Freelancing Advice: 3 Crucial Things You Should Do To Make Money on Fiverr

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By: Maddy Osman

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Fiverr is an overcrowded and competitive market. But I don’t blame Fiverr for that.

Fiverr is available in over 160 countries around the world and has more than 2.3 million sellers.

Fiverr’s business model also intensifies competition. You have gigs starting from $5 for blogs, logos, and even whole websites.

$5 isn’t a sustainable wage for most freelancers, but you need to accept that to land a client. Right?


So how to make money on Fiverr?

As a Fiverr Pro member and experienced freelancer on Fiverr, I know the ins and outs of how the platform works. I have made over $10,000 on it. And even I had to start from scratch.

Without further ado, let’s see what you can do as a beginner on Fiverr to start making money.

Create a Meaningful Portfolio

An artist’s portfolio displayed on a laptop.

Before hiring you, most clients want to see the work you’ve done before. That’s why you should create a portfolio to give an overview of your work experience.

Your portfolio is a compilation of your previous work.

That doesn’t mean dumping all your past work for clients to skim and find relevant projects by themselves. Include only the best and most relevant pieces. You should leave a good impression on potential clients as they see your portfolio.

But as a beginner, you may not have previous work to show. It’s understandable — you haven’t won your first client yet.

You can fill that gap by:

Just remember to do this work through Fiverr (ask your offline clients to submit order requests via Fiverr).

Once you have the work experience for your portfolio, it’s time to showcase it on Fiverr.

You can do so using Fiverr’s Live Portfolio. This feature lets buyers view your previous work done on the platform, so it’s easier to see if you’re the right freelancer for the job.

A portfolio may be a petty inconvenience in the early stages of your freelancing journey, but it will carry you far in later gigs.

A great portfolio helps you make money on Fiverr. The more appealing your portfolio is, the higher your chances of landing higher-paying clients.

Build Your Credibility With Reviews

Maddy Osman’s Fiverr rating.


Put yourself in the client’s shoes. How can you tell if a freelancer is trustworthy and delivers work on time?

The answer is in Fiverr reviews.

But if you’re a rookie without any ratings, how can you get clients to use your services?

You’ll have to either bid vigorously for your first gig or wait until someone finds your portfolio noteworthy.

Or you can use your existing clients outside Fiverr. You can ask them to buy your services on Fiverr and leave a good rating. That will boost your ratings in a legitimate manner, unlike some who resort to buying or faking reviews.

Ideally, you want to aim for 5-star Fiverr ratings. That helps you build a good reputation on the platform.

To get a good review from your clients, take note of the following:

As you start receiving good reviews, your Fiverr Seller Level may increase. That’s a good sign of your credibility going up a notch, and you’ll start gaining steam on your gig orders. Fiverr claims that higher-level sellers gain more traffic.

So if you want to make money on Fiverr, having 5-star reviews is a must-have.

Be Creative With Your Gig

Cartoon painting that says “Stay creative.”

Finally, try to be creative when presenting your gig.

Most clients lack the time to go through every freelancer’s gig description before making their choice. Your gig has to stand out from the rest.


If you’re just starting out, you need to supplement your lack of experience by creating an engaging and unique gig.

You can do so by:

For example, consider Owais Usman, a video editor on Fiverr. Although video editors are a dime a dozen on Fiverr, Owais has succeeded where many others didn’t.  Why? Because he focuses on funny gaming videos.

And check out Simple_Social, who knows exactly what clients are looking for. His gig description targets what companies are struggling to do. He’s completed over 1500 gigs on Fiverr.

You can incorporate stunning visuals in your gig, like graphic designer Ideahits. He starts demonstrating his artistic prowess from his cover picture, which immediately strikes an impression on potential clients. If you can design great images for your gig cover, you can stand out from your competition.

So avoid copy-pasting other freelancers’ gig ideas and packaging them as your own. Try to be different from the norm, and you can attract enough attention to make money on Fiverr.

Final Thoughts: 3 Crucial Things You Should Do To Make Money on Fiverr

In a nutshell, freelancing on Fiverr from scratch is 100% possible.

To make money on Fiverr, you just need to address the issues that clients have when dealing with beginners. You can do so by creating a portfolio, getting reviews, and coming up with a unique gig.

And you’ll see the results in no time. Check out Fiverr today.


Maddy Osman

The Blogsmith

Maddy Osman is the author of Writing for Humans and Robots: The New Rules of Content Style. She's a digital native with a decade-long devotion to creating engaging, accessible, and relevant content. Her efforts have earned her a spot in BuzzSumo’s Top 100 Content Marketers and The Write Life’s 100 Best Websites for Writers. She has spoken for audiences at WordCamp US, SearchCon, and Denver Startup Week.

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