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How to Make Money Publishing Low and No Content Books On Amazon KDP for FREE

Introduction

A wise person should have money in their head, but not in their heart

. –Jonathan Swift

Earning the first dollar online is the dream of most people. Unfortunately, this great dream does not get materialized for everyone. Either because most people do not follow the right guide or are scammed along the way, and therefore give up. What are the best, legit, and sustainable ways to earn money online? In my opinion, and from the perspective of several other people, publishing low content books on the KDP platform. This is, by far, the most legit, underutilized, long term and profitable way to make money on the internet. It is indeed one of the most reliable and easiest ways to make some good cash online.

You can make money by selling No and Low content books on Amazon, the world’s number one e-commerce store. Amazon KDP is now the most trusted online marketplace for any type of book. You can also sell these types of books on other platforms, like Etsy, Creative Market, Gumroad and Redbubble etc

Amazon is the biggest e-commerce platform in the world. Anyone can start publishing books on their platform. This is called self-publishing. You can self-publish your book free of charge on the platform and start earning right from the go. You can be smart by leveraging their market size relative to other e-commerce platforms to build wealth online, regardless of where you live on the face of the planet. Do not overthink this is, this is not difficult at all. The exciting part of this is that you do not need to be a designer to start this rewarding business. For anyone new to this, I will recommend this great book to start with: SECRETS TO CREATING HIGH QUALITY & SELLABLE LOW CONTENT BOOKS USING POWERPOINT STEP BY STEP. This will be of immense help to you, as it did to my life. It gives a visual guide to each step to be taken. It will help you to professionally set up the PowerPoint framework to support the designing process.

SECRETS TO CREATING HIGH QUALITY LOW CONTENT BOOKS USING POWERPOINT

JOINING KDP

You can join Amazon KDP for free and start publishing low content books with no money involved. I call this a business without RISK.

What is KDP?

“KDP” stands for “Kindle Direct Publishing”, and it’s Amazon’s self-publishing platform, where you can create either a high content book, like an e-book for Kindle or paperback books. You may ask, what is a paperback? A paperback is a book with a thin, flexible cover. They are cheap and portable. Paperback simply means that the cover is made up of flexible hard or thick paper. They are great to read while on the move.

On the KDP platform, you upload your books to Amazon for free, sell them on their marketplace, and collect royalty from the sales. Amazon Kindle publishing platform allows you to publish your books, and you don’t need to pay for anything. No need to print the books, and you don’t have to market it to third parties. Amazon does this on your behalf.

What are No and Low Content Book?

Half & Half notebook Interior
Lined or College Ruled Note Book Interior
Sketch Book Interior

No content books are books with little to NO content. You must be surprised how on earth can someone makes money selling books with zero content. Yes, the truth is that many people are selling these kinds of books on Amazon for money. The interiors of these books, as said earlier, are blank, have absolutely nothing in them, or with minimal content only.

Examples of these books are:

  • Blank journals
  • Notebooks
  • Blank Books
  • Sketch books
  • Primary story journals
  • Blank comic books
  • Handwriting books
  • Handwriting Books
  • Graph paper
  • Log books

Low Content Books

Daily Planner
Recipe Journal

Low-content books on the other hand are paperback books that contain little to no text or images but are designed to provide the reader or user with guided content. Examples are

  • Quote books
  • Coloring books
  • Guest books
  • Planners
  • Recipe books
  • Password books
  • Address books
  • Inspirational quotes
  • Daily planners etc

The best part is that you can make a full-time business out of publishing these books on Amazon. KDP is a major source of passive income.

KDP NICHES

The following are niches that people regularly search for when they visit Amazon, journals, and notebooks.

Good Reasons to start making money publishing Low / No Content Books on KDP

Advantages of publishing on KDP

  • It does not require much content.
  • You do not require any unique technical skills to start your book publishing.
  • Have a lifetime store for free.
  • Easier and quick to create.
  • Keep control of your rights and set your own list prices.
  • Make changes to your books at any time.
  • Creating an account and selling on the platform is absolutely free

Why create LC books?

