Fiverr, What Can you Get for $5.00?
Frugal Or Cheap
The notion of Fiverr brings to mind a number of rock and roll songs and the lyrics thereof.
"I don't want to do your dirty work."
"Money for nothing"
"Dirty deeds done dirt cheap"
Is the notion of a website wherein you can make a contract with a stranger to do useful work for you too good to be true?
As in almost everything in life the real answer is: It depends.
If you live in an English speaking country and want some kid in the third world to write the great American novel for you so that you can put your name on it and call it your very own, you my friend are fresh out of luck.
That third world kid is not a native English speaker. Even if you could get him to generate thousands of words for your for a mere five bucks, much of it would be nonsense. But then if you were trying to claim someone else literary work you were doing something you should not be doing anyway.
This may seem like a silly over the top example but it brings up a real point I discovered in purchasing services off of Fiverr. Five dollars might not get you much in the United States but you might be able to buy several meals in the third world with that kind of money. So a number of the jobbers your may find on Fiverr are from the third world. It actually makes sense to them to take your money and return some sort of product.
There are folks who appear to be native English speakers on Fiver and if you are on an evade capture mission from the evil horde of Grammar Nazis who constantly harass and imperil the free world then use one of the English speakers to do your dirty work. There are even folks who claim to be able to proof read your stuff so if you doan right gud maybe you should avail yourself of one of them.
The Good Stuff
I think that the videos that were made for me at Fiverr are not bad. Sure they have their flaws and each of them took me more than $5.00 because I wanted some bells and whistles, but they are better than I could have done. And when I pay twenty bucks or so (including the processing and handling fees) and get something better than I could have done myself, I tend to be satisfied with it. I have included some of the videos I contracted for below so decide for yourself.
I wanted to try out some of the press release and article writing services on Fiverr. Your mileage may vary but since I was not thinking carefully when I did it, I did not bother to look carefully at those contracting to do the work. In retrospect, you need a native English speaker to write or edit English copy. Sure you can ride heard on the process yourself but unless you are a Grammar Nazi first class in good standing, I will bet the results still turn out weird. You can take a look at the press releases and the article I bought by checking out the link I provided below.
Do I even have to say it? You will stumble over services that promise free hits on Fiverr. Run screaming in terror from them! If any of your stuff is on a website that pays you for legitimate views or interaction using this particular kind of service could get you permanently banned. JUST DON'T.
"Let the buyer beware".
Take the same precautions you would on any other website. Just because folks may seem friendly does not make them your friend. Ladies in particular be careful about giving out your address, phone number, or details of your financial life.
I use a paypal account that is not connected to any banks or credit cards. If I ever do get ripped off, and I have not yet, but if I ever do, they ain't getting much.
Caveat Emptor Redux
Another caveat to watch out for is “free”. In this case, if your supplier provides some service for you and you later find out that the service is free, would this bother you? Your knee jerk reaction might be: “I was robbed.” But this is far from the truth. People pay all the time for convenience or expertise in matters which are actually free. The buyer may not have time to take advantage of the free service or he may not have the expertise to take advantage of the free service. In my case, I knew there was such a thing as free press releases and I had actually tried some in the past, but I had never had any response to them. So I actually wanted to try a service for five bucks or so that would know about different services, in different locations and maybe even in different countries than I knew about. I had also hoped to tap into expertise in writing press releases that I did not possess. Alas, Fiverr may not be the best platform to carry out this particular experiment in paying for “free” things. The press release and article writers that I worked with were not native English speakers so they could not bring to bear expertise in press release writing in the English language. Oh well, a five dollar experiment which did not do any serious harm. I will certainly do such experiments here and there now and again.