Updates!

In the few posts before this, I was building a simple eCommerce website for my friends http://www.hifridays.com. The website sells women clothing targeting the working class ladies in Singapore.

I started my own business, I wanted to shout “hurray!” but the time is not right yet. Currently, I am developing my own website using WordPress.org.

I went to Fiverr recently wanting to find some people to do some work for me but to my horror, I realized that my account has been blocked! I went to message Fiverr support and they gave a very vague and standard reply. I wished they can be more specific as to the reason for blocking the account.

To end this off, today is exactly one year after I left my 8 to 6 office job to explore this world as a freelancer and learning about starting a business. Not much to brag but I really learnt a lot.

Sweeter Achievement

Hardship to a Sweeter Achievement

Sweeter Achievement

I took up a two-week job in order to supplement my income from freelancing as it wasn’t sufficient to cover my expenses. I got an average of one order ($4) per week at Fiverr and so I thought I could take up additional job.  Two days ago, however, I received two orders (Admin & Excel) on the same day, to be delivered within 24 hours.

I usually research on the topic of interest prior to working on the required job so I know I’m running against time.  I did research while commuting to and from my temporary job. Then started working on the earlier order (yellow pages search) after my family dinner around 8P.M. I completed the first order around 10.30P.M. even though the buyer only bought a one hour work because I did some filtering to eliminate duplicated entries extracted from yellow pages and search for required details that wasn’t on yellow pages.

After a shower and some food, I began working on the second order (Excel for Mortgage Amortization) and completed it around 2A.M. It took longer then usual as it was an area I wasn’t very familiar with and had taken extra care to make sure I did not screw up the formulas. Initially I wasn’t sure if the pie chart that was requested is what the customer wanted but I received positive review right after I sent the Excel to the customer! I am glad I had met his expectations! I hope the customer for the first order will be satisfied too.

Even though I had to wake up at 6A.M. the next day, seeing satisfied customers make it all worthwhile. Through hardship, the achievement will be sweeter. 🙂

Tips from Customers

Tips from Fiverr

One of the happy moments of freelancing through the Fiverr platform is when you received tips from buyers when you least expected it.

Recently I received tips from two Fiverr orders and am really elated. It just motivates me to work even harder and provide even greater service to my customers.

Thank you so much to my customers and customers to-be!

Another Update of Fiverr Progress!

Orders in Apr 2015

Orders in Apr 2015

This week I received two orders for administrative tasks! There was no order before this since 14 Feb and I was getting worried. Glad orders came in again with positive feedback! 😀

Fiverr Apr 2015 Feedback

Fiverr Apr 2015 Feedback

On another note, I have been learning a new programming language when there wasn’t any order on the various sites – Ruby on Rails (RoR). It is an interesting programming language in which a lot of things are simplified. Shall update if I ever got my new site up and running! 🙂

First Review Received on Fiverr!

I just completed my second order on Fiverr today for some administrative work and reviewed my first review! 😀

After one month since my freelancer journey begins, I have started to see a rise in the messages I received on Fiverr during this whole week. One have resulted in the order I received today! Some are clarifications and some are work that I am not qualified for. Hope orders will start streaming in slowly!

Sometimes patience do give results. 🙂

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.

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.