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.