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Need a work from home job but afraid of being scammed? This is one of the many concerns shared by people all over the world, who want to become freelancers but not sure where to begin. Well, this article is all about shedding light on a few of the most popular unpaid freelancing websites around. Unpaid here means that you can offer your skills to anyone around the world without paying any subscription or registration fees, at least not unless you want to. Are you ready? Let’s get started.

 

Fiverr

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One of the most popular freelancing websites, Fiverr allows you to sell your services online at a base fee of…you guessed it…five dollars. That might seem like a small amount but with gig extras and the ability to create multiple or custom orders, that $5 can quickly turn into much bigger amounts. It is a pretty simple platform where you set up a profile and create several gigs (skills you’re offering) so that people can find you and hire you. You may also bid on jobs posted by clients, proposing an amount to do the job in the process. There is no charge to sign up for Fiverr, nor is there a subscription fee to pay, so you don’t need to pay anything to get on or maintain your account. However, for every sale you make, Fiverr takes a small percentage. In other words, Fiverr only takes money from you if you make money, and this fee is partly used to maintain the website. Sounds pretty fair, right?

 

Upwork

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Previously known as Odesk and now merged with Elance (another freelancing site), Upwork is a bit more formal than Fiverr. That’s because you have to provide your educational background and employment history when setting up your profile on the site. Also, you don’t set up gigs on Upwork, you get hired by browsing through the thousands of jobs posted by clients from all over the world and sending proposals to the ones you like. With all that, you won’t need to pay anything to sign up or send proposals. You get a set amount of free connects that you can use to make proposals, you only pay if you want more connects than the amount you have been given, which is highly unlikely. You may also be asked to upgrade your profile to a paid account in order to receive more benefits but that is entirely up to you and doesn’t determine whether you get work or not. Like Fiverr, Upwork will only take money from you after you have gotten paid for a job and the amount is usually 10% of your sales, along with a small transaction fee to transfer your money to a Master Card.

Freelancer

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This is one of the oldest players in the freelancing marketplace and, subsequently, one of the largest. Freelancer is quite similar to Upwork in how you create and set up your profile. The bidding process is also similar, where you see jobs you like and send proposals. You may also bid on contests, which are posted by employers from time to time, or post a particular service that you offer. There is no fee required to sign up or send proposals; you’re only charged when you get paid for a job and the fee is 10%, regardless of whether it is an hourly or fixed price job. Additionally, if you post a service and it is purchased by a client, you will be charged 20% of the amount paid by the client. You may also choose to sign up for certain membership packages where you are charged a monthly fee for additional benefits but that is entirely up to you and does not affect your chances of landing jobs. There are quite a few other unpaid freelancing sites out there you can explore but the three listed above are among the most popular, especially if you’re just starting out in the world of freelancing. Check them out and let us know your experience. You can also share your experience with us if you’re already using a freelancing website to make money.

In today’s edition of Turning Your Knowledge into Profits we are going to talk about selling things you make.  That’s right – if you can make it with your hands, there is a place online that you can sell it.

A friend of mine named Jennifer used to work for us, but on the side she had her “passion business”.  She was a mom of two boys who loved to be superheros.  She made them capes so that they could live out their fantasies of saving the world! What she quickly found out was that other kids wanted those superhero capes, and their parents were willing to fork out money to make their kids superhero’s as well. So,  Jennifer started a business as a superhero cape maker!  To reach an even bigger marketplace she found a place online where should could sell her superhero capes. That place is called: Etsy.com

Etsy.com is an online marketplace that allows you to sell your handmade/homemade items, vintage items (vintage is defined as anything that is 20 years or older) and anything that would fall in the arts and craft category. If you can make it… sell it!

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Is it hard to get started with Etsy.com?

Getting started with Etsy.com is quick and easy. The only requirements for opening a store are a computer and a valid credit card. You do not need to worry about downloading and installing complicated software. Everything on Esty.com is simple and easy to use and there are a number of guides on how to maneuver the Etsy website.

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How to get started?

To get started all you need to do is to register an account and create a username which will only take a few minutes. With Esty.com you are able to create a customized shop with your very own profile, banner, shop policies and much more. In addition you will also be given your very own url.

Are there any charges to opening a shop?

Owning a shop on Esty will not incur a fee be it monthly or otherwise. The only fees that you will ever pay are a listing fee (that is currently set at 21 cents each product listing) and a 3.5% fee on all goods sold. As one can see these are some of the lowest fees that one can find.

How do you get paid on Etsy.com?

With Etsy.com you have a wide range of options for getting paid for your services. You may choose one or more of the following payment methods: personal checks, money order, PayPal, bank transfer or other.

How to make money on Etsy.com?

Making money will begin with you opening your very own store and getting your homemade items sold. It’s that simple. Also if you check out their blog you will see how people like you have turned their passion into profits and their creativity into cash. In fact even if you are not creative but have a collection of vintage items simply list them and profit. IDEA: If you know someone who does make handmade items, team up with them to help them sell their stuff and you collect a percentage of the sales!

So, what’s your first step to getting started?

Go to the Etsy.com homepage and click on register.

Then click HERE to read more about setting up your shop and selling your stuff!

Good luck, have fun and make money Turning Your Knowledge into Profits!

 

We are back again with another issue of ‘Turning Your Knowledge Into Profits’ ...

Here’s How To Cash In On Your Voice In Your Spare Time – And Have Fun Doing It!

Do you know you have a great voice and wish you could monetize it? Are you already in radio or news broadcasting and you would like to use your credibility to make more money with that amazing voice you have?

This post is dedicated to a news reporter who connected with me recently.  He wanted to know abut other ways that he could monetize his voice and broadcasting experience.  He contacted me shortly after I had just helped a student of mine find a voice-over person to do some of his radio commercials.  And I helped another student to find a voice over talent to record a promotional video for his website. Anyway, I wanted to give this newcaster some great resources, and I know there are a lot of you out there that could benefit from this as well.

My first experience in making money with my voice was when I was in high school.  I did a radio commercial for a flea market called the 45th street flea market in West Palm Beach, Florida.  My lyttle sister Lorette has never let me live that one down and still refers to me as the voice of the flea market!

Now, I have no problem speaking, doing interviews, commercials, but there are many people out there who are not confident speakers, or who just feel that they don’t have a voice, tone or just the desire to use their voice for promotions, products, etc.  So, they look to hire voice talent to do the job for them!

So keep reading if:

You are interested in using your voice to make money


You are interested in hiring voice talent to do promotions, or record products for you

There is a market for everything and for those gifted with rich, resonating voices, careers in radio broadcast,  and news reporting can monetize their voice!  Talented voice over artists have many possible venues for finding work, from short term gigs like those done on Fiverr, to longer projects like work offered on Elance, Guru and Odesk.  Here’s a little breakdown of the type of work your dreamy, dulcet tones could land.

www.fiverr.com – These micro-job sites allow sellers to offer small jobs for $5.  Can you do a great impersonation of Borak, sing happy birthday like Sinatra, or do a perfect Charlie Brown voice?  What about voice-over work for a commercial, promotion, etc.  Offer a short project and earn a little extra cash.  Of course when you grab a client here they can become a long term client for other jobs.   Here a great example:


www.voices.com/find/jobs – Sign up for free, create your online profile, and submit your audition online.  All the work is done online, and you can request payment via paypal or by check.  A streamlined process makes it easy to get work, find new jobs, and stay in touch with your favorite companies.


www.elance.com – a site where employers look for people to fill their micro-job needs, like a reverse from Fiverr, the employers draft the job and list the budget for the job, and potential candidates bid on the opening.
www.Odesk.com – Odesk is a popular site, similar to elance.com and guru.com, but where most providers perform their services at an hourly rate.   This is another great site to have yourself available as voice talent!

Check with local advertising agencies and radio stations– often times these businesses are in need of fresh voices to use in their advertising, the more vocal variety these agencies have to promote, the greater their client list is.  More variety always attracts more business.

Smart Supply and MessageBroadcast – hire vocal actors to do voice-over work, they are voice marketing companies, so their focus is on voice-over, often for Fortune 500 companies.

Contact publishing houses – many books are available in audio format and they need people with the right timbre to record their books.  If you are bi-lingual, there is a huge demand for audio books in Spanish.

Recording studios – they often are contacted by marketing companies for demos of voice over artists, this is a quick way marketers can vet the good from the bad and keep their search for the right voice quick and affordable.

There are many opportunities to use your voice to make a living.  The more versatile you are, the more work you’ll be able to get, so see if you are able to do a realistic accent or if you can develop a certain tone.  Always know that the voice may get you there, but practice on delivery.  Many advertising spots have a certain number of seconds for a message to be delivered – make sure you can hit the timing mark clearly and effortlessly.

Now I’ll end this post with a Youtube video from a fiverr voice over superstar!  Watch Mese’s video:

Now go out and make some money with that voice! And as always – talk to me.. if you have any questions or comments please post them below!

clickbank.com

Today we are going to talk about turning your knowledge into profits by using a site called Clickbank.  First let me start by saying if you have any digital product that you would like to sell online, the clickbank marketplace is an excellent place to list that product.  We have used clickbank since 2003, and my sister Lorette, and her team, have put at least 205 products in clickbank for ourselves and our clients since 2005! There are three big reasons why I love clickbank.

Reason #1: The money!  They collect the money, they pay you, they pay your affiliates, they process any refunds.

Reason #2: The affiliate network.  They have a massive affiliate network of over 100,000 active affiliates.  Affiliates are always looking for hot products to promote that are in clickbank.  You’ll make sales by other people promoting your products, without you even asking them to promote it.

Reason #3: Trust.  People trust clickbank.  It has secure and reliable payment processing (accepting credit cards and paypal), no hassle refunding, excellent customer service, great fraud prevention, accurate commission reporting and they have never been late on a payment in their history!

So what do you need to know?  If you have a digital product you will need to create the sales page, delivery page, and you’ll need to have some components in there that clickbank requires such as a 60 day guarentee.  Before we get into the finer details, lets look at the images below from top to bottom, to get a sense of what clickbank.com has to offer you!

