Category Archives: Ways to Make Money

Money is a two sided coin. There is making money and saving money. This category includes ideas about how to make money, primarily through the internet.

How to Make Money: Get Serious about your business

I got my first job on Elance! I had tried in the past, but never managed to make it happen. I was totally convinced that the only jobs which were awarded on Elance were for the cut-rate subcontractors who live in other countries, but I proved them wrong. The best part of this experience is that I can tell you WHY I got a job on Elance. Not only can I replicate the steps, but I can tell you how to make money.

I got serious.

Up until the beginning of the month, I wasn’t serious about getting the jobs. I would send half-assed proposals out to potential clients and I would be turned down. My profile and portfolio were sparse, and my overview was lacking what they needed. The day after I upped my game and decided to take the hunt seriously, I got a job paying my real rate.

Getting serious about the jobs is not about wearing a dour face. It’s not about taking each rejection as a brutal blow. It’s about doing what needs to be done and presenting an image to employers that you are trustworthy and capable of handling their assignments. I plan to leverage this single assignment to get many more.

Actions YOU can take to be serious about getting the job

1. Make the Decision

Making the decision to take it seriously is the first step for success in any endeavor. If you’re actually serious about getting the job, it’s going to take time and effort. It’s going to take revision upon revision of your resume, as well as a fervent dedication to hunt down your dreams, stab them, and drag them back to your lair. The decision to pursue a job is the first step..

2. Research

Research allows you to develop strategies for success. There are tactics which you can use to make you more tempting to employers. Since Elance is a virtual platform, you need to present a aura of confidence and trustworthiness. Read five of the websites about getting the job, and stop there to avoid contradiction and confusion. You’re ready for the next step.

3. Give Them What They Want

Once you have discovered what is needed to get the job, it’s time to actually create the necessary materials. At Elance, there is an emphasis on portfolios and skillsets. Beef up those two things and make an excellent overview which portrays confidence in your abilities. Look at this process objectively: what would make you hire you?

4. Emulate

Research is an essential part of getting the job. Take the time to find successful people within the field, study their path, and emulate them. Find the steps that would be best suited to you and follow through on doing them. If you know someone who is successful at the job that you’re wanting, dig deeply to find the steps which they took.

5. Put Your Heart Into It

People can tell whether you are paying something lip-service or putting your heart into it. They know whether you are presenting them with your first draft or your second, and they know what is ‘right’ for their qualifications. Since you have made the decision to get the job, make the decision to do it right. Polish your resume and your qualifications. Examine your portfolio. Pour your personality into it, and take it seriously.

6. Network

Develop of peer group of people who are going through the same process of finding a job. Use the forums if you are trying to get a virtual job. Use networking groups if you are trying to get an offline job. You’ll find that the more you network, the more that people will open opportunities within your life. Take the time, and those contacts will repay you with more contacts as well as jobs.

7. Disclosure

Tell others about your job history. Reveal parts of yourself which are absolutely unique to you. Tell the story, and others will be attracted to you because you are showing that you are unique. There are many applicants for the position that you want. It’s in your hands to show your potential employer what makes you different from the rest.

8. Strengths

Don’t throw your hat into every ring. Cater to the strengths that you have, and only apply for jobs which you can knock out of the park. If you find yourself wanting to get a job just for getting the job without regard to your personal strengths, you are setting yourself up for a disappointment. Look for the jobs that you can actually see yourself doing, ones for which a strategy immediately comes to mind.

9. Honesty

Be honest with yourself and others about your capabilities. Lying about your experience or fluffing it up usually leads to disappointments. Overselling yourself is quickly detected during the course of doing the work, and you’re likely to lose a potential client and reference as a result. This is part of playing to your personal strengths.

When you decide to get a job, pour your heart into it and make that your job. Devote as much time, care, and attention as it takes to make it happen. When you do this, you will find that employers take you more seriously, and more opportunities will open.

