Looking to earn a few extra dollars quickly? Look no further than the growing industry of micro job sites. Micro job sites are marketplaces where you can buy and sell small services, from $4 to $25 worth of tasks.
The leading micro job site today is Fiverr http://www.fiverr.com, which is a thriving marketplace for people to share things they’re willing to do for $5. Prices of everything at Fiverr for various types of gigs are fixed at $5.
The kinds of services on Fiverr go from serious business tasks to inane to funny to downright weird. Some examples include these recent postings:
- “I will do a video while speed drawing a funny character with your personal MESSAGE on the bubble for $5”
- “I will tear Up a Blank Piece of Paper and Restore it with Your Message Appearing On it Magically for $5.”
Fiverr is free to join, where you post a job listing of what service you can provide. All gigs are listed starting with the phrase “I will …”, and when you sell a gig, the fee is $1 (so basically you earn only $4). Categories of services being offered include business, programming, marketing, graphics, writing, technology, among others. Of course, if you want “out of the box” creative tasks, there are categories such as the Silly Stuff, as well as Funny and Bizarre.
With Fiverr, you don’t have to be especially skilled or talented to make money. You don’t have to be an expert in the field with a long list of credentials and an impressive portfolio. After all, what can people really expect with $5?
You can provide a serious business gig such as website analysis for $5, or you can offer an inane service such as fake tarot reading, and still make money on Fiverr. You can think of something silly, entertaining and funny, and do these tasks on Fiverr for people willing to pay for it.
If you’re looking to use Fiverr for your business, some recent business-related postings include:
- “I will design a Professional Website Banner, Header, eBook Cover, Magazine Cover or DVD Cover… for $5”
- “I will create this animated intro video for promoting your website or business for $5”
- “I will convert your basic psd file in html/css for $5”
As an entrepreneur, Fiverr can be used an alternative marketplace for your business. You can use it to get additional clientele, as well as a means to fill some of the down time that you have in your business.
You can also use Fiverr to earn money from little components of your whole business. If you are a social media consultant, for example, whose package of services include setting up social media profiles of clients to providing tips on increasing the number of fans/followers, you can break it down on Fiverr into different tasks and earn money from each component. You can sell an ebook of tips on how to do social media marketing, set up social media profiles for people, create a background for clients on Twitter, and increasing Facebook or Twitter followers.
Fiverr as an Inexpensive Outsourcing Platform
For home-based entrepreneurs, freelancers and solo business owners, Fiverr can also be used to outsource small tasks. With the $5-a-job system, you can outsource a number of tedious and small tasks for very low price to help you focus on the the more important aspects of your business.
You can post the tasks you want done and Fiverr users can take on your little projects.
However, it is important to understand that these are $5 jobs. While some Fiverr users perform really great jobs, in general, don’t expect high quality output. You get what you pay for: you don’t pay $5 and expect a $25,000 job! If the gig falls through or isn’t done well, the $5 fee is not too much of a loss.
When choosing Fiverr providers, be sure to check their feedback scores before hiring the person. Fiverr’s feedback system allows buyers to post feedback on people who perform tasks. Choose providers with positive ratings and stellar feedback.
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