As some of you might know, I have been earning some extra dough on fiverr. I joined fiverr a little over a year ago and posted a couple of services and only got about 4-5 sales.
Then it just stopped.
I didn’t know what I was doing wrong, I simply just thought I didn’t break into fiverr soon enough, so all the “top-sellers” would be getting all the sales now.
But that’s actually not true. I just didn’t know what I was doing.
I’m a member of the Warrior Forum (and I suggest you join too if you’re interested in building your own online business). In November of last year, I happened upon a guy named Fergal Downes (footbag_man on WF) who I believe is from Ireland, based on his accent. He was giving away a Warrior Special Offer (WSO) for free, and it was about how to make about $20 per day on fiverr with very little time investment each day. So I snatched it up to see if there were any tips I could use to boost my sales on fiverr.
I mean really, even if this thing was a few dollars, if I made $20 on just ONE day that would have more than paid for the WSO. Even if I don’t make any money from reading an ebook or watching a video course, it’s good to check out other people’s info products sometimes because you never know when it will spark an idea for you that could turn into something else. Just getting another person’s perspective helps broaden your own.
Time Isn’t Free
Even though all information is “free” on the internet, that’s not actually true. Because in order to search for an answer you’re looking for, it could take months or years to accumulate the right knowledge, the order of how to do things, or a special secret that really takes your business off the ground.
So typically when you buy a product that tells you what to do, how to do it, and when to do it, etc, it is worth many many hours of your time, so you’re actually “making” money by saving so much time. Purchasing info products in the line of “work” you’re interested in is an investment. You will save time by not having to do the research yourself. Someone already did the research and knows how to do it, now they’re sharing it with you for a few bucks. And if you’re going to save 20 hours of research by spending ten bucks, then it’s highly worth it.
So if it’s something I’m really interested in, and the price is right, I will buy it. And since I didn’t succeed on fiverr before, I thought maybe there were some tricks I needed to learn in order to make some more sales. And there were.
Some Gigs Are Better Than Others
For one thing, there are certain services that are more popular on fiverr than others. The most popular services on fiverr either help with business and internet marketing, or they are extremely unique (like caricatures for instance). And not every service for business/internet marketing, or unique gigs on fiverr are going to become super popular.
There are a variety of ways to make your gigs more popular. Fergal taught me that if I can create express gigs (gigs I can deliver within 24 hours from the time someone orders and gives me their info) then that will help attract more sales, because there is a search option on fiverr to only see express gigs in search results.
There is also a search option for “Haz Video”, so the other thing Fergal taught me is that every gig should have a video, and it doesn’t even have to be super fancy. Videos just help you seem more personal to your potential customers. It helps them connect with you and it builds trust. You can either do a screen capture video with your voice talking over, or you can do a “talking head” video. Basically just introduce yourself, state what’s in your gig description, and end it with “exclusively on fiverr”.
Your gigs also must have a captivating title that will lure people to click on your gig. Fergal had some great tips for that. A great title is imperative. If they don’t like your title, they surely won’t click on your gig, and if they don’t click on your gig, they’re obviously not buying it.
Fergal also gave me some tips on how to write a description that would fill all checkboxes that make people buy:
- Awesomeness, what’s so great about it?
- Scarcity. This deal will only last for a limited time!
- Having a deal so people feel they’re saving more money than if they bought the same thing elsewhere.
- Having a two for one deal (which with Fergal’s secret tips doesn’t really take much more time at all).
I’m not going to go into too much more detail, but I think you get the idea.
All those things above are actually common sense if you just think about it for awhile, and if you read any fiverr tips article on the web, you’ll come across those tips. But Fergal gave me a few extra pointers that I didn’t even think of. Pointers that would not only get me more sales, but also save me time. So it would only take me a few minutes to make $4 (very much worth my time), rather than a half hour (which would not be worth my time).
Fergal gave an exact strategy that you can use to start making money within the first 1-2 days from posting your gigs. I highly recommended it.
More Money, Less Time
The main secret to earning a good income on fiverr is to make more money and spend less time making that money. If you’re writing 400 word articles for $4 on fiverr you’re basically going to make about $8 an hour. Most people in the US can’t afford to live off of $8 an hour. You’re also trading your time for money. And although 5 minutes for $4 is still trading time for money, you’re trading a lot less time for the same amount of money. So you might spend 20 minutes and make $20. That’s $60 per hour rather than $8 per hour. That sounds a lot better to me!
If you make 5 sales per day and make $20 (would be $25, but fiverr takes their 20% cut, which I’ll gripe about more later), would you rather spend 2 hours making that money, or 20 minutes? 20 minutes, of course! Then you can go do whatever else you want for the rest of the day, maybe invest the rest of your hour and 40 minutes you saved to make some more money elsewhere, build your business, read, or go for a bike ride.
