Hi Fiverr community!
This month marks my one-year anniversary here at Fiverr and I want to share my story since I’ve been so inspired by the stories of other sellers here.
A little back story first: I’ve been a stay-at-home-mom for 18 years while my two kids grew up. I loved it, and at the same time I was always starting businesses or trying jobs for fun and a little extra cash. Then two years ago, I trained to be a life coach and rang up some debt due to the expensive trainings I attended. My business as a life coach was going well right away and I attracted quite a few clients in the first year. However, I spent so much time on marketing and learning and doing stuff for that business that I burned myself out. Not to mention, I’m very much an introvert so a job that involves constant people contact wears me out. I needed to try something else and try it fast, since I had to pay the bills for my training debt.
Enter Fiverr.com: I had read about Fiverr in Tim Ferriss’ book, The 4-Hour Work Week, when I was setting up my coaching business. I remembered the name of the site and the idea of it so clearly, maybe because of the catchy name and idea of a “fiverr.” At the time, I thought maybe I’d have a reason to use Fiverr sellers for my business but had no thought of actually selling on Fiverr myself.
Then when I needed a break from coaching, I thought, why not give Fiverr a try and see what I can do? I have an English degree and love reading, and I’ve always been a writer, so I thought I’d try editing work and/or maybe writing. I set myself up as a seller and whoa! for some crazy reason, I had orders right away. I learned a LOT in the first two weeks on Fiverr. What to do (only things you’re really good at and love to do, and always communicate well with clients) and what not to do (anything that takes too much time for the money, and that involves things you’re not comfortable doing, like helping someone plagiarize or do their homework).
I got a couple of negative reviews in the very first week, and haven’t had one since. Those reviews came from the same buyer, when he and I couldn’t agree on what I would do for him (he wanted a total rewrite to pass a copyright test, while I wanted to edit only for the things that needed correction). Instead of canceling, he wanted to leave me a bad review and I was too dumb at that time to figure out how to deal with that.
Well, I learned fast. I’ve been working really hard, getting excellent reviews from my wonderful clients, and each month my income goes up a little more. At first it was doubling every month; now it’s at a place where I’m really happy with it and can’t believe I’m doing so well. My late Grandma is happy knowing I’m finally getting paid to use my English degree!
And I absolutely love what I do, and working with people from all over the world. Reading, writing, and grammar are passions of mine, and I can’t believe I get paid to read now! I always wished for that. My best advice to new sellers is to find what you’re really, really good at and find a way to offer that as a service. Stand out by doing excellent work and being polite and running your business in an organized way so you’re never late and always delivering. Also, use a good picture of yourself with a big smile on your face!
Thanks, Fiverr! I plan on sticking around for a while!
Hi Fiverr community!
Reply to @phantomdesigner: Thank you! I don’t even remember that. I hope you’re doing well here!
Great story, Congrats for your one-year anniversary, and best of luck for your future.
You are a great writer @writerlisaz.
Congratulations Lisa! You are a Fiverr gem - I always love reading your comments on the forum. When I get customers asking for proofreading services, I send them over to you without hesitation 'cos I know you’ll do a great job!
But honestly, I don’t know how you do what you do all day - It’s got to be so hard on the eyes! @-)
What a wonderful story. Congratulations and wishing you continuous success
That was an inspiring story, Congratulations best wishes for more success.
Congrats and I wish you much success on your Fiverr journey.
Well done writerlisaz! That is a happy story! Congratulations and best wishes for the future =D>
Congratulations Lisa when I was join a fiverr my first message to Lisa for asking about to buy my service lol but now I am understand clearly about fiverr stay blessed Lisa
Thanks everyone for reading my LONG story! I am a bit wordy sometimes and should edit my own writing some more – Ha!
you did great job
Congratz Lisa. Im completing my first year as well It’s amazing what you have achieved. For me it’s quite a slow year Hope things will get better for me
Hi Lisa! Loved reading this and learning a bit more about you. It’s really nice how we all get to “know” each other here on the forum. I’m hoping that Fiverr starts launching more meetups so we can all begin socializing “off-line” too!
In any case, so happy to hear things are going well for you. Keep up the wonderful work!