Making Real Money Writing for Fiverr

Standing out in a crowded online marketplace

Jordan Fraser
6 min readJun 29, 2019


Photo by Karl JK Hedin on Unsplash

Opening up a Fiverr account is a pretty typical move for a writer. Another typical move is following that up by posting a few gigs, waiting for a while, then being disappointed when nothing happens.

Just like everything else, Fiverr takes a lot of work and attention. I liken Fiverr to an enormous stationary wheel. In the beginning you’ve got to sweat your ass off to get the thing moving, but once it’s rolling it’s difficult to slow down.

Little ol’ me

For the first 6 months of my life on Fiverr I was rolling in gigs. I started off slowly just like everyone else, but once I got that wheel moving it rolled far faster than I could ever keep up with it.

After 6 months I took a 2 month break to catch my breath. I was still working full time and had no interest in switching to Fiverr for my fulltime income.

Since then I’ve been alternating between a couple months on, a couple months off. I’d spend time getting the wheel going, then would tip the wheel over when I was feeling overwhelmed.

For me, the Fiverr life is not my calling. I accepted years ago that being a freelance writer is not for me, and that’s ok.
I write for Medium because I get to say whatever I want, and I’m paid based on how well my words connect with readers and inspire response.

I’m not someone that wants to make a living being told what to write, but I know a lot of other people out there do want that life.
So it’s for these people that I write this article. I hope my experience gives you the life and career you’d love to have.

Fiverr lives and dies in the Buyer Requests

I know a lot of you have spent a lot of time replying to an enormous amount of buyer requests each day, so you might be frustrated that I’m talking about it.

“I already do my bloody Buyer Requests dude.”