I came across this tweet of Hamad Dar. One of the people I admire in the internet space.
And… this tweet resonated with me.
On the very same day, I came across this 7 year-old picture of my workspace in Facebook Memories.
7 years ago, I was using a beat-up Compaq laptop that my phuphi gifted me, a 1mbps internet connection from an internet provider in my locality.
I didn’t have a table or a chair so I used a non-functional table-trolly as my table. I would work with a connected keyboard and mouse, using my lap as a surface for my keyboard and mouse, and store it in my table-trolly when I’m done.
Internet: A world of equal opportunities
Internet gave me an equal opportunity to be anything. All it demanded from me was the access.
Internet does not care if you are a college student or a university graduate, it does not care if you are using a brand-new Macbook or an old desktop PC.
Internet gives you an equal opportunity to learn anything and be anything.
7 years ago, when I was exposed to the world of internet and then the digital economy, I absorbed my time with YouTube videos, blogposts, Facebook groups and pirated eBooks from Warrior Special Offers (WSOs) to learn how can I make money from the internet.
I discovered Fiverr, a platform where I worked as a content writer, video animator, graphic designer, social media manager, SEO expert, and digital marketing consultant.
By having an access to the Internet, I signed up on Fiverr, created my first few Gigs as a novice web designer. I would get projects that I had no idea how I would deliver, spend nights learning on niche forums on how to accomplish a specific task in WordPress. Fiverr was essentially paying me to learn new skills.
Internet gave me an equal opportunity, like everyone else on the internet, to learn anything and be anything I wanted to be.
At the same time when I was exploring the world of internet, I was waiting to get an admission at a college for my intermediate studies that required a specific percentage in matriculation.
Unlike other conventional colleges, that college had a basketball ground, a full-fledged sports complex, a conventional and computer library, student societies, one-hour free period once a week to sit in any class of Master/PHDs to learn anything you wanted.
Unlike the Internet, that college required a specific academic percentage or having a wealthy/influential father (an unequal opportunity) to get in.
Okay, why are you telling me this?
When I first started working on the internet. Everyone thought that blogging was dead, YouTube was not sustainable and Fiverr marketplace was saturated.
They were wrong, blogging was not dead if your content had relevancy, YouTube became the must-have platform for digital content creators, and working on Fiverr requires you to position yourself correctly so you can sell your service as a beginner on the platform.
The internet has changed, it is not the same how it was seven years ago. But, it still offers equal opportunities to everybody.
My sister-in-law runs a startup, The Cash Memo, where she creates content around financial inclusion. She has started a campaign to equip 3,000 individuals with skills during the month of Ramadan.
I have chipped-in on her campaign. I’m hosting a 1-hour free session this weekend at 9pm on how to create high-converting Fiverr Gigs as an absolute beginner.
Working on Fiverr as an absolute beginner has a formula to it, that you need to follow in order to position yourself right, outrank competitors and get your early sales.
I don’t have a course that I will upsell, nor I will tell you to subscribe to my YouTube channel. I will be giving you as much value as I could because I want the world to know that there are equal opportunities for everyone on the internet.
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