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Freelancers Virtual Summit – Umar Draz

 “Build a Specific Job Oriented Team…”

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Interview # 18 – Guest Umar Draz
Host: Muhammad Yousaf
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Introduction: Full-stack developer. Runs IT Company. Have done freelancing for 1 Year initially – then started my own company. Also, ran a hosting company back then in 2011. 4 Plugins built on WordPress. Been in the field for 9 Years.

How Newbies Should Start: I started this field as a Hobby. I have no one to follow, with no guidance at all. Using my own imagination, I worked 16-18 hours daily online. Trust yourself and don’t say this field is not for me. You never know what’s in there for you.

Self-Learning Process: First thing, you should have an interest. I started as a Hobby. During my graduation, I bought a domain – learned how to create a website, studied full guide. My interest grew with time to know more about the website building process. Started HTML coding initially.

Full Stack Developer: Started learning PHP after the success of my HTML site. Start gathering various learnings such as WordPress, themes. And built a WordPress custom theme. After 3 months I got my first client for a static site. That client worked with me for a couple of other projects.

Local Clients / Offline Experience: It’s a good experience with local clients. And I find it the way to give back to the community. I did not feel confident while interacting with local clients but it boosted my confidence and strength with time.

Client Selection Process: Amount is never my priority. I put myself in the client’s shoes to know his requirement. Don’t make price, the barrier between the client and you in the first meeting. Raise client expectations. I don’t fake it. I try to understand the project requirement, make the budget for it. I use to earn clients instead of money.

Handling Clients: Some of my clients were like parasites – they use to consume a lot of my time & energy. But after 2015 I made a strong filter & take selected projects. I use to prefer to communicate over voice, to build trust, the know-how of the project. I explain the project delivery process in detail such as how I will execute the project, revisions, and other aspects – this builds confidence & Trust factor. For WordPress related projects, I also give a clear picture of the project – & tell my client that these features are specific & for this project only.

Team Building: All of my team members are specific job oriented such as WordPress front end, back end developer, designer. In my view, team management is a tough job. I was weak in this area initially, and use to judge the person with good English communication should also have known coding better.

Task Assigning: I break down Work structure, also explain the process to the client and then assign different works to workers

Revenue Earned: Accumulative earning more than $100,000 in the last 9 Years. Taking Clients Strategy: My website ITPixel.com  used to rank in Google back then in 2011, and fairly a large number of visitors come to my site and see my Video on Website Building. From there, I got most of my customers directly.

Retaining Clients: I retain most of my clients. After the completion of the 1st project with clients – we use to move forward with the 2nd phase of the project. In these ways, I manage to extend our mutual work relationship, excellent work is done along the way that builds

Why Freelancers don’t work on their own product: I have developed a few products such as WordPress Sites & plugins and banking products. I now work a few hours on Project that generates my monthly income but my main interest now is in consultancy and business development.

Banking Products Working: We are working to build banking products for Visual blind people so that they can use the ATM interface and online transactions. Plugins on WordPress.org: As a volunteer to the community I have few plugins, one with active 1000+ installation downloads

The difference I See: My eyes are more open now. See things as Zoom in. In the past, I see myself as blind who can differentiate between success & failures. In the past, I don’t have an example of a person  5 Years experience is at what level. With just 6 months of experience, I was very confident at that and feel myself a very experienced person. I started book learnings from 2015 regularly, and they were an eye-opener for me & it helped me a lot in growth and vision & to help achieve specific goals.

Advice for Newbies & Pros: Should have passion & interest in whatever field you are in and should be 100% in. For pros, I would suggest communicating with clients reading his inner thoughts and reading his mind and work requirements.

 

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Freelancers Virtual Summit – Mudassir Altaf

 “Guidance is all around you. Know what to follow….”

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Interview # 16 – Mudassir Altaf, Host: Muhammad Yousaf
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Intro: Web Design & Development services on Upwork. Initially started on Fiverr – Was following different FB Groups.

