Hello, again Community! After 3 yeas of inactivity here on the forum, I’ve recently come back with a lot of crazy stories and experience gained here on Fiverr.
So, I started as any other small freelancer with a lot of dreams and hopes of getting rich and famous, but this amazing experience taught me that every good thing in life comes with a lot of commitment and hard work. I did struggle at the beginning, barely getting orders, but slow and steady, I did grew up.
After my 2 years, in the Graphic and Design category with no negative reviews at all, and exceptional delivery quality, I got Featured and Top Rated Badge (BUM). I didn’t expect that, and also I didn’t expect that huge amount of new orders coming with this massive exposure. I quickly assembled a team of 4 members and now from me it was Hivetex Design Studio, and the situation changed drastically. This was my first time when I needed to coordinate other 3 people, to implement my vision and how do I see this gig, and explaining to them what are the standards of this gig. It was a hard time setting the things up, but the results come right away. We did explode in no time, the gig climbed to the first page on the “Avg. Customer Review”. The team grew up from 4 members up to 8 and things got better and better. But here comes the good part so stick with me.
One day a team member experienced the same success as I did on his personal account and he left the group. I had no problems with that, I wish him the best of luck but from this point, the problems suddenly appeared. After a couple of days of his absence, I suddenly lost my Top Rated Badge, because “someone” reported the gig for delivering stolen vectors to the clients. And guess who was delivering stolen vectors to clients before he official left the team? You got it! And of course I was unable to prove my story to the customer support and now my account is just another regular Lvl 2 seller. After his report, we lost our Top Rated Badge but he lost his account because he had ONLY stock vectors delivered to his clients. Oh, I forgot to mention that I’ve lost my Featured Badge also along with that Top Rated one. Now, we are at the 7th position on the “Avg. Customer Review” page, because after this “internal sabotage” we focused on getting better and better, and the team has now 12 designers.
Today, we are on the way of getting back somehow the Top Rated badge, I don’t know how, but we are on the way of getting it back I’m sure. So the conclusion: Fiverr did change my life, I bought a car, a house, I have a dream life because of the Fiverr platform, but take care to the persons whom you are working with because your best friends could be your strongest enemies. My advice is to keep all the relations strictly professional and don’t get personal with anybody when money and business are involved.