1- UPWORK AS FREELANCE
Establishing yourself as a freelancer on Upwork can be hard work if you’re not sure where to start. By crafting your professional brand through your profile and adapting your communication style to your clients, you’re more likely to earn jobs.
It’s no doubt that Upwork is one of the largest freelancing platforms in the world. According to financial results, Upwork has been increasing its gross services volume (GSV) by 21% year over year to reach $487 million in the Q1 of 2019. The company is growing at an impressive rate, and freelancers should capitalize on that.
If you’re thinking about joining the online freelance workforce, Upwork is definitely your best bet. According to their website, they host about $1 billion worth of jobs every year, so you’ll definitely find something that fits your skill profile.
The platform connects freelance professionals and agencies with clients in five main areas:
- Content writing
- Creative and design
- IT and engineering
- Sales and marketing
- Business operations
If you’re proficient in one of those, then you’re in good shape. However, be ready to face competition like you’ve never seen before. Upwork has millions of registered active users, which means that you’ll need every trick in the book to win projects.
How to Get Hired as a Freelancer on Upwork
- Start with a strong Upwork application
- Create a descriptive profile
- Tailor your job proposal
- Research the client
Step 1: Start With a Strong Upwork Application
Just a couple of years ago, you could start working on Upwork by filling out your profile and choosing your target skill categories.
Now, Upwork has decided to screen applicants to account for the number of freelancers with the same skill set.
After you provide your information, a special team will then evaluate your registration request and decide if they want to accept you.
This can seem like a daunting process, but there are things that you can do to increase your chances of getting accepted.
- Provide as much job- and skills-related information as possible to show that you’re an expert in your field
- Always include detailed information about education and previous experience
- Stay up to date on the most in-demand skills, such as proposal writing, lesson plan writing, Dropbox API, and UI design.
The trick is to present yourself as a valuable contractor by showing off popular and unique skills. Follow these tips, and you’ll have a higher chance of getting accepted.
Step 2: Create a Descriptive Profile
Your profile at Upwork is your resume. It’s the first thing that the clients see when you apply to jobs, so looking good and professional is essential.
According to Elena Willis, a freelance writer from Studhilfe, every good Upwork profile should:
- Have a great profile picture: Upwork has guidelines to help select a profile picture, but, in short, you should have your face in focus on a simple background. Make sure that your photo is well-lit so that clients can see you clearly.
- Write a concise profile summary: This is a short personal description of yourself that tells the clients what you can do. It also gives a glimpse into your personality.
- Upload relevant portfolio items: Portfolio items give tangible examples of what you’re capable of. Make sure to have a few that show off your best skills.
For example, if you were a graphic designer, you could highlight your background and detail-oriented approach.
Adding emojis is generally avoided, but it can work in your favor if you’re trying to convey a sense of warmth and creativity.
It goes without saying that your profile is a way to brand yourself on Upwork, so you should be professional but thought about it. Are you more to-the-point or is it more beneficial to be approachable? That’s up to you!
Step 3: Tailor Your Job Proposal
Once you’re accepted as a freelancer on Upwork, you’ll get about 30 “connects” to apply to jobs. Connects are used to apply to jobs — one application can cost you between 1-6 of them, so it’s a good idea to use them wisely.
While you can always purchase more connections, you’ll still want to make the most of what you have.
Each project will require you to indicate your price and write a cover letter. The latter goes in the “Additional details” part of your connect proposal.
If you don’t customize your cover letter to fit the job you’re applying for, you likely won’t get the job.
An effective cover letter:
- Is customized: Most clients will spot generic templates immediately. Instead, read the job description carefully and then write a cover letter that shows you understand the project.
- Is short and sweet: “No one wants to spend a lot of time reading your novel,” says Brian White, an expert writer from Essayhilfe. He suggests keeping your letter to about 200 words.
- Includes work samples: After the first paragraph, mention your success on similar projects and give concrete examples.
- Answers the client’s questions: Job descriptions can be long, but it’s important to read through them to address all of the client’s concerns. For example, a post for content writing might have a list of requirements.
The client will base their hiring decision on whether or not you can meet their list of requirements.
Finally, in many cases, clients want to know what you think the best approach to their situation would be. Or, they want to know more about your relevant experience. Be sure to provide answers to each. It’s a chance to let the client know that you have what it takes.
If you want more insights into cover letter writing, read Upwork’s official proposal guidelines to find other useful tips.
Step 4: Research the Client
Beyond just writing a cover letter with your experiences, you can personalize your client communication by researching them.
- Refer to the client by name: You can usually find the client’s name in the job posting. If it’s not there, check out the feedback section from previous contractors for their names.
