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Yesterday, I filmed my first-ever video, for a gig I’m doing over at Fiverr. Hah! I was super nervous, but it ended up being so much fun! Why am I on Fiverr? Or even better, what/who is Fiverr? So glad you asked! Fiverr is one legit way to make money online! It is basically an awesome freelance site where everything starts at the price of $5! It’s basically an online 5 dollar store 😀 Since this site is all about success online and launching your own thing, I thought I would share a bit about Fiverr and what exactly I am offering in my gig, which is editing, proofreading and formatting. Last week Phil shared about the importance of having a niche and doing keyword research. Keyword research is the best foundation you can have when creating any new content for your online business. And having well edited, proofread and formatted content goes a long way too!
First, some background as to why I ended up being able to offer my gig at Fiverr. Because, generally behind every new venture, is a really good story. This time is no different 😉
Way back when I worked in the corporate world, I was well and truly terrified of my boss. I mean, I used to quiver with nervousness, like a Chihuahua, every time I saw her! I had an eye-twitch and I just know I had that “deer in headlights” look whenever she approached me. Hey, maybe she liked her minions terrified! Whatever…but here is the thing, she did teach me how to edit a document. I also learnt indirectly to become an epic proofreader, because if there was anything wrong in that document, she would find it! Guaranteed, stake your twitchy nerves on it! And I don’t know if it was because of the trauma or the stress, but I really learnt how to edit well and now I am the one with the hawk eyes. I can spot a formatting error from a mile away. Typo’s? I’m all over that!
Honestly, it’s not that hard to edit your content or any written work, right? Hmm, maybe not. I remember getting my reviewed report back and feeling like I was in Dante’s inferno! RED everywhere…like a rash or hellfire. There would be comments and lines and exclamation marks all over the place. Once I eventually got over my shivering and sniveling, I tapped an equally twitchy colleague on the shoulder and asked them to kindly translate what the heck she was talking about. Yeah, she freaked me out, but I got over it, and I did learn how to edit and format my work like a boss ;). Because she had berated and boomed at how could I be so stupid, and what did I learn at university anyway (Um, certainly not how to format a word document) I thought it was just me. Then I realized that I wasn’t the only one! Others also struggled with formatting and editing their documents!
That is how I ended up offering my services on Fiverr! I know how frustrating it is to have to proofread and edit your documents and how time-consuming it can be. I used to write 100-page reports, which eventually became legal documents. Making a mistake wasn’t an option. Now, luckily for you, you needn’t worry, because you can have your very own (nice and friendly) copyeditor for five bucks (aka me)! Really, if you need some help with editing your content, I would love to help you out! Pop onto my gig profile and check it out.
Now about making money online with Fiverr. As I mentioned earlier, I have just started out at Fiverr and successfully completed my first $5 gig! Woot! Okay, so it’s not very much, but it is a start. I will definitely write a follow up post to tell you more about how it goes. But the main reason why I was inspired to join Fiverr is because of this article. It is not just about how much he earned in his first month that motivated me, but it was more of a “heck, if he can, I can” feeling! Having multiple income streams is actually the smartest thing to do, especially if you are an online business owner. Plus, the great thing about Fiverr, is it is free to open an account and offer a gig. Now, what you offer does matter! Aim for a nice intersect between what you can do and what people need. Don’t forget to make a short 60 second video introducing your offer, as you know, we are visual creatures and sometimes have the attention span of goldfish!
Let’s face it, every business has content! Whether it is your email series, your reports and presentations, your sales copy, your webpage, your blog feed or your marketing campaigns, it is all content and it all needs to look good and read well! One cannot afford in this day and age to not proofread your work. I may not have liked my crazy boss very much, but she once told me something that I will never forget. She said that the minute someone starts reading what you have written, they are making assumptions and impressions about you, your business and what you are offering. Make sure you make the best impression!
Business owners, content writers and bloggers, how do you manage with your proofreading? Is $5 worth it to have the stress and effort of editing taken off your shoulders? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below: