6 Things I Wish I Knew before Selling on Fiverr
Freelancing is a great way to make a living. You can work from home and you can pick the hours that you want to work. Fiverr is one of the best platforms that you can work as a freelancer. I started Fiverr in 2016. But starting was a bit of a struggle. So here are 6 things I wish I knew before selling on Fiverr.
In this article I’m not going to talk about how to get your first sale or how to improve your Fiverr gigs. If you want to learn those, you can read the following articles.
Unique Tips to increase Fiverr Sales
Why are you not getting orders
How to rank your Fiverr gig on the First Page
When I first started Fiverr I knew nothing about the platform. Even though I worked as a freelancer before Fiverr module was very different. When I was working with Upwork or Freelancer I didn’t have the opportunity to list my services. Freelancers always have to chase after the buyer. So I had to learn these things in the hard way with the experience. But if I knew these 6 things before I start selling on Fiverr, life would be much easier.
1. Your time and skill worth more
Most freelancers think that they will get more sales if they lower their rates. This is not necessarily true. Most buyers doesn’t care about the price if you provide high quality services. So if your selling point is the ‘QUALITY’ then you will get sales even if your rates are higher than your competition. In fact, some buyers may not buy from you if your rates are too low.
There are few number of people who are prioritize price over quality, in that case you are better off without those type of buyers. They can be a real pain.
Some may ask why would they pay $200, $300 for something you have done within 30 minutes, But you spent 3-4 years learning those skills.
I’m not telling you to overprice your services. You will not be able to sell anything if your prices are unreasonable. So be smart about it, don’t price too low nor too high.
2. A happy customer can take you a long way.
You need to keep your customers happy. Everyone knows that. They will return for more, they will leave good reviews and they will tell others about your services.
But it is more than that. If you can get 10 happy customers per month, it will be 120 happy customers by the end of the year. This is huge. You are creating this huge customer network. Each will tell about your services to others which will bring more and more customers for your gigs.
So always treat your customer better, try to make them happy you will never know when a $5 order turns to a $100 order.
3. You don’t need to sell to everyone
Fiverr get 3.42 million buyers each year. So you don’t need to cater your services to everyone. You only need a small portion of it. If you are not 100% confidant and 100% satisfy with the buyer, don’t chase after their order. You will always get other orders.
So don’t try to get every single order that you can grab. If you couldn’t satisfy the buyer it will negatively impact your whole profile as a seller.
Do the order that you are really comfortable and confidant. Otherwise tell them you are not the right fit for their project. It’s better to lose money that getting a bad reputation.
4. Not everyone is trustworthy
This is the most frustrating thing new sellers have to face. Not everyone has good intentions. Some buyers will try to scam sellers, especially new once. They will ask you to deliver the project without placing an order or they will ask you to work outside Fiverr. There are so many ways that they will try to scam you, a seller. So don’t trust people easily.
If you want to learn more read this article about Most common Fiverr scams by buyers.
I sure wish I knew these ‘6 things I wish I knew before selling on Fiverr’ back then. Got scammed myself few times.
5. A bad review is not the end
If you get a bad review don’t get discouraged and demotivated. It’s not the end of the world. Focus more on your product quality and customer services, eventually that single bad review will be covered with good positive reviews. So getting a bad review is just fine. We cannot satisfy every single customer.
But if you keep getting more and more bad reviews, you must do something about it. Too many bad reviews are not good for your profile. if your ratings dropped from 5 to 4.9 or 4.7 is just fine. But if it dropped from 5 to 3 or 2 is not good.
Then you must take an action. Try to find the mistakes you make and improve yourself. But always remember bad reviews are not the end of your Fiverr career.
6. Fiverr is here to stay
What should I know before using Fiverr? So this is the biggest concern I had when I first start Fiverr. Is it worth investing my skills and time on Fiverr. Is it going to stay for a long time.
I wish I knew this before but Fiverr is here to stay for a long long time to come. Platform is still growing now they have reached over 3.42 million annual buyers and more and more freelancers are joining the platform.
So Fiverr isn’t going anywhere. Don’t be afraid to invest your energy and time to this platform, you can still be successful on Fiverr and you can still make a good income.
So these are the 6 things I wish I knew before selling on Fiverr. Learn from my mistakes, educate yourself about Fiverr and pick right service categories for yourself. You too can become a successful seller. Good Luck!
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Mawan Lakshan Aluvihare is a software engineer, social media marketer and an online entrepreneur in Sri Lanka. He completed his bachelor's degree in Interactive Media at Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology in 2014. He is a level 2 seller on Fiverr, a successful dropshipper and the owner of redwolfTAG Solution, a web development company in Sri Lanka.