Now more than ever it is becoming appealing to try and earn money online and from home. Being the master of your own income, and being able to work from anywhere you see fit, is a major goal for professionals worldwide.
But, how exactly is it done?
Every minute thousand of blogs and websites publish written content to be seen and consumed by clients and viewers. These written pieces can be used to help grow business, sell products, educate people, growing demographics, and much more. There are millions upon millions of words being written and published each day--this is a growing market that you can dive into.
Now, if you are someone who fancy’s yourself as a bit of a writer, but don't know where to start, then this article is for you. Half of the battle with becoming a freelancer is knowing how to find clients and build a portfolio. This can be difficult if you don’t have existing connections. That is where a platform like Fiverr can come in handy.
Fiverr in a nutshell
If you don’t know what Fiverr is at all, then you should first head on over and read my piece of what Fiverr is in detail. But, for now, we can take a moment to do a quick overview to summarize.
Fiverr is a massive marketplace for individuals to offer their services to those in need. This can be through photography, freelance writing, software testing, advisory sessions, and so much more! It’s a place where experts and beginners can hone their skills by gaining access to clients at a far greater rate in an open marketplace.
Pretty simple right? Fiverr is a platform that connects buyers with sellers in the freelance space. So, how can you use it to become a better blogger and writer yourself?
1. Writing is a skill, and it requires practice to hone
The truth is, you are never going to become a better writer unless you practice. And practice… And practice… And practice until your fingers fall off. While there are some people out there who are naturally talented at writing, the vast majority of good writers became good by writing a whole lot.
Unfortunately in this day and age, many of us don’t have the same time to work on our writing unless it produces something for us. I.e, money. This means that you need to be able to earn money while also practising your writing. It seems impossible, but it really isn't’. That is where Fiverr comes in.
You see, with Fiverr you can have access to a massive pool of potential clients who are looking for varying degrees of skill and experience. While some buyers want experts in their field, others simply want someone who is willing to work hard and develop a working relationship. This is a great way to get in and get the experience you need.
Now, these writing gigs you take on early may not exactly be exciting. You can expect to have a lot of small jobs for some really odd projects. But, that’s okay! You don’t need to be writing Wall Street Journal level articles to gain experience and skills in the craft. These small pieces and articles are going to help hone your writing ‘voice’, your typing speed, your formatting prowess, and your ability to research on the fly.
So, Fiverr is great for gaining experience as a writer and developing your skills through low-risk tasks. But, how exactly do you find these tasks?
2. Find more clients and buyers
Once you’ve set up your profile and decided that you are going to dive into content writing on Fiverr, you’re going to need to find clients and buyers. This can seem a bit overwhelming in the beginning. You have to make ‘gigs’ to sell your services, and it’s hard to sell your gigs when you have no reviews. So, what do you do?
Well, first let’s begin with creating a stellar ‘gig’. Fiverr allows you to make ‘gigs’ that showcase your services and allow buyers to see what you have to offer. These gigs can have varying price tiers, and you can fully customize how they scale, what comes in them, and how much you wish to charge.
Let's see a few points:
if you are a beginner you want to price yourself reasonably.
Search out competing writers in your space, and see how they price their services.
Don’t compare yourself to the top end sellersYou are a beginner after all.
But, you don’t want to sell yourself short either.
Try to aim along the lines of what seems fair based on what you offer compared to your competitors.
Next, you need to go out and get some reviews. Now, Fiverr discourages ‘gaming’ the system in any way. So you can’t simply have a friend buy your package and leave a great review. But, you can see authentic buyers directly. This is done through the 'community boards’. Here buyers will post what they need to be written, and how much they are willing to pay.
This is the best place to get started while you wait for buyers to show up. You can start by ‘pitching’ your services to the requesting buyers and try to get them to agree to hire you. Typically these jobs are short and easy and you can negotiate fair compensation for your time. This is the best way to get early buyers and start working on your skills!
3. Grow your niche & knowledge
Now, in the first days of being an official Fiverr freelancer, you are going to be tempted to make some mistakes. This is going to be namely:
Getting too broad with your service offerings.
Trying too hard to be a ‘Jack of all trades’.
Neglecting what makes you stand out.
In order to make it as a writer, you are going to need to be unique and knowledgeable. This requires you to become an expert in one or two topics and write extensively within that space. Otherwise, only offer a few types of content that you know you can work out easily.
