This is the most complete guide about freelancing in Nepal with the most profitable tips and ideas about working online. At a glance, you will be learning the secrets behind setting up a Fiverr profile and gigs that sell. Also, you will discover how to rank and achieve success on the platform with things that you should avoid.
Before going ahead, I want to make clear that you will need some investment in learning the skill. It is not like stock trading or a share market where you get instant money returns. Once you reach that level 1 seller status or get enough star ratings (10+), you will be generating more money than any other industry.
Also, it will take some time to learn (a few months) and start generating revenue from Fiverr. So, never quit your job or drop college for the sake of making money online as you will need some money to support yourself while you learn these skills. Plus, I also do a couple of other things such as niche blogging for AdSense sites, affiliate marketing, and YouTubing. Therefore, work on multiple platforms and revenue streams to get higher income.
Alright, let’s get started.
- What is Fiverr?
- How to build skills for Fiverr
- How To Optimize Fiverr Profile
- The Buyer’s Pyramid For Freelancing in Nepal
- Tips on Creating a Fiverr Gig
- How To Get Your First Customer on Fiverr
- 1. Buyer Request
- 2. Use Social Media To Promote Gigs
- 3. Build a Website
- 4. Friends and Families
- 5. Partnership with local companies
- 6. Email Outreach
- Types of People To Avoid on Fiverr
What is Fiverr?
Fiverr is an online freelancing platform that has employed millions of people worldwide by connecting workers with clients. The workers create services and publish them in the form of ‘Gigs’ so that a needy buyer can purchase them. So, Fiverr is like a broker who distributes goods between service providers and customers.
The best part about Fiverr is that customers have to purchase in advance to avoid scams that guarantee money once the deal has been made. Just so to make sure that the customers don’t get scammed too, the seller will only receive the money after completing the work that they offered. In this way, Fiverr makes sure that both the buyers and sellers are satisfied.
Now, in this tutorial, I will not explain how to navigate through the Fiverr interface & click on things as it is super easy and one can learn that by themselves. Instead, what I will be teaching you are the concepts and ideas that will bring customers into a highly competitive service industry.
How to build skills for Fiverr
To earn money from Fiverr, you must build some skills within yourself to sell services. One of the common practices is to use your pre-existing skills. Now, I come from the background of Civil Engineering and Digital Marketing. Therefore, I can easily provide services related to AutoCAD drawing, estimating and costing, valuation of properties, as well as SEO services. Similarly, if you are an expert in Photography and know how to use Photoshop properly, you can provide services related to photo background removals, editing, retouching, resurfacing, etc.
For some reason, if you think that you don’t have any skills that can help people, then you can always learn one. To give you some hints, here are some of the highest-selling services on Fiverr:
- Android & iOs App development
- Website Development (News Portal & E-Commerce)
- Web Design (Theme Construction for WordPress Sites)
- Content Writing
- Graphics Design (Logo Design, Infographics, Photoshop & similar)
- Video Editing
- Narration & Voice Over for videos
- Virtual Assistant
- Data Entry
- Digital Marketing & SEO
- 3D Modelling
- Animation, Rigging, Sculpting, Compositing, Lighting, etc. (Learn how to use Blender, Houdini, Maya, etc.)
- Video Game Development (Mostly Unity)
- Civil Engineering Works
- Converting File Formats (Example: PDF to Word)
- English Related Tasks (For people with proficiency in English)
- Writing Codes (Programming)
- Social Media Marketing & Management
These are some of the highest-selling services on Fiverr. Plus, there’re plenty of others that I have missed and you can always find one by exploring Fiverr as a buyer. However, never hesitate to learn new skills such as Android App Development, Coding, SMM, etc. because they are the gigs with the highest demand on Fiverr. To find out the potential of skill, just browse through Fiverr as a customer and search for them. There you can check the gig’s price, and how many people have purchased it.
