Fiverr is a website that asks the question, “What will you do for five dollars?” Although it is nearly impossible to make a living off of Fiverr, the site is intended to give users a place to make some money and have some fun doing it. Users can post a listing that states what they are willing to do for a mere five dollars. The task can be anything, from silly and strange to practical. Users can offer to prank call someone as Borat or provide a search engine optimization report for a website. The only limitations are what the Fiverr community determines to be its limits (within reason, of course). Users post a five dollar gig with a description of what they will do. The user is notified when someone has purchased their service so they can get to work on it. Users purchasing a service pay the fee through Paypal and track progress until the task is complete. The user is given 48 hours to ask for corrections if needed. Users can also leave feedback for the individual they purchased services from afterwards.
Fiverr was created by Fiverr International. The application was featured on Yahoo! Finance, NBC, CNN Money, the Wall Street Journal, LifeHacker, TechCrunch, G4, Fox News and SmartMoney. Today, many people visit the site to offer or purchase many different services for five dollars.
The creators of Fiverr have built something that isn’t quite a freelancer website, but isn’t not either. Users can offer anything imaginable. They do it and receive five dollars. It’s a simple process and brings with it an element of fun and entertainment that the professional websites simply can’t offer.
The Fiverr homepage features an inviting blue and green header with a cow, rolling hills and fluffy clouds. This really seems to speak volumes for the nature of the site. Although there are professional services offered throughout, Fiverr is primarily a place for fun or humorous tasks. Each listing includes a title and description. Users can also upload videos to go with their service.
New users can join Fiverr by clicking on the white “Join” link at the top, right hand corner of the homepage. A blue button is also present for users who prefer to sign up through their Facebook profiles. Those who choose to go the traditional route will be asked to enter an email address, username and password. Before submitting the information, the user must also check the terms of service agreement box at the bottom of the form.
Creating a Fiverr account costs nothing. The user can build a profile and post a service for sale on the site. Users can also browse listings and pay nothing for doing so. The only cost comes when someone decides to make a purchase on Fiverr. Perhaps it goes without saying, but each purchase costs five dollars. The user performing the service is paid around four dollars, with one dollar going to the website.
Fiverr is a unique site that can appeal to almost anyone. Users can find someone to perform strange, silly or useful tasks for them at a very low price. Of course a user will be hard pressed to find someone to do anything that takes more than a few minutes, but it is still worth it for some users. Fiverr also gives users a place to sell a service that isn’t marketable anywhere else.