Targeted at independent freelancers and micro workers, DeskGigs is an online marketplace where sellers can advertise the services they provide, name their price, and buyers can then purchase these service as needed. According to DeskGigs, they specialize in the internet marketing niche (e.g. get 1,000 YouTube/SoundCloud plays, gain Twitter/Instagram followers, post reviews on your behalf, boost Google page rank, etc.), although jobs are available from a wide variety of other categories, including:
- Advertising (Online and off)
- Fun & Bizarre
- Gift Ideas
- Graphics (Banners, logo design, website design)
- Health & Lifestyle
- Music & Audio
- Online Marketing
- Silly Stuff
- Tips & Advice
The fixed price micro jobs featured on DeskGigs start at $4 and can go up to $100 or more, although the vast majority are between $4 and $10.
Whether you’re a prospective buyer or seller, you have a lot of questions when it comes to DeskGigs. How does it work? Who should use it? Is it worthwhile? What are the pros and cons? Let’s take a look at all of these—and more.
How Does DeskGigs Claim to Work?
The Basic Version: Find a job you want, contact the seller, get your work completed, and pay for the services.
The Detailed Version: After signing up for your DeskGigs account, you’ll need to find a gig you’re interested in. In order to accomplish this, you can browse each category individually or search for a specific keyword. Then, you can filter your results (which include a short description) by date, popularity, rating, price, and more.
Once you locate a gig you’d like completed, you can click on its icon and read the full description. If you’re ready to move forward, you can either contact the seller if you have additional questions, or click the “Order Now!” link to begin work.
After your order has been place, you’ll pay in advance using PayPal or a credit card, and an email is sent to the seller in order to notify them that someone has purchased their services, and that the project should be completed within the advertised time. If the seller doesn’t respond within 48 hours, then the gig is automatically cancelled by DeskGigs.
While the gig is being worked on by the seller, all communication will take place (including feedback) directly through the DeskGigs system and identities are kept anonymous. After the seller has completed the work, all final files are sent through a specialized “Deliver Completed Work” button. After this occurs, the buyer has 3 days to look over the work, or it will automatically be marked as complete. If there are any disputes during this time, they will be handled through DeskGigs’ dispute resolution system.
Once the gig is complete, there will be an automatic 10-day clearance period for any funds, after which they will be transferred to your account and will be available for withdrawal.
What is a Micro Job?
As you probably guessed, micro jobs are small, “temporary, task-type jobs of all types” that are booked through the internet.
Perhaps the most well known micro job website is Fiverr, although startups like MicroWorkers.com, EliteWorkers.org, and DeskGigs are quickly taking some of their market share. In addition, although these websites are suited more toward larger jobs, Upwork (oDesk), Elance, and Freelancer.com will also host micro jobs from time to time.
Why Are Micro Jobs Websites Like DeskGigs Becoming So Popular?
Micro job websites such as DeskGigs clearly provide immense benefits to each party involved; primarily, sellers get to earn some money, buyers get jobs completed for bargain basement prices, and DeskGigs earns a commission for bringing the 2 parties together (more about this in a moment).
What is DeskGigs’ Relationship with Fourerr?
Speaking of other micro jobs website, while browsing DeskGigs’ Terms & Conditions, we found the company Fourerr mentioned, which makes us think that the two might be related. However, we were unable to verify this connection using third-party websites.
Are Customers Pleased with DeskGigs?
Although CrowdSourcing.org claims DeskGigs was founded in May 2013, their URL appears to have not been registered until August 2014. Why are we mentioning this? Because although the company appears to have been online for the better part of 6 months, there weren’t many online customer reviews for DeskGigs.
In fact, we were only able to locate 3 online reviews For DeskGigs through SiteJabber.com, Reviewopedia, and TrustPilot, all of which were wholly positive.
Regarding other micro jobs websites, some of the most common complaints appear to revolve around poor quality work, difficulty processing disputes (can drag on for months), and buyers expecting additional work after contract has started. Granted, this may not be what you’ll experience with DeskGigs, but it’s worth noting.
DeskGigs Pricing & Refund Policy
DeskGigs registration is free for both buyers and sellers.
Once contracts are complete, sellers will be paid their advertised price for the job, less a 20% fee, which will only be credited after a job has been completed. Note: Keep in mind that, when compared to the other providers mentioned above (Elance, oDesk, etc,), DeskGigs charges a very high fee on what are already very low-priced jobs.
As a seller, your DeskGigs funds are withdrawn through PayPal (2% fee, up to $1) or MoneyBookers.
While there are no refund policies explicitly listed on the DeskGigs website, you can find out more information by contacting customer service at 650-636-7457.
Is DeskGigs a Good Option for Hiring Freelancers or Completing Micro Jobs?
Chopping to the point: Overall, DeskGigs is a nearly identical concept as Fiverr, although it’s a much newer company without many categories or online customer reviews.
As a seller though, sites like DeskGigs should not be considered a full-time job, as you definitely won’t be able to earn a living at these prices. However, DeskGigs may be a good option for freelancers looking to earn a little extra cash, or for beginning work at home entrepreneurs to build their portfolios.
At these ultra-low prices though, buyers should keep in mind that they may not receive the best work, and sellers may not be dealing with quality, repeat buyers.