Also, once you’ve selected a gig and before starting to provide service, make sure to master it so that when you deliver, customers are satisfied and you get good reviews. This will help you bring more returning customers, gets extra tips, and receive referral buyers as well from past customers. The best platforms to master your skills are:
- YouTube Videos
- Online Blog Posts
- LinkedIn Learning
- Blender Cloud Training
In this way, we can build skills that sell on Fiverr.
How To Optimize Fiverr Profile
Initially, there are two versions of Fiverr made for buyers and sellers. We will be working on the ‘Seller Dashboard’. You can sign up for Fiverr Seller by visiting fiverr.com. There you can sign up & create a username using your email address or any other available method. Now, Fiverr does not allow multiple accounts and if I create another account to show you how it’s done, I will be banned. Therefore, I will not be practically showing you that, hope you can do that by yourself.
Now, once you are signed up, there are a couple of things to do in order to optimize your Fiverr profile and make it stand out. First off, let’s start with the profile picture. Fiverr is all about gaining trust and confidence in people that they can rely on you. Therefore, when you upload a profile picture, don’t put a random selfie. Wear some formal dress with nice background and shoot a clean headshot with an HD camera. Don’t forget to put a smile on your face because it brings positivity, just a small grin on the side of your cheeks. Don’t be overcomplicated with your smile though.
Before anyone purchases anything from you, they may check your profile to make sure that you are genuine. Therefore, it is essential to fill in your qualifications, language, skills, certifications, tagline, and proper description.
Whenever you fill in the description, make sure to insert relevant keywords in it. One of the best methods to find industry-related keywords on Fiverr is by using their search box. Just type your seed keyword and the autosuggest will automatically show you the finest results on the dropdown list beneath it.
Also, It is a good idea to check your competitor’s profile and find what keywords they are using to rank their profiles and gigs. To make your profile more authentic, you can take ‘Fiverr Tests’ for a particular skill that you put on your profile. For some skills, it might not be available but mostly present for many.
It is like an interview where they ask you around 30-40 questions related to the service that you are providing. You have to complete the test within a specified time period (normally 30 minutes). After passing the test, Fiverr will display a green checkmark which is a sign that you have good knowledge on the topic and people can trust you.
The Buyer’s Pyramid For Freelancing in Nepal
Whether it’s Fiverr, Upwork, or any other platform, you must understand the buyer’s pyramid before starting to sell. This is something that actually top sellers are doing in practice to get more clients. The Buyer’s Pyramid is your value ladder that attracts customers to at least step in and tries what you offer to them.
As you already know, Pyramids have many steps and we need to start from the first bottom step to reach the peak. So, in order to make your profile visitors climb the first step of the Pyramid, you will need something called the ‘Lead Magnet’. It is something with the extremely essential value that you can give away either for free as a bonus or at an extremely low cost than the rest.
Notice that I used the word ‘value’ here. The lead magnet should not only be extremely useful to the buyers but it must contain a value of money when they purchase from others. So, when you get them to step into the lead magnet, you need to create something called the ‘Low Ticket Offer’. It is packaged at a slightly affordable price such that anyone can purchase to get familiar with your services & work.
So, once your low ticket is complete, you need to provide an actual ‘High Ticket Offer’. As you move up the Pyramid ladder, the more descent value you give for the price. The offer should be a complete package, something that you retain on a monthly basis. But the goal of the Pyramid is to get people to step into that lead magnet before they start spending the actual big money.
Our goal is to make money from Fiverr and help people at the same time. Therefore, to achieve that, Fiverr has facilitated the 3 packages offering system. Before we start making our gig, we must decide what are our Lead Magnets are, low and high ticket offers can be. Also, as you move up the Pyramid, include the services below the steps to get most of the people to purchase it. The final high ticket offer should be your master plan that makes the highest amount of money possible and makes buyers satisfied.
