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fiverrImagine you’ve got a photo of yourself or a friend which you really like, but you know it could be made perfect with just a little Photoshop magic. Except you don’t really know much about retouching photos yourself so you’re a little stuck. What you really need is a friend or helper who can just do it for you, maybe in return for a few drinks. How will you find that person? Well, these days we have Fiverr.

Instead of hassling your friends, you can browse Fiverr to find someone offering the right sort of services. You can even check out examples of their work and ratings from previous customers before you ask them to do the job. And when you make the deal, you’re only promising $5. It’s only as risky as asking a friend to do you a favour and promising a few drinks in return. How’s that for a great idea?

What’s Fiverr?

In short, Fiverr is a marketplace, connecting people who have skills they’d like to sell for $5 with people who want small things done for $5. The $5 price point is crucial and leads to some fascinating offers.

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Sign-up is quick, directly through Fiverr or even quicker with a Facebook login.

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What Do People Sell for $5?

On Fiverr, there are people selling Photoshop skills, offering to draw pictures for you, offering to post postcards from a particular country, offering virtual assistant duties, posting special family recipes, singing happy birthday, offering critiques of websites, giving tourist advice of their local area, songwriting, giving industry advice, writing your name in Chinese calligraphy or elvish, taking photos of messages in coffee froth, proofreading and all sorts of other random offers.

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Browse by popularity, rating or the type of service and you’ll get a feel for the variety of skills available on Fiverr. The ideas are wild and varied — some of them are so unexpected! Browse away and you’ll find yourself thinking “Hey, that would be cool. Yeah, I’d pay $5 for that!”.

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If you do want to buy someone’s services, Fiverr links into PayPal to make payments simple.

What If No-One Offers The Skill I Want?

If no-one’s offering the service you’re after specifically, you can also advertise as a buyer in need of that service. To do this, look for “Request Gigs” in the right-hand column. Say what you’d like done for $5 and see if anyone takes you up on your offer.

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What Could You Sell For $5?

As you’ve seen, there are many possibilities as to what you can sell through Fiverr. What is clear though, is that people selling their skills must quantify exactly what they will do. For example, “I will proofread one essay under 2,000 words within three days”. If you don’t specify how long the essay, how many essays you will proofread or how long you will take, things will get confusing for the buyer. Also be careful if you’re offering to post things — think of how much it would cost to post worldwide before you offer!

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It seems as if some sellers are trying to undercut others by offering to do an incredible amount of work for their $5 fee. That sort of thing happens everywhere — just don’t buckle to the pressure if you think you’re worth more (which you are). Browse the site thoroughly as there are some very imaginative offers out there which would be quite useful for the buyer and yet easy for the seller to do. Let them inspire you into profitable ventures.

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At the top of most pages in Fiverr is a box where you can offer your services for $5. Start there and it will allow you to add more details in the next page, including specifics and an example picture. They also make it easy for you to share your Fiverr service offers with your friends on Facebook, Twitter or elsewhere.

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What Else Might You Use?

Obviously, Fiverr isn’t the only online marketplace for services in the world. There are many other ways you could solicit services or offer your services for hire online. The Facebook Marketplace is one of the simpler examples, followed by Craigslist. Any freelancing marketplace shows some similarity to Fiverr, eg. PeoplePerHour or MicroWorkers. Also worth considering are the other tools listed in this article on how teens can make money online Best Websites for Teens to Earn Money Online Best Websites for Teens to Earn Money Online How can a high school and college students make some easy money during summer break, or even during the school year? You will be surprised at the opportunities available on the web for teens. Read More .

Despite all these similar market options, Fiverr still has a unique selling point – that is, the $5 price tag. This encourages both the buyers and sellers because it’s an appealing amount.

What is the best service you’ve seen on Fiverr? Have you found it easy to use? What do you sell through Fiverr? Let us know in the comments!

  1. Atif Sharif
    June 15, 2011 at 7:56 am

    Hi Angela,

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  2. wwgigs
    June 6, 2011 at 12:19 am

    check out gigbucks. The site ranked the second in the space with more than 15k gigs and 18000 in Alexa ranking. It is a serious player in the space. The gigs range from $5, $10, $15, $20 or $25.

  3. Anonymous
    June 1, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    Great article Angela! Very thorough run-down of Fiverr for sure. Just to add, I recently read a short eBook called "Five at a Time" (http://www.5atatime.com) and it really helped boost my gig sales. Again, loved the article... and I love Fiverr!

  4. Foo Ace
    May 18, 2011 at 9:49 am

    Hey Angela and all,

    You guys should check out http://www.fooyuh.com. They are new and their layout looks wayyy superior than all I've seen. The contents are well written and very witty. Their slogan is "Got talent? Then milk it for cash, yo!" What does that tell you? It's all about fun! The best part is, you can buy and sell gigs from $5 to $100, which I think is so much more flexible than fiverr. Why? Because some real talents just cost more than $5. Period.It's totally great for people who are currently out of job or finding they need to make more money to make ends meet. The website was launched just very recently. Though they are new, their website is the most promising of all. They are providing instant listing for now. So grab this chance and quickly put in as many gigs as you want before they start to moderate gigs. Check them out!

