The Earning Gap
It is all well and good for me and all these other people at Wealthy Affiliate to say, “It can be done!”
The program at WA doesn’t offer or promise a quick turn-around on earnings. In fact, many people go a few months before they make a dime in profit. That gap has to be filled with some form of income, or most of us will be posting our content and building pages from the library wi-fi.
The question then becomes, HOW? As a freelancer, independent contractor or home-based worker, how do you get yourself out there and land those gigs?
The online job market has exploded in the last decade, and while there are enough scams to shake a stick at, if you look closely, actual real paying jobs are there for the taking. Let’s look at a few places where you can find them.
Yes, I know. Don’t click away, yet. Hear me out.
One of the first places I ever saw that offered actual jobs with steady, living wage pay is Legitimate Work at Home Sources and Links.
This is a closed group on Facebook, and they keep a database full of home-based jobs and gigs. Joining is by invitation, but you can submit a request to join from the page if you wish.
Biz-ops and affiliate programs are not allowed here. All you will find are jobs that pay, people looking for those jobs, and people helping others find those jobs. Some do not pay well (penny work, I call them), and others are very specific about what they will pay for. Either way, work can be found here. I found 3 WAH jobs here and a slew of side gigs. It’s worth a click and see.
Rat Race Rebellion
Another excellent resource for finding work from home is Rat Race Rebellion. I found two gigs I wanted to apply to while I was looking over the site for this post. Yes, it is that good. I have personally landed several gigs from here, and they offer a daily email to keep you in the know about what’s available.
In addition to offering jobs, RRR reports on scams and gives a heads-up about possible shysters out there looking to take advantage of your desire to work at home.
RRR recently launched a course called How To Find a Work From Home Job or Gig in 30 Days or Less. I haven’t taken it, but they offer a 30-day money back guarantee, and it is given by one of the site founders, Chris Durst. As the work from home world continues to grow, any edge you can gain to make yourself more marketable is a good investment. The course is reasonably priced at $49.00, which is the same as the monthly Premium at Wealthy Affiliate.
You may not know this, but Indeed.com also posts work from home jobs regularly. You do have to search under the specific keyword, and they will send you daily emails. Sometimes, the gigs are not as tailored as I would like, but it is worth going through the listings to see if there is anything in there that may suit you.
You can narrow the search to your local area, but as a freelancer or independent contractor, location is rarely important. Most jobs on any board specifically list hiring regions, states, or cities, so you don’t waste time applying for a job in California when they are only hiring workers in the Midwest.
An upside to Indeed is that they help you create and post a resume that you can then use to apply to jobs on the site. It saves a lot of time and makes the process of filling out applications a bit less tedious.
You can save jobs to a list and research salaries and reviews on hundreds of companies. The reviews usually come from current or past employees and can be an excellent resource to help gauge whether the company will be a good fit for you.
Lastly, based on jobs you look at, apply to or save, Indeed will serve up jobs that might be a good fit for you. It helps save time going through the non-WAH jobs to find the WAH jobs, and it can help you focus your search in the areas that are most likely to land that gig.
#WAHLife vs #WageLife
So, some may be wondering, “I thought you were about that #WAHLife, not #WageLife.”
True, so true. Realistically, we cannot sit back and put all of our bills on hold while we build our business at Wealthy Affiliate – as awesome as that would be. I have talked to people who have the will to allow their quality of life to suffer while they work on their dreams, and I take my hat off to them.
I am not about that life.
I want my bills paid. I like to eat. Hot water is very nice. I will die without central heat and air. The Internet is my lifeline, I love my car, and I like having Sling, Netflix and Amazon Prime at my fingertips. So, until my affiliate business at WA takes off, or my book sells, or I get that dream freelance writing job, I have to live #WageLife.
It’s a reality we all face, and one we have to accept as we embark on this journey to true financial freedom and security. It can be a long road, and it can be difficult to walk.
Don’t worry. I won’t leave you out here alone.
Until next time,