My Online Career Started When I Created a Website
I left that shitty corporate employment years ago. I created a website. Dang! I became a top-rated freelancer. Until, I teach people how to freelance.
Creating a website
Creating a website is just like building your house on a solid foundation. Buy a piece of land. Build your own home. You can either make your own plan or hire an architect.
When you want to have a strong foundation on the web, you need to buy your domain name and get self-hosting space. Create it yourself or hire somebody to do it for you.
It’s rewarding when you create a website your own way. As you go along, you can acquire website skills that your traditional school didn’t teach you. You can even offer that skill to your client. Make it a point that you are comfortable in doing so.
I have written a piece about How to Create a WordPress Blog. I hope this helps you along your journey.
How I started my online career
My online career started when I created a website. I didn’t think about making money out of it. But-tah, that’s true. It was just like having fun along the way. Instead of watching television, I write topics I love. Somebody told me to write content with the use of SlideShare. I tried it with five presentations. SlideShare is great.
I even created a post about my heartbreak. It’s too much publicity in my end. I saved as draft and deleted. 🙂 Do not follow my heartbreak topic, anyway. Lol! It’s just telling you that I was once like you — that there are moment when nothing comes out of my mind on what to write about. Whatever it is, I have enjoyed creating my website. It’s like playing in an obstacle race.
How to write a blog post
You have to understand your audience. Your blog post is for them. Write a topic that is solution based. You can read more about how to write a blog post here: How to Write a Blog Post: A Bookmarkable Formula + 5 Free Blog Post Templates.
Talking about skills
I decided to go and enhance my oDesk (Upwork now). I took skill tests where I passed and some I failed. My Upwork portfolio section is my website where clients can look up. It’s simple as that. Does it look complicated?
Talking about skills. I didn’t know anything yet. That’s why I enrolled to online courses like that of Rob’s course. My favorite is WordPress: Beginner Website Creation & Web Design, No Coding.
My first client is a software developer, US-based. The tasks look like this:
Be a Twitter Ghost Builder. Engage with my Twitter audience. Create a private list for key influencer on Hootsuite. Look for key influencer and direct message them.
Isn’t it daunting? It is! My nerve wrack. Oh my! This is tricky! I told my client that I don’t know anything about it. He gave some tips and the rest was mine to study. We’ve made it to a 6-month contract. He gave a perfect feedback. Thank you Joe!
Here’s for those who private message me about how to keep their Upwork up? Forget it first. Present yourself with a blog by creating a website.
Some more tips:
- Build a strong foundation online by creating your website
- Gift yourself with a paid hosting
- Don’t take it too hard to create and customize your website
- Manage to learn awesome tools in the web
What have I missed? Take one step at a time. It’s gonna be okay. Please let me know if you have any questions by commenting below.