Easy skill to learn to do freelance work?

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Hey guys,

So while building a long-term business I'm gonna need a short term way to fund my survival. I was pointed to online freelance work (fiverr, upwork, etc) as a decent way of making a living.

My question is what is an easy skill I can learn quickly that I can provide for clients online?

I heard it's pretty competitive to get work at first, any tips/insights on that? Thanks
#easy #freelance #learn #skill #work
  • Profile picture of the author tristatemedia
    you can download free software and sell gigs like designing logos, banners, etc. if you are a good speaker, you can sell video of yourself reviewing a product and make $50 per video. look around and see what sells the best and copy it.
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  • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
    a short term way to fund my survival

    Go for the offline job C. Maybe folks are hiring based on cleverly handle-ing yourself via Trump Tweets hehehehehehe

    Seriously; finding a salary offline is incredibly easy. You can do anything, starting in a few days. After a few months of salaried work with a guaranteed paycheck, survival needs are met. You are good to go.

    Online freelance work is not salaried or structured per se; virtually ever time, it takes time to make money so a bad choice for a *short term* finance solution. Offline jobs are the perfect fit.

    Ryan Biddulph helps you to be a successful blogger with his courses, manuals and blog at Blogging From Paradise
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    • Profile picture of the author Covfefe
      Thank you, this answer was really helpful.
      What kind of jobs would you recommend for someone about to graduate college while I work on my online business?
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      • Profile picture of the author Copylifemike
        If I were in your shoes, the absolute number 1 skill and the only true skill you need in life to never be broke is this....


        Learn the art of sales and everything you can.

        Get a job in sales and not just any random job. Choose a company or product or service that you can actually see yourself getting excited about.

        Then pick up a few good books...

        I suggest Grant Cardones

        10X rule
        Closers survival guide
        If you're not first you're last
        Sell or be sold

        And yes I truly mean get all four.

        I have them and they're filled with nothing but golden nuggets.

        If you don't know who Grant Cardone is then I suggest you find out very quickly and soak him up like a sponge.

        Aside from that other high paying skills....

        High ticket closing

        So why in this order?

        Sales is the absolute closest you will get to the close. There's no other position that will get you closest to the money.

        Copywriting is second to that because it is salesmanship through the written word.

        Marketing is a highly developed skill you need to learn. If you can promote yourself or business, then forget about the selling part.

        High ticket closing is for skilled sales people who can make deals on high ticket items or upsell to higher packages.

        Back to sales...

        Why sales Mike!? Wtf is so damn special about selling?


        Do you remember when you were a young kid and asked your mommy and daddy for a toy?

        They said NO.

        The dreadful word that no kid wants to hear....

        Did you throw a fit?

        Maybe a tantrum?

        Did you end up getting that toy?

        In most cases they caved in and got it for you.

        And if not you then you've seen young children literally persuade their parents to get their way.

        Ok ok, sales is not about kicking and screaming or crying.

        Better example...

        Ever go on a job interview?

        Well sure you have. You're a soon to be college graduate.

        What is an interview really?

        In today's world, there's many aspects that really don't matter but two things.

        And selling yourself

        Out of those two things, be damn good at selling yourself.

        The interview is like sales and copywriting..

        It's not about you.

        It's about what you can offer the company, what benefits come with you.

        And you need to sell that to them.

        Sales is the conversation of being able to get what you want.

        The art of persuasion.

        Of course this is powerful.

        It needs to be respected and practiced ethically.

        You want to get a head start for your online business?

        Learn sales and really dive in.

        Before I tell you to stop reading and buy yourself a sales book...

        ....here's another tip.

        Nail down your elevator pitch.

        If you don't know what that is look it up.

        Yes, I'm telling you to work for it.

        This will be a tool for you to use on your sales position interview if you really nail it down.

        They will see sales written all over you and already get the feel that you have some skills.

        If you can sell yourself with an elevator pitch, imagine what you can do with actual practice and tactics.

        Now go get that sales book and start applying to these jobs!

        Good luck.


        P.S. sales has no salary cap. The only job in the world that has unlimited income potential. Also when you become a master of sales or even just really good at it, you can get want you want (not just money).
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  • Profile picture of the author Copylifemike
    I would suggest staying away from bidding sites like Upwork or Fivver...

    You won't get much respect, you'll be underpaid for your worth, and get taken advantage of. It's also not a consistent income.

    A few percent make a bang on those sites.

    Even myself as a beginner getting out there, refuse to go on such sites for any quick $$.

    You can try it out if you'd like, but don't have high expectations of walking out of there making a few $100.

    People on their want top notch quality for the lowest price. They bid on you against others..

    I wouldn't undersell myself on there.

    No thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    The problem in this thread is someone with no skillset looking for an "easy skill" to learn and sell.

