Times are tough, that’s for sure and a little extra income on the side would not hurt one bit. There are many ways to make money in this day and age but with cons and get-rich-quick schemes dominating the minds of young adults these days, it has become hard to earn a genuine coin without selling your soul. There is also this unspoken pressure that is making people feel the need to “make it”. You could be 32 and your friend who is 27 is driving a machine that only few can afford. So you are there questioning your decisions in life and how more than three decades later, you have not “made it” yet. As I always say, life is a personal journey that only you can take. Go with your pace; a day at a time but also be industrious enough to ask the right questions, network with the right people and work on being the best possible version of yourself. Here are a few freelancing sites that can get you started in making money online genuinely.
I will say it again – these are not get-rich-quick schemes. They require sheer hard work, a lot of learning as well as patience. Well, remember that anything that comes too easily is not worth it.
This is a freelancing site for writers, graphic designers, photographers, voice-over artists, video editors etc. It is also a bidding site meaning that when a client posts work, all the freelancers versed in the area pitch otherwise known as bidding. To get started, set up and account on upwork.com and put your best foot forward. Talk about your credentials. You will also be needed to take some exams to ascertain your level or English competency. You will upload your professional papers such as your degree and then you will be given the go-ahead to start bidding. For some people, UpWork jump started their freelancing careers while for some, they could not get around it. Do extensive research on the same.
Just as the name suggests, the lowest possible pay from a client to the freelancer was five dollars. This site is user friendly and easy to use. Here, offerings are known as gigs and it is not a bidding site in the sense that the client comes to you and not the other way around. After setting up a killer profile, you need to come up with gigs that are short and captivating! This is your selling point. You are allowed to have 3 ranks of your gigs; the basic, standard and premium all which vary in price and what is there to be offered. This site also accommodates all types of freelancers from personal assistants to social media managers, writers, translators, ghost writers etc. Go to Fiverr.com to find out more.
This is an academic writing site where you get to guide students on how they can write their essays, term papers and research work. You are more like a tutor; providing what their papers should entail. Shun away from writing full papers for the students as it is illegal. Also, stay away from copying and pasting similar works from the internet as that is plagiarism. You should also learn all the academic writing formats such as APA, MLA, Chicago, Harvard among others. You can also checkout the site on essayshark.com and learn how to go about setting up your account.
If writing is not your forte but you know you can convert audio to a word document, then freelancing as a transcriber could be the path for you. There are a myriad of transcribing sites for both beginners and experts. They include QuickTate, TranscribeMe, Scribie, AccuTran Global, Rev, TigerFish and Daily Transcription among others.
There are a million other freelancing sites out there that can help you get started with making money online. All you need to do is conduct extensive research, curve out your niche and do your best. A great way to freelance is to create your own professional website. This will allow you to be in direct communication with your clients, you get to build your portfolio and the best part – no undercuts by the freelancing sites.
Let these hard economic times not define us. Let us be creative and use what we have to get what we want.