Freelancing with YouTube, WordPress, Upwork, and Fiverr!

Jerry Banfield, Teaches 84 Skillshare Classes

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    • Thank you for taking this course! What value do you get out of it?

    • What have I done freelancing online that qualifies me to teach this course?

    • How this course is structured for your maximum benefit.

    • What I do online keeps changing and where you can find me stays the same.

    • Show people what you can do on your YouTube channel.

    • What is WordPress and how am I using it?

    • What is Upwork and how am I using it?

    • What is Fiverr and how am I using it?

    • Making social media and freelancing profiles that match your name.

    • Get to know yourself by answering some questions and finding your passion.

    • Why are you working? What are you working for?

    • What have you done recently in your life for fun?

    • What would you do if you had enough money to do it?

    • What would you be willing to do for 20 years?

    • What do you hate doing?

    • What experience do you already have online?

    • How does what you like to do match with why you do it and what people need?

    • What can you do for someone else that would really help them?

    • What problems are other people having now that you could solve?

    • What can you learn that is an in demand skill?

    • Where can you most effectively contact the exact right person you could help?

    • How are people used to paying for products or services related to your offering?

    • Assume you will get no clients and customers to start and be grateful for leads.

    • Attract new clients effortlessly instead of depending on promotion.

    • Instead of being frustrated, appreciate your free time and use it to learn.

    • Having clients and customers brings its own set of limitations.

    • Use your freetime to build a YouTube channel, WordPress website, and more!

    • YouTube is the easiest place to get organic search traffic which is gold.

    • Timing is everything in life. Get found on YouTube at the right time.

    • 0 to 1 video uploaded is the biggest step on YouTube.

    • Talking head videos are the easiest to make and a great way to start.

    • Screen capture tutorials are the foundation of my success on YouTube.

    • Consistency is the key to making a great YouTube channel!

    • I started out with WordPress and am still using it today.

    • Follow the instructions of your hosting provider to get WordPress installed.

    • Get a custom URL that never needs to change such as your first and last name.

    • Managed WordPress hosting is the lowest cost and most effective.

    • Meet the WordPress admin dashboard.

    • WordPress is easy to use with a theme you like.

    • How and why to make a child theme in WordPress.

    • What are pages and posts in WordPress?

    • How do you add plugins to WordPress and why use them?

    • How do you download a backup copy of your WordPress website?

    • Widgets in WordPress for addons in the sidebar, header, and footer.

    • On page SEO is very easy to do with the free Yoast SEO plugin.

    • Adding a user to your WordPress website and building your future.

    • What is Upwork and how can you use it?

    • What I am doing on Upwork today and what opportunities you might have.

    • Upwork is a good place to get to know the talents you have.

    • If you want to get hired on Upwork, put time and effort into your profile.

    • A great Upwork profile headline has exact skills and attracts attention.

    • I find and hire freelancers on Upwork based primarily on the skills listed.

    • I hire people with the understanding that I cannot predict their performance.

    • How to look for jobs on Upwork and sort into exactly which ones you want.

    • The key is matching what you offer with what you apply for.

    • Jobs with real work to be done on an ongoing basis are ideal.

    • How to make an impressive job application in 10 minutes.

    • Avoid posting or applying for jobs people cannot do themselves.

    • Avoid working with nightmare clients or being a nightmare client.

    • The pace on Upwork is slow. Avoid jobs needing to be done fast.

    • Getting the first job successfully is the hardest thing to do on Upwork.

    • What is Fiverr and what can you do with it?

    • What am I doing today on Fiverr and what opportunities might you have?

    • The 80/20 principle on Fiverr for power buyers and power sellers.

    • Buy and sell on Fiverr for maximum learning and earning.

    • Buying gigs on Fiverr. Find a gig to help you with Fiverr.

    • Searching for the right gig on Fiverr can take time. Here are a few tips.

    • If you want to buy a lot of gigs on Fiverr, put everything in the first message.

    • Selling successfully on Fiverr. Learn from top sellers to get started.

    • Most orders are likely to come from the same person.

    • Selling on Fiverr. Creating your first or next gig is the biggest step.

    • Managing and editing your Fiverr gigs for the most sales.

    • Create as many gigs as you can to start.

    • I think the perfect gig to sell is a feedback gig or a copy and paste gig.

    • Always accept offers to cancel and make one if there is a big problem.

    • Leveling up as a seller just takes time and experience.