Photo courtesy of Sara G on Flickr. Used under the Creative Commons License.

What are you doing to take your job search seriously? What tips and tricks do you have? Please leave a comment below.

Tips for Fiverr (and an earnings report)

Fiverr is an online marketplace where buyers and sellers can exchange goods for $5 a piece. I got an account there several months ago, but didn’t put anything into the effort of selling anything until the beginning of this year. I figured that it would make a reasonable side income, so I thought that I would give it a shot.

Tip: Don’t create labor intensive gigs

I enjoy using Fiverr because it’s got more of a laid back feel to it – that’s just one of the ways that I roll. At the outset, I put in several more difficult gigs to fulfill, including blog and forum commenting as well as my chain mail beings (which required mailing). I got one or two sales from it, but nothing that really excited me.

The blog and forum commenting wasn’t worth the labor, actually. I found that I was spending more time researching the topics to be able to comment, and the money that I earned wasn’t anywhere near equivalent to the time that I was putting in. You see, I believe in doing things ‘right’ rather than just doing things, so spending an hour or two learning about remote controlled boats or the Forex market wasn’t really my bag.

I took those down after a few months of banging my head against the wall. I spent 4 hours to receive $8 total. At $2 an hour, it just wasn’t worth it.

Tip: Don’t create obscure gigs

After taking those gigs off, I replaced them with a couple more labor intensive gigs. I decided to transcribe hand writing (3 pages for $5). This didn’t go anywhere because it was a fairly obscure gig, and nobody could really find it through the keyword search. I realized, too, that it would take about an hour to type the pages, so I removed the gig from the list.

Tip: Create searched for gigs

But, I still wanted to give Fiverr a chance. I decided to devote my attention to PLR articles. I can rewrite a PLR in a very short time (around 15-30 minutes) and I figured that was worth it. Even taking up to an hour for it wouldn’t be so bad, because I would get to find out more about someone’s subject on a very limited basis. It’s a loss leader, but it makes people more aware of who I am.

Tip: Set boundaries

Rewriting the PLR gigs got a little bit of popularity, actually. I got several gigs, but found that people wanted to get several extras. They didn’t want to give me source material, or they wanted to have me rewrite several articles for the price of one. I don’t spite them for trying, and I let it happen in the interests of exposure. It worked out well, but I realized that I had to have personal rules to follow.

Tip: Don’t go off site

After seeing my rewrite gigs, there were people out there who wanted to use my services outside of Fiverr. This is strictly forbidden as per the Fiverr TOS, because that’s how the company makes its money. Just say no when the opportunity comes up, because that’s one sure fire way to get you kicked out – and I didn’t want to lose my account. The skills are needed, but playing with fire is not worth it.

Tip: Sell goods instead of services

I was excited, though. I was offering services that people wanted that might have been a little too labor intensive. I removed all of the labor gigs, leaving only the ‘rewrite PLR’ one. I put up a few more, including sending quotes and a small PLR Personal Finance pack. As it stands, three of the gigs that I’ve got on there are goods types of gigs, and the one is an active writing one to get people in the door.

Overall, the best bet for money is going to be in things that don’t take you all day to do them. I’ve learned several lessons by doing Fiverr gigs, honing them and sharpening them so that I get the most bang for my buck. I don’t work for cheap, but I am willing to work. By selling goods, I’m spending only a few minutes and it’s done. A few minutes compared to HOURS is a great deal for me.

It was a terrible discovery to find that I was only getting $4 instead of $5, but it’s well worth the 20% hit for the exposure that I’m getting. While I’d love it to be my primary means of income, it’s not.

I earned $52 in January on Fiverr

Despite earning so little, it’s not anything to really sneeze at since I’ve not actually put that much effort into my Fiverr activities. It’s still an excellent way to make money when advertised, and every single little drop into the bucket helps out.

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What have been your experiences with Fiverr? Do you have any questions about the system or techniques? Do you make a living from Fiverr? Talk about it in the comments. 🙂