This article was posted on Friday, February 07, 2014
By Sheppe Pharis
By day I'm a professional software and website developer, but I
also do a lot of indie projects on the side in my own time, and
I've found fiverr.com to be an invaluable resource for
taking care of tasks that are outside of my skill-set. For example,
I hired someone there to design and illustrate a mascot for a game
But that's just one example; at fiverr.com you'll find people
who can handle all kinds of tasks for you, and all starting at just
The flip-side is that if you are able to perform low-cost tasks,
you can go to fiverr.com and offer your skills to those who will
pay you for them.
Fiverr.com is swiftly becoming the go-to place for people to
hire individuals to handle all kinds of things that you don't have
the time (or perhaps skill) to handle yourself. A perfect example,
as previously mentioned, is my hiring someone to design and
illustrate a mascot. I am not a graphics artist, and I needed a
high-quality mascot to represent my game.
A few minutes on fiverr.com allowed me to go through dozens of
able artists, checking out examples of their work and their pricing
models as I browsed through the site's intuitive interface. I
quickly found an artist whose style matched with what I had in mind
and whose pricing model I felt was fair, and I was able to then
hire that artist and three days later I had my mascot in hand. No
muss no fuss.
There's a lot more at fiverr.com than artists, though. You can
find people to translate documents, provide voiceovers, review your
website, test mobile apps, make small personalized gifts, and much
much more. Here are some graphics of just a few of the services you
can find there:
Like I said, fiverr.com is also a place for people with
marketable skills to go to as well. Whether you're an artists or an
artisan, you can find gigs at fiverr.com.
How it Works
It's really straight-forward--when you sign up for a free
account at fiverr.com, you immediately have access to either hire
people who are offering gigs, or offer a gig of your own.
What's a gig? It's the service that's up for hire.
You're probably wondering about larger services at fiverr.com...
how could anything of real substance be offered for just five
bucks? That's where fiverr.com's tiered pricing comes into play.
The base price for all gigs is $5.00, but people are able to offer
tiered pricing for gigs based on features purchased or time
Here's an example of a real gig on fiverr.com:
"I will program C Sharp, WPF and WinForms for 30 minutes for $5".
This same gig offers extras like "sparsely commenting" the source
for for an extra $5.00, and creating an implementation plan for
A great feature offered by fiverr.com is enforcement of a
service level agreement. When you pay for your gig, fiverr.com
places a hold on the funds that you pay until you indicate that you
are happy with the services rendered, and that is when the person
that you hired gets paid. This ensures that you're not going to get
ripped off, and that your gig will be completed in a timely
Good Recommendations Summary
Fiverr.com is a great service for people who need to hire some
additional talent, or for those who have talent to offer. With a
free membership, and gigs starting at only $5.00, you're missing
out if you don't give them a try.