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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

What would you do for $5

The other day I was looking for information on buying a netbook, so I went to my favorite tech-head, Mr. Noobie. After I found the netbook stuff I was after, I clicked a few links on the Noobie website and found myself at

Basically, is a service exchange website. People post what they'll do for $5. Other people come along and buy the service. The Fiverr people keep $1 and $4 goes to the seller.

So what will people do for $5?
  • Give insider travel advice for San Francisco (offered by a local)
  • Fire someone over the phone
  • Fix your Wordpress blog issue
  • Photoshop a picture
  • Answer one psychic question
  • Secret shop customer service employees (via phone)
  • Design a t-shirt
  • Give an honest review of your music
Some of the offers are things that I would definitely pass on. Like "I will build a business plan for you for $5." With a $5 business plan in hand, I would hope you have a Plan B. Same goes for the design of a $5 corporate logo. There are plenty of offers for linking to your blog or getting you Twitter followers, but those are things I wouldn't do. I think those are things you should earn.

For those desperate enough, there are offers such as "I will pray for you every night for one month for $5" and "I will marry you and love you for $5." (Ladies, he's 29 and living in Israel, if you're interested.)

There were a few things that I might be tempted to spend $5 on -- if I money to burn, which I don't. They include:
  • I will sing "Happy Birthday" to anyone of your choice and put the video on YouTube. (What better gift for the person who has everything?)
  • I will interpret your dream.
  • I will change my Facebook status to say anything.
Then I got to thinking about what I could offer. Here's what I came up with:
  • I will write your family Christmas letter for $5.
  • I will give you a list of 5 gift ideas for a hard-to-shop-for person for $5.
  • I will make you a funky yarn scarf (no knitting or crocheting involved) for $5.
  • I will name your dog or cat for $5 (I might charge $10 or $15 to name a kid).
  • I will create a custom word cloud for $5.
  • I make three magnetic bookmarks for $5.
It was really hard to come up with what I would do for $5-- and I don't have any intention of posting any of the services on the site.

How about you? What would you do for $5?


Ange said...

I totally love the Happy Birthday on You Tube idea. But now I know it, I'd probably cut out the middle person and do it myself - maybe in Japanese too (I'd probably have to pay my son a fiver to interpret first)

Annie said...

i would go to school lol. thts how much i luv school!

Anonymous said...

ha ha! love this post. hmm...i really have to think about what i would do for $5.

toronto, on

Beth Zimmerman said...

I don't know but I may remember this and hire you in December!

Amy said...

Beth, do you bake? I'll swap a Christmas letter for Christmas cookies!

Amy said...

@Ange - That was my problem coming up with what I would do for $5. I kept thinking "people could do that themselves."

Momza said...

hmmm I would drive someone's carpool for one day.
I would make someone's bed for one day.
I would clean the kitchen after dinner.
I would paint someone's toenails.
I would drive someone's car thru a carwash.
I would stand in line at the DMV for 30 minutes or sit ON HOLD with the cable company for 30 minutes for someone else...
all for five bucks.
How's that?

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