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Super Star Freelancer: 1- The Basics and Getting Started

teacher avatar Mamdouh Kaldas, Adobe Education Trainer and Freelancing Instructor

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    • 1. Super Star Freelancer Part 1 Promo

    • 2. Pros and Cons of Freelancing

    • 3. My Freelancing Experience

    • 4. Challenges of a New Freelancer

    • 5. The Best Freelancing Sites

    • 6. Best Payment Options for Freelancers

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 Have you ever thought of becoming a Freelancer?

Do you want to know what is freelancing and why it might be the right fit for you?

Have you ever thought, where could I work as a freelancer?

Do you want to know what are the best options for getting paid as a freelancer?

And a lot more.


This is the First of a multi-part series on Freelancing, Don't Miss the Other parts of the series.

Part 2Super Star Freelancer: Winning at Freelancing

Part 3: Super Star Freelancer: Grow Your Business

Part 4: Super Star Freelancer: Freelancing on the Go

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Mamdouh Kaldas

Adobe Education Trainer and Freelancing Instructor


I am a certified Adobe Education Trainer and have worked as a trainer for a couple of years and recently moved into becoming an Online Instructor.

Graduated as a pharmacist, I found my passion in technology and from learning to teaching, I spend most of my time in front of my computer learning new skills, freelancing and creating online courses to help you learn those same skills with ease.

I am also a freelancer with 9+ years of experience working with WordPress and Graphic Design.

