Fiverr Review – What Would You Do for $5

Anphicle May 11, 2010 22

What would you do for $5? Or what would you pay somebody $5 to do for you? Fiverr.com connects people who will carry out a task or service for people willing to pay 5 bucks. The price is non-negotiable and the service, called a gig, could be absolutely anything, and there are some strange sales pitches on there. It’s a great idea and $5 is a fantastic set amount. It isn’t too much for people willing to shell out on something that doesn’t matter, and at the same time it still encourages people to take part selling. All communication is semi-anonymously done through Fiverr. Payments are made through Paypal and Fiverr will take a $1 cut, giving the seller $4 for each completed sale. Sellers must have accrued over $40 (10 sales) before withdrawing their funds but that’s just about all the rules. So what takes place?

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Buying & Selling On Fiverr

Every seller completes the blank in this sentence – “I will [blank] for $5″, fills in a small description of the gig and a turn-around time in number of days. Three random gigs on the homepage as I write are “I will send you a golf tee with your name engraved on it for $5″, “I will analyze 5 individual pages from your website and do SEO report for $5″ and “I will answer any philosophical question for $5″. The gigs are categorised for browsing pleasure, the most popular gigs are small IT tasks such as graphic design, writing etc but there are many off-line quests as well, see “Silly Stuff” and “Gift Ideas” categories. The strangest I have seen is “I will send you 7 hours, 53 minutes of vacuum cleaner sounds for $5″. Each gig has feedback from other buyers who have used a service so it is easy to find the popular providers. Sometimes you find pointless gigs such as somebody finding a tutorial, I think people are aware of search engines if they are willing to try Fiverr but you can’t blame somebody for trying to make a quick few bucks. Some gigs are inventive and you can see the potential in such tasks as “I will send a postcard with anything written on from Seattle for $5″, or “I will break up with your Girlfriend for you for $5″. After clicking “Buy”, the seller must accept the gig, communicate with the buyer and finalise details, process the gig and report back when the job is done. The buyer can then leave feedback.

Outsourcing on Fiverr

So what if you need something done? On the right of the homepage you can suggest a gig and somebody may get back to you. If you like them you can go ahead with the sale. Again, those looking for workers are mainly people in the web-media field looking for help or somebody to do something mundane (like write a blog post!).

My Experience

I usually do my own graphics but for one new site I am working on I had come to a mental brick wall with designing a logo. I decided to try one of the logo designers on Fiverr that had good feedback and so spent the $5, which equates to about GBP3.40, and thought ah what the hell. Within minutes my seller had contacted me asking for colour and company name requirements, I promptly replied and after about 40 minutes from clicking “buy”, I had 6 logos in .jpg, .eps and .tif formats. I was really impressed with the entire service, Fiverr includes all communication and necessary file transfer systems so no email or personal contact details are exchanged. Despite my seller saying he would carry out revisions, I was unhappy with my logos but it didn’t matter, I was just trying out Fiverr as a whole and looking for inspiration. I would definitely recommend Fiverr to anybody, especially those looking for a small computer based task to be done.

Summary & Verdict

Apparently Fiverr considers itself in a Beta phase but as far as I can see everything looks in perfect working order. If it expands its features in some way and truly goes global it would be a remarkable service, although any possible gigs i can think of are already there. I tried “I will rate a picture of you out of 10″ just for a joke to see if it drummed up interest but to my surprise there were already several people trying that. I probably won’t try selling any services to make money but that’s because I don’t have the time, commitment nor any particular talent. I would definitely recommend to everyone to give Fiverr a try, if not a look at what is on offer.



22 Comments »

  1. Miss WBS June 13, 2010 at 17:37 - Reply

    I just join Fiverr some days ago, the website, service and communication are perfect, all is working fine. I didn’t buy anything yet but already received 3 orders in only 3 days for some of my gigs. Fiverr is a very good ressource for all people. <3

    • Anphicle June 13, 2010 at 18:21 - Reply

      Miss WBS I removed the link for your site because it has malware. Thanks for your comment though. I like Fiverr and keep using it too!