The buyer’s pyramid is not some kind of fantasy. I actually use this to attract as many as customers and you can do that too. There are a lot of people not creating packages and they end up getting no customers. Some people say that lowering prices will reduce the trust and belief in quality work, which is absolutely ridiculous. People won’t purchase your big product or service unless you let them try out something for free or at an extremely low cost. So, structuring your gigs properly and arranging them is really important. Below is a small diagram of Buyer’s Pyramid.
Tips on Creating a Fiverr Gig
So, once you have gained the proper skills as mentioned above and structured your value ladder for the offering, our next step is to create the gigs. Now, I’m not going to tell you where to click and do all sorts of stuff as there are plenty of YouTube videos out there that teach you how to do it. What I will explain are the things that those YouTubers never reveal on those videos. So, keep reading.
Basically, when I start out while creating a gig, I search for the pre-existing services on Fiverr. They show me a lot of results about the gigs that are already being served to the people. Try to filter out the highest selling ones with the best star ratings and open them in the new tab of your windows browser. Once you do that, copy their description and paste it into a notepad or Wordpad (word document) one by one.
Again, the Fiverr search system works based on the factors like keywords, response rates, delivery time, price, and reviews. They try to boost the visibility of new profiles for the first 7 days. So, in that time, if you use proper keywords in your gigs, you can really show in higher search results. I have already described one of the methods of finding Fiverr keywords above in the profile section.
Now, once you have successfully copied your competitor’s description on a word document, observe them carefully. There you will get a lot of ideas about the words that people are using to rank on Fiverr. Read all the gig descriptions from top to bottom and highlight the words with the most significant values. Those are the words to use in your own gig description. But don’t copy the entire sentence as it is against the rules. Just pick out the powerful words that make sense and compels the readers.
Also, while writing the gig description, remember the following things:
- Put the keyword in the title
- The first paragraph of the description should be a single-line highlighted quote with keywords in it. For example, “High-Quality Android App Development at the best affordable price”.
- The second paragraph should contain the services that you offer in the lead magnet as per the Buyer’s Pyramid. Ex. “For $5, I will provide: ….” and then followed by bullet points.
- Similarly, the third and fourth paragraphs should contain unique details of your low ticket and high ticket offerings.
- In the fifth paragraph, mention why they should purchase from you than buying from others.
Fiverr only allows 1200 words on the description. Therefore, be really tricky while using the words to save space. In the end, I like to mention things like 100% satisfaction guaranteed or contact me before buying. This is super necessary as you get to know whether you can do the job or not before the purchase has been made.
There’s also a FAQ section where you can answer commonly asked questions from the buyers. It’s a good practice to include the gig requirements either on the description or FAQ to clear confusion away.
When it comes to the Fiverr Gig cover, the proper size of the image is 550x370px. As usual, check the images of your competitors to get ideas of what to put in the cover photo. Photoshop and Canva are my favorite tools for creating graphics. Plus, add some additional photos of the outcome or final delivery to give hints about how you’re going to help people. Similarly, record a small video showing your results after the work so that people can trust you more.
How To Get Your First Customer on Fiverr
After publishing your gigs, now comes the most difficult part, which is to get your first customer on Fiverr. One of the natural ways to do it is by ranking your gigs. Follow these tips to rank your gigs:
- Set price to $5 while starting off as most people filter out the budget.
- Write a top-notch gig description using the tricks mentioned above.
- Make keyword-rich eye-catching images and titles
- Use proper tags
- Stay Online
- Work on improving your gigs as much as you can to get maximum impressions on Fiverr organic search.
1. Buyer Request
Another method to get your first client on Fiverr is to use the ‘buyer request’ feature. It allows buyers to post custom gig requirements and you can respond to them. Open your Fiverr seller dashboard and click on More. There you will find the option for ‘Buyer Requests’.
To become successful with getting customers through Buyer Request, you must understand where your buyers are coming from. For example, I work mainly in the SEO industry. I never work with South Asian clients as they are hard to convince and do not want to pay you well. They want to squeeze your skills to get the maximum benefits at an extremely low cost, which is totally unfair for the time you’ve spent learning those skills. Whenever I get messages from people living in India or Pakistan, I politely reply to them by saying “Sorry! I can’t help you” without being rude.
