A comprehensive guide on how Fiverr works

Categories Fiverr, Freelancing

Imagine you are a traveler and planning to move to the city which you have never visited before. You heard about its eye-catching locations, top-quality food chains, and luxury restaurants from your friend, and you immediately decided to visit that city.

Now, before packing your luggage, you will first go to Google and try to get as many information about the transit routes, traveling, culture, foods, hotels etc.  Right? In this way, you will not have any sort of fear or anxiety.

The same rule applies when you plan to start freelancingon Fiverr. Before signing up and creating an account, it is necessary to know how Fiverr works.

Generally, these freelancing marketplaces have the similar purpose but their unique user experience makes things tricky for a newbie. So it is important to understand the site before proceeding ahead.

So if you are planning to use Fiverr, then you have landed at right place.

What is Fiverr?

Fiverr is a freelancing marketplace where you deliver your services for as low as $5. And the name Fiverr comes from five-rr.

Remember, $5 is a minimum price tag. There is no maximum limit.

Before I go in-depth explaining how Fiverr works, I will like to quickly rush through some terms that are used on Fiverr to make you understand the blog.


A service on Fiverr is known as Gig. Each gig includes title, description, price, FAQ, and extras. Basically, in Gig, you will explain everything about your services i.e. what you will offer for the set price and what will be additional items which are not included in the basic price i.e. $5.


Read: How to promote the Fiverr gig


These are registered users who offer their service/gigs on Fiverr to make money. As you will be joining Fiverr for earning, then you will be called as Seller.


Now to whom sellers will provide their services? Buyer, right? Buyer will contact you and give you requirements. Once you agree on the price, he/she will buy your gig and your order will get started.


An order is an agreement between seller and buyer for agreed time and price. Seller is bound to deliver the order within that time frame, otherwise, Fiverr will penalize seller for later delivery. Also, a buyer can cancel the order if not delivered on time.

Post a request/Buyers Request:

Generally, on Fiverr, buyers search a keyword and gigs from different sellers appear as a search result. Suppose if a buyer couldn’t find a good seller, then what will he do then?
To cater such situations, Fiverr has provided an option of Buyer Request. In this option, the buyer will post his requirement, define his budget, and expected delivery time. Sellers will submit a cover letter. Buyer will hire the seller and order will be getting started.

After understanding some terminologies, let’s discuss how you can make your account on Fiverr.

Signing up

Signing up on Fiverr is absolutely free. You can create an account via Facebook, Google account, and email. Every method is safe, so just go on and create an account.

Once you complete the process, a confirmation email will be sent to your account. Confirm your account and then you are good to go.

Remember: On other freelancing sites, there is a separate sign up process for Buyer and Sellers. However, in Fiverr there is no such restriction. All you have to do is create an account and get started.

Using Fiverr as a Buyer

As a buyer on Fiverr, you can browse the category pages and homepage to find the kind of services you need. Or simply, you can also use the search to find a Gig.

As a buyer, it is important for you to read through the description given by the seller on the kind of work they do. To clear doubts and to be sure if a seller is competent and up to the task, you can ask the buyer to send samples of previous work done.

If you are ok with the seller and you want to make the purchase, you can proceed to the checkout.

At this section, you have several ways to pay for the Gig you want to purchase. You can either make the payment via Credit Card/PayPal or personal Fiverr’s balance.

Using Fiverr as a Seller

As mentioned earlier, every seller has to create a gig to provide his service.

To create a gig, go to “Sellers” tab and click on “Gigs”. This will open up the page where you will have all of your gigs. There is a button “Create a Gig”. On tapping that, you will be able to create a new gig.

6-easy steps to create a Fiverr gig

  • Overview

The first impression is the last one. That’s what this step is all about. Here you will write a title of your gig, select the category and subcategory, and add tags (max 5).

  • Pricing

In this step, you will set the pricing of your gig. Recently, Fiverr has launched the 3 packages options. So play around with it wisely and increase your chances of getting a good price.

  • Description & FAQ

This is the most important step. You have 1200 characters to explain how good you are, what’s your USP (Unique selling proposition), and why a buyer should hire you instead of others. Use bullet points, highlighter, and blod options to create eye-catching and compelling gig.

Important: Use relevant keywords to your service to make the gig SEO optimized.

  • Requirements

This has been a great addition in Fiverr gig. Earlier on this option wasn’t available and seller find it really difficult to communicate with buyer.

What buyers were doing is they see seller’s profile, read his gig description, check price, and place the order,. And most of the time they forget to send the requirements. So considering this situation, now Fiverr has provided this option.

And it is up to seller whether to make this mandatory or not. So use it wisely to avoid any inconvenience.

  • Gallery

Add an image, video, or PDF as a sample of your work. This is indeed a great way to showcase your experience. For example, if you are offering logo design services, you can put your samples in this section.

  • Publish

Now it is time to share your Fiverr gig with the world. Share with your gig on social accounts – FB, Twitter, LinkedIn – or just publish it on Fiverr. And get ready to start freelancing career.

How payment works on Fiverr

One of the biggest fear freelancers have is whether they will be getting paid or not. Fiverr has developed a very secure payment process in which both buyers and sellers have a win-win situation.

On the start of order, the Fiverr take all the payment in advance from the buyer. When seller delivers the work and buyer accept the delivery, the payment will be transferred to the seller.

Now, what if the buyer is not satisfied with the work? For this, Fiverr has provided a modification option to the buyer. And the seller is obliged to deliver the modified work otherwise he will not get any reward for his work. The buyer can ask for as many modifications as he wants until he is 100% satisfied.

However, as a seller, you can set a limit of revision. If the buyer goes beyond that, then he will have to pay for extra revisions.

Tip: To avoid going back and forth, as a seller, make sure to get complete information from the buyer at the start of order to avoid any inconvenience.

Payment withdraw method

Fiverr provides two withdraw methods: Payoneer Card and Bank account. You can attach your Payoneer card or Bank account with

Important: Fiverr deducts 20% fee on each order. For example, if you have completed a $5 order, then you will receive $4. Or if you have completed a $100 order, you will receive $80 in your account. So immediately you complete and successfully deliver an order, you will be paid 80% of the total amount paid by the buyer.

Review: After you complete an order, the buyer will leave a review on the order. (The review ranges from 1-5 stars)


Over the years, I have used many freelancing sites. And believe me, Fiverr is one of the easiest sites to use.  All you have to do is signup account and start selling or buying.

If you face any, feel free to post any questions/quires in the comment section below. And don’t forget to share this post with your social network.

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