  2. TenBux.com June 19, 2010 at 02:41 - Reply

    you can also try http://tenbux.com :D

    • Anphicle June 19, 2010 at 11:00 - Reply

      Tenbux? Sounds interesting but I get a blank screen when I visit. When will it be available?

  3. TerpAholic June 28, 2010 at 21:41 - Reply

    there are others as well such as http://www.fiveones.com you can charge more than $5 thats what i use.

  4. GigMe5.com August 7, 2010 at 07:43 - Reply

    Have you tried http://www.gigme5.com ?? They charge less commission and have some new features, good for both buyers and sellers.

  5. Eric October 11, 2010 at 05:33 - Reply

    I just bought three gigs for logo design and got eight logos in total from the sellers. I was very impressed with what I got back. All were usable and one in particular I thought was spot on. I can’t believe what I got for just $15 total. Probably would have cost me hundreds of dollars if I had gone through a local designer. Highly recommended, but keep your expectations in check. Look at sellers that have lots of good reviews.

    • Anphicle October 11, 2010 at 21:15 - Reply

      Yes good point, I keep using Fiverr for weird entertainment and must say looking at the feedback is important. Thanks for your comment.

  6. minitaskr October 18, 2010 at 16:06 - Reply

    Hey guys, Please check http://www.minitaskr.com site too. My the same gig in all sites. You can earn more money

    • minitaskr October 18, 2010 at 16:07 - Reply

      I mean post the same gig in all sites like fiverr,gigme5 and so on. You can earn more money

  7. Mark November 9, 2010 at 07:20 - Reply

    I’ve been very fortunate as my fiverr took off pretty quick. After the second month, I contacted the admin and requested that I be “Featured” and was accepted. I now get 40 – 60 views per day and my Singing Telegram sales keep going up from my repeat customers. Fiverr fuels my Jeep. :)

  8. john case February 27, 2011 at 00:31 - Reply

    I have been using fiverr for awhile now and I love it. You really have to think outside of the box when it comes to creating your gigs. It’s nice that it links up to paypal so easy. Check out my seo gigs on my profile http://www.fiverr.com/users/jcash12

  9. Yener March 5, 2011 at 16:18 - Reply

    I both offer gigs and buy services on Fiverr and although there are some things that I don’t like, my overall experience is good with them.

  10. Vancouver Wedding Photographer April 17, 2011 at 15:35 - Reply

    Fiverr.com SUCKSSSS They DELETED without notice all my positive feedback. Not worth it for the $4 they pay me.

  11. Whitney May 10, 2011 at 21:35 - Reply

    I “outsource” to Fiverr for work-related stuff after I found a guy that was reliable. I needed help with web programming (Grrrr) and he fixed my issues so fast. Here’s my experience: http://bit.ly/fdTyw1

  12. Charleen Larson June 10, 2011 at 17:45 - Reply

    I can attest that Mark’s singing telegrams (found on Fiverr) really fill the bill. He did a Mother’s Day call to my mom, who was totally blown away.

    Great article about Fiverr — glad to see it!

  13. Fivers World June 22, 2011 at 12:48 - Reply

    Fiverr is a good marketplace. Fiversworld.com is another good alternative for fiverr with 10% fees instead of 20% on fiverr and threshold start from $5 instead of $100.

  14. Rik June 29, 2011 at 11:22 - Reply

    Ik ben laatst ook een Nederlandse tegenhanger tegengekomen.
    http://www.ask5.nl
    Staan ook veel diensten op, en ik kan hier ook zonder creditcard betalen. Ideal is erin verwerkt, erg mooie website.

  15. Jason July 14, 2011 at 20:52 - Reply

    A person in Fiverr has copied my gig and then he copies my work and sells it as his. I alerted Fiverr about this and they did nothing. Be aware of theft in Fiverr.

  16. Gregory September 6, 2011 at 10:23 - Reply

    Fiverr is stupid in many ways. For example they Decide randomly that your gigs might be similar to one another (even if not identical) an after months of you having the gigs they just randomly remove it. You don;t even notice this for days. Just morons.

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