Anyway, so Fergal showed me some ways to make more money in less time, which is the only thing that makes Fiverr worth it, because like I said, most of us can’t survive on $8 an hour.
So I created a new account just to try out Fergal’s tips. And it worked. I really was making $20 per day just by following his tips. I was kind of amazed. I didn’t think it was actually going to work. And it was only taking me about 15 minutes per day. And since my gigs were express gigs I just had to check my email in the morning when I started my work, then at night right when I finished my work.
And this isn’t just all talk. Here is a screenshot of the profits I’ve made solely on this one strategy Fergal taught me:
This video course I got from Fergal is called Fiverr Sniper, and now he has another great course called Fiverr Sales Giant, which will help you scale up your income on fiverr even more. Fiverr Sniper is included in the Fiverr Sales Giant video course.
I really like the way Fergal presents his ideas through video and shows you step by step how to do everything. He makes it very easy to understand and take action on. I highly recommend everything that Fergal ever puts out there for you to learn from because he’s the only one whose advice I’ve followed and actually got real results. He’s no BS. It’s all about steps to take action on that actually produce results. So I was really glad I found someone I could trust to actually provide real value.
And the other cool thing is he shows you how you can make money with no investment, and then if you want, how to invest that money to upscale your profits to make even more.
My success on fiverr with that made me start day dreaming of other ways I could start earning more income on fiverr with any skill or resource I had.
So I thought of things that would be interesting or useful to many people/businesses. Some of my gigs were more interesting/creative, involving music or my cats, but eventually, I realized I had a lot of different twitter services on fiverr because I’m not only a big fan of twitter and how it can be used for properly marketing a business, but I’ve also become somewhat of an expert on how to properly market for businesses on twitter.
The Birth of Twonder Woman
One of the things you really need on fiverr to become successful for the long term is positive feedback, and lots of it. I made sure I asked every customer for positive feedback after I delivered a gig. Not everyone leaves positive feedback, but if you ask for it, you get a higher percentage. So I was racking up my positive feedback and one woman called me Wonder Woman. And that sparked an idea. I decided I would start referring to myself (for this business) as Twonder Woman (sort of like a Twitter Wonder Woman). Because I could do amazing things for businesses on Twitter.
I decided to create a website for my new Twitter Management business: twonderwoman.com. I decided to charge 3 times the amount I charge on fiverr for people who don’t find me on fiverr. I realized that people really will pay more if you charge more. I’m the type of person that is really cheap, so I think everyone else is cheap too, but what I’ve come to realize is that if it’s worth it, it’s worth it, and that’s that. So don’t be afraid to charge what your service is worth. Even still, my service saves people over a thousand dollars per month if they went with any other social media manager out there. And since practically everyone and their mother (literally) is on social media, your business needs to be on there too, consistently connecting with and attracting potential customers, building trust, building your brand, etc.
Anyway, since my twitter management service is a monthly service, I began to ask people to re-order once their first term was up. For the first term I’ve always done the 2nd month of my services free (another tactic to get a sale). Once the term of their first payment to me via fiverr was expired I let them know that they could re-order through fiverr, or through my website, whichever they choose. So I have a special fiverr deal page on twonderwoman.com so people can keep the same low price they started with on fiverr.
So this way I get to keep the 20% that fiverr would normally take from each gig sale. Because seriously, if you’re making $800/month on fiverr, that’s $1,000/month if they just purchased straight from you (which adds up to $2400 per year of loss on fiverr). And while it is against fiverr’s terms of service to offer your services outside of fiverr, I still keep my service up on fiverr to re-order. I’m still giving people the option to re-order on fiverr. And also, fiverr doesn’t have the option of subscription services, and quite frankly, it’s a huge waste of my time to keep coming back and telling people it’s time to re-order. I do respect fiverr for creating a place for buyers and sellers to come and exchange money for services and vice versa, but in the end, I’m the one who’s doing the work month after month when someone wants my services on-going for the long term. I figure by then I should get credit where it’s due. Afterall, I offer an awesome service.
More Money, Less Time, the Fiverr Way
As time went on, I started offering less and less for the same amount on fiverr for all of my services. I offered a tweet service where I would tweet whatever people wanted once per day for 30 days. Then I lowered it to 20 days, then 12 days, then 10 days, then 7 days, now it’s at 5 days. So now I basically do one tweet for $1, and it only takes me about 1-2 minutes to schedule 5 tweets. But since my twitter followers have grown to 16,000+ at this point, one tweet is now worth way more than when I started that service at just 2000 followers.
