If you have bad mental health issues like I have, earning your own money can be fraught with problems. If you choose to go down the employer route, you face the problem of days off sick and stress. Plus, if you are in a customer-facing role, the stress can be terrible for your health. In one of my previous articles, I showed you the ten least stressful jobs you can have to earn yourself a living.
Today I will expand upon that list and show you how to create a business from scratch. I’ll choose the writing job to start with, and I will show you how you can work for yourself by writing for others. I’ll keep the costs low so that if you are on a severely reduced income for mental health, you should be able to pull together the resources to make this work.
If you find your savings are next to zero, the first place I will suggest to earn some money is a survey site called Qmee. You can earn enough from this site over the course of a couple of months to pay for hosting your own website. I actually bought a domain name and hosting using this method, so I know it works.
Just click the link and sign up, and you will have the option to answer surveys, they give you a selection every day, and you only need to get your earnings to £3 to withdraw. Compared to some survey sites, this is really good. Plus, when you join, you get 50p for joining as I have shared my referrers fee with you, so we both get 50p each. Not bad for a start towards your own business.
[AF] Visit Qmee
Make Some Adverts
Before you even spend any money and while you are in the midst of doing surveys. And when you have some free time, you need to make some adverts. You will need to join Fiverr, my number one choice for selling your writing services.
Once again, making these adverts will be free, providing you don’t use any of the paid graphics on a site called Canva. They have various templates you can use to make an advertising banner.
They may not be the most elegant adverts in the world, but they stand out, and that is what you need to do. Go and check Fiverr out and look in the writing and translations section. Note what the top writer’s adverts look like and those selling a huge amount of writing. Base your design on those, or use one of my designs above, but really if everyone does that then, you won’t stand out enough.
[AF] So the two places you need to go now are:
Have a play around with Canva, it’s quite a fun past-time and do your research on Fiverr, it will pay off in the end.
Becoming A Seller
So far, all you’ve spent is some time. No stress, just answering some questions and playing with the graphics of your new adverts.
We are still staying away from buying anything because you need to put those adverts to work and join Fiverr. When you join to be a seller, you will be asked to fill in your details, and you will sit a grammar and spelling test at the end. If I can pass it with my bad grammar, then you can too. This will be the most stressful part of the process. The test will take about twenty minutes.
Now I’ve prewarned you about that part because you need to work out what services you need to offer first. I’ve listed several below.
- Blog Posts
- Product Descriptions
- Landing Pages
- Social Media Profiles
- About Pages
- Transcription Services
It would help if you could specialise in an area. For example, you might be excellent when it comes to social media to sell social media articles, or you might be knowledgeable of various countries you have visited, you could be a travel writer. Whatever your speciality, use that; nothing is out of bounds. If you are a gamer, then promote yourself as a gaming article writer.
Once you have worked out your niche, you can finalise your advert(s) and do an advert for each service you want to sell.
Filling Out Your Details
As I’ve said previously, you need to add your details, it is all straightforward, and you should have no problems setting up your first job. If you are unsure, look at other writers sales pitches and see what they are offering.
Now because you will be brand new, you will ideally offer one of your services for cheap, to gain a good review or two.
So we’ll forget about the money you want to earn so far, you need to get your foot in the door. I suggest the best place to start is with product descriptions and selling ten descriptions or more for a fiver; if you are a quick typist, you can add more for the fiver price.
Once again, check out the going rate on those sellers who are already selling so you can estimate what your ultimate aim will be. But for now, sell cheap; you need good reviews. This is your currency on Fiverr, as with all sales online today, it is the reviews that will sell your service.
If you have a few family members willing to give you a helping hand, get them to buy your cheap service and leave a review. Once you get up to ten reviews, you can increase your prices by the service’s going rate. Compared to other sellers on Fiverr.
You also want to share your seller’s page on social media. Do this at least seven to eight times per day. The best time for doing so is between afternoon and evening. Although this is not fixed, you will discover which option is best for you.
Use a URL shortener where you can measure the click-through rate from social media. I use Cuttly; I shorten my link URL and past the shortened version in social media, and then look back at Cuttly and see how many clicks have happened.
