Working at home as a freelancer has its perks. Beyond the lax dress code you can save money on commuting, dry cleaning, lunches, etc. If you’ve found a great work at home gig, it can feel like you’ve hit the jackpot. If you’re a freelancer, you really don’t have just one boss and it can be liberating to be self-employed. A lot of freelancers find one big client to help pay the bulk of their expenses and extra clients are ‘gravy’ clients.
But is it save to work for one source?
If you’re a freelancer, you might consider diversifying your streams of income so you’re paid from more than one source. Or, do your best to get a contract. Freelance writers, freelance photographers, freelance web designers that get the bulk of their work from one client are in danger of being unemployed if they don’t have any type of work guarantee. Today could be payday and tomorrow could be the bread line if you’re not careful.
If freelancing and you have no guarantees of specific quantities of work from a big client, you need to diversify your income so that if there’s no chance of a contract and notice of any volume changes, you’ll be safe.
What if the big client eats up all your time?
If they keep you so busy you don’t have time for anyone else, do your best to put a buffer amount in savings and keep the pavement pounded regularly to watch for other jobs just in case.
Some clients don’t ever give you a contract and the work never runs out but if you’re not watchful, the rug could be quickly pulled out from under you and you could find yourself in trouble.
Budgeting, savings, a contingency plan and keeping up to date on available work at home jobs in your niche will all be helpful.
Have you seen websites that want you to join and get paid to sign up for offers? This post will tell you how GPT sites generally work.
Why do websites want to pay you to sign up for things?
There are two reasons:
- They make a commission bigger than what they’re paying you through affiliate marketing
- They keep you signing up for ages because there’s typically a minimum payout or a points program
Companies might offer $5 for every sale. A website like this will pay you $1 or $2 for signing up for something and they’ll pocket the balance. Generally these sites have listings of things like cd and dvd clubs, book clubs, online contests, survey websites, etc. and generally when you sign up for these sites you’re providing your personal details so that the owner of that offer plans to agressively target you for future campaigns. It’s something like giving you a free sample in the hopes you’ll buy something more expensive later.
Are paid offers worthwhile?
This depends on many factors including your own interest levels. They can be. It depends on how many offers are present that you really are interested in, how often more offers are added and it’ll depend on the payout level. If the payout level is low, you can find that you sign up for several offers and never get paid because you’ll never quite reach that magical payout level. Or, you could only hit it by signing up for things you’re less than interested in. You could find yourself on the receiving end of getting a very large amount of junk mail and spam. Before you sign up, you could look at how many offers listed would interest you and count up the rewards to see how close that would bring you to payout levels.
If you really want to earn by affiliate marketing, instead learn to be an affiliate marketer yourself. You can keep all the commissions, this way.