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Why Every Creative Entrepreneur Should Take Creative Live Classes

Why Every Creative Entrepreneur Should Take Creative Live Classes

Finding inexpensive resources and classes that are actually worth your while, and do not leave you feeling like you have been ripped off, are hard to find. Some classes offered to newbie marketers, and entrepreneurs try to talk you into spending a lot of money upfront, enticing you that only through them can you learn the ins-and-outs of online business.

No matter if you are a creative person, with a crafting business, an artist, wanting to monetize your creations, or a small business owner, who is looking to increase their abilities on social media, Creative Live has an inexpensive, and comprehensive class for you.

Classes are available in the following categories: 

  1. Photo & Video
  2. Art & Design
  3. Music & Audio
  4. Craft & Maker
  5. Money & Life

There are plenty of classes available to choose from in each of these categories. Also, via special offers, bundles, and promotions, it is easy to save quite a bit on the individual courses, which is especially wonderful when you are on a tight budget, or are new to the platform, and want to learn more without a pricey commitment.

Each course is given in video format by a very qualified instructor in their field, ranging from Lawyers to established entrepreneurs, bloggers and creative professionals. Courses often include printable resources, but that is up to the individual instructor, as well as the subject matter. You have the option to download your purchased courses or stream them on your PC or mobile device.

What I also love about the courses is that you have the opportunity to upload your coursework, sharing with other students and the instructors what you have learned throughout the given course. I like to see what other students have shared, and often find that an inspiration for my own work, or progress.

Creative Live” also offers a daily live stream of classes. If you want to get a feel for the classes offered without spending any money, you can easily watch an entire class or a section of a class live throughout the day. The website makes it easy to see which courses are scheduled to be broadcasted when, and from which instructor.

My favorite courses so far – from the ones I have taken were on Social Media Graphics, as well as on Pinterest Marketing. I will be sharing with you a detailed review of these particular classes soon, so you can see if they are a great fit for you and your business needs.

Here are some examples of classes offered throughout this month:

  1. Sell More With Instagram by Sue B. Zimmerman
  2. How Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers Master Productivity by Tim Ferriss 
  3. Effective Email And Newsletter Marketing by Jeff Goins
  4. How To Create Digital Products That Sell While You Sleep by April Bowles-Olin 
  5. Optimize Your Online Store by Andrea Ayers 

 

I am happy that I chose to purchase some of these courses, and will continue to get more courses as they come up. With this ever-growing content and the highly engaged instructors, I can only recommend Creative Live for the majority of your online business needs.

Bonus tip:

If you are completely new to the online business world but would love to learn more about how to get started, you can get my free one-on-one support. This personalized coaching is only available for a limited time, as I only want to make sure I am available for all of my clients, and only accessible for premium Wealthy Affiliate members signing up using this link!

Sign up for your free one-on-one coaching for Wealthy Affiliate members, today!

 

 

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EasyCash4Ads Review – Don’t Fall For This Cash Gifting Scheme

An acquaintance pointed out a program the other day to me, that sounded too good to be true. It was called EasyCash4Ads and he thought he found something amazing. So, as I good but skeptical friend,  I began to research the program.

Well, as usual, if something sounds too good to be true, then it usually is.

What is EasyCash4Ads?

EasyCash4Ads  talks about ad placement, and getting paid for placing ads on a sponsored site. In reality, it is a pretty simple scam, that poses as a MLM, but works like this.

  1. You pay 9 dollars to get into the program. Which I must say is pretty cheap
  2. You pay your sponsor 10 Dollars to place an ad. Still not very expensive. To be fair, they are not asking you to pay for anything else.
  3. Now you are supposed to wait for someone stupid enough to click on the add you placed, to pay the above 9 Dollars, and pay YOU THEIR SPONSOR 10 Dollars.
  4. There is no product, no service, no offer, just that.

Here is what I see wrong with this:

  1. You get essentially nothing for your 19 dollars.
  2. Your job is to try to trick other people into paying 19 dollars so that you can make 10. Basically, you are scamming people to fall for the same scam you fell for.
  3. This system is called cash-gifting, which is twelve steps worse than MLM, and I have my reservations about MLM businesses, and I will point out more about those in future posts.

