Is Fiverr.com Really Worth The Time?

We’ve profiled Fiverr before, but we’ve never gone into detail about how realistic the service actually is.  If you don’t know already, Fiverr is a service that allows you to buy and sell “gigs,” or simple tasks, for $5.  The startup makes money by taking $1 off of every $5 transaction.  It’s a genius idea, and it seems to be taking off fast, but from a user’s standpoint, is it really worth the time?  

There are some pretty pathetic gigs on the site that are obviously owned by people who are seriously desperate for $5.  If you don’t have any friends, you can pay someone $5 to talk to you on Skype.  Seriously.  Perhaps you want instant relief from sadness or stress (after prepaying your $5, of course)?

Yeah, it’s obvious that some of the gigs listed on the site should be flat-out avoided, but there are also gigs that are actually useful.  If you’re looking for someone to install a script on your website, or if you want a podcast introduction, Fiverr could give you a good solution, if you look in the right place.  If you want to hire someone to complete a professional task that will have an effect on your business, hire a professional.  I guarantee you no one you hire through Fiverr is going to put professional-quality effort into the task they’re performing.  It just isn’t realistic.

My original thought still stands:  It’s a genius startup idea, and I wish I had been in on it, because it is growing very rapidly.  Do I think Fiverr is worth trying?  Sure, for certain things.  Browse the site, and you’ll be able to quickly distinguish between the people who actually work for their $5, and the people who are just desperate for a little extra cash.  There are so many gigs on the site — some good and some bad.  It is very important to remember that you have to pay upfront, before the gig is actually completed.  While it is only $5, it’s a good idea to check out the person’s feedback before ordering their gig.

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