Easiest Way To Get Started With Freelancing

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HELP

Please tell me how to get started. What's the easiest, fastest way for a complete idiot, dummy to get started with freelancing?
#easiest #freelancing #started
  • Profile picture of the author Joseph Robinson
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    Depends. What are your skills?
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  • Profile picture of the author carlosthemexican
    I can't write.

    I can't do graphics.

    I can't do web design.
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    • Profile picture of the author chiefman
      Originally Posted by carlosthemexican View Post

      I can't write.

      I can't do graphics.

      I can't do web design.
      Can you type?
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    • Profile picture of the author Laura Stevens
      Originally Posted by carlosthemexican View Post

      I can't write.

      I can't do graphics.

      I can't do web design.

      you can be a graphic artist
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    • Profile picture of the author Demetrius
      Originally Posted by carlosthemexican View Post

      I can't write.

      I can't do graphics.

      I can't do web design.
      You can't be in freelancing.

      When you will tell us,
      I can....
      I can...
      I can...

      may be we will be able to help you.
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      • Sign up to the above freelancing sites and start applying for jobs.

        Look at what the person hiring wants to pay and offer your services for free / a lot less than they want to pay.

        Explain in the application that you are very keen to get started on your career as a freelancer and that you to do everything possible to make sure they are 100% happy with your work.

        Create a great application to go with it and you will start being given jobs to do.

        Make sure that you go above and beyond whats asked and they will leave great feedback for you. They may even come to you first next time they are hiring.

        Once you have started building feedback you can start charging more.

        I am always looking for freelancers and the next task I get i'll give you a try.

        Get signed up to odesk and I'll give you a shout in a few days when I need something doing.

        If you do a good job I'll give you a great review
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  • Profile picture of the author jfambrini
    You will be great as a web designers. Most of them can't do these things either. :-)
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    • Profile picture of the author Tony Humble
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      Originally Posted by jfambrini View Post

      You will be great as a web designers. Most of them can't do these things either. :-)
      Haha well said..

      To OP, you might want to look into posting forum posts or so.
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      • Profile picture of the author goindeep
        I heard you can offer your services on certain street corners at certain times to certain people. You wont have to do any writing or webdesign so shouldnt be that painful
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        • Profile picture of the author Joseph Robinson
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          Originally Posted by Andrei Rotariu View Post

          I heard you can offer your services on certain street corners at certain times to certain people. You wont have to do any writing or webdesign so shouldnt be that painful
          I guess the level of pain would depend on what your customer likes ;( .
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  • jfambrini do you speak from experience? lol sorry just yanking your chain! carlosthemexican what can you do, you've only listed what you can't do. no one can help without knowing your skills.
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    • Profile picture of the author carlosthemexican
      Originally Posted by EnterpriseWebsites View Post

      jfambrini do you speak from experience? lol sorry just yanking your chain! carlosthemexican what can you do, you've only listed what you can't do. no one can help without knowing your skills.
      i can take a picture of my toe for $5.
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  • Profile picture of the author hitman13
    You can start with Data Entry...this is the first think I did. Now I make videos. Important is to start with something.
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  • Profile picture of the author Joseph Robinson
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    Can you code? Can you program? Do you have any...odd talents that might get you started on a Fiverr gig? Honestly, if you don't have a skill to offer as a service you aren't going to be freelancing.
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    • Profile picture of the author carlosthemexican
      Originally Posted by Joseph Robinson View Post

      Can you code? Can you program? Do you have any...odd talents that might get you started on a Fiverr gig? Honestly, if you don't have a skill to offer as a service you aren't going to be freelancing.
      Nothing whatsoever. So WHAT should I learn that I can then sell?
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  • Profile picture of the author laurencewins
    As others have said, you need to work out what you CAN do and everyone does have some skills. Then we might be able to suggest options for you.
    Whatever you do, it won't be easy in the beginning so don't think you can simply say what you want and then make loads of cash.
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    • Profile picture of the author carlosthemexican
      Originally Posted by laurencewins View Post

      As others have said, you need to work out what you CAN do and everyone does have some skills. Then we might be able to suggest options for you.
      Whatever you do, it won't be easy in the beginning so don't think you can simply say what you want and then make loads of cash.

