Some of you may not know this, but I have been selling on Fiverr for a little bit over a year. There was a little bit of a bump in the road awhile back where I freaked out and deactivated my old account(which I only slightly regret), and then I came back and started selling a couple months ago. This post is probably going to be a little bit long-winded and it might take awhile to read, so I encourage you to sit back, relax and enjoy my rant/storytime.
Just a short prelude to this story/a little bit about me. I’m 15 years old and a freshman in high school for those of you who don’t already know. I joined Fiverr when I was about 14. Outside of Fiverr, some of my favorite things to do are play volleyball, draw, paint, take pictures and hang out with my pets, friends, and family. Recently, I decided to become vegetarian or at least “plant-based” because I personally don’t think it’s right to constantly be eating animals and I don’t see why we treat cows, pigs and chickens any differently than dogs and cats. But, you’re entitled to your own opinion and life decisions and I’m not going to force my beliefs unto anybody.
Anywho, in order to properly illustrate my journey through life and Fiverr over the last year, I think it’s best to start at the very beginning-- even before I created my account and what I was expecting to get out of this website. Back before I even made my first account in December of 2016, I had one goal for Fiverr. I had recently gotten more into photography and I realized that I wanted to save up and purchase a DSLR camera. Outside of Fiverr, I started working odd jobs to try and make some money to put towards it, but it didn’t seem to be enough.
So, like any young teen who wanted to make money, but still wasn’t old enough to have a job, I decided to go to YouTube and Google for answers. Long story short, I somehow stumbled upon another teen YouTuber who used Fiverr in order to make money to fund his own interests/passions. I forget his name, but I am truly thankful to have found his videos because, without him, I may not have found this community and job opportunity.
Anyways, after talking to my parents about it to make sure it was okay with them, I created my first account. I set up a few gigs as fast as I could(out of the ones that I remember being proofreading services and story writing), and, like any good businessman… I just waited. (that was sarcasm if it was unclear
I didn’t do any research on how to make sales and attract clients or where to find them, I expected them to come to me– which brings up my first point.
- You can’t just wait for your sales to come to you.
In the beginning, it is vital to try to promote your sales the best you can and to find your clients or your intended audience. This can be done in many ways and there are many topics that can teach you how to do so, this is more about my experience on Fiverr, not a How-To guide on how to get sales.
Anyways, I quickly learned about Buyer Requests from the forum and after sending a few well-worded and client-specific offers, I finally got my first sale. Needless to say, I was a little bit more than excited. Even though I got the notification right as I was going to bed, I decided to just finish the order as soon as I got it.
I felt like I was on top of the world! I mean, $4.00 right in my bank account, nobody can compete!
Anyways, I decided that I was going to start putting more effort into Fiverr than before. I started waking up a little earlier to check and send buyer requests and stayed up late to check for messages and complete any orders. This is getting into the real reason for this post.
I kept on pushing and pushing and pushing myself on Fiverr just to get orders. I felt fine, but I didn’t realize at the time what this would do to me. School ended and everything became more manageable. I was able to focus more on Fiverr and Volleyball and not my schoolwork for once. I fell into a routine that I didn’t think mattered. I would play and have fun with my friends during the day, and then I would work into the night.
I even kept working when my family and I went on vacation and I thought it would be fine, but I, in turn, stressed myself out and created underlying issues that multiplied as time went on.
I slowly noticed myself losing motivation for Fiverr and most things outside of it. I started to let my stats slip and my DoT dropped to an all-time low. I went on vacation mode for a few weeks because I needed to catch up on my summer homework before school started. I got all of my work done and I decided to reactivate my gigs.
I didn’t see much work for the next couple of months and then I finally lowered my prices and started working really hard once again. I kept pushing myself into the school year and at a new high school with new people and new classes, I couldn’t take it.
I didn’t see it myself and I didn’t recognize it until it was too late, but my mental health was deteriorating. Time to get pretty serious. I’ve always struggled with some anxiety/mild depression and sometimes it gets to be too much. You can get over-stimulated by things and with the way I was treating Fiverr and my life and when I lost control of the balance, everything slipped right before me.
When I deactivated my account a few months ago, it was in the middle of one of my mental breakdowns where I could barely think and it seemed like the only logical explanation. I distanced myself from Fiverr, focused on school and sports and my friends and things got better.
When I came back to Fiverr, I had a lot of experience that I new would be more than helpful with how I’m going to sell now.
I’ve grown with Fiverr over the past year. I’ve seen new features like Available Now and Team Accounts introduced and I’ve learned a lot over the past year. I’ve discovered tips and tricks that will help me get sales, but to be honest, none of them really matter in my life compared to the one life lesson I’ve learned because of my experiences-- and that is, to maintain as balanced of a life as possible.
I know that for some of you, Fiverr may be the thing keeping you alive. I know that my experiences differ because I am still a student and I don’t have the responsibilities that adults have, but I’ve come to recognize that mental and physical health is way more important than making money.
Yes, I know that this should probably be obvious, but it is easy to become caught up in making money. It happened to me and I lost myself in freelance.
This time around, I’ve decided that there is a maximum amount of orders I’ll take at one time and that I will turn down projects that I believe will cause me more harm than good.
I may only be 15, but in the last year of my life, I feel like I’ve learned a lot about myself as a person and keeping yourself healthy.
If you read this all the way through, thank you. Also, if you would like, I can make a more technical/how-to version of this because I have also learned a lot about that-- I just think this is more important and relevant with what I’ve seen on the forum recently.
Thank you for all that all of you have done to help me in the past and here’s to (hopefully) another year on Fiverr and many more to come.