What’s the value of a ukulele song written just for you? A photo with your name spelled out with glow sticks? Or maybe a video of man juggling three objects of your choice?
Is $5 too much to ask? Not on what’s become one of my favorite websites.
The backers of the site, Fiverr, think that’s just the right amount. And judging from public response, they’re right. The site links people offering an incredible array of services with a buying public used to ferreting out super deals on the Internet. There are currently more than 700,000 “gigs” offered on the Fiverr site.
And if what you want isn’t already offered, you can request a gig. The requests can be as strange as the offerings. One recent request sought a photo of someone wearing a facemask in front of a famous place.
Two years ago, with the economy and employment stalled, two Israeli Internet entrepreneurs launched Fiverr with the idea that people could make a few dollars through buying and selling small, fun services at a low cost.
Since then, Fiverr has drawn the attention of mainstream and Internet media with coverage in the Wall Street Journal, Fox News, CNN Money, TechCrunch and Wired, among others.
About now, if you’re like me, you probably have a couple of questions about this idea.
Can anyone really make money at $5 per job? Apparently so. One successful seller claims to have made thousands of dollars selling a short, color-enhanced video of her pet bird dancing around in its cage.
Is there any way I could get involved and make a few bucks? In my case, probably not. I’m not very artistic, don’t do celebrity imitations or have a cute, young pet.
Ah, wait a minute. I’ll promise to provide you with an Internet presence by working your name into my next blog. Just leave a comment and we’ll sort out the details.