The freelancer's worst enemy: being stuck ~ Lia Marus
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The freelancer’s worst enemy: being stuck

Yesterday, my husband and I enjoyed a fantastic meal with my parents and sister.

We came home and he started to put up the Christmas tree. Having set myself the task, this year, of making Christmas presents I proceeded to wrap up my first lot. However, once I had done this, I started to stare at my husband.

Feeling my stare into his back, he turned around with concerned eyes. “What’s wrong, my love?” he asked in a caring tone. “I’m just in a ‘funny’ mood,” I replied in a vacant tone. He smiled knowingly. “You’re probably just very anxious about your results that are coming out on Friday as you feel that you can’t move on until you know how you have done for the year.”

My husband is 100% correct. I am stuck because I am waiting on the powers-that-be at Unisa to set me free and release my results so that I can put this semester behind me and move on.

At this time of year, many people – both freelancers and employees a like – feel the same way. Why? My guess is that we push ourselves very hard the entire year so when our forced rest comes around we can’t seem to give ourselves permission to down tools and – pardon the cliché – smell the roses.

Why is it so difficult to take time off?

Employees have it easy.  Even though they may not work for a good portion of December, they are still paid for the entire month. They may even be lucky enough to receive a bonus.

As a freelancer, you don’t have that luxury. As the welcome influx of income into your bank account is not always certain, you have to make provisions – during the year – to ensure that you earn enough money to see you through the potentially dry December/January period.

If you haven’t done this, and are staring down the proverbial barrel of debit orders bouncing, why not check out freelance sites, such as Fiverr.com or Upwork.com. The beauty about these sites is that their client base comes from all over the world so – ultimately – there will be someone, somewhere, on the site looking for freelancers who fit your description!

Fiverr.com

Fiverr.com is one of the newest freelance marketplaces to pop up. Their competitive advantage is that the freelancers who market on their site must sell their services for US$5 on the basic package which – let’s face it – most of us freelancers will go for. They have a whole host of categories, in which you can post your services,  so you can decide who your customers will be.

How to get started on Fiverr.com

What makes this platform great is that you can login with your Facebook account. This means that – in five seconds (or depending on how fast your Internet connection is) – you will be verified and will be taken straight onto the platform, ready to start selling your services.

But before you rush in and start selling on Fiverr.com…

Fill out your profile! This will allow potential clients to put a face to your bid. People are more likely to interact with a person, rather than a faceless/nameless e-mail, so take some time to think about what image you want to portray. (You’ll be able to find the tab to create your profile on the top right hand side of your screen.)

set up profile on fiverr

Start selling on Fiverr.com

If you hover over your profile icon, a dropdown menu will appear. It contains a number of options. One of these is “start selling”.

start selling on fiverr.com

Click on this and another very simple menu – such as the one that I’ve shown below – will appear. In this pop-up you’ll be able to list what you want to sell, what category you want to sell in as well as adding an eye-catching cover photo that will help sell your services.

first screen of selling on fiverr.com

 

After this, you have a chance to detail if you offer anything in addition, such as extra-fast delivery time, which could very well make your advertisement more appealing. One thing that I did find was that after saving my requirements, Fiverr.com crashed. When I tried to recover what I’d written, the programme didn’t play ball and the screen started flashing…

If I ever get back onto the site, and am able to repost my ad, I’ll give you some feedback on how it performed!

 

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