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My personal experience as a Fiverr seller thus far


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Hi guys,



I am fairly new to Fiverr. I signed up as a buyer only last month. I am a marketer/copywriter by trade and so have turned my attention to helping buyers out by writing their press releases and boilerplates.



The first three weeks on Fiverr were a drag if I’m honest. I did one gig, but nothing else came in. So I put on my marketers hat and launched a Facebook ad campaign, which cost me $15.



Boy was that a good investment! I’ve been inundated with orders since I ran the Facebook ad. On average, I am turning over 5 gigs a day, which isn’t bad business. I’ve also hit Level 1 and I am 70% on the way to becoming a Level 2 seller.



Here’s a tip for you young (and older) entrepreneurs; when your business ball starts rolling, don’t get complacent. You need to keep it rolling by nudging, pushing and kicking it!



What do I mean by ‘nudging, pushing and kicking it’? Well you’ve got to formulate a plan and stick to it. Many think that just because they’ve received a few orders, they can sit back and let Fiverr do the rest. Unfortunately we live on Earth, not Utopia.



So today, I decided to put a plan in motion. After all, I don’t want my ‘business ball’ or momentum to slow down, right? Of course not.



I took a look at what the various Fiverr levels give you as a seller. I suggest you do the same. You can find the seller levels here - http://fiverr.com/levels.



My plan is simple. I prepare myself from now, so that when I hit Level 2 and become a Top Rated Seller, I already know what extras to offer my buyers.



As a Level 1 seller, I have added some gig extras and seen a small turnaround on them, but nothing to write home about. Testing the waters with the gig extras that come along with Level 1 is a good habit. I am in the testing phase now.



If my buyers aren’t selecting my gig extras, there’s not much hope that they’ll select them when I reach Level 2, so it’s good to try out different gig extras. If you see that your buyers still aren’t biting, I suggest a small rethink because maybe your current gig is so good, your buyers don’t need your gig extras as you’ve filled them completely up with the first dish in a three course meal.



Here’s my deal. At the moment, I’m offering to write a press release (up to 300 words) in 24 hours. And that folks, is my issue. No wonder my buyers aren’t buying my gig extras. After all, a 300 word press release is a practically a full press release. So I messed up big time by offering that, right?



Yes = If I didn’t have a plan in place / No = If I did.



Thankfully, I do have a plan. You see, when I started out on Fiverr, I had a lot of competition, therefore I needed to offer a service that added a lot of value. By offering a full press release for only $5, I wanted to achieve the following:


  • A lot of happy buyers
  • Lot’s of positive reviews



    On the downside, I am selling myself short. After all, in another life, my customers were buying the very same level of press release from me for no less than $50. In fact, I charged some clients $150 for a press release.



    “That’s a massive come down, Jaymes”, said a lot of my friends with regards to what I was offering on Fiverr. They’re right in a way, but if you’re not willing to pump time and money into a business, you might as well not bother.



    I have achieved what I set out to do. I have gained a great many buyers, and they’re all delighted with the service I am offering them. When I reach Level 2 and become a Top Rated Seller, I will gradually change my gig offerings and make more money.



    But to achieve valued success over time, I need to capitalise on the success I am having now. This is the ‘nudging, pushing and kicking it’ part, so stay tuned.



    I have already prepared the content for my gig, plus my video (recorded it today, before writing this) for when I hit Level 2. And here’s the interesting part; I have already prepared the content and video for when I am made a Top Rated Seller.



    Some might think I am putting the cart several hundred miles ahead of the horse. I see things differently. You see, I want to succeed. If you’ve read up to here, I have a feeling you’re the type that wants to succeed too. So plan for your succession. Prepare for your succession.



    Here’s how you achieve the Top Rated Seller status:



    "Top Rated Sellers are manually chosen by Fiverr editors. Promotion is based on the following criteria: Seniority, volume of sales, extremely high rating, exceptional customer care, and community leadership. As a Top Rated Seller, you’ll gain access to more extensive sales tools, early access to beta features, and receive VIP support."



    I can honestly say that I have ticked 3 out of the 5 boxes. Seniority and Community Leadership are lacking in my department. Seniority will come naturally. Community Leadership on the other hand is something I need to work on. Well here I am, working away at it. This is my first post on the Fiverr Forums. Yay!



    In conclusion, try to always go above and beyond, keeping your buyers happy. Trust me, they come back for more. Then plan ahead. If you’re not a Level 1, act as though you’re a Top Rated Seller. You’ll reap the benefits!



    I’ll start a topic listing a checklist of things I’ve done which have brought me success.



    Cheers for listening and feel free to ask me anything. I am happy to help!



    Warm regards & love,

    Jaymes




Fiverr: Graphics, marketing, fun, and more online services for $5

http://fiverr.com



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