I have been on Fiverr for about 4 years.
I have owned my own business for 20+ years.
I also have 40+ years of experience in Media/Marketing.
In the month I have been active on the Forum I have seen a lot of new Fiverr members asking for advice.
They usually get the same “bad” tips from other new members who must have seen something on YouTube by a so-called expert.
So…here is my list of the TOP 5 WORST PIECES OF ADVICE TO GIVE A NEW FIVERR MEMBER…
- Stay online all day/all night.
This is just nonsense. Respond to orders when you see them during the day. You don’t win anything for being the first or 101st person to respond. You will get the job only if the Buyer likes what they see in your Gig and really needs your service.
- Offer Unlimited Revisions.
This has got to be the most insane piece of advice. There are Buyers who will take advantage of this and you could be spending hours, days, weeks, months, and years pleasing just one customer with your unlimited revisions. That is a waste of your time. ALWAYS limit your revisions to 2 or 3 maximum.
- Promote Your Gigs on Social Media.
Unless you know for a fact that some of your FB or IG or Twitter friends are in need of your service, this is another waste of your time. Concentrate instead on improving your skills when you are waiting for a job to come.
- Charge No More Than $5
Sure, the platform is called Fiverr and five-dollar Gigs got the platform exposure. However, if you have certification in something like video editing or are a professional voice over performer, why would you lower your standards to get work at $5 a pop? Plus, some Buyers will look at your $5 price and simply move on thinking that your cheap price is an indication of the quality of your work.
- You Need Just 5-Star Reviews To Succeed
Again, another really bad piece of advice. Plus, not every Buyer is going to give you a rating, either. This is not them insulting you (so don’t pester them for a review - it’s against the ToS anyway). I have a few 4-Star reviews and one 2-Star review. The rest are 5-Stars. My less than perfect score still brings me impressions, clicks, and jobs. As long as you provide quality work to Buyers, if you get some 4-Star reviews it won’t matter.
There are a ton more things I could add to this list but I’m going to leave it to some of the other more seasoned members of Fiverr to jump in here and expand on this list.
Remember, if you are new to Fiverr, you have a ton of competition. Trying to find shortcuts to get around the system does not work. You may go weeks or months without getting that first or second job. That is NORMAL. Get used to it and good luck!