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So a friend of mine at work heard about Fiverr and since he can speak 3 languages he decided to open an account and create a gig.
He's still in the process, apparently he's having problems uploading images etc.
Since he is a friend and I actually know that he has the skills to succeed, I've been force feeding all the information that will help him. 
I know I know, I am usually the "you're a grown adult, do all the reading and do your own darn research yourself and don't expect people to spoon-feed you the info" type of person. While I am shoving all the info down his throat, he is able to handle all of them very well, he asks good questions, takes notes etc, he has of course done his own research, asked for my honest feedback, etc.
Bottom line is I am helping him because I know he's skilled and he will do well for sure. 
In fact if I get several messages all at once from a potential client, I'll refer my buddy to some of them. I guess giving my friend a little boost at the start won't hurt.

I'm curious, how many of YOUR friends actually started Fiverr after seeing your success here? When I say "sucess," it can be from just making a bit extra on the side, all the way up to actually making a living. Did you force-feed all the info like I did simply because they are your friend? Did they succeed? 


 

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I actually had another coworker who seemed interested in joining a while ago ( he can draw) but one time we were talking about gigs in the break room when another coworker came in and she heard our conversation.
She said something along the lines of "Oh Fiverr, I know that website...I thought that site sucked, just a bunch of amateurs and scammers, right?"
That worried my coworker immediately and he ended up not creating an account 😅

I told him that while there are a good number of scammers you'll see plenty of skilled people, but sadly he backed off.
Well, I guess I can't blame him.
Now this other new coworker who is in the process of creating his own gig seems OK with it,his attitude was "meh, scammers are everywhere, I'm sure FIverr is no exception."

...That's...the spirit...?

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Yep! A friend of mine started at the end of August. He sells Google ads management / set up / optimisation. Anything to do with Google Ads.

He actually created a gig back in January, but didn't take it seriously. It was an empty / terrible gig and understably nothing came of it.

Then life happened, and he needed to earn money, so I suggested he look at Fiverr again. I didn't write or create anything for him (and I certainly didn't purchase from him), but I did look at and advise on his gigs. He actually came to live with me for the month of October and so each day was like a mini Fiverr boot camp lol.

He's now flying along, will be level 2 by the 15th December (he was one completed order off getting it on the the 15th Nov), and the income so far in November covers his rent, bills and some spending money (not including tax in the calculation, that can wait!).

Again, the magic formula of skills + ability to present/sell yourself + understanding how Fiverr works = success (usually).

Other friends have been put off though by all the reasons you mention @zeus777, plus some other things lol.

 

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One of my buddies became an art buyer after he saw what I was getting at the prices I was finding. But, he's just using the site casually for things like pictures of his D&D characters. I have another buddy who's on the fence about becoming a buyer at a "professional content creator" level similar to mine. I think his worry is more being uncertain he can get what he wants, or how time consuming it can be to get it (creating task details/specs that can survive a language barrier is an involved process). 

I keep debating putting my day job skills into a gig, but this thing about one-bad-review resetting one's growth (getting de-ranked) is off-putting.

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23 hours ago, williambryan392 said:

covers his rent, bills and some spending money

Hey that sounds great to me! When I first started Fiverr more than 10 years ago, I made juuuuust a bit extra on the side so I can go to Starbucks.
Now it covers part of my bills/rent etc, in some good months it can cover my entire rent, it just goes up and down, just like and business I guess.

 

23 hours ago, williambryan392 said:

the magic formula of skills + ability to present/sell yourself + understanding how Fiverr works = success (usually).

Fiverr needs to make this into a banner and place at the front page of the site...

 

18 hours ago, moikchap said:

but this thing about one-bad-review resetting one's growth (getting de-ranked) is off-putting.

Maybe just go ahead and create the gig, keep it for several months and see how it goes? There are plenty of off-putting stuff but overall I believe it's worth giving it a try. You always have the option of deleting/pausing your gig too.

 

15 hours ago, psykkopatte said:

wouldn't recommend fiverr for a friend

It looks like you're doing pretty good, why wouldn't you recommend it? It is your choice of course, but I'm just curious!

 

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45 minutes ago, zeus777 said:

that sounds great to me

I think he's quite lucky with the space he's in. Google specialists aren't cheap, aren't if the client likes what you do there's a high chance of them repeating / subscribing because it's not like you can set up and just forget about google ads.

