Using Fiverr To Make Money And Save Time

by derek on January 13, 2011 · 19 comments

Have you heard of the website Fiverr?

If you’re anything like me, you have heard of it but you never really paid much attention to it other than casually checking it out from time to time. However, as I have been investigating my WordPress ninja skills of late, I decided to take a closer look.

fiverr

Basically, Fiverr is a website where people are buying and selling goods or services for $5.00. Browsing through the site one can see there is a quite a variety of things that people are willing to do for five dollars, some of them are rather odd but some of them are quite ingenious as well.

So how can one use this website to their advantage?

Using Fiverr to make money

It should be pretty obvious that anyone could sign up for an account with Fiverr and start making a few bucks here and there. Keep in mind that when you are selling something you pay a cut to Fiverr, earning only $4.00 in the end after fees.

Be creative and see what kind of services or goods you can sell.

Browsing through the offers you will see there are a number of people – mostly attractive women – offering to hold up a sign of your choice and take a picture. There are also a good number of people offering to install and setup WordPress on your hosting – which might be a kink in my master plan to offer WordPress consulting services, but we won’t worry about that for now.

You will need to separate yourself from the crowd though, as there are pages and pages of offers out there that don’t seem to be gathering much interest.

While this will most likely not make you rich, it can be a good stepping stone to bigger and better things. For example, consider someone interested in starting out as a freelance writer. By offering to write articles for $5.00 you are able to build up a portfolio of writing samples and it can quickly lead to more significant offers to write for people.

Using Fiverr to save time

Now think of how Fiverr can be used by you and me – people that are operating a number of websites and blogs (while often times also working one or more jobs) and simply don’t have time to do everything for themselves.

Remember the freelance writer I mentioned that can use Fiverr to earn money, well we can hire that writer to save ourselves time. The nice thing about doing it here is that you’re only spending $5.00 to test a writer’s ability and don’t need to make a significant investment to determine if you will work well with the chosen writer.

As a matter of fact, I have already used Fiverr for this very purpose.

Fiverr Article Ready

Here you can see that I opted to purchase an article from someone and it has been delivered. You do need to submit your payment at the time of order, but Fiverr offers a very easy interface to exchange messages between the buyer and seller. For my first experience, I think everything went smoothly.

As for the article that was purchased, I decided to request an article for the website that I have that is focused on football workouts. After exploring Market Samurai for a few days, I selected a couple of keyword phrases to target and will be using this first article as an experiment. Overall I felt the quality was acceptable for my purposes, but you can check it out for yourself.

Creative minds at work

There really is no limit to how you can use a site like Fiverr to earn yourself a few dollars or save yourself time doing things you cannot or do not want to do. As a matter of fact, I have an idea percolating that I need to discuss with my “think tank” (fancy name for the three guys I have lunch with every day) of how we can use Fiverr to make a few bucks.

Have you used Fiverr before?

If you’re using Fiverr to sell goods or services, let me know so I can check it out. Also, I’d love to hear what kind of crazy ideas you have on how you can leverage Fiverr to your advantage.

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