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What was your first freelance job?

What was your first freelance job? How did you land it, what did it entail, what type of work was it?
I'm someone who is just starting out and trying to make my own way in the freelance world, so I'd really appreciate all of the first-hand experience and stories that I could get my hands on.
As a side note, what would be some of your most important suggestions for someone who is just starting out?

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jaymish3

I stared freelancing in 2015. I did not take it that serious because I found another source of money. Two years latter I realized that I want to work for myself so I start freelancing again. My first job was writing. For about three weeks I got a freelance job writing articles for a client that were SEO friendly. I would advise that you do your research and decide what best suits you. We all have different skills and strengths find something you are comfortable with.



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jeffreyjose48

I started to write post only here in word clerks. I applied in up work. I was not accepted there.



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superlicca

I applied at upwork too but my profile was rejected many times even after updating my profile. I guess it is really hard to be part of Upwork nowadays. And even if your profile is accepted, it is still hard to get a job since there are millions of freelancers all over the world that compete.



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jeffreyjose48

You're right. That might be the reason why its difficult to be accepted and earn money from up work. Until now I'm looking for other sites where I could earn.



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superlicca

Same here, I am also trying my luck on other platforms. Currently, I am submitting proposals at onlinejobs.ph. This website is for Filipinos only. But there are other sites like guru.com, freeeup, and hubstaff that we can try. But for freeeup, they say that you should get first an experience from other sites in order to pass their assessment.



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mdayrit

Glad you mentioned onlinejobs.ph. Will try to check it out as well. Is it like FreeUp and Fiverr? I've heard a lot also about FreeUp that it is a bit hard to pass their assessment to get a job. Haven't tried to apply yet but will soon do when I get the chance to go full time in writing.



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superlicca

Yes, onlinejobs.ph is like Freeup and Fiverr and other platforms. But this website is only for Filipinos. You just need to complete your profile and get higher id proof so that you can apply to a lot of jobs. It is difficult to pass at Freeup since they preferred freelancers that have experiences. I tried to apply but failed.



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stbrians

Great advice here. One has to sought the niches that you fit in properly. Freelancing is a wide area.



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theresajane

We share the same sentiments. I didn't take freelancing seriously until I realized that I need to get an extra income. I definitely regretted not paying a close attention to freelance jobs before.



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Youngshark

Writting blog articles. I perfected and I still do it from time to time for several guys but man when I recall that starting period I was so naive in the industry.



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Kakashi2020

My first freelance job was writing spiels and marketing content. I was a copywriter years ago and it was quite easy for me because I love writing more so when writing something which will be published.



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theresajane

Wow! Writing spiels is I guess a fun job. It would be fun to be able to hear what you have written on different marketing campaigns.



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mark8625

My freelance job was selling items in Ebay and other online shops. I would say that I really enjoyed it. I had a huge income every month and really like the business much. Problem was I needed to let go and do something new which is writing. I am enjoying writing because it is something that I learned something from it by commenting and posting in the forum site like this.



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stbrians

So you sold things on eBay? How is that job? Is it profitable?

Online writing has been my freelance for years now. Maybe I should attempt selling on eBay.



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blackmist

I think you can earn buy selling as long as you have customers and also your products are en demand. But it's hard to sell specially because you have lot of competitors in selling the same kind of products.



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mark8625

That is absolutely right. When you sell items online,the items should be different or even if the same you should have at least the reason why you selling that item on that amount. Many competitors online, you need also be a good seller.



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blackmist

Most of my friends are selling online but they use Facebook the most in posting their products. Their are lots of Facebook group today for sellers but it's a little bit risky because their scammers are everywhere, not only the sellers but the buyers also.



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mark8625

Based on my experiences most of my buyers in the Ebay was more comfortable do shopping in Ebay compare to the Facebook because they knew that the items that are selling there is mostly fake or oem. One thing also that I liked in Ebay is that they are sure buyer unlike in Facebook, buyer there was really hard to talk,sometimes it was deal already then the next day when their promise to pay they would tell you that they are not interested anymore. Many bogus buyer in Facebook compare to Ebay.



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mark8625

I sold a lot their and yes it is profitable. All you have is to make your items stand out among others by writing best descriptions regarding to your products. Yeah you should give it a try. Sell something there and for sure you will like it.



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stbrians

Taking the bull by the horns is what I will do. Should one buy space on rbsy or what should be done?



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ajahcuizon

I like the idea of selling things in an online shop. Since most of the people have access to the internet, they would just prefer on shopping online and have it delivered rather than going to the mall. I could say that it is a good source of income since you just need to stay at home to monitor your business.



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mark8625

It is indeed a good source of income. Though at first it was like shaky but after several days or weeks when customer finds your items and it looks interesting to them,they would definitely buy your products. Selling online is really better than selling with physical store. In online,you dont have rental fees and other related fees that needs to be paid. All you need is a good internet connection and there you ready to go and start your own online business.



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theresajane

I agree with you. With customers like me who gmhate travelling and being in a long line just to buy something, shopping online is really convenient and a trend nowadays.



