It can be challenging to make your way through all the different information about how to make money online, particularly as most authors try to convince you that their way is the best. Honestly, there are many ways to earn money online, and it is very possible to turn an online business into a long-term profit. However, it can be more difficult to work out how to earn money fast online, because most methods focus on long-term businesses, which are slow to start up. With Christmas coming up fast, I want to take the time to talk specifically about one way of earning money online quickly.
Freelancing to Earn Money Fast
The advantage of earning money online isn’t that it is fast and easy. I currently work between five and eight hours each day, not counting the time that I spend interacting with my clients and resolving any issues. The advantage of online business is flexibility and the ability to choose your own work hours and environment.
In this article, I’m going to talk about earning money by freelancing, specifically through freelance writing. This is how I earn my living, and honestly, I got into the field solely because I had no job, little chance of getting one and needed money fast.
Freelance writing isn’t necessarily better than earning money through affiliate marketing, and honestly, freelancing probably requires more maintenance and has the annoying aspect of needing to deal with customers. However, freelancing places more control in your hands, and means that you don’t have to wait for Google to notice your website or for people to actually visit the site. If you need to earn money fast, this may be a better option.
Advantages: Lots of work available, easy to get started, fast payment
Disadvantages: Low pay, can get monotonous, ghostwriting
In essence, freelancing involves using your skills to do jobs for other people. It isn’t that different than being a handy-man or doing odd jobs, except that it is in the online environment. In general, it is more effective to focus on one or two skills to offer and grow these over time, because this means that your skill and your income can improve over time.
Entry-level freelancing is generally the first step you want to take if you are going to get involved in freelancing and want to earn money immediately. This type of freelancing involves using websites where you get paid on a per-article basis, specifically websites that don’t have much in the way of requirements.
There is always a demand for this type of work, because you essentially end up writing content that becomes posts on other people’s blogs or ways of filling up websites.
This means that you never know where your article will end up and no one will know that you wrote it.
Honestly, using this type of website is a pain and isn’t a very good long-term plan. However, I did use one myself for a number of months, and went back to it periodically when I had no other work. Having the ability to earn some money easily was a lifesaver for me more than once.
A final note is that with these sites, your productivity goes up over time as you get used to the systems involved and the sites often have a payment scheme based on your experience and performance with the company. This means that you can earn more over time than you do initially, but you have to stick with it.
Some sites to consider:
Two sites to consider are Zemandi and Demand Media, both of which are relatively well-known. Of the two Demand Media has the better reputation, although I have personally only used Zemandi, and it worked very well at the time. I also found a site here that has a list of a large number of websites like this. While the list probably isn’t fully accurate, it does provide a good springboard for starting freelance writing.
Advantages: Lots of work available, suits many levels of skill, some postings pay very well
Disadvantages: High amount of competition, can take a while to get accepted by a poster, requires significant work to apply for different postings
Freelancing sites can be a fantastic way of earning money, but they can also be very frustrating. When you use a freelancing site, you bid on projects that other people post. These sites aren’t limited to writing, and you can freelance with a large number of different skills.
These sites have a large number of freelancers and people looking for work. This means that there is always work available, but you must compete against other people to actually get the order to start off with. As a general rule, the better the job is, the more people you will have to compete with.
For these sites, your reputation on the site matters, so it’s worth taking the time to do orders that aren’t that appealing just to get your reputation up a bit, and this can open doors to better jobs. Freelancing sites will give you a lot of headache, particularly as you might apply for many orders only to get rejected from them all. I’ve found a good trick is to work on content creation websites (these ones discussed in the previous section) while I am waiting for responses on freelancing sites, because at least that way I make some profit.
Personally, I hate the challenge of finding work on freelancing sites, but it is effective. I have found clients on those sites that I did one order for through the site and then began working for them independent of the site. It is a good way to make contacts, and some of the contacts I made through freelance sites, I still work for, even though I haven’t used a freelancing site in more than a year.
Some sites to consider:
Striking Out On Your Own
Advantages: Can set own rules, profitable, can vary type of work
Disadvantages: Time-consuming, have to deal directly with customers
All of the methods I’ve talked about up to now rely on finding clients on a website, but this isn’t the only way to do it. In fact, I advertise for my own clients using newspaper, business cards and other means, getting them to communicate with me through email or telephone. This gives me the ability to charge clients what I want to, and to choose which orders I accept and which I do not.
Certainly, there is a lot more work involved, because customers can be petty and frustrating. However, profit-wise, this is the most effective approach I have found, and it allows me to vary the type of work that I pick up.
Going on my own was the best decision I made, but I couldn’t have done it without spending more than a year working for other people through content-creation websites and freelancing sites.
As a Final Note:
There are a lot of places to go to for freelance writing, regardless of whether you are just starting out or are very experienced. Another way that I found useful was to search for websites that sold writing services and asking them if they were hiring. I know that getting involved in freelancing sounds challenging, but once you get a hang of it, it becomes simpler. All of the approaches I talked about on this page I used at some point or another, often for a considerable amount of time. Now, I have the experience and confidence to seek out my own clients and have found that I get new clients without even looking for them.
At the end of the day, how successful you are at freelancing depends on your own dedication and determination, but it is very possible to make profit quickly. I turned freelance writing into a fulltime career, and I know of many other people who have also used freelancing as a career path. In reality, there are a lot of opportunities out there if you know how and where to look.
Where to Next?
Freelancing is one way of making money online, but it isn’t the only one. Regardless of what approach you take, you need to be realistic in your expectations and goals. You are never going to be a millionaire overnight and you do have to put in a lot of work to succeed. It is possible to start making enough money to pay your bills within two weeks to a month of starting, but this does involve careful choice of places to work, and a whole lot of hours. I was paying my bills from freelancing within a month, but I was initially working for close to 80 hours a week. Not fun, but I didn’t have a choice.
At the end of the day, you should not feel constrained by the options in the traditional workforce, because there are many legitimate ways of making money online.