  5. Foo Ace
    May 18, 2011 at 7:49 am

    Hey Angela and all,

    You guys should check out http://www.fooyuh.com. They are new and their layout looks wayyy superior than all I've seen. The contents are well written and very witty. Their slogan is "Got talent? Then milk it for cash, yo!" What does that tell you? It's all about fun! The best part is, you can buy and sell gigs from $5 to $100, which I think is so much more flexible than fiverr. Why? Because some real talents just cost more than $5. Period.It's totally great for people who are currently out of job or finding they need to make more money to make ends meet. The website was launched just very recently. Though they are new, their website is the most promising of all. They are providing instant listing for now. So grab this chance and quickly put in as many gigs as you want before they start to moderate gigs. Check them out! 

    • Tina
      May 20, 2011 at 1:09 am

      Foo,

      thanks a lot for sharing this page! I take it you are the creator behind it?

    • Angela Alcorn
      May 20, 2011 at 6:40 am

      That sounds awesome. Very similar idea to Fiverr, but with more flexibility. I'll take a look for sure.

  6. Fourerr
    April 5, 2011 at 1:50 am

    Hey fiverr is great and if you like fiverr, you will love the alternative fourerr at http://www.fourerr.com, same gigs and gig providers, just 20% less!

    Hey a buck is a buck, right !

    Thanks,
    Alex

  7. Fourerr
    April 4, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    Hey fiverr is great and if you like fiverr, you will love the alternative fourerr at http://www.fourerr.com, same gigs and gig providers, just 20% less!

    Hey a buck is a buck, right !

    Thanks,
    Alex

  8. James Bruce
    March 30, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    I was a fan, but be warned there are lots of scams on there now as the system has been gamed and exploited. Search google for the likes of "how to make $1000s on fiverr.com".

    Now, I stick to oDesk, the place where real work gets done. Fiverr is still good for little creative jobs though, like designing a quick logo or character.

    • Angela Alcorn
      March 31, 2011 at 12:51 pm

      Things like oDesk are far more serious in my eyes. Fiverr is definitely more about the quirky things which could be cool. :)

  9. Nat Jay
    March 30, 2011 at 5:38 am

    Fiverr seems like a useful place to get cheap voice-over talent among other things. Most other places would cost an arm and a leg for a 45 or 60-second piece. Good to know that there's an alternative.

    • Angela Alcorn
      March 31, 2011 at 12:53 pm

      It's true - Some of this Fiverr voice-over talent looks pretty darn good!

  10. bestof5rr
    March 30, 2011 at 3:11 am

    We make use of Fiverr every which way, as seller, buyer and blogger. We buy a lot more gigs than we sell (sadly!) but it's all fun and it makes life interesting. Check out our BestOfFiverr blog.

    • Angela Alcorn
      March 30, 2011 at 4:31 am

      It does keep things interesting - Thanks for sharing!

  11. Alex A
    March 30, 2011 at 2:56 am

    I'll be honest with you, I am a long time fan of MakeUseOf, but I am not a fan of Fiverr. Fiverr has too many flaws that need to be addressed.

    I went on a rant here: http://epiclaunch.com/5-reason...

  12. Paul D Pruitt
    March 30, 2011 at 4:30 am

    I use the site quite a bit to get little programming and web design jobs done. In each specialized category there are a small number of providers that are willing to do high quality work for $5. The site is like listia.com in the sense that providers like to be generous. It's sort of a revolt against the obscene culture of high priced consulting. It's very nice.

    One word of advice is to contact providers before actually buying a gig. That way the provider won't have to return your investment if he or she is busy. Also I'm a provider too and have done 4 gigs for recovering data from corrupt files. Again, the customers were all very nice people in keeping with the spirit of the site.

  13. Paul D Pruitt
    March 30, 2011 at 2:30 am

    I use the site quite a bit to get little programming and web design jobs done. In each specialized category there are a small number of providers that are willing to do high quality work for $5. The site is like listia.com in the sense that providers like to be generous. It's sort of a revolt against the obscene culture of high priced consulting. It's very nice.

    One word of advice is to contact providers before actually buying a gig. That way the provider won't have to return your investment if he or she is busy. Also I'm a provider too and have done 4 gigs for recovering data from corrupt files. Again, the customers were all very nice people in keeping with the spirit of the site.

    • Aibek
      March 31, 2011 at 12:38 pm

      thanks for the input

    • Angela Alcorn
      March 31, 2011 at 12:49 pm

      Wise move! Hopefully people heed your advice and contact the seller before buying.

  14. Alex A
    March 30, 2011 at 12:56 am

    I'll be honest with you, I am a long time fan of MakeUseOf, but I am not a fan of Fiverr. Fiverr has too many flaws that need to be addressed.

    I went on a rant here: http://epiclaunch.com/5-reasons-why-fiverr-sucks-for-sellers/

    • Aibek
      March 31, 2011 at 12:38 pm

      thanks for the feedback

    • Angela Alcorn
      March 31, 2011 at 12:48 pm

      Thanks for sharing. You're right about how quickly a reputation can be damaged by feedback and about how there are quite a few dodgy deals around.

  15. Poproc
    March 30, 2011 at 12:07 am

    Looks awesome!!

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