How to Generate Ideas for Gigs to Sell on Fiverr

“What should I sell on Fiverr?” is a key question for people considering the possibility of making money online by setting up shop as indie entrepreneurs on Fiverr.com.

Fiverr has become a popular venue for people who want some level of self-employment: anything from a “side-gig” that nets a few dollars here and there, to a steady source of income that ultimately replaces a full-time job.

When people first encounter the Fiverr website, it can seem overwhelming. Fiverr sellers offer services ranging from conventional (web design, photo editing, copywriting, and proofreading) to unconventional (celebrity impersonations, birthday songs performed by singers in various states of undress, video greetings from puppets, and much more).

Did you know that Fiverr also hosts sellers who make unique products for buyers around the world? Original art, crafts, and other gift items are available, too.

With all the products and services already for sale, what’s a new seller to do? Here are three strategies for generating ideas for your own Fiverr gigs.

1. Browse existing gigs for inspiration.

Click around the site, and see what people are selling. Much of what you see won’t resonate with you, but a few things will. Make note of those gigs. The idea isn’t to copy other sellers, but to look at what’s out there and see if something triggers an idea for your own unique offering.

Say you notice a gig where someone is doing 20 blog comments for $5. This might suggest an opportunity to create a gig for a smaller number of comments, but comments that you market as going deeper in terms of analysis, engagement, and scope. Since buyers who want 20 comments aren’t the same buyers who want just one or two, you’re not stealing clients.

2. Solve buyers’ problems.

What do buyers need? Create gigs that address common problems. Many buyers are business owners who utilize Fiverr to to outsource parts of their work. Is there something you can do to help them complete necessary tasks?

For more ideas, check out the Buyer Requests section of Fiverr. You’ll need to sign up for an account to see this section. Sign in and click the Sales icon along the top of your Fiverr page; then you’ll find a heading called Perks along the right-hand sidebar, and below that is the link for Buyer Requests.

Buyers submit brief requests for services and products they wish to buy, and sellers can respond to those requests by sending links to their Fiverr gigs. Browse the requests to see what buyers are looking for, and see if this gives you ideas for gigs you might create to fulfill buyers’ needs. If you follow the requests for a few days, you’ll notice recurring themes which might be springboards for gig ideas.

3. List your skills, interests, hobbies, and more.

You never know what might become a popular gig. Fiverr is a diverse marketplace and not limited to business-oriented products and services. Some buyers are looking to learn new things, pursue their hobbies, and have fun.

Do you like to draw? Maybe you have a distinctive style that could lead to a gig selling portraits. Do you know a lot about cooking? You could set up a gig selling recipes you’ve created over the years. Do you keep up with the automobile industry? You might create a gig where you consult with people who need advice when buying new cars.

Write down everything you can think of when it comes to your work experience, your schooling, what you like to read, what you like to do, and so on. You might find gig ideas that never would have occurred to you without making this inventory.

When generating ideas, remember to not to judge yourself: let the ideas come through, jot them down, and then go back and review them later. After spending ten minutes or so in brainstorming mode, choose one or two ideas from your list, and start fleshing them out a bit on a separate piece of paper or in another file on your computer. Keep returning to the cycle of brainstorming and developing ideas.

Finally, when you start a new gig on Fiverr, give it a chance to catch on. There are so many gigs that it can take weeks or even months for people to notice your gig. Don’t give up and delete it if you don’t see results right away. At the same time, keep trying new gigs. Sooner or later, you’ll find one (or more!) that work for you.

Amanda Laughtland blogs at Best Business Bytes and Hooray, eBay. She is a writer, teacher, and collage artist. She joined Fiverr in November of 2012, and her username there is “teenytinypress.”

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