  • The product doesn’t perish or stock run out as this is a digital product.
  • No need to worry over shipments, as Amazon does all for you, including printing the books out.
  • You don’t worry about the marketing aspect Amazon does that
  • You enjoy royalties from a giant company.
  • Highly profitable: Since they require low effort to make, it’s always a bargain. You don’t have to spend months in front of a PC or keep on writing.
  • You do not have to be a graphic designer to create these kinds of books
  • Publishing is also easy because there are only a few pages to print.

Designing an interior is not an easy task. A real author or designer spends a great deal of time coming out with the best interior that sells. We know that this is not for everybody. It takes time and patience to come out with a great book that meets the interest of a buyer. Fortunately, you can avoid the designing if it is not your thing, and either engage designers to create these interiors for you or go to platforms like creative fabrica and buy already designed interiors and covers. This is what those who see this as a business do. They outsource or buy premade interiors and upload them into the platform.

Amazon

Amazon is an international e-commerce company that offers online retail, computing services, consumer electronics, digital content, and other local services such as daily deals and groceries. Amazon is the leading e-retailer in the United States, with net sales close to 386 billion U.S. dollars in 2020. Due to its global scope and reach, Amazon is one of the most valuable brands worldwide.

A profitable hub for third-party sellers

Amazon serves as a global platform for first- and third-party sellers (3P). The former are vendors that sell goods directly to Amazon, who later re-sell them to final customers. The latter are independent sellers using Amazon as an e-commerce site to offer their products. Third-party sellers control pricing and product listing, a strategy that proved highly successful for small and medium enterprises in the United States. 3P sales account for roughly 60 percent of total paid units on Amazon’s marketplace, and around the same share of 3P orders are completed via Amazon’s fulfillment services.

How to Start Publishing No And Low Content Books On Amazon For Money

Work with the understanding that this is a real business. I know people who earn over $10,000 in royalties every month publishing low content stuff Only. Earn up to 75% royalties on sales to customers in the US, Canada, UK, Germany, India, France, Italy, Spain, Japan, Brazil, Mexico, Australia, and more. 

For those who may have difficulty starting, do not worry.

You need two things when it comes to making the books ready for publishing on the platform. One is the interior of the books, and the second is the cover of the books. These are uploaded separately on the platform. Fortunately, you can get premade book interiors for any niche on the creative fabrica platform.

You need very simple tools to start designing the interiors. The following are the tools needed to start this journey. You need skills in any of the following applications.

  • Google Slides
  • PowerPoint
  • Canva
  • GIMP
  • Photoshop
  • Inkscape
  • Photopia

But note, there is a much easier way to get these interiors. Both the interiors and the covers can be purchased online for this business. You can buy these interiors at very low prices and then upload them if this is how you want to go about your business.  Sites like creative fabrica sell any type of interior for this business. All you need to do is to add your covers and upload them to the KDP platform. Whichever way, this is completely acceptable. This is how I go about my business. I buy the interiors for $2 and $3 dollars, engage people to design the cover, and I sell them for $9 – $16 per book.

The following are all the steps needed to start making money on KDP

You can make money in just 4 easy steps.

  1. Create an account on Amazon KDP. Enter the required details.
  2. Create the interior of the book. You can find a few sites that allow free templates for creating interiors. You can equally learn how to create these interiors with a step-by-step guide from this book.
  3. Create the cover page of your book. Learn how to create KDP book covers in an hour.
  4. Upload to KDP. Upload the manuscript with the needed keywords. After that, upload your book covers. Enter the remaining details and that should be enough.

Then, Amazon reviews the book, which can take up to 72 hours. After that, it will be available on Amazon to sell. Right after creating your account, you must have the following extensions and programs running on your browser. They are not in any particular order;

  • AMZ suggestion expander
  • DS Amazon Quickview
  • Keyword everywhere
  • Keyword tool (keyword.io)
  • Amazon-asin.com

How to Create New Account On KDP

But first thing first. You must first create a new account on KDP. Go to this website AMAZONKDP, and create a new account.

Create New Account hERE
Upload Your Interiors and cover into paperback

Next, click on paperback to start uploading your books. Your final book uploaded will show up on Amazon bookshelf, like the image you see below.

