As a freelancer, it sometimes gets frustrating to be continually undercut on projects by people who offer cut-throat pricing that NO self-respecting writer can compete with. On one hand: you get what you pay for. On the other hand: it takes attention away from those who are out there offering a great service. While most companies who choose to hire a writer for $3 or less an hour will find that the content is lacking, just the fact that they passed you over for such a provider can waste your time and theirs (and wastes money, as well.)
That's why the Beta launch of Fiverr is beginning to look like another outlet for low-budget content providers to spam up the boards with their offers. I found out about this site in the recent issue of Woman's Day, which boasted they could share "12 Ways to Make Money at Home." Fiverr's premise is to allow service providers to advertise their talents for $5 a job (with Fiverr taking $1 of that for their fee.)
I suppose that there are all kinds of things that you could reasonably to do $5 (or $4, rather) and make a profit: 2 brilliant Facebook postings, a quick search for the most fascinating ice cream flavor, or provide advice on which pair of shoes looks more "hot." Writing a set of 20 articles or providing 2 hours of virtual assistance services, however, are not what I consider reasonable -- for $5, anyway.
Take a look at this listing from the Fiverr.com website:
I will your virtual assistant and can do any type of Data Entry work like typing document, post to blogs, send email, synchronization of files, merging, editing, facebook interactions, search online information, run data processing etc. any kind of data entry work just for $5 for 2 hours.
Really? Just $5?
It seems like any company who indulges in this should be getting paid by the service provider -- just to correct their grammar.
And check out the stock photo of the really cute VA. Wouldn't you want her working for you?
Share your experiences with sites like Fiverr. Is it possible to make anything from a site that offers an original 2-minute marketing video, 2K new Twitter followers, or a package of 15 PLR pieces for just $4? (And how many people could possibly offer to sing "Happy Birthday" for a small fee -- on one website?)