I started on Fiverr just under 2 months ago. At first I felt something that most newbies feel - it’s almost impossible to get orders if you’re a newbie.
First let’s see the sort of excuses newbies (including myself at the time) come up with:
- It’s not possible to get orders if you’re a newbie
- All orders go to Top Rated Sellers
- A lot of orders go to Level 2 Sellers.
- You have to have Level 1 status at the very least, in order to make sales.
- The competition is too high
- Buyers only order from reputed sellers
- I don’t think my gig has any demand
Let’s get some perspective - the only one that may be true, is the last excuse. Notice I said, it may be true - in most cases, it won’t be true. All the other excuses are pure nonsense.
Sure, you won’t be ‘featured’ but you can still get orders. Fiverr provides leads to sellers - a lot of sellers somehow, end up missing the green box of leads on the home page. That displays the order requirements of a variety of buyers. You’ll also notice a blue box that has all the categories; let’s say you were selling flyer distribution; you can click on the option ‘Advertising’ located in the blue box. If you then scroll down to the green box, you will see some requests related to flyer distribution or something related to it.
Here’s what you should do next: if you think you can deliver any of the requests, click on the buyer that’s requesting the job, and SEND HER/HIM A MESSAGE! Tell them you can do it and then wait for a response.
This is exactly what I did, and I had a conversion rate of 25%; in other words, for every 10 messages I sent, I received anything from 2-3 orders. I kept doing this until I started receiving orders without me having to approach potential clients.
You’ll be surprised how well this works - one of my clients didn’t reply at all. I sent him a message once a day or once in two days reminding him about my previous message, that I haven’t heard back from him, and that I really am looking forward to hearing from him. 5-6 messages forward, and I receive an order from him saying “I normally never order from new sellers since I’m never sure of the quality - but you were so persistent, you made me want to order from you. I hope you do a good job, in which case I will order more gigs”. He did.
My main point: do not listen to people/forums, etc that claim it’s impossible to get orders on fiverr if you’re a newbie. They’re probably saying that because they haven’t been able to get orders - that ain’t the fact. If you persist and try just a little more, it’s more than possible for you to get enough and more orders.
Stay positive. Stay persistent. Have fun!