This post will explore some of the best Fiverr gigs you can buy to help get your side hustle business off the ground on the cheap. This is perfect for bootstrappers without a lot of capital to play with!
The site began as “the $5 marketplace” and while many of the gigs below still carry that low introductory price tag, Fiverr has graduated to higher value services as well.
In fact, a Side Hustle Show guest sold the first $10,000 Fiverr gig!
The old adage of “you get what you pay for” may ring true, but I still think you’ll find some extremely helpful and reasonably priced outsourcing options to help grow your business below.
The Best Fiverr Gigs for Before You Launch
Before you even start your business, there are some great Fiverr gigs that can set you up for success down the road.
Startup Checklist and Project Plan
Marty Koenig’s 196-point start-up checklist has been downloaded over 1500 times and can be a good starting point for everything you need to think about as you get started.
The seller is a certified Project Management Professional and business consultant. His report can help you consider new marketing ideas and other issues startups face in getting their ideas off the ground.
Before you dive into any new market, it probably makes sense to know what you’re getting into. You wouldn’t want to dive into an empty swimming pool, right?
Professional market researcher rahul2111 offers comprehensive research gigs that include competitor analysis (pricing, revenue, marketing strategy), industry trends, customer segmentation, and more.
What’s in a name?
A lot actually! A business name can convey what you do, like “Gabby’s House Cleaning”, or it be more abstract, like Amazon.
To help you brainstorm the right name for your business, check out nreluctant for a list of 10 potential names with available .com URLs. His tagline is “I make the creative process affordable!”
I wouldn’t expect much from a $5 business plan, and that’s why mana007’s gig is priced much higher than that.
With over 1000 positive reviews, this business plan agency has the experience to prepare a relevant, investor-ready plan for your business.
Each plan includes:
- Executive Summary (Objective, Opportunity, Solution, Growth, Key Factors)
- Market and Competitive Analysis Summary
- Strategy and Implementation Summary (Your competitive edge)
- Marketing Plan (4 P’s)
- And more
The Best Fiverr Gigs to Set Up Your Business
Once you’ve got your business plan done, the market researched, and a name decided on, the fun really starts.
Now I’ll go on the record as saying stuff like logos and business cards probably aren’t what you should focus on at the very beginning (go get a customer instead!), but if checking these items off your list gives you the confidence to move forward, by all means go for it!
Custom Logo Design
You can check out their portfolio to get a sense of their design style and order up a logo that will represent your brand.
Even in today’s digital world, if your business relies in any way on connecting with potential clients or partners in person, business cards are still a must-have.
(I bring mine to every meetup and conference I attend!)
Check out the business card design gig by huester1 for affordable custom cards that will make a great first impression. As with the logo design gig above, you can see his portfolio and find examples of past work you like.
Website set-up may mean different things to different people. I’m a bit of a do-it-yourselfer, and it’s actually pretty straightforward and affordable to set up your own site using WordPress.
One gig I did find useful was having a Fiverr helper set-up a theme to look like its demo version. I was like a kid on Christmas morning all excited for the new toy, only to learn there was a severe amount of “assembly” required!
All her sites are mobile-friendly and you can easily add your own content when she’s done.
The Best Fiverr Gigs for Building Out and Optimizing Your Website
Fiverr has a ton of technically qualified sellers and web developers willing to do small jobs and website tweaks starting at just $5.
One seller I’ve ordered from several times is wordpress_seo. It’s a US-based account that offers WordPress installations, migrations, bug fixes, SEO reports, and more. They’re very fast and affordable, and have completed thousands of orders.
Install Google Analytics
After you’ve got your site online, you’ll probably want to install Google Analytics so you can see how many people are stopping by.
Of course you can do it yourself, or hire Georgecollins to do it for you as he has for hundreds of happy customers.
Create a Custom Favicon
A favicon is the mini graphic on each browser tab; on this site it’s the silhouette of the man running with the briefcase.
Don’t look like a rookie with the default favicon from your host!
Instead hire Jonathan to turn your existing logo into a favicon to improve the credibility of your site.
