How to Make Money on Fiverr: A Beginners’ Guide

Are you looking to start making money online by rendering a service that you’re greatly skilled in? Then is the right place to monetize your skills by selling your services to clients from all over the world.

In this post, I’ll be telling you about Fiverr and how you can start making money on the platform.

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A brief on

Launched in February 2010, is a large freelance outsourcing marketplace where freelancers offer a wide range of services (“gigs”) for $5.

The platform prides itself on making cheap services available to clients and at the same time helping freelancers make a decent income by the side.

Services rendered on Fiverr inlude writing and translation, graphic design, website design, video creation, link building, logo design, typing, and many others that cut across several categories.

Presently, the giant platform has over 3 million registered users (freelancers + clients) and holds more than 3 million gigs.

Making money on Fiverr: Step-by-step guide

In order to achieve your goal of making extra income through the Fiverr platform, you need to follow the right steps. This will help you avoid many costly mistakes that most new Fiverr users make.

Now, here are the steps you need to follow to become a Fiverr income earner.

1. Figure out which service(s) you can render

It goes without saying that you need to define your skillset before heading to register at Fiverr. Since you can only make money on the platform by selling your services, you need to define what services you’re going to sell.

Examples of services that are in high demand on Fiverr include content writing, link building, website/landing page design, logo design, e-book cover design, translation, editing/proofreading, video creation, business card design, flyer design, infographic design, and blog installation.

So, if you’re skilled in any of these areas, you’re good to go. But if you’re not so sure of your skills, take some time to improve them before getting started on Fiverr.

Be sure to choose a service that you can comfortably render to a buyer for $5, since that’s what you’ll earn for the basic gig. (That might seem meager, but it does quickly add up when you start getting multiple orders a day).

2. Register at

Once you’ve decided on which services you would like to render, your next step is to register to become a seller on Fiverr (it’s completely free). To do this, take the following steps:

  • Visit
  • Click the “Join” link at the top right hand corner.
  • Enter your email address in the popup form, and click “Continue”.
  • Enter your preferred username and password, and click “Join”.
  • You will be required to activate your account by clicking the activation link sent to your email.
  • After clicking the activation link, you will see a notification on the next page that states “Account Successfully Activated…”
  • You will be required to complete your profile. Enter your details as required (never fake anything!).

3. Create your gig

To create a gig, move your mouse pointer to where you have your username written — at the top right hand corner. A dropdown menu will show. Click “Start Selling” in that menu, and follow these steps:

  • On the next page, click “Create a Gig”.
  • Enter your gig title in the space provided. This is a brief description of what you’ll do for the client.
  • Choose a category and sub-category for your gig.
  • Upload one or more images that depict your gig.
  • In the space for description, provide more details about your gig. State everything that the client needs to know.
  • Enter tags in the space provided. These help clients find you easily through the search feature.
  • Specify the maximum duration it will take you to deliver each gig.
  • Click the “Save & Continue” button.
  • On the next page, you’ll be required to set the pricing for your gig extras. Do that, if necessary, and click the “Save and Continue” button.
  • On the next page, you can upload a video that describes your gig in more detail. If you don’t have any, just click the “skip” link.
  • On the next page, enter the details you would need from your buyer to get started with the gig. Click “Save & Continue”.
  • On the next page, you’ll be notified that your gig is alive. You can share it using the social share buttons provided. Preview it using the link provided to ensure that all is fine. And that’s all!

For more details about each step — along with screenshots to guide you — read this post: How to Make Money on Fiverr: Free Detailed Tutorials.

4. Start taking orders

If you’re selling a service that isn’t offered by many other freelancers on Fiverr, you can start getting orders even without proactively promoting your gig. I have given examples of such low-competition, easy-to-deliver gigs in this post.

However, putting up gigs with low competition has one bad implication: low sales volume. So, to make a decent income from such gigs, you need to put up many of them at once.

On the other hand, gigs like article writing, website design, logo design, e-book cover design, and link building are very lucrative, since those services are in huge demand. However, thousands of sellers are offering each of these services, so it might take lots of time and effort before you can land your first order.

A smart way to start getting orders for these high-competition gigs is to make your orders stand out. For example, if you’re planning to sell e-book cover design services, don’t just put up a gig like, “I will design a 2D or 3D ebook cover”. Rather, state something like, “I will design a 2D or 3D ebook cover in 24 hrs”. The 24-hour turnaround time you added will attract the attention of clients who want the job done urgently without paying extra for fast delivery.

Similarly, you can play the numbers game. Rather than put up something like, “I will write a 500-word product review”, put up something more tempting like, “I will write 3 200-word product reviews” or “I will write 2 300-word product reviews”. The fact that you’re offering two or three pieces for just $5 will attract the attention of many potential buyers. If you want more ideas for writing gigs that stand out from the crowd, read this article.

Now, you’ve learned all you need to know to get started as a seller on Fiverr. It’s not rocket science, and you don’t need to pay anyone to teach you some “special tricks” because such tricks are non-existent.

If you have no skills to sell on Fiverr and are too lazy/busy to learn one, consider selling some of the gigs in this post. They are very simple to work out and easy to deliver. If you still don’t like those ones, then consider the Fiverr arbitrage model, instead.

Your turn…

Do you have any questions? Or did I miss something important? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment.

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Updated: September 14, 2016 — 2:38 am


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  1. enlightening.but how do i get paid outside fiver? US accound deposit?

    1. I’m sorry, but I don’t quite understand your question. Can you just make it clearer?

    2. Fiverr receive payment after the order is delivered completely.There are two options to withdraw money form fiverr after it has been cleared in 14 days of delivery.You can withdraw by paypal or payoneer card called ” fiverr revenue card” which you can link them by using same buttons. Last time I checked, you can send money with Paypal as a Nigerian but you cannot receive but Payoneer is pretty easy and accepts Nigerians (You can send and receive money). You can read more about withdrawing from fiverr here

  2. Hello a bass, I’ve been following up your content on web income plus and this site. Well, I’m glad for the great work your’e doing and I’ve gained a lot from your book on freelance writing. In fact I received my first payment for writing services last week. Anyway, I’m trying to setup my own blog now and I’m wondering what theme you use for your website. I’m assuming you run the site on WordPress. I like the simple design and I’ll like to get something like this for myself.


    1. Hey Rukky,

      I’m glad to hear that you’ve started making money after applying the tips you learned from my e-book on freelance writing. As for the theme I use on this blog, it’s called “Frontier” and you can find it in the WordPress themes repository. However, you will need to do some customization to get the best out of it. I can help you set up your blog for just N10k.

  3. hello,
    pls sir,are there sites that pays to fill out survey.pls if there is kindly link me up.

    1. Bros are you still on to completing surveys? It does not pay if you want to really make money online. Join fiverr to offer services you are good at and/or create your own blog and write on what you are passionate about and with dedication and patience, you start making money from it by offering adverts, sponsored posts etc.

  4. Wow… Mr Abass has done it again.. Jolly good job Sir!

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