Here’s how you could make over 100k on Fiverr monthly

Posted by Osaze Osoba | October 30, 2016 | How To's, Interviews, SME Tips
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Running a small business, blog or personal brand can be hard. And for people like me, that tend to do 1,000 things at the same time, it could get even harder. Especially when you try to do all the work yourself. But every once in a while, it dawns on you that you need help. Because truth is, not everything you can do is doable when you prioritize. And that’s how I found Fiverr.

Before now, I had used upwork a lot, but I got a better deal on Fiverr once and used it a few more times. And during one of my searches, I realized there was a Nigerian on Fiverr with active gigs. This was a bit interesting for me, because I had only just learned of the platform. And to think someone was there not just as a buyer, but a seller, was interesting. So I got to work getting in touch with Nigerians on the platform. Basically trying to get a feel of what their experience was like. Their actual responses are at the end of this post

Here are the major takeaways.

Registering & Getting Gigs

Contrary to what I had initially thought, registering on the platform is quite straightforward. I already signed up myself as a buyer, and if the seller registration is similar, its seamless. Once I had gone through a few “gigs” as they call services provided by freelancers, I got a clear picture of the general idea.

According to the name, everything starts off at $5, except a few cases. So even if you’re selling web design services, most people kick off with a $5 offer. And then they graduate it into different packages. For example, “I will build a one page website for you in 3 days” could be $5. The same freelancer will then have 2 upgraded packages. In one case, he could offer a 10 paged website for $20 and then unlimited for $100. But freelance services mostly start at $5

Now my major concern was if there was any kind of stereotyping as per Nigerian freelancers, but according to responses from most of the guys I contacted, there weren’t at all. Now there might be a few cases, we can’t completely rule that out, but for the most part, no one cares that your flag is green-white-green. Speak fluent English and you’re mostly good.

Receiving Payments

Andddd… another pain point. PayPal still isn’t open for businesses in Nigeria. And hopefully we’d get that soon, maybe after another petition. But at the moment, that method for receiving payments is crossed out. But from what I understood, people use the Payoneer to receive funds. Fiverr has some kind of connection to the Payoneer Prepaid Mastercard and can send your funds there.

Alternatively, if you’re one to travel in and out of the country, you can always setup your business PayPal account and receive money through it. You’d figure out the withdrawing part right? 😉

One other thing to keep in mind here is the FX rates. Payments are made in dollars, so if you can somehow get the dollar value into a local account, you’d probably be getting very good bang for buck when you convert at the black market rates. All the more reason to be on Fiverr 🙂 . And although none of our respondents hinted directly at that, I’m guessing it can be done. Check out their actual responses below

Responses from Nigerians on Fiverr

 

Meet Uche Maduagwu – Offers Design Services

Questions

  1. How long have you been on Fiverr?
  2. Have you ever had any Nigerian hiring you for a gig? Or they’re all foreign gigs so far?
  3. How do you typically receive payment? Paypal?
  4. On your overall experience, what do you think of the platform? As a freelancer, is it very profitable to be on?

Response

1) I started fiverr 2014 after my service year. About 2 years ago but then I didn’t have any skill to offer. So I took about 6 -8 months to gain a skill. So practically I started Fiverr fully in 2015. The skill I acquired was from YouTube and not from anybody. I just download YouTube videos related to what I do.  Though tedious but but I learnt a lot,  till date I am still learning…                        

2) I get more gigs from other countries. The only Nigerians that hired me, just few, are based in UK and USA. 

3) PayPal is banned in Nigeria so I only use it to buy things online not to receive payment. I receive payment using my Payoneer online account. They sent me a master card which I can use to withdraw in Nigeria or any part of the world irrespective of the countries currency.     

4)lolz, I reserve my comment.  But one is that it pays my rent and up keep monthly. So I don’t touch my monthly salary from my place of work…. what I earn from Fiverr monthly, it’s almost a bankers monthly salary when the dollar is converted to naira using a dollar to N200 exchage rate, not N400. I guess you understand me better now.

