How do you make money online?
This is a question I get asked more than any other, and it’s often prefixed with “What do you do?”.
Everyone thinks that they want a job where they can work from their bed with a cup of tea, or a beach with a Pina Colada, but the reality is that it just isn’t that simple. If you can’t motivate yourself in your current job, chances are that you will struggle working from aforementioned beach. That’s not to say that you shouldn’t try, because it’s EPIC working from home, working from a tropical island. Basically, working whenever and wherever you want rocks. For me, anyway.
I think I thought the same thing before I became a freelance digitally nomadic, location independent hustler too, so I 100% get it. It’s also a murky old world online, with people readily willing to hustle you out of your hard earned cash to teach you how to make money online with an eBook, or an eCourse….naming no names here, but they are out there. It’s not always super clear what qualifications you need, or how you get started, and I’ve been there too. I get it, it’s fecking confusing. Which is why I decided to write this guide.
I want to break down a few myths and help you to decipher how you fit into the online freelancing world.
The first thing you wanna do is the most boring one in the entire universe. Update your CV. While you’re doing it,pick out the skills you already have that you enjoy doing, AND think of five that you wish you had.
Then, just focus on 5 total skills you have/want to learn and start Googling what you could do online. For example, if you are super organised and have a background in project management, but want to learn about social media — I would start with VA (virtual assistant) roles for brands/bloggers who require help with their SM profiles.
It’s really just about doing it, then learning along the way.
Network Your ASS Off
Pretty much all of my opportunities came from someone knowing me, and recommending me to someone else. It is as simple as that. But first, you gotta meet that first pivotal person, right? So, find a Facebook group that is relevant to some of the skills you’ve already worked out in the first exercise, and start contributing on posts, and asking questions. Soon enough your lurking will pay off.
If you live in a big city, someone like Travel Massive/Traverse run meetups where you can meet brands, PR’s and other bloggers/digital nomads. If you don’t, there will be something similar, but maybe on a smaller scale — or start your own!
At first, some of the jobs will feel a little alien, but don’t be frightened by the titles and just say yes! Unless it’s a web developer role, and you don’t know how to get online……But you get the picture right? If someone needs a ‘Social Media Manager’, ask them for specifics, because the chances are they need someone to schedule posts, respond to ‘customers’ and finding awesome content to share. That’s really simple, and you can learn the rest on the job.
- Upwork: This is a quagmire of crappily paying jobs, but you can often find some gems in there too.
- Melyssa Griffin: I LOVE this girl. She does create paid for courses, but she also has a HUGE amount of free resources, and content upgrades. They are truly invaluable to me.
- Facebook Groups to join (as a newbie!): Girls vs Globe, The Copywriter, The Aspiring Travel Writer
- Utilise Twitter, it’s invaluable for freelancers. I’ve created this Twitter list with useful accounts for freelance opportunities.
Et voila, short but sweet and easy to follow…hopefully 🙂 If you have any specific questions, feel free to ping me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or a Tweet @wanderluceblog.