How to Post a Gig to Fiverr (EXPERT TIPS for 2021)

From graphic design to web development, personalized relationship advice, to funny birthday videos, you can find pretty much any service imaginable on Fiverr. A bit different from other freelancing platforms, workers on Fiverr post their services, which clients can then browse and buy; these are called “gigs.”

The platform is free to join, and gigs are free to post, so whether you’re already a freelancer and looking to branch out to new media, a talented individual interested in a bit of side money, or you’re just thinking of quitting your job, Fiverr is worth checking out.

If you’re not sure if Fiverr is right for you, you should check out our expert review. Then, read what it’s like to work on the platform by reading someone who has experiences.

Is your mind already made up? Great! Let’s take a closer look at the process of creating a gig on Fiverr. Sure, it’s easy. Just about anyone can do it. But I’m going to teach you how to do it well. It won’t be long before you’re chatting with your first new clients.

Step 1: Create an Account

Before posting your first Gig, you’ll need to create an account. You can sign up using your Facebook account, Google account, or email address. Once you’ve chosen how you’d like to create an account, you’ll have to choose your username and either create a password or enter an email address. Once your account is created, go to your inbox, activate it, and go on to fill out your profile.

Step 2: Set Up Your Profile

The first thing most buyers will check for—before paying for one of your gigs—is your profile. In it, Fiverr will ask you to include a photo and several critical pieces of information, allowing potential buyers to get to know you a bit more.

Pro Tips

Make sure that you create a profile that delivers on every aspect:

  • Profile Picture: Include a professional-looking photo of your natural face. This will help to ensure potential buyers trust that you’re a natural person, in addition to making your profile appear more professional.
  • Description: Use this section to introduce yourself to prospective buyers. Here, you can include your areas of expertise, experiences, or anything else you think is essential—keep it relevant!
  • Languages: Let others know what languages you speak and your level of fluency; this is incredibly important if your Gig includes skills like writing or translating.
  • Tests Taken: This part of your profile will display the difficulties you’ve completed through Fiverr. Tests help verify your skills and increase a potential buyer’s trust. Just be careful, as you’re only able to take a test twice every three months; however, Fiverr does give you the option to hide your tests scores if you do poorly.
  • Skills: Here, you should include any skills applicable to the gigs you intend to create. These include abilities you’ve gained through past jobs, hobbies, or other life experiences. Fiverr only allows ten, so choose wisely.
  • Education: Include where you attended college and your degrees.
  • Certifications: List any additional certificates that may help you stand out from the crowd.

Step 3: Start a New Gig

Once your profile has been set up, you can begin creating your first Gig! To do this, go to the “Selling” menu along the top of the screen, and in the dropdown menu, choose the “Gigs” option. From here, you need to click the “Create New Gig” button to start the process.

Step 4: Write Your Gig Overview

The first section you’ll need to complete is the Gig Overview. Here, you’ll be required to fill out three boxes:

  1. The title of your Gig
  2. The category that it falls under
  3. Relevant search tags

Pro Tips

Don’t skimp on this process. Keep the following in mind to write a compelling overview that will entice a potential client:

  • Gig Title: You’re only allotted 80 characters, so make them count, and ensure that it’s clear and concise; you want your prospective buyers to know exactly what it is that you’re offering. Also, write something that’ll stand out from the crowd by keeping the title relatively original.
  • Category: Based upon your title, Fiverr will automatically suggest a few classes and subcategories, and typically one will match your offering. Although, if none are appropriate, you’re free to choose from a plethora of options from their dropdown menu. Find the category and subcategory that best fit your Gig.
  • Search Tags: Put the terms you believe a buyer would most likely search for when looking for your service. You’re only allowed five times, so be considerate. These will vary greatly depending on what you’re offering, so doing a bit of research into the most commonly searched terms in your category could help immensely.

Once complete, click the large green “Save and Continue” button along the bottom right of the screen to advance to the next section.

Step 5: Price Your Gig

The pricing of your gigs has evolved quite a bit since Fiverr’s inception. The platform currently allows sellers to offer up to three different packages:

  1. Basic
  2. Standard
  3. Premium

Pro Tips

When filling out the scope and pricing section, there are some essential things to keep in mind:

  • Number of Packages: It’s not necessary for you to use all three packages, although many buyers do like additional premium options, so offer them where possible. Additionally, according to Fiverr, those that provide triple gig packages can earn up to 64% more per order.
  • Name Your Package: Choose an eye-catching title for each of your packages, and make sure that the difference between them is crystal clear.
  • Package Description: Briefly explain what’s included in each package and why you’ve included it. You’re only allowed 100 characters here, so you may have to get creative to fit in everything you’d like to say. Just make sure the offerings are apparent to any potential buyers.
  • Delivery Time: How long you’ll take to complete a project. Depending on the scope of the work, this may vary significantly between packages.
  • Revisions: The number of times you’ll alter your work upon the buyer’s request. Premium packages often include additional modifications.
  • Price: Each package can be priced anywhere from $5 to USD 995. Your introductory package should always be priced lowest, and your premium the highest. Remember, you can always change your price later, so in the beginning, it may be wise to keep them low to help build reviews.
  • My Gig Extras: Here, you can charge additional fees for whatever extras you’d like to add to your packages. Some frequently used extras can be chosen from a menu, such as extra fast delivery and additional revisions. If there’s an extra you’d like to include but isn’t available, Fiverr makes it easy to create your own. Click the “+ Add Gig Extra” option at the bottom of “My Gig Extras” and fill out its title, description, and price.
  • Shipping: Fill in a shipping charge if you’re sending a tangible product and require compensation. You’re given the option to choose multiple prices depending on the location.

Step 6: Give Your Gig a Description and FAQ

Along with your title, the description is one of the most critical aspects of creating a gig that will land you clients.

