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The Definitive Guide to Fiverr 2019: What Is Fiverr and How Does It Work?

The Definitive Guide to Fiverr 2020: What Is Fiverr and How Does It Work?

Last updated: October 1, 2020
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The gig economy is booming and you can earn money in your spare time in your car delivering products or people, working in other people’s homes with, or from your sofa, working online for companies like Fiverr, Upwork, or Flexjobs.

While Upwork is the most popular work-from-home freelancer website, Fiverr is rapidly becoming more well-known and well-loved among people who simply don’t have the time to screen hundreds of candidates or apply to dozens of jobs on a regular basis.

If you’re interested in learning more about Fiverr, keep reading. This article will walk you through everything you need to know including what Fiverr is, how it works, what services are available, how to join, and Fiverr promo codes.

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What Is Fiverr? is the most well-known and popular online marketplace for micro-jobs. It’s the best freelance marketplace to buy and sell micro-gigs, which are called Fiverr Gigs.

Unlike websites like or Amazon’s MTurk, Fiverr focuses on short-term gigs with very fast turnaround times, usually within 72 hours.

Gigs on Fiverr tend to be smaller — a single blog post or photo — instead of an entire month’s worth of content or all the images a client needs. The smaller gig scope allows for faster turnaround and the ability to easily test a working relationship.

How Does Fiverr Work?

Fiverr is a marketplace, not a job site. Instead of employers posting job ads for a freelancer to apply to, service providers create a storefront of their offerings and clients can choose from predetermined gigs, based on what best suits their needs.

Fiverr as a Service Provider

Getting started as a service provider on Fiverr is easy. You will need to create a $5 gig offering and have it approved by Fiverr. You can do so by visting the site and creating an account. You will then be asked to enter your gig details.

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Once your gig is approved, it will be listed in the correct category in the marketplace. You can now create additional gigs or gig extras.

Make sure to create detailed and appealing titles and descriptions for your gigs, as they will be a critical part of enticing buyers to purchase from you instead of from another service provider. While many clients may request  freelancer interview, detailed descriptions also cut down on the number of back-and-forth emails you’ll have with potential customers.

When someone orders your gig, Fiverr will notify you and charge the buyer in advance. Once you deliver your gig to the buyer, your seller account will be credited 80 percent of the purchase price. If your gig was $5, that means you’ve earned $4.

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You’ll be able to withdraw money earned on Fiverr after 14 days (7 days once you’re a Top Rated Seller) and you can only make one withdrawal per 24 hours.

You can withdraw your earnings to your PayPal account, by transferring them directly to your bank account, or by crediting your Fiverr revenue card, which functions as a prepaid debit card. You will be responsible for all associated processing fees.

The base price for all Fiverr gigs is $5, but an order can easily increase to up to hundreds of dollars with the addition of “Gig Extras,” which increase the scope of the gig.

A gig extra is an add-on service like designing business cards when your original gig was for logo design. Gig extras can have a huge impact on how much money you can earn on Fiverr by easily increasing the average cost of your gigs.

Service providers can also create custom offers for clients who contact them directly. Custom offers can have any scope or price point and can be shared outside of Fiverr by using Fiverr Anywhere. To accept a custom offer, a client just needs to click “Accept.”

Be sure to deliver only high-quality work and to ask your customers for a review when the gig is over and they’re happy. Positive reviews will help make your gigs more visible in the marketplace and will encourage other potential customers to purchase from you.

Fiverr as a Service Purchaser

Purchasing freelance services on Fiverr is even easier than selling them. Just sign up for an account and you save 20 percent on your first order.

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Once you’ve created your account, you’ll be able to browse the Fiverr Marketplace for the service you need and when you find the service provider and gig offering you most like, click “Continue” to proceed to checkout.  Screen Shot 2019 01 02 at 1.28.15 PM

At checkout, you’ll be asked to choose from among any offered gig extras. Click “Order Now” once you’ve selected all your gig extras.

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At this point, you’ll be asked to enter your payment method. Fiverr accepts major credit card brands and PayPal.

Once you’ve paid, you’ll be able to submit your gig requirements to your service provider. Be sure to ask any questions you have about the gig before placing the order.

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New sellers won’t have any reviews for you to peruse but they will generally be able to deliver your gig faster than an established Fiverr seller who has a long queue of orders to work through before getting to yours.

They’ll also be more likely to go above and beyond to deliver great work on their first gigs and ensure you’re able to leave them a 5-star rating.

Fiverr charges customers a $2 service fee on gigs up to $40 and a 5 percent service fee on gig orders that are $41 or more.

What Digital Services Are Available on Fiverr?

Some of the most popular digital services on Fiverr are graphic design, logo design, blog content, voiceovers, T-shirt design, and WordPress setup. There is also high demand for search engine optimization, social media marketing, video editing, virtual assistant work, data entry, and photoshop.

If your service isn’t one of these, don’t worry. These aren’t the only freelance services on Fiverr.

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Fiverr FAQ

If you have additional questions about earning money on  Fiverr, you can check the Fiverr Help & Support FAQ for Sellers. We’ve pulled three of the most commonly asked questions for you below to save you that extra click.

1. How Do I Contact Fiverr Support?

While most vendors on Fiverr rarely need to contact support directly, you can do so by clicking this link and choosing “Submit a Request.”

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You’ll be asked to log into your account, at which point you will be able to submit a request. Someone from Fiverr’s seller support team will be in touch with you shortly.

2. What If a Buyer Requests a Refund?

When a buyer requests a refund by canceling an order, they are required by Fiverr to provide proof and a satisfactory explanation before doing so. However, Fiverr doesn’t force buyers to accept an order they aren’t happy with, so canceled orders are a possibility (although rare occurrences) on Fiverr.

If a buyer does cancel an order, you can block them from purchasing from you again by going to the buyer’s profile and selecting “Block.” You’ll need to choose a reason you’re blocking the buyer from the list and submit it.

3. What Is Learn from Fiverr?

Fiverr offers affordable courses to its vendors through Learn from Fiverr. While the courses aren’t free, they are a good way to learn a new skill or get the equivalent of Fiverr accreditation for a skill you already have. Just think of this like a freelancer business license, but specially focused on your own skills.

You can also take a Fiverr skill test for accreditation but you’re limited to taking any test a maximum of two times in any three months.

Learn from Fiverr is a good way to brush up on your skills and get the Fiverr seal of approval if you’re not a natural test-taker.

Is Fiverr for You?

Whether Fiverr is a good fit for you or not will depend on your needs. As a service provider, are you looking to do many small, quick projects or do you prefer big, complex ones? If it’s the former, Fiverr is definitely your online marketplace but you can also find bigger projects by having ongoing clients or utilizing gig extras.

As an employer do you prefer browsing offerings or creating your own job description and finding the best applicant for it? If you prefer browsing a marketplace, Fiverr is a great fit for you. If you prefer creating your own job description, you can still do so on Fiverr by asking service providers to create a custom order for your project.

Whether you’re looking to earn money or find someone to help you, Fiverr is popular both for its range of gig offerings and the number of users. Fiverr also has a very low barrier to entry, making it easy to sign up and test the digital marketplace. Maybe it is the best online marketplace for you. The only way to find out is to try it.

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