fair bargain to the site, the client and the service provider.

For example, if you did a project worth $100, $90 will be paid to you and $10 retained by the site.

Click here to view my oDesk profile as a freelancer and here as a client.