Which is better to work as a freelancer or to have online business ?

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Hello everyone,
I'm aiming to earn some extra money online and I have to ways, the first one is to learn web development and to work as a freelancer, and the second one is to have an online business, I think I will start with blogger with google adsense so what should I go for and why?
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  • Profile picture of the author Maxxx333
    Originally Posted by Amr Alaa View Post

    Hello everyone,
    I'm aiming to earn some extra money online and I have to ways, the first one is to learn web development and to work as a freelancer, and the second one is to have an online business, I think I will start with blogger with google adsense so what should I go for and why?
    You can go for any of them, if you do work good, you could earn good still, so what i will suggest you is to start freelancing, while investing on your knowledge about Web developpement, then you could look for a way to merge them both or even only focus on one later!
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  • Profile picture of the author OptedIn
    Originally Posted by Amr Alaa View Post

    Hello everyone,
    I'm aiming to earn some extra money online and I have to ways, the first one is to learn web development and to work as a freelancer, and the second one is to have an online business, I think I will start with blogger with google adsense so what should I go for and why?
    Why would you think that another person could answer this question for you? It's your life. No one can tell you what you are best suited to do. Seriously, what does what anyone else thinks on this really matter? They'd only be guessing. Are you willing to chart your course based on a guess made by someone who knows absolutely nothing about you?
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    • Profile picture of the author Apratim Barua
      Originally Posted by OptedIn View Post

      Why would you think that another person could answer this question for you? It's your life. No one can tell you what you are best suited to do. Seriously, what does what anyone else thinks on this really matter? They'd only be guessing. Are you willing to chart your course based on a guess made by someone who knows absolutely nothing about you?
      Well said....I agree with you...
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  • Profile picture of the author Kevin Fechtel
    Greetings Amr,

    I asked myself this question many times. Here is what helped me make my decision:

    1. Your biggest issue will likely be finding clients. How are you going to do it? If you are a freelancer and use Upwork like a great number of freelancers, then at least Upwork is doing part of the advertising work for you. They are attracting people that need web developers.

    2. How much independence and freedom do you want? If you are a freelancer who centrally receives contacts on Upwork, you have to play by their rules. On the other hand, if you are a freelancer who centrally receives contact on your personal website, you have MUCH more control and freedom.

    There is USUALLY are tradeoff between 1 and 2.

    I hope this helps you in your decision
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  • Profile picture of the author JohnVianny
    NONE OF THAT.

    Adsense is pretty outmoded: you earn CENTS and you are passible to be shut down whenever google wants without any prior notice or reason.

    Freelancer is good if you are very good at something, but not so sustainable on the long term.


    What you have to do is have an ONLINE BUSINESS which is BASED ON LIST BUILDING AROUND A SPECIFIC SUBJECT.

    A niche where there are something to sell. INFO-FIRST marketing. infobusiness around something where there is a consistent demand.

    Once you have build a list, you can sell, every day, mail the list every day. Nurture and pitch.
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  • Profile picture of the author Fidelcash
    I see nothing wrong with combining the two because you can have enough time for both as long as you are only working for yourself. If you are committed and you can get good enough coaching by people who have gone ahead of you and succeeded in these businesses, you will surely make it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rose Anderson
    I love being a freelance writer because I enjoy writing. It's what I do best and I do it well. I have wonderful clients which was not always true in the past. This can be the painful part of freelancing.

    However, I'm also branching out into other types of writing that don't involve trading time for money. When you're ill, times can get tough unless you've built up reserve funds.

    Freelancing can be a good way to earn extra money to fund future endeavors. It doesn't take a lot of money to get started.

    But as others have already said, no one knows what's best for you but YOU. Do some research on both plans. Weigh the pros and cons and make an informed decision.

    If you ask us specific questions about business models we can share information. But we can't tell you which decision is right for you.

    Rose

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  • Profile picture of the author Steve B
    Originally Posted by Amr Alaa View Post

    I think I will start with blogger with google adsense so what should I go for and why?



    You posed the question "which is better, be a freelancer or have an online business."


    You need both. If you're a freelancer, you need a home base, a place to send prospective clients, a place to share your skills and accomplishments. As a freelancer, you need to set up an online business web site. The same is true for any marketplace that you decide to enter.


    As far as starting with Blogger and monetizing with Adsense, that sounds like a disaster if you want to make money and create a sustainable business. Stay away from Blogger because the web presence you build will be out of your total control.


    Adsense works best with lots and lots of traffic. You make just a few cents when someone clicks away from your site - is that what you want? You work very hard and sometimes pay for your traffic. So you are willing to monetize by "selling" your traffic (to Adsense vendors) for a pittance.


    I would re-think this business model.


