- Be positive and excited in your application (including video). Keeping this same attitude can also help you get tips after you complete a project!
- Be willing to accept low rates at first, so you can build up your portfolio before raising prices later.
- If you’re capable and willing, take projects to move people. Oftentimes the customer will offer you some free stuff they no longer want!
- Respond to customers ASAP (at least within 30 minutes). Otherwise, you’ll lose your task and your rating will take a hit. Try not to forfeit tasks, as that will also affect your ratings.
Whether you’re a virtual assistant, a freelance writer, or a graphic design pro, you can find freelancing work on Upwork or Amazon’s Mechanical Turk platform.
You’ll need an internet connection and some free time. Unfortunately, these jobs don’t always pay much, but you can choose only the jobs you want. Mechanical Turk often pays with Amazon gift cards.
Upwork and Mechanical Turk are different from Fiverr in that they typically offer larger-scale projects, whereas Fiverr typically offers smaller, easier jobs.
Creating a profile with Upwork is completely free. Once you’re a member, you can browse all the available jobs and see what the work entails, as well as how much they pay you. When you’re just starting out and have no experience, expect a little less for gigs like freelance writing. But over time as you build up your freelancing resume, you can start charging more money for your services.
12. Pet Sitting or House Sitting
If you have free time and live in the right area, you could house sit or pet sit through one of these sites:
- House Sitters America
- HouseCarers (previously HouseSitters)
One thing to note here is that while some of these jobs pay you cash to look after people’s houses and/or pets, many of them pay you in the form of “a free place to stay.” Not exactly the right reward, depending on your situation.
This works best if you can find an assignment in your city.