I decided I’ve been here long enough I should “let it all out” and share my experience here with you all.
First, a little bit about me:
I love doing research. I was earning money by creating content before I got here. My detailed approach to content creation led some people to value my skills in research, and I began to get hired on the side for research gigs. When I found Fiverr, that was the first thing that came to mind. I’ve also helped a lot of people edit their blogs, not for money, but I’m good at it. Incidentally, I like editing and research more than I enjoy writing. Or… maybe they are just less work than coming up with original words for the information I just spent umpteen hours researching. Then again, I learn a lot more when I have to write about it. Aaaanyways.
I brought my skills to Fiverr. I started here in March, and over time got a steady trickle of buyers placing orders with me. Steady enough that I have 11 completed gigs. All with reviews (yay). I’m slowly coming out of desperation mode.
You know the feeling when: a buyer places an order, you’ve promised X amount of time for X amount of $, and you’ve completed the advertised amount of time, but you know that their review is going to reflect how satisfied they are with the results, not how long it took you to produce them?
So you work for an extra hour or two to make sure they get the best results possible, and hopefully… you get a good review. It must be nice to have 100+ reviews and confidence that one bad review, or canceling an order won’t jack up your stats.
I almost canceled a gig the other day. This guy just placed an order (before we were finished talking about his needs) and ghosted. Buuut, I decided to stick it out (in fear of jacking up my stats) and ended up learning tons of valuable information! Doing research I should have already done for myself regardless of the gig, but hadn’t found the time to do it until just then. I was scared that I was going to get a bad review. The client was unavailable for comment while I was working (something that can significantly improve the final result). Finally, it was time for delivery, no feedback yet, but I had to deliver. Surely I was going to get a bad review. What’s this? I get a message 1 am last night. “order update” and the seller said: “under promised over delivered would order again and again” !!! OMG, what? I seriously sweated and racked my nerves over that order for a couple of days!
I finally took the plunge. I had a gig that didn’t match the URL, and a created a new gig, same as the old one but with the right URL. The old one wasn’t showing up in search anyways, and it would have driven me nuts forever to have the service not match the URL. It hurts not having those six great reviews under the gig where they “should” be. However, it hurts a lot less than fixing it down the line. The new gig must have gone through review and its now getting impressions \ views
Now, I have a new gig, same as the old one, but with the right URL, and its getting clicks\views YAY! While my newly created \ updated gigs still weren’t in search yet, I even got two orders for a gig that hadn’t gained any traction until today!
I’m still not level one yet. I’m still sweating over every gig. But I’m learning, earning, making progress, and it feels good.
Thanks to all of you here in the forum for answering questions, and being helpful, awesome people! Also, Thank You if you actually read this whole rant