You may have heard of Fiverr. People offer a wide variety of services for $5, everything from cartoon drawing to sending psychic energy to doing tax returns. There are also a shocking number of men who are willing to sing while wearing very few clothes. It’s a little crazy, a little fun, and a little scary.
Anyway, I’ve heard people recommend Fiverr as a way to make a little money. Before I recommend it to you, though, I thought I should see if this would work for me.
Registration was super-simple. Then comes the hard part – coming up with your gig. I’m not silly enough to make a video of me singing a birthday song, and I just can’t stomach charging people $5 to “send positive vibes” towards their problem. It appears that the most successfull Fiverr providers are offering a bunch of related services, such as offering to send letters from Santa, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, or Hogwarts.
What to do? What to do? I spent a ridiculous amount of time trying to come up with creative ideas, or ideas that related to my passion (money!) Then, I got distracted by another question – should I include a picture? I hate disseminating pictures of myself, it makes me feel a little icky. Maybe I could hire someone in Fiverr to make a cartoon picture of me so that I could feel like it wasn’t really a picture of me. Wait – now I’m shopping instead of earning. Must. Focus.
Finally, I decided on something easy: proofreading. Yes, I know, sometimes I miss my own mistakes. That’s why everyone should use a proofreader. I looked at some of the popular proofreading offers and created my own. I picked a photo and uploaded it. My “gig” is live now – we’ll see if I get any response.
After creating my gig, I started to wonder about payment. How exactly do you get your money? You can either have money deposited to your Paypal account, or get a Fiverr Revenue card, which is a prepaid Mastercard with crappy, expensive fees. It’ll be Paypal for me!
I’ll update you
if when I get a gig!
5 April 2014: Well, that was a bust. I did not receive one gig. And you know what, I’m OK with that. I’ve discovered some other interesting ways to make a few $$ in my “spare time.”
I’d love to know if any of you have had any success with Fiverr. Please share your experiences in the comments, or shoot me an email.
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