What is Cash-Gifting?

In a nutshell, it is what is says it is – you give someone, a stranger, in this case, the person who ripped you off, money for no reason. That is what keeps it legal.

Now, I said legal, but not ethical.

There are plenty of affiliate programs out there, for marketers to sell real products, with real value. Two examples of that would be Wealthy Affiliate and 67Steps. You are actually receiving a product when you sign up – in both cases, well-thought-out educational content, that you can turn into marketable skills. EasyCash4Ads gives you nothing, absolutely nothing, but a wishful thinking that someone might see that link of yours, so you can give them no value either.

So this is my verdict:

EasyCash4Ads  is SCAM!

Now, I just have to break it to the above-mentioned friend.

What you should buy instead:

If you are looking to make money online, I have a few options, you might want to consider, before wasting your money on programs such as EasyCash4Ads

My legit suggestions:

  1. For visual and digital artists: sell your art on Zazzle and RedBubble.
  2. For those who want to learn Affiliate Marketing and make money with reputable companies, such as Amazon, Target, Walmart, and more, join Wealthy Affiliate
  3. For those who are trying to learn more about online business in general, but like the idea of earning discounted or free membership, check out the extensive course material on Fizzle

All three of these methods and many more which I review here are legit programs that offer actual products and services, bring value to you, and give you the opportunity make money as their affiliate partner.

If you want to know about those programs I mentioned, check out the following articles:

5 Tips To Get Started On Zazzle

5 Tips On Getting Started With RedBubble

How To Get The Most Out Of The Wealthy Affiliate Network

Fizzle

Fiercely Independent Blessings!

Claudia

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Choosing The Right Blogging Platform And Host For Your Blog – Blogging 101

Choosing The Right Blogging Platform And Host For You

Once you have chosen your niche your next most important decision when creating an affiliate marketing income is your blogging platform. There are many free and paid opportunities out there, each one of them having their own pro’s and con’s, which I want to highlight for you today.

Free Hosting Platforms

The following platforms are completely free and do not include the free versions of premium hosting services and platforms available.

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WordPress.com
This platform is not to be confused with wordpress.org, which needs a web host such as Siterubix, or Hostgator.  Wordpress.com offers responsive, yet basic free themes, as well as potential upgrades you can purchase – such as a  domain name, and premium themes. The downside is, that you can not add any plug-ins that are essential to monetizing your blog or site. This limits your ability to use this platform as a money making business and is therefore not a platform I suggest you should use.

Blogger
Blogger is similar to WordPress.com, as it is free, and allows you to upgrade your site for money. It is however, a little less restricted when it comes to making money. I don’t like the free themes available for Blogger as much as WordPress. They have a little bit of an “old school” feel to it, but you can change that with a little bit of coding knowledge. It is a decent place for a blog, but can not keep up with the more professional WordPress self-hosted sites, Shopify or even Wix

Related Post: How Book Bloggers Make Money

Paid Hosting Platform

Shopify
If you are looking to create an eCommerce site, Shopify is the best way to go. This platform is easy to turn into a responsive online shop and has visually pretty themes, that are easy to work with. You do not need to know anything about programming in order to set up your site, and the support is friendly and fast.

Weebly
While this website makes beautiful sites, it is not as effective in creating a responsive eCommerce site as Shopify. Yet, it is easy to use, with plenty of design options that make designing an individual unique site easy. No need to know anything about coding, unlike WordPress.org sites, you do not have to worry about installing your site, and the support is also very good, and always willing to help.

HostGator
One of my two favorite hosts for WordPress.org sites. Competitively priced, with great service, and plenty of potential add-ons, as well as the opportunity to buy domain names, domain emails, and other premium services. HostGator is the cheapest way to start building an effective WordPress.org site out there.

