HOW TO START FREELANCING
Because today we’re figuring out how to start freelancing.
How to go from a wannabe freelancer to the real deal.
Like always I’ve created a YouTube video that summarizes the blog post.
Who doesn’t love a YouTube video? Sit back and relax for a minute and give it a watch, you deserve a few minutes to relax.
The moment has arrived where we can actually begin freelancing and start making money, “Praise the lord“, I hear you say.
To start making money freelancing you need to sell a skill or service that solves a problem to a client.
To do that you actually need to possess a skill or a service that you can provide online, or in the real world. This skill can be something you can do on the internet, or something you can provide in the real world.
On top of that you need to have something that people want to pay you for.
We can’t all be accountants, personal trainers or video editors, for some of us it isn’t that obvious but stick with me.
Although it can seem like a monumental task to come up with a skill, it doesn’t have to be.
Coming up with a skill isn’t actually that difficult, I go in depth into finding your skill in my free course which you can get access to here.
Here’s what you’re going to do to figure out what your profitable skill.
You have two questions to ask yourself:
- Do you have any skills or can you provide a service that will solve a problem that someone is experiencing?
- You may be a graphic designer; the problem you solve is that people need custom graphics for the content they are creating.
- You may be a dog walker; the problem you’re solving is that people need their dogs walked.
- You may be a hairdresser; the problem you’re solving is that people need their hair cut.
Yes, it’s really that simple, all you need to do is figure out how to solve someone’s problem.
If you still don’t know after the first question – the second question is:
- Is there any skill you would be interested in learning, a skill that will solve a problem that someone somewhere is facing?
If you don’t have a skill, and there are no skills you are willing to learn. You are a vegetable. Please leave, if you want more money and freedom doing work you love, you’ve got to become valuable and up your game.
Don’t try and say there isn’t one skill you’ve always wanted to learn.
In a world of immediate gratification, you’re going to actually have to take some time and learn something, that’s the scary truth.
If you want to get paid well you need to be able to solve a problem – your ability to solve a problem is what makes you valuable.
This doesn’t mean you will never get paid well, it just means at this exact moment if you don’t have a skill that can solve a problem, you’re at the very bottom of the food chain. No one wants to hire you, because you provide them no benefit.
So if you’re skill isn’t obvious, it’s time to get learning.
If you can’t figure out what you want to do, how would I or anyone else figure it out? Take some responsibility for your life and take a moment and think.
You can say “fuck this I’m away to watch Netflix,” or you can take a few minutes and think.
My first piece of advice is to do something you’re interested in.
If you haven’t got a passion for it, don’t start it.
I know you want money, but do something you love and the money will come, sounds like bullshit but it’s true, it might be harder in the short term but it’s so much better in the long term.
The hot trend might be photography, but if you aren’t particularly fond of taking photos, and you don’t really have an interest – Why would you even start it?
Do something you already love, or something you have a feeling you will love. Often your skill will come to you if you look back to the activities you would do as a child.
What would you do for fun as a child? Would you write, would you draw or where you always around animals. It might seem simple but the things you did as a child often reveal the skill you should pursue. If you were always drawing become a graphic designer, if you were always around animals walk dogs, if you were always writing – become a writer.
Let’s get something clear about your passion or “work that you love“.
You won’t always “love” it or want to do it every second of every day, some days you’ll feel down, feel tired or you’ll just want to lie in bed in a ball – this is completely normal.
There will be certain aspects of your work that you hate, but you’ll do it anyway. So you just need to man up and get it done.
There will be ups and downs, realize that you aren’t searching for something that will keep you happy every second you’re working, but you do want something you truly enjoy doing the majority of the time.
If you’ve literally just existed for all your years and you’ve never developed single interest. There are skills I would recommend:
- SEO (Search engine optimization) the witch craft that lets you rank higher on google.
- Writing – We live in the information age people need writers, writers of high quality will be in demand as long as the written word exists.
- Video editing – More and more content is being released in the video format, video editing is daunting to begin so if you can edit videos you’ll be in demand.
- Graphic design – People need attractive graphics to go alongside their content and information they create- so high quality graphic designers will be in demand.