- Try to mirror their writing style: If the client communicates in a conversational style, responding in a similar way can make them feel more comfortable with you.
- Work with highly-rated clients: Applying to jobs for clients with low feedback may not be a good idea. Watch out for clients with poor payment ratings and negative contractor feedback.
You’re less likely to have a positive experience with them, so skip them altogether.
The job searching process is just as much about finding the right client as it is presenting yourself in the best light. Do your research to get a better picture of your prospects.
Establishing Yourself as a Freelancer Takes Time
Getting hired is a process that takes time, so it’s important to be patient. But there are still steps you can take to help make you more attractive as a freelancer.
Convey your personality through your descriptive profile and personalized cover letter. You can also set yourself apart by doing your due diligence when researching potential clients. Tailor your communications to show that you understand what’s expected. Finally, avoid clients that have a poor track record.
With these tips, you’ll be well prepared to freelance on Upwork. Just be careful what you’re applying for. And stay away from jobs that don’t excite you because freelancing should be fun, too.
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Is Freelancing On Fiverr Worth It? Here’s The Honest Truth
14 months into a full-time marketing job, I decided it was time to start diversifying my revenue streams and experiment with different ways to make money. I had read in several different places that Fiverr was a solid option to consider for writers, so I decided to check it out. In October, I created a profile and became a live member of the Fiverr community.
The set-up was relatively simple, basically just providing a profile picture and some brief descriptions.
I noticed that Writing & Translation was a central category on the platform, which aligned with what I wanted to offer. My area of expertise is in the article/blog realm, and after a few days of browsing through other sellers’ pages to see whats works and what doesn’t, I created my first gig.
For those who don’t know, Fiverr is a marketplace that connects aspiring freelancers (sellers) with customers looking for specific services (buyers). There are a variety of different categories that your work can fall under from Financial Consulting to Logo Design. In order to make money, you have to create “gigs”, which are essentially a mini sales pitch that try to reel in potential buyers to purchase your services.
As with anything, there is no single recipe for success on Fiverr. I cannot give you a step by step guide to make 25k a year or build a funnel of reliable clients. What I can provide are my experiences and (hopefully) insights to help you decide whether or not Fiverr is a solid revenue stream for you to consider.
So, should you start freelancing on Fiverr? Let’s take an in-depth look at the pros and cons.
You Will Work On A Variety Of Projects
In a few shorts months, I’ve done everything from writing blog posts for an upbeat coffee apparel company to website content for an exterminator.
It can be interesting to do research on such diverse industries that I honestly never cared about before.
If you enjoy working on a completely unique project every time, Fiverr might be the right fit.
The obvious pro is that you can make some pocket cash by doing something you enjoy.
Are you being paid fairly? Probably not in comparison to some other platforms and independent freelancers. However, at the end of the day, it is money that you would not have had otherwise. You also don’t have to spend time bidding on projects.
So far I haven’t made much, but transferring money over from Fiverr into my PayPal account is a good feeling regardless.
Website Is Easy To Navigate
Fiverr platform is fairly straightforward, and you can become an expert in finding what you need after a few minutes. The Fiverr staff is open to communicate any issues that you come across and responds fairly quickly. Since so many people are on Fiverr, most of your needs can be resolved after a quick Google search.
Fiverr also has it’s own forum where you can post questions, and people tend to be very helpful and informative.
Fiverr Will Bring You Some Business
Everyone starts at zero on day one. If you put in ten minutes per gig, making sure you optimize your copy to appeal to a potential buyer and throw a nice picture with it, you should be able to snag a few beginner jobs.
Here are several of my active gigs:
I didn’t do any self-promotion or marketing but received several opportunities within my first month.
The hardest hump to get past is that first sale. Mine was an individual requesting I craft a Yelp review for him. This was something that could have easily taken 15 minutes, but I spent nearly two hours on it (roughly $2 per hour). When your starting out, a positive review is one step in the right direction and a negative one is 100 steps the other way.
Luckily, he liked what I wrote.
New Opportunities To Challenge Yourself
You have to learn how to deal with a variety of different people, work within a deadline, and produce content that aligns with what your client has requested. Some sellers may be difficult or unclear, so Fiverr also presents a good opportunity to practice handling clients in an appropriate manner.
Fluctuating Price Points
In the beginning, you will have to undercut yourself.
I set my prices very low and still had interested buyers request custom orders for less.
Very few people will be fine with the price you set as a new seller, and leverage your lack of reviews to insensitive a customer order. This means you can send them an order where the two of you agree on the price, word count, etc.