SiteRubix
SiteRubix is an all-inclusive webhosting service for WordPress.org sites. You can host up to 25 sites at a time, for one price, which also includes domain email, 24-hour site support and monitoring, free themes, and most importantly it  includes access to the Wealthy Affiliate Universities business building lessons. I host all of my sites there, simply because it makes economical sense, because I don’t have to purchase seperate services for each of my five websites. Not everyone needs this type of support, but I highly recommend this option for someone new to online marketing, or monetizing a blog.

Question: Which platform are you using currently for your blog/website? What are your favorite aspects of the platform you are using? Share your answers with the community below!

Fiercely Independent Blessings

Claudia

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Use Tumblr to Create Affiliate And eCommerce Sales: 5 Tips

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Is your target audience a millennial? Then you should not overlook the power of Tumblr to create affiliate commissions and eCommerce sales.
But in order to succeed on that platform, consider a few points, to effectively navigate on this unique platform.

1. Tumblr is a micro-blogging platform.
Essentially this means, you should not try to use it for long-form content, but rather create visual, short, and entertaining content that is easily shareable and grabs the attention of your reader instantly.

2. Tag your images properly
If you are still not using the alt tags on your images, you are doing yourself a disservice. This is even more important on a visual platform such as Tumblr. Always describe your images effectively in order for them to be picked up on Google images.

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3. Proper amount of tags
Like Instagram, there is an appropriate amount of tags to be used for each post. For twitter it is three, for Instagram it is up to 30, and in Tumblr, the perfect amount is 7 to 12 hashtags. Any amount above that is considered spam.

4. Choose your name wisely
Spend some time on deciding which name fits your brand the best, but also speaks to your audience. I highly suggest that you look through the most popular Tumblr, and see what types of names work best with the millennial audience. If you are not a part of that age group yourself, I also suggest that you should run the idea by a few millennial friends, or your do a survey on one of your social media platforms that mainly focuses on this age group in order to find the perfect name for your brand.

5. Connect emotionally
Your audience is not looking for a constant display of items they should be purchasing, but rather an emotional connection with your content. Make them care about what you write about the content you promote and most importantly make them care about your opinion. Give them a reason to choose to go to your Tumblr over all of the other ones out there. The best way to do that is to evoke strong emotions.

Ready to dive into the awesome world of affiliate marketing? Then join the amazing Wealthy Affiliate community for free today! You even get a 7-day-free premium membership when you sign up via this link.

Exclusive Offer! I mentor premium Wealthy Affiliate members via one-on-one coaching, via private messaging in the areas of eCommerce, affiliate marketing, social media marketing, creating a design business, print-on-demand business set up,  and Influencer marketing. This offer is ONLY available through Wealthy Affiliate for those who sign up for a premium membership via this EXCLUSIVE link. Get your first month for only 19 US $ – site hosting included!

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7 Reasons Wealthy Affiliate Is Not Just For Beginning Bloggers And Marketers

If you are new to Affiliate Marketing, Wealthy Affiliate is the premium education out there to assist you with getting started on your marketing journey. However, if you are not new to the marketing game, and already have some experience in blogging content creation and social media, Wealthy Affiliate is still a valuable platform that can help you grow your online income

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7 Reason Why Wealthy Affiliate Is Not Just For Beginners:

1. Excellent and reliable hosting for one price

Wealthy Affiliate offers reliable hosting opportunities for your WordPress Blogs. With superior customer service, reliable hosting, 24/7 monitoring, and daily backups it is one of the most comprehensive web host out there. In addition the Wealthy Affiliate Hosting offers:

email forwarding,
multiple free email addresses per site,
you can host more than 10 sites on this platform – included in the Wealthy Affiliate premium membership,
ability to transfer your domains – with support on how it is done,
ability to purchase
more domains in a competitive price

2. Community Support

You can ask questions via chat, or via classrooms, where other, more experienced members, as well as the owners of the site, take their time to answer whatever marketing, hosting, or other business related questions you might have. You can also use the blog feature to write about your success or questions, and again, you will find that other WA members are quick to respond to your successes and concerns.

3. Ability To Attend Weekly Webinars

Every Friday, a live webinar is available to join in. If you miss the webinar, it will be available on site indefinitely.

