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Are you looking to get into cryptocurrency for free?

If you haven’t jumped into the world of cryptocurrency, I don’t know why not? While I am not a financial advisor and you should take everything I’m saying with multiple grains of salt…

WHY HAVE YOU NOT?

….its free real estate!

With the start of 2021, Bitcoin has reached its all time highest value and Fear Of Missing Out is also at an all time high.

So I recently received an email from Coinbase. They were (and still are) offering free amount of various cryptocurrencies in exchange for my time in watching some videos.

I agreed and began my journey in learning. These videos were short, informational, and helped me to understand just what I was supporting when I received them. After the 2 min video, I answered a question from the video and was rewarded with my amount. After a few quizzes, I had the seeds of my cryptocurrency portfolio.

If you would like to check it out, I will be preparing a series of some of the videos I watched along with some links so you can watch them. I believe if you complete video and obtain your own reward that we both will obtain additional benefits.

Here is a link to Coinbase’s website where if you sign up using my link, you will receive some extra cryptocurrency. Good luck and have fun with your free cryptocurrency seeds.

How to Be Successful Selling Clothing Online

 

How to Be Successful Selling Clothing Online

Selling clothes online is an experience that many have these days as a one-off ?time to get rid of this expensive x,? but who among us have what it takes to turn it into a successful side hustle ? or even a full-time ship-from-home business? Truly, everyone who is willing to put in the time and effort required to build a successful brand online can succeed at selling clothes both new and old online. The trick is to know where to start.

Know Your Market

While this is a cliched term for a cliched idea, knowing your market is perhaps the most important aspect of building a successful business. This involves both marketing your items to the people who desire to buy them as well as switching up your inventory to serve your current customer base as necessary.

Where you market, and how you build your brand, is also important. If you choose to sell on a website such as eBay, Poshmark, or Facebook marketplace, you start at an advantage, as these sites allow you to build your business within a known framework while simultaneously marketing to your desired locations. This is especially helpful for those new-to-the-biz self-starters who need to build a base quickly or don?t know how to build a brand otherwise.

The alternative option is to build your own website on another host, such as Shopify, Squarespace, or WordPress, where you can fully customize your brand and your base ? and maintain full responsibility for your website traffic, as the marketing tricks of the trade such as purchasing advertisements, SEO-optimization, and hyping up your products are entirely on your shoulders. If you believe you have the chops to truly thrive in the business, taking this risk might be worth the freedom granted.

Photography

For a material-based business, photography is the best (and only) way to truly show shoppers what you mean when you say ?one-of-a-kind, high-waisted, lace-backed jeans with zebra print stripes down the side and a giant golden buckle.? While descriptions are critical and should be carefully considered ? do you want to be funny? Edgy? Business-serious? ? they are not the end of the line as far as the customer experience. Photography gives shoppers a clear idea of what you?re selling ? and is another way to market to your base more effectively.

When taking pictures of your items for sale, there are a few key features that should make it into the photo, including: full views of all sides; labels (especially if claiming name-branded); any visible flaws; and any ?fancy? details such as embroidery or lace. One of the tricks here is to upsell through your photography without lying. You want to emphasize the good qualities of every piece while also being honest about any blemishes that your second-hand or factory-defect options possess.

One way to do this is to be selective with your background and lighting. It?s best to work with solid, neutral or non-irritating colors, and choose (or curate) lighting that is most flattering to every piece posted. For full-time sellers, investing in a mannequin or dress form is the best way to show off those clothes as they will fit a human, which can both boost your sales and curb your returns in the long-run.

Consider Your Prices

Online shoppers are seeking to shop in their underwear and get a good deal doing it. As a new clothing seller, you?re seeking a solid return on your initial business investment. While these two objectives may seem at odds, this is the nature of any business (minus the shopping only in your underwear bit), and there is a sweet spot to be found if you know where to look.

Competitive pricing is critical to succeeding as an online shopper, as anyone looking at those classic Levis on your store can probably find a slightly more beaten up pair on eBay for half off. To know your margins, search for that exact or similar items online ? a basic Google search should do it ? and gauge the current market price points. Select a price that is on par with ? or even slightly below, for new sellers ? these prices.

