Why You Need (and How to Find) a Fiverr Mentor

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Consulting experienced freelancers is essential to successfully navigating the Gig economy. However, finding a real-life mentor in a competitive online marketplace is easier said than done. Real-life seller Charles shares his experience in this three-part series dedicated to helping our community members connect with and learn from other Fiverr sellers.

Let’s face it, freelancing is no longer something that is relegated to the extraordinary person who has a special skill set and undeniable charm. Freelancing is becoming commonplace. Whether it is something that one does in addition to a full-time job to make some extra money, a full-time career, or something in between, freelancing is quickly becoming the new normal when it comes to working. According to Forbes, “there are 53 million freelancers in America today. By 2020, 50 percent of the U.S. workforce will be freelancers.” With such a large freelancing workforce, competition is going to become increasingly stronger as the supply of freelance services grows to meet increasing demand for its need.

While many may think that freelancing allows you to live life by your rules, selling on Fiverr successfully is a meticulous process that involves thought, research, attention to detail, and communication skills, among other things. And while not everyone who comes to Fiverr to sell may possess these skills at the highest level, they are skills one can learn with the help of an experienced seller. Thus, this article focuses on how to find a Fiverr mentor to help guide you on your Fiverr journey to a successful and hopefully fruitful experience.

Before jumping into the number one way to find a mentor, let’s redefine mentoring. Mentoring used to be the act of being an apprentice to a more experienced person for a set amount of time. In the middle ages, that might mean you apprenticed for a master blacksmith for a number of years before becoming one. Internships exist as modern-day mentorships. In a Gig economy, however, mentorship can be defined differently. Mentorship can be as small as seeking advice from an experienced freelancer on a specific situation, or it can be a long-term experience. In either case, in the Gig economy, you need to be proactive about finding a mentor and you need to be clear with your mentor about your needs. This is especially true on Fiverr where you can only communicate through the platform. The clearer your communication in a mentorship, the better experience you may have.

Scour the Blogs

I found my mentor, Kev (known as Erapport on Fiverr) before I knew I needed him. I was entertaining joining the platform he was mentioned in a Fiverr Blog article about a new Top Rated Seller. I made the contact with Kev and explained what I was trying to achieve: turn my passion for writing into something I would get paid for. Kev guided me in every aspect of starting on Fiverr. From what angle to make my Gig to how to set up each part of the Gig to how to handle situations I was green to dealing with, Kev taught me so much and still does. He is a kind and generous soul, and I believe there many out there who are like him. You simply have to seek them out. Blogs are a great place to start.

Once sellers reach a top rating, they may be willing to share their expertise but are not going to go out of their way to reach out to you. The burden is on you to contact the seller, explain what you are trying to achieve and why you admire their successes and ask if they have any advice. This way you can develop a natural rapport. Check in with that seller and share some exciting updates or ask questions. I would caution about asking the seller to be your mentor right away. Being a mentor is a long-term endeavor, but persistent and clear communication strengthens the relationship from the get-go./

Mentorship comes in many forms and depends on your specific circumstances. For me, it was establishing a long-term relationship with my mentor. For others, it is a one-time need. If want just one way to find a mentor, start with Fiverr blogs. Each week Fiverr puts out stories about successful sellers. Signing up for the Fiverr newsletter and viewing the archives of the blog are the best places to seek mentorship. In post two of this three-part series, we will discuss more great ways to find that mentor that may not be so obvious.

How did you find a mentor online? Share your experience in the comments below!

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Alexandra Rose
Categories Merchandising Manager at Fiverr. Our core focus is helping people get things done. As a merchandiser, it's my passion to help current and future customers understand Fiverr as a destination to achieve their goals--whatever they may be--and navigate the marketplace effectively.
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pastordre
Guest

Thank you what an awesome topic. I will try that now.

Charles Silberman
Member

You are most welcome. Charles

sabakhan943
Guest
sabakhan943

Hi
This is useful article
Being a writer, I applied somewhat same technique and messaged every top seller writer for tips. They reviewed my gigs and guided me. Their useful comments and guidance helped me to improve a lot. I am getting sales and will be top rated seller 🙂

dkdesigns99
Guest
dkdesigns99

Is This Real ? WOW ! That”s Amazming. From the DAY 1 , I love the way Fiver is caring both for SELLERS and BUYERS. AWESOME PLATFORM 🙂

Charles Silberman
Member

Glad you found it helpful!

topaz_muse
Guest

I like the general premise of the article. As another tip in reaching out to a potential mentor, don’t ask… no, don’t expect them to do the work for you. Many have given advice on how to improve one’s fiverr presence but some want the easy way up.

Also, don’t spam the living daylights out of their inbox. Send a single communication and leave it at that because they themselves have a full plate.

Charles Silberman
Member

Thank you both. Info about Spamming and more tips to find a mentor are coming in part two and three of the series I’ve the next couple of weeks. Keep an eye out!

Charles

Aryu Enterprises
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Aryu Enterprises

A very usefull article , suits for everyone who are searching it .

Charles Silberman
Member

Thank you!

nayemsteller
Guest
nayemsteller

Thanks for this advice. As a newcomer, I found literally hard to adjust everything. I definitely need a fiverr mentor.

Charles Silberman
Member

You are welcome

Charles Silberman
Member

You are welcome. I encourage you to use these tip and those in the coming weeks s to reach out and find a mentor. Charles

idesigners
Guest

We’ve been helping several newbies to get onto Fiverr, the only concern is that the competition is a lot tougher than it was 5 years ago

Charles Silberman
Member

You are right! It is much tougher, which is why mentorship is so important!

profgraphix
Guest
profgraphix

Insightful,will try it out right away

eugenbleck
Guest

I need a mentor. Please

Charles Silberman
Member

Try the forums, read the next two articles in this series, and try the tips in those articles.

CHarles

quilstudios
Guest
quilstudios

Thanks for the great article.

Charles Silberman
Member

You are welcome!

prolitech
Guest

I really subscribe to your thoughts idesigners, many newbies feel once they can put up gigs, then it is automatic to get flowing sales, but we all know it is not so any more. It is getting more competitive. We all need inspiration from someone. Good writing anyway.

Charles Silberman
Member

Thank you. We can work as a community to inspire each other.

Francesca
Guest

These tips are very helpful, although it would help me a lot to have a mentor for it’ll help to learn new ways to start being a freelancer.

Charles Silberman
Member

Thanks! I am glad you liked it!

akalama_syl
Guest
akalama_syl

Thanks for the great article.

Charles Silberman
Member

Thanks for reading. Glad you liked it!

Anmol mishra
Guest
Anmol mishra

Not effective content…. a mentor is worth it.We need to explore our ideas in a different form. A unique style that attracts someone to buy. More than that it provides the quality.

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