For my twitter management service on fiverr, I’m now offering 2 weeks of my service for the same price, instead of two months. Based on the amount of work involved and the cost of running my business, this is still more than worth it for my clients in the long run, plus it’s still cheaper than my regular prices on twonderwoman.com so they’re still getting a deal. First people were exchanging $5 to save 14 hours of their time initially. So that is like paying me 35 cents an hour to do something beneficial for their business. Now they’re exchanging $5 for 3.5 hours of their time, which might not sound as good, but if you could pay someone $1.40 per hour to do quality work for you to build your business up, wouldn’t you?
Besides that, you can also make more money on fiverr by offering gig extras. Over time, and with a certain number of sales, you become a level one, then level two seller (some people become top-rated seller, but don’t hold your breath). At each level, you can order more and more expensive gig extras. So this way you can split your gig up (offering just a piece of your original gig for $5, then offering the rest of the puzzle as gig extras), or offer supplemental services that people might also need when ordering your original gig.
Get Traffic from Twitter
The reason I’m such a huge advocate for using Twitter for business is because I have always gotten the most traffic from twitter than from any other source since I began my online journey. You just have to do it right. I know how, and I can help you. So allow me. Then you can stop “wasting” your time on Twitter and start doing other things to build your business.
Right now you can get my twitter services for half price at twonderwoman.com/june2013, this month only, and there’s only a few days left!!! So if you lock in that low price now, you get to keep that price monthly from now on. And if you’re reading this after June 2013, then sign up to be notified when I offer another deal.
Either way you need to know that staying consistent and offering value on twitter for the long term is a huge advantage to your business.
Get Traffic to Your Fiverr Gigs from Twitter
I have a twitter account for every different “business” I run because they’re all different and not similar enough. 90% of my tweets wouldn’t be relevant to 90% of my followers if I only had one twitter account.
So I create a different twitter account whenever I have something that’s not related to any others. It needs its own purpose and my tweets need to be relevant to my followers on each account. I don’t want to bother business minded people with what I’m planting in my backyard. And I don’t want to tweet business related things to people who are only interested in what I’m planting in my backyard.
You can also use Twitter to get traffic to your fiverr gigs. Many people suggest that using social media and networking with others who’d be interested in your service can definitely boost your fiverr sales.
How I Use Twitter, In A Nutshell
The way I do things on twitter is I follow the followers of another user similar to me. Then about 20% of relevant people follow back. Then I unfollow those who don’t follow me back after 4 days to make room for more following and to keep the following to followers ratio low (sorry, but if it’s not a mutual relationship, it’s not going to be helpful to either of us, that’s what networking is, so if you don’t follow back you’re going to be unfollowed).
Then I create a ton of tweets that my followers will gain value from. I use tweetadder to tweet these out periodically. I also periodically change my tweet lists to give my followers new relevant information. I also retweet other great relevant tweeters, and I also tweet out great blog posts that my followers will find interesting, from other blogs.
A huge part of gaining trust on twitter is not being selfish. Share other people’s stuff too. Don’t just promote yourself.
Then the third part is responding to everyone who interacts with you on twitter. You get all those mentions and DMs, and you need to respond to anyone who’s actually trying to talk to you if you actually want to build connections that lead to anything. I’ve been pretty inconsistent with this part on my twitter account, but I try my best to keep up with it. Lately I’ve been keeping a schedule and trying to respond to people every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and that seems to be working well. I’ve always been better at managing other people’s twitter accounts than my own, so I’m trying to keep my own twitter accounts up to par as well.
Outsource Your Fiverr Work
A sustainable business isn’t really sustainable if it relies 100% on you. What if you need to take a week off? And quite frankly, you can’t even take one day off a week if you don’t have someone else helping you. There is always going to be some customer or client who needs you even on Sunday.
I use oDesk to find quality people to do quality work for me at a price I can afford. And no, I don’t pay sweatshop prices. I typically pay more than the contractors originally want. And I give raises for staying with me and helping me long term. I periodically ask them how they feel about our contract, how they feel about the work load, do they need less work, can they handle/do they want more work, etc.
I keep good relationships with my contractors because then they want to do a good job for me. Nothing’s better for a business than happy “employees”. I even think that happy employees precedes happy customers. And I train my contractors well with very detailed instructions so they will be able to do a job well done. You don’t want them wondering how to do the job right. Just tell them how. It takes some time at the beginning, but it’s so worth it in the long run because they’re doing their job right, you don’t have to keep an eye on everything they do, and they’re not constantly asking you questions on how to do this or that. I create PDFs and videos with thorough instructions, and spreadsheets to keep them organized as well.
Hiring the Right People for the Job
As far as finding the right people for the job, figure out what is necessary for the job and how much you can afford to pay for that job. Do they need to speak and understand English? I would recommend that no matter what the task is, if you only speak English, then you need someone who understands and can speak English very clearly, even if nothing else than to simply communicate well with each other.