If you?re a ship-from-home business, that means you?re doing a lot of?well, shipping. And shipping is expensive. If you?re willing to eat the shipping cost on every item as a cost of doing business, this should be taken into consideration when pricing. If the customer pays for their own shipping, this is more money out of their pocket ? if your prices are quite high to begin with, and then they have to pay $25 shipping on top of that, you may have just lost a sale.

One strategy many online sellers have is to list an item some percentage higher than they expect to get out of it and hope that some customer bites. If that doesn?t occur within a set period of time, usually two or three weeks, you can drop the price to something more reasonable and watching the purchase orders roll on in. This way, you can ?reduce prices? without actually losing any money.

Brand It Up

Building a brand is often an underrated aspect of selling items online from home. While it may seem simpler to just list a bunch of clothes at low prices and watch your products fly off the metaphorical shelves until you?ve built a customer base (and then jack up the prices like one of those no-good corporations), this isn?t compatible with a long-term business plan for most individuals.

Picking a name for your online business might seem to be underrated if you?re on a marketplace such as Facebook or eBay, but it is an essential central component of your brand that can be transferred when you?re ready to make the leap to your own personalized website. Keep it appropriate to your products and your market; if you can, throw in a pun or other little wink-wink to bring a chuckle to your customers.

Knowing your niche is a lot like knowing your market. You are selling to people who want to purchase your products ? stick to items that those people, or customers like them, will want to continue buying. Unless you have the room to run a full clothing store out of your basement, it?s best to select and maintain a few styles or sizes, or maybe build your brand as a seasonal store so you can move your product in and rotate them out again in three months (which allows for potential to rebrand if you think you made a mistake a season ago).

The most important part of building your brand is selling yourself. This means both marketing and humanizing yourself. People are more likely to buy your products if they feel that there?s another person at the other end of every transaction. Social media marketing is a wide-cast net that allows you to be human with all of your customers, former, future, and potential, in a single post, while also promoting your brand. It?s also important to keep in communication with your customers through every step of the purchasing process, from answering their initial inquiries to letting them know payment is received to even sending a quick ?Thank you!? blast to your email list at the end of the day.

There is No One Secret to Success?

 

?but there are several key steps, features, and processes you can factor into your business plan in order to maximize your potential for success. It all starts with knowing your base market and builds from there ? horizontally with your practicality, and vertically as you expand your merchandise, best business practices, and marketing presence. At the end of the day, while it takes a lot of work to achieve, success is conceptually simple:

  • Market
  • Picture it
  • Price it
  • Brand it

 

 

 

 

 

How To Find Your Recurring Payments/Subscriptions on PayPal

I ain't got no money
When you’re looking for that money you lost, must have dropped out of a hole in my pocket.

“If you broke, then fix your pockets”

– ScHoolboy Q recites in “THat Part”

Sometimes before you move forward making money, you need to remedy the holes in your money plan. As I found out, I would make $50, and then it would disappear just as quickly as I made it. Turns out, I had multiple subscriptions sucking my spare profits up so today we will be exploring where to find a list recurring payments/subscriptions on your Paypal account. As of the creation of this post, this is how to find this information and may require a revisit post in the future.

 

From Paypal main summary page, click on the gear icon in the upper right hand corner > a drop down menu will appear.

 

 

You need to click on Account Settings > on the left hand side, scroll down and click on Website Payments (it?s 3rd to the bottom of the options on the let hand side)

Next you will see My Automatic Payments at the top of the page. Click on Update

On the next page you will see an old looking page with a couple boxes. One will say Overview. Look at the sentence just above the Overview box, and at the end of that sentence you will see a blue hyperlink that says ?My preaproved payments?.

Click on that and it will take you to a list of all your current subscriptions.

 

 

Looking for a way to get started investing? Why not try Robinhood?

 

I have been using Robinhood to manage my stocks since late 2019. As I am writing this it has been around a little under 9 months of using the app.

I began by joining and referring my brother and significant other. It was pretty seemless and they were also interested in the free stock that my referral provided.

My current goal is to try to acquire a large amount of dividend producing stocks to help provide a monthly income. The free stocks I was rewarded with were Fitbit and BlackBerry.

Of which, I sold both of these and began to purchase monthly dividend earning stocks.

