Working online is becoming the new norm in Kenya not only for supplemental income but as Main Income.
The question that I get asked a lot is how to get started working online. I find it amusing so I answer jokingly like: yourself, a laptop and internet. And people are like no we don’t get it still.
Because I want to chase them fast I say,” Go and sign on Upwork.com”. And when they don’t get accepted, they give up and move on. They tell me online world isn’t just for them no matter what.
In this article, you’ll learn:
A). HOW TO GET STARTED
I). The tools you need
II). If you really need freelancing sites.
III). How to never get scammed and what to do if you have been scammed.
IV). What and who you need to know? No, there is no tribalism or nepotism stories here.
B). THE TIPS
I). You will meet topics like:
1. Why resilience is the best online teacher,
2. How to monetise the skills you have in different ways and
3. Having fun at what you are doing.
I). THE TOOLS
Internet Connection for Google search
Patience and Hard-work. Nothing else, nothing much.
II). DO YOU NEED FREELANCING SITES
Not in this day and age, not.
When I started working online, I was overwhelmed by the info that was provided in various sites – I’m an info junkie.
I ended up on Freelancer.com which quite frankly I abhorred and made me lose hope.
Bidding sites as is the norm with freelancing sites can overwhelm you. The highest bidder, in this case, the one with the lowest asking price (yes, no it’s never a fair auction), gets CHOSEN.
And those with a star of painfully intimidating rating like five stars, GET THE JOB.
Mostly, you’ll hear, ”Take heart, don’t give up”. Who doesn’t want to when bills have to paid monthly or weekly or yearly? Take heart? Common on now!.
III). HOW TO NEVER GET SCAMMED AND WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE.
Surely, who doesn’t want money they sweated for after a long day’s worth of work? Online world is like the dating relationships online, my oh my, employers are pretentiously hiding behind their computer keyboards typing away and looking for newbies.
Newbies to steal their money from that money being sweat or your articles to go resell at a higher price to the highest bidder, oh, before paying you.
1.Never take a job that sounds, ”too good to be true”. If you’re not born a natural psychologist, ask online or reach me on email. Let me research for you, I’m an info junkie. SIGN UP FOR MY EMAIL NEWSLETTER TO GET UPDATES ON SCAMS
2. If you have signed up on a freelancing site and your employer says, ”Can we finish out of the site, RRRUUUUUNNNN and never look back.
3. Trust your guts if the employer is too fishy or is offering a deal too good to be true.
4. Stop checking in sites which tell you that making money online in Kenya or the world is easy, because sweethearts, that is not the easiest thing to do. Not to discourage you, but it takes work.
TIP: That’s why my topic is fishy today and we hop onto the tips.
10 TIPS FOR BECOMING AN OVERNIGHT SUCCESS WORKING ONLINE IN KENYA 2018
- THERE’S NOTHING CALLED, ”OVERNIGHT SUCCESS IN ONLINE WORK OR EVEN LUCK”.
Working online is the bestest thing you can ever do to your family and as a mother, you get to stay home with your children (like I do) and work. Actually, it’s the most challenging thing to do.
As it involves a lot of commitment, sacrifice and hard-work. But which work doesn’t, show me so I can run to it.
So who said you can become Overnight?
This is what you must realise:
Once you have chosen to work online, there’s no going back.
Online work is addictive and you have to figure a way to make it work.
There’s no joking involved and kids sometimes, have to have a sitter or you work the wee hours of the morning or stay very late into the night, just to make it happen.
Online work is just like work, you know a job, just that there is some flexibility to it, you’re working from home.
Sorry if you thought you’re going to be in your pyjamas the whole day, sorry. You have to shower, make up yourself, look presentable, have a clutter free desk while balancing the jobs at home.
I mean, it’s not exactly overnight, overnight will come when you keep reading on and implementing these strategies.
2. FREELANCING SITES AREN’T THE ONLY WAY TO EARN MONEY ONLINE.
Yes, I said it. I’m not fond of Upwork, no wonder my profile was dismissed. I went there to check how to revamp it, after an year and found it, GONE.
And I thought, good riddance. So, you ask, how else if not freelancing sites? Those are the only ways I have heard about?.
- Friends and family.
- Social Media: Twitter
- Facebook Groups,
- LinkedIn. Are you getting intrigued?
- Commenting on blog posts like this one
- Guest blogging
- Job Boards
Yes, Social Media is used very evilly in Kenya, to insult and attack but you can use it positively to enhance your business, online career and life.
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3. YOU’LL SACRIFICE, GET SCAMMED, TOIL, CRY, LAUGH AT HOW FOOLISH YOU’RE AND STILL GET A DISMALLY LOOKING PAYCHECK.
I can’t claim to be success but I’m proud of what I have learnt online for these past almost ten years. Yes, it’s been long but I hid myself. Now, it’s time to share my successes and things which have become a learning angle.
I have cried those nights when I have been told that my writing sucked and sounds like middle school poetry(exaggeration), simplistic.
My English Professor said,
‘‘Prolific writers aren’t with lingo dedicated to prolific readers, instead they use simple English language that you and I understand”. Thank you Dr. Sharp.
