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5 Freelance Jobs You Can Do Online to Earn Decently

5 Freelance Jobs You Can Do Online to Earn Decently

Nowadays, since there are numerous ways to earn money online, many people are self-employed. This is not really surprising since being a freelancer can give you a lot of flexibility in terms of working time. You gain useful experiences for potential jobs in the future, and you still get to have some fun and earn money on the side.

Even though it’s not as secure and lucrative as a real job, freelancing has its perks. Since we live in an age of technology and almost everyone has access to the World Wide Web, you can easily find tutorials and learn a lot of useful things on your own. Here are five jobs you can do as a freelancer and earn a decent amount of money.

1. Become a freelance writer

Alright. Since you already know how to write, this one should be the easiest to pull off, in the event you do not possess any other skills. The only problem with writing is that you’ll have to do a ton of research since no one wants to pay you to write what you think is interesting. It would be wise though to think about your own field of expertise, and start to develop in that department as a blogger. It will be a good exercise for your writing career, and you will increase the chances of getting a writing job on a topic you actually like.

People usually find writing jobs through online job finding platforms, so you should start by making a profile there. Before you do that, you can open up a couple of accounts on blogging platforms to submit your work and to have something in your portfolio. This will increase your chances of landing the first few jobs. These are quite crucial since people go through your work history and reviews before they employ you, therefore make sure you do your best.

Alternatively, you can immediately make accounts on blogging platforms that pay for content, like Cracked or Listverse for example. Bear in mind that these people are in search of really good content, and just rewriting a few other interesting things you’ve read online won’t cut it. You’ll need to be very well-informed, and respect their writing rules, and try over and over again before your content is accepted and published. On the plus side, it will look good on your portfolio and you will get a decent amount of money.

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Once employers on these job platforms start to give you jobs, you’ll have to do thorough research on the topics they need you to write about. These can be health, lifestyle, technology related, or texts for their own websites that they can use as good material. Once you get a hang of it, a lot of them might give you more writing jobs in the future, and it becomes easier to find new clients with similar requests.

2. Become a web designer

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    If you have some basic knowledge of coding, or if you are willing to start learning some coding basics, then you can become a web designer. WordPress is not too difficult to learn and you can easily become proficient and start offering your services. There are, of course, some possible obstacles you’ll have to face.

    First of all, the competition tends to be tight, but on the plus side, there are startups that pop up on a daily basis, and they usually need a website for their company. Moreover, even individuals ask for websites, since they use it as a place to save their treasured memories like weddings, baby pictures, etc.

    Considering that you are a beginner, much like with writing, you’ll need to do a couple of jobs at a lower price first. You can also find clients on Freelancing platforms, or you can do your own outreach, either by e-mails, or contact them on social media. There are a lot of business owners who have a Facebook page, but do not have their own website. So, you can reach out and tell them that you offer services at a lower price because you are trying to create a portfolio and earn money along the way.

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    Alternatively, you can do some research and learn how to impress potential clients. Show them that you can do more than simply follow their instructions and give them tips on how they can actually improve their design. For example, you can tell them how to strategically organize their layouts.

    Lastly, it would be wise to go through all of the themes and plugins, to know how to pitch your ideas to potential customers, and to know how to cater to their needs. There are specific themes for various types of websites, whether it is for a restaurant, for a personal blog, or for a magazine, etc. So, depending on the type of business owner you are negotiating with, you can suggest a corresponding theme to secure a better outcome.

    3. Become a graphic designer

    Graphic design is another skill that is highly sought after. Game developers, book artists, music artists, and many others need someone who can do concept art and full drawings for their products. It can be difficult to get good at this, if you have never nurtured your drawing talents, or if you are bad at drawing in general, but there are ways to work around these problems.

    Nowadays, you draw using gadgets. Since you can undo your previous move with a simple push of a button, the whole trial and error process goes a lot faster. So, even if you are not good at it, you can still get a hang of it more easily using current technologies.

    You should definitely go through drawing tutorials in order to pick up some useful techniques and become more efficient. When it comes to creating a portfolio, you do not need to do jobs for free like with the previous examples. You can create a DeviantArt account and Pinterest as well, which will be a good place to upload your work. You can also communicate with members there, to see what they think of your work, and to give you some guidelines on how to improve.

