Creating a Gig on Fiverr

How can I create an online income, Now?

Like many people, you may be considering alternative opportunities for generating an online income.

Perhaps you don’t have the time or the start-up capital to launch a fully-fledged online business just yet.

You could be thinking, “I have expertise – saleable expertise – how can I turn that into online income now?”. If you need more guidance, check out this simple guide on how to start your online career.

Time to have a look at the gig economy?

Maybe you want to supplement a 9-to-5 position with a side-hustle.

Maybe you’re itching to untether yourself from the cubicle and work from home, the local coffee shop - or wherever.

One way that’s proving very popular is using what’s called freelance aggregator websites.
They’re online marketplaces where those needing help with a project can hire talent on an ad hoc basis.

What’s a good freelance site to start out with?

One of the world’s largest freelance platforms is Fiverr, with a database of more than 3 million gigs. “Gig’ is simply their name for the service that you sell.

Interestingly, the name arose because originally, when it was founded in 2010, each gig cost $5. Back in 2013, however, Fiverr removed the $5 price limit. As the marketplace grew, the quality and quantity of gigs increased dramatically, and you can now sell pretty much any digital service anywhere in the world.

What’s attractive about Fiverr for many is that it’s free to sign up, and they have an inbuilt payment system, so you don’t have to be chasing your earnings.

They also provide a lot of support to help you succeed. The thing is, it’s in Fiverr’s interest that you do well, so you’ll find they have a thorough onboarding process, including a suite of educational courses and videos to help you make the most of your gig. If you need more guidance, check out this simple guide on how to start your online career.

How do you go about setting up a gig?

When you first look at joining Fiverr as a seller, you’ll be asked to create your own gig. But before you pick the first category that pops into your head, take some time to work out your ideal niche and the services you’re going to offer.

A good way to start is by approaching it the way a buyer would. It should be fairly easy to find something close to what you have in mind. Most gigs fall under one of these categories:
And each category can have 30 subcategories. Have a good look around and see how different freelancers are presenting themselves. Like any business, you’re analysing and comparing potential competition to see how you can get an edge.

When it comes to creating your own gig, start with the main category that matches the services you want to offer, being sure to explore subcategories in detail so you can pick the perfect one. Are you a…

Web Developer?
Video Editor?
Voiceover Artist?
Social Media Marketer?
Skype Drum Instructor?

When you go through the sign-up process, you’ll follow a straightforward step-by-step procedure. If you’re starting from scratch, you’ll be shown ways to make your gig stand out above the rest with step-by-step tutorials.

After that, your gig will start showing up on the Fiverr result page for search queries relevant to your service. If your service is good and you get repeated positive feedback from customers, your number of orders will rapidly grow.

Some common questions involved with Fiverr include:

What can I sell?

Be creative – whatever you know you’re good at! You can offer any service you wish as long as it's legal. They have over 200 categories you can browse through to get ideas.
How creative can you be? Here are a few examples:
How much money can I make?

What you get out of it depends on what you put into it - it's totally up to you. Many sellers work on Fiverr full time, and some keep their 9-5 job while using Fiverr as a side-hustle to make extra money.

How much does it cost?

It's free to join, with no subscription required or fees to list your services. You keep 80% of each transaction.

How much time will I need to invest?

It's very flexible. It would help if you put in some time and effort, in the beginning, to learn the marketplace and then you can decide for yourself what amount of work you want to do.

How do I price my service?

With Gig Packages, you set your pricing anywhere from $5 - $995 and offer three different levels of your service at three different prices. Buyers know exactly what they’re getting, and you know exactly what you’ll be paid.

How do I get paid?

Once you complete a buyer's order, the money is transferred to your account—no need to chase clients for payments.

As with everything, your decisions determine your future.

If you’re not happy with where you are now, it’s only through taking action that you will experience any change. Ultimately, it’s up to us to learn how to take control of our own lives, our lifestyles and our personal happiness.

So, what do you think – does becoming an ‘e-lancer’ look like somewhere you could see yourself?

Whatever you choose – don’t just dream, do.

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