    • You never know which order will result in 20 more orders.

    • Avoid fighting any battles on Fiverr because it is just not worth your time.

    • What is not allowed on Fiverr? Check the general terms and high rating gigs.

    • Having clients and customers is like dating. You both need to get what you need.

    • Going from 0 to 1 client is the biggest difference.

    • Fewer clients that love you is better than a lot of clients that like you.

    • Forget scaling until you enjoy what you are doing and do it well.

    • Expect to start out slow and consistently grow over time.

    • Trust is built by admitting mistakes, having patience, and being fair.

    • The easiest way to scale is with a deep client relationship.

    • How you act in the rest of your life will be reflected in your work online.


About This Class

You can learn to work successfully as a freelancer online using WordPress, YouTube, Upwork, and Fiverr by taking this course! Freelancing online is the best thing that has ever happened to my career because I now have the freedom to work anywhere and anytime using my WordPress website, YouTube channel, Upwork profile, and Fiverr gigs.

You can use this course to build a complete system that works for you today to get started and advance your work as a freelancer online based on what is working for me today. If you want to get an hourly job you can work online that pays more than what you are doing right now, you might find the Upwork section of the course very helpful. If you immediately want to have something to show for your work online, you might enjoy learning how you can make your first $20 fast using Fiverr gigs. If you want a business system where clients find you and all you have to do is show what you do on your website and on YouTube, the WordPress and YouTube sections will powerfully combine for you the way they do for me!

If you are hiring freelancers to grow your business online or you are serving clients now, you can use this course to build a system for quickly hiring freelancers to help you! I have hired hundreds of people on Upwork and spent $5,000+ on Fiverr buying gigs to allow me to spend more time doing the most valuable work. I have managed hundreds of clients and learned the hard way what works and what does not work to scale a freelancing business online.

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Jerry is an incredible teacher and the perfect mentor for work life in the 21st century. Highly suggested and two thumbs up! Thanks, Jerry!
I really enjoyed this class. It's an eye opener if you want to get started. He explains how you can improve your business and yourself at the same time by making simple changes. This is a really good course.





Jerry Banfield

Teaches 84 Skillshare Classes

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How did you get here with me?

In 2005 while I was in college at the University of South Carolina, I tried to start working online. I signed up for an MLM program and a survey website. A month later, I had refunds from both and figured working online was not possible because everything was a scam. The truth was I was afraid to fail again.

In 2011, I moved in with my wife and launched an online business focusing on video game addiction in an attempt to avoid dealing with any of my other problems. In a few months, I changed my business to selling shirts because I realized there was no money in video game addiction. A year after starting my business, I dropped out of my criminology PHD program at the University of South Florida to run my business full time which by then had changed to helping clients with Facebook and Google ads based on my experience failing to do them successfully for myself.

In 2013, I starting sharing everything I knew for free on YouTube because I hoped it would help me get more clients. By April 2014, I was nearly bankrupt after failing at 15+ different business models. I was also nearly dead from trying to drink the pain away and fortunately the fear of death motivated me to get into recovery. Being in recovery motivated me to focus more on being of true service to others and less on what I would get out of it. I started making courses online with Udemy which soon turned into my first real business. I partnered with as many talented instructors as I could and learned from top instructors how to get my courses the most sales.

In 2015, I tried making some inspirational videos sharing what I learned in recovery and got an amazing response on YouTube. To make the background on my videos more interesting, I started making the inspirational videos while playing video games. To make a more helpful website, I hired a freelancer to convert the videos into blog posts including this about page originally.

By 2016, the Udemy courses I was teaching had made nearly $2 million dollars in sales with me receiving over $600,000 of that before they banned me because of what they said were policy violations despite me literally praying to God to follow the rules and being obsessed with following the policies. To make that $600,000, Google, Facebook, and contractors billed around $400,000 leaving me with about $200,000. Then, the US government took over $60,000 and the companies I borrowed money from in 2014 to avoid going out of business took another $50,000. After five years in business and even with great fortune on Udemy which made up for 4 years of losses, I am still barely able to pay my bills and have none of the security of a “real job” despite working 10 times more than I have ever worked anywhere else.

My story is not unique at all. This is the story of nearly every artist. We love actors, singers, and even teachers like me so much. Skillshare and Patreon offer an amazing opportunities to change this by giving you the chance to help me directly with the money you might spend with me another way.

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Thank you for reading this and I hope you enjoy my classes!


Jerry Banfield

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