Hey, everybody! I’ve been selling on Fiverr since February of 2015 and it’s been a great ride. If you care to do so, you can read what I wrote about my one-year anniversary here: 1 Year Seller Anniversary on Fiverr Since almost this time a year ago, I’ve doubled my prices, doubled my average daily work queue, and made close to $20k net revenue. Considering that I made less than $4k net-revenue in my first year, I think that’s pretty good. My goal for the coming year is to net over $30k, and I’m on track to getting it. So when I share these tips, I’m not Mr. Rando Nooby copy/pasting whatever Google could find at the bottom of the interwebs - this is straight from my life experience on Fiverr. There are sellers who make a lot more than I do on Fiverr, but then, this is exactly the kind of income I want to be earning so that I can work at home, spend time with my children, let my wife work her job when I’m not working, and generally be able to enjoy my life without stressing about working for a corporate overlord.
So now that I’ve turned 2 as a seller, what have I learned?
Work when it’s time to work.
Close your Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Close all chat programs, and put your phone on silent ringer. Do your work. Just do it. If you were employed at a 9-to-5 in a corporate job, you’d have a supervisor monitoring you to ensure you stayed on task, but since you’re a free-lancer you have to be your own supervisor. If you don’t have the self-discipline to work when it’s time to work, then free-lancing isn’t going to be a very profitable or enjoyable job for you. You’ve seriously got to learn how to focus and DO YOUR WORK. Don’t check your social networks for status updates between orders: once you get started working, keep working. If you’re going to take a break, keep it short and then get back to work. I don’t think anybody really likes to work - that’s why we enjoy taking time off, right? - so do your work when it’s time to do your work and you won’t have to work all day.
Don’t answer messages before you complete your work
This is going to seem counter-intuitive, but seriously: DON’T EVEN OPEN YOUR INBOX until you’ve cleared your work for the day. Responding to messages from new and repeat buyers is an important part of maintaining a steady queue of work, but speaking for myself it takes as much time to respond to messages, fix problems, and send custom offers as it does to actually do my work. For this reason, I almost never open my inbox until after I’ve completed my work. If I start my Fiverr work-day by answering messages, it exhausts me. It throws me out of focus, breaks my equilibrium, and leaves me feeling tired and scattered by the time I’ve finished my work for the day. If new buyers have sent you a message asking for a custom offer, trust me: they’ll still be there in a few hours. If they have to have the work and they have to have it now, then chances are excellent that they sent that same message to multiple sellers and were going to beat you up on price, anyway. If they’re a reasonable person who understands that you always complete paid work before answering unpaid emails, then they’ll expect that it’s going to take a few hours to get a response from you. Complete paid work first, and leave unpaid emails last - I promise you’ll thank yourself for it.
Don’t work when you’re not working
It’s great that we have a Fiverr app for our phones and the Fiverr website for our computers, but let’s be honest with ourselves: How much of our time do we really want to spend working? Speaking for myself, I’m self employed so that I can enjoy more of my life as opposed to less of my life. You’re welcome to tell me if I’m wrong, but I’d wager money that you do, too. So what this means is that you should respect your limits and remember that buyers don’t get 24/7 access to you via Fiverr inbox. You don’t have to advertise it on your gig (although some sellers do), but you should pick a time of day when you figuratively go home and aren’t at work anymore. Once this time hits, don’t respond to buyer requests and emails. Relax. Sit back, enjoy your dinner, watch some Netflix, and maybe even get some coitus un-interruptus. You don’t live to work - you work to live. So LIVE! And don’t forget: vacation mode exists for a reason, and contrary to what whiny and unsuccessful sellers say, it doesn’t do a single thing to impact your gig placement and number of sales. Take one or two days off from Fiverr work every week - whether it’s a steady Saturday/Sunday weekend, or if it’s split-up during the week, whatever - you must take time off from Fiverr work or else you’re going to suffer burn-out, you’ll resent the time you spend working, and you won’t be motivated to give your best effort on the work you complete. Take regular time off - you deserve it. If you’ve got clients beating you up for 24/7/365 availability, you should fire those clients. They’ll beat you up on price, harass you for immediate delivery, and probably never even thank you for your time. You deserve better than stress and anxiety - that’s why you’re a free-lancer! Remember to take care of yourself - I promise you’ll regret it if you don’t.