What do I need to do to win an online job?
This is a frequently asked question as far as freelancing is concerned. Whether I’m in an internet marketing forum composed of 99.99 percent non-Filipino members or in an all-Filipino social media mastermind group, you’ll find newbies asking this question.
I have witnessed how veteran Internet Marketers and online service providers have grown tired in giving a specific answer to this rustic question.
When someone asked such broad question, the question that lands into the long-time Internet Marketers’ and online service providers’ ears is actually this:
[quote align=”center” color=”#999999″]What’s up, folks? Could you summarize in 500 words, font type Calibri, font size 12, with a maximum of 5 paragraphs and at least 3 sub-headings, everything you did before you were able to earn as much as what you’re earning today? Oh, can you be crystal-clear and specific? And oh, before I forget, can you write it now? Thank you in advance. I’m happy I asked this question![/quote]
For some unknown reason, the poor newbie unintentionally created an image of himself that he’s a lazy lad.
Without further ado, let me share with you some techniques on what you need to do BEFORE you raise a question or how you should write your question in a forum or social media group AFTER doing your research.
1. Maximize the use of the “SEARCH” functionality of forums and social media groups.
Some members will answer you with a link that may answer your question. That link could be someone else’s post within that forum or a link that points to someone else’s blog outside that forum. By merely observing the behavior of people, you’ll realize that there’s a message behind that behavior.
So what’s the message?
[quote align=”center” color=”#999999″]Be self-propelled by typing your question in the Search box and don’t stop reading unless and until you have run out of search results. Pinch your arm or bite your fingers if you’re itching to throw a question even before you get the chance to search. You lazy online-earner-wannabe![/quote]
2. Make a disclaimer.
Let’s say you already searched for the answer by using the Search button but you still didn’t find the answer. Now is the right time for you to seek your fellow members’ pieces of advice. But don’t jump off the fence and immediately ask, “What do I need to do to win a job on oDesk, Elance and Freelancer?” You will only do that if you’d like to experience how it feels to be bashed with sarcasm and off-topic remarks such as, “Here comes another lazy duckling. Boys, you know the drill!”
So, how will you write your question? Let me show you how.
[quote align=”center” color=”#999999″]Hello, everyone! I already tried to use the Search feature of this forum. Unfortunately, I didn’t find the answer. Maybe I entered the wrong “search string” in the Search box? I just want to ask if there’s an existing thread, tutorial or an e-book that will teach me how to bag a job on oDesk, Elance and Freelancer. Can someone point me to that thread or link so that I can also share to others what I will be learning in this forum through you?[/quote]
In other words, you’re politely informing members that you already did your best to find an answer to your question. You’re setting their expectations on what you’ve already done in an attempt to answer your own question. If you do this, no one will ask you, “What have you found so far?” or “Have you done _____ and _____?”
I want you to know that when you do this, you’re not doing anyone a favor – neither me nor your fellow forum or Facebook group members. When you do this, you’re doing yourself a favor. You are teaching yourself two things:
2. Independency or Self-sufficiency
You are disciplining yourself that if only you’re self-sufficient or self-propelled enough to research before you ask, maybe you’ll discover that the answer to your question is just under your nose. At the end of the day, you’ve learned three things: discipline, self-sufficiency and the answer to your question.
Confession time! Did you once fall into the trap of asking before researching? Share with me your experience by commenting below.
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