Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Bite-sized Services

I have always loved art and craft fairs. Early on, I noticed that almost all the artists had at least a few items at a low price-point, even those artists whose work ran well into the thousands —or tens of thousands—of dollars. I was awake well into the early hours of this morning brainstorming services that I could post on the website Fiverr, which prices all services at five dollars. I have mixed feelings about the concept. On one hand, there is some danger it undervalues people’s work. On the other hand, it provides a fun opportunity to take a very small idea and develop it as a bite-sized service, just like the greeting cards some of the watercolorists sell at the art fairs. This morning I launched my first mini-service, an offer to proofread people’s family Christmas letters.

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