53: How to Earn Your First $1000 as a Freelancer

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In this edition of The Side Hustle Show, I’m joined by Cameron Rambert all the way from Melbourne Australia! He’s a freelance marketing strategist and the founder of DigitalMined.com, a growing resource for struggling freelancers.

We talk about how aspiring side hustlers can get started earning their first dollars outside of their day job as freelancers — and I agree — freelancing is one of the fastest ways to make more money.

If you’re looking for a guide to kick off your freelancing side hustle or for ways to take your freelancing to the next level, this is the episode for you.

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  • How to decide what skill you can sell.
  • The value of being hyper-specific about your service.
  • The best platform to set up shop on to reach the broadest audience of potential customers.
  • How higher prices can be a powerful point of differentiation.
  • Best practices for your profile and description to attract clients and make it look like you’ve been in business for a long time.
  • How to overcome the issue of having zero work history or feedback.
  • What kind of jobs to look for when you’re just starting out.
  • Cameron’s #1 tip for Side Hustle Nation.


“Make up in volume what you lack in (perceived) competence.”

In other words, hustle!


What do you think? Have you tried scoring freelance clients on Elance or oDesk? What service could you offer?

Let me know! I’m curious to test it out myself and see what happens.

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Nick Loper

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Nick Loper is a side hustle expert who loves helping people earn more money and start businesses they care about. He hosts the award-winning Side Hustle Show, where he's interviewed over 500 successful entrepreneurs, and is the bestselling author of Buy Buttons, The Side Hustle, and $1,000 100 Ways.

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4 thoughts on “53: How to Earn Your First $1000 as a Freelancer”

  1. Haven’t been able to listen to the podcast yet but have had some success using oDesk. The challenge is to weed-out the lowest paying opportunities. I’ve only landed a couple of consulting contracts on there, but have gone for project-based rather than hourly with 50% up-front due to the type of work I’ve been doing that is often developing solutions off-line.
    It can be frustrating (depending on your field/expertise) trying to identify the clients that are willing to pay more than $5/hour, but they are out there.

    • Roger, you’re smart to go after the project work. Successful people look for opportunities to get paid BEFORE they deliver, as opposed to the way employees (unfortunately) work where they do all the work first and then get paid 2 weeks later.

  2. Hey Roger, It is really necessary to decide what you are good at. If you are doing something you are good at but you don’t like it, you may have to do it for the rest of your life. So, you better love what you do.


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