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1. Super Star Freelancer Part 1 Promo : Have you ever thought of becoming a freelancer? Do you want to know what is freelancing and why it might be the right fit for you? Have you ever thought where could I work as a freelancer? And what are the best online sides? Do you want to know what are the best options for getting paid as a freelancer? All of that, and a lot more will be covered in this port one off the superstar freelancing Siri's basics and getting started. So enroll today and get ready to becoming a superstar freelancer. I've been working as a freelancer for over eight years, and during this period I managed to get a lot of experience in the field. And I will teach you a lot that you need to know to get started quickly. I've also been teaching freelancing for over two years now, and I have a lot off successful students who managed to get started and become superstars themselves. So care to join us 2. Pros and Cons of Freelancing: So let's start by asking this question. What is freelancing? Freelancing simply means working on your own, doing the jobs that you like being your own boss and getting to choose the kind of work that you do and everything with your own terms. Sounds nice, but what's really good about it? Some people think that this is freelancing, being ableto chill out near the sea, doing nothing and just earning money and enjoying yourself. But is this true? Well, not really. When you are a freelancer, you are free to choose. Went to work. You can said the time you'd like to work and then take the rest of the day or the rest of the time off to enjoy yourself. You also get to choose what kind of things that you like to do. Maybe you're a designer. You like to work on certain types of projects, a translator or whatever. So you get to choose the kind of work that you do. Also, you pick your clients yourself so you are free to choose. Who are your clients? You can accept clients refuse others. So you have this freedom. Also, at some point you will be able to determine how much you will get paid, you will be able to set your own price is maybe this won't happen from the start. But later on you'll be able to do this and determine how much your services is worth. And also a freelancer has no boss. Well, this might not be very accurate, but kind off. I have no boss because each project you do and the project owner is like a temporary boss for you at that time. So is it all advantages? Well, of course not. There are some throwbacks or disadvantages about freelance sick, and you need to take care of them and know them from the start. First thing when you are when you're a freelancer, your mostly working alone. So you get to spend a lot of time on your own sitting in front of your computer, and this can affect your social life a little bit. So you need to take care of this and said the right times for working and take the rest of the time off so your social life doesn't get affected. Also, as a freelancer, you don't have a fixed income, so it's not like you get paid every month, a certain amount of time. Sometimes there is work, so there's money coming in and you're very happy. Other times there is no work and you have to start looking for jobs and you don't have enough. So you need to take care of that and be careful when spending as a freelance. Some people, I think this is some kind off insecurity where you don't have fixed income, but it has its pros and cons also in your freelance. So you don't have an insurance like you what you get when you're working for a company. So you need toe make, ah, make that into account and have some side expenses in case you need to pay for mets or go to the doctor at any point. Also, when you're a freelancer, if you don't be careful from the start, your health can suffer. And this is something that everybody who's used to sitting in front of the computer for long hours experiences and we will have ah, a particular lecture dedicated for this talking about how to protect your health and make sure you don't get hurt by being a freelance. Thank you 3. My Freelancing Experience: Hello and welcome to this lecture, where I'm going to give you a quick overview about my experience as a freelanced. I started doing freelancing work in 2000 and eight, started with the site called Scree Plants, that was later acquired by Freelancer. This is my profile on the freelance of the Com website. As you can see, I have rating off five out of five stars from 173 reviews. I have a 99% completion rate and 29% repeat high rate. It's all indicators off, good client satisfaction and quality work. This is part of my profile this or the exams that I have taken on the site. And, as you can see here, this is some of that reviews from the clients on the projects I've worked on. That's my experience. Let's have a look at another part off freelancer dot com. They have something called freelance. Three words, he said. The badges that you earned along the way, when you do work and finish projects successfully, I'm currently at level 18 out of 20 levels where the whole system works. My ranking is 10,000 around 10,007 hundreds out of, Ah, the whole freelancer. That campsite has over 18 million users. Right now, I'm ranked about in the top 10,000 freelances. So, as you can see, I have a lot of experience and most of my work is done on financial dot com. I also work at another site, which is up Work up work has been the marriage off balance and old disk. I have another good job success rate, which is 94% okay, that's the number of jobs I've I've done. And he is my work history of some of the ratings and reviews from past clients. As you can see, I really take care toe. Keep this at the best level. I could, because it really affects how you you get awarded projects later on on. This is Ah, 3rd 1 where I do some work which is involved, too. Stood you. I've been with invited. Stood you since 2013. I've done 122 jobs with the recommended rate of 99% and it was repeat clients. This is some of the services that I provide on the site. And here you can see some of the recommendations and reviews that were written about my work from the clients. So through the years, I managed to help a lot of young people to start freelancing and achieve success in freelancing. And I'll do my best to help you also during this course, to get started as a freelancer and take the right steps in the right order so that you can succeed as well and become one of the most famous freelancers and achieve your goals in the long room. Thank you. 4. Challenges of a New Freelancer: So now, after we've seen what is freelancing, what are the pros and cons off freelancing? Let's discuss the challenges that you might face when you decide to become a freelance as we know that freelancing. It's something that you do on a worldwide scale. So now you're audience is the whole world, and you can have clients from every and each country in the whole world. So what exactly are these challenges and how can you deal with them? We can mention three main challenges that you will face. 1st 1 is the language barrier, because you might be able to speak one or two languages, but clients can speak. These languages can speak other languages, and sometimes there are different accents. So language definitely is a challenge that you will need to work on and know how toe tackle and improve. Another thing is time zones. Different time zones can create ah, difficulty in communication and being able to they get in touch with clients at the same time or at their work times. Also, there are some terms, like very specific terms that are used in the freelancing feel that you need to be aware off so that you can understand how these ah field works and how to use them properly. Let's take the language barriers, of course. Ah, we can assume that English is the the first language used worldwide, and thus it's the most common language that you will find on most off the freelancing sites . So if you're a native English speaker, that would be a great thing. If not, then you will need to work hard on improving your English. But also it's very helpful to know other languages. So if you can speak Spanish, French, German, whatever, any other language, that would give you an extra advantage that you will find clients looking for somebody who can speak their language fluently. So it's very good to work on your language skills and try to improve them, learn new languages and improve the way you can communicate in this language is second thing is, you got to know the time you got to know the time difference because, as you see, there is a vast difference between ah different countries. So, for example, somebody living in ah, in the United States, let's say, on the West Coast there is a huge time difference between him and somebody living in Egypt or in India or so. So you need to be aware of this difference and know how to calculate the difference. So, for example, if the client says that I'd like to have a Skype interview with you or have ah on online meeting at whatever time you need to be ableto translate that time into your local time so that you would know when to wait for the client went to contact him and when he should be expecting you. This is an important thing, and you will find and a quiz which will ask you to try to figure out the time so you can practice and know how to do this. Her thing is the most important freelancing terms. This is some examples Projects contest bit my stone s crew for fall, you skills exams, profile, feedback withdrew, among others. And I will prepare a dedicated pdf for you that you can refer toa to understand the meaning off this words. And if you find any off them difficult, please feel free to ask so I can help you understand them better. These are like the most important challenges There will be other challenges that you will face and that you need to cope with. But we've covered the most important and hope you found that helpful. 