Fiverr is a very popular freelance website where you can sell services as “gigs.” Fiverr is known as a spot to sell services like website design, animated videos or article writing. But what a lot don’t realize is that you can teach English as well as other languages on Fiverr.
What’s also great about Fiverr as well is that they take a 20% commission instead of a 30% commission like Outschool does and you only teach adults.
How to get started teaching on Fiverr
Teaching on Fiverr is similar to Outschool. You first have to create your course material and know what you’re going to teach and how. Then, when you get an order you need to schedule a time with your student for class.
You should be flexible using different technologies like Skype, Facetime or Zoom as to accommodate each students preferences.
As you create “gigs” on Fiverr, develop a tier of offerings. With tier 1 being a simple 1 hour lesson. Then then tier 2 and 3 could be lessons for a few weeks or an entire a month respectively.
Last do a bit of research on Fiverr to see what gigs are selling. If say, you want to teach French or Spanish take a look to see if there are gigs selling that service. If there are no gigs, or the gigs have no ratings and reviews it means that no one is buying those gigs.
Languages are a popular gig to sell on Fiverr, but more niche specific topics like may be a better fit for Outschool.
With that out of the way, here what we will cover in this how to teach on Fiverr guide:
- Develop your own course material.
- Get permission to Skype, Facetime, Zoom.
- Title your gig something keyword specific.
- Create video for your gig.
- Write your gig description.
- Maintain good customer service.
- Leverage the affiliate program
Sidenote, if you’re looking for an affordable course on how to get started on Fiverr, checkout Gig for the Win.
Develop your own course material
Unlike the ease of use with teaching online with a platform like VIPKID, with Fiverr, you’ll have to do all the heavy lifting upfront.
That means creating the course material, the slides, any interactive material, digital downloads, homework, scheduling and following up with your students.
The upside is that you get paid a lot more per hour, teach adults, can work better hours than early mornings and are able to set your own rates.
One thing to note is you should practice your lessons with mock students. Practice with a friend or language learner for free. Get an understanding for how different technologies work, what material is actually useful and what downloadable PDF documents you should create.
Then, once you start getting actual students pay attention to what works and adapt.
Get Permission to Skype, Facetime or Zoom to teach on Fiverr
In general, it’s against Fiverr’s terms of service to give buyers a way to contact you outside of Fiverr. Fiverr want’s to keep buyers on their platform for obvious reasons and your account could get a strike or even a ban if you simply start messaging buyers how to contact you outside of Fiverr.
The solution is to simple contact Fiverr support and just let them know what you intend to do. There are teachers on Fiverr teaching. Fiverr wants you to be successful. But you do need to get permission from Fiverr to give contact details like your Skype ID.
Title your gig something keyword specific
Fiverr is a search engine. As such, you need to pay attention to using phrases that people actual type into Fiverr when looking for a specific service.
Each of these gigs leverage essential keywords people use. Things like “teach with an American accent” or “teach online” or “professional tutoring” with “Skype” etc are all done intentionally.
Create a video for your gig
An essential aspects of selling your gig on Fiverr is to create a video introduction. With Fiverr, what needs to go into your video is simple:
- Your video needs to be less than 75 seconds long.
- Have a good video quality with good audio. No background noise, 1080P video quality is fine. Take a look at our webcams guide or consider buying a camera.
- Use your own voice when describing your gig.
- As a teacher, it’s best to show your face on camera instead of using an image slideshow.
- Do not include information on how to contact you outside of Fiverr.
- You must say “exclusively on Fiverr” in the video.
Video is one of those skills you just need to learn. With technology today, you can make a decent video with a moder iPhone or a 1080P webcam.
Though long term, you should consider buying a camera that can have interchangeable lenses.
Write your gig description
So along with the sales video, you also need to write a gig description. These two elements form your sales page for your gig and both are equally important.
An effective gig description should lead off with your experience, education and generally why anyone should pay attention to you. The goal of the first few sentences is to establish trust and authority.
Next you want to get into what your gig is, why it’s helpful to prospective buyers and how you deliver your actual gig (mention that you do 1 on classes via whatever platform you want to use).
Last you want to create some bullet points and finish off with a final call to action. Make sure to use the bold and highlight feature when writing your gig as well as an effective use of white space. That is, don’t create dense paragraphs of text.
Maintain good customer service
As part of your rating from buyers, they can give you 1-5 stars on your communication. Fiverr also keeps track via your profile how many messages you replied to.
You are required to reply to over 90% of messages to maintain your current standing. If you fall below this, Fiverr can give you a waning or demote your level.
Fiverr has a few different levels. New seller, level 1, level 2 and top rated. You as a new seller want to get to level 1. There is no big difference between the other levels. But you don’t want to get demoted from level 1 as it helps establish trust with buyers.
To maintain good customer service, Fiverr maintains an APP that you can download to your phone which will enable you to reply to messages quickly and easily without having to log into your account on your laptop or desktop.
Leverage the Fiverr affiliate program
Fiverr has their own internal affiliate program you can join (sign up here). The affiliate program allows you to promote relevant gigs to your audience where you get a commission on what new buyers purchase.
So if you’re an online teacher with and are part of a Facebook group or perhaps you have a YouTube channel, the affiliate program allows you to make passive income by promoting Fiverr.
This is a helpful because once you’re an established and successful teacher on Fiverr, it makes promoting Fiverr as an affiliate more easy.
Once you sign up to Fiverr Affiliates you’ll be given access to your dashboard where you can begin creating affiliate links to the Fiverr homepage or individual gigs.
Please note, you are not allowed to promote your own gig through the Fiverr affiliate program.
Teach on Fiverr Conclusion
So that is it for how to get started teaching English (or any in demand language or subject) on Fiverr (check out Fiverr here).
Fiverr, Outschool and an online teaching platform allow for numerous lucrative ways to make money teaching English online. If you’ve been looking for a unique way to expand your online teaching consider taking a look at Fiverr.
Like Outschool, it’s a lot of work to get setup. But the advantages of Fiverr are that it is a search engine. Once your gig is ranking for phrases people are actually looking, it becomes easy and automatic with regards to getting new students.
To get started with Fiverr, we suggest also checking out Gig for the Win. A complete breakdown on how to sell successfully on Fiverr.
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