When you try to work at home some of the most reliable way to get a steady income are crowdsourcing websites, such as Fiverr or Freelancer, here you can put your skills to the test in an international market, where people from all over the world see what you are capable of.
These sites can be great because they attend the necessity of different people, some need articles written, others need income, and it serves the purpose for both sides, but theres a downside, in such a big market and where people only want the best, it is sometimes difficult to get yourself noticed if you are just getting started, since there are many options for where to choose, here are some tips that will definitely make yourself rise in the ranking.
1. Get specialized. Choose one thing that you would like to do, and make your profile around that idea, it is better to have something that you are great at than having multiple different ambits that you are decent at, this will help your ranking in that certain category rise therefore making you a more suitable option the next time you approach a client, with time you will also learn to perfect your techniques for that specific activity and to eventually arrive to your full potential.
2. Be patient. When you talk to a client of when you bid for a project, the patience always pay off, if you are patient and persistent enough you will eventually find a client that loves your job.
3. Get certified. In Freelancer, for instance, there are exams that you can take in order to let your clients know that you are good at something, this is highly recommended especially at the beginning, this way you can assure your client that you have the skill required for his/her work, this also counts for your overall ranking, and it is shown every time you make a bid, so dont hesitate, there is often a small payment, but if you are positive that you can complete and pass the exam, then in the long run, it will pay off in more than one way.