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Excerpts from Sun Sentinel:
Natasha J. Rodriguez, found a way to supplement her regular paycheck as a marketing manager and earn money to help pay for her recent wedding by offering her after-work-hours skills on a Website called Fiverr.com.
The site, which launched two years ago, is basically an international marketplace for people buying and selling services â€” called gigs â€” for as little as $5. The site gets $1 per gig, sellers keep the rest.
All of the services offered on Fiverr.com are conducted online, there is no personal contact between sellers and buyers. So you won't find a baby sitter, but you will find someone willing to send sea shells from a South Florida beach.
Rodriguez joined the site as a seller of services in July 2010. "It seemed like a pretty unique concept to make a few extra dollars," Rodriguez said. She has banked approximately $3,500 since she started, and now provides no less than 30 types of gigs for Fiverr.com, including writing reviews about iPhone apps and Disney World rides.
We're not talking brain surgery services here, but what do you expect for the price?
Rodriguez increases her Fiverr.com income by charging for add-on services. She charges $5 to write 300-word blog posts, and will deliver within 72 hours for another $5 â€” or 24 hours for $10. She has been paid to blog about the benefits of garlic and anti-aging cures.
"You really don't think that $5 can amount to very much until it begins to add up," said Rodriguez, whose recent profits from the site have paid for vacations with her husband to Canada, Daytona Beach and New York City.
Job security is another perk, says Fiverr.com spokesperson Alia Dudum. "The site not only helps people earn money for rent and food," Dudum said, "It lets them market themselves and build their resumes."