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NerdIndeed

Can you elaborate more regarding your experience selling on the platform? Is your market the US? How did you get started? How do you deal with logistics and returns?



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mark8625

I used to sell my items locally but there were times other nationalities were inquiring about the product. I had a supplier which was based in Vietnam. The supplier was not supplying me but many online seller in the Philippines. I had many online buyer that time and I almost had no rest in meeting with them and shipping the items.



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NerdIndeed

I see. Is this on eBay? You do meet-ups too? You mentioned you also receive orders from other nationalities, what courier do you use to ship your product let's say to a customer overseas?



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mark8625

Yes it was on Ebay. I used to send the package thru Philpost or DHL. I just had received an inquerries from them but not came to a point that they would buy because of the distance and sometimes the logistics fee.



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mdayrit

I am also interested in selling on Ebay. I only sell my items thru local online shopping platforms. Appreciate if you can share tips on how to sell on Ebay as well as shipping the items overseas. This is what I am always concern about that is why I wasn't able to push thru with other selling platforms. Thanks in advance.



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mark8625

There are video tutorial about proper using of Ebay for the beginner. I think it will help you to sell your items there. It will explain you there also the cos and pro of Ebay. Kindly visit the Ebay page in youtube.



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mdayrit

Will sure visit and check information out. Really interested to widen my market but concern with the cost of shipping them out overseas. My impression before is that Ebay is for overseas market, glad to know that you can also cater local buyers from the platform.



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mark8625

Ebay is really good. Most of the online shoppers choose Ebay as it has high quality of service. Most of my customers are belong to class A and B which means they are really have money to pay and interested to purchase unlike other online shop.



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coolavender

I started freelancing four years ago after quitting my job. In that same year, two important members of my family passed away one after the other and I was so depressed that I didn't want to get up and go to work in the morning. That's when I discovered a writing site, a content mill, that accepts newbie writers. I said why not? I took on a writing assignment and got hooked. I was promoted along the way and that opened up better paying assignments. I was earning just enough to support my small family but working online gave me more time to discover other opportunities. Currently, I'm still taking writing jobs but my main focus is on a site offering human intelligence tasks and more. Some tasks on the site also require writing skills.



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stbrians

You are the first one I have heard that earns a living from writing or freelancing. Am sorry for the bereavement you faced after getting involved in writing. You have made it.



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blackmist

I think my freelance job was data entry but it's hard to earn a dime their unless you are hired to do hours of typing. My only suggestion is to participate in all kinds of forums, I'm sure you will learn a lot from their.



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Corzhens

I started with blogging but I was actually just a co-blogger. However I did not consider that as part of my freelancing because the initial arrangement did not involve money although I was given a sort of remuneration for my published blogs when the blogger earned from his blog. My freelancing is when I joined sites that pay for content. I have roamed around for forums and it was a good thing that I got some tips from other writers that I was able to subscribe to a site that pays good.



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amelia88

My first freelance job was on a travel website. I was writing about my travel experiences in a country that I was living in at the time. It was fun and something I was passionate about, and travel writing is still my most-loved form of writing! I no longer write for the first freelance website I was working for but have a few other jobs now!



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Youngshark

So do you like travel a lot. It must be amazing. That is what I am aiming at after I get my online business stabilized.



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NesMarcos

Your first free lance job was incredibly amazing! Traveling while doing your passion of writing is a combination of wants and love. Many people love that idea. Good for you.



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mark8625

That is fun to do I guess. Travelling while doing blogging. Such a joysful work. I assumed you traveled a lot and had many experiences from there and you write it on your blog.



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amelia88

I've been to quite a few countries and since I've also lived out of my country of birth I think that appealed to them - basically getting a foreigner's perspective of life in a new country. It was really fun, being able to chronicle my travels and my perspectives on life abroad.



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mark8625

That is right. It is very challenging living one country to another. I have been on that situation and I liked it so much. I used to know their cultures and traditions. I learned to speak and understand their language. It is a very good experienced to me. Travelling is really a fun thing to do.



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NerdIndeed

You are living the dream! My goal as of now is to travel and write about it, and it would be a bonus if I got paid for it. I envy you big time. Care to share how did you get started and where you applied?



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mdayrit

I dream and love to do that as well. It seems so fun doing travel while you work but doesn't seem to do work. But I think it would be an expensive type of freelancing job. Unless maybe one can find a sponsor to spend for airfares and accommodation expenses. How do you handle yours? Are your travels sponsored or you get it from your own pocket?



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superlicca

I just started this year and my first freelancing job was a Researcher/Lister for Dropshipping business. This job required me to do find products that will meet the criteria for dropshipping. The products should be profitable, with good reviews, and should have a high number of sales. There were tools that I was asked to use to find a good product. And then you will list the items on another tool. I got this job by applying at the onlinejobs.ph website. But this kind of job is also available on other platforms. Since you are just starting in freelancing. You need to know first the skills that you have and you can share with clients. If you know some data entry job, video or photo editing, researcher, etc then you can apply on different platforms available.



