Recently the people at Fiverr, the site where people offer to do tasks for $5 a pop (though the good sellers add on services costing way more than $5), asked me if I wanted to highlight some success stories from their site. Since I love "how to make money on the side" pieces, I told them I'd love to. So here's what they sent me -- five stories of how people use Fiverr to make a decent side income.
$4k on Impressions
- Seller Name: Chris Hardy
- Seller Description: Repairs school band musical instruments by day, Voice impressionist by night
- Fiverr handle: Chrishardy
- Fiverr Profile: https://fiverr.com/chrishardy
- Gig (s) Offered: Standard voice over gigs, writes set of song lyrics, will sing name in four part harmony and more for $5
- Story: By day, Chris Hardy works at Guitar Center repairing musical band instruments. He first heard about Fiverr from the Clark Howard show which featured Fiverr as a great tool to earn extra cash and immediately began thinking what his talents were. As music has been an integral part of his life, he decided to use his musical talent and couple it with his voice over impressions to sell songs for 5 dollars. Chris uses the money he earns from Fiverr to supplement his wife’s college expenses like books.
- Quote: “I just cleared the $4,000 mark and I started in September 2010. It seems like a constant stream of money is going into my PayPal account.”
$10k in Puppet Videos
- Seller Name: Mark Gray
- Seller Description: LA producer cashes in with Professor Puppet alter ego – earning nearly $10,000 in less than a year
- Fiverr handle: professorpuppet
- Fiverr Profile: https://fiverr.com/professorpuppet
- Gig(s) Offered: Will record a custom video of anything you like for $5
- Story: Rocket Pictures production company founder Mark Gray has more than 22 years of experience in the entertainment industry. He first heard about Fiverr through a colleague and immediately saw the opportunity to harness its power to make a little side cash. After creating the “professorpuppet” user name, he posted his offer to the site, “Prof. Hans Von Puppet, brilliant scientist and web'lebrity, will record a custom ~30 second video for you… Happy Birthday, comment on your blog, advertise your product – anything.”
- Quote: “I was enthusiastic about using the site, but the results far exceeded my expectations,” said Gray. “In just eight months, I’ve created more than 1,500 professorpuppet videos and made nearly $10,000, an incredible help in the unstable entertainment industry.”
Coffee Photos FTW
- Seller Name: Sarah Schubert
- Seller Description: Aspiring Actress turned Web Celeb
- Fiverr handle: sarahsunshine
- Fiverr Profile: https://fiverr.com/sarahsunshine/
- Gig(s) Offered: Will photograph a custom coffee bean creation for $5
- Story: An aspiring actress and disgruntled publishing industry employee, Sarah Schubert found herself unable to break into the competitive acting world. When a friend tweeted about Fiverr, Sarah jumped on the opportunity to bring in supplemental income, allowing her to focus on her passion: acting. Schubert, similar to many L.A. residents is a jack-of-all-trades and offered a variety of services from photography with coffee to video testimonials to android application ratings. Sarah has sold more than 500 gigs on made more than $2,000. More importantly, Fiverr gave her the flexibility to build an online brand, ultimately allowing her to launch her acting career. Since becoming popular on the site, Sarah has appeared in various music videos and a handful of short-length films.
$7k in Graphics
- Seller Name: Mary Ingrassia
- Seller Description: Freelance graphic artist
- Fiverr Profile: https://fiverr.com/uniquefivex
- Gig (s) Offered: I will speed color your logo for $5 – biggest seller – people would make it an ad for their website, put it on their Facebook page – lots of sales on that – that’s what she’s been doing the most of now – edits it to speed it up, then puts music and fades to logo
- Story: Mary is a freelance graphic artist who was looking for work as the economy hit bottom. She first heard about Fiverr a year ago from a Yahoo News article and realized she could see her designs for Five dollars. She offers upgrades – “gig extras” – lots of people add it - $10 for a faster turnaround time, speed write 3 pages before coloring in the logo (people say what they sell, etc.), for a more complex logo (with a character, there’s more color, etc.) charge more. So far she has made over $7,000 and it’s a consistent source of extra cash.
Social Media for $5
- Seller Name: Matt Wayne
- Seller Description: Sales and online marketing
- Gig(s) Offered: Gets Twitter or Facebook followers for $5
- Story: Upper West Sider Matt Wayne, founder of a company called No Social Limits, has generated over 1,000 orders over the past few months for $5 services that include boosting clients’ followers on Twitter or YouTube and friend counts on Facebook. He’s now offering larger-scale services that he hopes will turn those micro-gigs into an actual client base.
- Quote: “If they like us at $5, we can then convert them up to a $20 sale, which makes it more worth my while,” said Wayne, 25, who currently fields up to 20 orders a day on the site. “People thought I was crazy,” he said. “It was $4 in revenue. But money is money.”