I recall looking at your profile ages ago, and just had another look. Your art is crazy good, and your reviews are stunning. Almost 3000 of them, all 5*, apart from 12 4* and 2 3*. Even then the written reviews are all great for the non 5*. Kudos!

50 minutes ago, zeus777 said:
19 hours ago, moikchap said:

but this thing about one-bad-review resetting one's growth (getting de-ranked) is off-putting.

Maybe just go ahead and create the gig, keep it for several months and see how it goes? There are plenty of off-putting stuff but overall I believe it's worth giving it a try. You always have the option of deleting/pausing your gig too.

Do it @moikchap! Take the risk, test it, see what happens. I tried to check out your profile but I couldn't find you. Are you on a different user name? You don't have to answer of course 🙂, was just curious about your profile. 

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On 11/19/2022 at 10:31 AM, zeus777 said:

I'm curious, how many of YOUR friends actually started Fiverr after seeing your success here?

The only friends that wanted to get started on Fiverr were the ones who didn't want to set up a profile, only have me pass off work to them. They are still wondering why I haven't sent them anything.

On 11/20/2022 at 10:11 AM, zeus777 said:

"Oh Fiverr, I know that website...I thought that site sucked, just a bunch of amateurs and scammers, right?"

The other people that I know don't think highly of Fiverr. So while they think my success on Fiverr nice, they don't understand why I even bother with it. 

17 hours ago, psykkopatte said:

I wouldn't recommend fiverr for a friend

I recommended Fiverr to was my son when he turned 13 years old. He types 72 WPM and loves to code and animate. I made a few suggestions on things he could do. He told me, "Mom, don't deprive me of my childhood." 😂 Looks like I made recommendations to the wrong person!

20 hours ago, moikchap said:

I keep debating putting my day job skills into a gig

I agree with @williambryan392 & @zeus777! You should give it a try! I deliberated for 2.5 years before posting my first gig. That's because I couldn't think of any skills. If you already know what skills to sell, that's half the battle. I think your buyer reviews all look good and communication was mentioned as your strong point. I think most "bad" reviews are result of poor communication, which, I don't think you'll have a problem with. 

( @williambryan392, to find a buyer's profile, you need to add the username after "www.fiverr.com/")

56 minutes ago, williambryan392 said:

Your art is crazy good, and your reviews are stunning. Almost 3000 of them, all 5*, apart from 12 4* and 2 3*. Even then the written reviews are all great for the non 5*. Kudos!

I know @zeus777 is amazing! I show @zeus777's artwork to my 9-year-old daughter all the time because she loves to draw and animate and wants to be an artist or animator when she grows up. @zeus777 is a good role model for her.

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51 minutes ago, vickieito said:

The other people that I know don't think highly of Fiverr. So while they think my success on Fiverr nice, they don't understand why I even bother with it. 

18 hours ago, psykkopatte said:

My friends think/thought the same.

They thought it was a bit of a joke when I started around 2 years ago. It kind of was to be honest, but it was the pandemic.

They don't think the same now. They wonder why they're in their corporate jobs doing 60-80 hour weeks.

I think more will come to Fiverr as the economy melts down.

51 minutes ago, vickieito said:

"Mom, don't deprive me of my childhood."

I LOVE THIS.

51 minutes ago, vickieito said:

You should give it a try! I deliberated for 2.5 years before posting my first gig. That's because I couldn't think of any skills. If you already know what skills to sell, that's half the battle. I think your buyer reviews all look good and communication was mentioned as your strong point. I think most "bad" reviews are result of poor communication, which, I don't think you'll have a problem with. 

Again, agree! Just test it. You can always pause the gig if you don't like doing it, and assuming you already have and continue to get other good reviews I'm sure you could handle/absorb one average hit. How did you find @moikchapprofile @vickieito, it's not coming up in Fiverr search or google for me. Weird!

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11 minutes ago, moikchap said:

If it doesn't come up from this link, blame some kind of obscure fiverr bug. (I've found my reviews do or do not show depending which browser I'm in)

Ah great, thanks for helping me do some stalking 🤣

Have you paused your gigs / profile? I can't see your gigs or profile and you don't come up in search.

Oh wait, I'm being an idiot I think, you're solely a buyer and are now considering starting to sell? I thought you were just considering adding new / different gigs!

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2 hours ago, vickieito said:

I think most "bad" reviews are result of poor communication, which, I don't think you'll have a problem with. 

