April 2021 marks my fifth anniversary (my Fiverrith) on Fiverr.
What have I learned? Good question.
Here are a few things that stand out for me…
- They Don’t Always Mean It
I’ve had some amazing clients I’ve written blogs/articles for. Many of them have said to me that they “have another order ready” or “I’m going to keep you busy with a lot of work, so don’t fill your schedule.” Lucky for me, I’ve heard these things before and I can tell you with a fair deal of accuracy that MAYBE 5% of the time this is true.
- It Is Far From Easy
I spent my first year on Fiverr without a single order. I also didn’t quite understand how Fiverr worked, so I became a Buyer. I placed a few orders and was happy with the results. I gave up on being a Seller until one day I created a new Gig related to a skill I have. Soon, orders started to come in. My second/third year here was incredible. But it took time and effort to build my freelance business.
- Don’t Put All Your Eggs In One Basket
What made my freelance career a success was using Fiverr as just one of many sources of freelance income. I could never rely on it for a full-time income, but it does fine as a part-time stream. I have always followed a business model of multiple streams of income and that works because if one slows down, the others should still carry you.
- Be Nice To The People Who Help You
This can be a regular customer, a good friend, a family member, Fiverr CS, someone who shares an incredible piece of advice on the Fiverr Forum, etc. Many of these people are just being themselves and if they happen to share a nugget of wisdom to you that causes you to have an “a-ha” moment, then that person is someone you need to keep in your circle. You also have to show your appreciation of that person as best you can.
- Fiverr Isn’t Perfect
I’ve tried other freelance platforms. Fiverr is far from perfect, but it probably wasn’t originally designed to be. But for what I use it for, it is perfect for me. I like how it works, has a secure payment system, allows me to edit, update, alter my gigs whenever I want. There’s a lot of freedom on this platform if you live within the Fiverr ToS, which is not difficult to do.
- The Value of the Forum Is Underestimated
I wish I had stumbled upon the Forum in my first year on Fiverr. I would have learned a great deal and may have had a better “first-year” here. What I think is missing is that too many newbies don’t quite understand that the vast knowledge base that exists in the Forum membership can be a tool they could use to tweak their freelance careers into something amazing. Instead, we see the same five questions/complaints posted no less than ten times daily.
- The Regulars On The Forum Are Brilliant
I just want to add this note because I think the regular Fiverr Forum members who keep this alive deserve a pat on the back. They provide insight, information, and assistance wherever possible. I’ve only been active on the Forum for 4 months, so I am far from being one of the “regulars” but I do respect what they post and admire their patience at times. Good job, folks!
- It’s Just A Program
I get a laugh out of Sellers who have chosen to have their lives revolve around Fiverr by chasing after every BR or sharing things like “be always active online” as to how they are able to find work here. Well, I hate to burst that bubble, but there are far more important things you should be filling your life with other than Fiverr. But I’m not going to help you figure that out.
That’s about it.
So, thank you, Fiverr. It’s been a blast and I’m glad we’ve made it to my Fiverrith Anniversary together!
We now return you to your regularly scheduled programming.