Knowing Oneself: the Skills you possess and the Services you can provide

After two weeks and not getting any income from Freelancer.com, Fiverr and Guru, I began to feel anxiety bubbling inside me. In order to calm myself down, I decided to explore other means of earning. I started by thinking about the skills I have and what I can do for others.

Living in a bilingual environment all my life, I believe I’m able to provide English-Chinese translation since both are my native languages. I could probably search for online translation providers and see if there is a way for me to join them as a translator. Skills that you possess since young might not appear so to you immediately since you have been doing it for a long time. However, what might seem like a normal craft to you might be something that others really need!

Through the past few jobs I had, I’ve gained a lot of hands-on experiences in various type of data entry and in usage of Microsoft Excel and Word. Particularly in my first job after graduation as a Procurement Executive, my secondary secretariat duties allowed me to gain advanced Word and Excel skills which I had no opportunity to use previously. Some of these Word and Excel functions and VBA macro are very useful but not everyone knows them! Probably I can explore more to see how I can utilise these skills…

The last one I thought of was transcription of English audio, which is a service that anyone competent in English can do! I only found out that such service exist after browsing through some of the “Gigs” in Fiverr. Researching on online transcription service providers is another item that I have added to my to-do list.

To-do list:
– Research on online translation service providers
– Research on online transcription service providers
– Explore on possible services with advance Word and Excel skills

I have started searching on websites providing transcription services and will write about them as I start exploring them one by one! Good luck to you and me on our freelancing journey! 🙂

Freelancer.com, Fiverr and Guru (2 weeks’ experiences)

Freelancer.com, Fiverr and Guru are the first online freelancing websites I tried and in this post I’m going to list the characteristics and the differences that I have discovered. These are just my observations and comments from the past two weeks only and others might have different viewpoints on these.

Freelancer.com
– Limited number of bids per month.
– Freelancers submit bids with proposals for jobs they want and employers will award to one freelancer with the most attractive bid and proposal. After which, the freelancer will begin working on the required tasks.
– Other than job postings, it allows employer to post “Contest” where freelancers will submit their work and the employer will choose the work that they like best, i.e. outcome based. E.g. Contest for logo design where freelancers will submit logo designs and the employer will choose the design they like best.
– Various level of paid membership upgrades available.
– A fee will be deducted for each job you get.

Fiverr
– Freelancers post “Gigs” for services they provide and will receive notification when someone would like to buy the service.
– Service is provided at USD$5 per “Gig” with options for additional service at extra charges.
– “Buyer Requests” section shows services that people want to buy, just like a job posting, except that you can only send in your offer if you have a “Gig” that is suitable for that request.
– Limited number of offers that you can send everyday.

Guru
– Freelancers can post the services that they provide on their profile.
– You can apply for a job from the job listing if the service required matches any of the services you provide.
– Limited bids per month.
– Various level of paid membership upgrades available.
– A fee will be deducted for each job you get.

Comments:
1. These three are very saturated with freelancers. From your profiles at each site, potential employer can see the number of jobs you have completed and the feedback you have received. So as a newbie, we are greatly disadvantaged as employers usually accept the offer from a freelancer with good feedback and ratings.
2. I think some of the job postings on Freelancer.com are fake as the same one is reposted everyday. I even think some of the jobs are posted by the freelancers themselves to award to themselves to make their profile look good. So it will be good to do some filtering yourself before applying.
3. Personally I felt that the Contests at Freelancer.com are worth participating especially if the prize is high and it is something that you can do. If you are interested, you can check out one of my contest entries on infographic design which I almost win here!
4. In Fiverr‘s Job Requests section, sometimes I find that Fiverr does not allow me to select the “Gig” which is suitable for the job and I find it frustrating. Since you send in offer based on your “Gig” and you can’t edit the offer.
5. For Guru, as a basic member (free), you only get 10 bids per month which I think is very little as compared to Freelancer.com which has more.

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Gut Feeling: Follow Your Dreams

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Gut Feeling.”

When’s the last time you followed your instinct despite not being sure it was the right thing to do? Did it end up being the right call?

After much consideration, I followed my instinct two weeks ago and quit my 9 to 5 office job with a stable income to pursue my dreams. I am currently doing online freelancing to provide for myself while pursuing my dreams. It might be difficult with a lot of challenges awaiting me but I am still working hard towards them! Not sure whether it was the right call but definitely no regrets! The saying goes, “No pain, no gain”. Even if things don’t work out in the end, this journey with the various challenges would definitely allow me to grow and gain knowledge which I would never have otherwise. Three cheers to following your dreams!

Exploring freelancing opportunities for the past two weeks

Over the past two weeks since I quitted my job, I have been exploring the various opportunities available to me as a freelancer.

My initial research (through Google), brought me to this UK website which listed down a few freelance jobs for students which I thought is applicable for new freelancers too. So I decided to try out on a few websites that they have provided and till date I have tried out Freelancer.com, Guru and Fiverr.com.

These are websites providing various online freelancing opportunities even though each of their structure is quite different. I will elaborate on my experiences with each of them in my upcoming posts after I experiment with them a bit more.

Hello!

Hello! I thought it would be proper for my first post to introduce myself as well as my intention on starting this account.

About Me
– I am from Singapore.
– I turned 25 years old last month.
– I quitted my office job two weeks ago and started out as a full time work-from-home freelancer so as to help out with my boyfriend’s startup.
– I love technology.

Intention
There is only one intention right now while I am writing this post and that is, to document down the process of starting out as a freelancer, the challenges I face, as well as the journey through this less explored path (at least from where I am).

Nice to meet all of you! I hope the above is enough to get us started here and hope my experience will help some of you out there! 😀