It can be tempting to simply say that you can ‘write anything for anyone!’ While that may be possible, it isn’t going to help you grow your skills as a writer. Wait until you have a few hundred pieces under your belt before you start getting too flexible with what you offer.
So, you should ask yourself, ‘what do I know, and what am I good at?’ This can be anything. It can be your own hobbies, interests, or field of study/work. Anything you have a good working knowledge of can become your niche. From there, you can start to heavily target clients who are looking to buy at that pace. This will help you when you are starting out especially.
By sticking within a niche, you can focus on becoming a better writer while getting a more steady flow of buyers. If you are spread too thin by researching things you know nothing about every day, you are going to burnout and your writing will grow stagnant. It’s best to grow a strong foundation for your writing on something you can write about easily. Not to mention, it’ll help the creative juices flow when you’re passionate about the subject!
4. Learning to be realistic on Fiverr
One way that Fiverr can help you become a better writer is by teaching you a lot of what you will need to know in the broader industry. If you want to be a writer, you are going to have to learn a few things pretty quickly:
How to handle rejection.
How to handle critique.
How to be realistic.
Rejection is a part of the game when it comes to writing. You are going to have buyers tell you ’no’. That's something that you cannot ever truly overcome. Some buyers won’t like your offering, some won’t like your style, some won’t like you personally… That's okay. You are going to have to learn to handle rejection in stride and go on to the next one. Fiverr teaches you this pretty quickly!
Fiverr also helps you learn how to handle feedback and critique. Fiverr allows buyers to post feedback on your writing and what they would like changed or adjusted. This is usually done through the revisions process, and it is something you should get used to.
Far too often budding writers feel like everything they create is a masterpiece--that’s not the case, I hate to tell you. Fiverr will teach you how to not only listen to critique, but accept it and grow from it.
Fiverr will also quickly teach you to be realistic. It will teach you how to be realistic about how much you can actually write in a single day, how many orders you can handle at a time, and how much you can actually charge. Fiverr will pretty quickly show you where you stand in terms of speed and skill, and how much the market values what you have to offer. Remember, as a beginner, you are likely going to need to be patient and learn to realistically gauge yourself quickly.
5. Writing on Fiverr is not a ‘get rich quick’ scheme
Fiverr is a great platform for those looking to earn an income as a freelancer. It’s also a great way for those who want to be a writer to learn how to do that--as well as if it’s for them at all. You can grow your skills, and learn the trade in a pretty simple and easy environment. But, Fiverr is not a way to make a lot of money quickly.
There are a lot of people who make a good living as writers. Many of them make a good living through Fiverr exclusively. However, that takes time. It takes commitment and dedication to get the client base, the skills, and the knowledge to justify higher prices. This means you are going to have to spend quite a while selling your services for less than what you feel they’re worth.
Fiverr is not a way to go viral and become a master writer in just a few short days. As I mentioned above… Being a writer is more about honing a skill than it is showing off talent. You should toss out any notions that you are going to be sipping cocktails in Barbados within a week of joining Fiverr.
With that being said, Fiverr can be a great launching pad into something wonderful. Many digital nomads use Fiverr to pay their expenses as they travel and have learned to create a large buyer base. This is something that will come with time, so be patient and don’t give up!
There will be days when you don’t feel like writing. There will be days when you feel like none of this is worth it. Remember that becoming a freelance writer is a marathon and not a sprint. If you can stay the course, build writing discipline and continue to work hard, then you can learn a lot and earn a lot on Fiverr as a writer.
6. With time, you will notice growth
Fiverr rewards dedication and patience. As you respond to more buyers and fulfil orders on time, you will grow as a seller. From basic to level one, and level two, and beyond! These levels allow you to access more perks from Fiverr, and often allow you to charge more for your services--they add reputation points.
This is the primary way that Fiverr can help you grow your skills as a writer. It gives you access to the tools, the clients, and the chance to test your skill. There is no fancy course or magic potion when it comes to being a content writer. You just have to write, and write, and write some more.
So, should you start a Fiverr account if you want to be a freelance writer? Well, that’s up to you. But Fiverr is a much faster and more lucrative method than simply writing for free for yourself. You can earn money while also sharpening your writing prowess. It’s a win-win really!