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Fiverr is a great place to earn some extra cash if you have some wicked tech skills? But what if you don’t?
If you are looking to make some extra income freelancing without the hassle of looking for clients and promoting your services all over the place? Then you should check out Fiverr.
If you haven’t already heard of it Fiverr is a platform for freelancers to sell their services starting at $5.
Let me say that again, starting at $5.
You can make A LOT more, even a full-time income, by offering upsells and add on services. If you have shied away from Fiverr because you think you are going to make much cuz all the services are only $5, then think again! There are people that have made hundreds and thousands of dollars on Fiverr.
But what kinds of things can you do on Fiverr? Do you have to be a techie person?
The short answer is just about anything you can come up with, and no, you don’t have to be a tech guru!
People use Fiverr to outsource work they either don’t know how to do, don’t want to do, or don’t have the time to do. There are tons of techie type things that you can do on there, like website development, programming, SEO, graphic design, etc.
So first let’s take a look at some of the categories and see what we come up with.
The categories displayed at the top of the Fiverr homepage are:
- Graphics and Design
- Digital Marketing
- Writing and Translation
- Video and Animation
- Music and Audio
- Programming and Tech
- Fun and Lifestyle
Upon first glance, it might look like you need a business or developer degree to make anything off of Fiverr. But let’s take a closer look and dive into some gigs that you as a non-techie (or novice techie) can do to make some extra side cash.
Voice over artist
Do you have a nice voice or just like to talk?
A sexy accent? Perhaps you should try your hand…I mean voice…at voice-overs.
Tons of people are making instructional videos online and are not comfortable with using their own voice or are looking for a specific type of voice to put into their videos.
Simply upload a voice clip to your Fiverr profile and let people know you are a voice-over artist.
Bonus, it helps to have a pretty good microphone so you don’t have to worry about static and feedback. Check out the Yeti microphone this is recommended by many podcasters as an inexpensive and good quality microphone.
Companies pay big money for this type of thing.
Being able to see a website, landing page, or whatever platform from the customers’ perspective can vastly help to improve the customer experience. Plus if you already know how to browse around online-which if you are here, I am assuming you do -this is a super easy way to get started.
You are simply checking to make sure the website is easy to navigate from a user perspective, it doesn’t take too long to load, links work, the design is aesthetically pleasing, etc.
To do this effectively you will need a screen recording software.
You can download Jing for free, which lets you record up to 5 minute videos. Or if you are looking for a something that you can make longer recordings and throw editing in the mix, Screencast-O-Matic is what I personally use.
There is a free version where you can record 15-minute videos and save as a video file. Or a very reasonable pro version for $15/yr. Which allows you to make longer videos and edit the videos. Once you are done making the recording simply upload it to an email, Google drive or Dropbox folder for your client to access.
I promise this is not as sketchy as it sounds!
This can be a fun one to try, especially if you have a certain “look.”
When companies are working on branding campaigns, they want their logo, slogan, or message in as many places as possible. Can you draw the companies logo on yourself? Or wear their t-shirt and take a photo of yourself?
This might not be for everyone. Some companies also might look for a specific “image” that they want to portray to their customers. So if you are loaded with tattoos and the company is looking to promote their products to that demographic, you just might be a perfect fit.
This is one for the writers out there.
Article spinning is basically taking an original article and re-writing it so it can be redistributed on the web for SEO purposes without being dinged as duplicate content.
So why would someone want an article spun?
Maybe they have multiple websites that overlap topics but don’t always want to consistently come up with new content. Or they want to redistribute the same content on their website without duplicating it. This is a particularly popular strategy in small niche sites mostly used for affiliate marketing.
This is another pretty easy job if you are a halfway decent writer.
If you can paraphrase other people’s work-remember English class-without plagiarizing it, then this might be an option for you. You can also use Copyscape’s free comparison tool to check your writing against the original piece of content to make sure it’s not too similar.
Or you can get CopyScape premium and do checks for other people to make sure no one is stealing their content or it is not already copied.
Social media promoter
This is not as technical as it sounds.
If you have a large following on any of your social media accounts you can use that as a promotion tool. This is great if your followers are in a certain niche-like raw food, breastfeeding, or gourmet coffee.
You can write a short post, or be seen using a product and link back to their page. If you don’t have a super large following, starting at $5 is good. However, if you have a pretty large following and super active and engaged users you can command higher prices.
Try to put together a little media packet that shows how many followers you have, when you normally post, the type of engagement you get, if and what you have previously promoted and how it did. For example, each tweet gets an average of X# of retweets within the first 4 hours, etc…
The more specific you can be with how the client will benefit from your following, the higher the prices you can command. Also, there might be the option to develop a recurring relationship with that customer to promote their products. Then you could charge a commission percentage of what your followers buy.
Are you great at meal planning?
Offer your services on Fiverr to those that might not have the time to do meal planning themselves. You can offer plans for specific dietary restrictions-vegetarian, vegan, paleo, gluten free, etc.
There is also the option to offer upsells for those wanting personalized meal plans or add ons like a grocery list.
