In previous posts I’ve given you some great ways to make money from your blog, but have you ever thought of leveraging your blog to make money elsewhere?
Today we’re going to talk about how you can make money outside of your blog – by using the same tools you use every single time you work on your blog.
No matter what you blog about, there is always a way to make money from it.
I’ve always been quite upfront about what this blog makes (never more than a few hundred $’s a month) but what I haven’t mentioned before is what goes on outside the blog.
You see, I’ve been freelancing for a few years now, and I actually quit my job around 6 months ago in order to pursue higher paid (and more enjoyable) freelancing opportunities.
But, it’s important to note that freelancing was never part of my plan. I just wanted to blog and make money from that; I never really considered freelancing as an option.
Freelancing is something I sort of fell into, and I realized as I went on that (at least at the beginning of my online career) freelancing was going to be a lot easier and quicker to turn into a full time “job”.
But, the best part is that I get to keep almost all of that (other than taxes – ouch) as I work from home and my costs are so low.
Unlike running a traditional business, or even a popular blog, I have no marketing costs, rent or employees to worry about.
But, we’re not here to talk about my costs, we’re here to help you start freelancing and making some sweet cheddar too!
So, if your blog isn’t really making that much money right now, or if you want to create more money to boost your blog; here are some options for what you could do to start generating income by freelancing TODAY:
There are a lot more, but these are just some of the things that almost anyone who’s a blogger can do.
You don’t have to be particularly skilled, as most clients are capable of doing these tasks themselves – but simply don’t want to, or don’t have time to.
The issue most people have is getting started.
How do you find clients? How do you pick a rate? How do you make sure you’re doing this right?
No, that’s not an affiliate link. No I am not getting any money or benefit from writing about UpWork.
I simply believe that it’s the best service out there for getting started as a freelancer.
The tips you’re about to read are geared towards UpWork, but most apply to any freelancing platform out there.
What can you do well enough that someone would pay you for it?
Is there a task have you completed on your blog that was a real pain in the ass the first time, but you know you could easily do it again now that you know what you’re doing?
What do you enjoy doing? If you can find something you enjoy doing, and that someone will pay you for, then you’ll really be on to a winner!
Even if you don’t have a specific skill, could you work as a virtual assistant?
There are literally millions of freelance jobs out there, you just have to figure out which ones you want to do.
The sooner you get started, the sooner you can start making money.
Freelancing isn’t going to be a walk in the park by any means, but it’s going to be quicker and easier to make money than most other methods.
Make the decision, and commit to making it a reality.
Envision yourself a few months, weeks or even days from now with money in your bank and a long list of satisfied clients.
Head over to UpWork now and get started.
UpWork (and other platforms) give you the option to add so much information, that at first glance it’s a little overwhelming.
What you need to realize though, is that potential clients will ALWAYS check your profile before hiring you.
If there’s no information there to show them how great you are, you’ll likely lose them to another freelancer, even if they preferred your proposal.
Make sure you take some of the on-site tests and make sure you flesh out your portfolio.
You need to make it incredibly easy for people to see your credibility.
Get the $10 premium account. It’s worth it for at least the few months while you’re getting started.
Again, I’m not making any money from recommending that you do this. But, the premium account gives you enough benefits to justify using it, and you’ll make more than that cost back on your first job anyway.
The premium account gives you certain benefits, such as being able to apply to more jobs, as well as being able to see what your competitors have applied for and offered for price.
Being able to see what your competitors are doing is incredibly valuable here.
Finding jobs is the easy part, applying for them is a different story.
How do you stand out from the crowd and let the client now that you’re the one for the job?
You have to realize that these people are looking at a ton of applications, and you need to get yours noticed.
Don’t send a standard message. Clients get a ton of applications so if they even get the scent of something copy and pasted they’ll ignore you.
You could try offering mock ups, or even better – creating a full professional proposal and uploading it as a PDF.
I did this and had great success, but you’ll only want to do it for the higher paid jobs obviously due to the time involved with creating them.
This is probably the most important one. The power of reviews is undeniable.
Buyers often go straight to your reviews as your previous paying customers are going to give them the best impression of you and your work.
It’s going to be hard work getting started out.
Sure, it’ll be tough, but the reward once you’ve got those reviews under your belt will be more than worth it!
Do whatever it takes. Lower your prices for your first few customers, get existing clients to hire you through UpWork, or whatever else you can think of.
Just get at least 3 solid reviews and you’ll be set.
Remember that behind that grainy profile picture (or lack thereof) there’s a person.
People appreciate honesty, so don’t be scared to talk to client’s the same way you’d talk to anyone else.
Obviously keep your profanities to yourself, at least until you’ve built a relationship up, but any other communications and requests should be as if you’re meeting the client for a coffee and having a chat.
Be upfront. Your clients will appreciate it.
If you’re offering a lower price to get a review, let the client know that. The result will be that they won’t dismiss you as “cheap”; they’ll accept you as “smart”.
Make sure you stay in close contact with your clients and let them know of any updates or issues you may be having.
No one likes to be kept in the dark – especially when their time and money is on the line.
Remember that the client has never met you before, and while their money is securely held by UpWork, they don’t want to waste time having to find someone to replace you if you don’t meet a deadline.
You know that thing you do on Facebook where you snoop on your friends of friends? Well, it’s time to do it professionally.
Go and creep on other people offering the same services as you.
That way you price yourself on your profile accordingly, without underselling yourself, or overpricing.
You could also consider slightly undercutting your competitors to appear more attractive to buyers.
Make sure your rates are still high enough that you’re making enough money though.
Don’t fall into the trap of getting an awesome recurring client, only to have the awkward conversation down the line of “please sir, can I have some more?”.
Something you’ll come to realize very quickly is that there are two types of clients on UpWork;
1. This client only wants a cheap project. These people are looking for cheap work and are more worried about price than anything else. You’ll have a hard time getting these jobs because you have to compete with people overseas that will work for a lot less.
2. People (professionals) who need work done but don’t have know anyone to do it.
These are the ones you want, and the ones I’ve had the most success with.
If you keep your prices competitive with your local competitors you will find you attract more of no.2 (as long as the quality of your work is good).
Once you’ve got 3-5 jobs/reviews under your belt you’ll notice that you’ll start to get invited to jobs and you won’t even have to apply for them.
From here on it’s pretty easy. I don’t even really use UpWork much any more because I have enough recurring work to keep me straight!
The other great part is that technically I could work from anywhere in the world. This makes me feel a lot more comfortable about the future and what adventures there are left to be had.
Do you have followup questions, or want me to go into more detail anywhere? Hit me up in the comments!
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