“Fiverr isn’t the most lucrative thing you can do with your time, but it’s also something that requires no specialized skills, aside from the ability to read, write, and think.”
– Matt Forney, Writing for Peanuts
[Note: At the end of today’s post are the rules for a special contest that I’m hosting. You might want to check them out.]
I once spent a Friday evening writing articles about anal fissures and how to treat them. After cranking out half a dozen articles on all kinds on anus related aliments I went to a bar. At the bar a girl asked me what I did for a living. “Write stuff for things,” was my response. She ended up flipping out with excitement over the fact that I was a “professional writer.”
I use that event as an analogy whenever people ask what my job is like. College kids who work at the mall and middle aged men who work in cubicles always imagine that monetized writing is some kind of magical occupation. Like I spend every night going out for cocktails and rubbing elbows with celebrities and artists. In reality I just pen mundane articles for foreign businessmen. It’s office work without Tacky Tie Tuesday.
Writing for Peanuts: How to Make Easy Money on Fiverr perfectly captures this spirit. It’s a great guide to making money online, and probably the most practical and honest work that I’ve read in a long time. There are no grandiose claims, or “clever hacks.” The book is a straight forward blueprint for making money.
As someone who makes two thirds of their monthly income off of Fiverr, I can honestly say that the monetary methods laid out in Writing for Peanuts actually work. Additionally, all of the book’s ideas are very easy to implement and can turn a profit with hours. As Forney explains:
“The first thing you need to know about SEO writing is that your personal expertise is irrelevant. You’re not being hired for your knowledge, you’re being hired because you can sit at your computer long enough to pound out a 500-word article without passing out.”
When it comes to expectations, Fiverr sets the bar rather low. As such, it’s a great place to learn the basics of online freelancing. Writing for Peanuts does an outstanding job laying out the means to capitalize off the site’s easiness, while also capturing the frustrations that accompany such simple work.
I highly encourage any aspiring entrepreneurs to pick up a copy of Writing for Peanuts. It’s inexpensive and can pay for itself within hours.
Also, because I’m a nice guy, I’ve bought a gift copy of the book and will sending it to one lucky reader. Leave a comment below in order to participate, the drawing will be held tomorrow.