Anyone who is looking for quick and easy ways to make money from home should follow these tips to make it successful and profitable. Let’s get straight down to it:
Learn how to start a freelancing business:
This is much easier than you might think. You can use freelancing websites to find the jobs and skills that are in high demand and then set yourself up to offer these services. To be an article writer you don’t need a degree in journalism, simply the ability to write as you would speak and with very few spelling and grammar errors. To be a virtual assistant you need to be able to make phone calls, organise meetings and plan ahead – everyone does this for their own lives so why not get paid to do it? These are just some ideas on how to earn money from home, there are many more.
Take advantage of freelancer sites:
Of course there are lots of ways to find and attract clients including search engine optimisation techniques, AdWords, offline advertising and other marketing methods. When you are just starting out however the easiest and quickest way to find clients is through freelancer sites. The clients are there, ready and waiting with work that needs doing. This is a great way to get your business started and you can always come back to the traditional methods of finding clients at a later date.
Always follow up:
When you have a bit from a potential client, always try and keep them interested. Send an email every now and again to “check in” and see if they want to proceed with the project. Offer a half price trial to get the ball rolling (I do this and it works well). When you submit a proposal on a project displayed on a freelancing site, always follow up with the buyer if no one has been awarded the project. Often they have simply not got around to choosing someone and the gentle nudge is a great help.
Offer free work or half price trials:
This may seem counter intuitive, but often when I’ve done a small amount of half priced or even totally free work, it has paid off in the future with a large order. Although you might not like receiving nothing in the short term for your hard work and effort, think long term and what the future may bring.
Be clear on your rates and include bulk discounts:
Having clear cut rates is important. Clients want to know where they stand and what they are getting for their money. It is much more time and cost effective to retain a client than go out and find another, so you want to keep the one or ones you have as long as possible. By offering bulk discounts, discounts on repeat work or a staggered payment system you are more likely to retain your client. For example as an article writer you might offer a staggered rate system such as:
- 10 – 20 articles – $20 per article21 – 30 articles – $17 per article31 – 40 articles – $14 per article
This encourages them to offer you a greater amount of work. You could also offer an x% discount on the next project. Be a bit creative but try and keep it as simple as possible.
Offer ongoing services to your clients:
As mentioned already, once you have a client you really need to keep them. By offering ongoing services you also stand in good stead for hanging on to them. For example, if you were an SEO article writer you could offer an ongoing monthly package that included a bundle of articles and submissions to article directories too. If you were a virtual assistant you could offer a monthly package deal that included x number of tasks carried out (making reservations, doing market research, making phone calls etc) for a fixed price. If you were a web designer you could offer ongoing web updating and maintenance or even server hosting. As an SEO consultant you could offer ongoing social media marketing or onsite optimisation. When I was learning how to make money online for free this was one of the most useful bits of information I learned.
Carry out email campaigns to find clients:
It might seem a little bit scary at first, but as I call it “cold emailing” is a great way to find clients. Include in the email who you are, what services you offer and most importantly how these can be of benefit to them. Some emails will be ignored, others will be replied to with a thanks but no thanks, but some will come back and ask for your rates. At this point you really need to sell yourself so ensure you have your deliverables in front of you and your rates and services organised.
Start a blog:
Everyone always gives this advice, but it does work. You don’t need your own domain name and hosting either. Many of the most successful blogs started out at blogger.com and you can too. Setting up a blog at blogger takes no time at all. You can either blog about an aspect of your life – setting up the business perhaps, being productive, learning a new trade or overhauling your life in some way, or you can think about an aspect of your new business to blog about. For example if you were setting out as a freelance graphic designer / web developer / writer you might want to blog about the latest news in the field. Alternatively as a virtual assistant you could go for interesting information and stories about being or working with a virtual assistant. Be yourself and try not to worry about feeling exposed – all bloggers go through this to a degree.
By following this advice you will have made a good start learning how to make from home and in no time at all will be up and running with a good income stream. Furthermore you will have learnt how to earn money from home without any investment which is crucial. Also keep in mind that it is an enjoyable and rewarding experience, so front up to the challenge and get cracking! Good luck.