Therefore, my target audience is the people living in developed Tier 1 countries who have the money to spend without hesitation & make me happy working with them. They are more likely open-minded and they easily understand things. So, I feel comfortable working with them and they are my target audience. So, if I want to get clients from foreign nations outside Asia, I need to stay awake at night from 7 Pm to 4 Am in morning. Our time zone is different and we live on the other ends of the world. Therefore, the highest amount of buyer request I get from Tier 1 countries is at midnight. So, it’s not easy, especially for a person who is lazy to stay awake at night.
Again, there are two types of people who post buyer requests on Fiverr. One of them is the entrepreneurs who are too busy with their schedule and don’t want to browse through the Fiverr search feature to find individual gigs. They are the ones with real money willing to invest. The second category is the people who want to purchase expensive services at a cheap cost (usually $5 dollars). So, you have to be very tricky while responding to buyer requests.
Normally, when newbies send an offer to buyer requests, they do it completely wrong. They write about how they are pro, can do it at a completely cheap affordable price, and try to outsmart the competition. Guess what? That’s the exact same thing every new seller’s doing on Fiverr. Telling something like “Hey! My name is XYZ. I have this many years of experience. You should pick me because I am the best at doing it at low cost” won’t work.
A good way to respond to Buyer’s requests is by simply telling them that you have done the work before. No need to be too fancy by writing an essay about yourself as nobody really cares about reading it. If the price that buyer wants is extremely low, tell them that you can do the job but their budget is extremely below the market standards. Also, mention the time it would take you to complete the task.
Now, when you do this, two things will happen. Either the person will respond to you and start having a conversation with you if they are serious or ignore you if they fall under the second category. There should not be any regret when you don’t get a response from the second category of people because they want everything done for $5 only. Let’s say they want to get a website set up with a budget of $5 only, which is beyond our standards. That’s completely fine as most of them are headaches and it’s good to let them go.
Actually, real investors need quality work. You need to find out if the person is a real investor or not. Therefore, just say that you’re happy working with them but based on your experience, the budget is too low for the quality work you will deliver to them. This type of response makes you unique and stands out from the rest of the sellers.
This is all about human psychology and we can’t really do anything about it. It’s not in our hands whether a person will respond or not. But when they do respond, and if the task is heavy, tell them that you’ve already done such projects before. Mention the price that it will take you to fulfill the quality work requirements at a specified time.
When they read your message and reply, your next step is to describe the things that you will perform during the process of project completion. Give them a reason why it should cost them a higher price of money by describing the tasks that you will complete. This will set your high-quality standards and separate you from the cheap low-quality workers. Real serious investors only care about quality and value, which is what you should aim for.
2. Use Social Media To Promote Gigs
One of the common practices to get orders on Fiverr is to use social media. There are hundreds of niche relevant Facebook Groups, Twitter Spaces, Pinterest Boards, Sub Reddits forums, etc. that allow you free promotion. Find them and post the things that you offer there.
In addition to that, you can create your own page or groups to spread the word about your business. Advertising on such platforms and using hashtags while posting can help. Similarly, you can create a youtube channel and make videos about your services to drive clients on Fiverr.
3. Build a Website
There are millions of people who are looking for services outside Fiverr. A common way to reach out to them is by building your own personal website or blog and then ranking it on search engines. You can do email marketing, build a following through your blog by educating people, or set up an automation system that sends people directly into Fiverr to purchase your services. SEO is one of the top techniques to find organic targetted customers.
4. Friends and Families
To get started earning a good amount with Fiverr, you will need at least 10-star ratings so that people and algorithms recognize you. For beginners, it is very difficult to get those ten ratings due to the huge increase in competition. Therefore, another good approach to reach that goal is by contacting the people surrounding you who are in need of a service and letting them know that you can work for them. Tell your friends or family members that you can work for them on Fiverr at a low price (just to get the star ratings).