Then I search for people who are qualified for the job. ODesk has search features for this. Once I’ve found some quality people who I think might do a good job, I message them and ask questions pertaining to the job, and I also like to ask “What would you do with a million dollars?”. I ask that question because it tells me a lot about that person’s character, how thorough of a person they are by how in-depth they get with their answer, and things like that. I want someone of good character (or at least someone smart enough to pretend to be someone of good character). And I want someone who is thorough who is not going to half-ass the work I give them. If they write out full sentences, in well-written English, and are part smart, part generous, and part selfish with their million dollars, then I hire them.
As for pay, I prefer to pay people a set amount of pay for a set amount of work. I don’t like to pay hourly because that just enables slow work. I work fast, so why can’t my contractors work fast? I want someone who can work fast paced because it’s better for them, and it’s better for me, so if someone accepts pay per task over pay per hour, then that’s the one for the job. I typically pay 50% upfront, and 50% at the completion of the task(s). Most people are fine with this arrangement.
If I need one or two people for the job official, I then hire 4-5 people for a week for a test run, each person doing the same job, just doing different things to test them out. After a day or two, I look over all their work and let them know anything they need to be doing differently or better. Then once that full first week is over, I can look over what they’ve done since my critique and choose the best 1-2 people for the job.
I am open about this process from the beginning, so they all know they have to be doing their best in order to be selected for the long term job. Sometimes one of the people you pick for the long term job ends up not being so great long term, so you can always stay in contact with someone who was next best who just might be a more loyal contractor, and ask them if they’d be willing to come back on for the long term.
Invest Your Income Back Into Your Business
When I first started my online journey, I was adamant about not spending a dime. Over time I’ve realized that once you make a few bucks you should invest it. Every dollar I’ve invested I’ve gotten back and then some. For instance, I’ve purchased software that helps do things for me so I can save that time and work on another part of my business. I’ve purchased a few cheap ebooks/courses from people I trust and then realized they give such great info in their cheap products that their expensive products must be even better (and they were).
I now put about 50% of my profits back into my business in one way or other, whether that be through outsourcing, purchasing software that will help me save time, or buying info products that will help me grow my business even more. 50% might sound crazy to some of you, but that’s how my business has been able to grow.
Not everyone will be able to invest 50% of their profits back into their business. I have been able to do that because my husband actually financially supports us just fine. So my business is really just to make extra money to create a more comfortable lifestyle. But I would suggest that you keep your day job and invest some of that income into your business when you’re first starting. Then once your online business is making you some money, try to invest any amount you can on things that will help expand your business and make you more profits in the long run.
The key is to make smart investments. Like I said above, Fergal’s Fiverr Sniper stated that you could (and should) make about $20 a day with his instructions (if you actually follow the instructions!). So my logic is that if I spend a few bucks on his video course, I’ll have made it back and then some within about a day or two.
I myself made 5 sales my first day (which was November 25th) after posting my first gigs up on fiverr with Fergals’ strategies. I’m not trying to give you a bunch of hype about it because I’m sure results are different for everyone, but it worked great for me and I think it’s because I actually followed ALL of his tips. So basically, with my experience, an investment in Fergal’s video courses are a smart business investment.
Never Stop Learning
Over time, Fergal has created numerous fiverr courses to help expand your fiverr business. If you haven’t made any good money online yet, I would suggest to follow Fergal’s advice to a T because it is probably the fastest way to generate some income on your own outside of a job. Since I first signed up for that first free course from Fergal on the Warrior Forum, I have purchased all of Fergal’s courses and they have never ceased to give me aha moments and push me in the right direction even more.
Failing then Succeeding on Fiverr
Overall, that’s my journey on fiverr, failing, then succeeding, then creating a whole new business out of it, and then outsourcing some of the workload so I am not at my computer 24/7.
When you get the Fiverr Sales Giant video course, make sure you also go through the Fiverr Sniper video course too, which is in the Fiverr Sales Giant members area. I would suggest starting with Fiverr Sniper because it’s a great way to get familiar and start off with something simple and easy. Fiverr Sales Giant and Fiverr Sniper are two diffrent ways to make great gigs and get lots of sales on fiverr. And if you have any questions about his strategies, you can email me any time. Not only that, but even Fergal has personally answered every email I’ve sent him when I’ve had a question, so you can also email him if you need more help.
I’m also happy to say that I just got an email from Fergal letting me know that Fiverr Sales Giant is the WSO of today (June 27th) and for good reason!
What have you learned along your journey about fiverr, twitter, or outsourcing? Share your tips in a comment so everyone else can learn too!