Reader’s note: As of the April of 2018, my profiles on Fiverr and Upwork have been discontinued. Individuals who need my services should visit the business website here.
It’s not a secret that the gig economy is growing exponentially and is only expected to increase as time goes forward.
While self-employment has been around in numerous forms for decades, starting a company was done by entrepreneurs who had some capital to invest. You started out with a bank account, business license, industry-specific permits, consulting with attorneys for any relevant labor laws, and potentially an accountant. Depending on the size and scope of your business, you might take out some advertising in a local newspaper.
Fast forward at to the 2018: It doesn’t take a monumental amount of capital or complexity to start a business. In fact, for me, as of January 22nd, I took the leap and launched Rana Creative. As the image above and the title depict, I provide creative services such as video captioning, copy editing, audio transcription, and proofreading. It cost me $25 to take out the business license, and some savings to open the account.
The difference between freelance profiles and Rana Creative
When I presented my business plan to my mentor, he asked me what my intentions were, and my response was:
“Fiverr and Upwork will be for single, possibly one-time projects, that don’t need a business commitment, or want to deal with contracts. Rana Creative will fill that gap by taking dedicated projects from small businesses, organizations, and certain government projects.”
Such arrangements are common in other industries:
- Police officers who take private security gigs and bill their clients as a security firm.
- Accountants that moonlight doing tax preparation during tax season.
- Construction workers who take side jobs for cash or check.
- University professors and school teachers who create instructional material of their own and distribute it on their own website.
- Bartenders who will take private side gigs working functions.
Among the types of projects that are perfect for the freelance sites:
- Working on a letter to submit as part of a requesting a grant.
- Starting a new business and need one document created.
- Small organizations putting out a campaign video for the first time in five years that needs captioning.
- Adding product to Etsy and are looking for some feedback on how it will come across to your customers.
- Projects are fairly small and short in scope where turnaround should be between 24-48 hours.
Types of projects that would be better suited to my small business:
- You’d like a dedicated person to provide your videos with captions.
- The project your business is embarking on will last approximately a year and needs a dedicated person as the website’s copy editor until you hire a permanent replacement.
- Podcasters who require transcripts of their shows for accessibility on a regular basis.
It is worth noting at as of January 2018, I operate this business on a mostly part-time basis concurrent to a full-time job during the day.
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