Do not put all your eggs in one basket; you’ll find a mess in no time. I have been doing this mistake several times in my freelancing career and I learned a lot.
So, learn from my mistakes.
I earned my very first salary by working on Upwork as a freelancer while doing my University studies. My best friend created an Upwork profile for me (It was called oDesk at that time) and even applied for the jobs behalf of me.
Finally, I got a job for a thin hourly rate which even unable to cover my internet bill. However, I had to accept that because my goal was proving my skills and displaying some “worked hours” on my profile as a beginner.
From that day, I worked hard and developed my oDesk profile step by step. Within few years, I became a TOP RATED freelancer in my category.
Earning my first salary (just about 20$) was very excited even if it was tiny. I can’t express that feeling here. Since then, I have been working on several projects simultaneously, in day and night for years. I earned enough for my family and me.
But when you have achieved things, that excitement loses. That happens to all of us.
It happened to me too. I almost lost the interest of working as a freelancer because it is annoying and desperate to convince clients of a new project. The competition was unbearably high.
You know, that lack of interest, merely lead me to a financial crisis. I even had to go for a bank loan.
- Most of the freelancing websites do not care about the freelancers. Their priority is for clients.
- Your profiles could be suspended by the website for breaking their rules.
- The website could be broken or shut down anytime.
- Your profile/applications could be hidden from clients because of technical problems (it happened to me while they were upgrading).
If any of these things happened to your freelancer profile, what should you do? Nothing! You’ll have to walk away and start over. That is why you must have a backup plan.
I did not invest in any other business, did not start my own business or didn’t even save some money. I just bought fancy things on eBay, expensive food, expensive hotels, road trips etc………..
However, I’m proud of one thing I did. I spent the large portion for my parents and my sister.
My point is, working as a freelancer on Upwork without investing in other business will not be good for your health too.
Do not be motivated by money. Start your own business. You will fail, and have to face severe consequences with every single failure but, you should not be afraid. Every failure shows how to do it right.
As I said in the beginning, I learned a from my mistakes. Now I know exactly what and where I did wrong. So, I soon started my blog. I may fail, but at least I tried.
My real goal is not the money with my blog at least for now but, when I wanted, I should have something well established.
So, I’m preparing for the game. Others are already playing the game. I know that but, I’m not too late yet. That is how I wanna think.
I spent all my time just for seeking new projects and working on them for years. Sometimes, I had to work overtime, work for free, I’m cheated. I drained my energy for others this whole time. Now, I want to be my own boss.
The first step is always the hardest. I have done the hardest part. You should too.