Fiverr has the name Fiverr for a reason. Many gigs start at $5, and the platform takes 20% out of everything you sell. That means a $5 gig will only make you $4. Even if you sell 25 gigs, you aren’t really making that much.
The amount of time I spent researching competitors, new topics, and creating content, all for a mere $10 (technically $8), may not be worthwhile in the end. Fiverr basically encourages you to sell your services at low increments.
The trade-off is that I may not be able to get any clients at all if I were an independent freelancer.
Difficult To Make Consistent Money
As I said above, Fiverr will send potential clients your way. However, before you have a steady stream of positive reviews, buyers may go elsewhere for an established seller. Since most of the price points are already so low, the difference between paying $5 for someone with no proof of work vs. paying $10 for a seller with 50 positive reviews will be worth it to most people.
Long And Somewhat Annoying Payment Process
Depending on your seller level, it usually takes 14 days to access your funds.
Fiverr Owns Your Clients
Building a list of repeat buyers doesn’t help you outside of Fiverr. You are basically at the mercy of the platform, as the policy on contacting people outside of Fiverr is incredibly strict. They will deactivate your account at any notice of exterior marketing.
This also means that at any time, Fiverr can make a change that will decimate your success. What if they decide to raise their commissions to 50%? Relying so heavily on someone or something else always comes with risks.
Quality Over Quantity
It sounds great, right? Work when you want, get paid to do what you love?
Once a buyer has placed an order, that becomes your immediate priority. Even with my full-time marketing job, I would work during my lunch break and stay a few minutes late to complete an order ahead of schedule. You have to understand that in the beginning, there will be pressure to maintain a very high standard of work to ensure you don’t receive any negative reviews. This could mean sacrificing extra gigs (and money) to focus on the ones you have.
To be the best on Fiverr, you have to generate a lot of reviews. The most surefire way to do this? Buy fake one’s.
I have not done this personally but read multiple articles with “tricks” or “secrets” to excel on Fiverr. Creating your own reviews was in everyone.
Some people will ask to buy your account, or strike up a random conversation in the messenger that has nothing to do with your service.
Fiverr isn’t like Uber, where matches are random, and the driver has some level of income security. Nothing is guaranteed.
If you are willing to (initially) do a lot of work for little pay, and learn how to position yourself on the Fiverr platform, then you may end up doing very well.
Just be aware that your gigs may never take off.
Personally, Fiverr hasn’t worked out great. This is mostly because I simply don’t have the extra time right now to churn out more content and sit around waiting for/promoting orders. Between my full-time job, writing on Medium, building a portfolio, maintaining a relatively strict fitness routine, researching other side hustles, and learning as much as I can, the value on Fiverr hasn’t equaled the time spent.
Diversifying revenue streams is my main project in 2019. There are so many cool and interesting ways for us to make money that most people would never consider outside of their career. Fiverr could be the missing piece of your portfolio.
Do you have an opinion on Fiverr or any similar platforms? Let me know in the comments, I am interested to hear about other people’s experiences.
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I’ll tell you right now, the best way to start a blog to make money is to have a PLAN and to understand just WHAT actually makes money for blogs.
As with most things, there’s a right way and a wrong way to start a blog, if you want it to be profitable.
Despite everything you (may) have heard, you can’t just jump in and start writing whatever you want and hope the readers will come. (They won’t!)
Psst – I recently updated my how to start a blog and make money post with a step-by-step tutorial video (see below) on the technical steps to get your blog set up fast. Trying to do this on your own can take a LOT of time, so definitely give it a watch if you haven’t completed this step!
There are literally millions of blogs on the internet, and only a fraction of them are earning any income.
(It’s hard to get exact statistics, but I’d guess that less than 10% of bloggers ever become “full time”. I heard somewhere that 90% make less than 1$ per day – but don’t worry. I make over 200$ each and every day, and I will show you WHY I earn money with my blog, so that you can start your own blog and make money too.)
So why are so many bloggers failing?
This isn’t because blogging for money is dead – far from it! It’s because people don’t want to accept that learning how to blog and make money is just like learning how to do anything else to make money.
If you want to be a doctor, you go to medical school. If you want to be a photographer, you read about lighting and practice photography.
When you’re working towards establishing a career, you put in the effort and you accept that it’s going to take time.
You treat it like a JOB. Same thing when you want to be a blogger.
Many people want it to be an “easy money” thing, and they don’t want to put in the effort that starting a blog for money requires. They get bored and give up when they won’t see results quickly.
THAT is why so many bloggers don’t earn much.
It is well worth the effort – in the end, you get to have the best freaking job on the planet!
