Fiverr® : My Experience as a New Seller
I first joined Fiverr® February of 2015 on a whim — I saw an attractive promoted advert on Facebook, or Twitter, and thought I’d check it out. I had recently graduated from University and started my first job out of school. At this point the most regular occurance of income that could be described as “freelance” was my role as an instructor for private music lessons. I didn’t seeit as freelancing, but rather an organic extension of the forward momentum I’ve created as a musician. I’ve always supplemented my performance and practice with private lessons as a student, studied under a lot of phenomenal musicians as an apprentice, and then started teaching lessons of my own.
This subconscious pedagogical relationship I have towards the analysis of art manifested itself again in my focus of study in school — earning degrees inEnglish and Comparative Literature. Having a knack for writing, and naturally surrounding myself with artists in Photography, Creative Writing, Illustration, and Graphic Design, I would instinctually help my peers refine their artist statements, or help them publish their content on the web.
The first Gig I created on Fiverr® was aligned with my experience as an Instructor, but wasn’t precise. I was essentially attempting to cram an hours worth of potential advise in a one-on-one setting into a $5 Gig. Needless to say, I didn’t get many bites. About a month ago, Fiverr® was mentioned on the TWiT Podcast Network under the subject of freelance programmers offering their services. Fiverr® had been going strong for a few years now, but when I decided to take another look at the platform I discovered it had evolved into a flourishing community with extraordinarily vast categories of sellers.
My next thought was to hit the seller forums on the platform and listen and communicate with the user base I wished to become a part of. I found some excellent advice on creating Gigs, and ideas on optimizing search terms specifically for the platform. I crafted some Gigs based on what I found to be fun, and also a normal part of my day — helping my peers revise and write press statements, web content, artist summaries, and similar short publications. I love learning why my fellow artists and professionals do the things they do, and I have always enjoyed making their own words shine.
Three weeks ago I made my first sale. Instantly, I knew I was able to use the skills I’ve been already practicing for years and help my buyer refine their LinkedIn profile. They must have liked my work, because they ordered a second Gig for some web content. What happened was I had the opportunity to learn about another person. I became invested in their qualities, and had the responsibility to make the world understand their goals and motivations. The next day I received positive reviews from that buyer, and a couple more Gigs from different buyers. The next weekend I received more Gig sales, and the following week even more. Being able to learn about my clients, understand their career goals, and guide them with that extra push to enhance their personal message is what motivates me to keep working on Fiverr®.
What I learned from the seller forums, and the newly minted Fiverr® Podcast Fiverrcast, is true for any endeavor in life… “Keep on putting in the effort, and you’ll make waves”. It certainly takes time and commitment to be successful freelancing. The best advice I can give from my experience is to find that something that keeps you inspired.