My First Fiverr Experience

For many months now I’ve been hearing people talk about Fiverr as a great place to outsource tasks. I’d never used it until this week. I’ll tell you why I finally decided to try it, what I think of it, and what kinds of tasks it might be worth using for.

What is Fiverr?
It’s a place where vendors post “gigs” and buyers pay $5 to hire a vendor to perform a gig. It’s like the Internet version of a dollar store, except the price is 5 bucks, and the product you are buying is usually in the form of some service. It could be graphics work, CSS, HTML, PHP code, or it could be something stupid silly like a guy singing a made-up song about your product and posting it to YouTube.

I used Fiverr for a quick PHP coding job.
I am in the middle of formulating a new autoresponder series for one of my niche businesses. I wanted to be able to include a link to a special page as part of the autoresponder sequence, but I want the link to work only if it’s clicked within 4 days of when it was sent out.

I won’t get into the coding details, because I suck at coding. That’s why I needed help. But suffice to say this was a simple job any PHP programmer could probably do in 20 minutes. 5 minutes if he’s really good.

I knew how to explain waht the code should do. When you explain code in plain english it’s called pseudo code. So I wrote the pseudo code. I paid my $5 and hired the first guy I found under the “programming” section at Fiverr.

2 days later he delivered my code. He also uploaded the script to his server to show me that it was working.

I don’t know PHP syntax but I was able to look at the code and understand what it does. It was exactly what I wanted.

Brilliant.

Why did I need to use Fiverr?
Simply put, my usual coding guy has flaked out on me. I’ve relied on an overseas freelancer for these simple tasks over the past 2 years and he’s been having “personal problems”. He is young, and I think his girlfriend issues are dampening his ability to do work. So I had to find an alternative.

Also, my partner on this site, Val, is a frikkin’ genius programmer. I’d usually just chat with him and he’s hammer out the code I needed in under 5 minutes. He’s that good. But he was also incredibly busy with building OutsourceFactor. And I didn’t want to slow him down.

Finally, I figured it would be a good experience to go out and use Fiverr so that I could speak about it in a more educated manner. And now that I’ve used it, I feel I understand what it’s useful for versus what it might not be so useful for.

Here’s what I would consider using Fiverr for:

  • Anything where the invested time should be less than one hour.  If a project is going to take longer than this, most people aren’t willing to do it for $5.  But at $5, someone in India, Eastern Europe, the Philippines, etc, will likely be interested.  Some examples below.
  • Graphics – website headers, buy now buttons, or other simple things
  • Photo editing
  • Simple HTML stuff whether it be creating new code or fixing your crappy code
  • Simple coding in programming languages like PHP.  Same deal.  You can hire someone to do a simple script for you or you can hire someone to fix something that isn’t working quite right.
  • Page template creation
  • Simple videos
  • Backlinking IF you feel you can trust and understand what methods are being used.

Here are things I would avoid hiring out on Fiverr:

  • Backlink building when you don’t actually know what methods will be used.  Stay away from the unknown.  Getting a bad graphics job is no big deal.  But having somebody flood your links all over junky sites could harm your reputation.
  • Fake testimonials – enough said. They’re slimy.  Lots of people are offering such gigs.  Come on people.  Be honest.
  • Articles – there are better places to go that specialize in articles, or hire a full time writer.
  • Larger jobs – don’t expect someone to craft you a custom plugin for WordPress or build you an iPhone app on Fiverr.  Remember the one hour rule.  If the job should take longer than an hour, it’s probably not suitable for Fiverr.

The bottom line:  I’ll go back.  For sure.  There are plenty of times when I need simple tasks done but I don’t have enough of this kind of work to justify hiring a full time person.  So I’ll hire 1 or 2 people on Fiverr and just keep the best work, throwing away whatever I don’t like.  Low risk.

I’ve already sent one of my full time workers from the Philippines over to the site to find me a suitable vendor for a graphics job.  I’ll just give him access to my account so he can post jobs for me.  Then if he needs a website header, for example, he can just go buy one without involving me.  Easy peasy.

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