- Posted June 27, 2014 by
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Fiverr announces they'll begin taking credit cards
While this writer's Fiverr profile is pretty empty these days -- after all, I no longer offer some of the $5 gig-writing services I used to offer -- I still receive updates from the website.
That's how I learned that Fiverr now allows customers to pay for the services offered, most for only $5 each (or more, if you purchase those "Extras" that accompany certain gigs) with not just PayPal, but also credit cards.
"You can now purchase Gigs® with all major Credit Cards!" screamed the excited email.
"We're excited to announce another quick and convenient payment option for our US community. All payment data will be SSL-encrypted and securely vaulted. Please note this applies to web applications only, mobile apps will follow," it continued.
So that's a nice turn of developments for the little site that could -- the one that has grown into a supremely popular option for finding all sorts of services for only a fin.
People love grabbing folks from all around the world to perform Photoshop tasks, articles writing, book promotions and more, like all that stuff we're not supposed to buy, such as book reviews and the like.
It'll be interesting to see how this change affects their bottom line, because lots of people still don't have PayPal these days, and even though PayPal does allow you to pay for things via a credit card, it's a difficult option to uncover, and loads more folks might feel more comfortable paying for their Fiverr gigs directly with their credit or debit cards.
For the site to become profitable for most entrepreneurs, each $5 gig would have to take only minutes to accomplish -- or at least come with plenty of extra add-on features that allow the person to really showcase their skills and bring in more income with "extras" that can run anywhere from $10 on up added to each $5 gig.
Another great thing about keeping abreast of the site's latest changes is that they send email updates pointing to the profiles of some of their most successful "Fiverrs," which include folks who've been able to buy homes, cars and quit their day jobs based on their newfound income. One voice-over artist was truly amazing, along with other standouts on the site. It's a weird and wonderful place, and when I heard a late night talk show host mentioning the site -- I believe it was Jay Leno -- I knew it had moved out of the realm of geeky Internet sites and into the mainstream.