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Youngshark

Seems like a lucrative opportunity. So do you still do it and what if you do not mind are the returns. What is the pay rate per job?



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superlicca

I already ended the job and currently looking for a new opportunity. My rate was only 1.20 USD per hour. I know that it is low but if you are just starting and want to have an experience, you will accept whatever rate your client will give you.



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Youngshark

Oooh okay. But when you are starting up I think the 1$ rate is not that low. Unless the job is very difficult then I guess you can be able to accomplish the tasks within a short time.



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superlicca

Honestly, the job might sound easy but it is not. There are some criteria for finding the products. You cannot list a product that does not meet the criteria and there is a lot of things to consider. But yes it is true that 1 USD is not that low if you don't have any experience in this kind of field. Some clients offer a higher rate if you have more experience.



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Youngshark

Oooh if that is the case then I guess it is pretty much like any other freelancing job where you have to build up your skills to earn more. I think it is great and over time if one can build themselves up then they can gain a satiable income but if you love doing it then it would be fun and not tiresome.



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superlicca

That is true. If you love what you're doing then the job will be easy to do. What I really like to do is to learn video editing. I watch a lot of video tutorials on how to edit a video and I find it interesting and fun to do. I also feel like I can be great at it. However, I have to save money to buy a new laptop that will be suitable for video editing software. The laptop that I am currently using is not recommended for video editing software.



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jayjaydimson

I've been doing an online job at home, the one is microworkers and postloop. They really pay me well and the payment went thru on my PayPal account so base on my experience it's legit.



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mark8625

Never heard microworkers it seems they reliable online job like postloops. I like Postloops as they are legit account and very responsive in case you have some issues.



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NerdIndeed

Microwork does exist, like Amazon mturk, picoworkers, microworkers, etc. There are also sites like FigureEight (formerly crowdflower) wherein you do small tasks in exchange for money.



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mark8625

It sounds good. I will definitely check it out. I hope its allowed in my country and easy to access so that I can try it and will see if its good.



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NerdIndeed

I'm sure it is. Amazon mTurk and picoworkers accept micro workers from all over the globe. Same with FIgureEight. All the best!



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superlicca

May I know if you already tried to register at microworkers? I did but my address was not being accepted. It did not say what was wrong. I just want to know if you will be able to register too, I think we live in the same country.



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superlicca

May I know if you already tried FigureEight? I want to know if you can also earn from this site. I tried to register at microworkers but my address was not being accepted. It said that some characters were not allowed but it did not mention what characters it was.



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NerdIndeed

I am a FigureEight worker when it was still named CrowdFlower. My favorite tasks are Categorizing Popular Product Names (it earns more per task before compared to now) and Transcribing 7-second audios (Samsung Bixby audios which pay 0.10 per job). Minimum cashout is $10, takes me about 3-5 days (if jobs were available).



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Youngshark

I also have not heard of micro workers. Nevertheless in todays world there are so many sites that one can earn from and hence it is not a surprise.



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NerdIndeed

Are you fond of doing surveys? You can check out InstaGC and GlobalTestMarket. It's available for people worldwide, and you can earn a decent amount of money from it. However, it will not make you rich. It's still better to get a full-time job or as a freelancer.



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Youngshark

This is a problem with a majority of the survey sites actually you will never make good money off them despite investing a lot of time. It can be too demanding as well and others even fail to pay up.



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NerdIndeed

True. However, surveys only take you about 20-30 minutes to complete, and you earn like $1 for each. Not that bad considering all you do is to click on choices. The only thing that I don't like is that sometimes I have invested 2-3 minutes on it then get disqualified. I haven't encountered a survey site that failed to pay me. All of the ones I have are legit.



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mark8625

I tried InstaGC and GlobalTestMarket and still working on them. Problem is sometimes they surveys are not available or not suits in your preference. The paying system is cool but you have to wait for certain points before withdrawing it like in GlobalTestMarket but in InstaGC you need at least $1.



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NerdIndeed

Correct. One dollar as a minimum threshold to withdraw is just fantastic. And what I love more about InstaGC is the time it takes for the money to get into your PayPal account. For me, it only takes a few minutes, or there was one time that it was instant. For GlobalTestMarket, it usually takes about 8-10 days.



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mark8625

Exactly in InstaGC it is very fast when it comes to money transferring in Paypal. GlobaltestMarket usually takes 5 business working days for me. It quite sometime but its fine to wait before it will credit to my bank account.



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NerdIndeed

Mine took nine days to reflect on my PayPal account. One more thing that I don't like with GTM is their customer service. More often than not, based on my experience, it takes them weeks before requests get answered. I usually have to file for a ticket when I answer surveys on my tablet because it hangs on the last page of the questionnaire.



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mark8625

Yeah it happened to me also. I was inquiring something and I emailed them but until now I have not received a reply regarding from the issue the I raised to them.



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superlicca

I tried to join InstaGc. But I stopped when it asked me to verify my paypal account which means I had to log in to my paypal account. I was afraid to enter my password. May I know if it is safe?



