Fiverr. Many people bemoan the rise of it and everyone who doesn't use it thinks everything on it is five dollars, and that the people who use it are either selling out by providing services on there, or ripping off professionals by using it...
So firstly, let's dispel the myth - Fiverr was everything for a fiver, years and years ago. But even then, sellers would offer a base service and it would be the necessary extras that soon made the order considerably larger. For example, you could get, say, a rough black and white sketch delivered in a week for $5, or, with the gig's extras, you could get a refined picture, delivered the next day, in full colour, complete with bells and whistles for a significant price hike.
But Fiverr marketed to get penny pinching clients on board, and in turn offended freelancers and professionals who weren't prepared to look a little deeper at its promise. It was proudly announcing itself as a place to hire freelancers on the cheap. A disruptive start up, if you will... It built a humongous client and provider base and then, once in people's hearts and minds, it altered completely so that people could charge what they wanted. It switched to the side of the seller. But it's still called Fiverr. Clever.
Now, particularly with their new Fiverr Pro project, prices for services can venture into the £1000s. So, yes, you can still pick up a bargain, but you can also shell out considerable cash for something you can be 100% confident in, produced by total professionals. Fiverr isn't that Fiverr anymore.
If you do come across someone offering something clearly worth more than the $5 that they still feel obliged to charge - you tip that poor bastard and tell him to up his prices!
But don't be upset at those selling cheap. Demand soon meets and overtakes supply with the ones truly worth their salt and the good ones will soon be cruising at prices to truly match their ability. We all start somewhere.
So, I've used Fiverr for over 100 orders now to fill a variety of creative, musical or marketing needs, and having separated much of the wheat from the chaff (and frankly, there is a lot of chaff), I can just go ahead and list the guys who have really stood out, delivered really exceptional work and who you can trust to help you. I'm doing this because, frankly, they deserve your business and I need to write a blog. Just tell them Rosko sent you! Here are the best freelancers on Fiverr, or the best gigs on Fiverr, according to me.
Art & Design
Character Design and Artwork: ajordaz - Designed the truly beautiful characters I have depicting my character voices on my site (don't go biting my style though!) https://www.fiverr.com/ajordaz
Avatar Design and Artwork: nayhashahid - She designed the avatars we have for our VOs at FlyVoiceovers. Too cheap - so tip BIG https://www.fiverr.com/nayhashahid
Pixel Art: harveydentmd - an exceptional pixel artist who delivered me a set of bespoke characters for my last website design https://www.fiverr.com/harveydentmd
Photoshop Work: mary1892 - Has provided me with some exceptional Photoshop work as and when needed https://www.fiverr.com/mary1892
Written work: justfemi A capable writer who has far exceeded the work of people who charge considerably more. Still green but researches well and delivers eloquent work https://www.fiverr.com/justfemi
Sourcing Info and General Help: kevinhall258 - UK based and an excellent communicator. Totally capable and reliable. Found me a list of networking events I wasn't getting round to researching myself. https://www.fiverr.com/kevinhall258
Internet Lead Generation: briyce20 - Delivers manually found leads, and totally undervalues his service. Always tip BIG! https://www.fiverr.com/briyce20
To Camera: Kymmypops - Fiverr's own pin-up girl. She owns the place and I don't know where she finds the time to deliver the vast order numbers. But she does and she did for me. An exceptional piece to camera introducing a concept on a website I produced. https://www.fiverr.com/kymmypops
Drum Loops: andrybeats - Loop packs that truly sound supreme. https://www.fiverr.com/andrybeats
Pianist: phubry - Prices himself too cheaply, but eclipsed others I've used for more. Just gets totally gets it, has enormous skill, great equipment and over delivers. Tip well! https://www.fiverr.com/phubry
Trumpet: TrumpetGuy - Again, charges five bucks for a trumpet riff, but he actually over delivers! https://www.fiverr.com/trumpetguy
Voice Over Work
Don't be tempted: FlyVoiceovers - The internet's best voice over artists and voice actors are found right here; all hand picked and ready to go http://www.flyvoiceovers.com or just ask yours truly of course :)
I'll keep building this list as I continue to uncover gems, so subscribe to my blog for more. And if anyone has found any other exceptional Fiverr workers, drop us a line in the comments below :)