There is so much emphasis on being a TRS - the coveted title (just like Pro), but it’s only a level - a little bread nugget or carrot that Fiverr likes to hang in front of you. It’s just a level people! How do I know this?
When I lost my TRS level back in August (because I wasn’t deemed worthy enough anymore), I didn’t care. I still do not care. In fact, I care less now more than ever! I don’t even miss the seven-day clearance anymore. I just put forth my best effort, and in the last two months, I managed to surpass my own expectations.
The only things I focus on are my clients and their needs. If their needs and mine mesh, wonderful. If not, then I let them know I appreciate their business, and we move on. I’ve been so busy the last two to three months, I’ve had no need to run any more ad campaigns. And, this is fine too! It’s great to be busy - between the school job and Fiverr, I am doing quite well.
Here’s what you need to understand. A level is only what you make it. There is so much emphasis on it that we lose sight of what’s so dang important. What is important? Doing your best work - allowing your work to speak for you. So what if you’re a Lv 0, 1 or 2? Heck, even as a TRS.
It’s how you approach your business that will dictate just how well you end up doing.
Don’t think so? Ponder on this for now: I cannot find any of my gigs on Fiverr’s search results. However, between the ad campaigns (which I can dock from my taxes) and my repeat clients, it’s been good. How you come across to clients will either net you repeaters or don’t! It’s not your level that dictates the business; it’s your professionalism and demeanor.
If you come across as abrasive and rude (which isn’t hard to do on the Internet, even when you don’t mean to be), then word spreads around that you’re not someone to do business with. If you don’t put forth your best effort, word spreads that your work isn’t quality material.
Word of mouth is prevalent in business! And, the same holds true for good business practices. There’s an old saying, “You catch more bees with honey than you do with vinegar.” This is a motto I live by. It’s a motto I use in every aspect of my life. I am not perfect, and people do get under my skin from time to time. However, if you smile sweetly and talk rational, you get better results (the same issue can be applied to Fiverr CS).
Levels are just that… levels! They are designed to separate the good from the bad. That highly coveted TRS is nothing more than just another level. If I’m ever deemed worthy of it again, great. If not, then so be it! To be honest, I’m all good either way.
Perhaps this is something every seller needs to keep in mind… not just myself!