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NerdIndeed

I can vouch for it that it is safe. I've been using the site for almost six months now, and I never had any problems. Change your password right after if you feel uneasy. As a word of precaution, if ever you receive suspicious emails asking you to login to PayPal, ignore it. I've had previous experience of phishing, glad I noticed it instantly. Only trust emails coming from service@intl.paypal.com



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superlicca

I never heard microworkers. If you don't mind me asking, is it also a writing site? I am looking for another site aside from postloop. Postloop is great and I hope to find another site like this.



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Youngshark

Only that it is imposiible to make an upwards of even $2 per day. There are so few sites to post on and with owners having their limitations.



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NerdIndeed

No, it's not a writing site. What you do is perform micro-tasks such as liking a page, following someone on social media, or downloading an app. It's possible to earn $1 a day if you are fit for the jobs, however, making more than that, I don't know.



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superlicca

Thank you. I will check that and hopefully be part of it since I need other extra income. And you mentioned about Globaltestmarket. I've been part of it since March and already received a payment. They are good!



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NerdIndeed

Sounds great. Kindly check out InstaGC, AIP Rakuten, and Toluna too, it's pretty similar with GTM. All the best!



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superlicca

Thanks a lot for sharing the other sites. I really want to join them. I know that they are just for extra income since they offer a low payment but if you will accumulate all of your earnings from these sites, then you can receive a good amount.



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NerdIndeed

Yes, joining and being a member of a lot of these sites bring in a lot if you add them all up. For me for example, I have a full-time job, and I only do these things during my break or right after work. If times are good, I get to earn $30-$40 extra monthly.



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mark8625

I can tell that earning extra money with just amount is not bad. What more if you will do it much more time. I am pretty sure you will get more on that money.



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NerdIndeed

That would be great, but the fact is that offers are not that consistent and it is somehow limited. There are good times, and there are bad (pertaining to surveys).



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mark8625

I would say that almost survey job has similar too. They have limited jobs to do, if you are not qualify to do that survey either you will receive a 5 points or nothing.



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NerdIndeed

For GTM, yes. For some, you won't even receive a thank you for spending your time LOL. Anyways, it's all good. I'll take any opportunity that comes my way if given a chance. All the best my friend!



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Youngshark

Wow some other sites here thanks a lot my friend. Will definitely be looking into them to get more cash on small errands. This days its so much rewarding to be online as you can earn up to $5 per day if you get some good sites.



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NerdIndeed

You're welcome, my friend. If you have other earning sites too, please do send it my way. Thanks a lot!



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Youngshark

What is the rate of jobs conversion. I mean how many jobs do you have to do to get sufficient points which you can then redeeem for cash if it works that way that is.



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NerdIndeed

Micro jobs on these sites differ in pay. Some tasks pay as high as $0.20 and some as little as $0.03 (per task). For Figure Eight, it is best to identify which tasks are you comfortable in. And tasks are not always available and do run out, so what I do is I always check the site if my favorite tasks are offered.



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Youngshark

Thanks I will defi itely check it out and add it to my roster if the tasks they have convert to some good cash. I hate the sites that require people to do minor tasks but their points tend to be so low that you end up doing a lot for minimal pay.



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mark8625

I wish I could try that soon. I am very interested to that. I will surely find time to search about it and see how its going. Liking page or downloading app is not easy job but for sure they are very strict to something that I will find out.



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NerdIndeed

If you own an iPhone or iOS, I notice more tasks are available meaning more earnings. Good luck and all the best!



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mdayrit

It is great to hear that you are getting paid with Micro workers. I was planning to try the site however the negative reviews turned me off and decided not to push thru. But because you confirmed that it is indeed paying, will give it a try.



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amelia88

Postloop is great, I like that it allows you to interact on a host of different forums that interest you, and get to chat with other great people. It's a really fun way of earning some money and even learn new things!



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Youngshark

Oooh yeeah the interaction bit is actually great. I have learnt so much being on this platforms where one is also connected with all sorts of freelancers. Their experience has really helped me to shape my perspective in this type of industry.



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superlicca

That is true. Postloop is such a great site. You can learn a lot from different forums and you can talk to other people from all over the world. You earn money and friends and get a lot of knowledge at the same time.



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NerdIndeed

I couldn't agree more. I was a member of the site since January this year, but I only started posting September. Imagine that I wasted so much time and never took the chance on this beautiful site. Why did I believe those negative reviews that I have read before? Glad I'm on it right now.



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NesMarcos

My first freelance job was an article writer for a medical company based in the US. I was asked to do a 700-1000 word per article. The pay was good however, I needed to give it up because of my full time job. Needless to say, I would suggest finding a job that best describes your passion. It is a lot better to do something you want. Earning while having fun indeed!



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NerdIndeed

Do you mind if I ask, what is your rate for a 1000 word article? Does the topic or subject influence the salary? I mean, if it's on the technical side, does it pay more?



