Want to become a freelance writer but just don’t know how to get started? Well, you’ve stumbled across the right person to help you out!
Maybe you’re completely new to the world of freelancing or maybe you’ve already set up a Fiverr account but haven’t been able to land your first client yet.
Either way babes, I’ve got you covered! I’m going to teach you how to use Fiverr to get your first freelance writing client FAST in 2021 (like, within 24hrs)!
Just to let you know, this post may contain affiliate links (meaning if you buy from one of my links I make a little money at no extra cost to you). Find my full disclosure here.
“So, who the hell are you and how do you know what you’re talking about?”
Disclaimer: I know you will have read hundreds of blogs about how Fiverr isn’t worth it for freelance writers. I used Fiverr as a stepping stone to fast-track my freelance writing business, not as a long-term strategy. Check out the “make money online” section on my blog to learn how to create a booming freelance writing business!
Good question. I left my full-time job last year to start my own freelance writing business and now I’m raking it in! Just kidding but it is going better than I ever thought it would. Being your own boss is SO underrated, let me tell ya.
Fiverr helped me land my first client (who I actually still work with today) and gave me the confidence to start my own business. Okay, now I’m gonna quit the blabbing and help you take the freelance writing world by storm; starting with Fiverr.
What’s that? You’ve got no idea how to become a freelance writer but you LOVE the sound of it? Start with my Ultimate Guide to Becoming a Freelance Writer With no Experience!
What We’re Gonna Cover…
- WTF is Fiverr?
- 3 Reasons Why New Freelance Writers Should Use Fiverr to Get Started
- How to Get Set Up on Fiverr
- How to Land Your First Gig (and Become a 5-Star Seller) on Fiverr
- The Mistakes Every Freelance Writer Makes on Fiverr and How to Avoid Them
- The Next Steps to Growing Your Business
- Freelance Writing on Fiverr FAQs
Landing Your First Freelance Writing Gig on Fiverr in 2021
WTF is Fiverr
Okay, if you’re COMPLETELY new to the freelance world then you probably have no idea what I’m talking about. Fiverr is essentially a job board that allows freelancers to sell their services. They can post their services, or “gigs” as Fiverr likes to call them (lol, I thought only my dad used that word).
Anyway, the clues in the name; freelancers start by charging a fiver for their services but DON’T WORRY. I’m going to teach you how to make much more than that from your freelance writing business! Fiverr is just a stepping stone to get you started.
3 Reasons Why New Freelance Writers Should Use Fiverr to Get Started
There’s a couple of reasons why Fiverr will help your freelance writing business. I think it’s the easiest way for newbie writers to get started, here’s why:
- Fiverr will help you get published.
It’s impossible to get a freelance writing client without having published work (trust me, I’ve tried). So, how the hell are new freelance writers supposed to get any work?
Fiverr lets even the least experienced freelancers get seen by potential clients. So, with a few tips and tricks, you will get your work published waaay faster than you would with any other job board.
I joined Fiverr just to see what it was all about when I was starting off. I ended up getting two freelance writing clients within 24hrs. Lol, I wish I’d known about it before!
- Fiverr Gets You Reviews & More Reviews Equals More Money
The second most important thing Fiverr will add to your freelance writing business is reviews. Anyone who pays for your services has to leave a review to receive the finished product. So, you’re gonna end up with at least one (which is all you need to get started).
But how are reviews going to make you more money in the long run?
Think about it… If you were torn between two different restaurants, you’d check out Trip Advisor or Yelp to see which had the better review, right?
It’s the same when it comes to freelance writing. If you can add reviews from previous clients into your pitch, later on, you’ll be dancing (don’t worry, I’ll get to that in a minute).
Then, you can justify charging more for your services and your clients will have more trust in ya! See, more reviews = more money 😉
- Using Fiverr Builds Your Confidence
I’ve been exactly where you are. You know what you want, you just don’t know how to get there.
Maybe you do know how to become a freelance writer, you just don’t have the confidence to put yourself out there (you know, fear of rejection and all that).
I know how you feel! Before I started my freelance writing business, I thought I was… OK at writing and could probably make things work.
So, when I started my Fiverr account and people actually started paying me to write, it gave me a kick up the arse. Then the reviews started rolling in and I got a massive confidence boost!
After a few weeks on Fiverr, I felt like I was a GREAT writer and I KNEW I could make things work. See the difference?
How to Get Set Up on Fiverr
I’m not gonna lie, this is the easiest part! All you have to do is set up your profile as a seller then create a gig. I mean, there’s no point in me explaining all of this when Fiverr tells you exactly what to do and how to do it. So, go and set up your fiverr account then come back and I’ll give you your next steps
Write a Killer Description
You don’t have any reviews yet, so the only thing people can judge you from is your description. You should write a description that showcases your expertise and demonstrates how you can add value to their brand.
What’s the one thing business owners want more than anything? Sales. That’s what. So, tell your prospective client that your gig will bring them more sales than anyone else! You with me?
Oh, and you can download the exact description that I used here… I’d recommend putting your own voice in there but feel free to take inspiration!
How to Land Your First Gig (and Become a 5-Star Seller) on Fiverr
Okay, this is what you’re all here for, right? So, I’d better just spit it out. This is exactly what I did to land my first gig and become a 5-star seller on Fiverr the same day I set up my account.
