Guide Freelancer

The Ultimate Guide to Becoming a Successful Freelancer

Would you like an extra $1,000, $5,000, or even $10,000 per month? What if you could bring in that type of income every single month? You do have the skills and knowledge to utilize this.

While stacking up an extra $10,000 isn’t exactly a cinch, doing so is also not as hard as you might think. Anyone with the right mindset can get motivated to start earning more; be it with a new job, a side hustle, an investment opportunity, or some combination of all three.

What is Freelancing?

Freelancing is a form of self-employment; freelancers are flexible in lending their skills and talents to a number of clients. They are not hired by a company or dedicated to a single client, freelancers are free to select the projects they want to be working on, and the customers they want to work for. They usually work from home, or rent a studio or office space.

Although it is possible to combine self-employment with other work, many commit to full-time freelancing. It allows you to put all of your attention and energy into your company. It is also the most successful way to create an impressive portfolio and strong working relationships.

What are Freelance Jobs?

Here’s a list of the most common jobs when it comes to freelancing:

  • Writing
  • Copywriting
  • Editing/proofreading
  • Video editing
  • Virtual assistance
  • Graphic designing
  • Voiceovers
  • Marketing
  • Translating
  • Online tutoring
  • SEO

Types of Freelance Jobs

Most people think of freelancers and think of creative jobs: publishing, editing, maybe advertising, or marketing gigs. While those fields are full of opportunities for the types of entrepreneurs who choose to work at home or outside the home, either full-time or part-time, they are far from being the only jobs that lend themselves to the entrepreneurial life. Here’s a roundup of several freelance jobs — a few that you may never expect.

1.Selling Products

If you can produce a quality product that sells, you can end up with a money-printing license.

Do you like crafts or hand-made goods? Have you ever posted an image of something nice you’ve bought, on Facebook or Instagram, and your friends have gone crazy, desperate to find out where you bought it from?

If so, there are many online websites that might be a great place to put your skills to work and earn some extra cash every month:

  1. Etsy (Etsy is an online marketplace full of products made by people from all over the world.)
  2. eBay (eBay is a  place for online auctions. Anybody can buy or sell almost anything they want there.)
  3. Craigslist (If you want to sell larger furniture or pieces of furniture, try Craigslist. Selling bulky goods locally can be simpler because shipping does not cost extra. Moreover, people tend to want to see how furniture looks prior to buying.)

2.Promote Products as an Affiliate

Affiliate marketing is the process by which an affiliate earns a commission on the marketing of the products of another person or company. The affiliate simply searches for the product they enjoy, then promotes the product and earns a share of the profits from each sale they make.

In the case of blogging, a blogger can become an affiliate of a selected company through an affiliate network. Through this, they will make money by becoming an affiliate by placing a link, button, or banner into a blog post that will lead readers to the services or products of that affiliate.

You can become an affiliate really easily. Some examples of some affiliate networks you can use:

3.Write a Short Book

Whether you’ve got something to say, a story to tell, or a subject to teach, you might want to consider writing books.

eBooks are still books, but they can be published or downloaded online in a chosen format. It is also cheaper and easier to publish books this way. You can write them, employ writers, use content from the public domain, or create your eBooks from various sources.

In recent years, authors publishing themselves has been quite popular. Take Hugh Howey for example, he sold to Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing a series of science fiction novels. He sold around 20,000 — 30,000 copies a month for a while, generating $150,000 monthly in income. The writer of ‘paranormal romance’ and fantasy novels, Amanda Hocking, sold well over a million Amazon books and made profits in excess of $2 million.

These platforms can help you to publish your eBook:

4.Rent Your Space

It’s been easier than ever in the past few years to rent your space, but it’s still likely that you haven’t heard about it yet. There are some crazy ways of making a few thousand dollars by renting your space, depending on how much space you have.

This can include: a place for people to stay, store things, or even just park their car.

Following are the platforms which you can use to rent your space:

5.Work with UBER

Uber is a new idea to add to your list. In recent days this ride-sharing company has had bad press, but it can still work as a lucrative side gig if you use it properly. But here’s the warning: you have to learn the tips and tricks to make good money with Uber.

The absolute most critical part of making Uber a good side gig is knowing the local market. You need to know when to drive and where to get the cheapest, most consistent fares.

There are some alternative companies to UBER:

6.Become a Freelancer

It’s a good time to be a freelancer! There are so many opportunities for earning money online, out there, it’s mind-boggling. If you have some type of skill, from writing to analytics, to financing. There are likely going to be jobs that you can do online and get paid for, depending on your skillset.

