Fiverr is a Freelancer website in which you can set yourself up as a freelancer on many areas that you are skilled at and make money from the tasks that you complete for Customers. We are going to explore how you can make money through this website as an Artist in a series of blog posts.
Important Note: I will say that Fiverr isn't for everyone as there are some annoying things about using this site, such as the cut that Fiverr takes out of your earnings and even any tips that you may receive, but having said this, it's a site that exists to bring freelancers and Customers together for mutual work based offers, so the site itself would need to make something to host and maintain the website.
You'll also find that sometimes it's a small percentage of Customers that can really hinder your progress on the work that they ask for. We all know that some Clients can be quite demanding and in turn ask you to revise an order several times which can become an issue and one that you will have to address if you want to carry on providing Services through Fiverr.
Starting out on Fiverr: Provide A Need
When beginning to make that decision to use this Freelance option for your art, you have to decide first of all what you yourself are going to offer and whether your Customers will actually buy, so first look on the actual homepage and search for what it is you are going to offer and see if the Gigs pop up. Once you know that there is a market for the artwork, then you can begin.
There are many art options to create work for Clients:
- Character Concept Design
- Children's Books
- Coloring Books
- Cover Illustrations
- Logo Work
- Tattoo Design
- T-Shirt Design
- Graphic Design/Digital Art
The key with Using Fiverr is if you can diversify with more than one on the above list then your chances of making money will increase significantly over time as you build a reputation in each art area. But when starting out, try and build one area out first and then gradually add other strings to your freelancing art career.
Remember that you will be sending the scanned images to your customer digitally, so make sure they are high quality and high resolution scans at 300 DPI (dots per inch) or more.
Create Specific Gigs That Provide A Need
Gigs are the name for your offers and you need to really explain what you are offering and what you will not do and you need to get specific with all the keywords that you can write in your title and description so that it's clear what art you will sketch and create for the Customer.
There is space for adding some samples as well as a short video also showing you as the Artist and what work you will make. Consider filling out your Gig with everything you can to give your offer a good chance for getting searched in the marketplace.
Tip: Download the Fiverr app on your phone if you can, as you can reply to messages about orders through your phone quicker and also if you leave the app open then you will be classed as Online through the Fiverr search filter, so you may get more enquiries.
Always Offer Extras
On each Gig you create, you have the option to add gig extras to earn even more money, you can charge for each revision needed or charge extra for coloring your design. Or even charge for Shipping. Always work out what extras you can offer as you could increase your income.
Creating artwork of any kind for Clients can usually mean they will be using the design Commercially to sell or to be used again and again, so it is a good idea to offer commercial license which you can charge a fee on top for the purposes of using your art in different ways beyond the main transaction.
I myself have been using Fiverr on and off for a few years and my most popular gig over there was this one - I'll draw Black Ink Album Horror Art Illustration In the 2 years with this gig I made nearly $4,000,(which doesn't sound a lot, but if I would have focused on this alone, I would have made more!) but I didn't promote it as much as I should have as I also had other commission and freelance work coming from different sources so I couldn't commit to just this one or a handful of gigs.
Once again, this site may not work for everybody, but give it a try Fiverr.com