MY BOOK STORE ON AMAZON

You can also visit my store here, if you wish to buy an interior for your project.

Conclusion

Making money on Amazon through the KDP system is very reliable and easy, too. Anyone who follow the guidelines above could have his/her books published within a week.

My doors are opened for anyone who needs help and assistance on how to start selling low content books.

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The Ultimate keys to harvesting emails

Introduction

Lead Magnet

A lead magnet is anything that you provide to someone in exchange for their contact information. They are designed to pull in, or “magnetize” more leads. Lead magnets are important, as they show your first opportunity at providing value to your audience. It’s your chance to shine and show people that you know what you are talking about, and show how excited you are to be talking about it. As the term might suggest, lead magnets are used for lead generation. A lead magnet is a great way to show that you care about what you are talking about. It’s a great way to build an audience. In marketing, a lead magnet is a free digital product or download. It encourages website visitors to leave their email addresses. And opt-in to an email list. That’s why lead magnets in marketing are called opt-in bribes and content upgrades. Lead magnets usually target website visitors who are not yet ready to buy any item from the store. If they leave their email addresses, they become secondary conversion goals. Businesses will send targeted marketing materials continuously until they convert into actual buyers. It often starts by creating a relevant free product. Online businesses try to identify different queries that bring them to traffic, and then create a free digital download around that topic. The most popular free digital downloads are e-books, white papers, newsletters, and webinars.
After creating a free product, online stores create forms for website visitors to complete to receive a free product. Businesses take their time in designing and optimizing these forms for a higher chance that visitors will leave their email addresses and opt-in to an email marketing list. Online businesses then place these forms on the most suitable part of the websites. Website visitors who engage the website may click the lead magnet, sign up, and complete the form. Once completed, the free product is immediately sent via email automation. The website’s visitors then become part of an email marketing list that is targeted regularly until they are converted into purchasing a product.
Do not overcomplicate this process. Write a 3-10 pages e-book relating to the niche you are selling, and upload it to your landing page or email platform. This written book become the lead magnet.

CREATIVE FABRICA

For Your lead magnet to be effective, it should: Be free (with sign-up)

  • Make a promise
  • Engage with key points
  • Add great value to your customer
  • Satisfy a need or solve a problem (at least give direction to solving the problem)
  • Appeal to your target audience
  • Provide needed information
  • Have a clear call to action.

The title and cover — the title and cover is what gives your lead magnet its magnetic force. Makes sense, right? Your big chance to showcase the value of your offer comes through;

(i)  How it is called and

(ii) How it’s presented.

Your “book” will indeed be judged by its cover. Don’t think that the rest of your lead magnet can be rubbish. No! You may be able to get away with growing your email list with a lead magnet that makes a big promise, but delivers little in substance. Do not forget, this flimsy strategy will backfire in the long run. You will not only succeed in convincing your lead magnet to push your prospects’ buttons in all the right ways.

The How to: Customers want guidance

So much of what takes place online is essentially a Q&A exercise. Everyone’s looking for answers, instructions, and guidance of some sort to a problem in they are wrestling with. The “how to” is the essential way to fulfil these requests.

CREATIVE FABRICA

How to lubricate your lead machine?

1/ Try making your headline a list

This works the best if your lead magnet contains a list of items, a checklist or a number of solutions to a problem. As we all know, nothing works best at engaging the audience than openly stating what your lead magnet contains. Straight information about your lead magnet’s content. Example

  • How to Decorate Your Home Office;
  • How to solve your company’s high labor turnover issues
  • Twelve Ideas that cost less than $50.

It focuses on a specific problem. There is no mystery about what solutions they’re going to offer. Notice how the specificity adds to the magnetism. There is a promise of actionable and trustworthy information, a reader will be able to start implementing in their business or life right away.

2/ The command

But you could also be super bold and make a powerful statement about your eBook or checklist. One way to do it is by using “the ultimate” formula.

