WHY THIS BOOK EXISTS
The gig economy is part of a shifting cultural and business environment. According to Investopedia.com, “In a gig economy, temporary, flexible jobs are commonplace and companies tend toward hiring independent contractors and freelancers instead of full-time employees. A gig economy undermines the traditional economy of full-time workers who rarely change positions and instead focus on a lifetime career.”
In my book, Because Money Matters: The 8 Principles to Build Your Wealth, I outlined eight principles for building wealth. The first principle is about earning as much as possible. Running a freelancing business is one of many ways to do so. This book fulfills my promise to share how I became a Top Rated Seller on Fiverr.com and added about $10,000 each year for the past five years to my full-time income by working less than five hours a week in my spare time in the evenings and weekends.
I chose to freelance because I wanted to earn as much as I could while I can. I also wanted to have an option to earn extra money doing something I enjoy after I retire in a few years. I researched freelancing opportunities and signed up on Fiverr.com in September 2012 to provide Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) form design services. Since then, with many mistakes made and a few lessons learned, I’ve completed over 1,500 orders ranging from $5 to $1,800, received over 1,000 five-star reviews, gained many happy repeat clients, and made a few friends along the way. I’ve also contributed my thoughts on Fiverr’s forum, created free tools for sellers and buyers, and offered free promotions on my website to fellow sellers.
Fiverr chose me as one of their Top Rated Sellers in February 2015. This status is given to sellers who maintain high standards and high ratings, deliver on time, and play fair. Top Rated Sellers enjoy a growing number of exclusive benefits, such as the ability to offer additional services for higher amounts, get faster support, and the chance to receive early access to beta features.
Being a seller on Fiverr.com has given me opportunities to help and interact with people all over the world. The extra money I’ve earned has also helped my husband and me in publishing and marketing our books.
The potential to earn income as a freelancer is based on your ability, effort, and time. The Design Salary Guide provides real-time compensation information for design and creative professionals around the world. Many sellers on Fiverr.com earn six-figure income.
I’ve learned a lot about the freelance world. I want to share my knowledge, my experience and the lessons I’ve learned with you. I’ve also included tips, tools, and samples to help you along the way.
Running a single-person freelancing business requires a variety of skills and abilities. I’ve chosen to focus this book on earning money by attracting and retaining clients, because without clients, your business cannot make money. As a result, this book will not provide how-to information about registering your business, writing contracts, issuing invoices, keeping records, or filing taxes.
This book will show you what you need to get started as a freelancer, especially if you want to run your business on Fiverr.com. If you are a freelancer wishing for better success, this book will help you get to the next level where you get paid top dollar and have the freedom to choose clients and projects.
This book is about my experience on Fiverr.com. Because the platform changes frequently, it does not include step-by-step instructions, but it describes Fiverr’s process and includes information that can be used on similar freelance websites.
I am confident this book gives you all the tools and inspiration you need to be successful in this gig economy, whether you are a part-timer new to freelancing or an experienced freelancer working full-time.
After reading this book, you will know:
- The advantages and disadvantages of being a freelancer and whether a freelancing business is right for you.
- How to find out what you want to do.
- What it takes to become a successful freelancer earning his/her worth.
- Where and how to set up your online shop for your freelancing business.
- How to price your service using the C.O.S.T. model to reflect the true value of your expertise and the work you do.
- How to get and retain clients and referrals through excellent client service.
- How to properly manage your business without stress while staying competitive, current, and relevant.
- How to use the BASIC test to ensure the effectiveness and professionalism of your written communication.
- How to handle different types of clients.
- How to use the 48 ready-to-use message templates to communicate and negotiate effectively with clients in various scenarios.
Ready? First, please let me explain what freelancing is about.