I occasionally share my tips, advice and strategies on leveraging Fiverr as a side-hustle on Quora. Here I answer a commonly asked question, How do I get my first client on Fiverr?
I started freelancing right after I left my job in December 2015 and started pitching for jobs on Fiverr, January 2016.
After being intentional about earning on Fiverr, which meant providing gigs that are of value and needed by clients, I pitched for jobs daily. Pitching for jobs on Fiverr is a great way for your gigs to be seen.
When starting out, be mindful of clients requesting sample work for free - I would suggest negotiating with them by proving your service at a cost.
I received my first gig order within three (3) days of pitching for jobs, which was a writing gig for an adult entertainment site, which I took - note, be very clear of the type of work you are willing to do - set standards for yourself in terms of cost etc.! While I took the job, I wasn’t comfortable doing it and eventually stopped.
In my first month, I earned $64 by creating articles and curating data via internet research. While the revenue was low, I had returning clients and also learned how to improve the value I provided for $5 and the art of custom offers and upselling.
And while the first month’s revenue was low, it proved that I was doing something right that had clients reaching out to me and ordering my gigs.
Everything is a learning process, so I here are 5 things to help you get your first gig on Fiverr:
- Just Start - First identify what you are great at. The question you should ask yourself is “What are my strengths?”. What are you great at that not only people will pay you for but is in demand. Fiverr is a great platform for leveraging your skills and earning from it! As a student or professional, I am sure you have garnered great skills which may serve as valuable to others, brainstorm these skills and seek to create something that is unique but in demand. Your first gig offer won't be perfect, so you can make tweaks along the way.
- Provide gigs that are of value - Don’t just do anything for the money. Spend time to identify the gaps and needs within the market. Right now, graphic designing, social media, marketing and project management are highly requested gigs.
- Be creative in a saturated market - How can you stand out? What skills or knowledge do you have that others don’t? How can you enhance the experience within the current market? Think creatively and try different strategies to help you stand out.
- Be consistent - Consistency is key! If you are just starting out, pitch every day! Use all the 10 credits available to you - remember, you want people to know your gig exist.
- Promote yourself - A mistake I made is, I didn’t promote myself. I didn’t share my gig with others or via social media and other channels. Learn from my mistake, create your gigs and promote yourself! Share it via your social media and mailing list - let people know what you are doing. I have learnt there is no shame in self-marketing - but remember, you will be expected to deliver!
Some of my greatest challenges in the beginning were
- Pitching for gigs
- Marketing my gigs
- Pricing my gigs - especially custom offers
- Setting realistic deadlines - I would underestimate the time and often feel overwhelmed and burned out - in my first offer, I promised to deliver within a day which was insane because realistically I couldn’t; and
- Optimizing my gigs.
Over time I improved many of these things and is still learning but never stop going.
Hope this helps.