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6 easy Fiverr gig ideas to earn money

Looking to make some extra cash in your spare time? These freelance gigs on Fiverr are quick to start, easy to do and will put your skills to good (and profitable) use.

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Finding a part-time job can be tough at the best of times – not least when you're looking for one that's flexible enough to fit around your studies and other commitments. But that's where Fiverr comes in.

Fiverr is an online marketplace where freelancers can advertise their services. While you can use the site to find gigs that help with student life, it's also a great way to make money too.

Starting your own gig on Fiverr allows you much more control over what you do, when and where you work, and how much you get paid for it.

The key to a successful freelance gig is zeroing in on the skills and experiences you already have, and thinking about which areas of your CV you're hoping to boost. To help you get started, we've put together a list of some of the top Fiverr gigs that can fit around your schedule.

As a freelancer, you'll need to declare your earnings for tax – but don't worry, we've got all the info you need on how to complete a self-assessment tax return.

How to make money on Fiverr

To start earning more money on Fiverr, these are the best freelance gigs to try:

  1. Freelance web research

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    As a freelancer, it's worth thinking of ways that you can help businesses save time by taking certain tasks off their hands. Web researching is one particular time-saving gig that can see you getting paid for your patience.

    Useful skills

    • Great attention to detail
    • Investigative and research skills
    • Ability to collate information in concise reports
    • Persistence.

    Examples of tasks

    Web research typically involves tracking down email addresses, images or brand mentions online, or even just sussing out how the competition is doing.

    It's pretty adaptable freelance work, though – you could branch out into bespoke online research tasks such as compiling information about Number One hits, summarising book and movie plots, or gathering background material for writers and journalists.

    If you're happy to also do other digital admin tasks like data entry alongside web research, it's worth advertising your gig as a 'virtual assistant' role – this is a common way to make money on Fiverr.

  2. Design eBook covers

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    Being able to spot and capitalise on trends is a very useful skill when it comes to making money as a freelancer.

    For instance, self-publishing has exploded in the last decade, with thousands of authors plumping for eBook formats to make money from their writing. And, because of this, there's a huge demand for digital book cover designs right now.

    Useful skills

    • Design skills
    • Time management
    • Strong image-making abilities
    • Visual analysis skills
    • Up-to-date knowledge of visual trends in publishing.

    Examples of tasks

    As a freelancer involved in designing eBook covers, you could be asked to make custom-made covers or templates, do technical troubleshooting or offer critiques of draft covers.

    Commissioned artworks, graphics and original photography can also be great sources of work on Fiverr (and can sell for a lot more as premium services).

  3. Sell your social media skills

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    If you're a natural at building online followings and creating viral posts on social media, your skills could be incredibly useful to businesses – it could be the perfect way for you to make money on Fiverr.

    Flexing your digital skills can be good for you, too, as proven experience of managing marketing campaigns, Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) or customer engagement is highly relevant to plenty of career paths.

    Useful skills

    • Understanding of how to generate engagement on social media
    • Ability to adapt content and tone for different social platforms
    • An ability to build a following on your own social media (to scale up productivity, invest in management platforms such as Hootsuite).

    Examples of tasks

    As a freelance social media advisor, you could offer packages to boost businesses' followings or social strategies, such as offering readymade tweets and Instagram content, or creating original posts tailored to the brand (for a higher fee).

    You could also do picture sourcing/editing tasks, or even offer to start up social media profiles from scratch.

    Plus, especially if you have a strong social media following, another great way to make money is by charging businesses a fee to share their content on your social profiles.

    But please note – if you do share sponsored content, remember to follow the ASA's guidelines on signposting that a post is sponsored or an advert.

  4. Proofread student essays

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    Particularly around dissertation deadlines when students are under heaps of pressure to get their essays finished, having other people proofread their work can be a godsend.

    If you have some free time (and haven't got a big essay deadline yourself), you could offer to read through students' work on a freelance basis to check for typos and identify any areas where their arguments are confusing or underdeveloped.

    Useful skills

    • Subject knowledge
    • Attention to detail
    • Strong academic ability (if you get consistently high grades, mention this in your Fiverr gig description to attract more commissions).

    Examples of tasks

    You could offer proofing and editing services, bibliography and citation checking, or presentation and layout packages.

    If you can teach the basics, you could also tailor gigs to language skills for non-native speakers, academic writing skills for new starters, or coaching for writers of all kinds.

  5. User testing

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    If getting insider access to future trends appeals to you, user testing is definitely worth a look.

    While this example might not carry quite as much weight as an example of work experience on your CV, it can massively help you stay motivated as a freelancer if you also choose gigs that are fun, interesting or quirky alongside other, more career-focused ones.

    Plus, by testing products, you can often get paid to try things that you'd otherwise be willing to buy. Ideal.

    Useful skills

    • Confident sharing your opinions
    • Willingness to try new products you wouldn't usually buy
    • Written communication skills to present your views in clear and concise writing.

    Depending on the gig, you may also need access to a camera phone, transport to collect/return the products or be willing to have your screen/audio recorded while testing.

    Examples of tasks

    When doing freelance user testing, you could be required to give feedback on everything from websites, games and apps to customer services and complaints.

    But, it's worth bearing in mind that if you specialise as a user tester in certain areas (e.g. tech or stationery), you could increase your chances of getting early access to products ahead of their launch, plus the chance to help shape their development.

  6. Teach your hobbies

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    Still not sure what your ideal freelance gig is? Do what you love – it's as simple as that!

    Whether you've taught yourself fluent Spanish or your parents made you do piano lessons every Saturday for five years, there's someone out there who'll pay to learn from you.

    Useful skills

    • Interpersonal and teaching skills
    • Specialist knowledge in a particular area
    • Ability to create teaching resources in written or video formats (you can then sell these resources as well as offering face-to-face teaching).

    Examples of tasks

    If you're interested in teaching on a freelance basis, think about what you're interested in and knowledgeable about – your niche could be anything.

    Know how to fix a bike, paint like Van Gogh or make the perfect dating app profile? Start from there, build up your freelance teaching experience and see where it takes you.

The ideas above are solid ways to get started as a freelancer, but the trick is to make them your own and stand out in a competitive marketplace.

To stay ahead of the curve on Fiverr, keep tabs of what people are searching for on Google Trends, which is a brilliant free resource. Use your skills, put in the effort and you'll be onto a winner.

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