For example:

  • The ULTIMATE guide to digital marketing
  • The ULTIMAT guide to Affiliate Marketing
  • The ULTIMATE guide to making money online

The word “ultimate” is precise and definitive. You could also put it this way;

  • Unrivaled guide
  • Complete guide
  • Really good guide
  • The last guide to _____ you’ll ever need
  • The definitive guide to Affiliate Marketing

3/ Simply tell your readers why they experience a particular problem

This is the “reason why” approach, titles is as simple as listing the main problem your eBook targets. For example:

  • “Why you are not making money on Twitter.”

However, you can also use this formula to write list-based titles, i.e.:

  • “5 Reasons why your calls to action don’t convert”
  • “10 most common reasons for low website conversions.”

4/ Compel customers with action

The command approach to writing a great lead-magnet-title is simple and effective.

These are in the form of a directive or command that starts with a verb examples like: Gas-Up, Optimize, Decorate, and build. Think through other options relevant to your audience.

You may be able to help a potential customer save, grow, expand, accelerate, win, dominate, start, end, control, train, learn. All verbs, all good.

Conclusion

Lead magnet is very important to the harvesting of emails, and emails are the foundation for any effective long term relationship with the customer.

All these and more are included in my e-book, the Ultimate Secrets for making money online and more. The book also guide readers on how to create landing pages, step-by-step guide on how to create and sell e-books, how to effectively make a living and move away from the 9-5 routine job and more.

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The most powerful Twitter Tips

Introduction

One of the best digital marketing platforms appropriate for online marketing is Twitter. This platform is excellent for getting brand awareness and better consumer engagement. With over 500 million tweets circulating on the platform every day. It is important to take the time to discover and unlock the full potential of the platform. You can achieve this by applying the best tricks and tips out there.

Lets run through some tips and tricks to help achieve Twitter efficiency.

Bio

Write a great bio related to your business or industry niche. Having a great bio is a key element for any Twitter profile. This is your place to communicate to new visitors of your profile exactly what it is that you do. The Twitter bio is indexed by Google. It is the first point of contact for all prospective followers.

Complete your profile (don’t forget to input your website, it’s really important to drive traffic to your site.)

It is also important that you include the following in the bio;

  • Location: include your physical location if you have one; you can also use “worldwide” or post a phone number.
  • Website: your homepage or a landing page where you want to drive customers.
  • Background image: include a Twitter background image to further display your company. Don’t leave it blank!
  • Payment details: say a brief about your payment options
  • Include keywords in your bio, like #digitalmarketing, #contentmarketing, etc. So, one smartest way to go about creating your Twitter bio is to add relevant keywords and hashtags

Pin Tweets

One of the easiest and best ways to get more engagement and more traffic from Twitter is to learn how to effectively use the “pin tweet” feature. Your pinned tweet is the first tweet people see when they visit your profile regardless of how long that tweet was posted, so make it an interesting one that represents what’s going on with your brand. You can always change your pinned tweet!

How to Pin a Tweet

Pinning a tweet will only take you a couple of seconds. First, go to your Twitter timeline and find the tweet you wish to pin to the top of your page. Next, click on the little arrow on the top right of the tweet. Finally, click on the “pin to profile” option in the dropdown menu.

Stop and think for a minute, Twitter resembles a case of updates. The latest ones are what individuals will see when they visit a profile. Sticking a Tweet abrogates this structure as it will naturally put it on the best – first Tweet squares with generally introduction.

Engage More

Engage a lot. Interact with your followers more frequently. Reply to them when they tweet at you. Some recommend commenting 30 times in a day, tweeting 5 times in a day, following 30 active accounts and writing a thread every week.

Be conscious about every Tweet

Focus on the type of your tweets. Will you tweet a “text”, “picture”, “infographics”? If you are planning to tweet a text, be consistent, if you’re going to tweet pictures, be consistent, as well as on infographics. Focus on that. Mix tweets don’t look good on the timeline and you’re sending people away on your timeline. Make it look better. Let’s say you want to tweet pictures, maybe you can do it once or twice a week if you’re tweeting text.

Nature a personality

Be personal from the start keep messages short simple! Make yourself feel like you are just having a conversation and sales will take care of itself, not aggressive. Develop a unique personality on the platform. Your Twitter feed should be a combination of useful content, such as “How to be successful on social media”, and tweets that demonstrate your personality.