Revenue Earned: $6000+ Earning from Fiverr only.

Why WordPress? : I learned HTML initially. Was doing blogging. Then came to know about WordPress, templates, Yoast plugin – this triggers my interest in it. So started blogging on this field.

With WordPress, one can easily build a website with just drag & drop. First Site I built was an eCommerce site. I didn’t build a high-end customized site but would take any child theme, do editing and customize it according to clients’ needs.

Learning Process: Started from CodeAcademy.com, Udemy and then from RehanAllahwala Youtube Video. For beginners, free courses are best to build basic learning but for advance learning, get paid course. Execute your learning along the way

Keep Motivation High: I was making mistakes and was not getting orders initially but searched youtube for guidance & removed my mistakes.

Tools Use Regularly: I use a plugin for drag & drop to build a website. Use common tools for WordPress.

Freelancing Experience: Freelancing on Fiverr for 2-3 years.

One Tip for myself: Did not invest in the past, like in blogging didn’t buy the domain that was expiring. Would advise everyone to do the consultation with other experience online workers.

Advice for Newbies: Improve your English & communication skills. Be confident & hustle every day. Don’t listen to those who don’t know about this field. Improve your skills. To improve my English, I also read English Communication Books, searched Google, Youtube for learnings. Also, be patient and polite with the client, even if he asks for revision 20 times. A client is always right. Complete the clients given work – but try to avoid irritating client further on.

System for Growth: I also teach students in my Academy – and filter the prospective students to be part of the future team. For beginners start from Fiverr, and then move to upwork. During that time, one can build himself & team for growth.

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Freelancers Virtual Summit – Talha Khan

 “Why You Need Mentorship…”

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Interview # 17 – Talha Khan, Host: Muhammad Yousaf
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How I started:  I had a deep interest in computers, blogging and then move into freelancing. Come to know about freelancing after searching for “how to earn online”. Also, my cousin used to work on Fiverr, and then I got to know more about Freelancing. Dig deep into it to find how it works, services and jobs on it.

Skills: Web Development, HTML / CSS. Providing e-commerce services right now such as WooCommerce store and Shopify store.

Ecommerce Market Potential: Dropshipping business is growing rapidly – no need to maintain inventory. Also, a large number of people are doing ecommerce. In freelancing, it also has good scope.

To learn WordPress CMS, & ecommerce store, it’s very easy for beginners. There are lots of free tutorials available on YouTube.

Clients Outsource Work: Due to low rates, U.S.A & UK clients prefer to get the time-consuming work such as web development from the countries such as Pakistan, India, Bangladesh & Philippines.

Learning Resources:  Research through Google and Youtube. It is the best free resources for the beginner.

Why Fiverr: Fiverr is a good platform – its search engine is very advance both for clients and freelancer. I use to search services which I want to provide and see the top results in Fiverr to filter out results including top rated – this way I produce my own Gig. It takes me 1-2 days to build my Gig Services page. I have learned major steps through FB Freelancing Community & Groups.

How to Start: From the very start, a freelancer should need to be very careful – make sure to provide the best service to a client to get good ratings. Bad ratings in the start are very bad for your profile. In my case of web development Gigs, I use to deliver some extra tweaks to the client website such as optimize its site for page speed.

Revenue Earned: $5000+ in 2 years as fulltime freelancer.

Shopify Future:  I see huge prospects of Shopify, so would like to continue my services in that area.

If I had to Start Again:  I had to test everything in the past from learning to implementation. I must say if I had a mentor in my career, this would bring a huge difference.

Why Mentorship: Freelancers face huge hurdles in the start. For some problems, there are a very easy solution but we consume a lot of time – in the case of mentorship, one can save his time & energy following mentor’s guidelines.

Why Learning: Learning should be a continuous process and look out for people online and in the community who are related to your field – get the guidance of such people. I spent most of the time on these 3 resources YouTube, Shopify & WordPress.

