A Man of Wealth and Taste


Hi, everyone!

What’s new & exciting? Not sure what I’m supposed to tell you about myself, here. I have a degree in digital design & motion graphics and I live in Seattle. I’m hoping to sell my services.

Forgive me for asking a Fiverr 101 question that, I’m sure, has been asked and answered countless times, but where can I find a good explanation of how this site works? Specifically, how does anyone make any decent money - let alone a living - $5 at a time? How is that possible? $5 is peanuts. It’s LESS than peanuts. $5 is well below the already-inadequate minimum wage. That’s not even a full hour’s pay. That’s maybe 45 minutes of work. What can anyone do that takes less than 45 minutes? If I wanted to edit a photo or a video for someone, no matter how simple the task may be, it’s almost certainly going to take longer than 45 minutes, and that’s assuming I’m willing to work for less than minimum wage, which I’m not, so how in the name of Zeus’ beard does anyone make any decent money here?

And if someone can explain that to me, I’d love any tips or suggestions anyone has for what I can do as a graphic designer/video editor.

Thank you, everyone. (^_^)


Simple. Make your gig the far more simple, just make it simple worht 5 dollor. And you can ask more if the complexity increases. It depends on you how you choose the sinplest and complex that appeal people for that. And also you can increase the price of you gigs. So if your gig worth more than 5 dollor do it. You can also make package with more revenue out of it. I make animation but not at the rate of five dollor but for 20 dollor a ranging from 10 secs. And I have made 75 dollor from my first sale. And have made 175 dollor out of 3 works…
So, that’s how one can earn a little enough out of Fiverr. I hope that one day I will start getting 3 to 5 order a day each of 20 dollor …Lol. :wink:


Dear Snow:

I suggest you listen to Fiverrcast and / or read the Transcripts.

There are lots of ways to make good money. Two key strategies include:

  1. repeat Buyers
  2. upsells.

Good luck,

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Never Contact a Seller on Fiverr to Ask for FREE STUFF!]
Be sure to read the Fiverr Terms of Service and to make use of Tools like the Fiverr Blog, Fiverr Academy, Fiverrcast, and Fiverr Support.

Engage your common sense. Not every suggestion here will work for you. You are responsible for your results, so you should test everything and adjust for your own best results.

I suggest you check out Fiverrcast episode 08: Working Through Language Barriers.

As a general rule, when I have time to participate in the Fiverr Forum and I notice a request like yours in the “Improve My Gig” section, I am willing and able to look at a Seller’s Profile and one gig one time.

I can give you a better level of assistance if you first work your way through the checklist below. That way, I won’t waste your one turn by advising you to follow items on the checklist.
Please study this thread: https://forum.fiverr.com/t/the-big-day-i-finally-ask-blaisefaint-to-critique-my-gig/104448 to better appreciate what I’m talking about here. It should take you a minimum of 4 weeks to make your way through all the material.

If you haven’t already read Strengths Finder 2.0 and taken that assessment, I suggest you do so, because it should give you the language to express your strengths and help you to brainstorm some gigs for which you are especially well qualified. Check out the writing of Chris Guillebeau and Tim Ferriss. By Josh Kaufman, I recommend The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything… Fast! and The Personal MBA. Also, you could read Influence by Robert Cialdini and Get Anyone to Do Anything by David J. Lieberman.

Here’s a thread discussing a specific example of a Buyer Request for which I created a gig and then asked for help improving that gig via the forum.


Please copy and paste the links below to read these articles:

http://forum.fiverr.com/t/improve-my-gig-checklist/84987 Improve My Gig Checklist

https://forum.fiverr.com/t/39-tips-tricks-for-super-sellers/108171/2 39 Tips and Tricks for Super Sellers

http://forum.fiverr.com/t/do-this-not-that-part-3-of-the-seller-tip-trilogy/104017 Seller Tip Trilogy

http://forum.fiverr.com/t/im-new-and-need-sales-3-top-tips-tricks-to-generating-sales-from-a-top-rated-seller/97341 3 Top Tips and Tricks

http://forum.fiverr.com/t/play-pause-video-tutorial-achieve-unlimited-upsells-with-fiverr-anywhere/88568 Fiverr Anywhere Video Tutorial