Influences and big accounts

Reach Influencers. Follow influencers and other big accounts in your industry. Mention them in your tweets. Talk to them.

The Twitter Strategy

Advance Search on Twitter

The “Advanced search” option on Twitter is great! Twitter has some amazing search capability that gives you some real advantages in marketing. It helps you find exactly what you want. You can search for a user or trend by typing the user name of the hashtag in the search bar. You have word targeting (exact phrases, containing these words, etc.), people targeting (who’ve mentioned certain accounts, from xyz account, etc.) and also by places, near your city/area. For example, if you sell scented candles and you’re looking for people interested in the same, you exactly search “amazing scented candles”. Now, say you only ship within your city, you can add “city name” in the Places option and voilà, you have all the tweets that fit your search criteria.

Use Visuals

Images and videos in tweets help to increase your engagement. Today’s audiences are hungry for a visual experience. Include video, images, and GIFs in your Tweets. Visual content catches people’s attention when they’re scrolling through the feed. This encourages deeper engagement.

Conclusion

Tips are always important whenever we discuss social media. This is a chapter in the eBook called The Twitter Strategy. The book also covers topics like how to make money whilst tweeting, how to get your brand to the audience and the best strategies to win on social media.


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How to stimulate your brand visibility on Twitter

Introduction

“Products are made in a factory,

but brands are created in the mind.”

-Walter Landor

Twitter is a social media platform where users share their views, and members are known for good content. It is more of a content-based platform, where content is king!

Over 500 million tweets circulate on the platform every day. So with these shared volumes of tweets per day, it is the best platform for the advertisement to raise awareness, for customer service, and perfect for your brand promotion.

The Twitter platform can help brands in the following ways:

❖ Brand promotion
❖ Brand Loyalty
❖ Gain followers
❖ Gain valuable information
❖ build community engagement
❖ Content is King
❖ The handle problems via the direct messaging feature

Brand promotion

With the rise of social media, there are no barriers to reaching the customer. It is thus a great opportunity for Twitter users to establish rapport and create relationships with others. This will enable you to reach out to those audiences within your niche industry. Doing this can be a great opportunity for you to promote your business and
Products.

Brands can use the platform to start relevant conversations, engage with their community, and then build a loyal following.

Brand Royalty

You can prove your knowledge and expertise by the type of content you share. In this way, your audience perceives you as an authority in the industry. By this, the platform allows your audiences to ask questions about your products and services.

Gain followers

Make your business known by tweeting regularly. The more you tweet, the more followers you get on Twitter. Make it easier for people to find you by hosting regular tweet chats. You can also host contests and giveaways, and other interactions with your audience.

Gain valuable information

With the rise of social media, there are no barriers to reaching the customer. It is thus a great opportunity for Twitter users to establish rapport and create relationships with others. This will enable you to reach out to those audiences within your niche industry. Doing this can be a great opportunity for you to promote your business and
Products.

Brands can use the platform to start relevant conversations, engage with their community, and then build a loyal following.

Community Engagements

Using Twitter is a great way to create a community with potential and existing customers. Create your own community of followers by providing them with valuable content. You can achieve this by creating hashtags that define you and your business. Use these hashtags to help your followers locate you among the crowd.
By initiating certain relevant conversations, you get the opportunity to know your customers. You can do this by finding a topic that connects with your customer base and start a chat about it. It can also help you gain recognition in your industry and a stronger relationship. Keep an eye on people that tweet things relevant to what you do! You can easily engage with them, help them, make friends with them, or even sell to them. Millions of people talk about a million different things each day. You can also use tools that will track the keywords you’re interested in and jump into the conversation where possible! This way, you will slowly but steadily get yourself new followers, leads, and clients.

Content is King

Despite being only limited to a few words, the Twitter platform requires content that provides value to users and is informative in the best possible way. It is a formal platform to describe in limited words the required information, which is neither too long nor too short.
Good and well-explained content never goes unnoticed, and the more you explain about your business, the better your audience will find it.