I had been investing in MORL before the pandemic hit as it proved to provide a monthly dividend and was within the price I wanted to pay for a stock every now and then. During the initial stock crash, MORL crashed from around $13 to around $5.

Having just started out a few month prior, my novice heart dropped. However, EVERYONE and their mom gave the advice of when most pull out the bold go deeper. Well I purchased more of MORL, until the second part of the crash happened and I lost 100% of MORL as its price dropped so low it was delisted.

From there on, I focused my investments on blue chip companies such as Coca Cola (KO) and a few real estate investments. They have proven to be good choices for me thus far as they help provide the largest boost to my account value and I hope they continue to do so.

 

If you are looking for an easy way to get into the stock market (and I’m no investor but Id say free is the best way to start with anything), then why not give my link a click and obtain your free stock. While adding money will vary depending on your financial situation, everyone could do with a free stock to get them started.

You now have a claim to a stock like Apple, Ford, or Facebook. In order to keep this claim to your stock, sign up and join Robinhood using my link.

– Both you and I would get a free share of stock for you joining Robinhood

–  You can sell your reward stock after 3 trading days

– You have a 1 in 90 chance of getting Facebook, Apple, or Microsoft

– You have a 1 in 100 chance of getting Ford or Sprint

– You have a 100% chance of getting a free share of stock for each friend that you can get to join with your own referral code

The stock is not automatically deposited into your account. You will get a notification (or look in your history/past invites screen) and you have 60 days to claim the reward.

 

How to Build a Killer Resume

Have you been applying for jobs for a long time and are on the verge of giving up as your efforts are yielding zero results? You are not alone as there are millions of others like you all over the world who have sent in application after application to their preferred company all to no avail. There are many possible reasons for the rejection faced but one of the saddest is that of a poorly written resume.

Organizations usually request for a copy of the resume of prospective employees to be submitted alone or with a cover letter. The evaluation of the resumes submitted is usually a first among many steps used in trimming a large number of applicants down to a few that they will interview. With a killer resume, however, it is possible to get the job from this stage in rare cases. At other times, you can score really high points in the whole recruitment scheme that puts you ahead of other applicants. Do you want to be able to write a killer resume? Let’s tell you some important things that will help you do just that.

  1. Relax and get everything together

Anybody can write an amazing resume with just the right knowledge. You want to in your most relaxed state, probably with a drink in front of your PC. Also, have all your information handy. You’re going to need them.

  1. Win their hearts with an endearing summary

This sets the tone for the rest of your resume and is so important that if poorly written, it can be the reason why your resume ends up in the trash can. Here, you simply want to give a very brief overview of who you are, emphasizing how you will be of relevance to the organization.

  1. Apply the rule of descending orders

A killer resume is one that hits the nail on the head quickly and emphasizes your suitability for the job. When outlining your achievements and skills, you should start with the most important ones and end with the least important ones. If your employers decide to scan through the resumes during the screening procedure, they might not be so patient to read it in its entirety. Put your best foot forward by making it easy for them to see you as a worthy candidate.

  1. Skills that should be a given should not feature

Skills like the ability to use the internet or office applications are expected for anyone planning to work in an organization. Adding these and some others like them could pass you off as one who is looking for content. You want to focus on those skills that make you a more attractive candidate than the others.

  1. Seeing is believing

Sometimes, just listing your skills or past jobs is not enough. You can help your employers see for themselves by including a link to your online portfolio or LinkedIn. Truly, one page is not enough to document your entire employment history but these links can go a long way.

In addition to the above important tips, you also want to ensure that your contact information is up to date and has a professional look. Another important turnoff for employers is the presence of so many errors in your resume. This presents you as one who does not pay attention to detail. With these, we hope that you can bring that killer resume to life and land that job on your next application. Good luck!

Why I Use Siteground (And Why YOU Should Too!)

Currently I use Siteground for my hosting as when I finished researching it seemed to be the best use of my money. My old website hosting company had become somewhat defunct to the point where I could not even access my websites through their portal. I hopped online and watched countless Youtube reviews and looked at what feels like endless blog posts to get an idea of a next step.

After dealing with Etsy fees I decided Siteground would be worth a try for the free month. My experience was so positive that I have decided to stay since.

