I’m an amateur, but have created my first Gig.
Self-reinvention seems to be a recurring theme for many of us, just trying to “earn a buck” online.
I’ve followed dreams (mine and others), in the form of “programs”, “teaching groups”, my own blogs (following different niches) and affiliate marketing. Sometimes spending too much time, effort and money, later just too much effort and time, all ending with the same fist full of “zip”.
I retired from Maine State Government after 30 years of service, with most of those years spent as a customer service representative.
It seems that my biggest issue is not having a personality conducive to “self promotion”. Basically, I’m a helper, not a seller.
Social media is also “not my thing”. I got locked out of Facebook without ever understanding why my account got “locked”. I managed to go through the steps to get logged back in, only to get locked out again, trying to post or just make a change in my profile by trying to validate my phone. It happened so much, I just gave up and canceled my account. I never was able to talk to a real live person, trying to resolve the issue.
I don’t currently do social media at all, though perhaps I may just take advantage of some of the skills other sellers have. I’m not committed to that one just yet though.
Through it all, I still believe that in order to be “successful”, it is important to do what really rewards us, spiritually through self renewal and helping others, while supporting ourselves monetarily.
So, as a “seller” here at Fiverr, I won’t be particularly “competitive” with you.
At first, I was quite unsure that Fiverr would be a good fit for me, for many reasons, but mostly because you all seem so talented at what you do.
All I have is a high school diploma and some adult education courses that got me into using computers, which got me in an office and out of the mail room.
To say that I found the list of higher education institutions, when I tried to enter my education information into my profile intimidating would be an understatement.
But as we all must do at times in our lives, I accept the challenge to draw on my past customer service experience and bring my unique skill set in the form of a “niche”, being willing to “start small” and learn.
I’m good at helping people find government resources, relating to licensing, starting a business and more.
I plan to do this by offering to find answers to questions, sources for solutions and perhaps even looking beyond my own current skill set to online review collecting.
I appreciate how Fiverr is structured, set up so that the stress of handling the financial transaction process and privacy issues are taken care of for us.
It is nice to have a ratings system in place to help us stay focused and that makes sure the buyer is able to make informed choices.
I hope to grow here, both as a person and professionally, bring my own niche into maturity.
Regardless of my level of success, I see this as an opportunity for growth, in a community built on mutual respect.
Mutual respect and finding value in being helpful, is the part of being a customer service representative that was rewarding as a full time employee.
This is the kind of value I hope to bring and find here.