    The best to you,


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  • Profile picture of the author GordonJ
    Originally Posted by Amr Alaa View Post

    Hello everyone,
    I'm aiming to earn some extra money online and I have to ways, the first one is to learn web development and to work as a freelancer, and the second one is to have an online business, I think I will start with blogger with google adsense so what should I go for and why?
    I agree with OptedIn and his post about not letting other people tell you what to do with your life. Agree.

    But I also see you have limited your options and I have to wonder why?

    You have chosen web development as a freelancer, and online business, which doesn't mean anything.

    A different perspective then for your consideration. Freelancers, and all the sites they use are a part of the GIG ECONOMY. What that means is you have to find a client, sell them on your service, perform the service, get paid and then FIND ANOTHER GIG.

    Gigs at the commodity level are a GRIND. Pure, plain and simple, you must constantly be grinding away at finding the next gig, and hopefully, you learn to increase the dollars per gig so you don't have to do so many.

    You will literally be competing with hundreds of thousands of people, just last week on one site (Upwork), there were over 46,695 people pitching for writing gigs, content and copywriting gigs. You'll find huge numbers of freelancers who do web development too, and at pitiful prices too. You will be a commodity.

    So that is one choice you've given yourself. Gig and Grind.

    What is an online business mean to you? Could be one of a 101 different things, you are already getting feedback on ads, shopify, affiliate business, etc., etc. the typical responses.

    Maybe you should consider an ABSENTEE owned business, one which produces semi-passive income for you. Maybe you just need to buy and sell stuff, without even having a business.

    You have put yourself in a box, and you will receive boxed, standard, this is what I do type responses. I think you need to learn to ask, first yourself, and then us, better questions about what you really want to do.

    Because the way you are going about it, seems like a well trodden path by many a frustrated Warrior who has 2, 3 even four years or more of the grind into it without getting the results they wanted, simply because...

    they didn't take time in the beginning to look at all the options they have.

    Good luck,

    GordonJ
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    • Profile picture of the author OptedIn
      Originally Posted by GordonJ View Post

      But I also see you have limited your options and I have to wonder why?
      Probably because someone convinced the OP that those are easy ways to make money. :-)
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    Both work.
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  • Profile picture of the author chuckholmes
    Originally Posted by Amr Alaa View Post

    Hello everyone,
    I'm aiming to earn some extra money online and I have to ways, the first one is to learn web development and to work as a freelancer, and the second one is to have an online business, I think I will start with blogger with google adsense so what should I go for and why?
    I like freelancing for immediate income, but I love an online business for passive income and leverage. Start out doing both. Focus on freelancing 80% of your time to make immediate income, and then spend the other 20% of your time building some type of online business. That is what I would suggest, after doing this nearly 10 years now.
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  • Profile picture of the author writeaway
    You can do both.

    Put it this way, you are not assured of a steady stream of freelance service clients.

    Set up passive income streams so their income will keep you afloat if you hit a dry patch and believe me those can be rough.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sid Hale
    I hate to sound negative, but...

    Originally Posted by Amr Alaa View Post

    I'm aiming to earn some extra money online and I have two ways, the first one is to learn web development and to work as a freelancer, and the second one is to have an online business, I think I will start with blogger with google adsense so what should I go for and why?

    You've been a member here for 3 years and are just now trying to decide between freelancing vs. AdSense? These are pretty disparate options, and the fact that these are your two options indicates that you don't have a very firm grasp on what is required to be successful with either.

    How long do you think it will take you to become proficient enough in "web development" before you are qualified enough to offer that as a service for anyone else?

    If AdSense is your idea of "online business" you will be dependent on a number of other factors. Do you have any idea which product ads are are more profitable than others? Can you produce relevant content for those ads? Can you get sufficient traffic to your AdSense site(s) to make it worthwhile?

    As for blogger... I'll just assume that's a typo.
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    • Profile picture of the author Amr Alaa
      Originally Posted by Sid Hale View Post

      I hate to sound negative, but...




      You've been a member here for 3 years and are just now trying to decide between freelancing vs. AdSense? These are pretty disparate options, and the fact that these are your two options indicates that you don't have a very firm grasp on what is required to be successful with either.

      How long do you think it will take you to become proficient enough in "web development" before you are qualified enough to offer that as a service for anyone else?

      If AdSense is your idea of "online business" you will be dependent on a number of other factors. Do you have any idea which product ads are are more profitable than others? Can you produce relevant content for those ads? Can you get sufficient traffic to your AdSense site(s) to make it worthwhile?

      As for blogger... I'll just assume that's a typo.
      Actually, I started learning JavaScript about 3 months ago but due to my limited time, I thought it would be better if I go for online business and start blogging.
      the reason why I decided to start with Adsense that It's the simplest model of earning money online and I think no one starts with Cpa.
      I have many activities in my life last 4 years beside I'm still studying civil engineering which takes a lot of effort and time I think that's why I didn't start my online business but now I have more time so I had asked this question.
      Thank you...
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  • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
    No better or worse exists Amr; just your passion.

