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Make Your First $100 As A Freelancer (with instructions and scripts to follow)


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Let's say for some reason a monkey wrench has been thrown into your work life, and all of a sudden freelancing over the internet seems like an interesting idea.

Well you're in luck my young friend, because your Uncle Neville has taken the liberty of going through every single step of the process, and giving you the templates along the way.

I've been freelancing my whole adult life, and have helped thousands of others do it (and not just in copywriting). This post has no conceptual bullshit here, just action. Let's start:

If you've ever wanted to start a business but never had any money, let's try this together right now and make your first $100:




Step 1.) Identify the specific service to sell:

Using our handy Business Idea Generator I got the idea to sell Wordpress websites for a flat $100 fee.

Here is our value proposition in one sentence:


So that's the product we're going to sell.  We've identified a price, a service, and a delivery time.

Our Price: $100.

Our Service: Make you a working Wordpress website.

Our Delivery Time: In 24 hours.




Step 2.) Post this offer on your Facebook:

This part is super easy, yet super hard psychologically (for some people).

All I want you to do is post this script on your personal Facebook page:

That's all you have to do. Don't overthink this.....just post it.



Step 3.) Post the offer on Facebook Groups:

This part requires being part of groups on Facebook where your service might be useful.  Since we're selling Wordpress themed websites, we can try:

Since it's generally frowned upon to blatantly spam a Facebook Group with offers, we'll modify the above offer just a bit for the Facebook Group postings. Copy/Paste this script into the groups:





Step 4.) Post on Craigslist:

Next step is to utilize our old friend Craigslist. It's still a massive hotbed of people posting and searching for specific gigs.

And to make sure you have zero excuse not to do this, I will make your entire ad for you:

Here is the ad you need to copy/paste into the Services --> Computer section of Craigslist:

computer section craigslist

*NOTE* Obviously you'll need to replace your city, name, and contact information.

If your Craigslist posting allows you to post an image, we've got you covered on that too. Here's a sample (and proven) template for you to copy/paste. I've included the editable template below:

Wordpress Website Setup Ad Template

To customize this template as your own, you can open this template in Google Drawings then click File --> Make A Copy:

template ad download




Step 5.) Make a One Pager to post on bulletin boards:

What is a One Pager you ask?  It's basically a flyer you can physically post somewhere (preferably in an area where people will want websites).

Here's a printed out and taped-up version:

wordpress flyer posted

You can download and customize this One Pager flyer with your own information. Click the template then click File --> Make A Copy to edit your own:


Here is where you will post these flyers:

  • The 3 nearest coffee shops to you.
  • Any co-working spaces in your area.
  • College campuses nearby.
  • Outside of office buildings.

Everyone's area will have a difference in options to post. The point is to get your generous offer in front of people who may want a website. The above options are a great start.

Since outside activity has been limited lately, it's also wise to snap a pic of your flyer and post it to social media.




Pro-Tips For Newbie Freelancers:

Keep it hella simple:

Often the smartest people never start because they overthink things. Just remember to follow the path of least resistance here.  We're doing simple projects, for a simple price.....so keep it simple.


Don't flatter yourself you egotistical asshole:

"Omg what if people judge me for posting that??"

"What if I don't get more than 10 likes??"

"What if this experiment fails and everyone knows??"

Umm please don't flatter yourself so hard.  If you think people are paying attention to you THAT much, you need to tell your egotistical brain to calm the hell down.

No one is paying that much attention. When's the last time you really judged and ruminated over someone's status update post?


You don't need to plan out every aspect of this:

All we're doing is fishing to see if people bite. If we get taken up on our offer 10 times in the first hour, then hooray! You've hit upon something great and got yourself 10 new clients!

Many people (especially super-analytical and planning-type people) tend to get paralyzed because they feel they need to plan out every-tiny-little-aspect of how they'll handle these jobs.  Resist the urge my friend!!

If you start planning out "future scenarios" all the time, you'll never get started.  Just get the gigs first, then handle the details later.  This will be your on-the-job training.


Don't try to increase your prices just yet:

I see failing and poor freelancers all the time. They think they "deserve" a certain pay grade right away without putting in the work.  Fuck these people.  If you think the world owes you something, you're going to have a very very very tough time in the future.

You know who wins in this game?  The people who are willing to start out with this mindset: "OK, I'm just some newbie freelancer with zero experience, so I'm willing to start at the bottom. Yes some people will take advantage of my low prices, yes some people will get the deal of lifetime with this cheap work, but I'm willing to start somewhere and get experience. I will raise my prices when I am flooded with clients."

These people are awesome.

These people get so many jobs they HAVE to raise their prices.