The handle problems via direct messaging (DM)

Direct messaging has evolved over the years, especially for brands. This is major for troubleshooting your customers’ issues and handling their problems. So the way you interact with them is important. It’s smart to handle individual customer complaints and issues through DMs for a couple of reasons. For one thing, you don’t want other users to see the problem and think less of your company. Also, there is no character limit on DMs, which gives you the freedom to help customers. By default, only users you follow can send you DMs. You can set up your Twitter account to receive messages from anyone. Even though you can make it easier for all customers to contact you. Go to Privacy Settings and enable “receive direct messages from anyone.”

This is a chapter in my latest e-book titled The Twitter Strategy. This book covers all strategies needed to win on Twitter. It went much deeper into how to get your brand noticed, make money on the Twitter platform, the best strategies to get the audience’s attention, and some tips that have been hidden for some time now. Get it for as little as $3.00!

I can also recommend an excellent e-book, as the Twitter gold, for anyone who wants to take the Twitter platform to a much higher level.

Conclusion

Twitter remains one of the best digital marketing mediums available out there for advertisement promotion, customer service, and perfect for your brand to be noticed out there.

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The Twitter Strategy

Introduction

Twitter is an indispensable platform when we talk about digital marketing. With over 330 million active users per month. It will be unthinkable for any company with an online presence, to devise a digital marketing strategy. and not consider the Twitter platform.

Over 500 million tweets circulate on the platform every day. So with these sheer volumes of tweets per day, how can one draw the attention of a user to himself or herself? This is only possible by being strategic! With this number of daily active users, it is the best advertisement platform ever to raise awareness, customer service, and promote your brand.

Twitter is a social media platform where users share their views, and members provide good content. As said earlier it is a very popular platform. It is more of a content-based platform, where content is king!

Twitter Marketing is like a powerful strategy, where businesses can spread, and you can reach the end customer. Twitter can help you reach out to an incredible number of people in a short time. To use Twitter for marketing activities, you must adopt a strategy of consistency and grow your account over time. And then boom, you have the advantage.

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2. How to create an effective Twitter Marketing Strategies

Your twitter marketing strategies should include include any or all of the following;

  1. Set your objectives
  2. A compelling profile
  3. Great content
  4. The use of videos and images
  5. Tweeting at the right time
  6. the use of some advanced tactics
  7. Drive Traffic to your website

   i) Set The Objectives

Success on any social media platform requires goals that are clear and measurable. How can you track and check for success and progress, if you do not know what the target is?

You want to create SMART goals: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound. So “going viral” doesn’t count. These goals must align with the business objectives and must be an indicator of success.

  ii) Optimize your Profile

Making the perfect Twitter profile is an essential rule for strategic Twitter marketing. Your Twitter handle is your @niche, name, or your identifier on Twitter. This is important because it helps people locate and find you. The profile represents the brand identity, and this is what people associate you with on social media. It is the beginning of your marketing strategy and thus important that you are thinking about it!

Use a profile picture that represents your niche. Use a username that is simple and reflects the name of your business. The name must also help people remember your business.

Write a great bio related to your business or industry niche. Having a great bio is a key element for any Twitter profile. This is your place to communicate to new visitors of your profile exactly what it is that you do. The Twitter bio is indexed by Google. It is the first point of contact for all prospective followers.

It is also important that you include the following in the bio;

Location: include your physical location if you have one; you can also use “worldwide” or post a phone number.

Website: your homepage or a landing page where you want to drive customers.

Background image: include a Twitter background image to further display your company. Don’t leave it blank!

Pin some important tweet, Your pinned tweet is the first tweet people see when they visit your profile, so make it an interesting one that represents what’s going on with your brand. You can always change your pinned tweet!

Include keywords in your bio, like #digitalmarketing, #contentmarketing, etc. So, one smartest way to go about creating your Twitter bio is to add relevant keywords and hashtags.

   iii. Create Great Content

“Content is where I expect much of the real money will be made on the Internet, just as it was in broadcasting.” Bill Gate

Content marketing is a deliberate effort at giving away valuable information contents in order to retain a client for possible future sales. Study the interests of your followers and provide them with the content they value.

The most important Twitter marketing lesson is that every interaction with your customer matters.