I currently use it to run all of my websites, including where Make Money B4 College is located.

Here are some points as to why I use them and why I think you should too!

  • – Amazing affiliate sign up deal wherein I received a good portion of my initial year investment waived
  • – Very easy to use when setting up multiple websites, backups, email accounts, etc. The ability to customize nearly everything is also a nice benefit.
  • – Performance of my websites since my hosting switch as been night and day. My websites are faster and experience no downtime which both me and my readers enjoy.

I would highly recommend any and everyone looking to start making money online on their own to use Siteground.

Below is my affiliate link to provide you with information on Siteground. Siteground is offering a free month to try it out their services and I say give it a go! Cancel before the month is done if it isn’t working for you, but I did the same a jumped onboard.

Read what they have to say and see if this is right for your business.

 

Make Money with Affiliate Marketing

It is not surprising how there are endless ways of increasing one’s income and rightly so, as our needs and wants to keep increasing. Affiliate marketing has become an important feature on the list of ways and has been said to be capable of producing a lot of money with little work. However, is that really the case? Let’s take a look at what affiliate marketing is and how it is done briefly. We will also consider what benefits it offers.

What is Affiliate Marketing?

Simply put, it is a form of marketing done online in which the brand being marketed pays you a cut from the sales that your referrals induce. Clearly, you want to know how referrals come in. It is as simple as those you use to invite friends to social media platforms as you have likely done in the past. Likewise, you are given an affiliate link which when clicked on refers your followers to the brand or store you are marketing. You first have to present the product or brand to your followers and when they click on the link and actually buy something, you get a commission.

How do I get started?

This is totally your next question! You find available affiliate marketing programs and sign up for them. As simple as this is, many people get heavily involved with too many brands that they are not even able to get the best out of any one of them. To avoid the same mistake, you want to plan properly before signing up. Your planning should involve the following step

  • Choose your Niche

You want to be able to place yourself in a position that enables you to give your best hence you want a niche that allows you to express yourself easily. If there are too many people on it already, you might want to consider others that you are passionate about. Your niche should have a lot of potential topics so that you can generate content consistently. You also want to check how much money you can get by working in your chosen niche.

  • Create your website

Yes, if you are going to be serious about affiliate marketing, you must be willing to create a website. WordPress is usually highlighted as a good start for such a website. Your website or blog can have any layout but you might want to check out those by other marketers to shape yours. Some other important information that must be on your website includes contact, about section, advertisement, disclaimer, privacy policy and terms of service. A custom 404 page would also be a good idea as it will prevent your followers from being disconnected from your brand easily. It will also help in converting visitors to serious followers.

  • Make amazing content

The content you create goes a long way in determining the size of your audience and the larger it is the more money you can make from affiliate marketing. Some affiliate marketing programs clearly specify that you must have been uploading content for a given duration of time or have a given number of posts up before you can apply to be an affiliate marketer. This is in a bid to ascertain that you have the size of the audience they are looking for. It is appropriate for your content to be directly or indirectly related to the products offered by the brands you market. Blogs containing pictures are more engaging and attractive. Take advantage of things happening in the world around to help your followers relate to your content and to keep visitors glued.

  • Keep your followers where information can reach them

Social media and email come in handy for informing your followers that you have new posts up or for advertising. Truly, the email is one that works the best and you should put a lot of time into enlarging your mailing list. Add a popup to your site which requests for visitors to join your mailing list to get first-hand information. You can and should automate your email marketing so that you have time to focus on other things.

  • Select Products to Promote

Having established your voice and presence, you are all set to start promoting but first, you must select products to promote. Bear in mind that these products have to conform to your niche or they won’t matter to your audience, translating into little to zero referrals. Products that you use give you the advantage of giving your followers the confidence they need to buy by narrating your experience with the product.

  • Monitor your results

Having done all the above things, you need to monitor your progress. This will give direction to your future product choices and what steps to take for better results.

New to Stocks? We’ve got you covered!

As much as trading in stocks can earn you a lot of money, some of us can have a totally wrong idea about it. Trading in stocks is not to be viewed as a short term investment that will churn out a lot of revenue in no time. You can ask people who have experience. It is not that easy. The stock market is unique and a good grasp of the fundamentals is necessary for success. You would likely be concerned about how anybody would want to share a part of their company. Companies sell shares in order to raise money for their start-up or for expansion. This process of raising money is called equity financing. Let’s now take a brief look at some basic terms that you should have down if you will be dealing in the stock market.

