Then he discovered Fiverr, the world’s largest marketplace for digital services. Fiverr has listings for everything from scriptwriting to 3D animation to advertising jingles.

“I was amazed at how sellers were offering such amazing services starting at $5,” Bobby says. “I joined, but only as a buyer to outsource some of the work I needed for my web, graphics, and animation projects.”

However, the more Bobby used Fiverr, the more confident he became that he could leverage the platform to sell his own services.

When he heard that another Fiverr user was able to purchase a house with their Fiverr earnings, he decided to take the plunge.

“[It] was a turning point for me,” Bobby says. “I became serious about selling on Fiverr — with a goal of purchasing my own home!"

Freelancing made easy

Freelancer taking notes

Selling on Fiverr couldn’t be simpler — you just create your profile, list your gig, and you’re good to go.

Gigs on Fiverr can be for standard things like blogging, website design, and video editing, or for more “unique” services, such as:

  • Recording your outgoing message as Mrs. Doubtfire.
  • Drawing a cartoon of your pet in Victorian clothing.
  • Complimenting you in a British accent.
  • Creating a signature cocktail named after you.
  • Writing a bio for your online dating profile.

You can list multiple gigs in a variety of disciplines, so if you’re a copyeditor by trade but also do an exceptional Morgan Freeman impersonation, you may be able to find buyers for both.

“Creating my first gig was super easy,” Bobby says. “I made a sale the first week and made more than 70 sales in the first month.”

Fiverr also offers a number of useful online courses to help you step up your freelancing game and stand out from the pack.

Once you start making sales, your customers will leave reviews of your work that can help attract new buyers.

As your reputation grows, you can increase the price of your services and make even more money.

“On Fiverr, I just have to present my service well and Fiverr does the rest,” Bobby says. “The flow of work gives me the freedom to think more about the work I do — and do it well — rather than worry about bidding on projects.”

If you’ve been looking for a way to join the gig economy without all the stress, Fiverr is the answer.

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A new career, from the comfort of your own home

What started out as a fun experiment for Bobby has turned into a lucrative full-time job.

“Today, 100 percent of my income comes from Fiverr,” he says. “I paid off all my small debts. Then I paid for my wedding and the expenses of our daughter’s birth. And finally, after three and a half years of selling on Fiverr, I recently purchased a house, which is the biggest financial achievement of my life.”

With Fiverr, freelancing doesn’t have to be a struggle — Bobby found financial independence, and you can too.

Fine art as an investment

Stocks can be volatile, cryptos make big swings to either side, and even gold is not immune to the market’s ups and downs.

That’s why if you are looking for the ultimate hedge, it could be worthwhile to check out a real, but overlooked asset: fine art.

Contemporary artwork has outperformed the S&P 500 by a commanding 174% over the past 25 years, according to the Citi Global Art Market chart.

And it’s becoming a popular way to diversify because it’s a real physical asset with little correlation to the stock market.

On a scale of -1 to +1, with 0 representing no link at all, Citi found the correlation between contemporary art and the S&P 500 was just 0.12 during the past 25 years.

Earlier this year, Bank of America investment chief Michael Harnett singled out artwork as a sharp way to outperform over the next decade — due largely to the asset’s track record as an inflation hedge.

Investing in art by the likes of Banksy and Andy Warhol used to be an option only for the ultrarich. But with a new investing platform, you can invest in iconic artworks just like Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates do.

About the Author

Shane Murphy

Shane Murphy

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Shane is a reporter for MoneyWise. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English Language & Literature from Western University and is a graduate of the Algonquin College Scriptwriting program.

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