Here, you’re expected to go into great detail about your offer. For this reason, there’s a 120 character minimum and a 1200 character maximum for the description. Please don’t leave any critical information out, as your buyers should have an accurate enough illumination to determine whether or not what you’re offering will satisfy their needs.

Being too vague may lead to unhappy clients and negative feedback, potentially destroying future opportunities on this platform.

Once your description is completed, the frequently asked questions (FAQ) will come next. In this section, provide the answers to questions you’d expect to receive regarding your Gig. This will probably need to be revised later, as you may not know what many of your FAQs will be until after your Gig has been active for some time. Click the “+ Add FAQ” button to include as many FAQs as needed.

Step 7: Establish Your Gig Requirements

This is where you’ll include any requirements for your buyer to supply for you to complete the job.

You’re given three different methods of asking for this information, including:

  • Free Text: With free text, you write in your requirements, and the buyer is expected to fulfill them with a text message response (e.g., dimensions, weight, essay topic).
  • Multiple Answer: This option allows you to ask a question and give multiple answer choices your buyer can choose. You need a minimum of two answers to choose from and can add more simply by clicking the “+ Add Optional Answer” button.
  • Attached File: If you require a file from your buyer to complete your work, choose this option. You need to specify what this file should include in the description window, and your buyer will be asked to upload it upon purchase.

You can add as many requirements as necessary by clicking the “+ Add Another Requirement” button that appears upon submission of your first. If the answer to a need is optional, you should unclick the “Answer is Mandatory” box.

Step 8: Add a Gallery to Your Gig

Your gig gallery can either be comprised of photos, a video, PDFs, or all of the above. The files you choose to put in your gallery should all be relevant to your Gig’s offerings.

Pro Tips

Consider the following tips when determining the different file types for your gallery:

  • Gig Photos: Most listings will include a photo relevant to the service being sold, especially if it’s a graphic or web design gig. Even if the job is not easily photographed, such as a writing gig, still include a photo. Just choose something relevant to the job, even if it’s not necessarily a work sample. Fiverr allows up to three photos to be dragged and dropped to your gallery. Make sure your images are plagiarism-free. Otherwise, your Gig may not be approved.
  • Gig Videos: Other than gigs in the animation and video categories, adding a gig video is optional, although they can be helpful. According to Fiverr, gigs that include a video receive up to 200% more orders and enjoy 40% higher user engagement levels. Videos cannot exceed 75 seconds in length, nor can they include personal contacts.
  • Gig PDFs: These should only be used when further clarification is needed, and a PDF is the best format for accomplishing this. This option is generally reserved for writers and others whose work examples are most likely in PDF text format. Fiverr allows for two PDFs to be attached to each gallery.

Step 9: Publish Your Gig

This is the final – and by far the quickest – step to creating your Gig. Click the “Publish Gig” button, and it’ll go live. Once live, your Gig can then be promoted through a social platform, such as Facebook or Twitter, simply by clicking the provided link. According to Fiverr, gigs promoted through social media are up to three times as likely to sell, so it’s a good idea to consider this option.

Bonus: How to Make Your Profile Stand Out

Fiverr is fantastic because it allows for all kinds of services and niches, even odd ones like voice impressions and silly photo edits. But this attracts a massive amount of sellers – Fiverr has over 830,000 sellers listed. That’s much competition! Thankfully, you can take steps to boost your chances of getting picked.

To help make your Fiverr profile stand out from the rest, consider these tips:

  • Get a logo. Unique branding can make you stand out on a long list of Fiverr gigs, so look into getting a logo to represent your service. You can hire a logo designer on Fiverr for as little as a cup of coffee. 
  • Hire a copywriter or proofreader. The last thing you want is for grammar errors and a long block of run-on text to chase away someone who clicked on your profile. You can hire a proofreader or a copywriter on Fiverr to write a strong description for you. 
  • Set up a standalone work portfolio. Make an online portfolio of your work, which you can easily do with sites like Wix. Then link your external portfolio to your Fiverr profile. A setup like this helps make you look more professional and experienced than other sellers.
  • Use high-quality photos. Think of your Gig like a product ad. People will scroll through the search results quickly, so the image you use has to grab their attention in 10-15 seconds. To ensure it pops, you can hire a photo editor or ad designer on Fiverr for as little as $5.  
  • Scope the competition. Check out the highest-rated sellers with the most reviews and completed gigs. Take note of what they offer, their profile content, and design choices that make them jump off the page – such as a catchy logo or professional profile pic. Learn from sellers who have already succeeded, and adopt their strategy.
  • Offer bonus services. If a potential client is comparing you to similar sellers, add-on services can be the deciding factor. Make even your Basic package more enticing by offering multiple revisions, fast delivery, and anything extra you can throw in. You can always amend and update your services as you pick up more work and start to establish yourself on Fiverr.

Before you get started, make sure you read our in-depth guide on creating the most successful Gig on Fiverr.

Getting the Most Out of Your Gigs

Now that you’ve created your first Gig on Fiverr, next comes the hard part: landing a client. Most buyers on this (or any) platform want to see reviews from which they can judge your work quality. You won’t have anything other than the few examples uploaded to your gallery to show when starting.

Therefore, when just beginning, it’s often a good idea to keep your prices low to draw in more clients and raise your rates once you’re more established. It would help if you also looked into search engine optimization (SEO) for your gigs, as this is an excellent tool for driving organic traffic. Another successful tactic is to use your profile to establish yourself as a brand, helping you to become a recognizable force to those who scroll through Fiverr regularly.

By following these tips and tricks, researching how to succeed as a freelancer, and looking through Fiverr’s forums for expert advice, you’ll be able to create gigs optimized for success on Fiverr or any freelance platform you may choose!

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