      No skills. Even restaurants won't hire me.

      Please suggest WHAT skills are marketable for freelancing. Besides writing, graphics, web design because I'm not the creative type.
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      • Originally Posted by carlosthemexican View Post

        No skills. Even restaurants won't hire me.

        Please suggest WHAT skills are marketable for freelancing. Besides writing, graphics, web design because I'm not the creative type.
        Come on man, are you kidding?

        Who really has NO SKILLS?

        You must be at least average at something.

        People pay people to copy and paste stuff from one place to another.
        People pay people to write articles
        People pay people to offer IT support

        You can make money doing any of them or you can learn how to seo and sell sell seo services
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        • Profile picture of the author carlosthemexican
          Originally Posted by magicsubmittertutorials View Post

          Come on man, are you kidding?

          Who really has NO SKILLS?

          You must be at least average at something.

          People pay people to copy and paste stuff from one place to another.
          People pay people to write articles
          People pay people to offer IT support

          You can make money doing any of them or you can learn how to seo and sell sell seo services

          I can't write articles. I know nothing about IT. I know ET but not IT. I CAN copy and paste. Where are these freelance jobs?
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  • Profile picture of the author picnic
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    What about singing? acting gigs, cooking, whatever you're good at. Then take that interest, build an authority site around it, and create a platform to build a tribe following of readers, then build your own products or sell other affiliate products using your site - or better yet, advertise your freelancing gigs on it, to go back to your freelancing model.
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  • Profile picture of the author carlosthemexican
    ^^ VA and Odesk. Good ideas. Thanks
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    • Profile picture of the author Kyle Tanner
      Originally Posted by carlosthemexican View Post

      HELP

      Please tell me how to get started. What's the easiest, fastest way for a complete idiot, dummy to get started with freelancing?
      I'm skeptical as to the sincerity of your post, but I'll bite. Everyone has abilities and skills (that are legal ) that other people would be willing to pay for. Make a list of these things. Create a page demonstrating these abilities, like a portfolio of sorts to show people how competent you are. Then advertise! Let people know that you are available for hire. Network and connect with people. The money will come!

      If you honestly feel you don't have any skills that's of value to anyone, make a list of things you're interested in that you know could make you money and learn how to do those things. Always read,learn, and apply that knowledge.

      If you want an idea of what type of work people are looking for online, check out sites like Odesk, eLance, Guru, and Freelancer.

      Good luck!

      Originally Posted by jfambrini View Post

      You will be great as a web designers. Most of them can't do these things either. :-)
      This, my friend, is the most hilarious thing I've read all day. Thank you for that!

      Originally Posted by hitman13 View Post

      You can start with Data Entry...this is the first think I did. Now I make videos. Important is to start with something.
      This! ^ ^ ^ At bare minimum you could do data entry. As long as you can read and type you're good to go. The idea is to take action and take action now. You never know where it will lead to.
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      • Profile picture of the author carlosthemexican
        Originally Posted by Kyle Tanner View Post

        I'm skeptical as to the sincerity of your post, but I'll bite. Everyone has abilities and skills (that are legal ) that other people would be willing to pay for. Make a list of these things. Create a page demonstrating these abilities, like a portfolio of sorts to show people how competent you are. Then advertise! Let people know that you are available for hire. Network and connect with people. The money will come!

        If you honestly feel you don't have any skills that's of value to anyone, make a list of things you're interested in that you know could make you money and learn how to do those things. Always read,learn, and apply that knowledge.

        If you want an idea of what type of work people are looking for online, check out sites like Odesk, eLance, Guru, and Freelancer.

        Good luck!



        This, my friend, is the most hilarious thing I've read all day. Thank you for that!



        This! ^ ^ ^ At bare minimum you could do data entry. As long as you can read and type you're good to go. The idea is to take action and take action now. You never know where it will lead to.


