Get Paid By Offering Your Services Online
If you have a service which can be offered at a distance, like design, writing, branding, etc., check out these sites. Some already have the customers right there waiting with their cash in hand, so all you have to do it is write your proposal and make your bid. Others, like Fiverr, allow you to set up shop and wait for those customers to find you…
Fiverr is not only a great site for marketing your talent but also for finding help with your own project, when it gets too big or wield to manage on your own. Or if you just need someone to do a voice over for you, or help design a logo. It is an ideal online bazaar for virtually all creative types and those who need their services.
Izea’s motto is, “We connect influential content Creators with the world’s biggest brands.” Doesn’t that sound up your alley? If so, check out the site!
I’ve had a love/hate relationship with Upwork, but at the end of the day I can attest that I have made nearly $3,000 on the site off of 29 jobs, most of them very small. The pros are, of course, that the customers are there waiting for you…you just have to filter the jobs so you see what you are after.
The cons are, Upwork takes a big chunk in commission, and if you want to continue working with a client on further projects, you cannot make a side deal with them…you are obligated via their lengthy Terms of Service to continue working through Upwork’s system or else they can take legal action against you (I tried it one time, by making an offer to continue with a client outside of Upwork; the site learned of it (spooky!) and I got off with a warning, but they asked me to make a legal statement that I would never do it again…and of course I had to continue working with that client via Upwork).
Another thing I don’t like is their Job Success Score, but that’s for another article! Right now, mine is 100 so I shouldn’t complain. They might find out about that, too!!
Essentially the same type of platform as Upwork… Customers put out a description of their jobs, and freelancers bid on those jobs. The key to success in my opinion is making an incredible profile, writing a personalized cover letter for each bid (after carefully reading the client’s criteria), and then – naturally – turning in a stellar product so that you’ll get great feedback and perhaps future work for the same client.
Blurb from my eBook, Why Are You Still Working?
Have you lost your mind? You want to quit work and retire…at YOUR age? Who said you could do that?
Get up and go to work, you bum! Go every day until you die!
After all these years, aren’t you bored to death of the daily grind, of your boss, of the commute? Don’t you really, seriously think you could find SOMETHING better to do with that 40-plus hours of your week?
Hmm, you may be on to something.
Because you know in your heart, life doesn’t have to be like this; it SHOULDN’T be like this!
Don’t work yourself into the grave. We all deserve our freedom at some point… So why not now? Right now!
So many of us are MUCH closer to being able to retire than we realize. In some cases, we are capable of it right this minute…but we feel like we’re not prepared to make the leap. For me, it took a year to decide, but once I did there was no going back.
Here, in this book, is how I did it. There is no great secret to it. The only mystery is, what took so long!
At 44 years old, I left a good-paying job, packed up the family, and have been living a dream life on the Aegean Coast ever since…all the while NOT working, but instead focusing on taking things easy, spending lots of quality time with my family, and just plain old goofing off! (Yes, I did write this eBook in my spare time; I have lots and lots of spare time!)
You, too, have the ability to live life on your own terms, to ‘do it your way.’ But only if you really want it! You have to act; you must make it happen, because it won’t happen on by itself.
‘Why Are You Still Working?’ clearly outlines the exact steps I took to go from living and working in one of America’s most expensive areas to reassessing my priorities, downshifting and downsizing, and resettling in a place others only get to visit on vacation while paying the bills as a digital nomad with a pension. Not every tip will apply to every person; I realize that. Every situation is different. But most will apply, if we’re willing to keep an open mind.
In this updated version, I’ve hyperlinked to the new Why Are You Still Working website, which offers even more in-depth tips and insights. There’s no magic to it, and no schemes or tricks, and I’m not selling any over-priced online courses or trying suck anyone into a ‘customer funnel.’
It’s just down-to-Earth, common sense advice that any person can apply, plus tips to help anyone go from burnt-out employee to blissful beach bum… It’s easier than you think–the hardest part is just doing it!
The second hardest part? Sticking to it! But trust me when I say, every day of my mega early retirement is better than a day on the job!
But Why Are You Still Working isn’t only about retirement. It’s about independence!
Maybe you still want to work, but haven’t considered all the options…like working from home, working freelance, working online, working as a digital nomad selling your services and products on your own time, from anywhere on Earth! This book explores a few such concepts, and links to resources to dig in deeper.
Give it a try! You’ve got nothing to lose…and a whole new life to gain!