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Fiver fortunes corkman joins online venture

Thursday, 14th March, 2013 4:58am

Ever wanted a fat man in his underpants to sing happy birthday to you, ask someone for ten facts about Ireland or get some extra promotional help for your website or company? Fiverr.com has what you need, and of course there's always a Corkman looking to make a quick buck, or five.

The services offered for a fiver on fiverr.com range from bizarre to useful and it's very popular with bargain hunters around the world.

Stephen Palmer, 26, from Douglas, is one of the many entrepreneurs hoping to profit from the obscure money making scheme.

“I first came across it two years ago in a forum,” Stephen said, “I had a look and thought it was pretty cool so I bought a few gigs. It was only five dollars so I thought why not?”

Stephen, who works as a technology consultant here in Cork, bought a few gigs to promote his website watchthiscam.com.  

“I have this website I set up which collates public CCTV cameras around the world for people to watch. So you could log in and see what was going on in a street in Poland or Spain or somewhere. I bought a gig that would promote my sight by getting 5,000 hits but it ended up being spam.”

Not deterred by his bogus gig, Stephen kept using the site and eventually began offering his own services.

'I offer a range of services, I will send a postcard with an Irish stamp to any part of the world, I will fix any Wordpress problem you have or I will promote your service on my Facebook profile which has 5,000 friends.”

Stephen has made 350 dollars since joining the site but explained how some people make a lot of money from the site.

“There is a reputation system, so level two people have a more trusted following than level one and gigs start at a cost of five dollars but they can go up to €40 depending on your level and service. One guy bought a house with money he made on the Fiverr.com, I read about it on the site.”

Although, Stephen hasn't managed excessive wealth from the site he still seems fond of the online business. “It's handy money, I studied Wordpress in college so its not something I find hard. It's easy pocket money.”

The Israeli company, which set up in 2010, offers over 1.3 million services and is one of the 200 top rated websites in the world.

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