If you have a marketable skill like graphics designing, writing, designing, web development, marketing, project management, or anything else—one of the easiest ways to make sustainable extra money online is to start freelancing.

Today, over 70 million people are opting to forego traditional careers and start a freelance business.

There’s plenty of work and clients to be found. If you know where to look. To start, you need to know if there is enough demand for your skill to make it worth the effort to go out looking for work. Start by searching for freelance postings on sites like Teachable,Fiverr, Freelancer, Upwork, Gigbucks or one of the dozens of other skill-specific freelance job boards.

How many postings are there for jobs similar to what you do? If there’s a decent amount and it looks like there’s steady demand, put those skills down on a shortlist and start researching the companies and industries that are hiring.

I’ve written a full guide to starting your own freelance business, but here’s a quick list to get you started:

 

Decide your goal is: Do you want a bit of extra income or are you looking to go full-time freelance? It takes time to ramp up a freelance business working from home, so it’s important to know your goals from the outset.

Find a profitable niche:  What niche do your skills, values, and interests intersect? Do you have 10 years of experience as a technical writer? Do you have long-standing PR relationships that’ll be invaluable in helping start-ups launch a successful crowd funding campaign? Determine what makes your value unique, and lean heavily on showcasing that strength to your potential clients.

Identify target customers: Write down exactly who you want as your client and then start researching those companies and making your list. You’ll want your portfolio and cold emails to align with the companies you’re reaching out to

Set strategic prices: The $60/hr. you earn at your day job doesn’t even come close to the hourly rate you’d need to charge, in order to create the same net annual income, once you’re self-employed. This info graphic on calculating your freelance hourly rate can help you decide what to charge.

Pitch, cold email, and sign your first clients: Now it’s time to go after clients. Mention them in your content. Reach out to them over email or LinkedIn. Tailor your pitch to show what kind of value you bring to the table. (You can even read my personal cold email templates).

Lastly, remember to always have a solid freelance contract in place.

You might be working on small jobs to begin with, but getting in the habit of not starting freelance work without a contract in place can save you big time down the road.

Here is a list of websites you can do freelancing with:

  • Freelancer.com
  • Upwork.com.
  • Gigbucks.com

These are the best one for me and for you. You can search more of these and find the best one that suits you and your interests.

One of the best way if you are good at creating online courses. Make an online course and sell it on Teachable. Sign up for Teachable here for you to get started.

  1. Write E-books and do Amazon Kindle Publishing.

So many people dream of writing a book, but never go through with it. Yet no matter what, I’m sure you have experience and value you could give through writing a book. By packaging your skills and knowledge into a downloadable eBook that helps people learn a skill, advance their careers, or start a businesses, you can change someone’s life and even make good money online.

Better yet, you can even upload your own book to one of the world’s largest book sellers: Amazon. With Amazon Kindle-Publishing, you set the price, retain the rights to your book, and get access to Amazon’s massive audience. For every sale, you keep 70% with Amazon taking the remainder as a fee. If you want to get started, there are so many videos on YouTube you can follow up. (LIKE THIS ONE).