These skills are in demand and not just hot trends, and with a little bit of knowledge you can get paid a substantial amount of money.
The best part is almost any skill you can think of can be learnt online for free, get some coffee, get some snacks and start bombing through a YouTube tutorial. You can even look up the content from some of the best university courses in the world for absolutely nothing.
“BUT WHAT TUTORIAL DO I PICK?”
“HOW DO I KNOW IF IT’S THE BEST TUTORIAL?”
“THIS WILL TAKE ME YEARS TO MASTER!”
If you want to learn editing, type in learn video editing and the current year, the first result that comes up is probably pretty good. Watch the material, study it and get all the tools it recommends and you’ll be better at video editing than 99 percent of people on the planet.
You don’t even need to learn a lot or master the skill, you just need to know more than an absolute beginner and suddenly you’ll have a skill that people are willing to pay for.
Guess what that means, it means you can start solving people’s problems – look at that you’ve just went up the food chain and you now have people willing to pay you for your skill or service.
To earn more you need to learn more,
If you find you’ve starting to learn something and you really like it don’t stop with YouTube tutorials, read books.
Yes buy some books – you want some inspiration and a realization of what it takes to actually become valuable read Mastery by Robert Greene.
Mastery is about discovering your calling and becoming a master. I highly recommend it. You can pick it up here.
So now you should have established a skill, or a skill you’re planning on learning – Which may take some brainstorming and serious thought to get right.
Jump right in and test a few different skills, you might assume you won’t like video editing but when you actually try it it’s super fun, so give everything a go. Time is on your side, even if you go through an entire video tutorial series and at the end you’re like – well I don’t want to do that, at least you now know, simply move onto the next potential skill.
Now you need to figure out where these mysterious clients that are willing to pay you are hiding. If you have an online skill you’re in luck. You can start making money right away, all you’ll need is the internet and some device to access the internet. Because there are websites out there that connect freelancers to clients.
There’s a few things you need to know about the following job websites, your reputation is everything, if you don’t have a good reputation or job success score, no one is going to hire you.
All these job websites also take a percentage of your earnings, so you won’t be receiving 100% of what you earn.
There are three websites I recommend:
I cover going from nothing to $100 an hour using UpWork in my free course.
There are other freelancing websites available these are just my personal favourites.
On Fiverr you do small jobs for $5- you may be thinking “I’ll get paid more in McDonalds“, but don’t overlook it just yet.
These jobs or as Fiverr calls them “gigs”, can take just a couple of minutes to complete and don’t require a lot of skill as they aren’t that difficult.
You can do almost anything as a gig on Fiverr and get paid $5 to do it, you could:
- Write 500 word articles
- Do voice overs
- Design logos
- Juggle while signing happy birthday
- Or shout whatever people tell you to at the camera in a banana suit.
All of the above are actual gigs that exist.
You can also charge more, through your custom orders and gig extras, this could be delivering the project in 24 hours, doing a full website custom orders and gig extras allow you to earn significantly more.
You don’t have to worry about your feedback on Fiverr as much, as you can simply refund the money and your profile won’t be negatively effected, which is great if you’re just starting out and not to confident in your skills.
The positives of Fiverr:
- It’s more beginner friendly if you’re not feeling to confident or you’ve just begun it can build your confidence to do really small jobs.
- It helps you build up a reputation and a portfolio.
- The website is easy to use.
- You can start making money straight away.
The negatives of Fiverr
- Fiverr takes 20% of what you earn.
- You can only get paid through limited systems like PayPal.
- Fiverr automatically designates your jobs so you can’t really be choosy with who you work with.
- Fiverr holds your funds until the release date, so you have money, but you can’t access it until it’s released.
If you’re new and want to see if freelancing is for you then Fiverr is a good option, with little to no risk involved. I don’t use it because I much prefer the next style of freelancing websites, the type where you apply to jobs.
Websites like Upwork and Freelancer, these websites work in basically the same way; clients post jobs and you apply.
My free course goes over all the ins and outs of Upwork and how to dominate it.
Again there are fees usually from 5-15%, Upwork has been changing the fees structure recently so it might be best to check the Upwork website for the current rate it takes, but it’s typically between 5-15%.