 

Meet Sarumi – Offers Statistical Services

Questions

  1. How long have you been on Fiverr?
  2. Do you usually get people from other countries hiring you? Or do you get more gigs from Nigerians?
  3. I noticed your gigs are mostly on math related topics, does that work really well? It’s really interesting to see that someone can do that in freelance, I would never have guessed
  4. On your overall experience, what do you think of the platform? As a freelancer, is it very profitable to be on?

Response

  1. It’s been like a year and 3 months now that have been on Fiverr.
  2. 80% of my clients are from United States while just 2 Nigerians have worked with me.
  3. It very interesting doing math online and so far have been doing well on average of 110k per month except when I’m on vacation.
  4. The platform is very okay and has helped a lot compared to odesk or elance. It’s very easy to navigate.
  5. Payment options are paypal and Payooner.

 

Meet Blossom Jey – Offers Video Services

Questions

  1. How long have you been on Fiverr?
  2. Do you usually get people from other countries hiring you? Or do you get more gigs from Nigerians?
  3. How do you typically receive payment? Paypal?
  4. On your overall experience, what do you think of the platform? As a freelancer, is it very profitable to be on?

Response

  1. I’ve been on Fiverr for 11 months,
  2. I’ve never had an order from a Nigerian,
  3. I receive payments via PayPal (don’t ask how),
  4. And Lastly, Fiverr is has been profitable to me as a Freelancer and also a student

 

Getting on Fiverr, the best practices

As a Nigerian getting on the Fiverr platform, there are a few things I can tell you for free. And I can say this because I’ve seen a few Nigerians on Fiverr doing weird things. Not to blame them though, but I think some are obvious. Lets get into it

1. Make your profile clean and professional

One of the first things people do before hiring on Fiverr is checking your profile out. Now if you sound too serious, they might flip out and run for the door. If you sound too casual, they’d think you’re a faffer. Get a good mix. Spell out the services you offer in the most understandable manner you can so people know what you do. Once done, you can chip in some humor if its in you, but don’t force it

2. Use a picture of yourself or an illustration

This part makes me plain mad. I see a few guys, like someone called “Deola” and it’s a white man’s picture, an old white dude. In my head I’m like “Why Deola? Why?” Be proud of who you are, and if you’re not for some weird reason, at least use a simple vector image. Maybe something that really captures the services you offer. Someone else used a picture of a Nigerian celebrity, I think Kate Henshaw or so, don’t remember clearly now. Just stick to you please 🙂

3. Have a few active gigs. Services people need

A lot of the Nigerian profiles I saw there didn’t have any gigs. Maybe they just came to try out the platform, which might be fine, but it not, put up something. And be sure to offer services people actually want. And as much as you can, offer several services, which shouldn’t be too hard. For example, someone who offers logo design services ideally should be able to make business card designs too. So why not include that as a service alongside, consider it an up-sell. In my opinion, the more gigs you have, the better your chances.

4. Get good reviews and provide good customer service

I’d tell you exactly what I do on Fiverr when looking for a freelancer. I search for my task, e.g. “intro logo animation”, then I go ahead to mouse over every gig in the search results, looking for the one with the highest ratings first. Once I find a few, I click on their profiles, then go click on the “contact me” button, just to check their average response time.

Anyone above 4hrs doesn’t cut it for me. And anyone without a review is obviously not an option. And if you do have reviews, 3 stars and below and I’m questioning your quality of work. I think this gives you an idea of how people will find you. Get good ratings, respond as quickly as possible.

And that’s it! I’m writing about this because the freelance community in Nigeria is growing now, and we all need a place to sell our stuff. So try out Fiverr. And if you already do, let me know in the comments section, will be excited to hear your experience.

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Osaze Osoba

Osaze is an engineer by design, but he bailed for Marketing. Probably one of the only guys you know who'd insure his laptop. He's that much of a geek, but he denies it. He also loves scientific advertising and trains a lot.

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