As a result, you should be ready to provide the best customer experience all the time. Any content you put across on Twitter must be informative, interesting, interactive, personal, and promotional. Creative storytelling should always be a part of your advertising strategies. People like validation and reassurance, so take the time to give them that. Let them know you are there.  Let them know that you care that they are following you, and you appreciate them.  It will only entice more followers.

   e. Share engaging Visuals

Videos do better when it comes to resolving and providing directions on the internet, than written text.

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Conclusion

With the rise of social media, there are no barriers to reaching the customer. It is thus a great opportunity for Twitter users to establish rapport, and create relationships with others online. To be successful on this platform requires regular interaction with your target audience.

Twitter plays a very critical role in the promotion of any brand online. You can drive traffic to your website by leveraging on Twitter, through various engagement tactics. Without a strategy your brand is likely to be ignored by these active twitter users.

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The Freelance Revolution 🔥 – the trend of the gig guys

Freelance

The volatile nature of the world economy as a result of COVID and the massive job losses worldwide had pushed more companies into outsourcing parts of their activities. These shifts has seen a major hike in demand for freelancers. 

The typical 9 to 5 office job is gradually becoming a thing of the past and today’s new technologies are making it easier to work anywhere and at any time.

Freelance work has also seen a boom globally because of the spread of different communicational tools.

With the rise of the gig economy, more people are discussing freelancing as never before. There are more freelancers today than there have ever been in history – a 2019 study. More and more businesses are relying on freelancers to do their work because of the vast variety of options available in the market. The increase in outsourcing of businesses or jobs seems to be the new trend that 2020 and the new year had witnessed.

In fact, more and more people are seeing freelancing as a long-term career path for success, security and fulfillment.

Who is a freelancer

Freelancers are self-employed and are often referred to as independent contractors. They work anywhere and anytime without a supervisor on an agreed schedule and rate. Freelances are deemed as self-employed workers who provide service or services to clients. They are hired by companies on a part-time or short-term basis and do not receive the same compensation as full-time employees.

What is Freelancing

Freelancing means providing service or services as an independent company or individual rather than on a full-time basis or employment. Freelancing is a contract-based profession where instead of being recruited in an organization, the person uses his skills and experience to provide services to a number of clients without necessarily been there in person. It is an agreed relationship, where the individual uses his abilities and experience to offer types of assistance to various clients.

In brief, it could be described as using your skills, education, and experiences acquired to work with multiple clients and take on various assignments without committing to a single employer. In basic terms, freelancing is the point at which you utilize your abilities, schooling, and experience to work with numerous customers and take on different tasks without focusing on a single business or employment. The number of assignments or tasks that you can take just depends on your ability to deliver when needed.

Freelancing provides you a chance to do the work you love and earn some extra money through it. Being a freelancer is a great way to turn your passion into profitable profession. Freelancers do not hold permanent employment with a single organization and instead earn through temporary projects or contract work.

Best Platforms To Freelance

Freelancing platforms is the ideal place where you can fully utilize your skills and get paid for it. Whether you’re looking for additional ways to pay the bills, to fulfil your desires or just want the freedom that freelancing offers, you’ve come to the right place. With so many platforms available online, freelancing has become very easy nowadays. Even, there are millions of people who are choosing freelancing as a profession or full-time job. These freelancing platforms also help companies to hire the candidate required only for a specific project. They don’t need to hire a full-time employee on a salary basis and thus helps in cost optimization. In this article, we will discuss the top sites for freelancers based on our research and experience.

There are currently several freelance platforms available on the internet;

Toptal

Toptal is a marketplace for the top talent in the marketplace. They emphasize to employers that they allow them to hire the “top 3% of talent”.

So this site is for those with a lot of experience and working at the top streams of industry. If you pass Toptal’s screening process, you’ll be given access to excellent projects with great clients (including JPMorgan, Zendesk, Airbnb, etc.) as well as commensurate compensation (no contests for the lowest bidder). They emphasis projects for developers, designers, product managers, and project managers.  Freelancers typically earn a minimum of $60/hour. 