For beginners, I would say freelancing is a good income generating opportunity. Newbies can’t see the potential of it. See its prospects. For pros, I would only suggest them to expand their business by building a team.

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Freelancers Virtual Summit – Wasif Ali Khan

 “Build Resources Legally & Ethically…”

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Interview # 15 – Wasif Ali Khan, Host: Muhammad Yousaf
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How Freelancing Started: Got paid training on DVD initially (freelancing on Fiverr). But did more learning from FB Group than training. I also gave my support to the group by doing research on different topics related to freelance.

Findings: Problems of freelancer are somewhat similar. Like communication problem – as our neighboring countries have good communication with clients.

First Order & Work: Got my 1st task (Video Editing) of 3000 Rupees, offline from a friend in University and it was my first job as a freelancer. Started with video editing work, but somehow got it into PowerPoint related work. Integrate videos in PowerPoint presentation. Utilized my video editing skills into PowerPoint presentation Gigs.

Build Resources Legally & Ethically: Everything you use should be legal, use paid windows, office, video editing tools, templates etc. Clients often ask it if these are for commercial use. I mention the resources I use. Some clients agree and some don’t on the resources used. My Fiverr accounts blocked on the account of illegal resources used in my Gigs. Copyright protected resources such as designs, images.

Mentor Advice: Always try to use resources that you have bought and avoid illegal, pirated stuff for that will be helpful in building long term career as an online worker.

Wakeup Call: Fiverr account ban was a wakeup call for me, losing my clients & account. Soon got in touch with Sir. Yousaf Saeed who guided me in the right direction. Deposit photos, Stock images at a low price & license terms is very easy.

How I get clients: Network-based, reference-based & offline clients, through personal profile brand & reference.

Helpful Resources: Be connected with designers. Stock vectors, stock photos, templates, royalty free images, Envato market, shutter stock, deposit photos. Personally, recommend Shutterstock. – It has good research. For designers, Pinterest is a good platform, to find & research different resources for designs.

Tools Use Regular: Avoid tools other than Adobe Suite. Other tools limit your learnings. Also, utilize plugins & macros in Adobe more frequently to speed up work. Customize macro keyboard & mouse have changed my workflow altogether. It helps you in the workflow environment & repetitive tasks. Recommend mouse more especially and for freelancers.

If had to Start Over: Will do Personal Grooming. Get paid trainings – free trainings don’t give you the motivation to learn from it and implement it. Lynda Pruralsight.com for online workers and recommend courserra for university students. Low price courses come with low value.
You have to pay more to gain valuable knowledge. Courserra is also affiliated with universities & its certificate adds to your CV / Portfolio.

Yousaf’s Suggestion: Newbies can start from the free platform, but for growth need to move to experts/mentors’ trainings and invest in resources.

Investment in terms of time & money is a must for growth. Being a Muslim, fulfill your duties and follow Islamic guides in every aspect of life include online work.

Impose restrictions on yourself. Set targets which you can achieve. Don’t grow yourself unrealistically. Don’t enforce to do work that can’t be completed in a single day. Understand religion, things to do & not to do. Automatically, your life starts to improve. God will help you. Start learning but don’t use a shortcut. Only use the shortcut in combine/team investment form.

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Freelancers Virtual Summit – Ibrar Hussain

 “Freelancing Business While Working Full-Time…”

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Interview # 14 – Ibrar Hussain, Host: Muhammad Yousaf
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Introduction: Been in Saudia Arabia for the last 20 years. Was doing my own business – sale & purchase of power tools.  From 2000 onward I started learning the computer. And 2007 onwards, with the help of few friends we started our own work online.

Developed Inpage converter on UrduMehfil initially and few other things – also started a job in IT industry.

Why Freelancing: Huge interest in programming. I learned a lot of things from coding to design. Earning is very good.

Revenue Earned: From only one client earned $50,000  – been working with him for the last five years.

Job and freelancing: From the job I earned consistent income. A job is a must if you are in Saudi Arabia due to their laws.

