The summer before college, Allie Madison was just another 18 year old working a minimum wage job as a lifeguard in her hometown. She hated it.
One day, she was Googling ways to make money online when she came across Fiverr, an online marketplace where people can go to buy or sell talent. For instance, you can book someone to build a website, write a press release, or doodle a cartoon, with prices starting as low as $5.
One gig caught Madison’s eye: A buyer was paying $5 for someone to create a video about what interested them.
"So I made a $5 video just talking about what I’m interested in," Madison told Business Insider. And that’s when she realized that she could roughly earn as much with one video as she was making per hour at her summer job.
Since then, Madison, who is now 22, has expanded from making videos with her webcam to producing videos in a studio with professional equipment. And while she still contracts a lot of her work through Fiverr, Madison recently established her own marketing agency.
So what do her days look like? Read on below.
It depends on the day, but Madison frequently works on upwards of 10 gigs a day.
“It keeps me really busy,” she said, laughing.
Madison said it takes careful time management to keep up with the orders that come in.
When she initially wakes up, Madison takes about an hour to go through recent messages before moving on to writing scripts for the videos she is producing that day. She then rehearses and heads to the studio, where she films everything in a row.
When she finishes filming, Madison heads home to edit. When that's done, she continues writing.
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