These people serendipitously get gigs and jobs they never dreamed of.




Here's another example of this method working damn-near immediately for someone who never charged for their photography services (and immediately booked a $120 gig)!




Your Goal Is Just To Make $100:

When you begin freelancing the main idea is to see what work suits you. Not everyone will want to develop Wordpress themes, but there's a huge amount of freelancing opportunities out there. Follow this format and drum up some money quickly.

Over the years, the methodology of first posting your freelancing gigs on your social media has the fastest result of any method I've ever seen. I've provided you the exact scripts and templates for every step of the way.  



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Neville Medhora - Copywriter trying to make you $100 quick.

P.S. More articles on the details of freelancing:

- How to get your first freelance writing job.

- How to become a copywriter.

- How to consult.

- Three Tiered Pricing (Keep a low, medium, and high priced option).

- Freelance Pricing Calculator (For when you start charging more).


P.P.S. Comment below with any questions you may have.

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Guest Neville


Thanks for the feedback Lain, there definitely is a large market for the stock stuff as a consultant. You're right, going through and setting up tech systems for people could be a good way to get started!
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Guest Björn


Awesome post thank you, perfect timing. Iam just about to expand my side-hustle. Being an amazon FBA seller I learned a lot about how important the copy of the product-listing is (use of keywords, benefits, text-layout etc.).

While browing Amazon I figured there a tons of lisitings of - potentially great - products which just su**

So I am about to package an offer including keyword research plus the actual copy (headline, bullets and description). Since I am fluent in English and German (the two biggest markets for Amazon) I will provide the service for both marketplaces.

Best regards from cold Munich

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Guest Monique Johnson


I followed your directions exactly for Wordpress with the right category and it got deleted more than once on Craigslist. However, if you create the post without the picture, it will not get deleted. Hope that helps.
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Guest Neville


Monique, the post is best WITH the picture, and the text repeated. I've never seen it get deleted like that. Best of luck!
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Guest Dan Ceballos


Got my brain percolating on "$100 ideas".

Thanks for the post Neville.

U da man

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Guest Shirley


Hey Neville,

Thanks for this post. I tried out everything with the exception of the last part of posting graphic design services at a local coffee shop. Crazy thing happened! Most people were curious. And after about a week I got booked for $675 for design services instead of the $100. Crazy! I also have a potential contract for $1800 for full web design. All from that $100 FB post. So thanks so much! It really helped.

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Guest Neville


Awesome Bjorn, I know there's tons of Amazon FBA Facebook Groups you can post this in, and a lot of people might be interested in your services. Best of luck, hope you pull in some side-cash from this while helping other FBA sellers!
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Guest Neville


Glad I got your brain thinking Dan! Better than thinking though....is DOING! If you have an idea, maybe just blast it out to the world.

Downside = 0.

Upside possibility = Limitless.

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Guest Neville


That is AWESOME Shirley!

This is exactly why I tell people to start small like this, because it's easy and you never know what will pop up out of it (like a $675 gig instead of a $100 gig) :-)

I'm really proud of you for posting it and turning it into something bigger. With one silly post, you have now created a new side-business!!

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Thanks a lot, Nev!

Love your work, keep it going! So much hands on and usable advice.

BTW: Already landed my first client :-)))

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Great post full of inspiration.

Not to mention the constant ideas generated in the comments. I'm 36hrs after post my ad!

Enquiries are trickling...

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On the template, are we locking ourselves into a full website since we do not specify a one page site? What are we really offering and how do we up sale?
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Guest Angela Hall


Great post! I've done my post on FB. Have gotten a few inquiries in first couple hours. Will see how it goes!
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Good luck to you Angela,

So glad you took the challenge.

It's when you push past your comfort zone you really grow and learn what you are truly capable of. :o)

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Guest Angela Hall


Thanks Tony :) It definitely was outside my comfort zone! lol Thanks for your encouragement! :-)
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Guest Shirley


My client was curious about the social media package that I was offering, but wanted a full branding instead of just the social media elements.
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Guest carl adam


I like the whole idea of promoting small work on facebook. couple years ago I was making my living on this highly recommended for earning money online. thanks for sharing
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After trying a simple exercise suggested on one of your posts (powerwashing) i had success, 1 hour printing, 2 hours delivering, 2 quotes on same day = £500 worth of work, fantastic return. I'm looking for something similar to use on Facebook / Gumtree. ps. I've just printed off the Gary Halbert Letters.
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Guest steven


Neville, how about planning the marketing a new tourism magazine targeted at tourism businesses (accommodation, adventure activities, attractions, etc.)


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It's taking that first step that is hard. I am only interested in copywriting. Thanks for the advice.
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