Outsource Team: Code ninja company in Lahore. Have built a team there so that I can outsource a few time-consuming works from the team.

Time Management: With time management one can run easily both job and online work. So I would recommend doing top-level work & core skills work and outsource all the other work.

Strategy for Team:  For me, my brother in Pakistan use to handle the team. So this section is monitored by him.

Partnership: What to see in partnership – Honesty, sincerity, especially for small level partnership.

Advise: Be expert in one skill such as the development of E-commerce WordPress site, membership site.

Learning: From Lynda do most of my learning and update myself. Been in development for the last 10+ years.

Problems and solution: Programmer core skill is in customization. I use to meet client requirements.

Why Professional Content or Lynda: It helps you a lot. Gives you updated information. I started learning from Forums Tutorials from 2000 to 2007. I consume and waste a lot of time finding and filtering content best for you. I would recommend getting paid training to avoid time waste and it should be to the point

How to get clients offline:  In my case, referral clients & through Classified sites. If you deliver best and client is satisfied, you can have this client for long. Even if you have to provide free service in the beginning. For example, big clients’ projects which takes a long time to complete, newbies can provide free initial work, seeing the prospect of the project.

The difference of Market: In the Middle East market, dual language is a must i.e., English & Arabic – I have developed 90% websites with multi-language. People here share their project requirement in local classified sites; from there we approach the clients.

Pricing Problem: See the client if he is an individual or company. In the case of Web Development project, see if client’s projects can be completed with tweaks & plugins or have to develop altogether. For custom development project, I see how many entities to develop, its flow, time required for the entities, and then calculate the pricing. From your past experience, you know well, the total number of entities & how much time they will take.

Behind the Scenes: Client should know in deep all the required work to be done.

Tools I Use: Visual Studio for Programming & Coding. And a tool for time management.

Guidance: Back in 2000, I decided the development field, so I am on my Roadmap, without guidance, I have reached to this stage. If I have someone guidance, I should have reached this position much earlier.

During Failures & Downfalls: There used to be time when you have no work or earning. In that time, I use to learn new stuff. With knowledge, you can get things done. I work on .net & php. Front end development, Framework, JavaScript and all this became possible due to my consistent learning. If I need to outsource the same work, I know all the aspects of it and problems a freelancer faces.

Advice for Newbies: Should need to specialize in one field. For pros, they need to move to management – their skillset needs to be in that area & the essential tools/softwares.

Strong passion and interest in coding drive me to excel in this field & during all this period. Anyone who wants to change after a long period of time should think multiple times before making a decision.

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Freelancers Virtual Summit – Usman Ghani

 “Get clients trust, you’ll ultimately get work and success…”

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Interview # 13 – Usman Ghani, Host: Muhammad Yousaf
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Usman Introduction:  A graduate student, freelancing primarily through effective use of FB platform. Domain transfer service, shifting domain brand & SEO.

Freelancing Option: It’s good for those who want to start earning without the need of a job, or leaving their studies.

Start of Journey: Got to know about Abdul Wali through Online Ustaad, and inspired by the fact that you can do work from home. Started watching Abdul Wali’s video and this is how my journey started.

Types of Freelancing: Got clients from FB Groups

First order: in last December got from a client value $10. Was providing FB services at that time. Gained the trust of client. And then got $500 order – Shifting local business to another branding name site without affecting its SEO.

Orders: Get custom order from Fiverr. If clients get satisfied, he will give other work.

Payments: Get payments from client in Skrill.

Platforms: Did not use Fiverr, Upwork

Services: My core service is domain transfer, hosting shifting without affecting SEO. Clients usually do the shifting primarily due to Adsense ban on site. And the client needs to be on the better hosting considering their requirements.

Awareness: KPK & Balochistan people don’t know about freelancing. The trend is too low and with little awareness. Even they don’t accept freelance is a genuine work.

Interests: Unfortunately, If I have known it before would definitely go to IT field.

