I am but a No Level Seller. However, I am on target to be Level 1 and have hit the income goal for Level 2 Seller.
I created my first gig Feb 1, 2019. I had ZERO expectation. I came to Fiverr because the local client I had changed their focus to translate all the courses I designed and developed into Spanish.
That left me with ZERO income. So what’s a girl to do? I said “why not.” And crafted my gig. I think I created 3 or 4 gigs my first day and then just let it go.
To my surprise, people started reaching out to me. I have a MS in instructional design and technology and over 20 years experience designing and developing online training. Although it is easy to figure out my skill level in “the real world,” online is different. I am new to providing what I can do in a virtual environment.
So how did I reach 2K? For one, I did not do $5 gigs. The design and development of quality and effective online training is a skill that does not have a one size fits all solution.
Most of my selling is from custom gigs. Why? Because I have conversations with those that contact me. I ask a lot of questions. I do not just “accept” what someone wants to do because often what they desire to do is fundamentally flawed. So I educate.
The result is either they run away because they just want their thing done and a quality experience for the learner is immaterial.
OR…they realize I have a great deal of knowledge and want to work with me.
Sometimes when I let someone know the price they run. That’s OK with me. I let them know that I understand if they cannot afford to work with me. And then, they sometimes come back because they realize the true value of working with someone highly skilled.
If you are struggling and just want a client any client will do and any order will do, you may find your experience to be less than stellar.
Your energy contracts. Become an energetic match for the type of person you want to work with and do not accept someone just to get an order. Working with someone who is not your dream client is a bucket of suck!
If your gig(s) are priced only for the budget conscious, then the result is you will work with those that do not respect you as a professional because you are not setting yourself out to be a professional. Up your prices to match your level of expertise. People will pay.
Know your worth. Know you have a skill to offer and do not allow someone to talk you down out of whatever price you set. Stand up for your worth. If you make concessions over and over, then that is all you will do. You will lower your worth and devalue yourself.
Walk Away. Say NO. Do not fear telling someone you are not the best match for their needs. Walking away empowers you and sends out the energy to the universe what you will and will not accept. Work with those that respect and value you. Walk away from those that try to strong arm you.
Set standards. Have standards for yourself and your potential clients. I often send potential clients a Google form to complete. I can tell where they are and what they know and mostly what they do not know so that I can best guide them. If you have standards that clients need to meet, you will save yourself big headaches.
I hope that this was useful to someone.
Trust in your ability. Nothing says that as a new seller you must work for pennies. There is no reason to do so.
The right people for you are out there. It is up to you to attract them. Make your gigs and yourself attractive.