What Is Fiverr? How Fiverr Works

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Basically, Fiverr is a freelancing platform, where people can buy or sell services, which are known as “gigs” on the site.

Online, people ranging from eCommerce store owners to local business owners are looking for products and services, from graphic design to testimonials.

As a seller on Fiverr, you can provide these products and services and get paid in return.

At a minimum, you’ll be paid $5 per gig, but you can earn more.

On the website, which has been around since 2009, there are thousands of users looking for gigs. So, whether you’ve got a knack for grammar, a penchant for logo design, or a talent for WordPress, you could use Fiverr as a good income stream.

However, having technical expertise and know-how is not a must for making money with Fiverr.

And that’s the beauty of it…

Anyone, absolutely anyone can earn money on Fiverr by doing simple gigs that don’t require any special skills or expertise.

And your gig doesn’t have to be one of the top-selling Fiverr gigs for you to earn money.

How Fiverr Works

Fiverr is the world’s largest marketplace for digital services. A service offered on Fiverr is called a Gig.

While many Gigs start at $5, sellers have the option to choose their starting price point. Sellers can even offer multiple price ranges by using Gig Packages. With Gig Packages, they can offer buyers’ different service packages for different prices.

Signing Up:

Signing up to Fiverr is free and can be done here. Only registered users can buy and sell on Fiverr.

Are you looking to buy?

You can find the services you need by browsing the Fiverr catalog in different categories, or by using the search to find a specific service or seller. Once you find a Gig you like, click it for more information, such as a description of the service, portfolio or samples of work, and the prices. When you feel you’ve found what you need, simply proceed with placing your order.

Note: All purchases are subject to a processing fee, $1 on purchases up to and including $20 and 5% on purchases above $20.

Are you looking to sell?

Almost anyone can find something to sell on Fiverr. Browse our categories and look at how other sellers offer their services, find where your skills can fit in, and then decide what’s the best way for you to sell.

The best sellers don’t leave room for misunderstandings.

  • Make sure your seller profile is complete.
  • Make sure your Gigs are well written and accurately describe the services you provide.
  • Make sure your work samples accurately show your skills.

If your buyers’ expectations are met or exceeded, you’ll get a good rating and more business.

Buyers who purchase your Gig pay Fiverr in advance. When your order is successfully delivered and completed, you will receive 80% of the total order value. For example, if you price your service at $10, you will receive $8 for a completed order. For more information, see our Terms of Service.

Tip: You can boost your income by offering your customers extra services during the order process. Please don’t harass your buyers; try to understand what their needs are and how your skills can help them achieve their goals.

Learn More:

Find out how to buy and sell at Fiverr, learn tips on how to find the right seller or how to maximize your business potential, and much more:

  • Fiverr Help Center: (You are here!) This contains “how-to” articles, which are step-by-step procedures on how to “technically” do something on Fiverr. For example, “How to Create a Gig”.
  • Fiverr Academy: Learn info about making sales, meeting deadlines, and other tips for building and growing your Fiverr business.
  • Fiverr Forum: This is where you can connect with other members of the Fiverr community to chat, share stories, tips, and advice.
  • Fiverr Blog: This is where you can subscribe to our blog to get news, stories, and tips directly to your inbox.
  • Fiverr Store: Here you can check out the Fiverr store to get T-shirts, mugs, and other Fiverr swag.


For Our Sellers:

We do everything we can to provide you with a secure platform and we expect you to do the same for your buyers. Keep your business inside Fiverr. This guarantees that we’ll be to help with any issue that you may face. Here’s how to stay safe when using Fiverr:

  • Do not make transactions outside of Fiverr’s payments system.
  • Do not attempt any credit card fraud, launder money, attempt to drive traffic to other sites or market unrelated products, abuse our referrals system, or make false claims against other members of the community.
  • Do not ask for any password or username from your buyer, unless it’s relevant for an order they’ve made. In those cases, instruct them to change their passwords once the work has been delivered.
  • Do not violate others’ privacy, copyrights, or trademarks. 

For Our Buyers:

We do everything we can to provide you with the most secure platform possible. We encourage you to keep your transactions within Fiverr’s payment system so that you can benefit from the security measures we have in place. Keeping your business inside Fiverr guarantees that we’ll be able to help with any issue that you face. 

  • Do not make transactions outside of Fiverr’s payments system.
  • Do not attempt to make any credit card fraud, or launder money, attempt to drive traffic to other sites or market unrelated products, abuse our referrals system, or make false claims against other members of the community.
  • Do not violate others’ privacy, copyrights, or trademarks.


New User FAQ:

We encourage our buyers and sellers to try and settle conflicts amongst themselves through the Resolution Center.

Before starting, please see this article on our policy towards Order Cancellations.

Revenues Page

How do I add my PayPal account to my Fiverr account?

Once your revenue is available to withdraw, you will then have the option to add your PayPal account. Click the PayPal withdrawal button and then follow the steps to add your PayPal email.


Withdrawals will be disabled for security reasons for 24 hours on your first withdrawal, and for any changes to your Paypal account.

How long does it take for me to receive revenues from an order?

Buyers pay Fiverr for orders in advance. Once the order is created and started, sellers must fulfill their orders as described in their Gig description and must deliver completed files and/or proof of work using the Deliver Your Order button (located on the Order page).

Once work is delivered, the buyer has three days to respond and post a review (or 14 days for gigs with shipping). If no response is provided within the response time, the order will be considered completed. After the order is marked as complete, you have 14 days to withdraw your funds.


The waiting period for Top Rated Sellers is seven days.

Can I purchase gigs with my revenue?

You can purchase gigs with your cleared revenue if you have enough needed to complete the full purchase. Keep in mind, in cases where the Gig costs more than your cleared revenue, you can not split the purchase between your revenue and one of Fiverr’s payment providers (e.g. credit card, PayPal, etc.). However, you can purchase a $5 Gig with your revenue, and if needed, add Gig Extras before the order becomes active with one of Fiverr’s payment providers.

Are there any fees when withdrawing revenue?

PayPal currently charges its customers 2% of the sum withdrawal amount, up to $1. For a list of PayPal services by country, click here. Fiverr does not charge any fees for withdrawing.

Withdrawing to your Fiverr Revenue Card varies, Please review the fee table associated with the card. Fees are charged by MasterCard. Fiverr does not charge any fees for this card.

Withdrawing by Bank Transfer or Direct deposit also incur fees, see Withdrawing Funds.