Following: I follow Idrees Farooq and different other Gurus.

Skills Needed: Want to learn SEO, Internet Marketing more.

Strategy for Fiverr: Have Joined Different freelance Groups, to know Fiverr  and its Terms & Conditions

Last 6-7 Years: Was not consistent before – was only learning. Before 2017 was working on Youtube & different channels. But channels start to disable which forced me to start learning.

Client Work: Also managing client channels on youtube.

Lead Building: Thinking about working on it.

Yousaf’s Advice: Those people who are working on YT but are not working for branding. You should start giving services to those clients initially free to get future benefits from those clients. This process will be helpful in getting paid clients onboard in the future. We can only control how much effort we can give and not the orders we get. Only do the things that we can control. Entrepreneurship is all about serving people – successful freelancers are those who start giving from day 1.

Usman’s Advice: When you get clients trust, you’ll ultimately get work and success. Be consistent.

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Freelancers Virtual Summit – Sheraz Ul Hassan

 “Think out of the box. Stay Updated, Join forum & groups…”

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Interview # 12 – Sheraz Ul Hassan, Host: Muhammad Yousaf
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How I started: First time got to know about freelancing in 2014. Actively started since Nov 2016. And mostly active on Fiverr.

One should have passion of learning. The freedom to work from anywhere, trigger me to search for online work & started creating account on different platform. Services Started Initially – Data Entry, Programming Basic Level

First Client: Got first client after 20 days and that client gave 21 orders in a row, $1000 in total Gigs amount. Big data technologies service & doing programming 24/7.

Revenue: Revenue generated $20,000 combine on all platforms. Use to outsource hourly project.

Status: Use to understand platform, its terms and conditions and follow rules and regulations. Got different badges and recognition such as top rated seller.

Big Data Technologies: It’s a new market in data management. It’s an emerging technology and expects it to grow in near future.

Platforms Difference: On fiverr you have to present your services as an advertisement  while on upwork you have to bid on project to get clients onboard. Fiverr is also a big marketplace.

Competitions on Marketplace: Tendency to explore new things has moved me to fiverr after upwork.

Learnings Growth: Learning around web development and improving skills.

Outsourcing: First project I posted on FB Group. Know the market and its rates. Search for competitive person who knows your requirement.

Filter Process: Have joined various platforms for different projects. Example for Big Data Project, I use Big Data Expert Group. Recommend freelancers to join various forums, groups related to different fields. After posting job, see response/approach of different freelancers. Select who has good profile, work experience.

Keep Deadlines: Stay updated with worker, and keep deadlines of project ahead of time.

Pricing: Calculate your time value minus 20% platform fees. Also, with good communication skills you can improve your price.

Bad Experience: Didn’t know Fiverr terms & conditions initially. You can’t communicate with clients outside the platform. There are couple of bad experience in the start.

Don’ts: Don’t take projects which you can’t complete.

Freelancing Career: Want to build a team of persons with mutual interest.

How to Proceed Onward: I follow Hisham Sarwar, Sir Yousaf Saeed Roadmap Program also motivated me to change few things and make a proper structure onward.

Advice for Newbies: Think out of the box. Enter the marketplace to explore & to get started. You’ll learn from your failures. Also, think ahead of your time – explore new trends & work.

Sir Yousaf’s Intake: You’ll come across various opportunities, some with quick money but in the long run it won’t survive. See if your current work has future, especially if its legal or ethical work. Know yourself – Self-awareness is very important. When you start saying NO to income generating opportunities that have legal or ethical issues, you are indirectly saying YES & to those opportunities that have Growth.

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Freelancers Virtual Summit – Roshaan Saeed

 “Learn how corporate are doing business & manage team…”

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Interview # 11 – Guest Roshaan Saeed
Host: Muhammad Yousaf
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Introduction: Started as a UIX Designer while doing my second semester.  We started with Online Radio Station – running Blog at that time but there was a streaming issue, then move into other forms of blogging. My area of interest is in designing.

