Success Stories

Husband and Wife Team Turn Fiverr into a Lifestyle

By
Katherine Penta
|
April 28, 2016
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Michael, Zimamedia, on Fiverr, is an expert at analyzing, reporting, and building narratives around data to help people unlock insights from the information they collect. Michael created his Fiverr account, left for three years, then came back. Now he’s running a successful Fiverr business and teaming up with his wife as joint Fiverr sellers! Here is Michael’s story.

My Fiverr Story

I was born and raised in Chicago, and always had an urge to move. I stayed put long enough to meet my wife, Iryna, and together we share a passion for traveling, cooking (she’s better than me by far), and our cat. My goal for years has been to liberate myself from “a job” and finally unlock the world.I heard about Fiverr when it first came out in version 1, around 2010, but I did not stay as a seller. Three years later, unemployed and craving success, I came back. I experimented with a few Gigs while continuing to study for certifications and expand my expertise. Then it hit me. Effectively, I’m a storyteller, a “data decoder ring.” I interpret complex information to give people confidence to make improvements to their websites. I developed a clear vision of my product and service, and how to go beyond a standard $5 Gig®. At that point, my “I will use my Google Analytics certification" Gig took off. It took me six weeks to become a Level 1 seller and just another four weeks to reach Level 2. Now, all my Gigs are interrelated, creating a multi-faceted digital solution. Of course, early on, my various skills weren't as deeply integrated as they are now. I think this is the main challenge facing multi-Gig sellers. Deconstructing your Gigs into simple steps and putting them back together to create a whole package will help you generate more sales and revenue.

Fiverr Tips

Promote your business and drive all your customers through Fiverr to build your reputation. You may think the Fiverr commission is steep when you’re starting out, but I pay nothing for marketing and all my customers are inbound. So I think of the commission as my marketing costs. Every business has expenses!Finding strategic partners is also a must. Build relationships with other sellers to help you deliver a better customer experience.Test new ideas and find answers to your questions. Speaking from experience, my Gigs are constantly evolving. Finally, visualize the outcome you want on Fiverr. How much money do you want to make a week? A year? This will really help you keep everything in perspective. I not only exceeded my weekly goal within the first month of being a Level 2 seller, but also exceeded my 2016 yearly goal by $9 in 2015! Maybe I should have set a higher goal, but Fiverr has given me the backbone to be a successful entrepreneur again.

The Impact of Fiverr

Today, Fiverr accounts for around a quarter of my income. I consider my earnings as a savings account and cash to grow my business. Also, relocating to Europe has been on our agenda, and Fiverr is an important piece of the equation. Because of Fiverr, I know we’ll have stability. And now my wife and I are starting together as a husband and wife Fiverr team. This is the ultimate partnership for us to succeed as professionals and lovers anywhere in the world. We’re here to stay on Fiverr for a long time! 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.

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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