And not to mention, the most flexible job on the planet.
(Seriously – imagine this: I went into the hospital with appendicitis just before Christmas this year. Both I AND my husband missed 2 days of work. BUT, while I was way from my “work” it still brought in the same amount of money as it would have if I had been “working”.)
WHEN PEOPLE ASK ME HOW TO START A BLOG TO MAKE MONEY, I TELL THEM THERE ARE A FEW REQUIREMENTS.
Surprisingly, you don’t need to be super “good at computers” to make a great income as a blogger – I’m certainly not “good at computers” – I actually never took a single computer course in high school. (And yes, I do make a GREAT income as a blogger. I was making $5000/month one year into blogging.)
But you DO need to be dedicated and stubborn enough to make the computers do what you need them to do. You need to be a self-starter, you need to be willing to not give up when you run into snags.
You need to be a problem solver. I’ve had people email me (in response to something I’ve written here or there and say things like… “well, I don’t even know what a URL is”.
And, believe it or not, that’s fine. What’s NOT fine is that they didn’t just think to google “what is a URL”. You MUST be a problem solver.
You also need to be a decent writer – with a good grasp of whatever language you want to write your blog in. OR you need to be creative enough to figure out how to get away without writing much. (That IS an option! You can pay others to write for you, for example.)
Starting a blog to make money requires that you are willing to learn and learn and learn. And then learn some more. (Many people don’t want to hear that – because they want blogging to be the thing that solves all their problems easily… but if there’s a way to make a living blogging without gaining any knowledge about blogging, I haven’t figured it out yet.)
You need to be unafraid of trial and error – and of failure. Sometimes, the best way to figure out what DOES work is to figure out – systematically – what does NOT work.
You need to be willing to invest a little bit. But don’t worry – it doesn’t have to be much of an investment. It actually costs very little to start a blog – about 4$/month for a GOOD blog host, and then IF YOU WANT you can spend another $60 – $100 on a blog theme. That’s totally optional, however. The cost of starting a blog, compared to the cost of setting up a traditional brick and mortar business is PEANUTS.
This is one the least risky (monetary) ventures you will ever take.
I DO suggest that you consider purchasing some good blogging courses in the first year; remember, you want to treat this like a JOB you are training for.
And lastly, before you begin, you should know that blogging is hard work. Sure there are a few of those “overnight successes” out there – but don’t let them fool you into thinking it’s easy. Even they worked hard to get where they are.
Now, if I haven’t scared you away – if you’re still ready to learn how to get started blogging for money, well then…
STOP WAITING. START WORKING!
I wish so much that I had just started my blog 6 years ago when I first had an interest in it. I wish I had let go of all the fears and pushed aside all the overwhelm. I can hardly imagine where I would be now NOW if I had just started THEN.
You have literally almost nothing to lose. Starting a blog for money is one of the least risky “businesses” you can tackle on your own.
I believe that with hard work, you can start and grow a successful, money-making blog.
I believe this because I did it. I am in no way more qualified to be a blogger than anyone else out there.
One day I just thought… why NOT me? (And why not YOU? Why not you?)
Just do it!
I’VE COMPILED MY BEST BEGINNER BLOGGING POSTS INTO A SERIES OF 13 LESSONS DETAILING HOW TO START A BLOG AND MAKE MONEY – THIS FREE COURSE WILL WALK YOU THROUGH THE BASICS – STEP BY STEP.
This is not a comprehensive blogging course that will overwhelm and confuse you. This is how to get started with your blog and understanding what it takes to make a blog profitable. (That part is SO important. Many people start with no understanding of what it takes to earn an income with their blog.)
Some of the advice you’ll read in the following pages might be contrary to what the other bloggers are suggesting – and whenever I make a contrary statement I’ll explain why. (But do your own research and make your own choices!)
Step one and two to getting started with your blog is buying a domain name and hosting.
Purchasing them from SEPERATE companies is a good idea (because that way all your eggs are not in one basket should something go wrong in the future!)
I would purchase your domain name through BLUEHOST.com. They have the best prices I’ve found, and the whois protection (that shields your personal information from the world) is free forever through them. (I paid 20 bucks for it when I started because I didn’t know about BLUEHOST!)
For hosting to start your blog, especially for beginners, BLUEHOST is the way to go. Their customer service (via live chat, phone or submitted ticket) is second to none.
I recommend some other resources throughout the lessons. Everything I recommend is something I have used myself on my journey to grow a full-time income from my blog.
Good luck on your blogging journey – it’s one of the very best journeys I’ve ever taken – and I hope that’s the case for you too!
