I uploaded a promotional video to my Fiverr gig. The good folks over there insist that advertising your service with video improves your sales by 220%. Didn't know if I believed them. After about an hour of dealing with a tripod and a chair set-up in my backyard and an additional couple hours of editing, I was finished.
I got six orders over the next day. So I guess it helped!
Here are some samples of the work that I've done so far:
For five bucks, I'd say these aren't a bad deal. These certainly aren't frame-worthy. Or the greatest. But my customers are happy.
What I've Learned So Far:
- People are picky. You should be too. Even if they're only spending $5, you would not believe the demands these people think they're entitled to. It's a matter of balancing the relationship with the "client" so they give you positive feedback and a good review... but also holding your boundaries regarding "that's not what I do." I've had to tell a handful of people already that I'm not interested in working on their project. I decided right away that I'll only choose things that will challenge me or that I think would be fun to do. Life philosophy. Bam.
- Better to have a plan. When mass-producing a product, having a formula ready really helps. In this case, mine is composition, color, type, and texture. If I'm in a rush, the order of these gets shuffled about. Shortcuts are probably frowned upon in the "professional realm" of designers... but they're hella useful here. I'm not trying to create art, so to speak. I'm trying to advertise. If I accomplish both, then yay for me.
- It's easy to get stuck. Trying something different with every design challenges me to learn new tutorials or play with colors I haven't used before. On the other hand, I'm only getting $4 for my efforts so I shouldn't spend TOO much time on these. On the other hand, these are pieces to develop my personal style as a designer... so I should spend a little bit of extra love on them. Ahh the conflict.
- I hate spam. So much. I really do. With all the good honest request come the slimy liars who try to take advantage of a hard-working gal. The biggest issue I've come across with advantage-takers is constant revision after revision after revision. Typos? I understand. Everything else? Please be quiet and let me work for $2 an hour.
- Don't take it personally. Hey, if they don't like it... then they don't like it. Bite your tongue, make the dumb edits, and know that what you offered in the first place made YOU happy. And that's what's important. Keep it for your portfolio. They don't need to know.
Overall, this whole Fiverr thing is a fascinating experience. Obviously, I still have a long way to go. But it's good practice for something quick and appealing.