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Been slow compared to the past, any advice for my gigs?


I was doing a little too well about a year ago and burnt out, followed by some nasty health issues so I went into vacation mode for several months, only taking custom illustration orders. I started accepting orders again 4 months ago and it was slow but fruitful, but in December I was told I had to move my pet portrait gigs from gifts to graphic design and it’s been nearly dead except for my repeat customers and very few views, though I do see both of them on the first page when you search for cat or dog portrait.
Looking for a different perspective on whether anything in my description or the way I’ve set my gigs up could use tweaking.


Dear Black Whiskey:

What name do you like to be called? Your customers want to know what to call you.

I took a quick look at your profile:

Your profile image: I suggest a color photo of you smiling. YOU should appear in your profile image.
Your log line: In My Humble Opinion (IMHO), this is too generic.
Your profile text – note the edits:

I hold a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree (BFA) in Illustration and a minor in Printmaking. I’ve been freelancing and selling work at markets and conventions for 5 years. I’m very good at communicating with you to ensure we’re on the same page and you get the work you’re looking for. -[Human Being Person Name Buyers Should Call You]

It’s always a good idea to spell out any acronyms the first time you use them. Don’t assume the Buyer knows what a micron is – I thought it was a unit of time on Battlestar Galactica. Am I wrong?

All your gigs should have video…

Learn from czarekpiast’s example and make a video of yourself talking to the camera. He has presented compelling anecdotal evidence that this approach garners IMMEDIATE RESULTS. Include additional samples in the video!

I took a look at 1 gig:

  • Gig Title: I will create a Portrait of your dog

2 @3-page PDFS: If these are available to you, you should take advantage of them! In your case, use them for upsells

  • Gig Description:

Holidays are approaching, order before December 1st to get by Christmas!

[OBVIOUSLY IT’S TIME to pull the previous line, or change Christmas to Valentine’s Day and December 1st to February 1st or whatever…]

Ever wanted an original piece of artwork of your dog? [NOTE: I deleted the part about your Buyer not having the money to buy art, because that’s a like a subtle insult. I can’t imagine why you put that in – it’s evidence to me that you would be wise to invest in a copy writer…]
For $5 I will create a 2.5"x3.5" line art of your dog and mail it to you! Basic gig is ONE dog. [You should look into making this gig digital and making physical copies an upsell.]
+$5 to add watercolor
+$5 to add one dog to the same portrait
+$25 to upgrade to a 4”x6” WATERCOLOR
+$20 for Extra Fast Delivery (4 days for site delivery and Priority mail)
Gig Shipping Costs:
Within the USA I charge $1.60
Outside the USA I charge $6.40
Each multiple order is $1.20
Fiverr also charges an extra 20% of shipping on top of that. [I suggest you verify this figure.]
Delivery date is the max amount of time to complete the piece. It will take between a few days for it to arrive through USPS 1st Class Mail.
If you live outside the US, I cannot guarantee when it will arrive at your address. We can also work out other shipping options.

(IMHO, the complexity of this gig description is working against you. I suggest you invest in a copy writer to help you streamline this. With today’s cameras you should be able to take high-quality photos of what you produce. You’re making your work too difficult for you and for the Buyer. If the Buyer opts not to purchase the physical version you then have a piece you may sell at the art shows…)

A suggested format for your gig descriptions:





Gig Extras:

I suggest you take a fresh look at your extras and give serious consideration to moving to packages. Hopefully a good copywriter experienced with working with Fiverr Sellers can guide you in this area, to maximize your profits.

Consider writing a book to teach people how you do what you do and offering it on Fiverr…

Gig Packages: This may help you make more $$$$.

Frequently Asked Questions: No specific suggestions (other than what is a micron and all this other art jargon?)…

Bottom line: IMHO you are limiting yourself by not offering this gig as a digital product with a physical upsell. Showing video of you working at your easel or whatever will be a big selling point.

You should have YouTube videos of you painting with pointers to your Fiverr profiles.

Good luck,

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As a general rule, when I have time to participate in the Fiverr Forum and I notice a request like yours in the “Improve My Gig” section, I am willing and able to look at a Seller’s Profile and one gig one time.

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Thanks for the advice! There were certain things I forgot to factor in moving the gigs from the Gifts category (a lot weird limitations that were category specific? I don’t know).
My biggest hold up was stepping out of the $5 basic gig price so I had over complicated everything in an attempt to compensate. I’ve made some changes and as I’m writing this it’s going through the approval process…Some things, like sending originals, aren’t negotiable for me. I personally don’t feel comfortable selling other people’s pet portrait to strangers, so on and so forth. If I were to offer just a digital file, I’d do it separately, because the point of the portrait ones I have available now are that they are tangible originals.
Again, thank you for the tips!


Dear Black Whiskey:

You asked for advice on how to sell more gigs.

At the very least, you should try offering a digital art gig for something.

Let the Buyers decide how they feel about you selling physical copies if they don’t purchase them.

Your attitude on this makes no sense to me, because some of my favorite artists in the world, like Jack Kirby, fought very hard for many years for the right to sell their physical art work.

Ultimately, it’s your decision, but I say, “Hail King Kirby!”

Good luck,


Your keywords need work, IMO.

I personally tried looking for your gigs using the keywords that I would actually use and your gig did not show up. Keywords:

dog painting
pet painting
paint pets

I would not use “portrait” when searching. Instead of “I will create a watercolor portrait of your dog” why not use “I will paint a watercolor portrait of your pet dog” or something like that.


I don’t know why I didn’t think of that xD thank you!