Basic terms used in the stock market

  • Share

A share of a stock is simply defined as a fraction of the ownership of a given company. Each share unit is sold at a given price which is the worth of that share. Buying shares of a company makes you share in the ownership of some of their assets and earnings.

  • Dividends

This is your share of the earnings that the company of which you own a share makes. Only companies that have been around long enough pay yearly. The company makes these earnings from selling their products or offering services.

  • Broker

Somebody who buys and sells stock on your behalf is called a broker. They do this for a fee which is called a commission.

  • Stock Exchange

This is the place where buying and selling of stocks is done.

  • Initial Public Offering (IPO)

This is the term for the first time a company puts its shares up for sale. This follows a decision by the company to go public. This results in a transition from private ownership and few investors to public ownership.

  • Open

This is simply the time when the stock exchange opens for trading. It varies from one stock exchange to the other but the same thing happens – people can start to trade.

  • Portfolio

This is a document that contains your investments in a compiled form. You can have as few as one stock and as many as possible.

  • Quote

This is contained in the information about the current trading price of the stocks.

  • Volatility

This describes the stability of the price of a given stock. Highly volatile stocks experience wide price changes very rapidly. With expertise, one can make a lot from these.

  • Yield

This is the percentage of your investment that is returned to you as dividends. It is calculated by dividing the annual dividend you receive by the amount that was invested.

  • Volume

This is the total number of shares bought or sold within a given trading period. The commonly used volume is the daily trading volume. Volume can also refer to the number of shares you purchase of a single company.

Having learned a few of these terms, the next thing you probably want to know is if there are different types of stocks. Actually, there are two major types of stocks.

Types of Stocks

  • Common stocks

With common stocks, the shareholder receives dividends when the company d=pays them and they have a say in shareholder’s meetings.

  • Preferred stocks

With preferred stock the shareholder has priority should the company go bankrupt. However, they do not have voting rights like those with common stocks. They also receive dividends earlier than shareholders with common stocks.

Other types include;

  • Large-cap, mid-cap, and small-cap stocks

Market capitalization is the total worth of shares in a stock. Based on this, they can be classified as large-cap, mid-cap, and small-cap. Those with a large volume ($10 billion or more) are called the large-cap stocks, those with, market caps from $2 billion to $10 billion are called mid-cap stocks, and those below $2 billion are called small-cap stocks. Large-cap stocks are seen as safer by a lot of investors.

  • International and Domestic stocks

Stocks are classified as international or domestic-based on where the company headquarters is domiciled. If it is located in the United States, their stocks are referred to as domestic but if outside the country, international. It is possible to trade in both international and domestic stocks.

  • Growth and Value stocks

Growth shares riskier as their values can fall as sharply as they rise, if not more sharply. They are the shares of companies that are experiencing a rapid rise in sales. Value stocks are relatively less expensive than their peer or their past prices. They are usually mature stocks of companies that might not need to expand much further.

  • Cyclical and Noncyclical stocks

Cyclical stocks are those that are not flexible to economic cycles of recession and prosperity alike. Their demand usually surges when times are good. The noncyclical stocks do well regardless of the economic cycle.

  • Dividend and Nondividend stocks

Dividend stocks are of these companies that pay dividends to their shareholders from as low as $0.01. These dividends qualify as revenue for the shareholders. The nondividend shares are useful investments because they can earn the shareholder a considerable amount of money when their prices rise. At this point, they can be sold at a higher price than they were bought.

Are Stocks the same as Bonds?

No, they are not. Bonds are debts that the company agrees to pay back with interest while shares represent a part of the company sold to raise money. Bondholders can obtain their principal with interest if they wish and they have a higher priority than the shareholders should the company go abrupt. Bonds are not as risky as stocks but they do not have the long-term return potential that stocks have. Many investors are advised to invest in both shares and bonds to be safe.

Sectors in the stock market

Stocks are usually classified according to the type of business they are connected with. These categories include consumer staples, financials, communication services, industrial, healthcare, real estate, etc.