1. Make a 24hr Delivery Promise
Here’s the trick that’s going to get you your first freelance writing gig FAST. There’re already top-rated writers on Fiverr, so why would anyone choose you? Well, the one thing you have that they don’t is time.
Have a look at the top Freelance writers on Fiverr right now. They have hundreds of reviews and a tonne of work coming in. There’s no way they could complete a new project within 24 hours.
So, when you create your first gig, make a 24-hour delivery promise. For example…
“I Will Research and Write an SEO Optimised Blog in 24 Hours”.
That was mine, you’re welcome :*
2. Create an Eye-Catching Thumbnail for Your Gig
This part is super important! When your potential client is scrolling through Fiverr, your gig’s thumbnail should stand out the most. I just used Canva (a godsend of an app that makes graphic design so easy) to create mine. Throw on some bright colours but make sure the title of your gig is the most eye-catching part.
Oh, and stay away from cursive writing. It might look fancy but easy to read and eye-catching is the goal.
You can download the thumbnail I used here to get an idea of what works!
3. Stay on Top of Your Messages
You’re offering a 24hour turnaround so, chances are, your potential client is on a timescale. Buyers on Fiverr often send sellers messages about potential work before they commission a gig.
If you answer before the other sellers, you’re more likely to get the gig!
Warning – they can come in thick and fast when you least expect so I’d recommend downloading the app and switching your notifications on ASAP.
4. My Top Tip for Getting Your First Gig Faster on Fiverr
Here’s my top tip for getting a gig fast on Fiverr – ask someone you know to buy it and leave you a 5-star review. When I first started, I asked my boyfriend to buy my gig (I paid him back obviously, lol) and, of course, he left a banging review. I then had a 5-star review from the get-go and my account was boosted over all of the other new accounts. It’s a little sneaky but it will get you a head start, you know?
Aaaand, that’s it! It’s pretty easy to get your first gig on Fiverr if you put some effort into your profile.
The Mistakes Every Freelance Writer Makes on Fiverr and How to Avoid Them
As the great Hannah Montana once said: “Everybody makes mistakes, everybody has those days”. Lol. Anyway, I made a few mistakes as a freelance writer on Fiverr and I see people making them time and time again. So, here’s what they are and how to avoid them:
The First Mistake – Over Offering and Under Delivering
There’s a lot of competition on Fiverr, so it can be tempting to offer deals that no one else is offering like “An SEO Optimised 5000 Blog in 24 Hours” because people might be more tempted to buy.
All of a sudden, you’ve accepted 10 gigs and have to research and write 50,000 words in 24 hours and, unless you’re Typer Girl (that’s the writer version of wonder woman, obviously) then it ain’t gonna happen.
You’ll be left with bad reviews and you’ll be back to square one. It might take a little longer to do things the right way but trust me, it’s worth it in the long run.
Offering 24hour delivery time for your gigs will get clients faster but you shouldn’t offer anything you can’t deliver.
For example, I offered a 500-word blog in 24 hours deal because I knew, even if I had a few gigs on the go, I’d be able to deliver.
The bottom line is, you shouldn’t take on more work than you can handle. It will only get you bad reviews and less work in the long run. That’s not happening on my watch babes!
The Stupid Mistake – Not Verifying Your Identity
Okay, this one f****d me at the start, so listen up. Fiverr will ask you to verify your identity when you sign up but you don’t have to do it until later (they might have changed this now).
Anyway, me being me, I put it off. Then, I’m messaging a potential client about a series of blogs they want me to write (it was big money and long-term work – just what we like). All of a sudden, my account shuts me out and I get an email saying “your account has been frozen until you verify your identity”.
Anyway, long story short, I lost the client and the work just because I couldn’t be arsed taking a picture of my bloody passport when they asked me the first time. Trust me, do it right at the start!
The Third Mistake – Freelance Writers Playing the Long Game on Fiverr
Unless you work every hour of the day for basically no money then you probably won’t rank up much on Fiverr but THAT’S OK. We aren’t trying to get to the top.
Freelance writers on Fiverr get used to the cash coming in and forget to look elsewhere for long-term work. Imagine Fiverr glitched and stopped working or something – you’d have no means of income at all.
As I said, we’re using Fiverr as a stepping stone before we move on to bigger and better things. I hear freelance writers bashing Fiverr all the time and, I have to agree with them, it’s not worth the money. So, use Fiverr to get started, get some work published, get some good reviews, then get the hell out of there.
I only made about £15 (about $19) per day back when I was using Fiverr and now I’m making about 10x that. Fiverr is a short-term game to get us ahead, ladies!
So what are the next steps to growing your business after we’ve used Fiverr?
The Next Steps to Growing Your Freelance Writing Business
If all went well, you now have published work and some freelance writing reviews. You’ve gone from having no experience, to becoming a published writer. That’s pretty impressive!
But what are the next steps?
As I said, we’re not using Fiverr long-term.
By all means, keep it going for a bit of added income but it’s time to look elsewhere for work. Fiverr takes a cut of the money you make, so it’s time to take control and find your very own long-term clients!
Read my updated 2021 Guide to Freelance Writing for Beginners for the next steps!