http://forum.fiverr.com/t/buyer-requests-feature-basics-for-sellers-what-and-where-is-br/98001Buyer Requests 1

http://forum.fiverr.com/t/buyer-requests-how-to-get-the-gig/98098 Buyer Requests 2

http://forum.fiverr.com/t/tips-for-sellers-who-are-not-native-english-speakers/73054?source_topic_id=99257Tips for Non-Native English Speakers

http://forum.fiverr.com/t/sell-me-this-pen-a-sellers-instructionals-from-a-techies-pov/90578?source_topic_id=98098Sellers Instructionals from a Techies POV

http://forum.fiverr.com/t/amazing-idea-that-helps-with-the-seo-of-your-gig/98334 SEO Idea

http://forum.fiverr.com/t/352-54-sales-in-our-first-month/99135 54 Sales in Our First Month

http://forum.fiverr.com/t/7-tips-for-upselling/99558 7 Tips for Upselling

http://forum.fiverr.com/t/some-info-and-opinion-on-chargebacks/99786 Chargebacks

http://forum.fiverr.com/t/how-i-use-social-media-to-market-my-fiverr-gigs-archived/50259?source_topic_id=101997 Social Media Gig Marketing

https://forum.fiverr.com/t/keeping-a-flow-of-orders-to-avoid-both-late-deliveries-and-dry-spells/80572 Managing Buyer Expectations

http://forum.fiverr.com/t/possible-hints-on-gig-tweakings-and-maintaining-improving-rank-or-avoiding-loss-of-rank/103015 Gig Tweaks

http://forum.fiverr.com/t/q-stolen-content-what-should-i-know-about-digital-copyright/101930 Digital Copyright

https://forum.fiverr.com/t/making-gig-images-compatible-through-out-fiverr/101014 Gig Images

https://forum.fiverr.com/t/request-questions-for-fiverrcast-re-launch/103551 Fiverrcast Questions

http://forum.fiverr.com/t/why-does-fiverr-charge-20-commission-on-tips/101144 Fiverr’s Cut

https://forum.fiverr.com/t/fiverr-should-be-called-thirtyrr-or-fortyrr/106786/8 Cogent Discussion of Buyers, Sellers, and Sellers

http://forum.fiverr.com/t/warning-signs-of-a-potentially-troublesome-buyer/96669 Warning Signs of a Potentially Troublesome Buyer

https://forum.fiverr.com/t/warning-signs-of-a-potentially-troublesome-seller/106329 Warning Signs of a Potentially Troublesome Seller

http://support.fiverr.com/hc/en-us/articles/205167778-What-URLs-can-I-use-in-my-profile-or-Gig-description What URLs Can I Use?

https://www.fiverr.com/terms_of_service Fiverr Terms of Service

https://forum.fiverr.com/t/think-before-you-post-a-forum-topic/104192 How to Make Millions on Fiverr


Hi and welcome.

To add to what useful replies you already got, look at the gigs people in your category sell and observe what exactly the basic 5$ gigs offer. But don´t just look at top sellers’ gigs, also at those of others just starting out like you, to compare and get an impression on what the fiverr price point for what is in your field, it might differ, sometimes greatly, depending on how long a seller is here, on their qualifications etc.


$5 is a fantastic wage!
In my country it can be several times the minimum wage - depending on the amount of time you work for it. $5 gets you 10-15 mins of my time to carry out one of the services I provide. You can hire me to do 10 mins of work or a full day - the choice is yours.
My advice is to consider how much you need to earn per hour to make it worthwhile for you and then work out your pricing from there. Initially you will need to do more work for less money but you should consider this period your internship or apprenticeship and take the time to learn how to do things perfectly. When you get some reviews under your belt you can then start putting your pricing up.
Final tip - never scoff at $5. My most regular buyer (average of once weekly for 14 months now) started off with a $5 order to try me out but didn’t tell me that at the time. To date they alone have paid me 4 week’s wages out of 14 months. If I had 14 like them I wouldn’t need anyone else!


Thank you, everyone. I still don’t fully understand, but I appreciate your suggestions. I believe you’ve pointed me in the right direction for more information.

Again, thank you.


Where can I find this Fiverr cast and transcripts? How much am O going to
Have to sift through to find the answers to my questions?

Thank you for your helpful reply. :slight_smile: