This Woman Bought A House Thanks To A Side Job That Earns $9,000 A Month
When Redd Horrocks first visited the website of Fiverr, a company that runs a global online marketplace, she had no idea that she was on the brink of launching a new career. At the time, she was struggling to pay off credit card debt while working as a stage manager for a Las Vegas circus. Though she had already begun a fairly lucrative career, she was interested enough in making some money on the side to begin using Fiverr herself.
On Fiverr, workers can offer “gigs” to clients. These gigs could be anything from translating text to impersonating a well-known film character on video to providing assistance to young students on calculus homework. Sellers typically charge only $5 for a gig, but many workers on Fiverr are able to bring in an impressive income through the small, simple jobs they offer on the site.
For many, Fiverr has revolutionized work. It has created what’s known as the “gig economy”, which Fiverr’s CEO Micha Kaufmann believes will continue to have an increasingly significant place in the working world of the future.
In Horrocks’ case, the gig that revolutionized work and provided unexpected income potential was providing voiceover services. She already had some experience doing voiceovers dating from her college days, and she was able to do voiceovers in a genuine British accent after having grown up in the United Kingdom. Initially, Horrocks offered voiceovers of 125 words for Fiverr’s standard gig price of $5. She quickly received her first order, rapidly establishing a reputation on the site that allowed her to bring in $1,000 each month by mid-2013.
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By 2014, Horrocks was putting a big effort into creating a new Fiverr page and video that took advantage of her reputation and allowed her to begin outsourcing to other workers to handle all the work. After doing this, she began making over $3,5000 a month, and she soon gave the notice to quit her job because she realized that she could make more providing voiceover services than she had been making at her stage manager job.
Many others around the world are finding that they can make more working independently and from home than they can working for a company. Perhaps backing up CEO Micha Kaufmann’s predictions for the future in regards to the gig economy, data collected by the United States Census Bureau shows that more and more people are working from home. While only 9.2 American workers worked one day or more from home in 1997, a total of 13.4 million reported working from home on at least one occasion in 2010. All those making money from Fiverr work independently at their home or from another off-site location.
Horrocks’ side-job-turned-career allowed her to make a $15,000 down payment on a house in late 2014. Since beginning her new career on Fiverr, she has gotten herself out of debt, and her income has increased from $48,000 annually to over $9,000 per month. Even though Horrocks has been in the voiceover business for several years now, 98 percent of her earnings are still coming from Fiverr. She works only 30 hours per week, and her work has allowed her to collaborate on diverse projects with clients all over the world.