1st March, 2018
The Freelancing workshop was held on the Thursday, March 1, 2018.
The venue was Computing lab – 1 at SEECS. Workshop was conducted by the
multi-talented, Mr Sayyed Shozib Abbas, fellow NUST student, currently in
the final year of computer science. He is an active freelance developer
and adept outworker had years of experience with free lancing and has
worked at CyberDev Solutions, a professional, minority owned IT service
company. The process of learning is undone until you have the will to
teach and carry forward; Shozib Abbass’ success in free lancing has a
lot of hard slog and he’s always eager to share the upshot with
The event was conducted for the audience who is interested in free
lancing. For many new freelancers (and even seasoned freelancers) who
don’t have a strong referral base or a system for acquiring leads, this
is one of the most challenging — and most misunderstood — aspects of
the job. The workshop ought to revolve around the discussion about
clients, setting your rates, writing proposals, or up-selling retainers
and productised consulting.
The event was pretty well managed and had a significant turn out
taking in account the efforts of the publicity team. Our versatile
speaker had massed lab to speak to. The session was an interactive one,
where our fellow spokesperson used his slides and web accounts to
provide the basic insight to the students.
What’s the first step of freelancing? Overcome your fear. Done? Welcome aboard!
Most freelancing saturation is in web development and programming;
however, it is not all about coding and web design. Content writing and
graphic designing also have a huge share of jobs. Following these
there is virtual assistance. The platforms such as upwork.com and
freelancing.com are better option available for beginners.
Another example in this type, along with freelancer.com is
fiverr.com. If you’re more into graphic designing and content writing,
then this is where you should start. It’s time to strike out on your
own. So, go claim the freelancer landscape, what’s holding you back?
What we talked about:
- The basic and most important thing in all this is your
profile. It is what will get you that job or be the reason you lose to
someone else. Don’t be afraid of spending hours on it! They will pay off
in the end and be worth it. But how exactly to make a good profile?
- A portfolio is the visual representation of all your work and
experience. Portfolio along with your profile is the gist of you that
attracts a particular client.
- There is an hourly rate in your profile. This describes how
much work you do. Its significance can be judged by the fact that it’s
the first thing clients check out, along with skill set.
- Bidding: Here comes the exciting part! The client shows the
available budget range. You should - stay within range and close to
average. Also provide the reasonable number of days you’ll need.
- These platforms also provide freelancer tests. Upon completion
they show as a badge on your profile, this attracts clients. However,
you must know your stuff before taking a test, they are not as easy as
they may seem. You know what they say, ‘Don’t judge a test by its
title.’ No wait that was something else. But the point is don’t be
overconfident. On Upwork.com, it is a MCQs based test, while
freelancer.com, tests with a combination of tasks and MCQs.
- Set up your skill sets. Upwork offers 10 skills at max while Freelancer offers 20. Add and verify certificates.
Admittedly, not all successful freelancers or entrepreneurs follow
their passions, but most do, and even those who don’t find themselves
coming to love what they do. Freelancing and entrepreneurship gives you
pride in a job well done. Making your customers happy is a thrill.
Seeing them come back time and again for more work is incredibly
fulfilling. You make things happen as a business owner, and every
business owner comes to love that feeling.
In the end, a plan and a profile are all you need. So, let’s get to free lancing!