If you’re a seller on Fiverr, you can offer your clients source files as an extra. Fiverr allows your clients to opt-in to receive this extra at an additional cost. Source files typically contain program instructions or source code. Many designers use them to create their designs and offer them to the client, so they have the option of editing or printing scalable versions.
There are 3 ways to send a source file to a Fiverr client:
- Through Fiverr
- Google Drive
Keep reading to get a step-by-step breakdown of each method.
How to Set Up Source Files in Fiverr
Providing a source file to a client is a business judgment call. The client may request it, but designers reserve the right to their intellectual property— which is why it is imperative to make it clear in your Fiverr gig what you are willing to provide.
If you desire to provide nothing more than the finished product, you may want to include a disclaimer in the gig that you do not provide source files. If you are willing to provide source files, Fiverr has a way for you to include them as an “extra” in your gig.
You can add a source file two ways, as an included file in the overall gig cost or as an extra with an added fee. To set up a source file as an option, follow these easy steps:
- Once you’ve logged into Fiverr as a seller, click on your profile picture at the top right-hand corner, then select “Profile.”
- On your profile, select “Create a New Gig.”
- Fill out the first page of information for “Overview,” then select “Save & Continue” at the bottom right-hand corner.
- In “Scope & Pricing,” there is an option to check the “Source File” box when creating your Basic, Standard, and Premium packages.
- If you would like to add it as an extra, scroll down to “Add Extra Services” and select the box next to “Source File.”
- Fill out the price for the extra service, then select “Save & Continue.”
Once you’ve added this option, wait for a client to book your gig and submit the file upon delivery.
3 Ways to Send a Source File to a Fiverr Client
Luckily, when using Fiverr, it is really easy to send a source file. There are three main ways you’ll be able to do this.
1. Deliver Through Fiverr
Since Fiverr gives you the option to add “Source File” as an extra service or as part of the overall gig, the platform will also provide a way to get it to your client once the work is completed and you’re ready to deliver. Log into Fiverr as a seller and select the three black lines at the top left-hand corner to open up a menu. Select ” Dashboard ” from the menu, and you will be taken to your “Active Orders.”
- Select the “Active Order” you want to submit and hit “Deliver Now.”
- Attach your regular file> Upload Work.
- Attach the source file> Upload Source Files.
- Write a brief description of the work you’ve done> Deliver Work.
2. Deliver With Dropbox
If you deliver your source file on Fiverr, there is a 5 GB limit. If your file is larger and you don’t want to go through the work of splitting a large file into multiple smaller pieces, you can use Dropbox. Dropbox file size limit is 50 GB. There are two ways to share a Dropbox file, via email or a link.
Fiverr does not allow the sharing of personal information, like email addresses. If you request an email from a client in Fiverr chat, a warning will populate that you could be in violation of Fiverr’s terms and services. Share the source file via a Dropbox link to protect your seller account.
To obtain the link to the Dropbox file:
- Log in to Dropbox.
- Hover your cursor over the file>click the share icon.
- Select one of two options from the dropdown menu, “can edit” or “can view.”
- If the link has already been created, select “Copy Link.”
- If it hasn’t been created, you can select “Create.”
Upon delivery of the Fiverr order, paste the link in the dialogue box where you would write your description of the work you’ve done. Be sure to inform the client what the link pertains to and how to access it. Clients don’t need a Dropbox account to access the file via the link, and they can download the file to their computer. However, any edits they make to the file will not sync with Dropbox.
3. Deliver With Google Drive
For an even large file size limit, Google Drive allows 750 GB per day, whether one document or multiple documents. If you would like to use this avenue to deliver your source file, the process is very similar to Dropbox. Google Drive gives you two options for sharing your file, via email or a link. Again, the link is the recommended method for delivery to avoid any potential violation of Fiverr’s terms and services.
To obtain the Google Drive file link:
- Log in the Google Drive.
- Upload the file.
- If the file opens in Google Drive, click on the three dots at the top right-hand corner of your screen.
- A menu will open, and an option to “Copy Link” will be among the options, select this option.
- A black pop-up dialogue box should appear at the bottom of the screen informing you that the link has been copied to your clipboard.
The process is slightly different if the file should open up in Google Docs rather than Google Drive. Once you’ve clicked on the three dots at the top right-hand corner, you will first select “Share & Export” before clicking on “Copy Link.” Once you’ve obtained the link, follow the same steps for delivery on Fiverr as outlined under the Dropbox section.
Though the preferred way to send a source file is through Fiverr, you have a few other options should your file size be over 5 GB or should your client have difficulty opening your initial attempt at sharing the source file.