4 Steps to Build a Budget

Having a budget set in place, regardless of your financial status or age, is an incredibly important step toward a stable fiscal future. Knowing where your money flows is the only way to get a grip on excessive spending and successfully prepare for the future.

Creating a budget may strike as a daunting task at first glance, but really, it’s just a matter of a couple of hours and a calculator. Sit down with a pencil and paper and get ready to be responsible.

 

Step 1: List Your Income

The first step in building a budget is to make a complete list of your income per month. If you have a steady job with consistent hours, then this is as simple as adding up your paystubs. However, if you work gig jobs or unusual hours, you may want to add up your monthly income for the past three months and divide by three to get a look at your average earnings.

Additionally, don’t forget to include non-employment related income, such as:

  • Government payments, including disability, SNAP, SSI
  • Dividends or other payouts from your investments
  • Child support and alimony

 

Step 2: List Your Expenses

When looking at your expenses, it’s important to list out every single payment or consistent purchase within a 30-day period. In addition to regular installment payments such as credit bills, utilities, subscription services, and rent, you’ll want to consider your grocery and gas bills.

You’ll also want to include yearly and quarterly payments, such as is common with insurance premiums. To add these costs in your monthly budget, take the amount spent over a year, and divide by 12. This will give you the exact amount of money you’ll need to set aside each month.

 

Step 3: Divide Your Expenses

Once you have your expenses listed, divide them into two categories: essential and nonessential. Essentials include items such as toilet paper, food, and rent – the things you need for daily living. Nonessential items are products such as entertainment subscriptions, takeout or date night, and unneeded luxuries.

 

Step 4: Make Adjustments

Once you have a complete visual on where your money comes and goes, you can set realistic goals. First off, find areas where you may be spending disproportionate amounts of money. You may find that you are spending too much on entertainment and eating out or not saving enough toward your goals. Consider cutting out unnecessary expenditures to free up some cash flow.

After you have tallied up your adjusted expenditures, compare this number against your total monthly income. If you’re coming out negative, it’s time to find more cuts. On the other hand, if you’re in the black, consider opening an emergency or rainy-day savings fund.

 

Pro Tip: Use a Budgeting App

If you’re not good with numbers or want a second set of eyes on your work, consider a budgeting app to help you along. Services such as YNAB, Mint, and Clarity Money can help you keep track of your expenses and stick to your budget, so you’re prepared to invest in your future goals.

 

 

Building a budget doesn’t have to be difficult, and the rewards from having – and keeping to – a budget can literally be measured in the thousands of dollars as you age into retirement. Make a plan, stick to your goals, and reap the rewards of responsibility.

Tips to Be Successful on Fiverr

What is Fiverr?

 

Fiverr, once known as the marketplace of cheaply-paid gigs for cheaply-produced results, is no more. Fiverr, where freelancers with a dream and a little extra time can build their careers for hundred or even thousand-dollar contracts, is our new reality as we enter its tenth year of existence.  With millions of gigs in 120 categories of products and deliverables, there is truly a little something for everyone.

 

For those new to or yet to enter the Fiverr workplace, their M.O. is quite simple:

 

Sellers – the freelancers – create gigs that clients purchase.

Buyers – the clients – purchase gigs or post want ads that sellers can apply to.

 

Advantages of Fiverr:

  • Freedom in your day-to-day, your clients, and your hours
  • Beginner-friendly, both for new freelancers and for those new to their entire craft
  • Guaranteed payment through Fiverr’s system – buyers can even leave tips!
  • Variety in buyers and gigs

 

Disadvantages of Fiverr:

  • A commission of 20% off every gig on the freelancer’s side; buyers can expect to pay Fiverr $2 per gig under $40 and 5% per gig over $40. In essence, Fiverr is guaranteed up to 25% of a gig’s total value.
  • High competition, even for beginners – because so many freelancers are willing to sell themselves cheap to get buyers, and the poorly-performing freelancers never rise above the cheap, unfortunate gigs, there is a lot of competition at the bottom for very low-paying work.

 

 

Where to Start?

 

Fiverr is a fairly self-explanatory website, but there are a lot of little steps along the way. The key is to make sure you have a decent chunk of time for initial set up and gig creation, so you can truly pay these crucial first steps the proper amount of attention.