Make an Explainer Video
Fiverr is a great place to turn for “explainer” videos, the 30-90 second overview of what your business does.
For the most budget-friendly options, be prepared to come up with your own script and narration.
Set Up Email at Your Domain
Nothing says unprofessional like using your ancient hotmail account to correspond with potential partners and clients.
Improve Your Website’s Speed
How fast (or slow) your site loads could be a important factor in whether people choose to do business with your or give up and bounce back to wherever they came from.
Site speed is an SEO ranking factor in Google and a plain ol’ smart thing to care about for the sake of your visitors.
Years ago, I hired this guy for all my sites and was happy with the results. He definitely knows his stuff.
Get Honest User Feedback
As a Fiverr seller myself, a video website review gig was one of my most popular offerings.
You can find dozens of providers offering similar services today, and it can be a really affordable way to do market research and get valuable feedback on how real people are interacting with your site.
The Best Fiverr Gigs for Marketing
There are a ton of marketing professionals freelancing on Fiverr and I’ve used several to create social media and video assets for my sites.
Two-time Side Hustle Show guest Alex Genadinik offers an affordable marketing consultation gig on Fiverr, where he’ll get on a Skype call with you one-on-one and help come up with a personalized marketing plan for your business.
Another category Fiverr excels at is creating cool animated video intros with your logo. I’ve bought these myself for a couple different sites of mine.
Infographics are popular items to share on social media (especially Pinterest), and can be an effective SEO strategy, but they’re hard to do well.
This is another area where I wouldn’t necessarily go bargain shopping, but take a look at the portfolios from some of the top-rated infographic sellers to find someone who consistently creates great work.
Social Media Images
It can be time-consuming to create graphics for your business like Pinterest pins, Facebook featured images, Twitter cover art, YouTube thumbnails, and stuff like that.
The Best Fiverr Gigs for Administrative Support
Sometimes you find yourself with a one-off question or project and aren’t sure where to turn. If the work doesn’t justify a full-time hire or even an ongoing part-time role, it might make sense to see what you can get done on Fiverr.
I haven’t had a ton of luck personally with Fiverr virtual assistants, but some are very highly rated.
You’ll find rates as low as $1 an hour (really??), and you can ask these VAs to do research, data entry, file conversions, or pretty much any other tedious little task you can think of.
Before I started working with a dedicated accountant, I turned to Fiverr when I was struggling to figure out the right number to put in a certain box on my business return.
Seller Taxhelp is the top-rated tax pro on Fiverr and was able to point me in the right direction.
The Best Fiverr Gigs for Podcasters
Starting The Side Hustle Show podcast has hands-down been one of my best decisions ever, but creating and producing the show takes a ton of work.
Here are a few Fiverr gigs you might consider when starting your show to sound better, look more professional in iTunes, and better serve your listeners.
The $15 podcast intro music and voice over I bought for The Side Hustle Show in 2013 is probably the Fiverr gig I’ve gotten the most mileage out of.
The voice over pro I bought from is no longer active on the platform, but there are tons of other choices to check out.
Podcast Cover Art
I’ve actually made all 3 versions of The Side Hustle Show covert art in PowerPoint, but it might make sense to task the job to a professional designer.
Because design is so subjective, take a look at the portfolio from each seller you consider to see if their style is a fit. I’ve had the best luck outsourcing design tasks where I had a vision in my mind of what I wanted the thing to look like and provided examples of other designs I liked for inspiration.
Getting your podcast transcribed can make your editing process faster and can help you reach people who just simply prefer to read (or who are hearing impaired).
Rates at transcription-only platforms like Rev.com are $1 per audio minute, but certain sellers on Fiverr can beat that rate — especially if you’re not in a rush.
Among the best is TransExpert, with rates as low as $0.50 per minute and thousands of 5-star reviews.
Once transcribed, it becomes easier to re-purpose your podcast into written content like blog posts and even books as well.
Be respectful of your listener’s time and edit your show! This is definitely something I notice when listening to other shows and it’s made me more conscious of every minute of audio I put out into the world.
Joel North has edited thousands of podcast episodes with glowing feedback.
