How Much Money Can You Really Make on Fiverr? I Found Out
Tim Stobierski
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It’s a scary moment when a financial emergency hits—whether it’s job loss or an unexpected medical bill—and your savings can’t cover it. I’ve felt that panic firsthand.

When I got laid off from my project management job in 2013, I had a grand total of $500 in savings—and I needed a way to make money fast. So when I found a medical research study paying $7,500, I was thrilled at the prospect of covering my bills for at least five months. But there was a catch: The researchers planned to put participants on a brand-new medication that had never been given to humans before, then monitor for side effects.

After thinking over the potential risks, I backed out. But the fact that I’d even considered such a dangerous thing was the wake-up call I needed to get serious about saving. I really buckled down—ultimately putting enough money aside over the following two and a half years to cover my expenses for 12 months. (That really came in handy when I was laid off again this past August.)

Yet I sometimes wonder how easy it’d be to earn extra money quickly if I was ever in a pinch again, which prompted an idea: to start a side hustle on Fiverr.com. “Today’s gig economy enables workers to be proactive in their quest for cash,” Kristen Euretig, a Certified Financial Planner and founder of Brooklyn Plans told me. “With services [like these], a quick buck has never been easier to come by than it is today.”

I put that theory to the test.

The Set Up

Fiverr is a website where you can sell your work to buyers all over the world. Services tend to skew creative—designing logos or illustrations, writing or making videos—and usually start at $5 per job. I decided to offer my editing services.

From there, I created a profile and several job postings, or gigs, as the site refers to them. In total, the initial setup took just 30 minutes, which is about as minimal a time investment you could ask for when starting a business.

Here’s what happened next.

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    Why is this split into 2 pages?
    What’s up with this acorn “grow” page? It’s filled with semi click bait “articles” and most of them are advising people to keep their money in acorn. At least be subtle lol.

    I am trusting Acorn with my money and that they will invest it well. Having an entire site filled with click bait articles is not reassuring. It is tarnishing the brand and image in my opinion.

    To address your questions, d: 1) We often paginate stories that are more than 500 words. 2) Grow is a full personal finance site that is published by Acorns, not a page on Acorns. 3) Our team of more than 20 contributors—many of them seasoned, award-winning financial journalists—work extremely hard to provide well-reported, well-balanced and useful articles. “Click bait” is precisely the opposite of what we strive for at Grow, and I invite you to read more of the articles, particularly in the Advice section, so you can get a better sense of the range of coverage we provide. 4) Grow does not “advise people to keep their money” in Acorns. We operate as an editorial entity, and writers have been explicitly instructed not to provide advice on matters related to Acorns. 5) If you have questions about your account with Acorns, please call the Acorns Investor Success team at (855) 739-2859.

    Realistic Answers:
    1) I’m not a SEO or web-advertising person (not anymore, anyway), but I read a ton of internet. Paginating is a common practice, likely done to increase hits per article or visitor. Each time you open a new page, they can serve you a new set of ads, which is money.
    2.) It’s an Acorns page. The “Grow Editor,” even admits it, though goes on to contradict itself.
    3.) Of course it’s click bait. This is the web, they make money by getting you to click things. duh.
    4.) They may not advise you to keep money in Acorns, but they are sure as heck not going to tell you to take your money out, now are they?
    5.) Go ahead, call them. That should be good for a laugh.

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