On these websites you usually have some form of token that you use to bid on a job, the websites give designate these to you at the start of the month so you have to be somewhat selective with your jobs and not just apply to everything.
The jobs on these sights range from five dollars to hundreds of thousands, you can do some really big projects, when I’m freelancing in Upwork I’ll typically get a couple of hundred dollars for a few hours, and there is no scarcity of work available if you know what you’re doing.
What are the positives and negatives of Upwork and Freelancer?
I’ll speak about Upwork since it’s the one I used to use the most:
- Upwork has escrow protection, what does this mean? Basically Upwork holds the payment from a client and until you complete the job or milestones the money is not released, this stops the client from not paying, however there is still problems, because clients can complain with little to no evidence and delay the payment or stop it all together.
- ID verification, you have to verify yourself which is a good thing because it prevents spam accounts taking over.
- Upwork and freelancer offer packages that come as a monthly fee, you don’t really need this unless you want to be able to apply to other jobs and have extra benefits, this might be needed on upwork but on freelancer you’ll have enough credits for a small Asian country.
- On Upwork the process from applying to a job to be selected can happen pretty quickly depending on the client, if they like your proposal you can begin work immediately, and they can release the funds the minute the work is done, again you can’t access these funds immediately as they are held in your account. But overall it’s a quick process.
- You’re not the only one that has to fear feedback your client also receives feedback.
- There is a lot of freelancers many millions so you know this works.
- The customer service is pretty good and tend to handle your problems, they’ll treat you even better if you become top rated.
- You only apply to jobs you want to work, and you can choose the clients you want to work with based on their feedback.
The negatives of Upwork and Freelancer
I cover how to overcome and deal with some of these negatives in my free course.
- With a lot of freelancers comes a lot of talent so it can be hard to stand out, and clients can be very choosy.
- You have to pay to play, if you run out of connects/tokens etc, you have to buy more if you want to keep applying to jobs, which gives bigger companies a competitive advantage – but if your smart you should have plenty of connects to land some serious money.
- The website is a bit confusing, sometimes slow and can lag.
- You’ll deal with just about every type of client, the good, the bad and the ugly.
The best option is to have your own freelancing website you control everything and you pay no fees on any earnings – it’s the best option by far, I go in depth in my course Wealthy Freelancer on how to create your own freelancing website.
The positives of your own freelance website:
- You keep 100% of what you earn
- You control the user experience
- Makes you look more professional
- Clients come to you
The negatives of your own freelance website
- If you don’t know what you’re doing it can be a nightmare to set up.
Finlay doing work in the real world, an option that makes people tremble.
Doing work in the real world allows you to provide real services like, babysitting, dog walking, hairdressing or gardening that can’t be done online. The one downside is it’s the real world so a lot of people get scared off.
The pros of freelancing in the real world include:
- You don’t pay any fees
- You’ll earn more than you would working for someone else
- You decide who you work with
- You have to find your clients,
- You might need to travel a lot which will require a car
- You’ll need to advertise and become a bit of a debt collector
- It’s the real world which some people aren’t ready to face or don’t have the confidence to deal with.
What’s the best way to start freelancing for you?
It really depends on you.
I know that’s not what you want to hear but everyone’s circumstances are different.
The most important thing is to take action and start freelancing if you want my advice here is what I would do regardless of your situation.
- Find or start learning a skill
- Take action and decide to start looking for work online or offline
- Get your first job.
And figure it out from there, if you’re smart you’ll sign up to my free course, where the information can be used for both the offline and online world.
But either way the most important thing is you take action, you can spend weeks researching. But the absolute best thing to do is to try it, get your first job – you’ll probably fuck up in some way but you’ll learn.
Comment with what you’re plan is to land you’re first job, what skill have you got or are you willing to learn, are you going to go online or offline, by what date do you plan to land your first job, writing this down for the world to see will not only connect you to people who will support you it will make it clear what you want, and what your plan is to do it.
Make sure to share this with your friends or family that are always complaining about having no money, being bored or wanting to start their own business, get them on board and you can take action together.
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