How to Make Money Using the Wealthy Affiliate Training
Freelancing has now become the "bread an butter" of my online business, and is the main reason my friends say I'm "so lucky" to be able to choose my own hours. It's a great way to form a baseline of minimum income, whilst allowing yourself to work on other income streams and grow your online business.
How to Start Freelancing
Well, first you are going to need marketable skills. I already started with some good skills, having a background in Digital Marketing and Business Development Management. If you are unsure of your skill-set, go back and complete the basic Wealthy Affiliate training course. You will learn a bunch of skills that people are willing to pay you for!
You now need to start putting yourself out there. Start finding jobs that will pay you for your skills. These jobs can be a one-off gig that pays you once you complete a task, it can be an hourly job, or it could be a series of jobs. You might even find yourself some ongoing work, on a project that needs your help.
There are several sites that connect projects with freelancers. E-Lance, Freelancer, even classifieds sites like Gumtree or Craigslist. Do a little research to find the right one for you. I have had great results with Freelancer.com, but there are very mixed reviews online, so be careful. They are also pretty expensive, so you need to choose jobs wisely.
What Freelancing Means to Me
After I started generating a little income through Wealthy Affiliate, I signed up to a couple of freelance sites. I looked for jobs that matched my new Wordpress and Content Marketing skills, as well as my sales and digital marketing skills.
I tok on a few jobs, some better than others, and built up my profile. It took me a while to get any jobs that paid what I felt I deserved, because I was a new player and no one trusted me with the good jobs. After a while, I started generating a steady income by freelancing, and this is when I quit my day job.
It was around this time that I was made an offer by a digital publication, offering me a permanent, ongoing, work online position. It pays hourly, plus bonuses, only takes 15 hours per week, and is JUST ENOUGH to live on. This has allowed me the freedom to work when I want, how I want, and focus my remaining time on other income streams.
Freelancing has literally become my "bread and butter," while my other online income streams are money for growing my business, my savings and for fun. I could never have done it without Wealthy Affiliate.
A Word Of Caution
This is a great way to safely quit your job and live off an online income, which you can do from anywhere in the world, however there are several things to be very careful of:
Time Management is a key issue. It's very easy to slack off on your other income streams, such as online sales or your affiliate marketing websites. This is a trap I struggle with on a daily basis.
Stiff Competition can be hard to overcome when you are starting out. Just like a job application, you will be competing for the same job with numerous others. Some of them will be more experienced, others will be cheaper than you. You need to present yourself well and keep building your reputation.
Return on Investment depends on two factors: How much it cost you to get / complete a job, and how much you make from the job. My main guidelines here are: Don't accept jobs that don't pay enough - respect yourself. Don't spend money "highlighting" your job bids. It'll cost you too much. Don't waste time on jobs you don't want, just pick your best matches.
Scams are very common. Always follow basic internet safety guidelines.