Imagine checking a medical website to find a cure for headache and you find something like:
Would you continue reading or rush to buy a medical dictionary or browse away and check something simple like simple home cures for headaches?
I got so discouraged after that iWriter remark. Surely, I wasn’t hardened.
I got a job as a Mandazi seller as I kept checking elsewhere. Bidding site employers have a right to insult you, by the way, indirectly.
NEVER NEVER GIVE UP.
This journey isn’t easy and it isn’t hard either once you have figured out what you want to do and where to go and how to connect.
4. WHAT REALLY IS ONLINE WORK?
I defined working online as, ‘‘Finding a job online”.
That’s how we define it and that’s why we’re not making it online.
If it’s a job we just do to get by, can’t you see the probability and possibility of loving it is just not there?
I have had to twerk my meaning of ONLINE WORK TO:
”Flexible fun inclusive work, job that enables me explore my God-given talent and abilities while helping me create employment for others”.
As time goes by, I keep changing my definition but this is my latest.
5. MONETISE YOUR TALENT, SKILLS AND ABILITIES.
Work inside of work. You have a day job but sell mandazis and tea at the same day job.
Earning double or triple from the same job takes a lot of talent and enthusiasm for the job.
So, if you don’t want to live from paycheck to paycheck or on one salary, it’s not possible in this economy to survive on one income, no matter how good, is it now?
You’re a writer but a six figure worker on Upwork, clients are looking for you. How do you use this influence to create more income?
- Create courses on writing and online world.
- Create YouTube Tutorials about writing or becoming a six figure writer (Yes, YouTube does make money).
- Write a book.
- Develop webinars and seminars to not only promote your work but to sell or encourage more writers.
- Start and monetise a blog (the hardest thing by far, I have ever had to learn).
- Create an agency for writers employ newbies.
See, one writing career is making you have six channels to make more money and increase your income from six figure to 10 figure, now who doesn’t want that?
6. CREATE VALUE, IMPACT POSTS LIKE THIS ONE.
If you have a blog, I recommend checking my next series on starting a blog that will pay you (monetising). Don’t just start a blog, write impact words and sentiments on it, give value.
Don’t copy someone else’s work because copycats never last long in this industry either.
How do you get copy to write powerful blog posts?
a). Read a lost,
b). Check what people are sharing online about online work.
c). Listen when they speak and you’ll hear their frustrations.
d). Be yourself and learn as you go.
7. HAVE PASSION, DRIVE, RESILIENCE, DETERMINATION TO SUCCEED, DRIVE, FIGHT AND NEVER GIVE UP.
Yes, I’m also a motivational speaker and love to read those books though not very much. Make sure you don’t appear and reappear like I do in my work. Make sure you follow through your dreams, like I am going to here.
Successful people fight the fight to the end of the world. They engage their five senses and embrace failure and change to become what they are.
Successful people never give up and always believe in themselves when others have lost hope.
And you’ll always know it was meant to be when you keep going to it.
Choose your passion accordingly and not just to make you get money. Or you can follow the money and get the passion as you go.
8. HAVE FUN OOOO
Na wa oooo , if you come here to work, work and work you will suffer burn out.
Burn out means you hate the job, you’re simply sick and tired and want to quit. If you end up feeling like this, kindly take a break and forget work for a while.
Take a vacation, man. It’s not about work without fun, you’re going to be a dull boy.
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9. CONNECT TO YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA FANS LIKE A CELEBRITY.
How can you make it in this freelancing world without your social media fans? I didn’t know this.
In fact, I went underworld when I first began. I didn’t want people to know I have involved myself in this ”idle” world of sitting before my laptop and writing the whole day.
I should have done this, simply go to @indomitable_ger on Twitter or Okore Gertrude on Facebook online, formed a group to encourage me as I go so that we can uplift each other.
I love being introverted it comes with being very guarded and maintaining a very high class level of privacy. Which can become detrimental to achievement.
Be as loud as you can by letting people know what you’re doing.
That’s a way of self promotion. Yes as long as it’s not being too self absorbed, people are intrigued by other’s lives, now, CASH ON IT.
10. SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCES AND WHAT YOU LEARNT OR HAVE LEARNT OR THINK WILL LEARN.
Kindly share with us how you got started online working or are you planning to get started?
I have a YouTube channel that is all about beginner’s where sewing is the main focus. Sewing opened my eyes.
And in sharing you show others that we have to begin from somewhere and agree to put in the hard-work and that nothing comes easy.
We only rest in death and even so, the living will never forget how awesome we were. So, share and don’t hesitate to share.
11. IF YOU DON’T LIKE LEARNING, YOU WON’T MAKE A DIME.
Tell a Kenyan to read something to better their lives and it’s suicide.
If you enjoy the learning curve of the online world, well, welcome.
You’ll have to learn:
c) Virtual Assisting.
No, I’m kidding, you have to be open minded to learn and grasp as fast as you can as you move on.
Woooow…. time to allow you to speak to me please.
Ask, as many questions as possible.
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