New Fiverr Survey Reveals Task/Gig Marketplace is Booming: Micro-Entrepreneurs on the Rise

→ by Geena Urango < @urango >
at 8:45am Jul 19, 2012

Millions of workers around the world are seeking additional income, freedom and fun by embarking alternative career paths and starting their own businesses. Fiverr, the leading global marketplace for micro services, announced the results of its international “Road to Job Independence” survey. More than 1,100 Fiverr sellers revealed their motivations to start a business on the world’s largest marketplace for the freelance service industry, providing new insights into the flourishing economy of micro-entrepreneurs.

The freedom of the Internet now allows people to work where they want, when they want, how they want. Around the world new types of entrepreneurs are channeling their talents, passions, interests and skills to replace traditional 9-5 jobs. Fiverr makes it easier for you to make money doing what you love.

According to the survey, most Fiverr sellers are successfully able to increase their income by offering unique services not available anywhere else:

  • More than half (57%) of sellers on Fiverr have earned more than $100 since joining the site.
  • Over a quarter (27%) have made over $500, and 15% have earned more than $1,000.
  • 14% report Fiverr is their primary income source, and 39% use their earnings to help with regular expenses.
  • The top 5 sellers have each earned over $100,000.

Most micro-entrepreneurs are young (Avg. age 30), educated (47% have at least bachelor’s degree), and highly independent (45% are freelancers or self-employed).

To view the entire inforgraphic of the survey, click here.

Just in two years from launch, Fiverr is listing almost 1 Million gigs in 200+ countries and 1/3 of all orders are selling for more than the namesake $5

About the Author: Geena Urango


Geena Urango is a graduate student at the University of Southern California. She is currently working on her Master's in Communication Management with an emphasis in Marketing. After finishing her 4 years of eligibility at USC playing for the Women's Volleyball team, she is now training for beach volleyball, and is currently on the USA Beach Volleyball U23 team. Aside from academics and athletics, Geena has had multiple internships in Marketing/PR and aspires to pursue a career in this field. Likes: traveling, mediterranean food, sandy beach hair. Dislikes: country music, bees, slow Internet