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NesMarcos

Hi @NerdIndeed! So sorry for the late response. Regarding the questions, Basically, my first freelance job was a decade ago, so considering the rate before and nowadays, before it was 20-30% higher than today's rate. The topic or subject did not influence the pay rate nonetheless, the deadline was. If you were about to accept a 'suicidal article' as we may say, as you need to finish and come up with a good article in 6-8 hours, the rate would be a lot higher. Some give 40-50% higher than the normal rate because there was a deadline to meet.



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NerdIndeed

Thank you for answering. I see, so the factor that would influence the pay rate is more about the turnover time of the task and not so much regarding the topic that it is about. I'll keep that in mind for future reference. Thanks!



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amelia88

Interesting, a medical company sounds like it would be complicated! Did you need to know a bunch of medical terminology and stuff like that, or was it pretty generic?



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Youngshark

Yeeah they would want you to include a lot of technical jargon in your posts that might turn out to be complicated if you are not familiarized with the sector.



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NerdIndeed

I know, right? So, if ever you include all the technical jibber-jabber and stuff, does the client pay more? I would like to know.



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Youngshark

It depends actually. Whatever the amount that was specified when you received the instructions for the article will be your pay. However, in some cases you will find some clients who will withhold payment or refuse to give any payment in future if you fail to write as per the instructions including having the technical jargon as part of your pay.



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NesMarcos

Hello @Youngshark! You got it right! You really need to work hard on it. It is a complicated one because you are really needed to include a lot of technical jargon because that is what the clients are asked you to do. Nonetheless, the pay is a real deal indeed!



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Youngshark

Actually, my friend, I have not come across an article that made an excess payment based on my including the technical industry content. All I had was some basic payment according to the specified amount and instructions before I began the article.



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NesMarcos

Hi there, @amelia88! I would have to agree with you that writing an article for a medical company is indeed complicated. Being a Math teacher by profession, medical terminologies are far from what I was used to. Needless to say, it took months for me to be familiar with a bunch of medical terminologies but the positive point is, you will be able to learn and apply a lot when you need to seek not a serious medical attention. It saves penny, though!



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stbrians

I do not really know where I started. I have done quite a lot if freelance work. I have written for hubpages, blogbourne and many others.

Freelancing is a job that has many challenges. Some people promise and do not pay. Others pay peanuts. For a new person just be aggressive, do research and aim high.



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amelia88

I think that's one of the hardest parts about freelancing - finding the gigs that are actually worth your time. Like you said, some freelancing gigs really do pay peanuts, or they promise things and don't deliver. I think getting good word of mouth is helpful in determining who is legit out there and who isn't.



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Youngshark

This is bad. I had an encouter with captcha sites whre you are supposed to fill about 1000 captchas for .05 dollars only. Can you imagine wasting up to five hours for such a limited income.



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NesMarcos

1000 captchas for 0.05 dollars only??? That rate is very much unacceptable! I also have found captcha sites that offer 1.00 dollars, but I would have to say that 1.00 dollars for 1000 captcha is not worth keeping. There are a lot of freelancing sites that offer well and most of them have wonderful feedback.



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NerdIndeed

As soon as I see sites who advertise these kinds of tasks, I don't even bother reading them. I have a friend where he bought a software ($15) to earn by capturing captchas, and he was so angry after a few days. Long-story-short, it was a scam.



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NesMarcos

Absolutely! Either a scam or not, the rate always shows all. Capturing captcha does not really pay well. I have seen sites who advertise these kinds of tasks and never I have seen even a site that pays well. Spending much of your time and effort in capturing captchas for a pay that is not even close is truly an unacceptable.



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NesMarcos

I would have to agree with you. Freelance jobs offer a lot, however not all are true and reliable. If a freelance job pays well, then you are lucky enough. Needless to say, do your best in a job that currently offers you either it pays or not. At least, you did your best and won't have a negative feedback in the long run.



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NerdIndeed

Before I even started to be a freelancer, I invested a lot of time and energy studying first. I would spend days and days of reading and research about the industry. Where to apply for jobs? How much should I charge for my services? Etc. After a month of all that, I decided to embark on the journey and started applying for jobs that I believe I would be qualified for. It was hard at first, but eventually, I landed my first job as a Market Researcher after 90 days.



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amelia88

Sounds like you went about it in a really smart way! I love that you did so much research beforehand to make sure you knew all about the industry, what to charge and so forth. If you go in without any background info, it can be really hard to establish things like how much you should be charging for your services.



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NerdIndeed

Indeed. I've read horror stories of some employees who never got paid by their employers for one whole month, a freelance platform that asks aspiring freelancers membership fees to join the site that turns into a scam, I've also encountered an offer saying it will be a data-entry position but turns out it was a multi-level marketing scheme. It's best to always do proper research, you'll meet the right people once you're in.



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superlicca

It is really good to do a research first about the company. And I think a freelancer should ask for a weekly payment instead of monthly, in this way, you can make sure that you will be paid for your work. Working for a month before getting paid is a big no for me. I will never accept an offer from a client if the payment is every month. We also need to protect ourselves from scammers.



