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How to get buyers now after the buyer's requests are no more?


umargangat

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Hi, Fiverr community, It's been many months since I posted gigs on my Fiverr profile, and I've just been sitting there waiting for someone to buy services from me. Before November, there was an option called "Buyer's Request," and the freelancer would go and send offers to buyers, and you could get noticed that way. But now you just have to wait and wait for someone to show up and buy your gigs. Now it's not possible that a new freelancer can show his work, portfolio, or project that he has done in the past to the clients and still get the work. Buyers will always prefer the old freelancers who have great reviews and have done hundreds of projects instead of someone new on Fiverr who wants to achieve his freelancing goals. Are there any affected freelancers who are desperate to get their first order on Fiverr but can't due to shifts in the rules that are now only affecting new freelancers? Thanks for reading this long paragraph and hoping to get some answers.

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1 hour ago, umargangat said:

uyers will always prefer the old freelancers who have great reviews and have done hundreds of projects instead of someone new on Fiverr who wants to achieve his freelancing goals.

Hey!

If I'm being honest, it definitely makes it harder - but not impossible. Let me explain why (at least, what I think.)

Let's take two writers. One of them will be me with years of experience on Fiverr itself (and off-site) with a decent portfolio (I show it I'm asked to and working on showing it better on my page.) The other person is someone who has been writing for 5-6 years but hasn't freelanced yet, say, they've been blogging for a while. Let's call them B. 

I sell my writing for a certain price point - let's say that it'll be 3 times what B charges (so no, B doesn't have gigs for $5, but they are still priced lower than some of the competitions.) We both sell the same thing, have extensive portfolios, but one of us is pricier.

Who do you think a new buyer who doesn't want to spend a lot of money would choose?

As long as B can PROVE that they are good at what they do (which Fiverr gives us many tools for), they have a good chance to score orders from buyers who just can't afford people who are pricier. IF B has no experience though and their profile shows it (or they mess up their first few orders), well... things won't be good for long. 

Fiverr gives you a few chances when you make new gigs, but it's really on you to get those first few orders. BR was great for that but it was far from flawless. 

Basically, the point is for you to find a way to showcase your experience in a way that works! I think you can have several gigs images, sometimes PDFs, etc. - so it should be easy enough. It's all up to newbies from this, basically. 

 

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22 minutes ago, katakatica said:

Hey!

If I'm being honest, it definitely makes it harder - but not impossible. Let me explain why (at least, what I think.)

Let's take two writers. One of them will be me with years of experience on Fiverr itself (and off-site) with a decent portfolio (I show it I'm asked to and working on showing it better on my page.) The other person is someone who has been writing for 5-6 years but hasn't freelanced yet, say, they've been blogging for a while. Let's call them B. 

I sell my writing for a certain price point - let's say that it'll be 3 times what B charges (so no, B doesn't have gigs for $5, but they are still priced lower than some of the competitions.) We both sell the same thing, have extensive portfolios, but one of us is pricier.

Who do you think a new buyer who doesn't want to spend a lot of money would choose?

As long as B can PROVE that they are good at what they do (which Fiverr gives us many tools for), they have a good chance to score orders from buyers who just can't afford people who are pricier. IF B has no experience though and their profile shows it (or they mess up their first few orders), well... things won't be good for long. 

Fiverr gives you a few chances when you make new gigs, but it's really on you to get those first few orders. BR was great for that but it was far from flawless. 

Basically, the point is for you to find a way to showcase your experience in a way that works! I think you can have several gigs images, sometimes PDFs, etc. - so it should be easy enough. It's all up to newbies from this, basically. 

 

You described it very well. In the last line, you wrote that a new freelancer has to find a way to showcase their experience. As far as I know, Fiverr gives a newbie only 3 images and 1 pdf to show per gig, which I think for some niches is too low to showcase your experience. 

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1 hour ago, umargangat said:

As far as I know, Fiverr gives a newbie only 3 images and 1 pdf to show per gig, which I think for some niches is too low to showcase your experience.

Hm, I see where you're coming from, but I do think there's efficient ways to use all those (I never used them all and still got orders though of course I did start during the time competition wasn't so tight.) Say,  for example as an artist, making the second and third images into collages of what you've made (in a way you can see them all) or as a writer, showing off all the genres in the PDF could work. I'm sure that the same can be done if you work with other things, you just need to be creative! Of course, it's not ideal, but as a buyer myself I do understand why - people often won't look at 20-30 images. They'll judge you based off the first thing they see or maybe the second. The point is that I think if you know how to market yourself (which as a freelancer should be something you learn) it's much easier.

 

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