I feel really compelled to write tonight because I want to tell you all about an awesome website. It doesn’t matter how old or young you are, in some fashion you will be able to utilize this promised land on the internet. Bear with me for just a couple minutes this evening.
In September I attended a social media conference in Columbia, S.C. It was here that I heard about www.fiverr.com for the first time. The presenter explained how Fiverr is a website bursting at the seams with freelancers who will do pretty much anything for $5 (hence, FIVErr). Well, of course the word anything in this context has limits. He was talking jobs dealing with branding, marketing, writing, website design, social media, etc. I was mildly intrigued and looked up the website while he was talking but then kind of forgot about it.
A couple weeks ago while thinking that I needed a professional logo for my blog, I remembered Fiverr. I surfed on the site and started looking around. The amount of graphic design artists on the site practically pleading to design your logo for just $5 was astounding. I scrolled down looking at my options. I could choose from 3D logos, cartoon logos, retro logos, signature logos, elegant logos, mascot logos, and more. To say the least, it was a little overwhelming.
After looking around and doing some research, I chose a seller who specialized in vintage logos. For $5 she would not just create one logo for me but TWO logos. In the Fiverr world, a job is called a “gig.” I purchased the gig and the seller immediately contacted me to get some information. She asked for color choices, shape preferences, and style considerations. The next day, I had two cool looking Don’t Blink logos to use at my discretion.
With such great results the first time around, I started exploring the site more. While Fiverr definitely includes all of the services I mentioned above, it offers so much more. People will write songs about you, dance for you, hold signs on your behalf, give legal advice, Skype with you for 15 minutes, write blog posts, model your jewelry, and do voice-over work. Fiverr also enters into the “weirder” realm as well. For an Abraham Lincoln bill, you can listen to someone overact about any topic you choose, watch a fat man pour chocolate on himself, enlist a fake girlfriend to write on your social media accounts to make others jealous, have someone’s baby kitten sit on a digitally imposed photo of yourself, or direct someone to prank call an enemy.
So far though, I have just purchased the more practical gigs. Last weekend I had a seller create me a personal business card. I was very happy with the design and immediately went to Office Depot where I had them printed. You bet, I now have my own Don’t Blink business cards.
The last gig I purchased though did result in a few jokes and eye rolls at my expense. I paid an aspiring actress/model the normal Fiverr fee to provide me with a testimonial of my blog. When I opened up the video for the first time and showed Sidney, we both rolled on the ground in laughter. The seller did exactly what I wanted, and she gave me an excellent review, but with her over exaggeration combined with my silly request to have a testimonial created for my website in the first place, it all seemed a bit absurd. Please, please, please check it out by clicking here. I am proud of it and embarrassed by it at the same time.
I plan to continue to utilize Fiverr. For the first time in my life, I now know what an online shopping addiction feels like. I could literally order 15 different gigs tonight if I let my temptations take over. The anticipation of waiting for the finished gig to be delivered is just as fun as receiving the final product.
Writing to you all in a perfect state of honesty, I would recommend Fiverr. The website can offer tremendous opportunities for your business or personal brand. In the future, I might become a seller myself. I have a couple ideas but nothing concrete yet. If you need something done or created, I can tell you that Fiverr is not a scam. You might want to stay away from those testimonials though. Don’t Blink.