Five Dollars Can Go Far

Five Dollars Can Go Far

Richard Popovic
Jul 6, 2011

Five bucks generally won't get you much these days. A bagel and cream cheese, a cup of fancy coffee, maybe a couple slices of pizza. Nothing lasting. But imagine hiring someone to perform a small, specific task for just five dollars. Go a step further and imagine tapping into people's talents all across the world. Finally, picture a well-organized, easy to use website where these people advertise their services. Inspired? Starting to write the code already? Don't bother, because Fiverr already exists.

Fiverr has to be one of the coolest sites I have come across in quite awhile. The concept is simple: people advertise a small task they will perform for $5. Payment is through Paypal, the buyer and seller communicate through email, and the service provider earns $4 of every $5 commissioned.

There are categories for your searching ease, which is good because the variety of services offered is staggering. Thinking of Ohdeedoh readers, I came up with just a few ideas that could make your kid's day:

A bagpipe birthday greeting (what, was I the only kid who liked bagpipes?)
A custom decal made from any artwork
A personalized 30-second ninja video

Check fiverr out and see how far you can make your five dollars go.

(Image by Flickr member Ryan McFarland licensed for use under Creative Commons.)

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