From Student to Small Business Owner

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Sean Carney, yourhighness on Fiverr, is a recent graduate from Ithaca College, where he studied Integrated Marketing Communications (B.S.), with a focus on advertising, public relations, and marketing. He is the station manager of Ithaca’s award-winning student-run radio station and is also a full-time voice artist.

I originally heard about Fiverr a long time ago when I was looking into how to make a logo for something I was doing at the time. After successfully buying a logo through the site, I started to discover many different types of services that are available through the site, including voiceovers. I had also wanted to get involved with voiceover work because I have always been involved with radio, but never had a platform or experience to start doing voiceover work on my own. I opened my first voiceover Gig in 2013 I believe and went full time on Fiverr in May 2014 after my Sophomore year in college. I realized the key to success on Fiverr was consistency and taking breaks on the site didn’t help my business, so I went full time.

A Job Not Many College Students Have

Fiverr has given me a truly remarkable job and experience that not many other college students have. Many students tend to get on- or off-campus jobs to make money. This route isn’t bad obviously and is very normal, but the downside is that there’s not much room for growth and there are set hours. All of this at the expense of doing something you may not even enjoy. Fiverr has allowed me to gain experience as a small business owner to grow something on my own as a college student—something that stands out on a resume. As a Fiverr seller in college, I can work around my classes and make my own hours.

My advice to other college students looking to grow their Fiverr business is to work a lot, for little, for a long time. What I mean by that is to (1) truly commit yourself to your work and be willing to work every day. Consistency is always an ingredient to success, and it also forces you to master your skill even more. (2) give your customers a bargain they can’t refuse so you can gain a loyal customer base. This part is essential because there’s a lot of competition, so the only way to give your customers a reason to buy is to charge less than your competition. After you gain a solid market share in your line of work, you’ll be able to raise your prices. And (3) continue this process until you start to see significant success. For me, this took over a year.

Sean Carney, Sucess Seller on Fiverr

Fiverr Has Given Me a Lot to Say the Least

It’s given me a platform to grow a passionate skill. It’s also given me an incredible opportunity to loan my services to thousands of clients all over the world from dozens of countries. Because of Fiverr, I’ve also been able to save money for my future and pay for everyday expenses throughout my college career—something I’m extremely grateful for. More than anything, though, it’s made me realize how much I enjoy working for myself and how much I would love to own or manage a large-scale business one day.
As I’m about to graduate college, I have a lot of thoughts about where I want to go professionally. I’ve put my application out to anywhere from radio stations to marketing agencies. Wherever I go, Fiverr will remain a part of my post-grad life. So much so that I have even thought about how to expand this business further and continue to pursue it to eventually produce a larger salary for myself.

I met a voice actor a few months ago that gave me some advice about going into the field and it really opened my eyes to realizing that I could possibly do this for a career. As of right now, I will continue on Fiverr as my main source of income with no plans to slow down. I’m really enjoying it and I think there’s huge potential for me to grow within the voiceover industry. I’d love to see where it takes me.

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Katherine Penta
Brand and copy expert with over six years of experience developing brand personas, managing content, and writing copy for brands like Neutrogena, Visa, and Adobe.
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yourhighness
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yourhighness

Thanks for featuring me, Fiverr! Hope it inspires other students 🙂

John
Guest

It’s Amazing, I was also in college when I made my first $4 on fiverr. Serious, committed and dedicated students are really making money while in school with Fiverr. Thanks to Fiverr, God Bless Fiverr.

nicola12
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good luck

get_it_done
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get_it_done

Sean is my MAIN person for all of my VO gigs so we weren’t surprised to see him featured.

An excellent personality and a pleasure to work with from day 1. Can’t say too much about how he approaches his work. We look forward to supporting Sean as he continues to grow from strength to strength as a person and as a fellow professional.

yourhighness
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yourhighness

Thank you so much! Always a pleasure to work with you!

evillegas
Guest

Okay, I congratulate …
But it would be good these stories in Spanish, the Spanish-speaking community is very large and growing

excellentdeals
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excellentdeals

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quicksells
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He is a great example of what dedication and a drive for entrepreneurial success is.

asgharulhaq
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asgharulhaq

Congratulation you on your success. I am a new user to Fiverr platform and wants to work as virtual Assistant, but I do not know how to create gigs on Fiver, please help me if you can?

diegoisui
Guest

Awesome story, the most great fact here is that everyone who have the determination and put the necessary work can achieve this with time.

khansahil
Guest

Well best of luck buddy.

Khan Sahil Level 2 Seller

tanzilkhawar
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tanzilkhawar

Thats Really Impressive

logodesignext
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logodesignext

Great! I will try to follow your guidelines. Thanks

waleeddrl17
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waleeddrl17

Yes you are awesome one…
I am also a student but not yet successful freelancer like you but i am trying to do my best …

Best Regards,
Waleed Alam
Level 1 seller

alfajripon440
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alfajripon440

best of luck brother

creativewriterx
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creativewriterx

what an excellent testimony

neo77x
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It’s Amazing,good luck ….

mdaminur222
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mdaminur222

That is really good

alaminaloy
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Sean go far with this way.. It’s really prideful historically you been doing. amazing

crystaliumjmc
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crystaliumjmc

That’s great to hear!

prince
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This article is very good for those young people who want to start their Business. Keep sharing more blog and Thanks for sharing with us these beautiful and helpful ideas, and it is perfect article I am very impressed with you blog.

jabbinjumpin
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jabbinjumpin

You are a good example young man.Cheers!

tricialynn
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I too earned my first fiverr whilst in Undergrad! Also while doing voice overs! After 1 yr I launched my own business! I have my gigs on hold for the moment as I prepare to enter law school… But come L2 I am BACK on the market and fiverr will be a large part of that plan! Good luck in whatever direction you decide to go in! Thanks Fiverr, for helping out another hungry student!

mithunbaiju
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mithunbaiju

Inspiring to see how our new generation is moving towards online marketing and freelancing. Thanks for featuring this articles. Made my day.

@yourhighness, Keep working buddy, I feel proud to be working on the same platform as yourself. I hope you find more success and explore this world with your talent and passion. 🙂

byteknights
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byteknights

Wish you all the best!

ibrahim
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that’s very inspiring. i love it. i’m newbie to fiver. don’t know much about voiceover.

rocks_design
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rocks_design

Keep it your amazing work…

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