1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

My journey to making a living online (18 years old)

Discussion in 'My Journey Discussions' started by Ilicfreelance, May 26, 2016.

  1. Ilicfreelance

    Ilicfreelance Newbie

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2015
    Messages:
    37
    Likes Received:
    7
    Gender:
    Male
    Hey guys

    I'll try to be short as I do not want to waste anyone's time over here. I am an 18-year old guy coming from a small European country and I want to make a living online. I've been in the Internet marketing industry for the last 3-4 years but most of the time I was not able to fully focus my efforts on creating a solid income stream from my online ventures as I was spending most of the time in high-school.

    Anyway, high-school is over, I have decided not to attend college and my goal is to create a living online. For the past three years, I have made over $10,000 (don't have the exact number) mostly freelancing but as I was a careless kid who only wanted to spend money, I was not investing anywhere and now I am back to square one, quite broke with some money on side but nothing to invest online.

    Therefore, I will be now focusing my efforts to freelancing, as I need money for further investment, and I will be reading and absorbing every information that is out there in order to find a good method with a nice potential for investing.

    My goal is to reach $500-$1,000 a month, steady goal, to keep me alive.

    For now, I will be joining Upwork, as I have left my last account behind me because of some douchebag's negative review which kinda screwed up my chances of landing some serious gigs.

    I will also be joining Fiverr, I had some prior experiences, made over $500, but I had to leave it due to other school commitments.

    Services I can offer are basically anything related to writing, as I am quite good at it, some basic social media marketing, WordPress editing, website creation and marketing. I plan on investing a lot in myself by acquiring new skills and landing new gigs.

    What you have from this journey: Well, if I find success, you have motivation and potential resource of good information. But I won't be looking back on who reads it or if anyone supports me. The main reason why I have started this journey is because I want to document what I do. I plan on investing 7-10 hours a day into my online ventures, I will be tracking everything with my Toggl timer and I will be writing what I did each day. Basically, I will be summing my work-day here on this platform so feel free to follow. I will be writing my first update even today!
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 2
  2. abkr08

    abkr08 Registered Member

    Joined:
    May 26, 2016
    Messages:
    97
    Likes Received:
    16
    Wish you all the best mate. I wish I have the time and resources to start earning online
     
  3. Jared255

    Jared255 Jr. Executive VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

    Joined:
    May 10, 2009
    Messages:
    2,004
    Likes Received:
    1,902
    Location:
    Boston, MA
    Good luck. Looks like a solid plan to me
     
  4. Gosocials

    Gosocials Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2014
    Messages:
    3,029
    Likes Received:
    305
    Occupation:
    Living Through Internet
    Location:
    Your Heart
    Home Page:
  5. Ilicfreelance

    Ilicfreelance Newbie

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2015
    Messages:
    37
    Likes Received:
    7
    Gender:
    Male
    Had no time to update my journey yesterday, but I will still give an update of what I did now. Basically, it doesn't seem like a lot of work but more of a brainstorming, reading and absorbing new information. I have decided that, instead of one, I will create two Upwork accounts and that is what I did yesterday. I have filled both accounts with information, portfolio etc. You are probably wondering why I did it and how, since that is against Upwork TOS.

    Well, screw Upwork. I have created one account that is related to my name, my country and my personal information. Since I am not a native English speaker and I do not have any reviews, I realized that I am going to have tough time landing any gigs. I decided to create one more account, which is branded to an american name, so I can double my chances of getting a job over there. Also, if anything happens with one account (I receive a bad review because of a foolish buyer), I still have other one to keep working.

    I know that is against Upwork TOS, but don't judge, this is a blackhat world after all. Just a little heads up for everyone hiring on Upwork. Just because someone has an account with an american username, it doesn't mean you are hiring a real native English speaker. :D

    People usually judge me because I come from a strange place they never heard off, so I am having troubles landing a good gig with a nice paycheck. This is why I have to fool the system.

    Anyway, I did a lot of research on Fiverr, and I have decided to put it on hold for now. I realized that without an investment in paid reviews, I will be having too much trouble getting some customers. And what I know from my previous experiences, people see new sellers with no reviews at all and decide to take advantage. They usually order a gig, receive work and then threaten the seller to leave a bad review if they don't cancel the order. Of course, every new seller decides to cancel it because doing work for free is better than having chances of landing more gigs destroyed.

    Good news: I have received some offers from my previous clients as I have announced that I am back in the business. Those are the clients with whom I worked for a few months, and now I am negotiating for a new opportunity to work for them. Hopefully, something good will come out from this.

    In total, I have invested around 6 hours yesterday into my IM venture- mostly preparing the ground, reading, absorbing and brainstorming new ideas.

    Back to today's work.
     
  6. Ilicfreelance

    Ilicfreelance Newbie

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2015
    Messages:
    37
    Likes Received:
    7
    Gender:
    Male
    Thanks to everyone for nice wishes, and for all of you who are following this journey. I hope that you will find it as exciting as I do.
     
  7. Sombrero

    Sombrero Senior Member

    Joined:
    Feb 28, 2011
    Messages:
    1,176
    Likes Received:
    995
    Occupation:
    August 26th
    Location:
    T-Mobile Arena
    $10,000 at 18? Are you Charles Floate's cousin? I made $156 when I was 15. Nice accomplish eh!
     
  8. Anonymously

    Anonymously Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

    Joined:
    Apr 23, 2016
    Messages:
    410
    Likes Received:
    119
    Home Page:
    With your level of English, you can easily make $500-$1000/month from Fiverr alone. Make several accounts on there from different IP's and offer any type of writing services. Writing reviews, articles, SEO posts, proofreading texts. Do some research and post 40-50 gigs across 10 accounts.