Upwork

Upwork is a marketplace for freelancers in fields like writing, graphic design and web development. The site helps professionals find projects, communicate with clients and get paid. Freelancers on Upwork create profiles outlining their skills and experiences, along with their job histories and portfolios. Clients post job listings detailing their projects and what they’re looking for in a freelancer. From there, freelancers submit proposals for projects they’re interested in doing. Clients can review freelancers’ proposals, profiles, and portfolios, choose the one that best fits their needs, and place project funding in escrow. Freelancers and clients then collaborate through an online work station, typically with no off-platform communication.

Overall, Upwork makes it easier to find jobs and make more money, but think carefully about which gigs you want to apply for. And check out our guide to managing money as a freelancer for advice on how to handle your newfound income, once it starts rolling in.

Guru

Guru.com is one of the leading websites that connects freelancers with potential employers who want to pay them for their services.  With a free membership and the ability to browse through hundreds of jobs on any given date, this is a site that you can use to jumpstart your career as a freelancer in your industry. Guru.com, is suitable for most types of freelancers. There are IT and writing assignments available, but there are also assignments in photography, web design, broadcasting, business consulting, finance, accounting and more. In fact, with so many different niches represented on Guru.com, this is a website that almost anyone can use to find a short-term or even a long-term assignment working from home.

Freelancer.com

Freelancer.com is the world’s largest freelancing and crowdsourcing platform in a number of users and projects. We currently have over 16 million registered users globally from beyond 247 countries, regions, and territories. More than 8 million projects have been posted on the site in over 850 project categories like software development, graphic design, sales and marketing, and even astrophysics. Freelancer.com allows small businesses and entrepreneurs to hire a global talent pool of freelancers to get work done.

How to become a freelancer

For those who are not happy with the traditional way of been commanded on what to do and feel deep within them that this is not the best way of life for them. It is a decision that one does not want to be limited under one employer for the rest of one’s life. So, this desire compels people in this category to consider a shift to freelancing full time.

The freelance market is growing by the day, and if you want to be competitive, you have to prepare accordingly. Follow these seven steps to get started.

  • Is freelance for you?

In other to succeed with freelancing one must be disciplined. Being your own boss is a great thing if you’re disciplined and reliable. If you want to be a freelancer, you should maintain a daily work routine, be ready to juggle several projects at once, and continually look for new projects to maintain a steady flow of work.

  • look for the right or suitable platform for your field.

Most freelancers use freelancing platforms to find work. Choosing the platform with the model that fits your needs and salary expectations is incredibly important for your success. Plenty of freelancing websites encourage the so-called “race to the bottom,” where freelancers provide poor quality work in exchange for poor compensation.

  • Build Your profile

ake time to create a substantial profile that will inform potential clients about your education, skills, expertise and experience. You don’t have to write novels – keep it short and sweet. List your skills, experiences, special achievements and explain why you’re the best person for the job.

You don’t have to prepare a classical CV, as most freelancing websites have a predesigned template you need to fill out with your information

  • Build a portofolio

Take time to create a profile, make sure to provide a portfolio that illustrates your skills and experience.

If you’re a beginner in your chosen field, take time to create a portfolio with sample works, or simply accept several jobs at a discounted rate in exchange for experience.

  • Determine your rate and price

If you have some level of experience, of course, you cannot charge the same rate as freelancers with a decade of work under their belts. Your rate must cover your monthly expenses if you have steady work, no matter how experienced you are.

  • Scout for Job/Project

First, apply only for the jobs you are confident you can do. As a freelancer, you’re building your reputation from scratch, and especially in the beginning, it’s of utmost importance to secure positive feedback.

  • Build a relationship with the client

Relationships with your clients are the most important part of freelancing. By maintaining a good connection with your current clients and providing quality work, you’ll be more likely to secure more consistent jobs in the future. Make sure you meet every deadline, listen to instructions, make any necessary edits and communicate efficiently with your clients. While you aren’t tied down to set hours, you should still be available to your clients in case they have any questions, requests or concerns.

Conclusion

With the rise of the gig economy, more people are shifting into freelancing. It is therefore important that the various requirements and the platforms available be spread further for those who would take advantage of this in the future to succeed in the quest to become independent