Testimonial from Keelie:
I wanted to share a bit of a testimony about your blog. About 5 months ago, you posted an article about earning extra Christmas cash with Fiverr. I found the most valuable information in that post, and it has absolutely changed my life!
My husband is a pastor, and recently, he has been feeling lead to take a break from ministry so our family can re-focus. It was a very difficult decision — both to leave his passion, and also to replace that income. I’ve always wanted to stay home with my boys while they were growing up, so the thought of working outside the home was heart-wrenching to say the least.
However, when I read the post about Fiverr, I decided to create a writing gig. Immediately, I began taking in orders from websites and correspondence. Since that day, I have been blessed with order after order; and recently, I was offered a full-time at-home job with a website — all because of my efforts at Fiverr!
Thanks so much for sharing that post — it has truly changed my life! -Keelie
Lisa | The Money Pinch says
This makes my day reading this because I originally submitted the post when I owned The Frugal Batavian. Nice to see someone benefited from reading about Fiverr here on MoneySavingMom.com
Does anyone have experience (good /bad) with fiverr as an graphic designer
I’m curious…what does she write? The description of her testimony is vague!
Fiverr sounds like a great idea, but hopefully professional and amateur writers are only using this for introductions, getting established, and getting published clips. But even as practice, writers can make much much more elsewhere (try Ebyline or oDesk). Check out Carol Tice, who makes hundreds per post. If you’re a good writer, don’t sell yourself short! – Brenda, from SuperMoney.
Crystal Paine says
Thank you so much for the suggestions!
I have to agree with you Brenda. I was exploring a way to build up some writing clips specifically from websites and most of them pay a penny for word, which is not worth my time considering many of the sites expect you to spend time researching as well.
Marianne Hardy says
Can you give more specific details of what you did for instance what was your first job and what have you mainly done.
this is my testimonial. Sure I can give you some more detailed info as to what I was doing on fiverr.
I created a gig to write 400 words of a buyer/s choice of topic for $5. Fiverr takes $1 for every $5 someone spends. So, I made very very little for each article to start. That was my choice to do that to bring in more buyers. You can set your gig for whatever you like. You do not have to be a writer, you can create any job you like for the $5. I personally enjoy writing, so that is what I chose. Content writing is very valuable, so it is a hot commodity on Fiverr. Not all jobs on Fiverr will bring in a lot of orders. I have had a lot of success on the site because I have been willing to write a lot of well researched material for a very low price. Since I stuck it out there for so long, I was able to raise my prices, and people still hired me at the higher price. I am not currently on Fiverr right now, and that is because I’m working so much for Lifetricks.com and I blog for 5 people every week. I also have a few other clients that I write website content for every so often. You can go to my site, Kayleeree.com and see on my sample page some of the types of content I have been asked to write as a result of Fiverr.
A few things I wish I had known before I created my first gig on Fiverr.
-I wish I had set my gig for a longer period of time. I started it at 3 days, but eventually set my turn around time on a project for 7 days.
-If I had known how valuable content writing is, I would have started the gig at 350 words for $5, since that would encourage a buyer to purchase the gig twice for a more lengthy article.
-If I had known there would have been no shortage of orders, I wouldn’t have accepted every single article request asked of me. It took me three months to feel comfortable telling a buyer that I couldn’t do the article they were asking, for different reasons. It is ok to tell a buyer you don’t want to take on a project. There will be other buyers.
-It is time consuming and you should expect to put in a lot more time then what you are being paid for at least for the first month or two. You’ll develop regular people who come to you all the time. After a month, you can add on a tip to your gig. If you are good at what you do, people will give you the tip. I received many tips. 🙂
It is a learning process, and your experience may not be like mine. Not everyone has success on Fiverr but a lot of people do. I had the ability to hone in on my writing skills with little expectations. People do not expect to get good quality articles at $5, so I was given a lot of grace for writing that may not have been that well put together. Fiverr made a gateway for me to find opportunities to work for other websites, and also to realize that I can in fact blog on a regular basis.
If I had any real wisdom to share it would be, stay patient and flexible. With internet businesses, you do not know which ones will be successful and which ones will fold. There is no guarantee in any of this. So, build up a good clientele with whatever your freelance work should happen to be, so that if one of their sites doesn’t work out, the you still have other projects to fall back on.
I hope this helps anyone who is feeling hesitant about creating a gig on Fiverr. At the end of the day, what is the worse thing that can happen? You open a gig, it doesn’t bring in any money, and you do something instead. 🙂
Crystal Paine says
THANK YOU for sharing this additional information, Keelie!
thank you so much for this follow up as well! So helpful! However, I tried to go to your website and it says not found? Is the address correct?
Keelie Reason says
Hey there Tara,
I am not sure what website you were trying to access. If you clicked my name in the comments section, I believe it might have tried to take you to a website I used to work for. I know longer work for them. I own my own website now called Love Hope Adventure, and it is linked to my name in this comment.
If you were looking for more information about Fiverr, I can help you with that as well. Just let me know what link you were clicking that said it was coming up, Not found and I’ll see if I can help you. 🙂
Keelie Reason says
I mentioned in my comment a year ago that you could see what I write about on kayleeree.com. I no longer have that URL. If you would like to see the types of writing I have done for Fiverr clients, you can go to keeliereason.com. At one time, I was writing under a pen name, but quickly abandoned that. I will tell you, that is another thing I wish I had known when I started writing….always write under your real name if given the option! You never know when you are going to be able to benefit from being accredited for your own work.
Yes, I did not realize this post was over a year old! Sorry, I was trying kayleeree.com . Do you still think Fiverr is a good option for those just starting out at this point? I put an ad on yesterday, but it seems that market is FLOODED at this point?
Keelie Reason says
I’ll be honest, I am not sure how well new people are doing on Fiverr. I actually re-activated my gigs over there, and I take on a handful of orders a week. It is not bringing in as many clients as I used to get before I got off, but it is bringing in enough to make it worth my time. I do not need to get slammed with fiverr orders because of the other clients that I have been working with for more than a year. Fiverr brings me one really awesome client every two or three months that I end up sticking with for a long time. So, it has been really helpful to me, even though the number of gigs I take on a week has drastically reduced. Like this week, I think I only have 8 orders over there. Last week, I might have had 5-6. I used to have 30+ a week, but that was overwhelming, and I’m glad it is lower now. I say to just try it and see what happens. I’ve been on there for over 2 years and it is the reason I have gotten connected with people who need writing and social media helps.
Maritza Perez says
So happy for you! Glad you can stay home and have a great career while being there for your family. I am a non-monetary caregiver to my mother and worked to away from home cleaning jobs which burned me mentally, emotionally and physically. I’m forty-five year old single parent who was always taught to just go to work and pay other people’s bills! Interested in Closed Captioning for the Hearing Impaired and VoiceOver work. So glad the, “Love what you do”, movement is getting stronger with women as yourself making this work-at-home not just that, but as a new possible and positive mind set for others to follow. Continued blessings.