Before you sign up for an online platform that manages the money you earn, you will probably have a few questions. What is Fiverr? What’s it like being a freelance writer on Fiverr? Can I make a lot of money on Fiverr? How long does it take to get paid? And, what the heck is a gig?
What is Fiverr
Before I go into great detail on what is Fiverr , I’ll answer the last question first, so you can follow my article. A gig is Fiverr’s word for service. Your gig is similar to an ad in the yellow pages or a Sunday paper. It simply displays your services on their platform so that shoppers can find the best deal. You can add different variations, different designs, and play around with it until it starts to sell. In the beginning, you’re more like a buy one get one free coupon in the hopes of being bought.
I rest of this article should answer the question, what is Fiverr? So first, you will want to create an account which is easy. After you create your account you can then begin to create your first gig. I am a freelance writer, so I created a gig/service which states “I will write a 500 word content article”. Now, Buyers can order my service or “gig”.
The most common way to receive your earnings on Fiverr is through PayPal. Once you’re set-up, you can withdraw your earnings from the platform. (more on receiving earnings later)
So now a buyer can order your Service for whatever asking price you want. Buyers can pay by either Paypal or a credit card. Keep in mind there are fees for both Fiverr and Paypal. Once the order is made, you can begin to work while Fiverr (your pimp) holds on to the money.
It’s important to remember, once you set the delivery time you are committed. You must deliver within that timeframe. If you are late, then it will affect your seller’s profile and ratings. Additionally, If you don’t deliver within 24 hours after your original due date, the buyer can cancel the order altogether. And to top it off, they can leave you a negative rating.
What is Fiverr Scenario A: You deliver the content on time, the client is happy, and your client clicks the order complete. The Buyer then leaves you a review which is broken down into 3 aspects, your communication, worked as described, and a buy again or recommended.
Now, Fiverr will show how much money you have earned minus their 20% cut. But unfortunately, you still have to wait for your money. In fact, your money will be on hold for 14 days as you are still a level 0 seller.
The four seller levels in the Fiverr system.
- Level 0 – AKA Member (cow symbol) – You do not have a level when you first sign up or are a level 0 (zero). Takes 14 days for the payments to get cleared
- Level 1 – You must be a member for 30 days and have 10 sales with positive ratings. – Takes 14 days for the payments to get cleared
- Level 2 – 50 orders in 2 months – Takes 7 days for the payments to get cleared
- Level 3 – AKA Top Rated – Must be hand-selected from the staff. Takes 7 days to get the payments cleared.
As you can see, as you level up, so will your reputation as a good writer and you will be rewarded with extra features. This is Fiverr’s way to make sure everything remains kosher (a safe community) after completion.
After 14 days have passed, your money will be shown as your earnings and is ready for withdrawal. I usually withdraw with PayPal although there are alternatives.
What is Fiverr Scenario B: Seller delivered the work, but the client didn’t like it. The buyer will request for modification/revision, and you will work until they’re satisfied. Once they mark the project complete then you are clear.
If the buyer is never satisfied with your work, then you can contact Fiverr support and they will perform an investigation. First read all the conversations and trying to resolve any issues in order to come to an agreement between you and the buyer. Now if the buyer just flat out doesn’t like your work and you never come to terms, the buyer can also contact customer support.
Is Fiverr free?
There is no fee for signing up although they do take 20%. Only those registered can buy and sell on Fiverr. Your initial sign up is only a buyer’s account.
Buyers who purchase your Gig pay Fiverr in advance. When your order is successfully delivered and completed, you will receive 80% of the total order value.
Avoid problems down the road
- Make sure your seller profile is complete.
- Make sure your Gigs are well written and describe the services you provide in great detail.
- Make sure your work samples accurately show your skills.
To create an account:
- From the Fiverr homepage, click Join.
- Enter your email address and click Continue.
- Choose a professional user name. Your name in different combinations. Keep in mind, this can’t be undone. Once you choose a username, you can not change it.
- Choose a password and click Join.
- You are now a registered user on Fiverr. An email will be sent for you to activate your account.
- Click the activate link from Fiverr.
- Congrats, you are now an official buyer on Fiverr!
To become a seller on Fiverr
Click on My Settings >Dashboard >Start Selling. You’ll find the button beside your profile picture or on the top right corner of the page.
Then click on become a seller again. This will start the onboarding process, and remember, the more accurate and detailed information you add, the better your Seller profile will be.
Fiverr is similar to the other platforms, At the start, you hope to find jobs which are not easy, you count Fiverr to give you some level of income security. But, Nothing is guaranteed. The more hustle and the more sacrifice (little pay) you give and the more you learn the in’s and outs of the Fiverr platform, then you could end up doing decent in the long run.
This article concludes the answer to What is Fiverr?