I’m going to turn the usual Fiverr forum posts on their heads. My problem is, how do I make less sales? If your problem is the same as my problem, this is what I do.
Problem: have my working hours on Fiverr be consistently between 3 and 5 hours a week during NZ summer (excluding activities I can vary according to my schedule, such as the Forum).
Note that in my situation:
- With no limitations on buyers finding me or my gigs, I spend at least an hour a day managing messages, including doing estimates for custom orders
- most of my orders are custom orders and most orders take between 3 and 7 hours effort to deliver
- I don’t mind a 0 hour week occasionally, but can’t easily manage more than 7 hours in a single week
- about 30% of my orders come from repeat buyers
This is the strategy I’ve found works well for me to manage time to get the most consistent number of low working hours every week. I turn them all on if I want to severely limit my orders, or one or two if I just need a bit of breathing space. It won’t work for everyone, and this assumes that time is more important to you than money.
- Turn on vacation mode so you don’t get found in the searches (Note: it’ll take at least a week after you turn this off before you start getting messages from new buyers again so time it carefully). This greatly reduces time spent processing inbox messages. I turn this on and off quite regularly, like a tap to manage workflow.
- Pause all your gigs to stop anyone, including regulars, ordering anyway. This might be overkill but I’ve found it helps. Sometimes pausing just some of your gigs works to eliminate the more complex or time-consuming gigs for a while.
- Add something to regular clients deliveries saying you’re reducing your hours but you’ll be available for regular client orders and they should contact you if they have anything. Don’t spam them if you’re not already delivering for them. Chances are they’ll message you anyway if they have something for you to do.
- Put delivery times that represent how many hours a week you want to work. Remember your conversion rate (messages to orders) will be a lot higher with regulars.
- if it’s going to take you too long to estimate a custom job, or deliver a custom job, don’t be afraid to say ‘No’, delay the start, or suggest splitting the work into more manageable chunks
- Be a stickler for your own rules, even if it upsets others. Only you know what you can compromise on. If you can’t compromise, don’t.