Legitimate Online Work can become a bit of pain if you don’t end up knowing where to start. In today’s ever growing economy and lifestyle demands, it is must you earn additional income that can help you settle your bills or reduce your financial stress. Whether you are doing a full time job or a student, using your skills to make additional income would be handy. Before exploring options, let us analyze some of the lingering issues related to online work
How reliable is it to work online?
This is one of those troublesome questions that bothers a lot of aspiring professionals from looking to use their skills on the web to make additional income. Be it because of those ponzi schemes or make quick money schemes, there has been a lot of negativity in terms of making money online. Having said that, as a full time freelancer with 17 years of experience, I have been able to distinguish between what is legitimate and what is unethical or illegal. Stay away from any websites or ads, emails that lure you into making a fortune by working on the web. These schemes are designed with an intent to scam and you should never fall a victim to them. Websites such as freelancer.com have grown because they have a lot of checks and balances which ensure the chances of you being scammed is lower. Ofcourse there are bad apples everywhere and you might hear stories of people getting scammed on marketplaces, but if you apply your diligence and follow the guidelines set by the website, you can be in a safe zone. Needless to say, many of us make mistakes and blame others, but if we use our own diligence, I don’t see any reason why you would hesitate in pursuing your Legitimate Online Work dream
Do I need to invest any money to do Legitimate Online Work?
The answer is Yes and No. I will explain both the scenarios:
Lets say you are good at writing content and would like to make some money without having to invest a dime. You can join groups on linkedin, facebook or sign up on content writer forums where you can find some leads coming your way and they don’t need investment in terms of money, but you would need to invest your time and be on a constant look out for such leads, but the probability of you being hired is bleak, but not impossible. I would like to share an instance that helped me land a deal without any investment.
I had signed up on linkedin few years ago and my gmail/yahoo contacts were imported and I had the opportunity to invite them to join my network. during that process, I stumbled across a gentleman from Netherlands who happened to be a friend of my cousin and he instantly accepted my invitation. We introduced each other and he immediately gave me a project related to his company’s website. This one would say is due to luck because I was at the right time and met the right client, but after that experience, I never got any quality leads or been able to convert them into sales.
There was a brief period for 3 months when I made an effort to sign up on various webmaster forums related to website design and I did get some odd tasks here and there, but nothing concrete that I could be proud of.
But because I wanted to get into full time freelancing, I thought it would be a good idea to find a definitive marketplace or source of leads where I can purchase some kind of a membership and start selling my services and that’s when I stumbled across freelancer.com, created my account, ended up consuming the free bids I got and I landed a project worth 60 USD which I completed and that helped me to invest part of my income to purchase a higher packaged membership plan and since then there has been no looking back.
Coming to the actual point, what you need to determine is – whether you want to invest nothing and have a lot of time and patience to hunt for leads, get connected to them and be able to convince them to do business with you, or you need to find some marketplace, be it freelancer.com or any other website that interests you, check out their plans and see which plan you can pick and that will help you get going and you can definitely find Legitimate Online Work.
How can I ensure I will get paid?
This is a concern I used to have during my initial stages when I got into freelancing. Over a period of year or 2, I have understood that it is better to be part of a system that has a payment mechanism which will protect our interests. As an example, if a client ends up hiring you on freelancer.com, you can request the client to create a milestone so you know there is money to be claimed. Once you complete the project and client is satisfied, funds will be released to your account which will subsequently get transferred to your bank account. I will cover an entire article on how you can secure your financial concerns by working on freelance marketplace websites. Some clients might offer you to pay offline, but be cautious and never get into such transactions because there is no way you can claim your payment in case client happens to be a con man. If you meet someone through a forum, linkedin or whichever source, ask them to post a project on a website such as freelancer.com and ask them to deposit milestone or set of milestones based on your agreement as this will help you to focus on the actual job.
I don’t have any specific skills, can I still find Legitimate Online Work?
In my years of freelancing experience, I have realized it is better to be safe than sorry. if you don’t have any specific skills and want to still make money on the web, I would recommend you to figure out what would interest you and get yourself trained and then get to work. There are no free meals on the web and I wouldn’t recommend you to get into something you cannot be sure of. There are a lot of short term online courses and a lot of free video tutorials which you can look at in order to learn a specific skill or set of skills. If you aren’t sure where and how to get started, send me a message on comments section and I will be glad to give you more specific inputs.
To conclude, yes you can definitely find Legitimate Online Work and make some additional income or if you get interested in full time freelancing, it will be a great journey provided you stay focused, have discipline and can keep fighting out any and all challenges that come your way.