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NerdIndeed

The thing is, in the West and other countries like the middle east, salaries are paid by the month. But if you're only starting out and you want to feel secure, you can ask your employer if you can receive your salary after a week to gain trust. After that, it's both up to you and the employer.



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superlicca

That is right, I believe that you can talk to the employer about the salary. I just don't feel any comfort with a monthly payment. A lot of clients are offering the weekly payment and this is the best for me.



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NerdIndeed

It's hard to sustain and balance expenses if you get your pay by the month. Well, I guess that all depends on how much you are making anyway. For example, someone who is living in a third world country that receives $800 each month, I think he'll get by, and his funds wouldn't run out until his next pay comes.



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superlicca

That is right! 800 USD a month is a big amount and there is no problem even if you get your salary monthly. But for 300 USD below, it is not really good to receive a monthly salary. For other clients, they provide a secure payment or deposit to the freelancers upon hiring and the other payment will be sent once the job is done.



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NerdIndeed

In my honest opinion, USD 300 is too low if you are working full-time for 8 hours a day, five days a week. However, it's a different story for part-timers.



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NesMarcos

I would have to agree with you on this. That is one of the consequences of freelancing. Most jobs are being paid once a month and basically this needs an adjustment especially if you came from South East Asian Countries that pays every 15th and 30th of the month.



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NesMarcos

A great start, indeed! Spending a lot of time and energy in studying something worthy is truly the best steps and preparations for getting the right freelancing job for you. Being a Market Researcher takes a lot of hard work, but absolutely pays well.



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NerdIndeed

It does keep the lights on and the food on the table. Everything has been great, and I hope it remains this way until a better opportunity comes along. Spending time on research and studying gives you an edge among the others too. Employers sometimes like the fact that at least you're familiar or have heard of a software that is required for the job. It lessens the time and effort they have to train you for it.



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Aeolos

My first freelance job is graphics designer. I will designs tarpaulin for events like birthdays or seminars. My friends really help me gather many clients since they are the one promoting my job. It was just really a part time in college to pay for my projects which really helps a lot. I occasionally make tarpaulin designs now and it was really for just family birthdays if I can.



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romyter013

My first freelance was part time chat support. Its more on student are our customer and they need helped for their home works. Its more on research thing on what we do then they just give points as long we solve and finished the project on time. It helps me I guess though its only part time, but the thing that you get back from their subjects that we had before in our school days are kinda helping and its like a review again for me. So I'm learning too from them.



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mitan143

That's really a nice part-time experience. You know when I read the this thread, I couldn't easily remember what is my very first freelance job. Then when I read your comment, I suddenly remember finally what it is. I think it is somehow similar to yours, because I teach kids too for their homework and it's all about academic. I also miss those days when I'm teaching them. It happened few years ago though.



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Youngshark

Wow this seems like a nice opportunity. If you don't mind my asking how much did they pay you for that. And how were the rates calculated per hour or by day.



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NerdIndeed

Same question with Youngshark, how much do you charge for your services per hour? As to have an idea or a baseline if ever we get hired for a similar position in the future. Thanks a lot!



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NesMarcos

Part time chat support is a great job indeed! You learn a lot of things while earning more than the regular pay from this. Thus, the deadline is always an issue and needs to be always prioritized.



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mdayrit

My first and only freelance job I experienced was as a content/ article writer. I used to work as a regular employee but I left work to move to another country with my husband. While waiting for a job offer, my previous supervisor offered me the freelance job on writing for his friend. I am given topics to write about and I submit it back to them. Since then I've been doing the same freelance job until now for different people.



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Barida

Writing contents offline is one of the best ways that you are going to make a whole lot of money as long as we are talking about getting to make things work fine. I have come to understand that making money is all about getting to see the better side of it and this is one way that you can get to earn much more as well.



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NesMarcos

Writing contents for a company or an individual is indeed a very challenging job. Firstly, you have to satisfy and fulfill the needs of the job for the readers and secondly, you need to satisfy your clients. Needless to say, writing articles or contents are one of the topmost pick jobs of freelance writers.



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DenisP

In spite of the fact that I’m now a freelance writer, I actually have a background in graphic design. I went to college for graphic design but I never really liked the idea of working for an agency. The idea of getting an internship and working for free always seemed manipulative and stupid to me, so I decided to just start freelancing.

I can’t exactly remember what my first job was, but I believe it was either designing some person’s forum signature or a banner for a guy’s YouTube channel. I know that it was one or the other.

My first freelance writing job was an article on video game violence for some up and coming video game news site that never went anywhere.



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jayjaydimson

My first frelance job online is postloop, its a website that pays you by posting on forums or blogs.



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Youngshark

This is a great platform. Use it to learn more about freelancing by interacting with others on the various platforms where you will be required to post.



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jetselle

I use to write for several blog sites that had a very high rate of pay. Some sites paid as much as $75 for a 300-word article. The sites were difficult to get approved on and your work posted online. They were technical writing sites that dealt with Internet security, cyberbullying, SEO and a few other topics like this. I normally wrote for these companies 3 to 4 times a week and most of the time my articles were accepted immediately. A few were rejected because they didn't like the image I supplied with my article.

