The internet is taking a large print in the world’s economy
and the lives of people and especially Kenyans. Online writing in Kenya is
growing daily and has become quite common among unemployed youth. Kenyan
writers have been recognized all over the world because of their competency and
their quality of work. Many Kenyans have started looking for alternative ways
to increase their financial inflows, especially during this global pandemic.
These have resulted in the formation of various platforms where one can do work
online from the comfort of their homes.
<p><b>Kenyan writers have been recognized all over the world because of their competency and their quality of work. </b></p><p><b>Many Kenyans have started looking for alternative ways to increase their financial inflows, especially during this global pandemic.</b></p>
However, as many, as there are platforms providing people
with a means to increase their sources of income, one needs to be really
careful about what platforms you enroll yourself in for work. Some of these
platforms are created by fraudsters who want you to do work for free or to
steal your money by multiple paid subscriptions. It is crucial to enroll in a
certified and trusted platform since you will be required to trust them with
private information such as your mobile and bank details.
There are various skills that are highly marketable in
online working. Some of these skills include academic writing, affiliate
marketing, copywriting, surveys, transcribing, virtual assistance, translating,
online tutoring, web designing, and article writing. These jobs are easy to do
and most often require little or no skills.
Once you decide on what skill and service to offer, the next
step is to look for a trusted site. There are many sites on the internet for
freelancers, and some of them include Upwork, Fiverr, and Freelancer.com.
Upwork is currently the best freelancing website. It was
created when oDesk merged with Elance. This website is very professional,
usable, and profitable. It is a top-rated site, and many Kenyan freelancers
have earned a shilling or two here. The payment on Upwork is very good because
most freelancers who are consistent and deliver high-quality work are paid
between 50USD to 200USD for 500 words. The amount of money paid depends on your
contract and the experience you have.
The first step to take on Upwork is to create a professional
profile that you then submit for approval. After your profile has been
approved, you are required to verify your account whereby you get into a video
call with someone from the Upwork team and, after which your account is
Once your profile is approved, you are able to get jobs.
Upwork is a bidding site whereby the clients post a job description on the
site, and the freelancers send proposals to be reviewed by the client. One job
post can get up to a hundred proposals from different freelancers, so it is
your job as a freelancer to make your proposal as appealing as possible.
In order for you to send a proposal, you are required to
have a certain number of connects. These connects are purchased on the site,
and most jobs require a maximum of two connects in order to send in a proposal.
These connects are relatively cheap, and you can get a hundred connects for
Once a client approves your proposal, they immediately set a
contract with you and deposit the money to be paid in an escrow system. This
guarantees your payment 100%. The payment is later released by the client to
the freelancer upon the completion of the task given. Payments on Upwork are
made through PayPal and can be transferred to your Mpesa account after two
Fiverr is another trusted site. This site requires you to
first create a professional account. Once your profile is up, you are now
required to create a gig. A gig is essentially you showcasing your service.
Each gig usually describes a specific task that will be completed in exchange
for a set price. The best part about this site is that your gig completely
persuades the buyers to make a purchase of your service without you having to
talk to them. Your gig is what markets you. There are many categories of what
to sell on this site, so if you feel confused, you can visit the Fiverr’s
category list to get some inspiration. Some of the gigs that really pay on
Fiverr include SEO audits, user testing, and creating blog content. Fiverr has
a seller level, which determines the number of gigs you can set up and the
quantities for your gig deliverables.
As for the gigs, what makes them appeal to your clients
first is the gig image. This image should be eye-catching, look professional,
and reflect the services you are offering. After setting up your gig, it is
advisable to check what your competitors are offering, especially the
bestselling ones, in order to find out what kind of services you need to offer
to make your gig popular and to also find out if there are any gig extras you
can offer that they have not offered.
This website seems weird at first, but it does pay well and
promptly. Most freelancers on this site earn about 100USD per week. Fiverr does
not require any educational certifications in order for you to be a seller, so
it is basically available to anyone who has the knowledge and ability to work
on the services they have to offer.
Freelancer.com is another site where clients can hire
freelancers to work in a huge range of categories. It is quite similar to
Upwork because it also offers a bidding system. When joining this site, you are
given a writer’s exam, which qualifies you to become a freelancer on the site.
After passing the exam, you are required to make a professional profile and
create an account. It offers free accounts and paid accounts.
A freelancer on this site is only able to do eight projects
in a period of one month before they are required to upgrade to the paid
Freelancer.com also has an escrow system whereby a client is
required to deposit payment immediately after establishing a contract with a
freelancer. The money is available to the freelancer after completion of the
project. The payment is made available to the freelancer through PayPal.
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