What Would You Do For $5?

Please don’t answer the question here — SitePoint is a family-friendly site! Instead, head over to Fiverr.com and offer your services there.

We may all want to be millionaires, but you have to start somewhere. Fiverr is a new social networking site which allows you to offer a product or service for just $5. You create a tweet-like “gig”, receive an order, and get your money 24 hours after it’s accepted by the buyer — minus $1 commission for Fiverr themselves.

FiverrThe website is unashamedly based on Twitter and uses the network to publicize services. There are various categories ranging from Silly Stuff to Social Marketing. SitePoint visitors will be most interested in the Technology, Programming, Graphics and Business sections.

The site obviously attracts some bizarre and poor-value offers:

  • I will do nothing for $5
  • I will burn a paper effigy of your enemy for $5
  • I will quit smoking for a day for $5
  • I will eat your soul for $5
  • I will eat a Big Mac for $5

FiverrBut there are also some incredible bargains:

  • I will code a PSD file into HTML for $5
  • I will help you debug CSS errors for $5
  • I will design a website in PhotoShop for $5
  • I will help you install Linux for $5
  • I will install Joomla on your server for $5

Wow. I might just give up the day job and outsource everything to Fiverr users!

I like the idea. The site is amusing, Fiverr protects your identity, and it provides an escrow service for money exchange. Buyers are able to rate sellers on the quality of their service so you can be reasonably confident when purchasing a gig. But hey, even if you have a bad experience, what’s the most you’re going to lose?

Incidentally, neither I or SitePoint have any affiliation with Fiverr.com. We haven’t been paid for this article. Not even $5.

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  • henrikblunck

    That was a highly inspiring suggestion. Thanks for sharing. Will take a look at it now. :-)

  • henrikblunck

    I have already set up 2 gigs, and will test whether it’s an effective way to brand my name. Thanks again for sharing. :-)

  • NetNerd85

    $5? lol, you can shove it up your… for that!

  • http://www.rwtconsultants.com israelisassi

    I will give you one Klondike Bar for $5.

  • http://www.mortier.ca/ Ryan Mortier

    I will give you a free of charge license of the latest Firefox versions for $5

    Well, this can’t be legal.
     
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  • Zeno Popovici

    “Work for free or for full price. Never for cheap.”

    But I would go ahead and buy me some ice-cold beer for $5 :)

  • Anonymous

    I WILL BUY A PIECE OF PAPER,AND SOME CHEAPER SNACKS AND A TICKET ON THE BUS TO ENJOY THE SUNNY DAY AND BEAUTIFUL SIGHT OF THE CITY!

  • Annie

    I will buy a piece of paper and a piece of cake walking or sitting in the park to enjoy the sunny spring day!

  • dinheiro

    Why the hell are you promoting a service that could potentially destroy our industry, Sitepoint? Who can compete with a company producing html from PSD layouts for 5 bucks? Shame on you.

  • http://www.brothercake.com/ brothercake

    Why the hell are you promoting a service that could potentially destroy our industry, Sitepoint? Who can compete with a company producing html from PSD layouts for 5 bucks? Shame on you.

    Oh wow, the melodrama!

    Nothing like that is going to destroy our industry, and I’ll tell you why – because anyone who would produce an HTML/CSS layout from a PSD for $5 is, without a shadow of a doubt, utterly crap at it.

    You compete by providing quality services. You don’t have to compete at that price level because no serious client would expect that kind of price level. And any client who does is not worth having as a client – it’s always the penny-pinching clients who give you the most trouble, because they don’t appreciate the value of professional services, and clients like that cost more than they pay.

  • http://www.rwtconsultants.com israelisassi

    Take for example professional photography. The Professional Photographers of America (PPA) has been for years teaching crappy photography to soccer moms.. They all now call themselves professionals but charge next to nothing because they don’t actually run a business, but instead have spouses to pay for everything. Most actual professional photographers that I know are really hurting for work now.. part of that is the economy, but a big part is that people are now willing accept crappy work at a dramatically lower price. Quality product and quality service doesn’t matter at the moment in photography.

  • http://www.optimalworks.net/ Craig Buckler

    @dinheiro
    Not mentioning a service does not make it disappear. If it were possible to get a decent PSD to HTML conversion done for $5, you’d need to know about it … because you and many others would need to rethink your career!

  • AndyDH

    Why the hell are you promoting a service that could potentially destroy our industry, Sitepoint? Who can compete with a company producing html from PSD layouts for 5 bucks? Shame on you.

    I wouldn’t worry about it, you never know what this person is going to actually do for $5. Think about it, that person could simply, export the PSD to a JPG and set that JPG as an image in the page. Technically, this would technically be HTML, but not really the HTML someone is looking for.

  • http://www.keithics.com keithics

    I will design a website in PhotoShop for $5

    — 10 years ago when I was a student!

  • http://www.optimalworks.net/ Craig Buckler

    @israelisassi
    Photography is an industry which has evolved to the point where professional kit is affordable to everyone. Similarly, anyone with bricks and mortar can build a house. Or anyone with a PC and Frontpage Express can create a website.

    If you want top quality, you need an experienced professional. If a client’s happy to accept a sub-standard but cheaper product, that’s their prerogative someone, somewhere will provide it for them. But there’s still a market for true craftsmen and women.

  • http://www.mortier.ca/ Ryan Mortier

    I bought a “logo” for $5. Haven’t heard from the guy since I placed the order shortly after this article was posted.

    I think I’ve been scammed. Good thing it was only $5.

    This site is going to be riddled with scammers I can see. It will die soon enough.

  • http://www.rwtconsultants.com israelisassi

    @Craig Buckler

    I agree that what you describe is normally the case, however, I have seen a shift in photography that is continuing today. There is still a market for people who know what they are doing, and like to do a great job, but it is now a very small market.

    The PPA, TPPA, PPGH, WPPI, and various other pro photography associations have become caught up in promoting the latest “up and coming” product and photographer to the point where it is driving the industry into the ground. Teaching that blurry pictures, crooked horizons, grossly overexposed and over-saturated photos has created a situation where quality product and quality service are in low demand.

    I’ve seen it first hand as I was a member of the PPGH for several years and watched it shift to a point where I was teaching people how to find the power button on their light meters and that the sunny-16 rule actually works.

    Bottom line is that if you promote illiteracy you end up surrounded by people who can’t read.

  • NetNerd85

    Not mentioning a service does not make it disappear. If it were possible to get a decent PSD to HTML conversion done for $5, you’d need to know about it … because you and many others would need to rethink your career!

    I hope you don’t really believe any of that Craig, lol

  • http://www.mortier.ca/ Ryan Mortier

    Originally, I had posted above that I thought I’d been scammed. Turns out, the guy did actually end up following through and well, let me just say that it is exactly what I expected to receive for $5. I don’t think we have to worry about switching career paths just yet.

  • NYC

    “Nothing like that is going to destroy our industry, and I’ll tell you why – because anyone who would produce an HTML/CSS layout from a PSD for $5…”

    Hey brother Cake, there are places in the world where people are happy to work for five dollars an hour. I met a woman who works for a NY bank that contracts out their webwork for $5hr. I can’t pay my rent with that, obviously, in a cheap neighborhood, let alone eat.

    We should all probably be considering the food supply.