As someone who sells at craft fairs, it seems like I’m always trying to make new flyers, business cards and other marketing tools. Unfortunately, as creative as I am, the one thing that I’m terrible at is graphic design! Fortunately, I’ve found a place where I can get those items made, along with all sorts of other services for just five bucks! That place is Fiverr.com.

What is Fiverr?

Fiverr.com is an online marketplace where people buy and sell services in categories such as graphics and design, copywriting, translating, songwriting and just about anything else you could think of! All of these gigs start at just $5 with add-on services available for an extra cost.

What kinds of services can I buy and sell?

The services available on Fiverr run the gamut from extremely tame—proofreading your term paper or designing a logo for your business to downright amusing such as having your voice message recorded by a Sean Connery impersonator or having a message or name spelled out in the froth of a cappuccino. I’ve even found sellers that will spell out your name or website with pigeons. Yep, you read that right—pigeons! If you’ve got a unique service to offer or you’re looking for someone to help you with your tasks at hand, Fiverr may be a great place to check out. In the past, I’ve used Fiverr for numerous design tasks such as logos and for products such as postcards and banners on Vistaprint—all of which would have cost me hundreds of dollars had I gone to a graphic design firm. And each time I purchased a gig, I assumed the results would be okay but nothing great—after all, it’s only five bucks, right? But I’ve always been pleasantly surprised with the final product.

How do I sell?

If you’re a whiz at SEO, an avatar artist or have another useful or unique service to offer, getting started on Fiverr is simple. First, you’ll need to create an account, which only takes a minute or two, and then you can get started setting up your gigs. Once you’ve chosen a category from options such as business, lifestyle, graphics and design or fun and bizarre, you’ll be able to describe your services, add premium features to bring in extra cash and get published. If you’re worried about having to get those gigs finished immediately, don’t—Fiverr allows sellers to set a duration period so your buyers will know how many days to expect their task to be completed. Sellers can also set their gigs to vacation mode if you plan on taking a break from all those gigs!

How much does it cost to sell my services?

Once you’ve set up your account and published your gigs, Fiverr will deposit $4 into your account for every $5 gig that you sell, and your revenue will be paid via PayPal 14 days after the order is complete.

What are other people saying about Fiverr?

When reading reviews for Fiverr, I’ve come across numerous buyers and sellers that have been satisfied with the site and with what was delivered to them. But I’ve also found those who claim that a seller never delivered or that they clearly cut corners. Although there are hard-working, reliable and professional sellers on Fiverr, there are also those who will spend about 60 seconds on your gig—or, unfortunately, not deliver it at all, which leads us to…

How do I find the best gigs to buy?

To ensure that you find the best gigs and sellers on Fiverr, here are a few things to take note of. Although my experiences have all been good on Fiverr, there’s no doubt that the quality of work varies drastically. Before you shell out your $5, be sure to look at each sellers’ past gigs’ ratings. Each time a gig is delivered to a buyer, that buyer is given the option to rate the seller’s work and leave comments if they wish, so be sure to read through these. It’s also wise to check out their previous work. Most sellers will have samples on their gig page, but if they don’t, shoot them a message and ask for a sample of their work. Most sellers will be happy to oblige and if they aren’t, then you know to take your money to someone else. And if you’re not completely satisfied with your purchase, you can use Fiverr.com’s customer service department to mediate disputes. And if you’re still not happy, at least you know where you can find someone to dance in a banana suit and give you a good laugh. And let’s face it, that is definitely worth five bucks.