A few weeks ago a friend of mine emailed me a logo someone had designed for her business, and it was fantastic. Amazingly, she’d commissioned someone on fiverr.com to do it and it cost her a grand total of five dollars, which equates to roughly bugger all in English money!
That’s what I call a bargain.
My partner Tony also uses fiverr a lot, for logo design, promotion, cartoons and illustrations, marketing and basic copywriting for the websites he runs on an experimental basis. But you can get a lot more than that on fiverr.
Some people will re-write your CV for five dollars, others will send a postcard from London for you, to anyone, anywhere in the world, with a personal message. One member will answer 5 questions about website accessibility, another will SEO your UK website, and someone’s willing to create an audio version of your Facebook video for five dollars.
There are plenty of similar services, including:
- peopleperhour.com, where you can find all sorts of freelance experts who’ll work for £5 an hour
- www.smobs.co.uk – (smalljobs), who say they’re the best UK fiverr alternative
- www.gigbucks.com – selling services from $5 to $50
- www.fourerr.com – selling services for $4
They seem to work in the same way: post your project, wait for people to bid on it, choose your supplier and pay when the job’s done.
If you’re a small business owner, these sites are an excellent way to get stuff moving for a very reasonable cost. Most of the time, it works out wonderfully well and on the odd occasion it doesn’t, you haven’t exactly lost a fortune.
It’s also a good way to test running your own freelance business – can you sell a simple service for a fiverr, or more, or less?