Week 2 of the Wanderlust Workers program will hopefully be as big of a game changer for you as it was for me. This is the week where I’m going to teach you everything I know about freelance jobs, and how you can get one in order to earn money to travel, AND while you travel!
When I first discovered how much online freelance work there is, I felt like I had found a goldmine. I’ve always been the type to work quickly on my own pace, and solve problems instead of complaining or just dealing with them, and most of all, think outside of the box.
So to solve the problem of sucking at working in an office under someone else’s routine, I created my own routine which consisted of working several completely unrelated freelance jobs, whenever I wanted. Now, the key statement there is “whenever I wanted”, because that’s usually the part that most people have a hard time doing.
No one actually wants to do work that they don’t love doing, which is why most people need a boss or someone to tell them what and when they need to be doing doing something. Well guess what? You are never going to find a boss or someone to tell you to keep working so you can save money to travel. If you really want to do it, you’re going to have to do that shit on your own.
I’m not saying quit your day job to be a struggling freelancer like I was initially; I’m saying that you can utilize the extra time you spend scrolling through Facebook when you’re bored, or watching lame TV shows at night, to pick up a little extra work online to earn cash for your travel fund.
I used to work up to ten freelance jobs, most of which I had absolutely 0 interest in, but knew I was capable of doing, even if it meant I had to Google how to do them. My degree is in Biology, I had no prior training or experience in writing, SEO, PR, or social media, yet I made most of my money doing all of those things by taking the time to learn about them, and taking the risk of applying for new jobs.
To be completely honest with you, the reason why I was chosen for most of those freelance jobs, was because I wrote a really strong, passionate email, pretty much begging for the job. Instead of saying, “Oh I can’t do that”, I thought, “Hmm, yeah I can probably figure that out”, and I never once turned down a job because the pay wasn’t good enough.
So all of that being said, there are several things that are going to go into getting in the mindset to find another job, applying yourself, and committing to the work. This process is going to be ongoing, so what’s most important is that you learn the steps first, that way you can keep applying them over time. So in an effort to organize the process, I’m going to break it down into daily tasks so you don’t get too overwhelmed.
OH!!! And most importantly for my international friends; these opportunities for freelance work are available to you as well!!! There is no limitation on where you need to be to complete freelance work since it’s all remote, all that matters is that you get it done by your deadlines! This same concept works for anyone in the U.S.; you don’t need to only apply for jobs in your area, you can apply to them anywhere in the world!
Many people have a hard time just blatantly answering this, so to help you figure it out, I’m going to ask you to spend your free time (if any) just scrolling through the list of freelance websites I’ll give you.
Many of the skills do not require a special degree or training, and are things you probably do regularly that you didn’t even know was considered an asset to someone else. Get the mentality that no matter what you are good at, someone else in the world is not, and is willing to pay you to be good at it for them.
Start perusing the listings, and paying attention to the categories that are listed, and write down which ones you are good at, or even just capable of doing. Also take a look at what tasks the listings are asking for, and what you can easily get done in your spare time.
Save or write down the listings that sound interesting or like something you’d be able to do as well. You can copy and paste the link and write down some notes on what the job was for, and how much it paid.
For all of you aspiring travel bloggers – being a professional, full-time travel blogger requires you to be an expert at content writing, editing, SEO, marketing, PR, and social media, so there’s 6 categories of skills you can start looking into right there, all of which will help improve your own techniques.
Oh and a side note: I wrote blogs, content, and social media for other people for more than 2 years before I could finally profit from only doing it for myself. That’s how I figured out on my own how to become successful at it.
IF YOU HAVE TIME & ARE READY: Submit to a few freelance jobs that were listed on last Thursday, Friday, or over the weekend…your pitch will appear at the top.
After you figure out what skills you have (or could have), you now get to do the tedious, annoying, time consuming task of creating a bomb ass resume and introductory pitch. The goal here is not to be boring and generic.
You need to convince people who you’ve never met before that you’d be PERFECT to do their job…even if you aren’t. If you aren’t so good at writing, then compensate for it with an appealing format and design.
Don’t worry, you don’t need to be creative at all to make a cool looking resume, I’ve got you covered with a little secret I like to call Canva.
It might take a couple hours to figure it out and get used to it, but if you can learn how to use it, you’ll find it’s an extremely valuable tool to have for pretty much anything that you do. Oh and if you get really good at it, there’s a chance I might just hire you myself just to make Pinterest pins for me in your spare time! …or at least someone will because that’s definitely one of the freelance gig descriptions on Fiverr.com.
The pitch is going to differ with each freelance job you apply for, but nonetheless it should keep the theme of sounding like you’re awesome, while simultaneously remembering to “stay humble and hopeful”.
DON’T brag or be obnoxious. But also don’t beg.
DO sound like you know your shit, and like you’re utterly grateful that someone is offering the opportunity for you to be paid to use your amazing skills.
IF YOU HAVE TIME submit to a couple freelance job listings that were posted TODAY.
So now that you have your mindset ready to work your little booty off to travel, and are hopefully getting pumped about getting paid to work from your laptop, it’s time to put it all together and actually apply for the jobs. WOW, that was one long run-on sentence! Anyone here good at editing content?!
Anyway, this can get a little time consuming, but only if you do it the correct way….and you WANT to do it the correct way! The correct way is personalizing your pitch for each freelance job or gig that you apply for.
Make the company or person who is hiring feels like you took the time to look into their brand, and consider how you can help them achieve what they are asking for. Don’t just mass submit to jobs…it’s VERY easy for business owners to tell who is just trying to make a quick buck from them.
That being said, you must always, always, ALWAYS remember to fully commit!! Don’t half ass anything, and don’t just do the work when it’s convenient for you. These are hard working (most of them anyway) people who are giving their money to you, so show that you deserve it by doing an awesome job! I’ve gotten actual promotions and raises, not to mention incredible experience and references just by going out of my way to submit great work for my freelance clients!
I will be creating a separate mega-list of all Freelance job sites, but in an effort to not overwhelm you at first, I’m going to start with the ones that I personally have gotten gigs from, and gotten paid from:
Your 5 freelance jobs that you applied to on Wednesday are probably your top 5 picks of jobs you actually want. Today you’re going to apply for different freelance jobs that you may not think you’d really be great at or enjoy doing.
Why on Earth would you ever want to do that? Well, to be completely honest with you, this is going to be a learning exercise. I learned some of the most valuable skills that I use today by applying for and working for freelance jobs that I never knew I could (or would want to) do.
Here’s an extremely helpful hint: a lot of smart people want to hire people who want to learn. That way they can teach you, train you, and you can do exactly what it is they’re hiring for, which will ultimately benefit the shit out of you.
Sorrrryyyyyyy, I was going to give you all the day off, but then I remembered that I HATE Fridays…and weekends, because that’s when no one works! What’s the number one motto in this group? – “Dreams Don’t Work Unless You Do”.
BUT since most people are seriously not working, it’s usually not worth it to send emails on Fridays or weekends. What you CAN be doing, if you’re a little over-achiever like I am, is continue to investigate the types of freelance jobs people are looking for, and enhancing your awesome looking resume!