Astrid Is Building a Successful Online Business, Against All Odds #SuperSeller

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Astrid, known on Fiverr as Astridyoung, is a professional touring musician and a wine professional. When the pain from a spinal deformity ended her career, Fiverr helped her find hope; renewed her passion for art, artistry and entrepreneurship; and gave her a newfound faith in humanity. Here is her story.

Most of my professional life was spent in cars, lugging heavy equipment and cases of wine. It’s fast-paced physical work. I had been living with a spinal deformity for many years but until last year I was able to control my pain and mobility issues with exercise and mindfulness about my limitations.

Twice in 2014, however, I sustained injuries to my back to the point where I couldn’t even walk. After many trips to the ER and trying to “work around” my issues, I had to face the reality that I wasn’t going to be able to earn a living in the same way.

Astrid, known on Fiverr as Astridyoung

Finding an Alternative Revenue Source

I spent about three months in a frenzy trying to find out what my options were, both medically and with regard to work. Disability wasn’t an option. Being self-employed, I had never paid into such a program. Things were looking pretty grim. Then I remembered about Fiverr. I had heard about it from a music business colleague and had signed up some months earlier with the intention of purchasing services for my own edification, but now I came back to it with a different perspective and spent a couple of days browsing the endless categories, searching for something that spoke to me.

I have a background as a writer and have had a book published (it was actually a best seller in Canada) so writing seemed like a no-brainer. I set up a couple of Gigs® just as an experiment and almost immediately started getting orders.

Finding my Niche

One of the Gigs I set up was directed towards musicians like me, creative individuals who might be in need of a bio. The sheer volume of requests I got was incredible – and it was really inspiring in so many ways. I started to focus less on my own predicament and more on the talent that was coming across my desk. It got to the point where I was far more interested in what other artists were up to than what I was up to myself, and in a way it re-established my love for great art and my admiration for the passionate people who make it.

My second Gig was more focused on web content, and between the two Gigs, I’ve had the pleasure of working with smart, driven, talented people from almost every industry: architects, travel sites, clothing designers, web developers, engineers, artisans, photographers, digital artists – people whose work can literally take your breath away – all entrepreneurs, all of them inspirational in their own way.

Fiverr Helped Me Develop and Build up My Confidence

In becoming a seller on Fiverr, I went from a place of absolute despair to finding a market for talents I already had. Even more than providing an income for me, Fiverr helped me develop and build up my confidence. My work continues to improve, and I am still passionate about the people I get to work with and the people and subjects I get to write about. About 90 percent of my business is now repeat, and I love that I have been able to develop meaningful working relationships with people whose loyalty is as much of an inspiration as they are themselves.

Case in point: after a year and a half of doctors, specialists, physiotherapy, medications, and treatments of all kinds, I was finally able to connect with a doctor who had a plan to fix my back.

It Wasn’t Going to be Easy

To straighten out the 60 degree curvature in my spine, remove all the arthritis and get me walking upright again, they would have to fuse my spine from T9 to S1 – basically my entire lumbar region plus a couple vertebrae on either side of it. I was in hospital for eight days and am expecting to be in recovery for up to six months. I am doing better now, but still have a great deal of sciatica, numbness and nerve pain as everything settles. I’m on a ton of drugs, but things are getting better every day.

Before the surgery, I notified all my best buyers on Fiverr that I would be offline and did not have an estimated return date. I made it clear that I did not want to stop any of them from looking for another seller, but they were not only patient enough to wait until I was well enough to work again, but also are now making a concerted effort to help me ease back into things at a pace that works for me. This has given me a newfound faith in humanity, and I feel so blessed on so many levels.

I Have No Intention of Going Back to My Previous Life

This experience has been nothing short of an epiphany for me. When I’m able to take on more work, I hope to add more services, but for now I’m going to go with the flow. Thank you Fiverr!

Join us in congratulating Astrid in the comments below. If you have a story you’d like to share, email us at community@fiverr.com.

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Hannah Curran
Hannah Curran is Fiverr's Social Media and Content Manager. Originally from Connecticut, she lives in California and works out of our San Francisco office. Have an idea for the Fiverr blog? Connect with her on LinkedIn.
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dmitryalehin
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dmitryalehin

Cool. Good luck to us all. Lol

Michael
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May God heal you completely and congratulations of having a way with via Fiverr

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logo_business

Great story and so many congratulations Astrid!

