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Fiverr does not reward Laziness or Complacency

I understand that when most Fiverrians enroll here they are expecting to be better on the platform and perhaps make a fortune out of their expertise. But I just wanted to remind us all that Fiverr does not reward laziness or complacency.

I have read of people on and off the platform discussing Fiverr success. The conversations are somewhere along the line below:

“Did you see such and such a freelancer they have at least 1K (Or x) reviews. If I can make the same reviews at $5. That is nice dough.”

I have got news Fiverr does not hand success over in a silver platter.

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These people have invested a lot of time and effort in making sure they succeed on the platform. Success did not come overnight, it takes years of promoting and hardworking. Diligently delivering orders and with such professional consistency they deserve those sales.

I have also seen lazy people, undercutting competition by charging ridiculously for services.

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You are robbing yourself of time, money and expertise and ultimately have dug your own grave. Sooner or later you will join the freelancer’s ’Hall Of Failure’

Any case let me get back to my topic. If your really want to succeed on Fiverr, Cultivate a culture of professionalism.

Professionals have most if not all of the following traits:

  • Responsibility
  • Accountability
  • Specialist. Have the Knowledge
  • Fiverr Preparedness
  • Clients rather than customers
  • Ethics
  • Qualification

1. Responsibility
Clients entrust you with matters / jobs that are of vital importance to them. It is your responsibility to hold that trust with true professionalism. There is no room for being careless or taking on a job you know you aren’t adequately qualified for. Trust, goes hand in hand with ethic. Clients trust you to treat their work with the morality.

2. Accountability
You are accountable for the work you do on Fiverr. Whether you do good or bad, every Fiverr Seller has to be accountable for the quality of work provided.

3. Specialist
Most cases of people who succeed here on Fiverr and life in general are specialist. Meaning to say they pick a particular portion of the field and focus on it to succeed. Your profile has to reflect you are a specialist in your field. “If you cannot answer it simply enough, You do not know it enough.”

4 Fiverr Preparedness
You can never succeed on Fiverr if you do not know the platform like the back of your hand. Spend time to understand how things work here. Don’t come here on Fiverr and try to tell us on advise us on what you have learnt on other platforms. Do the learning curve first. Fiverr is unique. {No Offense Meant} Learn from those who have been here for longer. They have a lot of experience and wisdom on how things work around here.

5. Clients rather than Customers
When you have just started out on Fiverr you are so much focused on having customers which is good. When you desire customers on Fiverr its more like you desire to operate your freelancing business as a tuck shop. The problem with that is that you are not giving buyers a reason to keep knocking on your door.

Once you have mastered the skill of turning every customer into a client, you are geared for success. On a platform as competitive as Fiverr you must keep your buyers wanting to come back to you. [I wonder how you can do that when you charge too little for something that requires days to complete :hugs: just saying!]

6. Qualification
Just because Mr. X is doing so well with his Voice Over Gig does not mean you must also create a Voice Over Gig. It all comes down to whether or not you you have the ability, skills or qualification to carry out a task. Invest in improving your skill-set and offer Gigs that you know you can do.

Buyer: “Can You Draw My Portrait. How much would you charge for a state of the art Portrait. I want to hang it in my upmarket office. How much would it cost?”
Seller: "It’s not a problem, I can draw you a portrait. Its only $5.
Buyer: “Why so cheap, I just inquired with a pro and they charge $250 ?”
Seller: “Day light robbery ma’am. Let me do it. I will do a better job.”

RESULT

Guys Please, If you can’t do it. Stay away from it.

7. Ethics
Without the best work ethics, there is no way to succeed. Just like in real life if you lack the basic human morale, people will stay away from you. No one want’s to do business with a … [English isn’t my native language, someone help me with a word.]

I recently read of a seller who wanted to reverse his / her work after the order has already been completed. What!!!? Talk about developers who include arbitrary code in their work. Carrying out work you know is going to harm another person (natural or juristic).

Ethics is a huge topic, which we aught to study as freelancers.

Finally, Like I said, Do not expect Fiverr to hand you success in a silver platter. invest in yourself in terms of qualifications. Promote yourself. And if you really wanna make it here on Fiverr, take time to learn from people who have been here longer. I am still learning from them.

One more thing, Stop procrastinating… Those people you see being top sellers here are goal getters, determined and do not procrastinate for a bit. Here is something for you to think about:

Imagine there is a bank account that credits your account each morning with $86,400. It carries over no balance from day to day. Every evening the bank deletes whatever part of the balance you failed to used during the day. What would you do? Draw out every cent, of course? Each of us has such a bank, it’s name is time. Every morning, it credits you 86,400 seconds. Every night it writes off at a lost, whatever of this you failed to invest to a good purpose. It carries over no balance. It allows no over draft. Each day it opens a new account for you. Each night it burns the remains of the day. If you fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is yours. There is no drawing against “tomorrow”. You must live in the present on today’s deposits. Invest it so as to get from it the utmost in wealth, happiness, and health. The clock is running. Make the most of today.