    But.....you can do both. I freelance and this is part of my online business. No need to be exclusive.

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  • tbh I figure maxin' out as an all action DANCIN' GAL mighta pulled me in alla the bux I evah needed ...


    only the music guys played PRECISELY the wrong songs.


    Like Walt Disney said,


    "Ain't no point floppin' around on no beach ain't actually no beach -- especially when you splashed out all your life savings on a luminous bikini."


    My advice?


    Say sumthin' singularly exotic or go hang out in WF's excloosive STFU area.
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    Either one will work as long as you provide a quality service
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  • If you work as a freelancer, you may achieve time freedom but you are not going to achieve financial freedom.
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    • Profile picture of the author OptedIn
      Originally Posted by InternetMarketingMadeEZ View Post

      If you work as a freelancer, you may achieve time freedom but you are not going to achieve financial freedom.
      Why would you say that? Are you implying that a good freelancer can't make a good living. That's just not factual. Do your research. Some do quite well for themselves.
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  • Profile picture of the author roneidaselva
    The most common reason for starting out as a freelancer or entrepreneur is the ability to be your own boss.Freelancers and entrepreneurs make their own decisions. There's no debating which version of a website to use or what the office dress code should be; it's all up to you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Fidelcash
    In all these, note that you need mentorship is very important here. It will take you much less time to succeed when a successful person is guiding you than when you are just trying on your own.
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  • Profile picture of the author Crunchbert
    As someone who hasn't had much success in either department, I say go for both. I speak from knowing why I havnt had much success yet.

    The have a blog model can be great in the long run but can be really hard to actually achieve, and can take years to actually start profiting. Especially when you are new like me and mess up and just end up wasting time lol.

    Freelancing you still need to invest in learning a skill, but once you start can make money more quickly, and you can start raising your price as you improve and get more reputation.

    But I'd say the most important thing is to do what you enjoy. Part of why I haven't had any success is I haven't stuck with anything long enough to make it. And if you don't pick something you really enjoy it can be hard to stick with it. If you enjoy what you do, theres no reason you cant make it in the end. Forcing yourself to do something just for the money can be tricky to not drop off and pick something else. Repeat.

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  • Profile picture of the author OptedIn
    Pick one single thing and stick with it. Just be sure to pick something that is simpatico with your interests, temperament and innate abilities.

    This should result in the greatest amount of success in the shortest amount of time.

    Doing one thing you know nothing about is silly. Doing two of them is ridiculous.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jessica Ambos
    You can do either one as long as you know how to master your craft and not have some less than mediocre work done along the way. I suggest having a go at it one project at a time. If you feel like you're more inclined to do freelance work at this time then do so but if you feel like you don't have any hesitations putting up a business then go for it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Andrewsfm
    Having an online business is always the way to go, head for affiliate marketing. You will make much more in my opinion. Depends on what you would enjoy more though!
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    • Profile picture of the author OptedIn
      Originally Posted by Andrewsfm View Post

      Having an online business is always the way to go, head for affiliate marketing. You will make much more in my opinion. Depends on what you would enjoy more though!
      Correct. Telling someone they would make much more money in affiliate marketing is just an opinion, and sadly, not a very informed one, regardless of your personal experience.

      Ask the high majority of people that have tried it and never made a dime. :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author DURABLEOILCOM
    You can have both, start off doing jobs on Freelancer, Fiverr, and Fourerr. Be sure to offer unlimited Revisions, offer extras included in the package, and 100% customer satisfaction and you will have great success.
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  • Profile picture of the author Fidelcash
    Work in the area of your passion, that will be your greatest drive. Do what you love and have fun doing it, and making money will surely follow if you are committed.
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve L
    Originally Posted by Amr Alaa View Post

    Hello everyone,
    I'm aiming to earn some extra money online and I have to ways, the first one is to learn web development and to work as a freelancer, and the second one is to have an online business, I think I will start with blogger with google adsense so what should I go for and why?
    I'd say do both. Freelancing can get you earning a living wage a lot quicker, but ultimately an online product business or SaaS will give you the lifestyle you probably are looking for. At least that's the situation for myself.
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  • Profile picture of the author Obermair
    My experience has been that you can earn income as a freelancer/contractor but when the current gig finishes, you are seeking the next client - and you don't own what you built. If you build a business, the intellectual property you construct is yours and you can focus on making money passively (well sort of) rather than per hour. I ran a consulting business for years and we were always looking for the next client... I built a software company and once we had a reputation, the sales arrived without me having to rebuild the solution for each new customer. Finally - as some folks already mentioned, you can later sell the online business.
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