Updated: Dec 21, 2020
If the holiday season limits the amount of time you can spend on Fiverr work, the question naturally arises how you should handle things. What you choose to do, and how, can have a tangible effect on orders, not only now, but in the future. That's what we're tackling in this special edition of the Fit Gig Blog.
Whether it's due to a holiday, a vacation, or illness, there are bound to be times when you're "otherwise engaged" and will have a difficult time keeping up your usual quick communications and order processing on Fiverr. Look before you leap, and consider your options!
Ways to Lessen the Load
There are three ways you can lower or even eliminate the burden of orders during the holidays. Each have their advantages and disadvantages. I'll tell you about each, then tell you what I do personally. Don't just jump on one of them until you've read your way to the end, because some options have far more dire impact on your account than others.
"Out of Office" (a.k.a. "vacation mode")
"Vacation Mode," as it's most commonly referred to, is the most absolute and complete way to shut things off for awhile on Fiverr. It also carries with it the most potential to seriously damage your status on Fiverr.
Using vacation mode, you can stop all activity on Fiverr for a specified period of time. The obvious benefit is that you won't be bothered until you get back. Buyers can't order from you or even contact you (though you can initiate an inbox conversation with them, and then communicate back and forth if you want). While in vacation mode, your gig will disappear from search, and new orders will drop to zero until you disable it and allow things to return to normal.
But will they return to normal? Many people report that going into vacation mode has seriously set back their progress on Fiverr, resulting in such a reduction of orders that they were even demoted a level or more. Gigs that were flying high and getting front page search exposure have disappeared off the radar, resulting in markedly fewer orders from potential new buyers. In addition, the seller's sudden disappearance disenfranchised some of their existing repeat buyers. The result: a big drop in business, which in turn results in further deterioration in Fiverr's promotion of the seller's gig in search, and a downward spiral. It's not necessarily a permanent situation. If you're good at what you do, the same merits that originally caused you to rise on Fiverr will probably cause you to rise again. But who wants to go through all that for the sake of a few days off?
Limiting Order Queue
A less dramatic option is to put a buffer on how many orders you allow. That doesn't take you out of the running in Fiverr search. Buyers can still contact you, request quotes, etc., orders can still be placed, and in it's still pretty much business as usual, except that if you have a specified number of orders in your queue, any further buyers will be told they can't place an order because your queue is full.