The Best Fiverr Gigs for Authors
I hired an editor for my first book and I’m so glad I did! He caught so many embarrassing typos and even formatting mistakes I completely missed.
It was money well spent for sure, as readers on Amazon expect a professional and error-free reading experience.
Editing and proofreading rates on Fiverr generally range from $0.33 to $1 per 100 words, so if your book is 20,000 words, you will find sellers in the $66 to $200 range.
Book Cover Design
Because the book cover designers are so affordable, it might make sense to order from several sellers to see which concepts you like best — and then work with them for any revisions needed.
(I call this the “poor man’s 99designs” method.)
Once you hit publish, how will you get the word out?
One book promotion service that has garnered positive feedback in the author communities I’m a part of is Bknights gig on Fiverr.
He’s got an email list of 50,000 subscribers who look forward to daily messages about free and discounted books.
Audio Book Production
Creating an audiobook version of your book can be a great way to reach new “readers” and earn incremental royalties.
But if you don’t have the recording equipment (or desire) to read it yourself, turn to a professional narrator and don’t sweat it.
(I recorded the audio version of Buy Buttons myself and it was WAY harder than I thought it would be — both in terms of the actual reading out loud and the editing / post-production required to bring the files up to Audacity’s standards.)
Members of Side Hustle Nation recommended Adam Naranjo as their go-to narrator and producer for audiobooks.
The Best Fiverr Gigs for E-Commerce Sellers
Whether you have an e-commerce store of your own or you’re selling private label products on Amazon, there are a number of Fiverr services that can help you make more sales.
The first impression most people will have of your product online is its photography. Are your product shots representing the item and the brand well?
A friend recommended seller dcoufal, who’s completed more than 2000 product photo shoots starting at just $5.
Product Packaging Design
For many Amazon FBA sellers, the product packaging design is the last thing they consider when launching a new product. And it’s true, in the range of things that matter most, this is probably pretty low on the list since someone usually will have already bought your product before they ever see the package.
Still, your packaging can be shown in your Amazon listing and signal whether your product is a premium brand or a commodity product. When people open their package at home, what impressions will they have right out of the gate based on the packaging?
Check out some of the top-rated packaging designers on Fiverr to find one that’s a fit for your business.
One cool way to showcase your product is with a video.
Professional videographer websitevideo produces high quality “cinematic” product videos that give potential buyers a 360-degree view of your product.
Seller spxmac is the #1 provider of Amazon FBA product descriptions. With thousands of completed gigs, he’s got the experience and understanding of Amazon businesses to deliver a listing page that stands out, informs, and sells.
What NOT to Buy on Fiverr
While there are lots of things you can order on Fiverr that will help your business, there are definitely some services to avoid too.
A number of gigs promise thousands of “real” visitors to your website in a matter of days or hours.
I’m not sure exactly how these gigs work, but one thing is certain: you won’t make any sales or find long-term readers from this influx of traffic.
Similarly, in the past you could buy thousands of followers for your social media accounts, though Fiverr seems to have cracked down on these worthless gigs.
Most SEO Services
I would stay away from any gigs offering to build links to your site, as they could do more harm than good.
Gigs that focus on SEO audits/reports and on-page optimization should be safe.
Content (Unless from Fiverr Pro)
I’ll admit I’ve been lured in by the promise of cheap article writing on Fiverr, but I’ve come to believe writing is definitely something you get what you pay for.
All of the articles I got back required editing (some more than others), but as Google has improved I think it makes the most sense to either write something awesome yourself or pay a great writer to create that content for you.
At least that’s my take; I haven’t found any shortcuts to great content that really drives results.
Of course this is just the tip of the iceberg of the many useful services you can find on Fiverr. If you don’t find something you want through the normal browsing, you can search for gigs based on keywords or you create your own gig request and post it to the seller community.
Do your due diligence and keep in mind, if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
There are plenty of gigs that don’t offer much value at all, so pay attention to the feedback and do business with those sellers who are serious about their Fiverr reputation.
What’s your favorite Fiverr-gig?
What’s delivered the most bang for the buck for you? Any non-spammy suggestions are welcomed in the comments below.