Turning Something Small into Something Great #SuperSeller

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Joel, Djyoung on Fiverr, hails from Russellville, a small town about an hour east of Cincinnati, Ohio, with one stoplight, one gas station and one restaurant. Joel and his family live in a cabin-style home nestled in the wooded hills, and Joel built a video studio in an old tobacco barn on the property. From there he creates marketing materials, including animations, whiteboards and graphics, and does voiceover and production work for clients all over the world. Here is Joel’s Fiverr story.

My Fiverr Journey

I heard about Fiverr from a random ad and initially purchased a voiceover for a project I was doing at my church. At the time, I was a pastor at a church in Boca Raton, Fla. After purchasing our first service on Fiverr, my wife said, “You can do that!” I was a musician, so I had a nice studio mic and a MacBook. I recorded a short video, posted my first Gig® offering to record voiceovers, and received orders almost immediately. I had two to three orders the first week, four to five the second, and around 10 the third.

I like helping people create something they can’t create on their own, and it was really fulfilling to be able to serve people and be directly compensated according to how well I served them. That’s a really cool feeling.

When we started, we were hoping to make just $40 to $50 a month to help pay off some debt, but after my first month, I had made more than $400! Then, people who were ordering my voiceovers started asking if I would record a video like the one I had on my Gig page. I had never considered it, but I jumped at the chance, and I created a second Gig selling videos. I bought a $15 lapel mic to plug into my iPhone, grabbed a few old lamps, and before I knew it, I had my own little makeshift studio in the corner of my bedroom. Videos quickly became my best seller, and in my first year on Fiverr, I made about $35,000 with only an iPhone and a $15 lapel mic!

I have always loved providing a service to people and hearing about how that service transformed the way they were able to do business, sell their product, or promote their idea. Now, at last count, I have worked with clients in more than 80 different countries, from individuals and small business owners to non-profits and large national companies. I never know what the next project will be like. I did a video telling people they were being taken on a trip to Paris and created a video for a woman to tell her husband she was pregnant with their first child. Hearing about the emotional moment the couple had when they watched that video together is one of the highlights of my work over the last couple years. I also created a video for a client about how to tie shoelaces using the “lace lock” method. That video received over 50 million hits on YouTube!

Tips for New Sellers

You need to be willing to go the extra mile to serve your customers. Never over-promise, and always exceed expectations. By doing more than you said you could, faster than you said you would, you will build a network of customers who will come back to you again and again. More than half of all my clients buy from me again at some point because they know they will get the same great quality every time. Communication is the key to all this. You must communicate clearly and consistently from your first message to the final delivery and beyond. I often get messages from a customer months after completing a project asking for a small favor. If I can come through that long after the sale, they will definitely be back the next time they have a need. In fact, those are the people that are most likely to tell everyone about your great service and become a trusted source of referrals!

The Impact of Fiverr

Today, about 75 percent of my income comes from Fiverr. I use the money to support my family and create the life we want to live, everything from paying bills to saving for retirement. For the first 18 months I was on Fiverr, it was a side job and I maintained a full time job. During that time, we paid off $50,000 of debt and saved enough to move from Florida back to Ohio to be near our family and friends. I was even able to build a new studio in an old tobacco barn on our property.

Fiverr has changed the way I live and work. Most important, it gave me the confidence to step out on my own as an entrepreneur. It showed me that great work really does get rewarded and that I was creating great value for the people I was serving. That’s the most fulfilling part, getting to participate in a mutually beneficial relationship with my customers. It’s a beautiful thing. My experience has taught me that even when you least expect it, something small can become something great. No opportunity should be underestimated, so take what comes your way and make the most of it!

Joel, Super Seller on Fiverr

If you’d like to share your story about how Fiverr has impacted your life, please send it to us by email at community@fiverr.com.

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Matt Jensen
Growing and engaging communities for 10 years, Matt engages Fiverr's digital communities. Helping both sellers and buyers colaborate and share ideas with each other.
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introguy009
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introguy009

Hi,

Sharing This kind of experience …really makes us for a motivation!

Thanks fiverr team.

fantagiro
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Accept my heartiest Congratulations!!

logo_business
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logo_business

So Many Congratulations!

Danilo
logo_business | SuperSeller and Ambassador on Fiverr

gurdeep431
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Fiver is the best place for talented professionals to make their earning. You have taken a great step towards success. Congratulations! for your success and good luck for future success.