Danilo
logo_business | Super Seller and Ambassador on Fiverr

csurma63
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I really enjoyed your story! I wish you well in your journey to a full recovery.

henriklm
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nice story

cwhaley
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Hey, Astrid! What a total surprise to see your face pop up in a Fiverr email. I read the story, and understand now why I haven’t seen any announcements of music gigs lately. I hope your recovery goes well.

I signed up with Fiverr years ago, but haven’t done much with it yet. I’ve been sceptical, I guess. But you’ve inspired me to give it another look.

…Charles P. Whaley, Astrid Young Fan Extraordinaire

donevirgorick
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donevirgorick

I wish you speedy recovery in Jesus name

artisttreeinc
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artisttreeinc

Great job on your rebranding yourself on fiverr. Wishing you well with your health. Looks like you have a great future ahead of you Astrid! 🙂

josexpressions
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josexpressions

Wonderful! Keep on fighting, Astrid!

WebGyver
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Nice. Very nice & inspiring. Astrid is also the daughter of famous Canadian journalist, sportswriter, and novelist Scott Young. Oh, and the half-sister of Neil Young (almost forgot). Great stuff.

Kenneth Grant
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Kenneth Grant

Continue to have faith, Astrid.

Theme.
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Who knew you think you were down and you’re back up it great how creating and working together can make the difference. I love Your testimony Astrid. You Have just made me change my mind. and am back with Fiverr and i hope my testimony matches yours. i need your blessing Astrid

dtongsports
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dtongsports
I’m always dumbfounded how these Super Sellers get chosen. No ratings in 11 days, only 423 ratings total. I’m not hating, I just know that there are a ton of other Top sellers who should be considered SUPER SELLERS over these. Sellers who grind every day and promote not only their fiverr business, but the fiverr brand as well. Sellers who are knocking out 8-10 orders a day every day, yet don’t get the recognition they deserve. There has to be a better way or process to choose this status because it is an elite ranking but without any SALES,… Read more »
dtongsports
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dtongsports

Your story is very worth of empathy and power to you for pushing through, I just feel this is more of a Success Story than a granting of Super Seller status. I hope it helps you gain more sales though! 🙂

rexmacadangdang
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rexmacadangdang

Astrid is really awesome to work with! 😉

Latro
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So glad you shared your journey! God bless!

mpap_78
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Absolutely inspiring! It goes to show that nothing should stop us trying with everything we have to achieve anything we dream of! And if we try hard and do it right, our resourcefulness will lead us to conquer our dreams every time! 🙂

g_design4u
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Great Story!

phltradepost
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phltradepost

I’m happy for this lady and admire her for being honest with conditions which made life very hard to manage. I know how hard things get can and know people that have given up, and a lot of that do give up never come back from it. I love this platform and feel there are people from all walks of life and that people can remotely earn a living and collaborate with people from all over the world. I’m glad to read a positive story like this and wish the’re were more of them. God Bless – Best- Jack

cypress_pk
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Great…!!!

Congratulations

aladin02dz
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You are blessed, as you said in many ways,
Your story is all about hope, courage, talent, passion, firendship and success!

nik3000
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I wish you good luck and all the best for your career!

elite5rs
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Good for you, Astrid, congratulations!

aladin02dz
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and it shows also how we can build friendship over buissnes relationship,…

gwenhwyfar37
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gwenhwyfar37

Wow, this was a most inspiring story and glad I had a chance to respond. As someone who has experienced and witnessed health-related hardships with intermediate family members it is great to see someone have the courage to get up again and keep their dream alive. I had a feeling you had to be related to the great singer-songwriter Neil Young…Big fan here by the way, as I understand Neil has had heath challenges as well but an indefatigable iron will. Keep up the good work and may you go even further!

fabifer
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Beautiful story, Astrid! You’re such an inspiration for us!

Lamis Samy
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Seriously a super star seller!

Rocks_Design
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Rocks_Design

Super story, and congratulations for your journey. Get well soon..

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