Fiverr is a platform for creatives to sell their services for as little as $5 - services such as designing a logo, retouching images, creating a website, video editing and much more.
For businesses & start ups who perhaps do not have a large budget, Fiverr is great for providing them with everything they may need to brand their company and send them in the right direction with their business ideas. However, is this style of marketplace devaluing every professional who provides these services at a cost which is larger than $5?
If we take my profession, retouching, this industry is full of professionals who are fantastic at Photoshop and have spent years mastering the skills to retouch an image at industry standard and also spent this time building their brand and client base. Should these professionals be worried for marketplaces such as Fiverr, who offer the same services for a fraction of the price.
For those who know about quality, technical skills and professionalism will know that spending that extra money for the service and quality of the product will be more satisfied than paying such a small amount for something which may be unsatisfactory. However, for those on a strict budget perhaps do not know the difference between a fast-paced quick retouched image compared with a highly detailed quality retouched image, all they see is the cost and at $5 they can't go wrong.
Fiverr has been around since 2010 and more and more professional designers & business advisers are now turning to this website to earn themselves a little pocket money - I am even contemplating using the site to put a few pennies in the bank. You could potentially be spending $5 for a logo that's designed by a professional designer which could be worth at least $500 - it's worth paying into as you may be in with luck with who designs your work.
What are your thoughts on Fiverr? Should we be worried they could be taking away our customers or do you think it's a brilliant platform for people just starting out? Let me know in the comments & on Twitter @PhotoshopPro.