(Article today by Bryan)
If you’re anything like me (and if you’re reading this site, you almost certainly are), you’ve always got your peepers open for ways to score a few extra bucks.
With this in mind, imagine if I told you that there was a site on the internet where you could do simple tasks and get five bucks in return: you’d likely be intrigued if not outright ecstatic, right?
Good news, boys and girls! There is such a site! As you can tell by my use of exclamation marks, you can imagine how excited I was when I ran across Fiverr.com.* Here was a site where the people of the world could come together in peace and harmony, and then prostitute themselves out for $5 a shot. It’s the lower-than-minimum-wage-American-dream at its finest!
If you took a minute to click on the link above to look around the site, you got a quick feel for the sorts of things that people advertise on there. If you didn’t, take a moment to do so now (I’m sure J. Money won’t mind me telling people to leave his website).
As you, by now, have seen, there’s a little bit of everything on there. Are you looking for a Romanian rabbit to eat a piece of lettuce with your message written on it? Check. How about somebody to pretend to be your Facebook girlfriend? Check Check. Are you in the market for four crocheted mustaches? Brother, you better believe that’s on there.
But with so much already being offered, what of value could I possibly add into the fray? I mean, three crocheted mustaches I could maybe make some profit on, but four? That’s crazy talk. So, finally, I did what many others have done before me: I built a better mouse trap. After searching through the listings, I found one that I thought I could improve on.
I titled my posting: I will write a Shakespearean sonnet for $5.
I figured this was a good choice, because, as you’ve seen by reading this far into this article, I know literally dozens of words. You see, I had come across another posting that advertised sonnets, but that posting did not offer any revisions. So, I simply added that I would do a revision if the buyer wasn’t satisfied. Easy peasy. I also suggested a couple of possible uses for the sonnet: one could tell their significant other how they were feeling or people could get some clever promotion for their businesses.
A few other tips I’d have for new users of Fiverr:
- Make sure your listing’s picture has something to do with what you’re advertising — I was writing sonnets, so a picture of Shakespeare made the most sense.
- Use all of the keywords you can think of — This is how people are going to find your posting, so sprinkle your keywords liberally.
- Make sure you really think that what you’re doing is worth five bucks of your time — The sonnets actually take me around an hour to write, so it’s not a great valuation of my time. However, there’s something cool about making money writing poetry, even if it is a pittance. Especially if it is a pittance.
One last point to make about Fiverr is that it should actually be called Fourerr. That’s right, Fiverr’s got to make their money too, so you actually only get paid $4 per completed task. Are you shocked and disillusioned? You should be; growing up is hard. Another complaint that I have is that, from the time your buyer marks your order complete, Fiverr doesn’t release your funds for approximately two weeks.
How well have I done so far? Well, after two weeks, I’ve made about $20 (so this is a VERY side-hustle). Still, it’s money that I wouldn’t have made otherwise. Will I keep it up? I’m not sure if I’d want to do it for the long haul, but it has been a fun diversion for the last couple of weeks.
If you’re curious, give it a shot. You might just make five four bucks.
Article by Bryan – who writes over at Pinch that Penny!, where he describes ways he tries to make and save money. He’s also looking for a career in theatre work, so if you’re Mr. Theatre, you should totally hit him up.
(Photo by velvettangerine)
*I was basically soiling my doilies with joy, that’s how excited I was. You can ask the Mrs. if you don’t believe me. Actually, don’t ask the Mrs.: this was a dark and shameful period of our past that I’d rather not re-live.