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My Offline Skills For Online Use?

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by jexie, Nov 30, 2014.

  1. jexie

    jexie Registered Member

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    For the last 5 years, I've done Website Content & Data Entry. I have have enough success for it to be a side-job, but never been able to take it to the next level & make it a full-time business. The main problem for me is that these services never have huge-payouts, and it's very competitive.

    Without sounding pompous, I would say I'm an expert in Customer Service, Collections, Insurance, Finance (mortgage, loans, debt mgmt, etc.).

    So, I was hoping to get the community's input on how I could utilize those skills and make something viable online? oDesk & elance do have the opportunity, but again it's competitive and almost every job I put a bid on, ultimately lost it to a cheap outsource (surprise, surprise).

    I've been told to start an authority-site & brand focusing on my expertise, esp. the insurance niche.

    Any advice?
     
  2. CyberAlien

    CyberAlien Regular Member

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    If you're interested in doing the same type of work but getting paid more, just keep doing what you're doing and building up reviews. 99% of projects on places like oDesk do get awarded to cheaper bids. However, there's always a few people looking for quality over price. It may take time to get selected for one of those jobs - but they're the ones you should be looking for.

    Remember, just a single job that pays hourly and has full-time work available will allow you to quit your job and make a full-time living online.
     
  3. emailextractions

    emailextractions Junior Member

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    I would suggest finding a core group of people that you work with continiously.
    We have many full time workers who are still freelancers but have an end less supply of work from us.
    They have good prices and do even better work, so we continue to use them and not always go for the cheaper options.
    This is the best way for you to get referrals.
     
  4. garfish

    garfish Newbie

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    data entry always require web research skills, dyou have do web research?
     
  5. hardybents

    hardybents Power Member

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    What can you do for insurance? I may have something for you.
     
  6. jexie

    jexie Registered Member

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    CyberAlien - thank, I'll keep that in mind.

    emailextractions - I use to manage my own writing service when I was in college. It was a great time, but a lot of my long-term connections got out of the business or just didn't need the content anymore. You are 100% correct though, it's crucial that I need to start rebuilding my network.

    garfish - I do have data entry experience, ~4+ years at the corporate level. Only issue is it's very low-paying & not the best way to utilize my time. I'm all ears if anyone knows
     
  7. jexie

    jexie Registered Member

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    I don't have any licensing, but my work experience is ins. tracking, resolving claims and deductibles. Also, have experience with all types of ins. & have worked with both personal and commercial. Pretty comprehensive understanding from all aspects of insurance.