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Is Fiverr.com Really Worth The Time?

Is Fiverr.com Really Worth The Time?

by Brad MerrillJuly 27, 2010

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.

About The Author
Brad Merrill
Brad Merrill is the founder and former editor of VentureBreak.