I have also done website building and built up the site to sell it off for a profit. Another adventure was in affiliate marketing and it earned quite a handsome reward when you had a good site to post on and could sell the items. But what earned me the most money online was writing and selling eBooks for Data Recovery. One of my books sold for $500 and the series of books I wrote sold for $1250. I had 10 books I wrote on this subject and I sold a large number of books. Then one day the tool I had written the books on no longer updated their software and people stopped using this tool. I ended up not selling the books after this even though people still requested them from me. I didn't want to ask people for money for a book about a tool that could no longer help them.



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Youngshark

Wow you seem to have had the perfect experience in the industry. However we are here to also hear of any successes that you have in the near future.



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rlpzbeermoney

My first freelance job was making architectural renderings of buildings for my friend. Not everyone is well versed in the art of 3D modelling and rendering so a lot of people prefer having their rendering needs be met by the newer generation as people are still new to these applications believe it or not. I was earning $5 per picture on average and a client would request 3-4 per project. It was decent earnings but now, not everyone is looking for renders. Times are tough.



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mitan143

That sounds nice. Architectural jobs have never been easy where in fact I consider it as one of the hardest job in the world. You know, I also look up to the professionals or freelancers who are good on that field. I actually have a cousin who is really good at using autocad and he's really into 3D modelling for buildings as well as furniture objects and he also earns just a decent amount of money. But with his skill, I know he can earn more than he earns today. He just doesn't know how to.



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rlpzbeermoney

The sad thing about this profession is that lots of other graduates of other courses are getting into the Autocad game. It's supposed to be only for graduates of Architecture/Engineering. That makes sense right? But now computer related courses are now getting hired to do the same work and it sucks. They get paid less and that saves money for the business owner. I'd even accept vocational graduates related to drafting to work on Autocad but not I.T.s.



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anchoreztin

My freelance job is writing. I was my part time job and I suddenly see that my part time job salary is better than my corporate work. That is why I stopped working for my company and pursued freelancing. My advice is find your passion and niche. My passion was writing and I feel happy doing it. For example, graphic design looks enticing to you because you can see good pay than other freelancing job but what if you do not have skills for it. What if you tried and it is not for you? Find what is your skills and improve it while you are looking for a job.



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Barida

The honest truth is finding what you can offer at a very cheaper rate. I think that it is not all about the one that pays higher in the market, but about the one that you have the passion to pursue as well. Writing gives me joy and this is one of the reasons that I decided to become a freelance writer as well.



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anchoreztin

That is the trend now especially bidding sites are very rampant nowadays. However, bidding sites sometimes exploits the talents and skills of freelancer. Some are forced to lower their fees because it is hard to have jobs. The clients are the one who benefits this style. About nine years ago, other jobs has salary way bigger than before but now, salary is too low.



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EfficientNinja

My first freelance work is also writing. I just started this year because I didn't know it was possible to earn online years ago. I thought all of it was a scam because I first got into PTC sites which do not pay anything. I don't earn that much when writing online but it is great as another source of income.



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Martinsx1

If you have all mind fixated on making money online from just writing, you wouldn't meet up to your expectations and it's going to affect how you take the work seriously. But when you write for the fun of loving to write, before you know what's going on, you will start earning beyond your imagination. Article writing pays but having your own website pays more if you are serious with working on it.



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EfficientNinja

Agreed. Having your own website is like owning a scalable business. You would have other people work for you or you could have the content on your website attract visitors. If you're only doing writing, you're only making a fixed amount of money per month. I supplement this by trading the financial markets and my investments here are compounding as time passes.



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ajahcuizon

I only started doing freelance jobs a year ago when I decided to quit my toxic job. Although starting was not easy because you'll encounter a lot of sites that quite paying small but enough for small expenses, I still managed to earn a certain amount. I started on a transcripting job then I tried data entry. And now, I am starting off my career in article writing. I know that Success and wealth will not come overnight, that's why I am still building my career with enough dedication and effort.



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esteban123

I think my frst freelance job was on some online sites about paid to post forums, I was just mainy focus in it since I only have a limited time online because I have an offline job that needs to deal with. I find it really exciting and interesting since I am enjyoing and earning from it even in small earnins only. I really enjoyed doing it because I learned many things from it which are out of my expectations. I had never expect that I would love it and would be a part of my daily routine.



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jayjaydimson

My first frelance job was posting on some forums and blogs, and I get money by posting.



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jayjaydimson

I will just add another one of my freelance job online which is microworkers.



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esteban123

My first freelance job before was not been successful since I was not able to earn great earnings from the well known companies such as the upwork or odesk to name a few. I was having a hard time before which makes my earnings become limited. I am finding ways now to improve my skills so that I can also have the desired earnings that I like to be received.



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superlicca

I can relate to you. I was not also successful with the first freelancing job and I am still looking for a better opportunity. Finding a job in the freelancing world is also as hard as finding a job in a corporate world. There is a lot of competition and clients would prefer to hire someone who has a lot of experience.



