I never thought it would be easy, but the hardest part of trying to being...whatever it is I'm trying to be, is figuring out how. I've been going through some freelance blogs and found some slim pickings in terms of writing gigs, but at the moment, I've fallen into the same whole that hopelessly in debt college students usually do; experience is always required.
I've also come across the pitfall of accepting jobs that simply don't feasibly pay enough for the amount of work they require, but more on that later. I've only been at this a couple weeks and haven't really made enough to be even halfway stable. Admittedly though, I've only put in half the effort I thought I would be, because the other half of me is just amazed at how much better I feel now that I'm not working. My energy is up, my mood is more level, and I write prolifically, both for these silly little odd jobs and for myself. That's all I could really ask for.
I'm not really sure what I'm doing, and I know for a fact I'm making some big mistakes, first and foremost would be the selling myself short thing. Since this is my blog, however, I figured I'd keep track of what I've tried, what's worked and what's been a waste of time. Maybe that can inspire others, or maybe you have some pointers for me. Either way. This is the end of Week 1.
Strategy : Donation
This is first on here because I've been hoping to figure this out for awhile, but I haven't had a lot of luck. Admittedly, I don't "advertise" this much. I think that falls back on my idea of a job being what people can "get out of me" versus a hobby being something "I get something from". It's hard to consider this a job because how much I love doing it.
I would never set up a crowdfunding campaign simply because I don't know what the return to investors would be. That being said, offering a donation to this site helps keep OdDmosis ad free, supports the graphic novel, cartoons and articles that are here; ideally, in that sense you're paying for the content. If every weekly visitor donated $4, My rent would be paid strictly through this project. You can do that by clicking the above picture of my crippling debt. Or not. I honestly won't know the difference.
Strategy : Comedy
Paradoxically, I make the most money through this, but not enough to make a living off of. Between booking and running shows, this (for the self-employed moment) IS my only "steady" income. Ideally, I'll figure out how to make it my real income, which would mean I wouldn't have to run this site for donation or pressure myself with low income freelance gigs. If I figure that out, I'll let you know, it would probably be one of the more insightful articles I put up.
Strategy : Fiverr
Forseeably one of the easiest ways to get ripped off in terms of pay per labor, if any gig takes me longer than half an hour, it's absolutely not worth it. That being said, the types of jobs I'm offering aren't ones that would typically take me longer than that. I've already had one approach, so I'm hoping this can be a good way to build a base portfolio over the next couple weeks. All I offer is quick blurb writing (which is still a goddamned steal) and line work illustrations that I've timed out to taking about half an hour. You can try and snag some work from me here.
Strategy : Upwork.com
Combination of extremely encouraging and discouraging; Upwork was formerly Odesk, a known content mill. The site has revamped itself where freelancers can name their hourly rate, as well as apply for gigs with fixed pay. The fixed pay gigs are far more common, and tend to fall squarely into the "not worth it" bin, but who knows. Maybe I can turn it around.
So that's the start. It's pretty meager right now, but I'll keep you updated the further I get along. Thank you for your support, Pup. I'll get there eventually.
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I'm a Denver Comedian, occasional cartoonist and person of interest to someone, probably. These articles are really too long.