Freelancer Tips

Deciding the Best Delivery Time for Your Gig

Katherine Penta
April 20, 2015
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When it comes to selling your product or services on Fiverr®, there are so many things that can make you appealing to potential buyers. Everything from your pricing model to the way you describe your offering can set you apart from other sellers and get you customers. One thing that many people look for is someone who can give them a product or service in a reasonable amount of time. Most customers would prefer to wrap up a transaction immediately, but, that’s not always realistic for you. So what are the guidelines for setting up a delivery time that makes your customers happy but doesn’t drive you crazy?

Finding a Middle Ground

If you promise to create logos in 12 hours or less, chances are you’ll have lots people asking you to do work for them. And while 12 hours might be fine to create a single logo, can you create seven or eight in that time? Doubtful.

On the flip side, giving yourself too much padding will make you unappealing. The trick is to find the middle ground that’s just right.

Consider External Circumstances

Let’s say you’ve decided that 36 hours feels like the right amount of time to deliver your product or service to a customer. While this may be plenty of time for you to do the actual work, don’t forget external circumstances. For instance, do you need to film a video of a rainy day? If so, you’ll be in trouble if there’s not a cloud in sight for the rest of the week. Or do you need to use a recording studio that’s closed on the weekends? Then there’s no way a Gig® that comes in on a Friday will get done by Sunday morning. Make sure you keep these external factors in mind when setting a delivery time.

Don’t Drive Yourself Crazy

An aggressive delivery timeline can make you feel like you’re accomplishing a lot and lead to making a lot of money. But if you’re constantly feeling burned out, is it really worth it? Make sure you’re allowing yourself some breathing room.

Always Be Learning

You can change your Gig delivery times whenever you want, so if you find you’re always running late on projects, or if you get another job, by all means change your profile. Also, don’t forget to look at other Fiverr community members and see how fast they work. This can give you a good idea of what customers generally expect.

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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