Side Hustle Spark 288: Upping Your Freelance Game (Side Hustle Nation)

Even Buddy turned away from his incessant begging gig to check this out.

Nick Loper brings back Chris Misterek, who’s earned over $80K via freelance web developer gigs.

Chris’s main website: https://selfmadewebdesigner.com/

From Nick’s email:

“We cover how to:

— tap into the $2.5 billon freelance marketplace (where Chris himself has booked over $80k worth of work).

— set up your profile for success.

— create filters so you only bid on jobs that are a great match.”

Here is Chris’s first chat with Nick Loper–From ‘No Skills’ to 3K a Month on the Side–the most downloaded episode of 2020.

Here’s to forward momentum!
Hope today’s post will help.

Side Hustle Spark 176: Chris Guillebeau (Side Hustle School) advises on a personalized journal

As I’ve said before, I could probably just hitch my wagon to and pinpoint good stuff from certain folks or sites.**
Copyblogger, Side Hustle Nation, and ryrob.com come to mind.
And then there’s Chris Guillebeau of Side Hustle School whom I’ve followed since 2014.

Because I’ve also dabbled with a journal prototype, I found a recent episode of his podcast even more relevant than usual.

As Chris points out in the opening, you may have no interest in producing and selling a personal journal, but many of the steps–his word, ‘pathway’– apply to other projects.

Here is the direct link to the actual seven-minutes of audio.

His key points:

  • Projects like this come down to a. design b. printing and c. marketing.
  • Look to team up with designers/contractors [Upwork and Fiverr].
  • Printing options: local, national, or international. At one point, he did use printingforless.com.
  • International printing may be cheaper, but adds variables like lag time [shipping].
  • His advice: For a first project, avoid international printing.
  • Marketing: Think about marketing from the beginning of the project.
  • It’s not just about the product, it’s about the message.
  • Start with message, then explore design.
  • Copyright? Everything that you make on the Internet is automatically copyrighted. It doesn’t mean it won’t be snagged by lazy, low-life toads. [My term, not Chris’s. He’s much more diplomatic than I am.]

Here is a three-page PDF of my own journal prototype–two actual pages that I would have duplicated and a page of links.

** But where’s the fun in that?

Suggestion 76: Successful Upworkers

So, if you’re into freelancing, here are a few good tips that might help out, courtesy of Upworkers and Fortune Magazine.

How Ari Made $10,000 on Upwork in One Month

How I make $200k/year freelancing, my 10 tips for Upwork success

Here’s a related post from Forbes: How to Succeed on Upwork as a Beginner

  • Build/leverage your skills
  • Target your job filters
  • Tailor your proposals
  • Nail your phone interview
  • Under-promise and over-deliver