You might remember that I took part in a Fiverr gig competition last year. (That sounds like so long ago – it actually just ended this past Thursday!) I was part of the Lifestyle blogger team and we all came up with gigs to offer on Fiverr. I had hired on Fiverr before, but never offered my own services, so this was new to me.
I came up with the idea to offer proofreading services and actually learned a few things from my experience. As with most things, the view from one side is a bit different than the view from the other. (Remind me sometime to tell you all about the things I would do differently as a teacher now that I have had the experience of being a parent to a student!)
All in all, I loved the opportunity to be a Fiverr seller. It’s such a great way for moms – or anyone really – to build a business from home. The internet has been such a game changer when it comes to people being able to offer services and build a business on their own terms and Fiverr makes it even easier by supplying a platform and audience for just that.
So what did I learn from my experience selling on Fiverr?
- Feedback matters. Mostly to the person getting the feedback, but it does matter. I had two customers during the same week. One left pretty extensive feedback and the other never acknowledged even receiving the completed project. I’m assuming if the second hadn’t been happy with my work, I would have gotten some feedback, probably negative. But it did kind of leave me wondering if he was less than impressed or if I had done something wrong. From now on, I will be leaving positive feedback for the Fiverr gigs I buy and am happy with because I know how helpful it is to the merchant!
- It can be hard to stand out in the crowd. There are a lot of other proofreaders on Fiverr and I felt like my gig kind of got lost in the crowd. If I were going to make a go of being a professional proofreader on Fiverr, I would definitely have to find a way to make myself stand out.
- The platform you are on matters. Being a busy mom, blogger, vlogger, business owner, and consultant means I have a lot of different projects going on at any one time. It would have been really easy to lose track of what was going on with the proofreading gig and miss a deadline. The Fiverr platform is not only really easy to set up, it also helps you keep track of what needs to be done and when. It really does set you up for success!
I really loved my experience with Fiverr and plan to leave my proofreading gig up a little longer to see what happens with it. If you are looking to give Fiverr a try, you can use coupon code FIVERRHUSTLE to get a free gig! And if you need something proofread, I *might* just know someone who can do that for you…
This experience was part of a compensated partnership with Fiverr. All opinions and observations are my own.