Regards
Gurdeep

fun_video4u
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fun_video4u

Great story and great tips for new sellers! It’s great to know that you can be so successful while working part time!

Noah Ansa
Guest

Inspiring story.

Solomon
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For me this are only stories.Anyone to help in identifying my passions and making full use.

findone
Guest

That is really a great story. I am so glad to see somebody succeeds like that.
I’m still trying to figure out what I can do on fiverr. I’ve been a welder in machinist all my life I am retired now I live in a one-bedroom apartment and live on Social Security. If anybody has any ideas what I can do fiverr Please let me know? That’s why when I hear about somebody like Joel Making it and supporting his family I am so happy for them keep it up.

topaz_muse
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How to videos on welding things such as furniture for around the house, simple frame work for playhouses or even something simple as making jewelry. If that’s not up your ally try tutoring services for current welding students.

articleplaza
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articleplaza

is good but i have never see any buyer on my gig in the 2 week is there any problem wrong with my gig orhow long does it take to see buyer

onelife12
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I typed your name in the search engine and nothing came up! You might want to check that out.

sheana_fcs
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Hi there,

Thank you for the update. Could you please send a request over to our Support team? Our Support team is ready to help you with this issue: http://support.fiverr.com/hc/en-us/requests/new

Chris
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I’ve ordered several videos from him. He is just amazing!

asimaham
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lovely story, more than an inspiration

joeyperezwest
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joeyperezwest

This is one of the Fiverr sellers who inspired me to start selling videos, voice overs and whiteboard animations too. I ordered one of his gigs many years ago and even back then it was decent quality.

Congrats!

Your Friend and fellow video producer

AKMGFX
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Congratulations for the all the success

portrait_d
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Good luck.

dtongsports
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dtongsports

Way to go champion! Great story!

icandoit007
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icandoit007

Thanks for such a motivated story, I hope We All grow and earn

martin_carignan
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martin_carignan

Great Work! Keep it up!

daniquegray
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daniquegray

Wow, congrats! Such an inspiring story.

nijilraj
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Inspiring story…Really greate

Rick Corcoran
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Rick Corcoran

Great story! I have been looking for a way to use my creative talents and Joel has shown me a way that could help me get started down that path and be able to work for myself, and not others! I hope to talk to you sometime about your venture Joel. Best of luck and thanks for sharing your story!

henrio
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Real wonderful and self-motivating

poscon
Guest

Great story, this motivates me to work even harder on Fiverr.

Alexander
Guest

Fiverr has made my dream of becoming a Professional Market Researcher a reality. Now am more than confident in serving all my clients needs.

Seotrafics2030
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Seotrafics2030

Your story of success is full of inspiration…we can all start with what we have in getting what we want..i pray GOD grant you more success!-amen+ https://www,fiverr.com/seotrafics2030 i help in web-promotion/traffics.

bimolete420
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bimolete420

WOW you are really doing great job . Thumbs Up

datharsh
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Wow! great story! Keep it up 🙂

designsaint
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designsaint

i love fiver but i don’t know how to start earning

bookreviewstew
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bookreviewstew

Hands down one of the best spokespeople on Fiverr – or ANYWHERE for that matter!

Seotrafics2030
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Seotrafics2030

Good stories of success are pleasant to read and tell,thanks..i hope to info others mine soon by the grace of GOD. https://www.fiverr.com/seotrafics2030

godfather
Guest

Very inspiring Joel. People like you make me smile!

emporiom
Guest

Inspiring story with great tips for new seller. check out my gig.

https://www.fiverr.com/emporiom/design-an-outstanding-graphic

bgbell29
Guest

Amazing testimony Joel! Doing some extra sure does go a long way. Congratulations to you!!

Brandon

excelstudio
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excelstudio

So inspiring!!!

Congrats…I hope to get to your level someday too

Hopefully I will make it

greenitsolution
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greenitsolution

“I like helping people create something they can’t create on their own, and it was really fulfilling to be able to serve people and be directly compensated according to how well I served them. That’s a really cool feeling.”

Helping is never failed!

Go ahead.

tpstudio
Guest

This is so inspiring. I congratulate you Joel for your accomplishments.
Fiverr gives you freedom to do what you actually love to do. For me this is actually a blessing.

claravoyant
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claravoyant

LOVE this story, continued blessings to you and your wife!

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