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PART 1: BASIC BLOG FOUNDATIONS TO START A BLOG ON WORDPRESS
Part one includes some of the more technical details, including where to start a blog and make money – you don’t just want to start it anywhere, believe me! I didn’t do ANY real research on hosting companies before I started my blog – I just started on the platform that the first tutorial I stumbled on suggested… and I regretted that later.
I recommend starting your blog HERE on this host, this is where my blog is STILL hosted to this day, and they have my business because their customer service is excellent and their product is awesome. (But we talk about all that in lesson one.)
READ: THE TRUTH ABOUT STARTING A BLOG
Lesson one is a detailed walkthrough on how to set up your hosting and WordPress. The actual START a blog part. You do want to make sure you are “making” your blog properly so you don’t run into trouble down the road!
READ: HOW TO START A BLOG
Your blog’s THEME is how it looks. There are COUNTLESS options out there to choose from – everything from free to expensive, and there are bad options and good options. Lesson 2 walks you through considerations for choosing your blog’s theme and talks about the single most important aspect of a theme: MOBILE RESPONSIVENESS.
It can be tempting to just jump in and start blogging but there are important little things to do first. Don’t ignore lesson 3!
READ: 5 THINGS TO DO BEFORE WRITING YOUR FIRST BLOG POST
Lesson 4 is much like lesson 3, and if I had to choose one lesson that I would NOT want you to skip out on, it would be this one. Permalinks and google analytics installation can cause you SO many headaches down the road. If you take the time to get these things right when you are first starting your blog, you will never regret it.
READ: WORDPRESS SETTINGS, PERMALINKS & GOOGLE ANALYTICS
By now you’ve probably come across the term “plugin”, and you might be wondering what the heck that is and if you need any of ’em. There are pros and cons to plugins, and you definitely don’t just want to dive in and start installing plugins left and right. Lesson 5 is an overview of what plugins are, how to install them, and what to be careful about regarding plugins when you start a blog.
IT’S TIME! If you have completed allllll the other little steps up to this point, you can WRITE YOUR FIRST BLOG POST! Lesson 6 will show you how!
READ: WRITING YOUR FIRST BLOG POST IN WORDPRESS
Lesson 7 just covers some very basic beginner mistakes people make that cause their blogs to grow more slowly. We can skip past these things and look more “professional” out of the gate – if we know to watch for them.
READ: 7 WAYS TO LOOK LESS LIKE A “NEWBIE” BLOGGER
The final 2 part lesson in part one of this course on starting a blog for money is GETTING BLOG TRAFFIC. No point in writing if no one shows up to read your blog! There are a number of ways to get traffic to your blog, and this lesson covers my favorite ways – GOOGLE and PINTEREST!
PART 2 – MAKING MONEY WITH YOUR BLOG
If you’re already blogging, but asking “How can I start blogging FOR MONEY (not just for fun)”?? Then THIS is for you!
Lesson 9 details HOW blogs actually make money. You’re writing content and putting it out there, but who is paying you?! People email me and ask this all the time. Lesson 9 will help you understand WHO will send you a paycheck for blogging.
READ: BASIC BLOG MONETIZATION – HOW DO BLOGS MAKE MONEY?
I also recommend reading this, at this point: 15 Bloggers who make money blogging WITHOUT “blogging about blogging”.
There are some kinds of blog content that make money, and some that don’t. Plain and simple. This is another big reason why many bloggers fail to earn an income – they don’t understand what KIND of content you should write when you want to start making money with your blog. Lesson 10 explains how to write profitable content.
READ: WHAT IS PROFITABLE CONTENT
Affiliate marketing is one of the fundamentals ways many people monetize their blogs. You can talk about products or services you use and love – and if someone else clicks YOUR link and makes a purchase, you can make money on that sale! Of course, there is more to it than that, and lesson 11 walks you through the basics of what affiliate marketing is.
Lesson 12 is tackling the email list. For me, this seemed like the biggest, scariest task of all… but building an email list is what broke my “income ceiling” for my blog. Until I started an email list, I was earning 3-5000/month pretty consistently. AFTER I started an email list, I managed to have some 8-10k/months with my blog!
READ: MY BIGGEST BLOGGING MISTAKE – IGNORING MY EMAIL LIST
When you start a blog to make money you often forget that it will require patience – but if you’ve been at this a few months and still aren’t seeing any income, you may be making one of these very basic mistakes. Lesson 13 will go over identifying your problem areas and provide some solutions to help you conquer these issues and start making money with your blog!
READ 5 REASONS YOU’RE NOT MAKING MONEY WITH YOUR BLOG
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