How To Make Money As A Teen Online With My Fiverr Case Study


Lets face it – making money online just isn’t as easy as it seems it would be. It especially doesn’t help when you’re a 15 year old high school student trying to learn how to make money as a teen online.

Luckily, there’s services online like Fiverr where you can sell your skills and begin making money, even as a teen.

In fact, people have reported making enough money off of Fiverr to be able to support themselves in the real world.

Don’t take the $5 initial price tag as a joke or a sure sign that you’ll never make substantial money off this service, because it’s simply not true.

What You’ll Learn

  • How to make money as a teen online
  • The ups and downs to using Fiverr
  • What types of gigs you should have for sale
  • How becoming a higher level seller is beneficial
  • Quick techniques to get your gig ranked and selling
  • Other ways of making money with buyer requests

How To Make Money As A Teen Online Step By Step

I can’t begin to stress how easy it is to make your first cash online with Fiverr. If executed correctly, this could be your first major step towards online success.

My name is Jesse Hall. I’m a high school student who runs TechUnmasked and has a love for making money online and video production.

I have a genuine love of helping people and want to prove to you today that if a high school student can make hundreds of dollars off of Fiverr than you can too.

So today I am going to teach you how to make money as a teen online.

Fiverr Explained

Fiverr is an online marketplace that needs to be taken advantage of. It eliminates the need to build yourself a site and get it ranked.

Just like with most other services similar to this, Fiverr does have a catch. They get a fifth of your final profit from each sale, and that includes extras you may have sold.

It also takes 2 weeks for you to get your money from one order, but if you constantly get orders you’ll eventually begin getting paid every day or two.

In my eyes this is a small price to pay for all the possibilities provided. With a simple account creation and activation you get access to millions of potential buyers without having to rank your own site.

I’m not trying to be a kiss-a** here, but the only downside to Fiverr I’ve found is their one fifth cut of your profits and that’s only to be expected. The rest is all positive.

In addition to all of this, Fiverr has a forum you can go check out that has tons of resourceful guides and tips from other sellers. These have really proved to be helpful in the past.

How To Make A Selling Gig

The answer to this is often overlooked by new users, but in reality it’s quite easy to get a grasp on.

Think of the things you love that you have a decent skillset for. Now, think of a product or service you could sell with that skill.

how to make money as a teen online with Fiverr

This can be used as an idea for your first gig, but make sure it’s something that can typically be completed in 5-10 minutes. Anything longer than that is typically not worth doing, but it’s all up to you.

You’re going to want your gig to have an attractive cover photo or a short but creative video to showcase your service. Having one (or both) of these has proven time and time again to produce more sales.

I want to take a moment and prove to you that I know what I’m talking about from personal experience.

My Fiverr Gig

I’ve always had a love for video and I know from years of experience on YouTube that intros are always something that are in high demand.

With this basic knowledge I opened up my Adobe After Effects program and made a simple but cool looking intro template. I made the template easy to edit and easy to implement my buyers logos and tagline text.

You could also use something like VideoMakerFX to create the intros.

Once I had this all completed I made an intro for one of my personal YouTube channels and used that for the sample intro.

I had all of my files in order and went to make the gig. I used a simple title for the gig, “I will create you a Perfect YouTube Intro” which is working perfectly.

Tags are also very important when making a gig, and it took me editing them a couple times to get it right, but eventually the gig got traction and took off.

impression analytics

In the last 2 months I’ve had over 40 orders on this gig alone and it practically earned me the “level 2 seller” status by itself. Unfortunately a lot of people never completed the order, and though it was automatically completed I never received a review.

The Benefits Of Seller Levels

There are 3 different “levels” of seller you can become on Fiverr. Each one lends credibility to your profile and makes you look more professional, but they each have individual benefits too.

First, lets go through the levels that exist. There are level 1 sellers, level 2 sellers, and top rated sellers with level 1 being the lowest and top rated being the highest.

fiverr levels

Level 1 seller is the first achievement you’ll hit after leaving the “newbie” spectrum. In order to become a level 1 you must sell 10 gigs, 30 days active on Fiverr, maintain a 4.0 or above rating, and have a low cancelation rate which really isn’t hard to do. The benefits are nice as well:

  • 15 Active Gigs
  • 4 Gig Extras ($5, $10, $20, $40)
  • 10 Gig Multiples
  • Send custom offers up to $1,500

The next step up is level 2. In order to achieve this you must have 50 orders within 2 months, maintain a 4.5 overall rating, and have a low cancelation rate. You get more benefits as well:

  • 20 Active Gigs
  • 5 Gig Extras ($5, $10, $20, $40, $50)
  • 15 Gig Multiples

The final level is the top rated seller. You must maintain a 4.7-5.0 rating, have exceptional customer service, have community leadership, and more. This positon is hand picked by staff and the benefits are:

  • 30 Active Gigs
  • 6 Gig Extras ($5, $10, $20, $40, $50, $100)
  • 20 Gig Multiples
  • Paid in 1 week instead of 2

You can find a full list of the features for each seller level here.

