I have decided that it is time to get transparent about my relationship with Fiverr. This is a journey that started in 2012, and I have had a love, hate, love, hate, hate, love and now committed relationship with Fiverr over the past 7 years.
Let’s just call it a “master and slave” relationship, with a pseudo recently added “out of office” safe word. I literally refer to it as being a “slave” to Fiverr, but luckily, I can now name my own price. Fiverr has been everything from a thorn in my side to my savior and everything in-between. Luckily, I have learned to harness control and make it work for me, after years of trial and error. Even this still evolves.
That being said, I have earned almost $22,000 YTD as of November 11, 2019. Fiverr has earned exactly $4392 off little ol’ me, YTD. I know, I keep a spreadsheet.
Of course, I am crafting ways to lower those fees through the introduction of my own website and really pushing their affiliate program. This is a new experiment I have just started mid-2019 and I will share more on that in a future post.
The $22K above represents approximately 180 hours of work at about $122 per hour. I have completed 104 orders YTD and each order takes me 1.5 to 2 hours, on average. Working just 20 hours a week would more than replace the salary at my current full-time job. Why don’t I go ahead and do that, you ask? Well, I am not particularly fond of pulling all of my “income eggs” out of one basket based on past experience and reality. Let’s call it fear.
I am actually working on a failsafe solution for just that. Again, future post.
Could I make more? Absolutely. I do work through Fiverr outside of my regular full-time job. I turn down work frequently, I go “out of office” for a couple weeks to a month here and there. If my workload is heavy at my day job, I pull the Fiverr floodgates back a bit by only offering one service. I try not to kill myself.
I did kill myself a little earlier in the year when I had a push savings goal of $15K in 3 months (which I succeeded). Lets just say that I wouldn’t have been able to purchase my home without Fiverr. I will have another push goal in early 2020 to pay off my car, of which I will share the details when the time comes.
So what is it I actually do through Fiverr? Well, I offer digital marketing services, mostly PPC through their pro seller program. PPC is a service that most businesses need and yet always get hosed on. Since this is an industry I have been in since 2001 and have a lot of experience, it is easy for me. I do a thorough job for each client, very quickly, and have exceptional reviews.
I am not desperate for orders (in fact, I wish I could be more selective), so I don’t BS anyone or try and sell people upgrades or services they don’t need. If I don’t think my services are good for their business, I tell them. I don’t know why, but they are always shocked by my honesty. The true honesty is that I don’t want to waste their, or infinitely more important, my time for something that I won’t be proud of or won’t do their business a service.
There are many tricks to working through Fiverr. Navigating their rating system, staying on top of their algorithms (such as having an 85% response rate when you actually responded to everyone) and keeping everything clean. Fiverr isn’t perfect, and as a seller, you must stay on top of it. If anyone reading this is interested in that topic, let me know in the comments and I will share some of these details and scenarios.
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