  • Account Registration. Like most registration systems, all you have to do here is follow the prompts. When you actually reach the point of entering unique information – your username – make sure you choose something eye-catching and appropriate for your desired field.
  • Flesh Out Your Profile. While it can be awkward to do so much self-marketing, freelance sites are where it’s absolutely critical to do so. The trick is to be honest without scaring away clients with a doomsday pronouncement while also letting potential buyers know you’re willing to put in extra effort. Your profile is every client’s first impression of you, so make it an impressive one.
  • Create Your First Gig. Your gig is both a job description and a representation of your abilities, so make sure it’s impeccably presented and an accurate depiction of what you can deliver upon.
    • Step 1: Write a clear, brief title – for the gig, not the service – select your category and subcategories, and choose a minimum of three relevant words or phrases that describe your final product
    • Step 2: Write a clear, brief title – this time for the service itself – and describe the offer. Follow the prompts to choose your timeframe, any included revisions, and price.
    • Step 3: Describe your gig and preemptively answer any FAQs. These can be questions you’ve received before from clients outside Fiverr or questions you expect to receive. The benefit of answering them now is in the time you’ll save not having to answer them repeatedly for multiple clients through the months.
    • Step 4: List any requirements the buyer will have to fulfill for you to get started.
    • Step 5: Add any related or appropriate photos (up to 3), a video on your service or yourself if you have one, and up to two documents buyers will need to see up front. Note that only the first three pages of each document will be visible to potential buyers.
    • Step 6: Publish your gig and promote it on any social media you may have.
  • Apply to “Freelancer Wanted” posts. While this is optional, applying to gigs buyers have posted is the best way to get your first few gigs and begin building your profile.

 

 

Where Does Success Begin?

 

Success begins with you – more specifically, with your profile, which is merely a digital extension of you. The key to a successful profile is to be professional, appealing, and real – add real photo and video, accurately and openly discuss your abilities, and throw in a little humor to make your future buyers smile.

 

In your gigs and on your profile both, you have a chance to stand above the crowd and be seen by all those potential buyers. Highlight your best qualities at the top, especially if you can offer faster-than-normal delivery. If you can’t, be sure to explain why your buyer waiting three more days is actually beneficial to the outcome.

 

Using SEO can help your gigs rise to the top of the search results while you rise to the top of the crowd. Fiverr has its own internal guidelines for SEO: use your target keywords 3-4 times per gig and 1-2 times in the title(s) if at all possible. Don’t saturate your gig with stiff, unnecessary language, but be sure to build it with your target ranking in mind.

 

If all of this fails – or if you don’t want to take the chance that it could – marketing your gigs and services on social media can help you build your profile that much faster. As awkward and dislikable a process as selling yourself can be, sharing your gigs with the network you’re already familiar with may be the key to branching out into new networks. Platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn can be very valuable in beginning your new freelance career.

 

In all of this self-marketing and upselling, it’s important to keep in mind that you need to be able to deliver the sun, moon, and stars if that’s what you promise. Experienced Fiverr-ers recommend sticking to products, deliverables, and topics you know, or at least very closely related fields – if you’re a website designer, don’t tell the world you can write the content too if you can’t; if you’re the best darn writer on the block, don’t go telling everyone you can illustrate their children’s book if you don’t know a pen from a marker. In short: build yourself up only to a level you can reasonably attain. Pushing your professional limits is fine and can even be profitable – switching channels suddenly is asking for a failed profile.

 

Your success on Fiverr is measured through their leveling up system, which is done by completing quality projects quickly. All new sellers begin as, reasonably, “New Seller;” the ultimate level to reach for is “Top Rated Seller.” Each level in between comes with its own perks that can help you rank higher and get more business. Those who truly become top-rated sellers are granted their own special badge, VIP seller support, and an opportunity to be listed among Fiverr’s promotions.

 

 

What’s the Point?

Making money on Fiverr doesn’t have to be difficult for those who go in prepared and ready to work. Some of the most important work, from building your profile to posting your gigs, will unfortunately have to be done for free – but a good freelancer will be more than able to make up for lost time when the buyers and moolah starts rolling in.