It’s not hard to tell that it’ll take time and dedication to get a high seller level but the increasing benefits are worth it.

You can check out 5 killer hacks to help you become a top rated seller on my blog.

The New Packages Feature

Fiverr has recently implemented a new “packages” feature to certain categories of gigs.

They simply allow you to create different tiers according to what you offer and you’re not limited to a $5 price tag.

fiverr packages

For instance, my gig has 3 different package levels –

  1. Basic Intro – base price of $5, comes with 720p video, includes audio, etc.
  2. Ultra HD Intro – 2nd tier, base price of $10, only difference between this and the basic gig is an HD video vs. UHD video (720p vs. 1080p)
  3. Pro Intro – 3rd tier, base price of $25, comes with 2 intros in 1080p and an additional revision

This feature has significantly grown the average price of each sale, and on average my orders cost $10 instead of $5.

Not every category has this feature, but I’m sure they will eventually. It’s definitely something to be taken advantage of as a lot of sellers are reporting to have growing profits as a result of using this.

Techniques To Rank Your Gig

Lets face it, no one wants to be the first person to purchase anything and have the chance of getting screwed over.

When I start a new gig I always go on another account I own and purchase it along with giving myself a 5 star review. It ends up costing you about $1.50 but it’s more than worth it.

fiverr reviews

After purchasing your own gig it’s not necessarily a bad idea to purchase some fake views and clicks for your gig. This will make Fiverr believe your gig must be really good and it’ll cause them to move you up in the rankings.

As I mentioned before, if you’re not getting much traction with a gig go ahead and tweak the title or tags until you hit that sweet spot. The tags I used for my intro gig were –

  1. YouTube intro
  2. High quality intro
  3. Video animation
  4. Intro

Be careful with your tags and keyword stuffing. Fiverr is overly sensitive if they think you’re keyword stuffing and will make you remove certain words until they’re happy with your title, description, and tags.

excessive tags

Once you’ve found a sweet spot I recommend to leave it alone. I once tweaked a gig that was already doing good and the changed resulted in Fiverr dropping me from the search results for a couple days.

Luckily after reverting the changes my ranking was restored the sales began to come back. That was a close call.

Buyer Requests – A Secret Gold Mine?

Buyer requests are jobs buyers post that they can’t seem to find being sold anywhere in the marketplace. Fiverr only shows you requests similar in category to any gigs you already have for sale.

You can bid on these jobs and describe what you’d do and give a price sort of like a freelancer site.

Buyers will also post their maximum budget to help you gauge whether or not it’s worth your time bidding.

how to make money as a kid with buyer requests

Searching through these and bidding could be an easy way to get a couple additional sales each month, but what if you could do more?

If you keep finding the same type of job being posted that you’re sure you can do it means there’s a demand for that with no suppliers. You could easily dominate the market!

Wrapping It Up

Services like Fiverr have been a major blessing to people all around the world when it comes to making your first money online.

You’ve now seen proof of how to make money as a teen online, and if a young teen with not a dime to his name can do it then you can too.

Fiverr is one of those things I can see being around for a long time, so you better jump on the band wagon now and take advantage of the opportunities.

I greatly hope some of you learned something from this post and go out to apply it to your own life. It’s not necessarily as hard to begin making money as you’d think!

So, if a mere 15 year old who’s still in high school can make hundreds per month off of Fiverr, you absolutely can do it too.

Make sure you check out Matthew’s other post about how to make money on Fiverr & this other Fiverr success story for inspiration.

If you have any questions please feel free to ask them in the comments below and I’ll do my best to answer them to the best of my ability.

66 Responses

  1. 4.21.2016

    Great Job, Jesse!

    Definitely Fiverr is a blessing specially for alot of newbies. However i didnt like the 20% cut they take. Obviously no one wants to pay that. :D

    Anyway great article!

    • April 21st, 2016 at 9:29 am

      Yes that is annoying, however it does give you the perfect platform to launch and grow from.

    • April 21st, 2016 at 3:54 pm

      Thank you for the feedback! The 20% cut isn’t enjoyable by any means on Fiverr, but when you think about the platform they provide and the limitless success potential there is you begin to realize it’s worth it.

  2. 4.21.2016

    How much he earn from fiverr Now?

  3. michaelbely

    Jesse, thanks for sharing your Interesting experience.