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jayjaydimson

My first freelance job was an online job which is postloop, I am getting paid by posting my thoughts on every forums or blog on the internet.



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NerdIndeed

I notice that you always mention this. I'm no moderator, but you shouldn't disclose such information and refrain from saying you're getting paid to post. I'm just concerned for your sake. All the best my friend!



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esteban123

I really don't have much skills that is why I am just focusing for now on some post to paid forums because I can easily make an interactions with other members of the site. I have no luck for now to those freelancing sites that give a greater earnings but I am not losing of hope that someday I could be there and be a great freelancer in the future.



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edencaga

Actually my first freelance job was designing so it's more likely a graphics and illustrations. I took 2 - 3 weeks to finished the project and I can say that I am so happy that they like how I made their shoe design and infographics I made for my client. Although they pay cheap price since that was my first time and they were still students that time so I just accept the bid price they gave.



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Gilgamesh

My first freelance work is all about making an article and that article must have a good content and I should be consistent in making it for mr to earn a profit. In my own experience I can tell that it went well because my first try when I recieved my first payout really motivates me in keep making articles.



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jayjaydimson

My first frelance job was posting on postloop, I earned money from sharing my thoughts online on forums or blogs, I am also a member of microworkers.com, where I do some task that is available and earned money from it.



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Corzhens

I have come across not just several comments about micro tasks. Although the pay is low but it looks like legit work that can earn you lunch money and probably for dinner too. I had tried surveys and it looked good until I ran out of surveys so I was not able to withdraw my earnings because my bank bance did not reach the minimum amount for withdrawal.



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Martinsx1

If my memory serves me right, I would say that it's on Fiverr that I had my first ever freelance job experience with designing a logo for a client. He requested specific features on the logo which was very hard to find but I event completed the job before delivery time was up.

I later got into article writing, guest posting, forum posting, PTC sites, survey sites etc. I have had quite a long experience with online freelance jobs.



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theresajane

I started freelancing since August of this year. I was searching for an online teaching job when I came across a review about freelance jobs. I started to get curious and tried one site, and that was a survey site, it was actually very insteresting that I get to be paid by just answering to the surveys. However, sites like this don't always give you surveys or content 24/7, so I started searching for other sites and other online freelance jobs. Now, it is my second month in the freelancing field, though it requires great focus, especially if you have a lot of sites in your tabs, you'll get paid equally with your hardwork. You just need to find the right site.



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jayjaydimson

My first frelance job was an online job, if you know microworkers.com, that's the first frelance job I first had, tho I stop using it because it's too hard to earn money from it but then it's legit.



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MomoStarr16

A long time ago I do apply for lots of freelance site like upwork. But I did not passed the exam. But my first work as a freelance is on facebook. Making logo of people who have online shops.



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jaymish3

@momoStarr16 its surprising how many jobs you can get on Facebook. The online world has truly opened up the working space. They are no boundaries. You can find work doing just about anthing so long as it is something you can do remotely. People like to limit themselves to writing and data entry when the truth is that you can do just about anything. Imagine having your office run from another continent by your virtual assistant. The sky is the limit with freelancing.



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jayjaydimson

My first freelance job was an online task if you guys know about microworkers.



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mdayrit

Reading really helps a lot for someone who is starting out. You get to pick information you can use in your writing jobs. Apart from that you can also get ideas on how you write your articles.



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nrnlss

My first freelance job was in a site called Onlinebookclub.org, and it was to write a review for books. It was really fun, but the pay is so low that's why I quit and find a new job where I cam finance myself and my parents.



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jpk0007

Well I am a complete newcomer to the field of freelancing and I am trying my hand on everything that I find interesting and I do that whenever I get time. My first earning came, a few days back from a survey site that I had registered and worked on. it was $ 5 for all the tasks and jobs I did on that site.



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jayjaydimson

My first frelance job was online job, and its postloop, where you can write stuff and earned money from it



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mirodge

Very inspiring, upon reading all your comments about your freelance job made me realize to step up and do same too. Though I tried before to apply in UPWORK but I did not push it through, for a reason that I don't have enough time to focus on freelancing. For me its the best opportunity to be in freelancing industry.



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stormbreaker10

Im new in freelancing, in fact in this site is my first time. After a long searching, this site is one I seems interesting because of the topic like this is giving me a inspiration to do more in freelancing.



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hstinscdln

I'm not sure if it counts but the first freelancing job was to do essay works for other people and get paid. To make it simple, they pay me to do their essay type homeworks. That was the first time I made use of my writing ability and get paid. It's not a high paying freelancing job, but extra incomes are always welcome.



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YoloBoy

My first freelance job was doing transcriptions. It wasn't really a bad or horrible job because I actually enjoyed it. It was fun and entertaining plus I got to watch videos that I don't really watch that often. But one thing I did notice was the lack of service they gave. It was somewhat slow but I guess it was just because of how the system worked or maybe there weren't that many users.



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koki12346

My first freelance job was a online trainor and online coach. I was a nutritionist also. I made quite some momey with that and i loved doing that, but i put an end to that...



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