Fiverr.com is one the hottest new outsourcing companies. Built around a very simple concept – what people will do for $5 – Fiverr is a rapidly growing community of freelance workers and people who hire them.
In fact, some of the content written on this site was written by Fiverr contractors.
For virtual assistants, you’ll find a typical range of 1-3 hours of service offered for $5, but sometimes you can find more. The feedback system on Fiverr is not as robust as on Elance or oDesk; employers can only rate either positive or negative instead of on a 5-point scale. There is an opportunity for comments that help with a little more explanation behind the ratings, but can sometimes be tedious to go through.
Still, like the other freelance virtual assistant sites, your best bet is to choose the provider with the longest history of positive feedback. The downside in that case is that they are obviously a popular resource within the Fiverr community, and it may take them a while to deliver on your work.
Beyond virtual assistance, Fiverr has a tremendous list of “gigs” people are willing to do for $5. That means if you have a specific task in mind, you can probably find someone to do that exact thing, rather than hiring a 1-3 hour “virtual assistant.” If you search for what you need done but don’t find any suitable workers, you can also post the task in their Requested Gigs section.
It’s impossible not to find something useful on Fiverr.com, and at only $5, it is a great way to get started with outsourcing. It’s very low risk. The biggest thing to keep in mind is to align your expectations with what you’re spending. In a lot of cases, you get what you pay for, but sometimes you can get some really great values.
And if nothing else, you’ll have a good time. There are some entertaining jobs posted on Fiverr. For example, one I found today was “I will reveal the meaning of your Name, your Souls Urge, and your Destiny for $5.” What a bargain!