For example, if you can write, you can easily earn over $1000 a month, by freelance writing for bloggers and other websites. You can write a short 300-word article for $25. It may take a lot of articles at first, but over time you can earn over $2,000 a month through freelance writing.

Recommended Freelance Platforms:

7.Invest in Real Estate

We’re big fans of crowd-funded real-estate investments right now. Basically, this helps you to pool your money with “friends” and others to buy a property. Just like standard real estate investment, you will get your share of the property’s profits, as well as any profit that happens when it’s sold.

RealtyMogul is a common example of this, it offers a range of properties for buyers to choose from, including residential, mixed-use, industrial, and retail. They do not charge fees to their investors; rather, they put the burden on the property holders. Just a few weeks after the project is funded, investors will start seeing a return.

Some other examples of Real Estate Investing Websites:

8.Do Tasks with TaskRabbit

TaskRabbit helps you to tap into an established marketplace of people locally seeking help with chores. The assignments can vary in size, from just cleaning a kitchen to home renovations.

TaskRabbit Alternatives:

9.Work for the Delivery Apps

Through using PostMates, you can raise some cash when you’re in dire straits. With this, you don’t always need a car, a pedal bike would be enough for deliveries in busier cities and downtown centers. It can also be used to get food from specialty locations that don’t supply themselves, but it can be used for other items, such as picking up your shopping delivery from Forever 21.

PostMates Alternatives:

10.Answers Questions in Q&A Platforms

Many platforms allow doctors, attorneys, engineers, and those with enhanced expertise in a specialized field, to gain an extra small income simply by answering questions from people who would otherwise have to pay a heavy sum for those answers.

Following are some such platforms:

11.Get Paid to Play with Dogs

There are dedicated networks that connect dog owners with dog walkers. Rover is one of the most comprehensive dog walker networks online. Of course, you could also use social media to advertise your services, or just knock on neighborhood doors, but you will likely get more business through using one of those services.

Rover Alternatives:

12.Sell Your Photos

You need to be good at photography to earn some money through it, but you can sell pictures on many online photography platforms to earn a passive income from something you may be very passionate about.

Photography Platforms:

13.Become a Personal Trainer

You could be a personal trainer if you understand fitness. Consumers pay decent money for personal trainers, if only for someone to keep them on track to their goals. You will add value to them, while financially assisting yourself.

Fitness Platforms:

14.Become a Blogger

It’s possible to make money with a blog, whether it’s a hobby blog or a business blog. It is not a fast or deal that gets rich, but if you do it right, you can earn enough to help your family and much more.

Let’s dig into and see how your blog can help you make a profit.

Quick Steps to Create a Blog:

  • Carefully select the best platform for your blog
  • Find a perfect web host and choose a domain name
  • Design your blog
  • Find as many useful resources as you can

Blogging platform: You must first find the best blogging website. Most are available with all types of features, but I encourage WordPress.org to host it. It is one of the biggest and most user-friendly blogs. It allows you to easily build your blog however you would like. The secret here is simplicity.

Web host and a domain name: Free blogs have a lot of limitations and disadvantages, but it’s possible to own your blog absolutely by hosting a blog on your own domain. Therefore, take running a blog in your own domain seriously. There are many hosting companies (a couple of examples being: Bluehost, NameCheap) with free domain name options, and I urge all new bloggers to use one of these.

Design: You can enjoy many free themes of your WordPress blog if you want to go with WordPress. The best option is to go with the one that’s quick to adapt and looks, to some degree, professional yet still eye catching.

Content: You should start by writing articles in the niche of your blog and you have to do your best to make the articles creative, informative, and interesting for your visitors.

Monetize with CPC & CPM Ads: One of the most popular methods of making money for bloggers is by having advertisements on their blogs.

Two famous kinds of advertising are available:

CPM Ads: CPM Ads, or “cost per 1,000 impressions.” These types of ads pay you a fixed amount of money based on how many people view your ad.

CPC Ads: Cost per click, also called pay per click. These types of ads are usually banners that you place within your content or sidebar. Each time a reader clicks on the ad, you are paid for that click.

The most popular ad placement network is Google AdSense. You don’t need to be in direct contact with advertisers with this program. Google chooses ads that are relevant to your content, then simply places a banner on your site, and your viewers click on the ads. There are countless other similar programs available if you find that AdSense doesn’t work for you. For example, Infolinks or Media.net.

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