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Excerpts from Time Moneyland article:
One of the â€œstarsâ€ to emerge in what might be called the â€œgig economyâ€ is Professor Hans Van Puppetâ€”who supposedly pulled in $11,000 via Fiverr last year, and has reason to believe heâ€™ll earn a lot more in 2012.
Professor Puppet, a wrinkled, distinguished-looking gent with glasses, curly white hair and a mustache, and a vaguely Eastern European accent, is a proud shill for whoever will hand over five bucks.
Itâ€™s hard to say what Professor Puppetâ€™s academic field of expertise is exactly, but since offering his services at Fiverr, the professor has made videos endorsing everything from Umami Burger to a brand of wood elixir. He has also found the time to make the rounds hitting on girls at Cannes and Comic Con.
In the video below, the professor explains how he used Fiverr to earn $11K last year. He also lays out the basics of Fiverrâ€™s new structure for buying and selling services, in which â€œmicro-entrepreneursâ€ can work their way through a series of levels and wind up pulling in a lot more than $5 a pop.
The gist is that, through positive feedback and client interaction, sellers will be deemed trustworthy enough to pass to the next level and possibly make more money. How much?
Fiverrâ€™s press release pumps up the new system as â€œa game-changing new level system,â€ thatâ€™ll appeal especially to â€œsellers that are looking to the site as a primary source of income.â€