IEEE Freelancing Workshop

1st March, 2018

The Free-lancing workshop was held on the Thursday, 1st of March. The venue was Computing lab – 1 at SEECS. Workshop was conducted by the multi-talented 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 everyone else.
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 productized 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.

Getting Started

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’ll 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!