    However, the most interesting part is not fully disclosed :)
    1. Ranking on ifverr with a such overcrowded niche as video entry or logo reveal is not as easy as it may seem from success stories.
    2. Fake accounts are forbidden on fiver and everyone should know it’s a risk (and it’s not just about costing you $1.5)
    3. Fake views and buys are pretty common and there should be some more creative ideas how to stand out.
    4. If any secret how to become successful is revealed then it means that it already stopped working or will stop working soon.

    The last but not least: I don’t discourage from working on fiver, of course not. But just want to add to the this article that you always need to add some more your secret sauce to get success. Just mimicking and repeating what others have done will not bring you to there where you want it :)

    • April 21st, 2016 at 3:52 pm

      Thanks for the feedback! Obviously doing anything related to faking views or purchases on a gig is a risk, but it’s one that can definitely pay off when executed correctly.

      The best thing I’ve found to add ingredients to the “secret sauce” is to take other peoples experiences and tweak them slightly until you find something that works wonders. It all comes through experience and testing!

      • April 21st, 2016 at 3:59 pm

        Thanks Jesse. “Take and tweak” – that’s the way most online entrepreneurs go. Only really talented in very rare cases from very beginning can go absolutely their own way.
        Good luck with your future endeavors!

  4. 4.21.2016

    Pretty amazed at how a 15 years old is thinking about this !
    I’m pretty sure most adults don’t have your wisdom !

    Good luck on your Fiverr journey and great article once again !

    • April 22nd, 2016 at 12:12 pm

      He is a born hustler :)

      I suspect he was the kid selling sweets at huge markups :P

      • April 22nd, 2016 at 1:14 pm

        You’d be right about that assumption, Matt!

        And thank you for the kind words, Dominique. It means a lot!

  5. Nitin Patel

    Interesting Case study. When I started making money online, I also started with selling SEO services on Fiverr. Surely it is a great place and it’s the best option for a newbie to make some cash.

    • April 21st, 2016 at 2:34 pm

      Do you have any extra tips based on your experience?

    • April 21st, 2016 at 3:49 pm

      How did selling go for you? I’d love to hear what you experienced & if you’re still doing it!

  6. 4.21.2016

    Great read! I always give my own gigs reviews from another account to get the gig’s sales going. You should also try to have as many gigs as possible to get more views from Fiverr’s search engine.

    • April 21st, 2016 at 2:34 pm

      Would you create the same gig but targeting different keywords?

  7. 4.21.2016

    Most important thing I noticed about fiverr….
    Don’t post fake reviews with new/fresh account. Fiverr staff will disable the original account many times without any reasons….

    Also don’t operate multiple accounts with same IP address. If anyone want to use multiple account then these have particular(fixed) IP assign.

    Also:– Never make spikes in fake traffic or fake reviews

    • April 21st, 2016 at 2:33 pm

      Thanks for your extra advice, it’s kind of like SEO – you want to gently drip feed things rather than seeing huge spikes of reviews

    • April 21st, 2016 at 3:48 pm

      That’s all very true. Drip feeding everything as you go on an aged account is always the safest way to execute this and anything similar.

  8. 4.21.2016

    just one more point: better to download the Fiverr app so that you stay online.
    Most people need fast reply so they prefer to contact the person who is online.
    Also on profile of seller response time is given. So reply fast to keep response timing as less as possible.

  9. Anes Amrani

    and don’t forget there mobile app which can be very handy in responding to messages as fast as possible.

    • April 21st, 2016 at 4:41 pm

      Thanks for the extra tip, I didn’t know they had a mobile app!

  10. 4.21.2016

    Congrats on your success Jesse and well done you for getting off your b*** and doing something to bring in some moolah. I’m currently training my 3 year old son about WordPress – no kidding – and he’s totally interested, so by the time he’s 5 I’ll probably be able to just outsource all of my work to him :-)

    Anyway, thanks for the article and keep up the good work!

    • April 22nd, 2016 at 12:11 pm

      Ahhhh so thats why people have kids!

      • April 22nd, 2016 at 12:46 pm

        No, no, that wasn’t the reason I had kids.

        I only had kids because I needed a hand carrying the water b*** from the back garden to the front to be honest, but then I noticed they were quite useful in other capacities too. So now I’m just training them to do stuff :-)

        High-five MW… you do know I’m only kidding, eh?

        (But, hey, I’ve got an eager-beaver here who actually gets SEO and he’ll do a whole hour’s work for a chocolate bunny!)

        Just saying….

    • April 22nd, 2016 at 1:13 pm

      Thank you! & my dad was the same way with me. It’s an efficient way to eventually transfer the workload! ;)

  11. 4.22.2016

    Simply Wow, I think You have just shared the super cool technique for newbies to make $$ on Fiverr.