5. Partnership with local companies
There might be hundreds of local companies in your area who do the same work as yours. Approach them and offer them something good if they send you clients who visit their stores. It could be a certain fixed amount of money for every client that they refer or pay them on the basis of percentage.
6. Email Outreach
If buyers cannot find you, then you have to find them first, something you need to do before performing email outreach. There are hundreds of methods and platforms to find customers and business owners willing to pay as listed below.
- Chamber of Commerce
- People doing poor social media advertisements
- Online Directories
- Alexa, SimilarWeb, and other website listings.
- Online Forums & Web 2.0 sites.
All you have to do is find their official websites where they publish their email addresses or any sort of contact information. Once you discover them, just pitch them an email offering your services. This works in any industry, any niche, and all sorts of gigs. Cold email outreaching is itself a huge topic and I can write about it all day long. But for the sake of now, I want to end it here.
Types of People To Avoid on Fiverr
The world is full of good-hearted as well as evil-minded people. While Fiverr is an excellent platform for online jobs, you will often encounter people that you need to avoid for your safety. One of those categories is the people who ask you to create accounts on some other platforms. They will ask you to give them access to your computer through AnyDesk or any other medium so that they can do nasty things such as uploading a virus or getting your credit card information. Therefore, whenever you get such types of messages, do not respond and report immediately to the Fiverr staff as a lot of people have fallen victims to this.
Similarly, there come other categories of people who claim that they will offer you jobs outside Fiverr. They will try to convince you so that you provide them your social media details, WhatsApp or telegram number, or google hangouts address. These types of messages come from people that are trying to scam you. Also, Fiverr does not allow sharing of your personal details such as email address, Facebook id, or so on. Therefore, if you want to keep your account safe, block these types of messages immediately.
Another type of people to avoid on Fiverr is the ones who say they will send you cheques and Amazon Gift Cards in return for the work you do for them. Actually, people can send messages to anyone on Fiverr, including you. Only make payments inside Fiverr’s built-in payment system which is 100% safe and never make a deal outside to avoid being scammed. These types of people will block you without sending any cheque or gift card after you’ve done their work. Therefore, if someone tells you so, respond by telling them to make a payment in advance by purchasing your gig through the official Fiverr website. Otherwise, don’t waste your time on such people.
These are the few types of people that are trying to spoil the reputation of Fiverr and you need to be cautious about them. Therefore, just be aware of them before getting started to sell and everything will be fine as there are millions of other legit and genuine buyers on Fiverr.
These are only the additional efforts that you need to put in if you aren’t getting any orders on Fiverr. As long as you put the right description, title, and catchy thumbnail as described earlier, you don’t need to do all this stuff. People will naturally come searching for you after getting some reviews. Freelancing is a topic that one person can talk about all day long and it’s never over.
At a glance & in addition to the tips mentioned above, remember these few tips to maximize your success rate on Fiverr.
- Learn proper skills for customer satisfaction.
- Understands the buyer’s pyramid and value ladder.
- Make a keyword-rich profile, title, and description.
- Try to remain online most of the time.
- Speak fluently in English while having a conversation.
- Make your response rate as good as possible.
- Deliver on the time.
- Ask your customer to leave a 5-star rating after delivering.
- Be active on Fiverr Community Forums.
- Always put a gig video.
- Keep cancellation & refund rates extremely low.
- Increase social shares of your gigs.
- Publish your gig link on your own blog or a third-party website.
I hope that this guide on how to do freelancing in Nepal and make money from Fiverr has helped you. If you implement the techniques and strategies mentioned above properly, there’s nothing stopping you from becoming a top-level seller on Fiverr & making a huge amount of money. It’s your turn now. If you have any questions, queries, or just want to say hello, the comment form below is all yours. [C Ya] 🙂
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