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    There are a lot of opportunities for graphic designers today, so if you master the art of drawing, you can look forward to a very lucrative future. Moreover, you don’t even have to work as a freelancer; you can start creating your own comic books for example, and become a renowned artist. Who knows? It’s definitely a good opportunity, and if you do possess some creative talents, it would be a shame not to pursue this passion.

    4. Become an online tutor

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      You’d be surprised just how many people are interested in learning the English language. You do not even have to be a native speaker to be a tutor. You just need to know English grammar and have a good vocabulary and decent pronunciation. These classes are mostly done over Skype, and your audience is primarily Chinese or Japanese people.

      Another good thing about these classes is that they rarely need actual English lessons; these ‘students’ mostly want to practice their conversation skills. Therefore, you won’t have to prepare like a teacher for a regular class. Just think about the topics you want to talk about and how to keep the conversation going.

      Basically, you need to find an agency that employs teachers who will give classes online. You will have to submit your application and do an interview with them online. Remember to be enthusiastic, to smile and not to rush while you speak. Speak clearly so that they can see how you pronounce words. You will have to go over one English lesson during the interview. Once they evaluate you, you will know whether you got the job or not. Do not worry, even if you fail, you’ll have an opportunity to repeat the interview.

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      Once you begin to work, you’ll need to work on your presentation, because it is really important that you are likable. If students like you, chances are that you’ll get more classes, and therefore more revenue. It is a great job if you want to be a teacher someday, and you can work on your people skills as well. You might think this looks like a full-time job, but it is not. You simply open up your schedule and wait for students to sign up for classes. You are the one who determines when the class will begin.

      5. Become a photo editor

      If you are not good at drawing, you may be good at photo editing, since it doesn’t require as much skill as drawing. It will however, be really bothersome, when you start learning how the photo editing tools function, and before you get used to the interface, etc. You’ll see just how creative you can be and what you can do with ordinary pictures.

      People also need photo editing services, when they post product pictures online, when they need an album cover, a movie poster, etc. This skill has a lot of potential to be monetized, and it is a talent that most definitely won’t be overlooked. Much like with the previous examples, the same rules apply. You download or watch online tutorials, and once you leave behind your training wheels, you’ll get to be creative and experiment a bit.

      Conclusion

      So, these are some skills that can easily land you a job. You can try them all out and see which one of them fits you best. You can also browse freelancing platforms to see what else you can do as a freelancer. There are different requests out there, but you will need a portfolio or work samples before you can get a job, so make sure you start creating something at the earliest.

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      Last Updated on October 9, 2018

      19 Ways to Improve Creative Thinking Skills in the Workplace

      19 Ways to Improve Creative Thinking Skills in the Workplace

      Our world is changing at faster pace than ever. In order to keep up, we are continually adapting to new technology and the changing industries.

      Employers are looking for employees who can solve problems, think creatively and be a leader in every situation.

      These 19 tips will help you find ways to improve creative thinking skills. You can also use these skills to gain credibility as a leader in the workplace:

      1. Set limitations

      In order to increase your own creative thinking, it helps to set limits for yourself, so you have to think outside the box to come up with solutions.

      Set deadlines, budgets or any other type of limitation to increase your creative problem solving. This will build your credibility as a creative problem solver as you come up with innovative solutions.

      2. Change things up

      If you find yourself falling into a rut and doing the same thing every single day, then you will likely struggle to come up with new ideas. This is why it is important to change things up in your routine and break out of your rut.

      Get your creative juices flowing by exercising at a different time, or trying something new for lunch. Move your desk to a different position or change your personal workspace.

      Any of these changes will help spark your mind and get the new ideas pumping again.

      3. Listen and care about others

      When you show that you care about others and listen to their ideas and thoughts, they will trust you more.

      “Leaders who listen are able to create trustworthy relationships that are transparent and breed loyalty. You know the leaders who have their employees’ best interests at heart because they truly listen to them.” — Glenn Llopis

      Listening to your coworkers allows them to be more open with you and feel that they can take risks and be creative.

      Discussing ideas with your coworkers will not only help you improve creative thinking techniques, but also set the environment for a more creative office.

