3 Things I Learned and My Total Earned From 1 Week On Fiverr
A little over a week ago, I decided to try my hand at selling blog posts on Fiverr. I also offer a Medium profile review service that helps optimize for engagement and curation, based on my own experiences.
I wanted to try out Fiverr because I was intrigued after learning about a young woman making $378K/year on the platform. Although I do not think I will be on her level anytime soon, a couple of hundred dollars extra each month would be a welcome income stream. Here’s how my first week on Fiverr went.
How many people reached out
Person #1: Most people don’t want to risk being the first person to order from an unproven seller. Because of this, I had my closest friend place the first order, wrote him a blog post, and he gave me an excellent review. As I charged $5 and Fiverr takes 20%, I earned $4. He did not wish to be repaid, though I offered multiple times.
Person #2: The second person who reached out came directly from my previous article:
I’ll Write You a 500-word Article for $5 On Fiverr
I have 1K followers — this is not a money grab
They were confident in my abilities, gave me a topic to write about within my niches, and it went very smoothly. They did not request any revisions and gave a 5-star review. $4 earned. Very pleasant to work with.
Person #3: This was another Medium user who asked me about my gig which offers a review of your Medium profile. As someone who struggled with curation for months and knows a great way out of curation jail along with other profile optimization methods, I have excellent tips for people making less than $100/month. Although I was only charging $5 at the time, they did not think the review was worth it and we parted ways. They remained very polite. $0 earned.
Person #4: This was my first Fiverr user who found me through the platform. They wanted to hire me at a rate of $0.01 cent per word for multiple, 2,000-word articles that required extensive research. Granted my rate at the time was $0.01, but it was for articles within my niche requiring no research. The articles were also 500 words by default, but I gave the option to upgrade the word count for a steeper price, which he did not want to do. They were very pleasant about the whole discussion and we remained on good terms after I declined. Potential.
Person #5: Another Medium user found me from my previous Fiverr post and was straightforward about their request. I finished their article and they did not request any revisions. Wonderful to work with. 5-star review, $4 earned.
At this point, I had three, 5-star reviews and felt I could increase my prices. I increased to $15, which is still quite low for me. As I stated in my previous article, if I marketed these posts under my own name, I would earn approximately $45 per post across multiple platforms. Still, I want to use a slow-rise approach so that my services are affordable for Medium users.
After this price increase, I received a comment on my original article asking for clarification about the price change. I understand the title of the old article does not reflect my current prices, so I went back and added a disclaimer to that article. I did not receive any orders until a couple of days after the price hike.
Person #6: I gave them a discount of $5 as they came from my Medium post. I charged $10, and they requested a revision, which wasn’t too difficult. This person was very detailed in their revision request, which made it easier to provide what they wanted. They were very kind and pleasant to talk with. 5-star review, $8 earned.
Person #7: This Medium user requested a longer article and asked what my rate for it would be. They were very generous to offer such an article. These are exactly the type of projects I am hoping to gain in the future to further legitimize Fiverr as an income stream. However, when I started out I decided that I did not want to start large projects without working with those clients on smaller projects first. I believe this approach will help prevent costly misunderstandings. I hope to work with this client on a 500-word blog post in the future. Potential.
[P.S., I will never say who my clients are! It’s called ghostwriting for a reason. They own the articles — forever.]
What I’ve learned about Fiverr thus far
Everyone messages the seller before ordering, which is extremely helpful. As I am a niche writer both in style and topic, I do not want someone purchasing an engineering article from me for $5. We would both be sorely disappointed. I do state in my description the article should be common knowledge or related to my areas of expertise [freelancing, personal finance, writing, minimalism, etc.], but not everyone reads descriptions thoroughly.
This one is obvious, but having an audience to offer your services to is crucial. All of my paying clients this week have found me through my Fiverr article I wrote here on Medium. The one person who found me through Fiverr did not read my gig description, wanted more than I could sustainably provide, and did not make a purchase. 100% of my sales are thanks to the Medium community.
The last thing I learned is that people are not willing to spend money to learn. People do not want to invest money in themselves. I was quite surprised no one bought my Medium profile review gig. If you are not being curated and need help escaping curation jail or aren’t getting into bigger publications, a review of your profile by someone who does not have those problems would be beneficial. The money spent would be earned back in no time and give the buyer a leg up in the future.
I understand the reasoning of people who do not pay to learn. I would love to learn another language, but I don’t pay for a tutor or online courses because it feels like a waste of money when I could use free learning options. Do we ever fully commit to using free resources, though? Maybe that’s why I’m not very good at Spanish.
Overall, I earned $20 this week from Fiverr. I suspect two of the clients I mentioned will be ordering from me again in the near future, and I certainly hope some of the others will, too.
From my results this week, I definitely see Fiverr as a worthwhile venture. It is a great way to build long-term working relationships and seek out people who have never come across your work before. I do believe writing posts like these on Medium gave me a leg up that most Fiverr sellers do not start with. If you want to start writing on Fiverr, read my previous article on how I prepared to start selling my gigs. It should help you out.
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