Hi, everyone! Today, a few hours ago, I have been asking about if something would be interested in a different journey, a journey where I would show my way to make a living as a Freelancer (you can read that thread here) and a lot of people told me they would be interested so let's start it! Motivation and goals First I would like to explain few things about this journey and why I am doing this. Right now I am a student trying to finish what I am studying in the University so meanwhile sometimes I have no free time, other times I have too much free time. As I am a student, I want to build a good CV (curriculum vitae). Maybe I won't need it in the future if I build a good business as a freelancer (or with another project), but I want to have one, just to be sure that if I need it, I will have it. And I think a lot of freelancing projects would fit really fine in a good CV. About my goals, I don't want to say something like "earn $X per day" or "end with $Y in my bank account". I am focusing on a niche where people usually earn a good amount so if I do everything well, I will be able to earn a good amount. But that niche has a lot of competence, so I will need to fight a lot to reach that amount. But if you keep asking me for a number, I would like to be able to reach $2000-$2500 per month and I would like to reach that quantity in 9 months. Is it possible? Yes, of course. How? Just keep reading! My niche I have been programming since I was 11 (right now I am 20) so I feel very comfortable with anything related to code something. And I think that if you want to be successful doing something, you have to feel comfortable with it, so it will be my niche. I will be a freelancer developer. What will I offer? I will be focusing on four services: Develop apps (for Android and iOS) Develop mobile games (for Android and iOS) Develop Wordpress sites (or speed them up / do bug fixes) Online business advice (before you say anything, I will explain it better in few moments) Why will I offer these services? Well, the first two is obvious why. I am really experienced with them and I really enjoy working on them. About the third, Wordpress uses (mainly) PHP, HTML, and CSS; things I know. Also, I have been developing several Wordpress sites so I have experience working in this area. About the fourth, I have been creating (and several times failing too) online business (let me say that this freelancing journey is not my only one income) so I have previously sold business advice on Fiverr and people was really happy with the service offered so, if it worked why stop doing it? (but maybe I should try to improve it in some way since I was charging just $5, so I earned just $4 for study the business, look for their competitors, see how to improve everything... it was a lot of work for just $5 but I didn't know how to charge more). So, what do I have right now? I won't lie you. I am not starting from zero, I have been working on this for a month but I will explain my work until now in few moments. To make easier for you follow this journey and do the same, I will try to do everything as if I were completely new there, so let's say we don't have a portfolio of our work, ok? So, if you don't have a portfolio, it is really difficult to start selling and more if you don't have a portfolio in a niche like development. But we can do something. Let's start on a freelancing platform. We have four big platforms: Fiverr Seoclerks Freelancer Upwork Freelancer and Upwork are too competitive and without a good portfolio is really complicated to get works (it is not impossible, but I tried it and I couldn't get enough good works at the beginning). So now we have to choose between Fiverr or Seoclerks. I have chosen Fiverr, just because I have worked there before and I know the platform better but in some time I will take a look to Seoclerks too (just watch the journey and you will see it!). Note: Seoclerks has another site specifically to code, it is called Codeclerks. In some days I will try to enter in that market. So, I have been working this month on Fiverr. Some years ago, I worked there just selling things like "I will edit your picture" or "I will subtitle your video" so it is an aged account with some previous sells and with good reviews. Note: If you are going to start selling on Fiverr and you are thinking about start offering a service like edit images, subtitle videos or do some SEO services, think about it twice since I have noticed that now Fiverr is overcrowded in niches like those. In every freelancing site, reviews are one of the most important things to get sales so I am starting with some advantage but don't worry, if you start from zero, you will get some sales, just wait. At the beginning is more difficult of course, but if you offer something good, people will buy it! So, on this previous month basically, I created all my Gigs (I created 7, the maximum if you are a beginner), added images to them and videos (videos, it is really important, I don't know why but it always increases your sales!), also I tried to improve the descriptions and tags to rank better on Fiverr searches (if you are interested I could talk a bit about it) and I promoted the Gigs in my social networks. Note: Try to always play this game to your advantage, if you have something that already works and you want to make another thing work, try to use the thing that works with the another one. For example, I have right now two Twitter accounts related with development with around 10K followers (in total). Although the conversion is really low, it helps (at least the gigs promoted are retweeted and shared a lot and I think Fiverr counts it) Since my Fiverr account was not used for a long go and all my Gigs were new it took a lot to start being ranked but after the first week, I got my first sale: develop an Android app for $40. Yeah, I know, it is tooooo low, but I needed that sale. It was more important that the money in that case, because I would get my first 5 stars review on that Gig, so I accepted the deal and did the app for the user. He was a really complicated buyer, just asking for more and more features for the same price and I was always frightened if I said no to something he will cancel the order so I keep doing most of the cases (but I kept thinking starts are always difficult). But finally, I got my first 5 stars review. Fast forwarding, in this month, since I have started on Fiverr I have sold 5 apps on Fiverr (and I am closing the deal for another 2) and I have done another deal with a previous buyer. The good thing is as more deals I close with good reviews, a bigger price can I ask for, so now I am developing for better prices (maybe not fair prices for me but freelancing is difficult at the beginning!). I will put my current earning at the end of the thread. And, what am I going to do now? Well, today I will be ending a prototype for an app I am trying to close the deal and not much more since it is late and I have to study for my upcoming University exams. Tomorrow I will take a look to Codeclerks (and Seoclerks). (In few days I would like to do the same with UpWork) and I will try to setup the same Gigs from Fiverr there. And maybe I will do something more, I am not sure, I will say what I finally do tomorrow in the next journey post. My monthly earnings: Well, May is not ended but it is really close to ending. If I do another sale before, I will update it. Right now I have done the following: - App development revenue (on Fiverr) after Fiverr fee (-20%): $400 - Game development revenue (on Fiverr) after Fiverr fee (-20%): $480 - Business advice revenue (on Fiverr) after Fiverr fee (-20%): $16 - Total: $896 Conclusion: Well, it not bad for my first month as freelancing developer. Nothing bad. It is not enough to make a good living (at least in my country) but it is a start. It is true I have worked too much, a lot of night without sleep, one window coding, another window ready BHW P) and I feel like some deals were too cheap for the buyers. But later, when I become more popular, I will be able to charge more, I suppose. About the next month, I would like to earn $1000 (after fees) and I think it is possible, just I have a lot of University exams this upcoming month so I am not sure if I will be able. Anyway, I will try to enter in another markets and improve everything a little bit. I will talk more about these things tomorrow, now I feel like I have written a long post, so if you have read until reach this sentence, thank you!