      4. Find good mentors/critics

      If you want your creative work to improve, then you need to find a good mentor or critic who can give you positive feedback and help you to keep moving forward.

      As your work improves over time because of your dedication and your mentor, people will hold you in greater respect.

      Every type of creative work takes several drafts before it is ready to go. With your mentors, you can find ways to continually improve your work. Ed Catmull, president of Pixar said:[1]

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      “Early on, all of our movies suck. That’s a blunt assessment, I know, but I… choose that phrasing because saying it in a softer way fails to convey how bad the first versions of our films really are. I’m not trying to be modest or self-effacing by saying this. Pixar films are not good at first, and our job is to make them go… from suck to non-suck. We are true believers in the iterative process – reworking, reworking and reworking again, until a flawed story finds its throughline or a hollow character finds its soul.”

      Use your mentor’s knowledge to bring your first drafts to life.

      5. Try and fail, a lot

      The best way to get better at things is to keep trying and failing until you improve. This enhances your creative thinking and shows your coworkers that you don’t give up easily and are willing to improve.

      The ability to take failure and turn it around is one of the best qualities of any leader.

      The Harvard Business Review reported:[2]

      “Darden Professor Saras Sarasvathy has shown through her research about how expert entrepreneurs make decisions, they must make lots of mistakes to discover new approaches, opportunities, or business models. She frequently references Howard Schultz who, when he started Il Giornale in Seattle, the company that Schultz used to later buy the original Starbucks brand and assets, the store had nonstop opera music playing, menus written in Italian, and no chairs. As Schultz has often said, “We had to make a lot of mistakes” before discovering a model that worked.”

      6. Be consistent (no tortured artists here)

      When you think of creativity, an image of a broken-hearted artist or alcoholic writer may come to mind. Many people today associate creativity with isolation, despair, alcohol and inconsistency.

      Just picture Jay Gatsby.

      While that is good for drama, that’s not really how creativity works. Creativity is fostered through consistent effort. Put in the work everyday and you will find your creative muscles and credibility will grow.

      As a leader in your workplace, you need to show consistency in everything you do, not just your own work, but throughout the company to build your business’s credibility.

      7. Be honest to yourself and others

      Acting dishonestly is one of the fastest ways for you to lose your credibility. Always be honest to the people around you and to yourself.

      If your coworkers feel that they can trust you, then they rely on you more and work with you better. Honesty is what builds a solid foundation for a successful workplace.[3]

      During the creative process, it is important to be honest to yourself. It’s easy to get carried away with fantastic ideas but you will need to learn to be honest with yourself about what is and is not possible.

      8. Collaborate

      The best work usually comes from teamwork. Katherine W. Phillips said,[4]

      “The fact is that if you want to build teams or organizations capable of innovating, you need diversity. Diversity enhances creativity. It encourages the search for novel information and perspectives, leading to better decision making and problem solving.”

      Show your coworkers that you value their efforts and perspective. By working together, you can create new ideas and make something better than you ever have before.

      Collaborating will not only improve your own creative thinking but will create a bond between you and your team.

      9. Use humor

      As a leader, you want your coworkers to feel comfortable to be creative and open-minded.

      Humor has been proven to help people to relax and feel more willing to try something new and helps foster creativity.[5]

      To improve your own credibility and help others gain confidence in their own creative thinking, use an appropriate sense of humor to lighten the mood when needed and to get those creative juices flowing.

      10. Be vulnerable

      This goes along with being honest with yourself and others. To be a creative thinker, then you have to be willing to fail, admit your failures and be open to receiving critique.

      This can be difficult especially in a workplace where you want to show your strengths instead of weaknesses, but by admitting yo ur weaknesses and being open to others, your credibility will grow as your coworkers know that you listen and are adaptable.

      Take a look at this article to find out Why Showing Vulnerability Actually Proves Your Strength.

      11. Have meaningful conversations

      Creative people love to have meaningful conversations. This is the best way to gain a new perspective.

      You have had a certain amount of experiences that have shaped the way that you see the world. But everyone around you may have different perspectives. By engaging with these people, you can learn more about their views. Try to walk in their shoes and understand their perspectives, especially if you disagree.

      Steer clear of shallow small talk and discuss bigger and more meaningful topics with those around you. Ask about their experiences, their hopes, their opinions and you will gain new perspectives that will assist your creative thinking.

      12. Be constantly learning new things

      Some of the greatest minds in the world (Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey and Mark Zuckerburg) have said they dedicate at least five hours every week to learning new things.

      They are passionate about growing their minds and learn about everything from nuclear physics to politics. As they learn about different topics, they look for ways to apply what they have learned to their own industry.

      Start your own educational journey today by finding some books you would like to read or finding high-quality articles online about each topic.

      Keep in mind your own industry and how you can apply what you learn to your job. You never know all the different ways astronomy can help your marketing efforts.

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      13. Experience it all

      Steve Jobs once said that creativity comes from experience.[6] The more experiences you have, the better connections you will be able to make to find solutions.

      Try to experience as many things as possible. You don’t have to go on some huge trip around the world to have more experience; simply meeting new people and trying new things will give you more experience that will build your creative skills.

      14. Give yourself some love

      When I was younger, I was given the advice to take the time everyday before I went out for the day to ensure I felt good about myself and fully confident. Sometimes this took the shape of wearing a new pair of shoes or writing in my journal that morning.

      I was told if I could take the time to prepare myself for the day, then I could focus all of my energy on the people around me. This is something that great leaders do today.

      Take the time to rest and prepare for the next day, so you can throw yourself into your creative work and help those around you.

      Self-care can be whatever it is that you need: a hot bath, going to the gym, walking your dog, reading, the list goes on and on. Figure out what energizes you, and do it as often as needed.

      15. Take ownership

      Accountability fosters your creative thinking because you know that others will see your work and know whether you did it well or not.

      Creativity works best under some pressure, so take your projects seriously by taking responsibility for them.

      Your coworkers will have greater respect for you as you take ownership for your work projects, even if you are disappointed in the results.

      16. Be reflective

      Hindsight is 20-20, so by looking back at past successes and failures, you can get new ideas for your work.

      Reflecting is a part of the creative process and will help you as you continue to create and work. Learning from the past sets an example for your coworkers and will improve your credibility among your colleagues.[7]

      “Creativity requires us to be confident in our areas of practice, whatever they may be. And reflection is an indispensable part of observing, developing, digesting and being in dialogue with our creative ’self’.”

      17. Communicate

      Communication is key to any good relationship and this includes the relationships between you and your coworkers.

      Notice how your coworkers handle critique and find the best way to give them constructive criticism. Notice how your coworkers handle conflict, and find a positive way to help each of them through it.[8]

      “Effective communication is one of the key prerequisites for a thriving workplace. It drives fast, clear and precise flow of information between individuals and groups. A lack of proper communication can greatly decrease productivity.”

      Communication is a skill that is vastly underestimated and incredibly useful in the workplace. As you develop this skill, you can become an impressive creative leader.

      18. Meet deadlines

      We have all experienced those coworkers who can’t meet a deadline with their projects. It can be frustrating and throw off everyone else’s work.

      To be a credible leader, don’t be that person.

      I’ve already mentioned that creativity works best with a little bit of pressure. When you try to meet deadlines, you force yourself to come up with creative ideas.

      Use your creative thinking to finish your projects on time, so you can meet your deadlines.

      Your coworkers will know that they can count on you to get the job done on time, which will likely lead to you getting more projects.

      19. Respect others

      No matter how brilliant you are, if you don’t show respect for the people around you, your credibility in your workplace will suffer.

      The opposite is true as well, if you show respect to each of your coworkers, your credibility as a leader will grow.

      Michigan Ross Professor Jane Dutton who has conducted research on the impact that mutual respect has on creativity said:[9]

      “Across our studies, we demonstrate that respectful engagement is more than simply a nice way to interact, but is a catalyst and cultivator of creativity.”

      By creating a friendly workplace, not only your creative thinking will improve but also everyone around you. With a work environment of mutual respect, ideas can develop into something incredible.

      The bottom line

      Creative thinking and leadership abilities are some of the top skills that employers are looking for. Start applying these 19 tips to your work, and you will see great results in your own work and with your coworkers’ work.

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