Following my seniors, I jump into blogging back then in 2012-2013. Used to sell Facebook cover along with additional service FB DP on Fiverr in $15 only.  

Done Umrah entirely from my earnings.

Got job due to 4-5 years of freelancing experience and portfolio

Why moved to Job: Professional experience is a must. Freelancers have very low professional skills. To taste the experience of corporate world I moved to Job and to know. And what’s the process – and how it goes. Everyone needs to do at least 1 Year of the job.

Corporate companies are not working at a low level. So I wanted to work in a Team. Worked as Lead Designer in one company & as a junior designer in another. There is a huge difference, working individually or in a team.

How to Find out Skill: Started with reading, lots of articles, there is a full website on UX design. Then I started buying courses from Courserra. And then implemented the learning without waiting for the work to come first. Implement on concept based products.

If your portfolio is not much, then you have difficulty getting work as a freelancer.

Quitted Job in June 2017. One rejection inspired me to build my portfolio. Joined Behance in October 2017 – Build portfolio & projects in a presentation. My profile grew in 8000 views in a month.

Behance is not a freelancing platform but gives you good exposure to your portfolio. Freelancers tend to not do public speaking. The main purpose is to bring new talents in front. Dribble the first event to be held in Pakistan.

Suggestion for Freelancers: You have to have Skills, even managerial skills. Learning is a must even you want to outsource work. Communication skills & management skill is must. 6 Months internship can also be helpful. You’ll learn time management & other skills.

Hurdles for Females: Few females have an inbuilt process to move forward, gather information and guidance to get going. The majority of females needs guidance and work experience to build their career. For them, I would recommend doing lots of reading. Females are hesitant, so skills should be built to have confidence and then improve communication skill.

How to close sales: Designer works speaks for itself. To present a solid thing to the client. Be honest with the client. A client knows – he is closely seeing your work. I got appreciation due to my work.

For Irritating Clients: Try to convince the client, communicate effectively with the client. In the case of design, if a client doesn’t know about it, then you need to know how to convince him – if you have knowledge & learning only then you can convince him. In my case, I only present one mockup design and do my best work for its 100% approval.

Pricing: See the requirement of client work. Clients often ask for 2 Screen work – he gives dashboard and further screens to the developer. I try to complete full project 10-20 screens. Because my experience with 1-2 screen project was not good.

Yousaf’s Suggestion: Client satisfaction is a must. For the freelancer, this is the ROI. If you are updated, only then you know and understand client & project management.

Team Management: During my job, I also analyzed it. Few organizations have flexible timing, but employees are bound to deliver work. There I witnessed the employees were more active.

To deliver work there is no compromise. Flexible timing, lots of fun activities and other.

Hiring Process: Don’t expect much from juniors. Ask a few logical questions. For seniors, can ask other technical questions. Attitude is the first thing I consider and whether If he/she is towards learning.

Tips for newbies & Pros: Those who have done a job are cheetahs – because they have both experiences. They are very improved in freelancing as they have job experience. Newbies should invest in the self-building – should do, under a boss, a lot of learning and experience.

Books Recommend: UXPin Blog, they have a large library of books. Don Norman Books for basic level – can start from there.

Startup:  During studies & freelance, I anticipated with the idea that designer should have a platform so started from Stripple. Employer after seeing your portfolio considers what skills you have.

Entrepreneurship is all about hardships and struggle one face and finds the solution out of it.

Where to Follow: People can follow me through Stripple, Islamabad Creative community FB Group, Roshan Sheikh on LikedIn.

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Freelancers Virtual Summit – Mohsin Muzaffer

 “Don’t tamper anything – System don’t know your intention, it only knows your Data…”

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Interview # 10 – Mohsin Muzaffar, Host: Muhammad Yousaf
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Introduction: Former Upwork country manager. Now Head of Payoneer Pakistan. Started a career from a Telecommunication Company back in 2009. And then moved to freelancing in 2009. Within 2 Years, Upwork approach me to be their Country Head.