On Fiverr, you will see how many people viewed your job, so you want to keep an eye on these stats to work out when the best time for promotion is. In theory, weekends should not be that good, but you will be surprised at the number of people searching for writers on their days off.
Now Fiverr is different from other job sites as you advertise your job. On other sites, you bid for a job the customer wants. The choice of what you prefer will depend entirely upon you. But it is a good idea to spread your writing services far and wide.
Where Else to Sell Your Writing Services
I’ve listed 5 places you can also sell your writing services. I will warn you these are bid sites. It may be stressful when you are applying as you will see numerous other writers bidding for the same job, and it can be disheartening if you are not chosen. This is why I suggested Fiverr because you only interact with the customer who wants your service unless you choose to bid on a job.
There are some other places to consider: content providers who use writers like you and me, they don’t pay that great, but it is an income. And if you type speedily and accurately, they are worth joining.
Hopefully, you can see that without spending any money, you can start your own business. Now you can stop here, and that is fine, but if you want to take it further, then read on below and find out how you can set up your own website and gain your own writing jobs from customers visiting your website.
Create Your Own Writing Service Website
After a month or so, you should have saved enough money from your Qmee survey work, and your other efforts are beginning to pay off with Fiverr. Now we will take it one step further and get yourself a website and have a professional home on the web.
I could give you a list of all the hosting companies I recommend as there is quite a few, but I’ll give you the one to keep it simple, and it is the one I use. It is called Webhosting UK, and you can get a domain name and monthly hosting for a low price.
Ideally, when choosing a domain name, go for your own; if it is taken, you can try shortening your name as I did or add the word online or your country to the domain name. The domain name will cost you £7.99 at the time of writing, and that is the price for the whole year.
The hosting will be monthly, and you can buy it for the small price of around £1.50 per month. Cheap as chips, well I think chips are more expensive. When you buy, you want to choose the WordPress Hosting service, and if you have ever used WordPress before, you know how straightforward it is to use it.
[AF] Visit Webhosting UK
There are plenty of tutorials out there regarding this website platform, so I don’t need to add to that, but I will leave a couple of links if you have never used it before.
You can pay for your hosting and domain through your Qmee earnings, and if you continue to use it, you can pay for your hosting until you can start earning money from your website.
Once you have built your website, you need to promote; we’ll discuss that in the next section.
Marketing Your Writing Website
Now I’m going to let you into the sneaky little trick, well it’s not that sneaky, but it’s a great way you can earn enough money to pay other people to promote your website.
On Canva and Fiverr, in your settings, you will see a refer a friend link. This link is your buddy when it comes to paying for your promotional services. You will need this link to add it to your social media posts; you will earn money for rewards for Canva or Fiverr, or both.
If you have some artistic skill, I would suggest using Canva to provide a service in designing logos for clients through Fiverr. You will promote Canva on your social media so you can gain credits towards premium content. You can then add to your gigs on Fiverr, a logo design service. It is that simple.
Now to pay for your services, you can use the money gained from logo design, or you can promote your Fiverr “refer a friend” link and gain funds to buy a service from a link builder or SEO expert, and it won’t cost you a penny.
All it will cost is your time and patience, and it will take a bit of time to promote your site, so it is found easier in the search engine results.
I always pay for marketing as I do not have the patience for it, and so I use Fiverr to promote this website.
It will take about three to six months to see visitors grow on your website, but in the meantime, you also need to be promoting it on your social media accounts, alongside your Canva and Fiverr refer a friend links.
Within three to six months, you will have a writing business, and it will have cost you less than £10 and from freeish money. Yes, it has cost you your time but really and truthfully what I have suggested can be done while watching a favourite TV series.
The stress factor is highest with the Fiverr test and if you choose to use bid sites. But with a bit of savviness, you can be your own boss, and if your current income is stopping you, I have shown how you can achieve it for next to nothing.
I will continue the series of jobs for those with mental illness, and my next one will be about a dog walking business.
I wish you all the good fortune in the world.
Peace and Blessings x