So you want to make some money, but you don’t want to go get a job. People telling you when to come work, what to do…that doesn’t sound great.
I feel your pain. I’ve worked my fair share of hourly wage jobs as a teenager, and I really hope I never have to again.
What if I told you there’s a way to make some side money (or even a living) by performing a skill you have, when you want to do it? And, all with the power of the Internet?
This skill is called freelancing. In this article, I’ll share with you a simple guide on how to make money freelancing, no matter who you are or what your age is!
What is freelancing?
In the most basic terms, freelancing is performing an online skill you have for the benefit of another. Some examples of freelancing skills are:
- Graphic design
- Logo design
- Social media marketing
- Web design
This is just a small sample of freelancing skills. Basically, any way you can find to help other people online is a freelancing skill!
What if I don’t have a skill?
If you read that list of freelancing skills and don’t see anything that applies to you, don’t worry! There’s so many ways to learn a skill that can make money freelancing.
How to Learn a Freelancing Skill
If you are looking to learn a new skill that can make you money, start with your free resources. This would be primarily YouTube and Google. Let’s say you decide you want to learn how to design logos. Read every article and watch every video about logo design. Many people can learn everything they need to know just with Google and YouTube!
To take it a step further, find the best three books about your skill and binge read them. So, if you decide you want to learn video editing, then get the top three books on video editing for beginners and read them all.
If you’d like to learn even more, and you have some money you can invest, purchase a good online course on your topic. Online courses are the most expensive way to learn a skill, but they are also the most in-depth.
So you’ve learned a new online skill…now how do you start making money from it?
Step 1: Decide Your Niche
Let’s say you learned logo design. You should try to get anyone that wants a logo to buy your service, right?
Freelancing has been around for a while. There’s already going to be a lot of competition online, so the best way to make money freelancing is to choose a niche.
What do I mean by this? This means that you should learn a skill, and then find a smaller audience that needs your skill, rather than trying to appeal to the entire market.
For example, instead of selling your logo design service, sell your logo design for YouTubers service! Or, maybe you want to design logos for bloggers. By finding a smaller niche, people will see you as an expert on one topic rather than someone who knows a little bit about everything. This will drive you more sales.
When in doubt, go narrow and deep, instead of wide and shallow.
Step 2: Offer Free Work
Once you’ve decided your niche, you can start trying to find people that want your service. But, instead of trying to get them to pay you, offer them your service for free.
But why would you ever want to give away your talents for free?
If you want people to ever try to buy from you, then you need to build trust with them. You can’t just walk up to someone, offer them your service with no background, and expect to walk away with money!
By offering people free work, it gives you a chance to build your portfolio. A portfolio is a collection of your work that potential buyers can look at.
So let’s say you niche down to logo design for YouTubers. You could start by getting on YouTube, finding YouTubers with terrible logos, and messaging them asking to make them a logo for free! If they agree, you can get some additional information from them to make it more personal, design them a logo, and send it to them once you’re done to receive feedback.
By doing this, your clients won’t have anything to lose (their money), and you will get a chance to create something that can be used in your portfolio. Win win.
Once they receive the logo, make sure to follow up by asking for honest feedback. This is a great way to learn what you can improve in, and if they have nothing bad to say, then you can use what they say as a customer testimonial!
Step 3: Decide Where to Sell Your Service – and Start Selling!
Once you’ve done several free jobs for people, you can start selling your service and making money.
To do this, you’ll first need to put together your portfolio. Take all the free work that you’ve done for people and put it in one place where your future clients can find it. This way, your clients can get a taste of the kind of work you do, and they’ll trust you more and be willing to give you their money.
Next, you’ll need to decide where you’re going to sell your service. You can always create a website and sell your service independently, but it might be hard to gain traction when you’re on your own. Lucky for you, there’s several websites that you can post your service on that help you get started. Just to name a few:
All you’ll need to do is register on these sites, upload your portfolio, describe your service in detail, and you’re all set to start getting clients!
Now, don’t expect customers to come knocking down your door requesting for your service. You might need to do a little bit of marketing apart from just posting your service online. This could be making social media pages to promote your service, sending cold emails to potential clients…anything that can get people to click over to your page on one of the websites I mentioned above.
It may take some time, but once you get your first sale, the ball will start rolling. As more people buy your service and leave positive reviews, you will start to earn more money.
Although it may take some time, starting your freelancing journey can turn out to be one of the best things you’ve ever done. Say goodbye to working jobs where your boss tells you what to do and hello to an online venture that pays as you put in more effort. Some people make money freelancing that covers their entire living, and you can too!
Any questions? Leave a comment below!