        Thanks for the location on where to find skills to develop.
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  • Profile picture of the author IMcoder
    If you have no skills, rather than freelancing... you might consider getting your own reality show. If you have any skills whatsoever.... you're typing in English and you call yourself "carlosthemexican"... English/Spanish bilingual? Can you translate? If so, you can find work. Try eLance, and see if you can find any work translating documents, or websites, etc.
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  • Hell you don't have to know how to do anything to make a fulltime income online! The number one skill you need is to learn how to find a problem and then find a solution to that problem. Example! Bob needs a website, well joe is a web designer and need works so you focus on becoming the middle man. You make money for putting things together.
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    • Profile picture of the author carlosthemexican
      Originally Posted by Mreese601@gmail.com View Post

      Hell you don't have to know how to do anything to make a fulltime income online! The number one skill you need is to learn how to find a problem and then find a solution to that problem. Example! Bob needs a website, well joe is a web designer and need works so you focus on becoming the middle man. You make money for putting things together.
      So some kind of broker or arbitrage, yeah I can do that. Just have to figure out how to start.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    You can't write? What kind of freelance work are you going for?
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  • Profile picture of the author nasuryono
    I'd suggest doing backlink building or data entry work. Or even editing Word documents.

    You MUST have some skills right? What did you learn at school?
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  • Profile picture of the author carlosthemexican
    Originally Posted by Andrei Rotariu View Post

    I heard you can offer your services on certain street corners at certain times to certain people. You wont have to do any writing or webdesign so shouldnt be that painful
    Thanks for telling us about your experience.
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    • Profile picture of the author Cee
      Originally Posted by carlosthemexican View Post

      ^^ Thanks for telling us about your experience.
      Very good! Being quick witted is a talent. So you have something going for you. It also means you can learn new skills. Just because you can't do something now doesn't mean you couldn't learn if you apply yourself. It's not that difficult to learn a new skill when you put your mind to it.
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  • Profile picture of the author carlosthemexican
    Here's what I've gathered from the 4 big freelance sites.



    From ODESK I narrowed down my interest to

    -Administrative Support
    -Customer Service
    -Sales & Marketing
    -Business Services
    -Internet Research



    And from GURU.com I realized those belong to the "Business" category and that I lack propensity towards "Technology" and "Creative Arts" categories.



    And from ELANCE I learned that the most popular skillset in the market for me are Admins, Marketers, and Consultants.



    And from FREELANCER, I learned I could probably start with

    -Advertising
    -Sales
    -Bulk Marketing
    -Data Entry
    -Research
    -Web Search
    -Excel
    -Data Mining
    -Reviews
    -Product Descriptions
    -Leads
    -Proofreading
    -Virtual Assistant
    -Internet Marketing
    -Marketing
    -Data Processing
    -Copy Typing
    -eBay
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  • Maybe you'd be better off asking, "how can I get some valuable skills so I can actually be useful to paying freelance clients."

    Sheeeesh.
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  • Profile picture of the author TanyaRebrov
    The easiest way to start freelancing is to discover what type of work you enjoy. Then, increase your skills in the interested field through necessary training and study if you need. If you think it is easy to start with Data Entry jobs, measure your knowledge on some office software like MS Word, Excel etc. Remember, nothing is easier when it involves competitions.
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  • Profile picture of the author cferfland247
    Do something you enjoy yourself while working. Also develop your skills and make portfolios.
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  • Profile picture of the author boy ayrots
    Hi guys! if it's not too much to ask, is there a "hire a freelancer" section here in warrior forum?

    Thanks!
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    • Profile picture of the author contentwriting360
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      Yes, there is. Check out the Warriors For Hire section.

      Originally Posted by boy ayrots View Post

      Hi guys! if it's not too much to ask, is there a "hire a freelancer" section here in warrior forum?

      Thanks!
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      • Profile picture of the author cashp0wer
        Everyone has skills! There has to be something that you are good at doing even if you don't have experience doing it. Go to oDesk and look around on the jobs that are needed there. I bet you can find something.
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  • Profile picture of the author OutsourceFactor
    Best way to get started is to know your skills then search for a place to market them. oDesk and Outsource Factor are good places to start. If you don't exactly know what skills you have then maybe you could figure it out then take a few tests on oDesk or Brainbench.
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  • Profile picture of the author twinkenterprises
    I guess you can sign up for some of the sites that have been listed and pick what you're interested in trying and apply for some jobs. Maybe pick something that you really like to do and see if you can do that for pay or learn a new skill.
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