Successful Fiverr Seller Case Study: How a Brand-New Business Increased Monthly Revenues by 700% in One Year

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Yoel Belilty Graphic Design Super Seller on Fiverr

Two years ago, I started a small graphic design business in Venezuela. I had been selling football jerseys prior to that and I saw the potential in e-commerce. But my new graphic design business was small and I was having a hard time finding new customers. My country was (and still is) suffering from a difficult economic situation, which made it harder to find clients who were willing and able to pay for my services.

One day I was doing some research online and a particular book caught my attention: it was about making money on a site called Fiverr. I Googled the word “Fiverr” and it was a life changing moment for me. Immediately, millions of opportunities flashed before my eyes. That night, I couldn’t fall asleep because I was so excited to start building my business with Fiverr.

After brainstorming for a couple of days, I came up with 10 different Gigs that were priced low but were profitable for my business. I didn’t have any sales the first few days. But on the sixth day, I woke up to 13 orders from a customer in Thailand. I thought it was a mistake! I can still remember the adrenaline of that moment – I was so happy.

After that sale, I continued to offer many kinds of small Gigs for about $5, but balancing different orders and clients became challenging, and I ended up delivering projects late. Some customers cancelled their orders and I lost out on hundreds of dollars. I knew I had to change my strategy – so here’s what I did:

How I Turned My Graphic Design Skill Into an Online Sales Machine

In order to manage my time better, I realized that I needed to work with fewer clients on higher-paying projects. My most popular Gig was an animation Gig. What if I offered a custom animation service that was more expensive than $5?

A couple days later, I received my first offer for a custom video to explain how Bitcoin works. With that sale, I earned the equivalent of multiple $5 Gigs but I only had to talk with one customer. It was great!

How I Increased the Average Amount per Order and Reduced Cancellation Rate to 0%

From then on, I put more effort into selling my higher-paying Gig. In the beginning, I had much fewer customers – less than half as many as I used to – but I also had a much higher average amount per order. It doubled the first month, then almost doubled again by month two.

In January 2016, my average amount per order was $31. One year later, it was $374.

Because I had fewer customers, I was able to manage my time better. Within six months, my cancellation rate had dropped to 0%. I realized that offering one popular Gig was all I needed to be successful.

How I Improved Sales Efficiency (and Increased My Monthly Income by 700% in One Year)

Specialization became my most important strategy. When you focus on one Gig, your skills will improve with time. And when you offer only one service – but you do an amazing job –you’ll be considered a specialist. People will turn to you, the expert, when they are in need of that service. I became known as the animation specialist, and the orders started flowing in.

Fiverr Explainer Video Gig

At first, I still had fewer customers than when I first began, but thanks to the higher average amount per order, my monthly income had almost tripled within four months. Four months later, it had almost tripled again. By this time, I had a team of 15 designers working full-time at our office to help increase my income even more. When it was all said and done, I was able to increase my monthly income by 700% from January 2016 to January 2017. Now my company is one of the best animation teams on Fiverr.

In February 2017 alone, we did $10,985 in business with no late deliveries or cancellations.

The End Result

Fiverr literally changed my life. It helped me find customers from the other side of the world without spending one single dollar on marketing. How is that even possible? Fiverr helped me build my business and achieve the growth that I have today. It’s hard to imagine that two years ago I was struggling just to get local customers in Venezuela. The number-one piece of advice I have for new Fiverr users is to never give up. It might take weeks until you sell your first Gig on the marketplace, but eventually you will succeed. Always try to find new ways to improve your Gig and you’ll succeed little by little each day.

Has Fiverr changed your life? Share your success story with us in the comments below!

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Nicolo Grossi
SEO & content marketing expert with 7+ years experience, working at Fiverr since 2016 Nicolo is responsible to follow and implement SEO’s best practices and inbound marketing strategies in order to increase reach and exposure.
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AnmolOsm
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AnmolOsm

Very nice and motivational story

Jenny
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Jenny

Very impressive and motivate for me…. yes its right strategy to concentrate on single service or your main gig.

DTong
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DTong

Awesome sauce!!!

Anthonieka
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Anthonieka

For a beginner, this is very motivating.

Devin
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Devin

Great inspiration. Thanks for sharing your story.

Shahbaz
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Shahbaz

Very impressive…

rocks_design
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rocks_design

Great. Keep it up your excellent work….

Baqi Aman
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Baqi Aman

We hope more success the that and also good luck to us

Rondenne Archer
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Rondenne Archer

Congrats on your success. I will definitely use your advice. Thanks for sharing.

Deni
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Deni

I’m sorry i have forgotten to thank.
Thank you very much!
Best regards,
Deni

designer_prema
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designer_prema

Best inspiration. Thanks for sharing.

Noushad
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Noushad

Very amazing and awesome post.

Rony82901
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Rony82901

This is very motivating

Usman Akhter
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Usman Akhter

Nice Sharing…

DMS
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DMS

Thanks

Istiak21
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Istiak21

Congrats on your success.

jide
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jide

I am just a beginner,and i would like the guy who toid this story to enlighten me on the process of registry to delivery of services.thanks

Emily
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Emily

Congrats…Your story is highly inspiring…How were you able to cope with clients that always insist on $5 gigs and threaten to report to Fiverr support..

Sigismond Okolo
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Sigismond Okolo

This is just an eye opener. l really appreciate your effort in putting all this together
for us all to see.

Melany
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Melany

Amazing,good luck

Ripa Roy
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Ripa Roy

Wow !!!!

Avelon
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Avelon

Thank you. Great advice!

ranker buddy
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ranker buddy

This is very motivational story.

Winpro22
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Winpro22

Best inspiration. Thanks for sharing your story.
Best of Luck.

nayanchandra sarker
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nayanchandra sarker

Nayan chandra sarker
very nice story

jubaer ahmed
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jubaer ahmed

Really it is very impressive for me . I am new in fiverr this article increases my confidence level that helps me for struggling with any kind of problems

bern
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bern

vergaaaaa loco saludos desde petare

mizan
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mizan

very empress

Amna Ali
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Amna Ali

Thanks for sharing the tips. I just got started on fiverr and I am sure that the advice I picked up from your story will help me. Cheers!