When I first began on Fiverr, I had times when I had no orders for days, then suddenly I would have 5 to be completed the next day! This could mean I was up all night to complete orders and it was not a great way to operate. I analysed what I was doing/doing wrong and came up with some solutions.
Before I begin with the solution, let me explain a valuable insight I have learned. If your gigs offer services that can sometimes be needed within a very short space of time then being available is very lucrative. I have had many orders where double or triple my usual price has been paid due to the order being required within a much shorter space of time than usual. Just this week I had two orders with a total of $175 EXTRA when I was available to do urgent work. Yes, I spent a couple more more hours working on that day than usual but it was worth it. I mention this as it ties in with the main topic of this post which is keeping a flow of orders.
For me, Monday/Tuesday is usually a time when I get lots of orders and messages. These two days usually set up my week of work. It used to be that I would be very busy all day Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and then have little or nothing to do the rest of the week. Having looked carefully at this situation, I have come up with a number of ways to give me a little more time on the busy days and a little more work on the quiet days.
Optimize your Gig Delivery Times:
They need to be most effective for search and most comfortable for you. So, when setting the delivery time, look at how long you want to have to do it. When you decide this, look at the filters in the search section. For those who are searching, these filters are divided into 24 hrs, 2-3 days, up to 7 days and any. This means that if you set your delivery time to 3 days, it will show up just as much as if you select 2 days! Even more interesting is that if you think your gig will take 4 days, setting it as 7 days will not show up any less, giving you 3 extra days to do the work. Always mention that you may be able to do it quicker and ask them to contact you if necessary.
Control the orders that you can control:
When a client contacts you, find out when they need the order. If they don’t need it done in your usual delivery time, send a custom offer and add a day or two to it. Give yourself some space so you can accept urgent orders if they come. You can always do the work quickly if you have time but by giving yourself space, you have the opportunity to do other things.
Know when your busy periods are:
As mentioned, mine is Monday/Tuesday. I always aim to have my pending orders completed before this time. I am then free to work on these new orders as they come along.
Never stop looking for your next jobs:
I used to stop applying for jobs when I got busy and this contributed to the busy/quiet split of my week. Now, I spend time each day looking for jobs. Whether it is in the buyer requests or elsewhere, I will make sure to check if there are jobs I can do and then apply for them. This has led to more jobs (obviously) but also less quiet gaps in my week. Some buyers don’t look at their responses for days or weeks after they post them so this is a vital element in keeping the flow of work steady.
Although Monday/Tuesday is still my busiest time, by applying the methods above, I find that I can actually manage to work roughly regular hours each day. I am also available every day for any urgent orders that come up and these lucrative opportunities are well worth it.