What better way to celebrate Father’s Day on Fiverr than to post an interview with a top rated seller Michael C., who lives in Portland, Ore., and just happens to be a terrific dad. Michael, whose Fiverr handle is Soulmanpro, is thriving in the Gig Economy, doing what he loves to do while achieving financial freedom. And for Michael’s family, this has made all the difference.
How you came to Fiverr is a great story. Can you share it with us?
When my third child, Kylie, was born with Cerebral Palsy and other medical issues, I realized I needed to do something that would allow me to work at home. I created an Internet startup BirthdaySHOUT, which helps business professionals communicate with their clients in a fun and personal way, but soon found that an Internet business is a challenge to build and a bigger challenge to market. About a year ago, I saw the Jeff Probst show and heard about Fiverr.com They had Professor Puppet on and a guy who makes decisions for you. I thought, “This is for me!” I’ve been selling for eight months now. My Gigs include voiceover work, jingles and personalized video birthday greetings.
Tell us about your adorable daughter.
She’s five and doesn’t use words yet. She has limited use of her right arm and uses a walker to get around, but she loves new experiences and going places. Her name is Kylie, which means “Boomerang.” We say she’s going to come around like a boomerang and learn to walk, talk, and use her right arm. Just like a boomerang looks like it might never come to you, Kylie may not make the progress we want at the moment we want it, but we have no doubt she will “do it all” in her own time.
How do you balance being such a dedicated father and running your Fiverr Gigs?
I have a garage studio, so I can complete Fiverr jobs at any time. A perfect example of how Fiverr helps our family is the days that Kylie has a therapy appointment at the same time our boys need to be picked up from school. I can accommodate these types of situations because Fiverr lets me work from home.
What’s your favorite part of being a dad?
Influencing my kids to pursue a passion they have rather than simply a paycheck. The paycheck will come if you find your passion.
What’s your advice to other fathers?
Embrace all the facets of your relationship with your kids, the highs and the lows. Family isn’t about things being perfect. It’s about celebrating and remembering the highs and trying to solve and communicate through the lows. With this approach, you can teach your kids to overcome many of the relationship obstacles they will face and to be better parents to their own kids in the future.
Is there anything else you’d like to share with us?
Our family has benefited in so many ways from me being a seller on Fiverr. In addition to the money and working from home, my kids get to see their dad doing what he loves while supporting the family. Watching me be creative has inspired my boys to think big and out of the box. Ezekiel, who is 10, has even talked about ideas for Gigs on Fiverr. Give him a few years and you may see his name on your seller list!
With more than 1.5 million dedicated new entrepreneurs on Fiverr, we know there are many inspirational stories about how the Fiverr-fueled Gig Economy is making it possible for you to transform your careers and live your dreams. If you have an interesting story to tell, please share it with the community as a comment to this blog post.
Happy Father’s Day!