Microsoft office services
There are many people that are not great at doing things in Microsoft office-excel formulas, word formatting, just gives them a headache and makes them want to cry.
If this is something that comes as second nature to you, then put it to use!
Excel formulas are really not that complicated-whenever I can’t figure one out, I turn to my trusty friend Google.
And it’s not just Microsoft office, this includes Google sheets, docs, etc, and Mac apps like keynote and pages. They are all very similar, and if you have a PC you can access Mac apps in iCloud. But if what I just said is making your head spin, stay away from this one 😉
Social media cards/images
Another one that sounds more complicated than it is.
Remember that image you clicked on in Pinterest that brought you to this post? Yeah, super easy and FREE to make. Simply go to Canva and make one.
You can add company specific colors, logos, or create your own thing. Play around with it.
This can be used for Pinterest images, Facebook headers, Instagram quotes, Twitter images. You can even branch out and create greeting cards, infographics, posters, and tons of other stuff on the free app.
There is also a paid version that gives you access to more stock images, the ability to upload fonts, create templates, and save brand color and a couple other things for $12.95 a month.
You can also take a look at PicMonkey, which is another free app with a paid upgrade where you can do similar things.
If you are slightly better a photo editing, you can always try your hand at Photoshop. . If you are not familiar with Photoshop though, don’t try to jump into it right away, it can be scary and confusing to use.
Although if you do ease into it, you can create some super awesome stuff that people are willing to pay bookoo bucks for!
Another one for my writers out there!
Do you love to write stories about fictional characters and their quests? Is Wattpad your favorite app? Then creative writing on Fiverr may be just the thing for you! But you don’t want to write a whole short story for $5, well maybe if you are just starting, beggars can’t be choosers, right?
Maybe you could develop a character profile, or perhaps the writer is having difficulty coming up with a beginning or ending to the story. You could write just that one section. It is common that $5 pays for about 100 words, which is really not a lot-hello upsells!
This is a pretty easy gig and in high demand considering everyone and their brother is podcasting. (I don’t have anything against podcasters, I just prefer to write rather than talk, thank you for reading 😉 ).
Podcasting has blown up in the past few years and although it is great to listen, some people still prefer to read. You can transcribe a podcast or any type of audio. I have seen anywhere from $5 for 5 minutes of audio to $5 for 60 minutes of audio. It is really up to you how much you want to make on an hourly basis, and how fast and accurate you can type.
If you are doing 60 minutes for $5 and the typing is horrible and it needs to be proofread and edited before anyone can read it when you hand it over to your client, then that might be worth it. But if you are doing $5 for 5 minutes and the grammar is impeccable, and it is perfect, then people will pay more. Just make sure you are putting in the description that is it manual transcription and what kind of quality the customer can expect (edited, proofread, formatted, etc).
Just make sure you are putting in the description that is it manual transcription and what kind of quality the customer can expect (edited, proofread, formatted, etc). You want to make sure your clients are happy and you are getting good reviews.
You can even offer an upsell to load the transcription into a template the client already has for all their show notes or something similar. Check out an example of how Pat Flynn from SmartPassiveIncome has his transcriptions formatted-beautiful! Or upsell to put time stamps on the transcript-which can be especially useful for podcasters.
Have you ever set up a new social profile and go to write your “about you” section and draw a blank on what to say about yourself, well then you need a profile writer!
Maybe you are a new business owner and you are struggling to write a profile description of yourself or your company that really stands out and describes who you are and what you can offer. Not everyone is great at writing and people can be afraid of sounding too braggy or arrogant when they are writing about themselves.
So why not help them out? If you are pretty good with words and can make someone sound amazing, then try your hand at profile writing.
Do you speak another language? If you can translate already, why not make some money from it?! Obviously not for everyone, but if you do have this skill monetize it! You could translate peoples, videos, audio, written word or even offer your services over skype.
If you can translate already, why not make some money from it?! Obviously not for everyone, but if you do have this skill monetize it! You could translate peoples, videos, audio, written word or even offer your services over skype.
You could translate peoples’, videos, audio, written word or even offer your services over skype.
Are you an expert gamer? Do you pick on the noobs while playing Call of Duty cuz they can’t level up? Can you beat the boss level with ease every time?
People will pay you to get them to the next level or help them earn that platinum trophy.People will pay you to get them to that next level in their game! Click To Tweet
Yes, you heard that right, so if you happen to have a teenager (or husband) who spends hours gaming, rather than yelling at them to go get a job (or do the laundry), have them read this!
PLR article writer
If you are unfamiliar with PLR, it stands for private label rights. Selling PLR content can be big bucks.
Essentially what you have to do is write short articles about pretty much any niche topic and you can resell it. People often sell hundreds or thousands of articles for very low prices. They might even buy them from other PLR sources (with resale rights) and resell them.
People use PLR content to populate blogs and websites with content quickly rather than sitting down and writing it all themselves. I have personally done this for small niche sites I own. Although I do not use the PLR content “right out of the box” so to speak, I rewrite it, mostly because I’m kind of anal when it comes to writing and I think a lot of PLR stuff sucks as far as the writing style.