  12. 4.22.2016

    Great post!

    Would love to read examples of what kind of services may be finished in “about 5 minutes”. Would be great starting point for newbies.


    • April 22nd, 2016 at 12:07 pm

      Browse through the different gigs on Fiverr for inspiration :)

      • April 22nd, 2016 at 12:14 pm

        Yep, i did it! But in some cases i can not understand how a product/service is sold for 5 or 10 dollars.

        There are many gigs offering “PBNs” for only $5, and they say that they are creating a network of 100 sites. How is it possible and cost-efficient for them?

        Cheers Matt!

    • April 22nd, 2016 at 1:12 pm

      Thanks! My logo reveal intro takes less than 30 seconds worth of work for me – the rest is all waiting. Anything that can use a pre-made template for easy editing is always a start!

      • April 22nd, 2016 at 1:48 pm

        So your product is basically a “template” video that you customize with the customer´s logo?

        I understand yours, but when investigating other ones I am not able to understand the price of what they offer, maybe I am missing something :D

        Thank you Jesse!

  13. 4.22.2016

    If you live in a country with a bad exchange rate, and where a few dollars is a lot of money – then fiverr is great. However if you live in a country where 5 dollars is the cost of a pint of beer, then it’s not worth the time or effort to bother with.

    Unless of course you are doing cheap fiverr gigs to get traffic to your website and to get more better paid gigs -perhaps – but even then maybe not worth the effort.

    My tip would be to get your fiverr name and make it the same name as your website name, if people saw a profile name called cellweb then they could probably find me easilly (and not break any of Fiverr’s rules) – just my 2p worth

    • April 25th, 2016 at 10:05 am

      That is a great extra tip although I disagree with what you say about exchange rate. A lot of Fiverr gigs take only a few minutes to execute so if you only processed 5 jobs in an hour – that’s £17.50 which is considerably more than the average wage.

    • May 1st, 2016 at 3:58 pm

      Thanks for the input. It takes me about 2 and a half minutes to do 1 order, so that translates to about $96 USD per hour with each sale being $5. My average sale is about $10, so that’d be closer to $192 per hour with a constant supply of orders!

  14. 4.24.2016

    Fever Mobile App is very helpful in order to post quick replies..!!! As an internet marketer, I know the importance of quick sending quick replies to your followers in order to show loyalty and authority.
    Anyways very interesting and in-depth Article indeed.

    Keep sharing good stuff.

    • April 25th, 2016 at 10:00 am

      And as a buyer, that does affect my buying decision :)

    • May 1st, 2016 at 3:55 pm

      The Fiverr app is indeed very important. I wrote another article (link can be found towards the top of this one) where I talk about it!

  15. 4.24.2016

    Wooowwww…!!!! Super Awesome..!!!!
    As an internet marketer i know the value of your initial ratings..!! Buyers Request can be a great deal while finding your initial sales..!!

    Keep Sharing such good stuff..!!

    • April 25th, 2016 at 10:00 am

      Yeah those first few are golden :)

    • May 1st, 2016 at 3:55 pm

      Thanks for your comment! Yes indeed, the first couple sales are the most critical.

  16. Rusty

    Not sure this was written by a 15 year old.

    • April 25th, 2016 at 9:59 am

      In its original and unedited form from Jesse

    • May 1st, 2016 at 3:54 pm

      I can promise you that it was indeed! You can learn more about me over at my blog, TechUnmasked.

  17. 4.25.2016

    Hi Matthew

    Case study that good,, I will try to sell design service on fiverr.

    Thanks for sharing

    • April 25th, 2016 at 9:58 am

      No problem, good luck with your ventures :)

    • May 1st, 2016 at 3:53 pm

      Glad you liked the post! Good luck with your sales!

  18. 4.25.2016

    Great post,When I started making money online, I also started with selling SEO services on Fiverr. Surely it is a great place and it’s the best option for a newbie to make some cash.

  19. 4.26.2016

    Fiverr is a great platform for people who are just starting out making money online and let beginners find potential long-term clients for their service/s.

    • April 26th, 2016 at 3:04 pm

      I know some people (1 guy in particular) that use it as another income stream to their service based business

    • May 1st, 2016 at 3:52 pm

      It truly is an amazing way to get started online!

  20. 5.1.2016

    Ha, I wish I had this guide when I first got into internet marketing. It’s crazy how much information today’s teens get, I’m a bit jealous there wasn’t so much out there when I first started making money online haha!

  21. nandu web

    Fiverr is a great platform for people and Fiverr Mobile App is very helpful in order to post quick replies.Thank you for sharing!!

  22. canopusweb

    Great post, Fiverr is a great platform for people who are just starting out making money online..Thank you!

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