One of the main problems that new freelancers are facing is getting their first Fiverr order! And if you have read my Fiverr Pros and Cons review and you have jumped on the freelancing wagon – congratulations! You are in the right place!
In today’s guide, I will show you how to optimize your profile and set up your social accounts towards freelancing success and that FIRST order:
Let’s begin with the basics – your profile! Something that works for me both as a buyer and seller is seeing the person and connecting with them.
Add your picture, name, and story. Remember that most often, emotions sell – so make your biography relatable but also professional. List your skills, qualifications, and diplomas.
Think of your gig description as the book blurb – you need to shine there!
To get your first Fiverr Order, you must really put a lot of effort into your Gig descriptions. And explain HOW you can solve the client’s problems.
A few good things to include in the description are:
- Description of what you offer
- Why customers need your service
- What can they achieve/get from your service
- What is your USP (unique selling point) or what makes you different from the rest
Make sure to use well-structured paragraphs and bullet points when listing benefits. To make your statements stand, you can also use the highlight and bold font features.
Don’t forget to check for any spelling errors!
Keep Your Social Media Presence
The next and probably one of the most important tips is to keep your social media presence – present.
Do you need to be on Instagram as a Freelancer? The answer is pretty simple – YES!!! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Nowadays, every brand, be it personal or multinational, need to have a social media presence.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Being on Instagram allows you to build credibility, meet with prospects, and promote your services and portfolio. But something that really speaks to me is that you get the chance to be PRESENT. When you’re on Instagram, people can see your face, read your story, see your expertise – get to know the real you. This way, your potential customers can easily connect with you and humanize you (you are not anymore, just a disposable service provider). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
But why Instagram?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
As of 2020, Instagram has almost 1 billion ACTIVE users. And it is gaining SO much popularity among brands looking to get additional help and outsource some of their tasks to freelancers.
And this is why Instagram makes the perfect platform to connect with your target audience, network with others, and build a loyal community. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
My experience with Instagram
I created my Instagram account back in July 2020. In the beginning, I had no idea what I was doing. All I knew was that I wanted to be out there – show my expertise, motivate others, and learn from my fellow freelancers. I didn’t immediately think of finding customers or directly using it as my portfolio. TBH, I am not promoting my services on the Gram yet, but I’ve had clients directly from it!
I am using my Instagram as my creative portfolio (perfect for my social media captions service) and share value with my audience!
I know that Pinterest is not the most popular platform for freelancers, but it doesn’t mean that it’s not useful!
With Pinterest, you can drive traffic to your Fiverr account, blog, or other social channels. You can start creating pins that are attractive and relevant to your audience.
But why Pinterest?
As of 2020, Pinterest has 335 million ACTIVE users, and more and more people are creating profiles and browsing for ideas, recipes, services, and tools.
Think of Pinterest as a visual search engine rather than “social” media. In fact, there are more than 2 billion searches on Pinterest per month!
My experience with Pinterest:
I have recently started utilizing Pinterest, and let me tell you – my blog traffic has increased, I am getting a lot of hits on Instagram, and I even had a client messaging me from Pinterest!
However, mastering Pinterest is not easy. The platform is ever-changing, with new features and algorithms being pushed.
However, what helped me grasp all-Pinterest quickly are the following two courses:
The Pinterest for new bloggers FREE email course really helped me get on the good side of Pinterest.
It features how to optimize your profile, drive traffic to your blog (more on that later), get Pinterest followers, and convert your pins into lead magnets.
The second Pinterest lifesaver course was Pinterest From P to T. This is the ultimate course for you if you want to learn how to drive traffic, increase your engagement rates, and convert visitors into paying clients.
Although the following two courses are meant for bloggers, they still can be applied for Fiverr even if you don’t have a website. And if you have a blog, they will really help you kickstart your freelancing journey!
Facebook is another way to find clients and link them to your gigs. I have seen many successful freelancers utilize Facebook as a gateway between them and their clients.
But why Facebook?
There are 2.45 billion active users on Facebook, and that is every month! Imagine if just a tiny fraction is exposed to your offers…
How to use Facebook to get new clients?
With Facebook, you can create a business account/page and list your services on there. However, what the best thing about the platform is, are the Facebook groups. And trust me, there are groups for everything.
You can join relevant groups that will be interested in your services. For example, if you’re a copywriter, you can join suitable entrepreneurs groups or blogging groups.
Just remember to not pitch your services unsolicited because you might get kicked from the group!
I believe that every entrepreneur, freelancer, or personal brand MUST have space only for themselves.
With a website to back your claims, you will always look more professional and trustworthy. You can also show your portfolio and samples. Besides, it is an extra traffic and recognition to you and your services!
One of the greatest benefits of having a website is that once you gain fame on Fiverr – you can start converting your clients to start ordering through your website and omit that nasty 20% fee on each order.
One feature of Fiverr that not many freelancers know is the buyer requests section. In this section, buyers often place their requests and requirements for a project that they want to be done. You, as a freelancer, can pitch them with your offer and price.
However, to be completely honest with you – I have never really utilized them or had any luck with the requests. You will often see buyers asking ridiculously a lot for a few dollars, which is literally a cruel joke to any self-esteem.
To stay competitive with your competitors and not sell your services for dimes, you need to constantly upskill yourself. Start learning new skills relevant to your services and add them to your profile and gig description.
If you need more help to take Fiverr to the next level, I highly recommend the How To Make Money On Fiverr course. The course is designed to teach you how to start earning on Fiverr big time and even resell cheap services to high-value enterprises!
Start with three or more services
Want to know the secret to getting your first Fiverr order? Offering as many services as possible. Because – more services increase your chance of being seen = higher chance people to order from you.
Forget about creating the same service with a different name over and over again! Instead, create similar services that provide a different value.
Let’s assume you’re a great copywriter with SEO knowledge; your gigs can be:
|I will write SEO articles that convert|
|I will edit and optimize your articles|
|I will write [press release, landing page, website pages, etc.] you name it|
Each of these topics/gigs is in the same niche but provides different value to customers – so make sure to diversify your gigs!
And if you’re an aspiring copywriter, I recommend you to look into Starting A Freelance Copywriting Business course that teaches you from A to Z how to find paying clients, create an amazing portfolio that sells, and how to become an exceptional writer!
Start implementing some of these strategies, and you will be on your way towards your first Fiverr order!
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