4. Great Affiliate Program

Wealthy Affiliate allows their members to receive a 50 % commission on any newly recruited member, with lifetime cookies.

5. Keyword Search Tool Included

WA also has a highly valuable keyword research tool and training on how to make the most out of keyword research. Improve your SEO, with just a few mouseclicks.

6. Advanced Training By Seasoned Marketers

Many seasoned marketers offer their own training modules, which in return are approved by the Wealthy Affiliate staff. You can take advantage of learning from those who have been on the platform for years and are very familiar with online marketing.

Some of the training modules available on Wealthy Affiliate right now are:

How To Get Heaps More Twitter Followers By Unfollowing
Things To Do After You Publish A Blog Post
3 Ways To Boost Your Affiliate Commission
7. Ability To Make Money Writing Training For Wealthy Affiliate

If you are an expert in a particular subject related to affiliate marketing, you can write training material for Wealthy Affiliate. Depending on the amount of traffic you receive on your training, you will get paid a commission for creating them.

You can test the Wealthy Affiliate membership for free for 7 Days right now, no obligation, or credit card necessary.

See you there!

Claudia

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Blogging 102: Blogging Challenges – Are They Worth Your Time?

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Over the last 5 years of blogging, I have participated in quite a few blogging challenges. At first, I only participated because they allowed me to connect with other bloggers, but after a while, I began to see the true value of these challenges.

Value of Blog Challenges

1. Connect with other bloggers in your niche.
It is easy to loose sight of what other bloggers are doing out there, in your niche, and by connecting with them via the link up of blogging challenges, you can get a better understanding of patterns, trends, and what is lacking in your particular niche.

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2. Trading comments
Many participants will leave comments on other linked up blogs, which is a great way to get comments to your blog, especially if your blog is new. Not only is that good for your SEO ranking, but a great comment is also a confidence booster.

3. Blogging Discipline
Participating in challenges, may it be those who you have to post once a month, or once a day for a whole month, give you an accountability partner(s) pushing you to blog more regularly and with a clear theme or purpose in mind. By making a commitment, and knowing that you have people who will actually come to your blog, following along with you on that commitment gives you an incentive to blog more often.

Related Blogging 102 Posts:
How Book Bloggers Make Money
Don’t Be Intimidated By Your Competition
Rework Your Old Content

4. Networking Opportunities
With all of the other participants out there, you might run into one or two whom you want to network further with, for things like guest blogging on each other’s blogs, or just for emotional support. Either way, the world of blogging can be a lonely one without these connections. Cherish them.

Here are some challenges I will be participating via my multiple blogs this year:

NaBloPoMo
The Nationational Blog Posting Month is held in November. This is not niche or theme specific, so it is open for everyone. Check out the Unofficial Guide to NaBloPoMo here.

The Ultimate Blog Challenge
Happens a few times throughout each year – January, April, July and October. This challenge comes with support, and a newsletter. You can sign up for it today – no worries, you are not too late, just begin whatever day you read this, and make a commitment from here on out

April A to Z Blogging Challenge
I have participated in this blogging challenge for three years now and will do it for the 4th year as well. This was the first challenge I have ever been a part off, and it is the one what got me hooked. Look for the sign-up-page in March.

Want to increase your Adsense Earnings? Then check out this valuable training from Wealthy Affiliate University Today!

Niche specific blog challenges:

There are niche specific challenges available as well. Most prevalent tend to be book blogging challenges. I am participating in the following challenges via my book blog Within The Pages Of A Book

NetGalley Challenge
Pagan Books Challenge
Review Writing Challenge

Question:
What blogging challenges have you been a part off? Did I miss one, that you think others would benefit from? Please leave a note in the comment section below.

Fiercely Independent Blessings

Claudia

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How To Turn Your Love For Handmade and Designer Items Into Affiliate Marketing Income

How Turn Your Love For Handmade and Designer Items Into Affiliate Marketing Income

Do you love shopping for interesting and unique items that are not from the big box stores, and have a little more personality? Then you are probably familiar with Etsy. What if I would tell you that you can use your love for the unique can make you on your blog?