BUT, this is a good way to write and do the work upfront and have a bit of more residual income.
Remember the walking billboard idea before? Well, apply that to your pet.
Again, brands that are looking to cater to a certain demographic or look for specific people, or in this case animals, to help with their marketing message. This is not just limited to dogs and cats, oh no, get your goldfish, horse or monkey involved.
They gotta learn some financial responsibility too, don’t they?
This goes right along with the social media cards/images I mentioned earlier. So head back over to Canva and check out their blog images.
Blogs with images are more fun to look at and easier to share. If you have a pretty good eye for design, you can help struggling blog owners up their game with amazing images that draw readers in.
Do you have a good singing voice? Can you rap or beatbox? Then offer to sing songs that people write or do a beatbox like you would a voice over recording.
I had seen this done for someone (not from Fiverr) where the client wrote about their perfect day and had someone make it into a song. It was pretty cool, kind of like a singing vision board.
Editing can be a pretty easy gig for someone who has an eye for detail and good grammar. Or maybe someone just needs a second pair of eyes to look at their work before they publish or submit it.
You can edit just about anything, blog posts, academic articles, school papers, e-books. If it has words, it can be edited. Gigs can start at $5 for proofreading and editing of 5000 words. If you are a little more tech savvy, editing also covers photo and video editing.
E-books and other info products
In an experiment to sell on Fiverr, Nick Loper from Side Hustle Nation sold an e-book for $5, and had 4 different $5 up-sells for this offer! When it comes to info products and e-books, either people are looking for the information to solve their problem, or they are looking for shortcuts to content creation.
So you could either write a specific e-book on a subject and sell it, OR you would write e-books and create info products for people-the latter you can charge a lot more for!
If you have looked on any online job boards for virtual positions lately, you may have noticed a need for online tutors. Specifically tutors for Chinese students looking to learn English.
This is different than translation in the fact that you don’t need to speak the other language. You do, however, need to have a good understanding of the English language and grammar.
I have seen people on Fiverr charge $25/hour for a Skype session to teach English-not to bad. Although as a brand new seller you can not start out at $25/hour, read about the different Fiverr levels and what you can offer as a brand new seller here.
Also, if that is a little outside of your comfort zone and you would rather stick with native English speakers. Try tutoring in a different subject to English speaking students. Know a thing or two about advanced calculus? You can charge $30/hour for that.
People are looking for tutors in Microsoft office, microeconomics, finance, different languages, research papers, and just about any subject you can think of. This would be an especially good gig for those already in college looking to earn a little to pay their tuition.
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Market research is something that a lot of people either don’t understand or they just find it too tedious.
I personally enjoy it-I know, I’m weird, isn’t the first time I’ve heard that.
If you know how to conduct market research for online or offline businesses this is definitely a skill you can market. I have seen Fiverr gigs on market research for researching 2 specific competitors for $25, up to $100 for a comprehensive market research and suggestions and improvements on a business.
You can also charge by the hour for market research. This works well if someone is looking for research for a book or article. Just make sure you are providing detailed information, citations, and links back to what you find.
You don’t want to have to worry about accidental plagiarism on the author’s end.
So if you’re not sure of a specific service or talent you can offer, or if you want to do a little bit of everything, you can offer your services as a virtual assistant. This is good for people looking for a bit of extra help and to get their lives organized.
Not just entrepreneurs, even busy moms and dads need a little bit of virtual help here and there. Got a bunch of photos of the kids online you want organized but don’t have the time to sit down and do it, hire a VA!
A virtual assistant can handle just about anything. The main plus side to this gig, there is a very high possibility of recurring clients, especially if you are good at what you do.
Product review video
Do you love talking in front of a camera? Well then maybe you should try out this gig. Companies that are just starting out and need reviews for their products can hire individuals from Fiverr to create a short, normally 30-60 second video to talk about how great their products are.
I have seen this done for both digital and physical products. Also, a fun little side project for couples. Just make sure you are being realistic in the video and not overly excited and fakey.
Nobody likes that and it totally looks staged. Plus, you might be able to get some free products out of it 🙂
Creating a stock photo
Do you have adorable kids? Cute pets? Can you take nice nature photos or can set up snazzy flat-lay photos?
Try creating stock photography images to sell on Fiverr. Or perhaps create custom photos for people that are looking for specific types of images that may be more difficult to find. Like a goat wearing a bowler hat.
Stock photography can be big business, seeing the same old images online every day can get old.
*Bonus–do you already have a software that you use and pay for monthly or yearly that you could use to get gigs on Fiverr? Have a premium subscription to CopyScape-charge people $5 to check their site for plagiarism. Find out how to make money off of the things you already pay for.
Ask your friends or family members what you have done for them that they found helpful that they would have had to pay someone else for. Obviously, it has to be deliverable online though. Although I have seen gigs where someone creates something and ships it to the client.
You might want to wait on something like that until you “level up” and can charge more to cover shipping charges.
Have you done some Fiverr gigs? What has worked for you? Are there any other non-techie gigs you can think of?
*Keep an eye out for a future post on random and crazy gigs I have found on Fiverr*
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