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Top 10 Tips to Stand Out and Sell Your First Gig on Fiverr

Fiverr is a great place to offer your services. Just because a basic gig only costs $5, that doesn’t mean you can’t make money. When I started selling on Fiverr 2 1/2 years ago I was lucky to get my first client within 24 hours, but it wasn’t really luck, it was by design because I used the steps below to ensure that I stood out from the crowd.

Top 10 Tips

  1. Figure out what everyone else is selling in your niche. If you’re a writer and everyone is selling 350 words for one gig, go above that and offer four hundred words for one gig.
  2. Offer a 24 hour turnaround — this was probably my biggest help in securing gigs right away.
  3. Copy the bestsellers! What are they offering? What things do they say in their gig description? It’s okay to use their gigs as a model.
  4. Create attractive images. There are plenty of places online to get free images, and you can use a simple editor like PicMonkey to add text to your images.
  5. As a new seller, you obviously don’t have any feedback. So it’s best to utilize those extra images Fiverr allows to post samples of your work. If you’re offering photo editing go ahead and edit some photos and upload them so others can see your work. Your samples do not have to be orders you’ve already complete on Fiverr.
  6. Pick easy gigs when you’re just getting started. Don’t go after anything too complicated. Pick something that’s got a really easy turnaround time.
  7. Proofread, proofread, proofread! I don’t know how many times I’ve come across a gig that seems awesome just to see mistake after mistake. This is especially important if you’re offering a gig that involves perfection. If you’re offering a writing gig, who’s going to order your gig if you have several mistakes in your description? After you have written and reread (and reread again) your description, send it to several friends to have them read it before you hit publish.
  8. Anytime someone sends you a private message and asks for clarification, take that response and incorporate it into your gig description, because chances are if something isn’t clear to someone, there’s others who are having a hard time understanding you as well.
  9. Continue adding new gigs regularly. If at all possible, use the maximum amount of gigs you are allowed to post.
  10. Take advantage of those gig extras! With a writing gig that offers 300 words for $5, you can offer 500 words for $10 or 750 words for $15. Also be sure to offer an option for a quick turnaround. It’s not uncommon that someone will pay you an extra $20, or more, just to get something delivered within 24 hours.

Fiverr Gig Ideas

  • Writing
  • Editing
  • Picture editing
  • Beta testing
  • Graphic designer
  • Website development
  • etc.

The opportunities are limitless. Spend some time scrolling through Fiverr and seeing what others offer and how you can go a step further and offer something even better. Here is a great discussion and tips form other sellers on Fiverr.

Are you a seller on Fiverr? What tips would you share with someone just starting out?

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  • July 15, 2015

Offer Discounted Prices While Learning New Skills

If you are in the business of serving others, then chances are good you’ll have a client who needs help with something you may not yet have a lot of experience with. It is possible to continue learning new skills while building your business and making a living.

One great thing to do you when you come across a client who needs something that you know you can do but you don’t have much experience with, is to offer them a discount while you work. I like to offer a huge discount and charge about $10 an hour which will put some money in my pocket while I get to learn something new, and then next time — I can easily triple my cost.

I did this many years ago when I was learning how to create websites. I offered huge discounts at $10 an hour and I was able to learn how to work with WordPress and build websites.

You would be able to do this with just about anything!

Some ideas:

  • Managing social media
  • Proofreading, I would only recommend small jobs done at a huge discount here
  • Website design
  • Graphic Design
  • eBook formatting
  • Discounted or free consultations
  • Anything you can think of…

It doesn’t really matter what services you’re providing, when you offer a huge discount it not only helps somebody who may not have the budget to hire an experienced individual, but it’s going to gain you experience under your belt which means that next time you’re going to be able to charge a lot more.

A word of caution! Don’t over promise, and don’t take on more than you can realistically handle. If it’s a project that you have no idea how to even get started, then PASS! Your clients will respect you more if you say that it is something you cannot do then to waste their time and money.

Really what’s better than gaining new skills, new experiences, and getting paid a little cash as well?!

Offer Discounted Prices While Learning New Skills

  • July 1, 2015

Dragon Dictation Saves Time

I really love using Dragon Dictation. It has been such a huge time saver for me!

This post was drafted with Dragon Dictation.

Whenever my hands are busy (I’m holding a baby!) or it’s just not a great time to write, I pull out my iPhone and I start talking into the Dragon Dictation app.

It’s really as simple as that.

The app can only record up to 60 seconds at once, so every 60 seconds it does stop recording and processes your speech. But then you can just hit record again and continue talking. This actually works well for me because it helps keep me focused. Sometimes when I talk I go down a lot of rabbit trails, by stopping every 60 seconds it gives me a few seconds to catch my breath, think about what I just said, and to continue on track.

There is a handy Command Quick Sheet for all the commands that Dragon Dictation uses, but I’m really quite simple and I hardly ever even use punctuation commands, although I do use new paragraph a lot, because it helps me to space out my text so that it’s easier to edit.

Once I’m done talking, I simply press done and then I email the text to myself — I actually email it to my Evernote email address so that it goes straight into my Evernote inbox and then from there I can edit it and then copy and paste it into WordPress and my brand new blog post is ready to publish.

What is one tool that saves you time?

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  • June 24, 2015
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