Become a social impact investor for as little as $50.
What does every non-profit want? Help and resources for their mission.
What does (almost) every non-profit lack? Money to pay for things.
Well, if you have not discovered Fiverr.com, you may find it as exciting as I have. There are thousands of talented and experienced people offering goods and services for the starting price of just $5 each. So what can you get for $5? You can generally get something that is worth at least the money you pay, and depending on your value system, you can often get something worth much more.
I needed a browser automation script created with IMacros. Sure I could have spend an hour or two and figured it out, but for $5 someone did it for me. Now I have a working script that does what I want and a good resource if I should need more programming in the future.
While many things are a bit silly and not practical, there are a number of Virtual Assistants that will do research or data entry for as little as $5 for three hours of work.
I am testing an offer myself on Fiverr.com. I'm offering to conduct an Internet investigation for just $5. As you may have guessed it seems like a good way for companies to find new clients and let them test you out before hiring you for a big job. If you have used Fiverr please post a comment and share what you think about it.
Back when I was in college I used to use fiverr and other sites to do graphic design work. A lot of people wanted really simple things so it was an easy 5 bucks for under 30 mins of work. The only thing I didn't like about fiverr is that you have to be extremely detailed in your products and offerings, so many people would try to bundle things for a lower price, which didn't make that much sense, they were already getting something for a lot less than a freelance or design agency.
That being said, it's a great way to find people, and if you're promoting yourself, make a little bit of pocket money. Another great site to check out is https://www.freelancer.com/ I used to do this to, it was easy to be contacted and easy to get some experience under my belt. Freelancer lets you post jobs that designers can apply for, and then you can pick the best one out of the group. Really helps out the designers, as well as your organization.
Hope this helps!
From time to time I get to get a good use out of my fiverr account, either to hire cheap services or earn a few bucks. Well now, it's more of the former than the latter, but the ey to getting the most our of what you pay is the screening part. If I wanna save up on some bucks, I make sure to spend a lot of time screening possible worker for the task I have. And if I don't have time for that, I opt for the more expensive ones.
I've been promoting virtual volunteering - nonprofits involving online volunteers to undertake various tasks, entirely for free - since the 1990s, and in doing so its pushed me regarding ethical considerations for involving ALL volunteers, any volunteers, not just online volunteers. I cringe over any recruitment by a nonprofit that pretty much says, "We can't pay people to do this work so, please, come do it for us for free." When I was directing the Online Volunteering Service at the UN, a union of translation professionals let it be known they did NOT like it that we were promoting the service as a way for small NGOs to find translation help, and I appreciated their pushback - I don't want volunteering, online or offline, used as a way to threaten people's paid livelihood.
That's my long-winded way of saying I'm enjoying this discussion...
-=-=-=-=-=- Jayne Cravens Author, The LAST Virtual Volunteering Guidebook
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