What can you get for five bucks? A sub sandwich, a six-pack of cheap beer, a gallon-and-a-half of gas, five things at the 99-cent store or a visit to the laundromat. At Fiverr, five bucks can get you an audio track mastered, a rendering of yourself as a Simpson's character, a professional voice-over, a customized song, guitar lessons, an isometric pixel-art sprite, a pair of earrings made from a circuit board, someone to listen to your feelings for 15 minutes or one of more than 3.5 million other products and services.
Fiverr is one of the biggest and most organized examples of a "gig economy" (or what we lower middle-class folks have long called "getting by"), in which people work a host of part-time "gigs" instead of a traditional full-time job. At $5 a pop, and with the sheer mass of options available on the site, making a living on Fiverr might be tougher than working a couple of part-time jobs. But with "Gig Extras"--an additional charge for upgraded, expedited or customized work--an ability to work quickly and offer a quality product or service (ratings can make or break someone), it can be one way to get by in a gig economy and maybe have some fun doing it.
It's an inexpensive way to get some help creating a website or editing your manuscript, purchase a unique piece of jewelry, or get someone to think about you or someone you love for an entire day. Seriously. For $5, a 21-year-old Norwegian student will "channel positive energy your way and will make you smile." Who couldn't use a little more of that?