by Scott Austin March 15, 2012

Disclaimer – I am not associated with products/services that I discuss on this blog.  I’m not getting paid/compensated in any way.  It’s just me sharing my opinion.

In the past couple of weeks, I've used Fiverr a few times.  It's a site where you can get things done for $5.  They call the work items 'gigs.'  There are plenty of silly, useless or plan dumb gigs.  Browse through the site and you'll see tons of ways to spend $5.  Some of them I've actually found to be very useful for my business.

The first gig I did was to have someone translate my English web page to Spanish.  The person doing the work was in Mexico.  They were good in English.  After the job was done, I used Google Translate to translate the page from Spanish back to English.  There were a few places where the translation wasn't that good.  I asked my translator about it and he assured me it was Google's error, not his.  I'll definitely use this guy for my future needs.

The other gigs I have had done are editing existing web pages.  I've needed updates to HTML and CSS.  I've gotten the work done, but it has not gone smoothly.  I've had workers from India and UK.  Communicating has been a problem.  They don't follow the directions.  I've concluded that sometimes the worker just didn't have the skill needed.  I've had to check the work each time and provide feedback on what was done wrong or not done at all.  I will not use any of these workers again.  But I did get the work done in the end.  It was just too much of a hassle to use the same people again.

So if you have a need for a small task, check out Fiverr.  It can be a great way to very cheaply outsource your work.  Just be prepared to be the quality control for the project.

Scott Austin
Scott Austin