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Gumtree – Job Search Australia

Gumtree have launched a new classified job advertisement app for Australia. Straight from the horse’s mouth:

The Gumtree Jobs app makes it easier for you to find the job you’re looking for in and around your local community. With more than 40,000 job openings across Australia, you can search for part time, casual, contract and permanent jobs with ease.

Once you’ve created your profile, you can search and apply for jobs in seconds.

Get access to the following jobs:

– Part time
– Full time
– Hospitality
– Casual
– Retail
– Graduate
– Contract
– Freelancer & more

All you need for your Job search in Australia.

Download Gumtree Jobs today!

If you prefer using a computer or can’t squeeze in another app on your mobile device, check out their web version here.

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Get Started on Fiverr

This is part of a series of instructional articles about Fiverr.

Fiverr is a fantastic platform to help sell your skills in the online gig market. This post from Fiverr Best Seller mariokempes explains some of the basics of Fiverr and gives a few pointers for anyone looking to get started on the site.

 

People have been saying that you can make money online via many different platforms such as blogging, affiliate networks, and online shops. The problem with all those platforms is that it takes quite a while until you actually see a flow of income into your bank account, and this is where Fiverr comes in.

Unlike other online ventures, Fiverr is an almost instant way to make money without the hassles of creating a website, spending money on domain and hosting services, making hundreds of posts on blogs, or even signing up for the rights to display advertisements. Fiverr is a workplace for freelancers from all around the world who offer a great variety of services; from typical items such as writing blog posts, recording review videos, analyzing website performance, setting up WordPress sites and so on, to some slightly bizarre services like pranks and stunts. For beginners, the first thing to understand is that Fiverr is now a huge marketplace for online services so you have a lot of competition – not only in terms of quality but also price.

Although Fiverr has already set the basic price for one service (or Gig), there is a workaround to set your own basic fee. Let’s say you’re a blog post writer on Fiverr, and the basic price for one Gig is around $5; the good thing is that Fiverr does not limit the word count required to constitute ‘one article’. This means you can set the word count yourself – for example, you can set 250 words as your basic unit, or you could set it at 500 words to attract more potential buyers. Once you sign-up and explore the options, Fiverr also allows you to make more customizations to your service. In general, Fiverr makes an excellent representative for the Gig Economy.

It all sounds very simple indeed, but as you dive down into the real Fiverr atmosphere, the sheer number of freelancers and various specific demands from the buyers can be overwhelming. That being said, Fiverr gives all the options to make your Gig stand out from the crowd and improve your chances of having a steady flow of income. Here are some simple suggestions to get started.

The Profile

You need to create a concise summary for your profile. It should include your skillset, level of expertise, and any information catchy enough for potential buyers to notice. The most important thing is that you are honest about the profile; there is no need to brag about your competence or certification on certain skills if you cannot prove it in your works later. For example, if you claimed to be able to create quality video animation in 24 hours, you must understand that buyers expect you to deliver exactly as promised. Remember that there is always the possibility of having multiple orders at a time, so the best approach is to under promise yet over deliver. You can also use video for your Gig and feature it on the front page to get better exposure.

Getting Your First Orders

You can only start working on Fiverr once a buyer places an order for your Gig; this is where many sellers seem to get easily frustrated. It does take a lot of patience while you are waiting for the order to come in. After your profile and Gigs are set up, there isn’t really much to do but wait. Thankfully, Fiverr has a helpful section of the website called Buyer Requests. This is the place where buyers can send various requests attached with a set of specific requirements. Instead of looking for sellers who offer a particular service, the buyers choose to list their requests and let the sellers send offers. You don’t always get your offers accepted in Buyer Request section, but at least you have the chance to promote your Gigs more easily.

If needs be, you can send an offer for much lower than the standard price. If your standard Gig offers $5 for one piece of work, for example, you can try to send offer for two pieces of works at the price of one. It does involve more effort, but you can stop offering the discount once you feel comfortable without it.

Note: sometimes the requests have different parameters or requirements from the Gigs you actually have. As long as you can adjust for the difference, send your offers with a sample of your works if possible.

Ranking System

As I mentioned before, there is no need to lie about your profile. The entire success of your Fiverr venture is based on performance and buyers’ reviews. Getting 100% completed orders along with 100% of customer satisfaction rating is difficult, but at least you can try to get close to that. Especially for beginners, with presumably lower number of orders, getting the perfect rating is actually possible. When you are just starting, perhaps you only have two to three active orders; assuming you get all the jobs done and those buyers are all pleased, you have perfect scores for job completion and satisfaction level. This is your chance to capitalize on the achievement; share your profile on social media accounts to get more exposure.

Remember that there is always the possibility of having multiple orders at a time, so the best approach is to under promise yet over deliver.

Another good thing about Fiverr is that you have the option to allow buyers to complain about your works after the works have been delivered. This may not sound terrific at first, but it opens the door to keep the customers happy even when you did not manage to meet their expectations the first time. It applies to all Gigs. You can revise the completed works and get better reviews – in the end, buyers’ testimonies play major role to your success. Keep your customers happy!

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What is the Gig Economy?

gig economy
noun
a labour market characterised by the prevalence of short-term contracts or freelance work as opposed to permanent jobs
Oxford Dictionaries

In recent years there has been a considerable shift in the overall nature of work. Where previously almost every working person would find a job (or at least an industry/sector of work) for life, there is a rising trend towards temporary and short-term positions. In general, this represents a notable move away from certainty, security and stability in work.

While many find this prospect at least a little bit scary, it also brings many new opportunities and the potential for greater freedom, varietal and control in your work. The modern Gig Economy is fiercely competitive but presents extraordinary potential for success to those who seize their chances. Savvy entrepreneurs are the new CEOs and CFOs of their own lives. You don’t have to build up a bricks-and-mortar company or sacrifice your work-life balance to be your own boss.

“This on-demand, or so-called gig, economy is creating exciting economies and unleashing innovation. But it is also raising hard questions about workplace protections and what a good job will look like in the future.”

Hillary Clinton

To realise success in the Gig Economy, you need to first understand what it is and how it’s different from the way in which previous generations have worked and lived.

The rise of the Gig Economy is in large part a result of rapid advances in technology. In particular, the ubiquity of high-powered personal digital devices (i.e. smart phones) with constant global access to the internet has created a web of electronic marketplaces that never close. It’s easier than ever to establish yourself as an independent contractor and market your services directly to millions of potential customers.

To be continued…

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The Gig Shortlist

This list serves a quick starting point for the range of potential money-making avenues you can pursue. Which options are best for you will depend on your skills, resources, timeframe and location.

Each will eventually be discussed in a dedicated post but if you have a burning question then get in touch!

  • Monetised website or blog
  • Affiliate marketing
  • Sell things
  • Online trading
  • Share economy
  • Airbnb
  • Pet sitting, dog walking
  • Surveys
  • Internet use
  • Writing
  • Editing
  • Graphic design
  • Art
  • Photography
  • Teaching, tutoring
  • Sewing and alterations
  • Consulting
  • Transcription
  • IT support
  • Data entry
  • Telemarketing
  • Leaflet distributing
  • Personal assistant
  • Drive (e.g. Uber, Lyft)
  • Product testing
  • Fundraising
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Gig Platforms

Think of something you can do – absolutely anything – and chances are there’s someone out there who is willing to pay you money to do it.

Do you personally know that person? Probably not.

Fortunately, there are numerous platforms out there to help connect you with them (and all their likeminded friends). Here’s a list of the sites and apps that can help you earn extra cash:

Marketplaces

Gigs

 

We are continually growing this list. Want something added? Let us know!