Also, runs Digital Media Agency for more than 9 years. And in online entertainment industry for the last 4 years. Recently joined Payoneer, working on Freelancer & companies to help them with the payment method.

Skills Identification:  Did Computer science but never used my studies practically. The first project was $1.5 / hr. web research project. Initially did 2-3 web research and customer support projects.

There was a Client who builds Facebook pages. He needed WordPress sites at that time. That was a very interesting curve in my journey. It took 3-4 days to build his site. This was my transformation from non-technical to a technical field.

To learn those skills you need few resources. But in terms of output, it takes a lot of time

I started doing different technical work. Then ultimately worked with big companies and digital marketing.

If you are working to grow client in one capacity, but if his company is doing different other works – you need to learn those skills as well. And in this way, you’ll be in a client environment.

Top rated seller: What are the ingredients – Competition was low. Things were new at that time like fbml, started a professional career with Mobilink and support that helped me in developing communication skills.

When I moved to the agency, did few experiments like in social media strategy, or development projects I provide service agreement that includes 1) 30 days free support & 2) U.S Hours Working.

Upfront communication skills and your services are very crucial that builds long term relationship. Start of the Journey is very important. Initial 4-5 were referral clients.

Payoneer Vision: To serve the people. Over the years, there was a payment issue. For freelancers and companies, we want to help the industry. There was room for improvement in the payment industry. Software houses that have cross border work – there is a room for growth.

What is Payoneer: Cross border payment platform. For freelancers, working on Upwork, Fiverr, can transfer funds through Payoneer. And off the platform, directly with the client – Payoneer can help you with the invoicing. When clients pay you, it comes to Payoneer wallet, now a worker can withdraw the amount to a bank or debit card via Payoneer wallet. Payoneer to Payoneer transfer or for online purchases. Payoneer is best for seller or service providers.

How to Open Payoneer Account: It’s easy and simple. Fill out your details – upload scan copy of ID or Passport. Don’t Use crop images – it will delay the process. Once the account is verified, you’ll have the account with Payoneer and U.S bank account & routing information which you can use for payments processing.

Dos and Don’ts: Don’t tamper anything or hide anything. Like people make a test account and then want to change it later. The system doesn’t know your intention – it only knows your data Keep Basics documents correct related to identity and conform to terms of conditions of the platform.

Potential: Huge potential for sellers who are already working and do regular transactions, and for newbies. Payoneer vision in Pakistan is to help the software houses, freelancers or companies. We want to empower them and build an ecosystem. We want to create a community.

Rapid Fire Round:

1)    Cards delivery problem. If you don’t need card don’t go for the card. Card is expensive. We use local partners for card delivery – sometimes the problems comes locally or address not reachable. If not delivered, talk to support.

2)    Unable to reach support: Chat and the phone line is our central support. You can reach out or even contact me or marketing manager Priya or through FB Group.

3)    Foreign Currency Account: Few freelancers with foreign currency account are receiving funds in local currency instead of USD. But for a special need, one can contact me to get it done.

4)    We are working with the local banks, even talk to State of Pakistan for payment related issues and unnecessary documentation to simplify. And evolve this ecosystem.

5)    Merchants Accounts not available in Payoneer right now. But Payoneer existing users can open a merchant account with 2checkout through Payoneer and avail low rates.

6)    At Payoneer, we are always open for suggestion and improvements.

Kind of Freelancers Using Payoneer:  Payoneer is one of the options or only best options that serve the transaction needs of freelancers.

Future Work: Big Data has a big scope in future and app development among others. These are the work where the input is less and the output is high.

Corporate Benefits: Growing up is always a good thing to move to the next step. Corporate clients prefer to work with registered companies rather than individuals. Working in a proper way is crucial to growing towards the next step.

Learning: I can’t concentrate for long and digest in one sitting. Instead, I try to implement whatever learned or do the pending tasks.

