How to Make Money Online as a Freelancer

How do I get started as a freelancer online?

You may have heard about Freelancing at some point, but maybe you’re not quite sure about what it is. Freelancing is simply working on a for hire basis. When someone needs a job done, but doesn’t need someone full time they may post a listing asking for help. If you get hired on by this company you are considered a freelance worker.

Freelancing is great for someone that is trying to fund a business, but is also working a full time job elsewhere. It’s also great for someone that is running a business, but has a little time on their hands to do side jobs. Anyone can freelance no matter what skill you have. It could as simple as mowing lawns or as complex as creating a mobile app for a company. It all just depends on your skill set and hustle.

Where can I Find Potential Jobs?

So finding work online might be easier than you think, it just takes a little bit of searching to find the right kinds of jobs. I’m going to list a few places you can try out, but it is far from the only places you can go in order to find work. It all depends on your creativity level. Enough with the small talk though, let’s get to the freelancer list.

Fiverr

Fiverr* is one of the most common places you can go to sell your services. So if you’re looking to sell services, especially coding and design work, you can post your jobs here. The name Fiverr comes from the fact that work can start as low as $5 for people to buy. Despite this you can charge more than this if you’d like.

Upwork

Upwork is a site where freelancers can go in order to find companies looking for work. It’s a little different, and a lot more professional, than Fiverr. Users can contact you for work, but primarily freelancers are there to find work from businesses posting requests.

A business will post there requirements on the site and what price they’re looking to spend. From there freelancers will submit their offers and are given a chance to demonstrate why they’re the right choice for the job. If the company picks you, than you perform the work and get paid. Companies can rate you based on your performance so be sure to do awesome work.

Social Media

If you have a good following on social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube than you can potentially have people reach out to you on there. You can simply make an agreement via email or messenger systems and bill them via a platform like PayPal for the work. When I do work like this I like to bill on a deposit basis. Basically the customer puts a certain amount down for the job and pay the rest at completion. I deal with websites so it’s less likely for me to get ripped off since I can always just take the site down if they don’t pay.

YouTube is fantastic for doing freelance work because you can make videos showing off your skills or even giving some tips for free. If you can gain trust via your free content you may find people more willing to pay you for your services on a freelancing level.

LinkedIn ProFinder

The LinkedIn ProFinder page is a place where people can find a vetted professional freelancer. To get listed on the ProFinder part of the website you’ll need to meet certain requirements. For starters you’ll need a LinkedIn profile, I would strongly suggest filling out all of your info and making sure your artwork looks good also. LinkedIn also likes you to have some recommendations or endorsements from some of your LinkedIn connections before they’ll put you on their ProFinder listing.

With that being said, if you have clients on your LinkedIn profile it would be a good idea to get them to give you some endorsements on your skills. Not only will it help you get into the program, but it will increase your chances of being selected by potential clients. Overall the ProFinder section works much like UpWork, but it is tied in with the LinkedIn system so one could argue it’s an even better option to find work.

Website

If you create your own website you can populate it with useful information and content to show off your skills. With a website of your own you can post portfolios, add blog articles, and place some testimonials from past clients.

Having a website can make your content easier to find via web search compared to the other options listed because everything on the site will be all about you. I highly recommend posting blogs and other informative content on your website to answer questions clients might have, show off your skills, and demonstrate to viewers why you’re the right choice for them. Similarly to social media you can set up deals via email and charge with PayPal.

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So there are a few ways you can get yourself a little bit of extra money by working freelance for clients. If you have enough skill and hustle you can easily turn this into a full time gig and potentially ditch your current job. How awesome would that be?

Have any ideas of your own that I didn’t mention? I’d love to hear about them in my comments section so please, let me hear it!

 

Many Small YouTubers to Lose Monetization. Are you 1 of them?

The Bad News

On January 16th the news came from YouTube that many people will dread hearing. Previously YouTube required all creators to have at least 10,000 lifetime channel views in order to apply for monetization again. Many have felt this policy would be tightened and as of today that’s exactly what has happened.

This post was added to the YouTube Creator blog from Neal Mohan and Robert Kyncl. Here’s a rundown of the basics of this notice.

  • Channels must have 1,000 subscribers and 4,000 hours of views over the last 365 days in order to stay monetiezed.
  • This policy is effective immediately for new channels, but won’t go into effect until Feb. 20, 2018 for existing channels.
  • 99% of affected channels earn less than $100 per year.
  • 90% of affected channels earned less than $2.50 in the past month.

What this means simply is that as of February 20th you will not have monetization anymore if you have less than 1,000 subs and 4,000 hours of watch time in the last 12 months. Sub count is easy to check for, you either have them or you don’t. When it comes to the watch time you’ll have to visit your creator studio to check how you’re doing there.

Visit your creator studio, go into analytics and change the time period to “Last 365 Days”. The magic number is Watch Time at 240,000 minutes. This number is equal to 4,000 hours. I’ve highlighted the sections to look at in the picture below.

As you can see, I am no longer going to be monetized as of February 20th.


What does this mean for me?

For myself and many creators like me, it means that I’ll have to hit these marks before I’ll be able to make money after this point. According to the article any site that is currently receiving monetization will be reviewed automatically upon reaching the required numbers. It’s worth noting though: If you’ve already made money via monetization you will still keep that money. I have seen this question asked in a few locations and thought I should put it here as well.

Personally I’m very close to the mark already so it hopefully won’t take me long to get there. I feel really bad for folks who are putting quality content, but aren’t anywhere near this mark. Even though YouTube claims most channels made under $2.50 in ad revenue, mine was much closer to the $15 per month ball park.

