This is a message for the borderline-desperate freelance professionals and entrepreneurs who need to fulfill their creative career goals and yet remain practical.
Once upon a time, I quit my job (and wrote all about it ). Since my plan was bursting at the seams, it didn’t take me long to realize that I needed to patch up the gaping holes. I needed immediate solutions to make money and find clients…like yesterday.
Life never stops and neither do expenses whether you have clients or are looking to find new clients. When I went the work-at-home route, which I have stuck with ever since, I learned that reality. By the way, I compiled a list of the top ways that I earned money online when I got started out, and many of these are resources that I use frequently even now.
Not only are these sites excellent for making immediate money from home but they are also great ways to connect with prospective clients who could hire you in the future.
Take it from me: I would much rather get paid to find new work than look for new work for free.
How do you go about doing this yourself? It’s simple.
Use Websites for Crowdsourcing and Micro Jobs
I have no shame whatsoever in using middle-men like Microworkers (as also mentioned in that list of work-at-home websites) to find miscellaneous tasks that will pay me for seconds to minutes of my time.
Much of the tasks I take on involve searching for established business professionals, connecting with users on social media, and engaging on forums and blogs. Shoot, I do that anyway so if I can get paid to spend time on social media, I’m all over that.
This might seem inauthentic which is why I set boundaries and adhere to a few personal ground rules like not posting about taboo topics or toxic industries and products. I also don’t connect with just anyone. If I have a task to search for the CEO of a growing company, as I have done before, I will value that connection and make the investment in me worthwhile by going the extra mile. That means reaching out with a personal introduction, or sharing from their social media profile and blog.
If I were investing pockets of money here and there for people to help do tedious work that I don’t have the time or capability to do alone, I would most certainly appreciate the golden rule. Besides, the whole point is to build relationships and attract repeat clients.
Write and Promote Revenue Share Articles
There are sites that compensate their contributors for writing on the platform, Yahoo! Voices being one of the many. This is something I do to monetize the curation of my content, all of which stems my knowledge about creative businesses, careers, and lifestyles. Bubblews, HubPages, Triond, and Examiner are a few others that will pay writers to share their content. I have utilized several of these and grew my audience simultaneously, not to mention that my residual earnings from organic traffic helped too (that happened because I created to backlinks to the articles from my blog pages).
Of course, a freelancer or micro business owner that has the wherewithal to write about his or her expertise should do so. My recommendation is to go a step further and monetize it by writing revenue share articles. Now, I like greens (in this case, writing) and I know that “greens” aren’t liked by everyone, but they are nutritional building blocks and without them our bodies would be deficient of some necessary components.
Writing is the core of professionalism and business because it facilitates communication; and without communication, how on earth can one ever expect to land that job or that customer or that big deal? They provide the sources of the income that keep the wheels turning.
Monetize Social Media
Yes, it’s actually possible. For many businesses, when you think about it, the ultimatum of using social media is to make money. Freelance writers, creative entrepreneurs and professionals are no exception when it comes to profiting from a bit of social networking either. It’s a great marketing tool, it is. Facebook groups, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google Plus will be of particular value when sharing articles written on revenue sharing platforms like the ones mentioned above.
Any network, really, will be a good place for making new connections, learning about opportunities, and finding jobs. There are also other direct ways to generate revenue from content creation. IZEA, Sponsored Tweets, and Pinbooster are among the various websites that connect creators to advertisers who want to extend their reach to their target audience. Simply put, people will pay ordinary people (yourself included) to post onto their profiles.
So the next time that you’re feeling overwhelmed by social media, remember this tip. I can assure you that you’ll be a bit more motivated to get out there and start broadcasting yourself.
Do you have any more ideas and useful insights about attracting new clients online? Send me a tweet and tell me what you think.