    Be original and put up some nice pictures on Fiverr. Even better, post videos of yourself.

    Invest the money that you earn into a passive income website. Drop shipping for example.

    Goodluck.
     
  9. Ilicfreelance

    Ilicfreelance Newbie

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2015
    Messages:
    37
    Likes Received:
    7
    Gender:
    Male
    Update 2:

    Hello guys

    Quick update. I have been finishing some stuff around school for the last 24-48 hours so I haven't been really focused on IM venture. Hopefully, I will be able to dedicate more time once I finish everything around high school. I have been negotiating a deal with one of my previous clients and I have managed to score a $1,000 deal for a month of marketing work. This is great news, he sent me money over Paypal and I should be receiving my payment shortly.

    I also realized how much Paypal sucks for sellers. I got into 21 day waiting period for no obvious reason other than protecting the buyer. I think this is a stupid rule since he has more protection than I do. However, I managed to convince the buyer to put confirmation on the order and cut 21 days waiting period to only 3 days, which is okay.

    Regarding other work, I haven't really invested too much time into anything, so no results for now. I am still considering what to do with Fiverr, whether to start with or without an investment, what gigs, how many accounts, how many paid reviews etc.

    Anyway, I will make the decision in the next couple of days. BTW, I won't be investing this money into my IM venture. I need money to keep food on my table and roof over my head and this $1,000 I will be receiving will only be dedicated to paying bills, food etc.

    Earnings: $1,000
     
  10. Ilicfreelance

    Ilicfreelance Newbie

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2015
    Messages:
    37
    Likes Received:
    7
    Gender:
    Male
    Thanks for the tips, but I still need to improve my English to a certain level, I do not believe it is as good as it should be. However, I can still sell some services. Have you ever managed a Fiverr business? If you start 40-50 gigs across 10 accounts, you will be receiving huge amount of work. How to complete that many orders alone? I cannot invest more than 8-10 hours of work each day, and I certainly cannot write more than 4k-5k words a day. This would mean that I would need a content spinner if I want to complete more orders, but the quality of the orders will suffer. And I am also not sure how the buyers will react to receiving crappy spun content.


    Any tips on that maybe?
     
  11. Ilicfreelance

    Ilicfreelance Newbie

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2015
    Messages:
    37
    Likes Received:
    7
    Gender:
    Male
    That is too much?? The $10,000 previously mentioned is spread out through 4 years of freelancing. If you look at it differently, it is only around $200 a month. Quite lame if you ask me. It could be way higher, if I knew what I was doing and had more confidence and guts to invest it.

    Who the fu'k is Charles Floate?
     
  12. Pavlo178

    Pavlo178 Regular Member

    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2016
    Messages:
    254
    Likes Received:
    68
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Web
    19 y.o here just starting out ! Good luck bro i wish you success
     
  13. Vlad D

    Vlad D BANNED BANNED

    Joined:
    Apr 21, 2016
    Messages:
    280
    Likes Received:
    127
    Good luck with your jurney mate , make some money and invest them in passive income .

    Are you from Romania?
     
  14. Anonymously

    Anonymously Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

    Joined:
    Apr 23, 2016
    Messages:
    410
    Likes Received:
    119
    Home Page:
    I've done some Fiverr a few years back. 40-50 gigs won't get you that much work at first. You think people will start ordering immediately after you publish your gig, but that's not the case. You should be happy if you get to work 8-10 hours a day with this method. A lot of your gigs will end up in limbo.

    Your can always improve your English, but your current English proficiency is good enough for most Fiverr standards.
     
  15. Jared255

    Jared255 Jr. Executive VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

    Joined:
    May 10, 2009
    Messages:
    2,004
    Likes Received:
    1,902
    Location:
    Boston, MA
    Hey just sent you a PM. May have some work for you on my personal projects.

    Jared
     
  16. Ilicfreelance

    Ilicfreelance Newbie

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2015
    Messages:
    37
    Likes Received:
    7
    Gender:
    Male
    Thanks mate, good piece of advice, that is what I have been planning. It won't be easy.

    No, I am not from Romania, though I have heard that there are plenty of members on this forum coming from Romania.
     
  17. Ilicfreelance

    Ilicfreelance Newbie

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2015
    Messages:
    37
    Likes Received:
    7
    Gender:
    Male
    I have answered your PM mate.
     
  18. Ilicfreelance

    Ilicfreelance Newbie

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2015
    Messages:
    37
    Likes Received:
    7
    Gender:
    Male
    Good for you mate!

    If you want to connect, send me your skype username and maybe we can share some experiences.
     
    • Thanks Thanks x 1
  19. Monsterer

    Monsterer Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

    Joined:
    Nov 26, 2015
    Messages:
    1,236
    Likes Received:
    224
    Gender:
    Male
    Good luck mate young talents are always welcome anywhere great to go mate.
     
  20. Ilicfreelance

    Ilicfreelance Newbie

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2015
    Messages:
    37
    Likes Received:
    7
    Gender:
    Male
    Update 3:

    Not a lot to update actually, just want to keep a regular stream of updates no matter what. I have definitely decided to pursue Fiverr more and I will be starting a business there in the next couple of days. I made a decision, I have brainstormed couple of ideas for the gigs, I need a solid plan now which I will be creating today and I am ready to start. It won't be easy but nothing worth in life comes easy anyway, so I just have to do what I have to do. Honestly, I am optimistic about making a good business there so let's see.

    I have also started applying for some jobs on Upwork from my american account and I am getting some positive responses. Still, without any reviews on my account, I am not the client's first choice. I will not quit or get discouraged, just have to make some changes in the pricing in order to attract a couple of positive reviews first. Will see how that goes too.

    I had my graduation party in the mean time, we had a blast.

    That will be all for now.