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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?

 

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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!

 

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!

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

 

 

 

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Here is your first edition of Turning Your Knowledge Into Profits!

Today we are going to talk about a great place to post your trainings online and make a little extra cash!  Our resource today is : Learnable.com

So what is Learnable?  Here’s their tag line…

Got a passion?

  • Share it at Learnable.
  • Make an online course. It’s an easy way to share what you know!
  • We’ll find the students if you make the course. Deal?

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So here’s your BIG question…

How do I make money?

Like this:

  1. You prepare the course and create on their system using the Learnable course tools.
  2. Learnable hosts it and looks after the technicalities behind the scenes.
  3. When a student buys your course, Learnable keeps a percentage of the fee.
  4. The rest of the money goes direct to your Learnable account.
  5. Once it hits $100, you can transfer it to your PayPal account.

To get an idea of course pricing, take a spin through their course catalog.

You (and Learnable) make money from enrollment fees.

In most situations, enrollment revenue is split 50/50 between you and Learnable.

They are also working with “channel partners”—high-traffic web sites who may be interested in promoting some Learnable courses. If a student enrolls in your course via a channel partner, your share is 20%. The 80% is split between Learnable and the channel partner—who in return for promoting Learnable courses to their audience generally ask for a significant part of that 80%!

You aren’t obliged to allow students to enroll via channel partners. If you opt out the split is 50/50 for all enrollments. (but I’d recommend that you don’t opt out of that!)

Pesky expenses like payment processing fees are deducted before you, or Learnable, or partners see any money.

 

And you are an Internet Marketer so here’s your second question…

Sure. Affiliate links are fine. Just make sure you tell your students whenever you include an affiliate link. For example:

“The sites I’ve linked to and recommended in this course are ones I believe offer real value. Some of these recommendations include affiliate links, which may generate revenue for me.”

Some users get a bit thingy about affiliate links. Tell them up-front, and you’re in the clear: if they don’t want to use an affiliate link, they can type the site’s URL into their browsers themselves.

:-D So check it out -> Learnable.com

To your success,

Alicia