Writing About What You Love

Blogging and affiliate marketing can be a lot of fun, especially if you write about what you love. Featuring items you already enjoy, and techniques you have a passion for, makes not only for a fun hobby but a legitimate way to make serious affiliate marketing income. Growing an online business takes time, but working on the subject matter you already have an affinity for makes the long hours a lot more rewarding.

Etsy As An Affiliate Marketing Opportunity

Etsy has a very good affiliate marketing program that allows you to create an income from writing about your favorite unique pieces. There is something for every niche.

  1. Organization bloggers can take advantage of the many sellers that have high quality planners and planner inserts, as well as custom designed binders and more.
  2. For health niches, fitness trackers, motivational posters and workout clothes are just a few choices you have.
  3. Sites with particular spiritual affiliation can find religious and inspirational items and gifts, such as mugs, cards,
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And these are just a handful of the opportunities that Etsy has to offer to an affiliate marketer. You can sign up for the Etsy Affiliate Program here.

But Etsy is not the only option for affiliate marketers who want to showcase the unique and handmade. Handmade By Amazon has high quality sellers who offer handmade items in the same niches as Etsy does while supporting individual designers. Handmade By Amazon is a part of the Amazon Affiliate Progam, so you do not need a separate affiliate account for them. Sign up for the Amazon Affiliate Program here

Not offering handmade items, but designs created by individuals, Zazzle And RedBubble also have affiliate programs, that allow you market their creative and often very unique content.

Find out more about these two programs in the following articles:
Get started with RedBubble
Get Started with Zazzle

How To Get Started In Affiliate Marketing:

If you already have a blog, you only have to sign up for the individual affiliate programs and add links, and banners to your site.

If you are new to blogging and online marketing, I suggest that you give Wealthy Affiliate University a try, where you will get free lessons on how to get started on Affiliate Marketing. After the free beginner lessons, you can decide if you want to upgrade to the premium membership, which gives you access to even more lessons, and free hosting (domain not included) for up to 25 wordpress sites.

If you however do not want to take advantage of the lessons, and are only looking for hosting, I highly recommend that you use the very reliable and inexpensive service of HostGator to host your WordPress blog.

Both of the above options allow you to purchase your domain, and offer secure and competend hosting services.

If you have any additional questions regarding affiliate marketing, or Wealthy Affiliate, leave me a comment below.

Fiercely Independent Blessings!

Claudia

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Blogging 102: Rework Your Old Content

Blogging 102: Rework Your Old Content

In order to maximize page views and with that your ability to maximize your potential to monetize your blog,  I find it wise to contemplate reworking your old content, especially the content that has in the past gained some interest with readers. One of the biggest mistakes a new blogger can make is to have the write it and forget it attitude and ignore this potential.

Some of these posts though might need some serious reworking. Links might no longer be functioning, the content might not be optimized to fit today’s reading habits, or your blogging goals have changed, and your content from 2 or 3 years ago does not fit into that picture.

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No worries, here are a few steps you can take in order to optimize the content and make it shareable again:

1. Does your blog post have a call to action?
Your call to action should reflect your current blogging goals, therefore you might want to change your previous CTA to fit your campaigns of today. Examples of effective CTA would be to ask people to share your content, to add a comment,  or follow a link to a related blog post. You can also ask people to subscribe if you are trying to grow your email list.

2. Images
Does your blog post have an image that is optimized to be shared on social media? Ideally, you have two images to share per post, one at the beginning, and one further into the content. Each of those images should have a solid description, as well as an ALT description that features the keywords you are trying to rank for. Make sure you are using a consistent style and font for all of your images, so that they are easily recognized as your brand. If you do not already have created a style guide for your blog and brand, do that before you optimize your images and posts.

3. Optimal formatting
Your blog posts should be easily scannable with multiple subheadlines, in complementing colors (see my thoughts on style guide above). While people appreciate a long-form content, it is much easier to read it if it is not written in a long blob of text. Enter bulletin points whenever necessary and possible, and break up the text by using images, as well as a click to tweet box.

