Ryan Heenan, a local entrepreneur, is a seller on the website Fiverr, where participants render services for as little as $5. (Don Leach, Daily Pilot / June 9, 2014)

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Whatever the disclaimer, it's not hard to imagine many entrepreneurs aiming to follow in Heenan's footsteps. According to Micha Kaufman, the founder and chief executive of Fiverr, there is already a growing culture of people looking to support themselves entirely through the website.

"We've had people putting down payments on their houses before, people who put themselves through college or were able to either avoid or pay back their student loans," he said. "We're seeing a growing group of people who are turning Fiverr into their main source of income. I think the main thing about that is that they're able to achieve financial independence on their own terms."

Fiverr, which launched in 2010 and is headquartered in Tel Aviv, now counts millions of sellers. A click on the website's home page gives an indication of how extensive its offerings are, as rows of small panel ads, many accompanied by a smiling portrait of the seller, hawk any number of digital wares:

"I will record a 150 word young American male voice over."

"I will prepare a letter of recommendation for you."

"I will draw anything you want as a digital cartoon."

In spirit, the site feels like a more high-tech Craigslist — and, indeed, Kaufman said forging connections between people an ocean apart is a primary aim of the company.

"Through technology, what we've enabled is this concept of global audience," he said. "In the past, a graphic designer from Boise, Idaho, had very local clientele from his or her neighborhood. Today, this graphic designer has customers in Japan, in San Francisco, in London, and that really opens up the scope of inflow that they can have."

Heenan has gotten orders from 42% of the countries in the world — a statistic that he heralds with a map on his profile page. That's already enough to keep him busy, and with his other endeavors, leisure time gets precious.

What else could he possibly take on?

"The peanut butter company," he said, grinning. "We just moved into a new commercial kitchen in Huntington Beach."