    If something is 'easy' to learn and do - it's not very valuable to buyers.
    Saving one dog will not change the world - but the world changes forever for that one dog.
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  • Profile picture of the author crackhouse
    If it's an "easy skill" no one is going to pay you money for it. Sounds lke you need to get a proper job until you can make this internet marketing game work.

    Good luck
    I sell backlinks on some of the most lucrative editorial websites in the world.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rose Anderson
    As others have said, no one will pay for something that is easy for everyone to learn.

    The only way this will work is if you find something that is "easy" for you but hard for others. Something that uses your skills and natural talents.

    We can't help you with that since we have no idea what you know or have the ability and willingness to learn.

    Do you have a pleasant voice that would make you a hit at voice overs?

    Do you have the patience and ability to learn difficult tech skills?

    Do you love words and creating entertaining stories?

    Can you write blog posts that educate and hold a reader's interest?

    Are you able to sell ice to an Eskimo?

    Can you cook tasty meals that contain no carbs? If so, please let me know how because this is super hard for me.

    Whatever you decide to offer, you're going to have to figure out how to sell it by showing why you're better at it than your competition. You need a unique angle.

    Every freelancer needs to learn how to market or they won't be eating much for lunch.

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  • Profile picture of the author Puspa Kamala
    Irrespective of the freelance sellers services, sellers must also know marketing ways to promote their gigs. It is not an easy job but at the same time with a willing heart one can survive on the online jobs with dedication and smart work.
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  • Profile picture of the author ethelglover
    Virtual assistance as a data entry operator. It's easy to learn and earn.
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  • Profile picture of the author luciesmazanska
    you should ask a question: what skills or quality do I have?
    take a paper and pen and write it down

    then go to these websites find a relevant section and create a gig, setup a non competitive price and start earning

    its simple, really
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  • Profile picture of the author Gixzard
    I guess these people are right... find a job in retail, or as a cashier. It's easy and they're always looking. If you go and learn something online it's months or a couple of years. Keep working, practice what you do, and get a job before you find out you're really out of options
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  • Profile picture of the author superowid
    Selling candy, ice cream or any simple food street in your local area. It's easier than you think. I did it. And still do this sometime for quick money. Not much profit but it's worth for daily meals up to 3 days. Usually weekend is the best time to do it.

    Hard time to keep promoting business? Don't worry!
    . . . . . Let me help cutting your ad production cost! . . . . .
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  • Profile picture of the author ctrlaltdelete
    Well, what are you good at?

    "Easy" depends on the individual. There are freelancers who can write or create graphics like it's nothing, but can't code to save their lives. Or it can be the other way around.

    Online work can be a lucrative venture, freelancing or no, and I can't say that it'll be smooth sailing at the start. If you're set on it, there's one important tip you should know: patience is everything. I wouldn't recommend this line of work if you're looking to get paid real quick. It could take quite a long while before you land your first job.
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  • My suggestion is to try to create a gig that you could do the best. And create another gigs that related to your first gig so you would get potential customer
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  • Profile picture of the author Benjamin Ehinger
    Originally Posted by Covfefe View Post

    Hey guys,

    So while building a long-term business I'm gonna need a short term way to fund my survival. I was pointed to online freelance work (fiverr, upwork, etc) as a decent way of making a living.

    My question is what is an easy skill I can learn quickly that I can provide for clients online?

    I heard it's pretty competitive to get work at first, any tips/insights on that? Thanks
    There are literally dozens of choices for freelancing. I have been a freelance writer for more than a decade and it's not hard to find work, if you know where to look.

    Heck, if you post an ad in the Warriors for Hire section and you offer a good rate, you'll probably have more work than you need. It's $20 and another $20 every time you want to bump it. I used to do this when I charged less for writing and I would always get 3 or 4 orders per bump and most would become regular clients.
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  • Profile picture of the author modwilli
    You can get started freelance writing very quickly by picking up a few private clients. I would stay away from Upwork and Fiverr. If you get good at sales copywriting, you could definitely support yourself with a full-time income.
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  • Profile picture of the author DaveMartin
    You could also consider being a middle man and leveraging other people's skills,, or basically outsourcing.
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  • Profile picture of the author roadto3k
    Try copywriting man, if you manage to learn that properly, you can actually bank real hard with freelance!

    Best of luck
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  • Profile picture of the author lopezamir
    None. You will be competing with freelancers who make it their business to be good. Typically, someone has worked in the space for at least 8+ years before they become a regular freelancer. Even for them, getting freelance work is still challenging. This is the competition as a freelancer.

    At a paid capacity--for freelance work--I would not hire nor recommend someone that has no experience.
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  • Profile picture of the author OptedIn
    The OP hasn't returned in 2.5 months.

    "He not busy being born, is busy dying." - Bob Dylan • "I vibe with the light-dark point. Heavy." - Words that Bob Dylan wishes he had written.

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