4. Links
Add relevant affiliate links to your post, and check those you have already added to your content. If you have written relevant content since writing the old post, add a link to it.

Make it a habit reworking your content on a regular basis, in order to optimize your page views.

Question: What are your best tips for optimizing old blog content? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

Fiercely Independent Blessings

Claudia

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Blogging 102: Don’t Be Intimidated By Your Competition

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Yes, some of you are just starting out on this adventure that is monetizing your blog. At the same time, there are influencers, bloggers, marketing experts, and others who have a mass following, make waves on a regular basis, and seem to be able to do just about anything better than you and me, my friend.

Don’t Be Intimidated By Your Competition

You see, they all started where you are at the moment. At the beginning. No one starts at the top, even if you think they might have had a silver spoon handed to them – NO ONE STARTS AS A WINNER. No one.

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The difference between them and you is the following

1. they did not give up
2. they worked their you know what off
3. they worked some more
4. they did not allow others to stop them no matter what
5. they outworked the competition

It is not always talent that wins. So you are not the best writer in the world. Neither am I. It is often times those who have little talent but who outwork others with talent, who make it to the top.

Is it possible to outwork others? Sure it is. That is something you can control. You can control if you are going to take a chance, even if it might seem impossible to you right now.

Write the best copy you can think of.
Write better copy next time.
Apply for campaigns even if others who apply have more followers or more experience. Do it anyway.
And when you get accepted, give your best work.
Be willing to fail.
Learn.
Repeat.

Now get back to work.

Fiercely Independent Blessings

Claudia

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4 Things I Wish I Had Known Earlier About Outsourcing

4 Things I Wish I Had Known Earlier About Outsourcing

Are you overwhelmed with your everyday tasks that you have to stay on top upon in your online business?
If you are at the point where your business is making money, but the tasks you have to do every day, are getting more and more, it is time to think about outsourcing some of these tasks.

But how will you know what to outsource?

Here are a few tips on how to figure this out:
1. For at least one week list all of the tasks that you do every day for your business AND in your home.
Remember outsourcing does not necessarily mean that you just have to limit it to business tasks. Yo can also add things like grocery shopping and cleaning to the list of things you can hire someone to do for you. I personally have my grocery delivered at least once a week (more often when we lived in Florida because the services were better there than here in Las Vegas, especially for organic produce), and I have someone come in twice a week to clean. This frees up so much time!

2. Look for things on your list, that are so mundane anyone could do them, but they still have to be done.
These are the first tasks you should consider outsourcing. The easier the task, the more likely that the VA will do them correctly. No steep learning curve here.

3. Look at the list to find tasks you hate to do.
Are there items that you dread every day? For me, it was cleaning, and number two was formatting my blog posts. I love writing the articles, but formatting them, took more time than writing. Whatever it is, that you do not like, put that on your outsource list.

4. Look at the list to find tasks that you are not good at.
While it will cost you more money to hire someone to do specialized tasks, think of how long it would take you to learn it yourself. Your time is valuable, so you might not want to take the time to invest in lessons or course to get better at it.
One word of caution: You should at least know the basics of what you are outsourcing so that you can do a proper quality check. So learn the basics, and hire an expert for the rest.

 OutsourcingMy Favorite Outsourcing Platform:

Freelancer.com is by far my favorite outsourcing platform when it comes to tasks that require writing, design work, ebook covers, and editors. As a potential employer, you can post a job you need assistance with, and potential employees can answer with how much they will charge, and how long it will take them to complete the project. You can accept then the offer that sounds best to you. Freelancer has high-quality people working through their platform, but their expertise vary greatly, so make sure that you do not choose someone just based on their price, but also on their experience. You can check out Freelancer.com by clicking this link.

I hope this little guide helped you to know when to outsource your next project or task. Freeing your time to do the most profitable tasks that only you can do, makes a lot of financial sense, as you are now able to use this time freely to do what you do best.

Good luck on your journey!

Blessings

Claudia

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