 

How are people reacting?

The comments contain a lot of what you’d expect. A large number of upset creators are expressing their anger. Comments include the following:

The soul crushing comment will probably hit home for many of you reading this. I agree, for many this news will certainly demoralize a lot of creators, especially the ones who were just recently approved. I feel your pain folks, I really do.

What does this mean for the future of YouTube?

I feel like many creators will certainly drop out of the game with this news. These are the most strict regulations yet. For those of whom currently meet the criteria I believe this is a good thing actually. This should hopefully drive up the demand as the number of potential advertising spots will be significantly less. It also means there will be, in theory at least, more higher quality spots available. I do however think it will reduce the competition slightly so if you’re not in it for money right away you might find yourself in a better position to be discovered.

So will YouTube fail now? Absolutely not. These issues facing creators mean absolutely nothing to viewers in general and there is still a lot of great content out there on YouTube. Remember, YouTube is the largest video site on the web and the 2nd largest search engine in the world. A few angry creators will not cause that to change too much.

What can creators do to combat this?

If you’re in a bind and are now finding yourself in a world of zero monetization you are not completely without hope. There are many other great ways to make money online with your videos. Smaller channels are still able to leverage methods like Affiliate Marketing, Merch Sales, and crowdfunding sites like Patreon. Sure, it’s a little bit tougher than uploading videos and collecting the ad revenue, but good businessman can manage these sorts of downfalls.



Other sites like Twitch and Facebook are doing some smaller testing with monetization options of their own, so trying other platforms may also be a viable option in the near future. Facebook is trying very hard to compete with YouTube on the video front and this could open a door for Facebook to attract some creators away from the Tube platform over to theirs. I don’t want you to take this paragraph as me saying “Yeah, leave YouTube now!”. I’m just pointing out there are some other options out there depending on what types of videos you’re making. The platform you decide to focus on is important and should take a lot of consideration before making a final decision.

I also feel like this is a great reason for users to have a blog of their own. By having your own personal space you’re in more control of ad placement and the content that is being pushed to users. By relying solely on these social media networks you become virtually a slave to their policies and algorithm.

Conclusion

So perhaps this comes as awful news to you, but don’t be discouraged. At the end of the day great content wins. In the long run it may be a great thing for the troubled monetization system. If anything we’ve learned today, don’t put all of your eggs in one basket. Multiple streams of revenue is the way to go, this is something that most successful creators know.

 

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Ways to Make Money Online Without Filling Out Stupid Surveys Etc.

So many of these silly little penny pinching blogs seem to target me with their ads on Facebook. They post a lot of the same type of content, but it all has a really similar theme to them. Many of these ads feature “great”, I use the term loosely, way to make money on the side. The problem with these methods is that most of them completely suck.

So I have come up with some other methods you can use to make real money. They’re not foolproof, but they certainly don’t include filling out hundreds of surveys for a few dollars or selling your email address to advertisers so you can get gift cards.

1. Create a YouTube Channel

It’s not extremely easy, but if you have talent and can create quality content than you can create a strong following on YouTube. Having a great following on YouTube can allow you to make a nice amount of money. Many people even turn this side hustle into a full time income. Wouldn’t that be just amazing?

So my suggestion for doing this is simple. Find something you enjoy doing, create a channel on YouTube and start spreading your videos on other social media networks, online forums, and other places people would be searching for your content.

Once you can get yourself a decent following you can make money in a variety of ways:

  • YouTube Monetization via Google Adsense
  • Get brand deals with companies.
  • Sell merchandise or a product.
  • Collect donations
  • Participate in affiliate programs.

This is a really broad subject that I’ll cover in more detail later on. For now, try to come up with a subject, a plan, and some content that you can gain a following on social media. Your best bet is to pick something you’re good at and enjoy doing.

2. Sell a Service on Fiverr

Fiverr is an online marketplace where users sell services to others for a set rate. It’s called Fiverr because products can be as low as $5 starting out.¬† This solution is fantastic for someone with a good technical skill such as graphic design, web design, transcription ability, voice over acting, and more.

Take something that you’re skilled in and browse Fiverr to see if it’s a good fit for their site. Chances are it will be because the site has so many categories on there. If you believe that you have something good to offer than sign up and create a “Gig” to get started.

Once you create a gig and price everything Fiverr will let you know when you’ve made a sale on it. Complete the gig to the satisfaction of the consumer and you’ll get paid. Fiverr keeps a portion of the money to cover it’s costs ($1 for every $5 you make) and the rest can be paid via direct deposit or PayPal.



3. Flip Products on eBay

Hit up Yard Sales, Flea Markets, and Craiglist looking for some good deals on products. Check to see how much they’re selling on eBay and pick up anything that seems like a good deal. I would suggest sticking to products you might have an expertise in.

Keep in mind that eBay has certain fees and PayPal does as well. So be sure you find a good deal and consider these fees or else you may end up on the losing end of this one. Despite the risks when done properly this side hustle can really make you some cash.

4. Start a Blog

It’s so easy to create a WordPress today. You can have a blog up and running in a day. I personally have a WordPress and a .Com registered with HostGator. It’s a simplistic process that requires no coding knowledge.

Post articles about a topic you’re interested in and submit these links to places like Facebook, Instagram, Reddit, etc. If your articles gain traction you can get a lot of good organic traffic for your website. Once you have your traffic there are a lot of great ways to make some extra money:

  • Google Adsense
  • Affiliate Marketing
  • Sell Merchandise or services
  • Accept Donations

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