To realize the value of ONE YEAR,
ask a student who failed a grade.
To realize the value of ONE MONTH,
ask a mother who gave birth to a premature baby.
To realize the value of ONE WEEK,
ask the editor of a weekly newspaper.
To realize the value of ONE DAY,
ask the person who was born on February 29th.
To realize the value of ONE HOUR,
ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.
To realize the value of ONE MINUTE,
ask a person who missed the train.
To realize the value of ONE SECOND,
ask a person who just avoided an accident.
To realize the value of ONE MILLISECOND,
ask the person who won a silver medal in the Olympics.
Treasure every moment that you have! And treasure it more
because you shared it with someone special, special enough to
spend your time. And remember that time waits for no one.
Yesterday is history.
Tomorrow is mystery.
Today is a gift.
That’s why it’s called the present
Friends are a very rare jewel, indeed. They make you smile and encourage you to succeed.
They lend an ear, they share a word of praise, and they always want to open their heart to us.
Show your friends how much you care…
Original author: anonymous
DAY value was added by Peraphon Sophatsathit to complete the chronicles

If you read throughout this thank you, and sorry if I made mistakes, “English isn’t my mother tongue”

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I really enjoyed your post, I think most of it was the advice I was looking for as a new seller, however, I do not agree with one thing you said.

You’ve mentioned that undercutting competition by charging ridiculously for services is something lazy people do, but that is what you have to do to get your first orders here.

My writing gig was completely abandoned for months when I have put many hours in building my profile and portfolio, until I decided to accept an offer to write one article for 1 dollar. Now at least I have reviews on my profile and the buyer is giving me consistent work.

I am NOT saying I’m a success, but I honestly don’t see any other way to get a first order here without charging half a cent first. It is the primary reason why 80% of buyers come here.

Also, I can’t understand how that makes me lazy. I’m working 4 hours for this buyer everyday, researching, writing and revising over and over, just to get 16 dollars at the end of the week lol, that is how freelancing starts in my opinion.

Besides that, your post was very helpful thank you

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I understand you being a new seller and all. It’s most frustrating trying to prove your skills in a crowded market. However the idea I was trying to bring across is that you do not have to rob yourself to get your first order.

Rather the same energy you use to do your first order for a paltry amount, invest it in self promotion.

Freelancing is entrepreneurship, If you take it that way you will realize that self promotion is a solid foundation. Entrepreneurship, builds a client base both on and off Fiverr. Go out there and promote yourself, write a piece that will inspire the next client to want to find you on Fiverr.

You might not get results as prompt as you have projected, but you will have a firm foundation.

Establish yourself as an expert in your field. Think outside the box. Once you are established as an expert people will follow you on Fiverr to purchase your Gig.

All the best on your journey.

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The system shouldn’t have let you do that if that was the whole cost of the order. It’s supposed to only allow gigs and offers >=$5.

She hired me for 20 articles total, one dollar per article, and fiverr takes 20% which is why I said “16 dollars at the end of the week”.

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Though I do think that’s way too low and way too many articles at that low price. Sending offers to BR is more likely to be worthwhile if you’re not getting orders any other way than doing 20 articles for $1 each. I don’t think it’s worth doing an article for < $5 really.

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I agree 20 articles for $20. That’s too low.

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Well, it is basically free work. But when I started freelance writing many people told me that I would have to write for free to start. I am also using the articles as samples of previous work (which the buyer has encouraged me to do) so it is not that bad.

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I totally understand what you are saying. At the beginning I had problems with getting orders. I just offered my services at really low prices to gain trust, reviews and level up.
I literally had no reviews and no orders. I started making websites for 50-60$ (which is basically nothing, since I have to work for days and 20% goes to fiverr). With time I started to increase the price. In 3 motnhs I made 1 000$. As I am a student I am often “out of office” and if it wasn’t for my studies, I would not have refused 20 projects.

A seller must build his own strategy.

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I wouldn’t say it’s lazy to charge less…$5 dollars is acceptable but it’s the lowest one should go.

Seriously, if you’re charging lower than that, you’re generally sabotaging the freelance industry. It’s unfair to any newbie who comes to Fiverr after YOU because they’ll have to charge less than YOU.

What happens after that is;

  1. The overall value of that skill drastically drops

  2. A platform like Fiverr turns to a shitty place like Freelancer because shitty clients who don’t value people’s time will find freelancers willing to work for peanuts.

The result? Only people who are successful in Fiverr will gain more success with newbies having almost zero chance to succeed.

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At least it’s pretty well because, you shouldn’t consider the bills but consider that it helps build up your portfolio and good ratings. Keep up the good relationships. :+1:

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If you want to do this work with fiverr, you must have good experience at work. The market place of end fiverr must understand that. Then there will be success.
Your summary is beautifully written. New freelancers will be helpful.

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This is advice that people need to hear, I’m being promoted to level two seller tomorrow and this info was still great to hear! People don’t get that fiverr isn’t an easy money maker, you need to actually have good content.
That thing about time and relevance really was kind of a wake-up call, thanks!

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Wow, you put such a insightful post here. Thanks a lot :slight_smile:

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