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Before you can get started as a ClickBank vendor, there are several things you’ll need to have available. By using the checklist below, you can easily check to be sure you have everything we require, as well as some additional resources we recommend to help you be more successful.

Required

__  Your digital product, in a format that is accessible by people using different operating systems and software. For example, not everyone has Microsoft Word on their computer.  We always put everything like this in a pdf format.

__  Your own domain name. ClickBank does not allow you to use subdomains on another site, such as http://yourproduct.blogspot.com.

__  A Pitch Page and Thank You Page for your product. For more information on requirements for these pages, see Get Started as a Vendor.  If you need easy software to help you check our Optimize Press.

__  Website hosting for your Pitch Page and Thank You Page. ClickBank does not provide hosting for these pages, and you cannot use free hosting services that merely assign you a subdomain.  So we recommend that you get a domain name at www.domaindiving.com and hosting at www.gatorhostingonline.com (use coupon code Goldenhosting to save $)

__  Customer support. You must be able to provide timely customer support when needed, such as offering support to customers on using your product, or responding to return requests. See Customer Support Ticket System for more information.

Recommended

__  An Affiliates page. This is a page on your site where you provide additional information, images, resources, and more to potential affiliates to help them promote your product. For more information on creating a great Affiliates page, see Attract More Affiliates.

__  A Marketplace Listing. While technically optional, we highly recommend that when creating your ClickBank product, you include a Marketplace title and description so your product can be listed in the Marketplace for affiliates to find and promote. This is the easiest way to start generating sales for your product. See Get Started as a Vendor for more information.

__  A Vendor HopAd. Technically, you create this after your product has been approved. However, we highly recommend that every vendor create at least one as soon as their product goes live. These can be a great way to increase your sales and get more exposure for your product. See Creating Vendor HopAds for more information.

So, register at Clickbank by clicking HERE and use them to help you … Turn Your Knowledge Into Profits!

Kunaki.com

Welcome to another edition of Turning Your Knowledge Into Profits!

This week we are going to feature Kunaki.com.  Do you have a product inside you and you wish you could put those videos onto a DVD, or that ebook (or report) on a CD, or that audio onto a CD, without having to order a minimum quantity of 1000 units, or even 100!  What if you just want 5 for the next networking event you are speaking at?

Well, now you can with Kunaki.com .  We have been using Kunaki for years and it’s an awesome resource for making quick Cd’s and Dvd’s.  If you are a speaker, author, infoprenuer, networker, etc.  now’s the time to make your product!

Here a screen shot of 3 of the dvd’s in the Kunaki gallery:

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So what do ya get?

Retail quality. Full-color, glossy, fully assembled, cellophane-wrapped, high-quality, retail-ready products with free UPC bar codes.

No minimums, commitments, or contracts. And, no setup, mastering, or hidden charges.

No risk. We send you a free review copy of your product.

Fast and simple. Design, configure, and manufacture in one day. Use our software to design your disc, case, inserts; and select your contents.

Order what you need when you need it. We can drop-ship to any address. Just-in-time production means risk-free, zero warehousing costs.

Automatic fulfillment. Use our XML, HTTP, web service, PayPal, CSV, and manual interfaces to manufacture and ship one or more units to your customers.

Publish at no cost to you. Our automated factory also accepts credit-card orders on your behalf to instantly manufacture and ship your products to your customers. We report sales with customer names/addresses to you and send you a check each month for an amount equal to the quantity sold multiplied by the price you set. (This one is big for those new to infoprenuers)

CD with jewel case includes:

  • manufacturing/assembly
  • full color CD printing
  • jewel case
  • full color 2-panel insert
  • full color tray card
  • cellophane wrapping
  • UPC bar code
  • 24-Hour rush manufacturing
  • all inclusive price

$1.00*

 

DVD with DVD case includes:

  • manufacturing / assembly
  • full color DVD printing
  • DVD case
  • full color 1-panel insert
  • full color DVD case cover
  • cellophane wrapping
  • UPC bar code
  • 24-hour rush manufacturing
  • all inclusive price

$1.00*

Click here to visit Kunaki.com

 

udemy.com

Here’s another edition of Turning Your Knowledge Into Profits!

Last week we spoke about making money teaching a course through learnable.com. This week we are going to look at a similar site: udemy.com

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Learnable.com and udemy.com are very similar, but I find that on udemy.com courses have a higher pricepoint than on learnable.com

Udemy has some pretty advanced technology, and your courses can be viewed on any mobile device making it a platform that will only grow over time!  You can host a live session, create coupon codes for your course, and much more.   You can keep your course free or you can charge for it if you like. If you sell your course, you keep 80% of all revenue.

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If you’re stuck in the product creation process, using udemy.com‘s platform might be the push you need to finally create that digital course you’ve always wanted to create and sell! Often we get stuck at the technical aspects of product creation:

  • How do I build my site?
  • What software do I use to deliver my course?
  • How do I collect money?

If any of these questions have stopped you in the past, I encourage you to take a look at udemy.com has to offer and let me know how it goes for you!

Good Luck, and let me know if you’re going to try it out!  I’ll be on the lookout for your course.

To your success,

Alicia