Books Recommend: 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Rich Dad Poor Dad

Tips for Newbies: Be persistent. Enter the freelance market with the right mindset. Identify interest and start learning from free online resources. Keep up to date with new technologies, apps etc.

Contact with me at mohsinmu@payoneer.com or on LinkedIn

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Freelancers Virtual Summit – Idrees Farooq

 “Trainer only trains you, while Mentor really helps you…”

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Interview # 9 – Guest Muhammad Idrees Farooq
Host: Muhammad Yousaf
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Introduction: Trainer at ERozgar, Founder of IMSEO Club, Fiverr Super Seller

How I Started: Accidently, was in Debt. Used to do Job in UBL. Cosmetic Business was in Loss & cover up the loss, moved to freelancing. Seeing my friend who works online, I started the journey on UpWork. In April 2011, started working on Fiverr. For 5 Years worked on it, then to product launches, own startups.  It was a major life changing for me?

Students Fail in this Career: There is now saturation in the market due to lots of freelancers in the marketplace. The missing link is that there are no proper and necessary skills. Even matric or inter pass starts freelancing. Everyone is an expert nowadays. We are not producing skillful freelancers. Learn necessary skills, how to deliver client work and how to understand clients’work.

How much I Learned: I don’t know much about SEO, I was a good writer only. So started as a Writer & SEO Work. My real growth started when I bought Long Tail Pro along with Academy free access. That was a game changer. Also used to sell as an affiliate. Spencer haul used to give me personal attention. If you have a good mentor, you can go long. In SEO growth, there is a big hand of Spencer Haul.

Trainer/Mentor or Coach: Trainer trains you, Mentor help practically when you face the problem. Students have a confidant on a Mentor who knows the problem and helps you sort it out.

How to Identify Right Trainer:  People take them as granted. When you use to ask the question at Mentors’ level and not the basic question. You need to pay the price for mentoring.

Put personal efforts in developing skills such as selling skills, and the only people that will tell you who goes through the process.

Skills Identification: SEO is ever-changing if I have to sell on Fiverr. Keywords research, where to build backlinks. Students should do the analysis. Search Gigs – when you go through this process, you’ll start knowing the process.

Recurring Clients: I don’t sell to clients – Just tell them how much this works cost. I help them with their work. Use to tell them the solution to the problem. My relationship with the client is that I tell them the process, the price comes at the end.

Team Management: They are my partnership. I don’t pay people. I use to establish business with them. People work happily with me.

Hot Topic & Skills: Art of selling – For freelancers, it is a must. Learn the selling skill – get into the client’s brain – know what he requires, and how to fulfill his demand. People don’t read books. What is the sale process of Anthony Robbins? Engage thought process – Ideal Funnel. Attention, Interest, Desire/Action. You’ll automatically grow when you start learning.

Why Investment & Right Mentor: Invest and then you’ll get good learning. That Bill Hogel $2000 course has changed my life. After that, I have done multiple Product Launches and earned 10-20 times more than investment. I invest in a coach, rather than on product. A Mentor is the one who knows the market and how things work. There is a concept of scaling business and only the Mentor knows it.

If I Had Done Something Else: Probably if I am not involved in training, I should have grown 10 times in terms of finance. But the satisfaction level, I have got in all those years from my students is worth all.

Books Recommend: 7 Habits of Highly Successive People, Rich Dad Poor Dad, 80/20 Rule. One thing that I learned from 80/20 rule is that it requires the same effort and time for selling the $10,000 product or $1000 product. , DotCom Secret Book on Sales funnel, Nick Vujicic motivational books.

Tips for Newbie & Pros:  Ba Adad Ba Naseeb  Be Adab Be Naseeb. Respect those from whom you learn. For pros, I would suggest to be friend with a competitor and use to work in a mutual environment and build each other.

Where to Follow: Can follow on Idrees Farooq page. https://web.facebook.com/idreesfarooqjee/

 

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