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I’ve been pretty busy lately, with adjusting to the new(ish) job, the holidays…
Blah, blah. We’re all busy, right?
One of my hobbies as of late has been perusing the website Fiverr.com. Fiverr is known for its five dollar gigs in graphic design, marketing and other online services. That’s right, “gigs”, as they’re known, start at only $5 and you get get a wide range of services for your money. Sellers that have been on Fiverr for a while and have a good selling history are able to add gig extras that allow them to provide additional services for a few extra bucks.
What I Like About Fiverr
I like a LOT of things about Fiverr, actually.
You can get some pretty awesome stuff for just a few bucks. I love browsing around looking for hidden gems. I found a gig where an artist would hand draw and color a logo while doing a fast-motion video in high definition. I figured I’d give it a shot. I think it came out pretty well, what do you think?
Edit: YouTube is acting wonky – not starting where I want it to. Go to the 2nd video in the playlist to view. 🙂
Another Edit: I fixed it! Looks like I know what I’m going to be posting about next on my Tech Blog!
There are a lot of similarly awesome gigs available. I find a new one I’d like to try almost every day. Of course, even $5 adds up quick so I have to pace myself. Actually, I’ve started selling my own gigs to offset the costs of my spending as well. That leads me to more about what I don’t like about Fiverr…
What I Don’t Like About Fiverr
I’ve been a member of the site for a little over a year now. I started off exclusively purchasing gigs but eventually decided to try my hand at selling as well. I have a few gigs of my own posted up, mostly centered about my websites and my professional and technical skills. I’ve met some really great people through my gigs and hope to meet many more.
What don’t I like? I don’t like that for every five dollar gig I only make four dollars. Fiverr’s cut is twenty percent! That’s a bit steep, if you ask me. There are actually people that make a decent amount of money on the website, but I don’t think the site will ever replace their full-time jobs the way selling on sites like eBay has for some.
I like the value and service the website provides but I feel that a twenty percent cut is just too much. Other similar sites, like oDesk.com, provide the “marketplace” for labor and services charge less. In the case of oDesk, they only charge a ten percent fee and their fee is very clearly known by both buyer and seller. Fiverr is a bit sneaky about their fee – most buyers don’t find out about the fee until they become sellers themselves.
Overall, I really like the site and will continue to use it for both buying and selling online services. I hope they’re able to revamp their pricing structure in the future to put more money in the hands of the sellers on their site. I think doing so would only strengthen their online Fiverr-conomy in the long-run.