I suppose that's true. I'll need to look around to see if there are any tips for prompting needed details from buyers. A lot of the horror stories on the forums make it feel like its hard to actually get proper engagement.

 

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9 hours ago, zeus777 said:

 

 

It looks like you're doing pretty good, why wouldn't you recommend it? It is your choice of course, but I'm just curious!

 

Maybe is it probably my niche, but I am just tired of buyers who want everything for cheap and get away when I announce a price, no one wants to spend money because they think fiverr is a place where a lot of people work for cheap and accept anything.
80% of my customers are from america, I am from France, they earn way more money than I can earn in this country, but they find too expensive that I work around 10/15€ per hours then those same people are paid even more in their country but they don't want to pay someone same thing for hours of work....
And this, is a big problem, I had to refuse so much things because it's under paid for the amount of hours, my gigs have a lot of impressions and I bet that if everything would be cheap I would have more customers.
This is why I cant wait to finish my studies in 3D creation, find a real employer and close my fiverr account.

 

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My friends think/thought the same.

They thought it was a bit of a joke when I started around 2 years ago. It kind of was to be honest, but it was the pandemic.

They don't think the same now. They wonder why they're in their corporate jobs doing 60-80 hour weeks.

I think more will come to Fiverr as the economy melts down.

Same, it was all about the pandemic when the world was stuck, but I'm very sceptic about this platform and will leave when I'll find a real job

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3 minutes ago, psykkopatte said:

Same, it was all about the pandemic when the world was stuck, but I'm very sceptic about this platform and will leave when I'll find a real job

During the pandemic I had a job for some of it, but no day to day work, so I could do consultancy for very a low price and build a good profile. It wasn't about the money, I just enjoyed doing it and it killed some time. Then when I was level 2 I was able to put my prices up to a semi-respectable level. Since then it's grown further. My view is that right now your goal shouldn't be making money, but building a great profile. You can then increase your prices.

There are decent clients / multi-million (and even billion) dollar companies using Fiverr with big budgets. I really do think, with the right skills, experience and gigs you can make more here than a full time job. It's not certain, nothing is, but it is possible.

I see you work in video, and i know some very successful video sellers here, there's no reason you couldn't be as successful or more so than them!

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2 minutes ago, williambryan392 said:

During the pandemic I had a job for some of it, but no day to day work, so I could do consultancy for very a low price and build a good profile. It wasn't about the money, I just enjoyed doing it and it killed some time. Then when I was level 2 I was able to put my prices up to a semi-respectable level. Since then it's grown further. My view is that right now your goal shouldn't be making money, but building a great profile. You can then increase your prices.

There are decent clients / multi-million (and even billion) dollar companies using Fiverr with big budgets. I really do think, with the right skills, experience and gigs you can make more here than a full time job. It's not certain, nothing is, but it is possible.

I see you work in video, and i know some very successful video sellers here, there's no reason you couldn't be as successful or more so than them!

It was nice for experience when I did my first studies in video production and have a small job aside, I have worked here and outside of fiverr for one famous person, some popular people and average people, I have reached lvl 2 (i just lost it by canceling an order), but when I look at the finality, I have made so much works for cheap and got exploited, I have some orders but I have 0 motivation to make them because I know it won't bring anything, because if I don't do this, all the buyers who message me daily just vanish because it's expensive and don't want to pay.
I have no idea how the others working in my niche can put such high prices and get customers, maybe I don't have a good strategy, maybe I have to self question, probably, I've been saerching for what to do but I don't find, so I see no other solution than finishing my other studies to totally have 4 years studies in video/audio production, find a real employer who will bother with customers, just give me the job without bothering of anything, get my wage per hours and voilà.
Happy ending

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It's because they have the confidence to charge higher prices, and that brings a better kind of customer.

If buyers are willing to pay better prices, why not offer better prices?

Have you considered side-stepping your niche to align more with higher priced buyers? I get the impression YouTube and Twitch designs are mainly low transaction values as the buyers are constrained by budget a lot of the time. I could be wrong as I really don't understand that niche, but do think companies wanting  similar work in a different field will value your skills and time more.

Twitch and youtube are really the worst targets indeed, this is full of persons who aren't very serious and some of them want 3 videos per week and it would be a huge investment especially when those persons aren't popular or famous and that this is just for saving their gameplay and good moments, thing that I can understand totally.
So yes, I should have targeted business, enterprise, music video clip etc but now i'm too busy with my other studies and will start to make 3D modeling job.

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