I’ve decided to start updating you, my dear reader, on my journey to world domination by making money online. These posts will include a weekly update on all the different things I’m doing online and how much money if any, I made.
My Freelancing Journey
So, I started freelancing seriously about six months ago. To be honest, I wasn’t really sure if I was going to take the step, but in the end, I thought, “Why not?” It’s not that I thought my writing was terrible. It’s not, although I’m not going to claim I’m on the same level as Hemmingway or Dickens.
I suppose I am the writing equivalent of a jobbing actor – solid, dependable prose is what I write. When I’m writing, I’m not overly humorous, which is strange really because I’m a seriously funny person in real life. For some reason, I can’t transfer my tremendous wit to pen and paper. Still, the world is probably a better place for it.
Anyhoo, let me tell you more about my writing. I’m on three platforms for my writing. Fiverr and Upwork are two of them. The other ‘platform’ is my own website, which isn’t a platform, of course, but I’m counting it as such just because I can’t think of what else to call it.
When I started on Fiverr, I set my prices at $5 for 500 words, $10 for 1000 and $15 for 1500. Yes, I agree that those figures are completely crap, but I had no history and no reviews, so I figured I needed to get some of those first.
Making Money Online
One of my other jobs is working online (weekly update coming soon), which means I have quite a few Facebook friends in the ‘making money online’ world. The first thing I did was share my Fiverr link with my friends and colleagues and immediately got a couple of gigs.
I then spent the next few days spending hours and hours writing a couple of 1000-word articles just so that I could gain some 5-star reviews. If you are planning to try your hand at freelance writing without any help, then you need to start cheaply and produce good work.
And you should try and remember that as long as you are freelancing, you need to give everyone you work for your 100% effort. You might think that the money your earning is a joke, but your clients don’t. For all you know, they are paying you with cash that they’d prefer to spend on food. Always give your best, no matter how much you’re earning.
Anyway, after a month or two, I managed to get about 5 5-star reviews, so I thought I’d up my prices. Thus, I changed my rates to $10 for 500 words, $20 for 1000 and $30 for 1500. I was a bit worried as I thought I would get fewer orders. In fact, I didn’t; I got about the same amount.
Increasing My Gigs
At about this time, I also decided I would increase the number of gigs I was doing. I thought that just one gig saying I would write anything would be good. However, with a bit of research, I found out that it was better to have lots of gigs, so I now have six gigs.
I carried on for another few months and got another half-dozen gigs, so I decided to up my rates once more. I am now charging $15 for 500 words, $30 for 1000 and $45 for 1500. I’m still not happy with those prices, but I’m certainly a lot happier charging $45 for 1500 instead of $15 for 1500. I only raised my rates a couple of days ago, so I’ll tell you next time how I’m doing.
I’m not going to do a separate weekly update on Upwork since I’m doing the same kind of work. It’s going about as well as Fiverr, except I don’t have as many reviews, which means my rate is still very low, at $20 per 1000 words. Not great but better than it was a couple of months ago.
Paid By the Word
Of course, this being ‘paid by the word’ shit is annoying, but at the moment I just have to put up with it. Hopefully, I’ll be able to charge by the project soon, but at the moment I’m just going to have to suck it up.
Finally, I’m doing some work outside those to platforms, but they are old jobs that I really need to give up. I’m not earning much, but it’s okay, so it’s still worth doing. Plus, I have the time to do it so what the hey, I say.
Wrapping It All Up
And there you have it. My first weekly update. Not doing too badly but not doing great either. I feel I’m sort of on the edge of either doing exceptionally well or doing nothing. I’ll let you know which one happens.
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