You know, I’ve been doing online work for just over a decade now and I have had plenty of people ask me how I do it, how it works (etc). I used to give florid answers but they never did anything.
Not everyone is cut out for freelance work. I’ve heard all the excuses, but at the end of the day, they want the “glam” freelancing lifestyle without any of the numerous pitfalls–and of course, it does take a while to get established. And what if you have no obviously marketable skills, and you’re not particularly well-versed in marketing your softer skills? By which I mean maybe you can’t code, write, paint or do SEO, but you can play guitar and have a talent for teaching it. Or perhaps you’re really good at problem-solving. It’s all about the marketing, but that’s a lot of work when you’re used to turning up at the office and doing whatever the boss wants that particular day.
I’ve never had a salary, but I imagine it must be nice having that secure, set amount of $$$ come in every month/bi-weekly/whatever. I’d rather have an erratic pay packet and freedom to live where I want, charge what I want, and work when I want though. That lure isn’t strong enough for a lot of people, along with the fact that on Day 1 of visiting freelance sites they’re going to see the lowballing going on and assume that’s it.
I’ve told them how to be smart making the transition re: strategies from dealing with it, but again, it boils down to that thing: work. I don’t blame anyone if they don’t want to work evenings on their own freelance business part time after a long day at their IRL job, but sacrifices do need to be made…
Fiverr’s the same, BUT it’s a good place to start up, simply because there’s no goddamn bidding. But nobody likes the whole $5 deal. I didn’t either, and I only joined in 2013 when I realized the actual potential. It took a couple of years to fulfill that potential.
It’s that couple of years that puts everyone off. Their loss, our gain.