5. The Best Freelancing Sites: in this lecture, we're going to cover this important question. Where could I work as a freelancer? What are the best sites and what's the difference between them? And how can I choose the site that I would want to work on and make good money and goods work? We will divide these sites into three main categories. 1st 1 are the general sites for the major freelancing sites. Examples for these are freelancers would come and up work. And the way these sites work is that a client it comes to the site and then posts his project explaining exactly what he wants to do. What kind off project that he wants done on the site. OK, he posts his project. He says, I want to do so. And so my budget is between like 50 and $200 I'm interested in seeing your bits. Okay. Freelancers entered orbits by saying that I will do this for you. I will take $100 I will need like 10 days. And then all the bids are presented. Toe the project owner where he compares them, looks for the bids off the freelancers looks for their experience on, then decides which one toe award the project to once he does that. The project starts with the freelancer. He has chosen the freelancer works, delivers the work and then gets paid for his work. That's the model these sites work with as general freelancing sites. Freelance of that come is by far the biggest freelancing site worldwide's as as we speak, they have over 17 million members. This is a huge number, and here you can find work in virtually any field that you can think off. Whether you're a designer, you're a developer, you're a translator copywriter. Whatever field, you will find something for you on freelancer that come. It's really easy to start with freelancer. It's very nice, but at the same time there is a large competition. We will cover a freelancer dot com in details later on, and we'll see the interface off the site and how to use everything on its the other sites, which is a great one also is up. Work up work. Ah, is the residue off the merge between islands and or desk, which has happened recently. It's a great site. It has improved and has combined the benefits of both sides into one. So it's really nice. They have a great system, and you will certainly enjoy working with up work if you decide to go for it and choose upward. Now, there is a different type off sites, which is called contest sites. Countess cites examples are 99 designs and higher the world. This works a bit differently, and it mainly works by. The client comes saying that, for example, I would like to design a logo and designers apply for the job by submitting drafts or designs for his look. And then he looks across all the designs, picks the one that he likes most and awards his project toe this designer on. Then they worked together to do the final touches, and the designer wins this contest and 99 designs is very famous for this, and as the name implies, the client can get up to 99 designs for his projects and you, if you're a designer, you can make a real good money. If you can win the contest and get awarded the prize money, which is usually a lot of money for such projects, something similar is higher. The world and, as they say, they're number one in logo Web and graphic design. It's also a contest site where you would offer your designs for the contest. And if you win, you get awarded the money. And, um, that's the way it works. 1/3 type off ah of freelancing sites is the service sites. Service sites work by a different method. You create a service saying that, for example, I'm a designer. I can do flyers. My flyer costs $50 it completely includes Ah, double face design with an a four size. And you put all the specs that you will usedto deliver your fight. The client then looks browses through surfaces and then he picks yours. He pays for the service and then you deliver the work. Okay, so in this ah, model, the client looks for you. He finds you, he finds the talent that he's looking for. And then you get to work. When example is fibre and fibre is known for ah, $5 services or gigs, as they call it, where each service starts at $5. And then there are extras that you can charge on the client pace for for example, if he likes to take his, um, his service quickly, then he has to pay extra. If he would like to have, like the source files for the designs, he has to pay extra and so on, and that's the way fiver works. The second example is ISS in voter Stood You. It works similar to fiver by being a service sites, but it's a more premium one. If you'd like to apply for in Battle stood you you don't just join, you have to apply, and they will check your work, check your portfolio on, then accept you if they see that you work meets their standards. And thus the services are much higher, Lee priced than the $5 off fiver. So you would find services starting maybe at $50 going out up all toe, 304 100 for a single service. So ah, there's a higher pay. But at the same time, the site takes a large percentage of your earnings. So, for in voters stood you for, for example, the commission that the site takes is 30% out of each service that you pay that you sell, or every money that you get, they take 30% out of it, whereas for five or it's just 20% only. So you need toe. Understand this concept and at the same time, know what commission will be subtracted from your money before you decide where to work and put your services on. Now, before we go any further, please try to take some time to browse through all of the sites that we've mentioned, okay? And try to find out a couple of things so that you would get more familiar with this sides . Okay, try to look at each site and see what's special about it. What did you find most interesting or most special about each sites? Okay, second thing, Try to learn about the membership level. Some of these sites have membership levels, so you can start by a free membership, and then you get to upgrade and get more benefits by ah, already good membership. So try to read about that and see how you can figure out what differences between these sites and also try toe. Take note off the fees, each of them charges so that you would know ah, before starting work. What he's will be subtracted are deducted from your pay as a commission for each side of them. Okay. Trying to do this, we will help you and will. You will become more familiar with these sites and would be more comfortable when we start creating your accounts on each of them. 6. Best Payment Options for Freelancers: how to get paid for my work is a question that comes to the mind of everyone who is starting with free lands. There are lots of payment options, and there are many ways that you can work with so that you can make sure that you will get paid for your work. First thing. Let me clarify that when working with freelancing sites, you don't deal financially directly with clients, but rather this happens via the side that you are working on. So whenever you finish the job, the client does not send you the money to your bank account but rather sense it to your account on the site. So, for example, let's say we're working on freelancer. The client pays freelancer, and then you get toe with royal money from freelance. So there's no direct financial contact between you and the client. Okay, One thing that people care about a lot is how can I make sure that I will get my? There's a number of off steps that you can ah do to make sure that you will get paid. First thing is always toe work through freelancing sites, especially when starting out these sites offer something called s Crew. And this crack out means that the client pays the money into the escrow accounts and you start working, Then the client Kant's withdrew the money or take it back. Okay, He can release it spot, release it only to your accounts. So this protects you from the client cheating on you. Also, at the same time, you can take the money and run away and don't deliver the work. So the client is also protected on. This makes ah, the freelancing sites a safe environment for both the client and the feelings. Okay, let's talk in details about the payment options. The most famous payment option available worldwide is PayPal. PayPal is very famous for the safety and security it provides for its clients, and it's accepted everywhere. On almost every freelancing sites, you can use PayPal toe. Withdraw your money. I know it's not available in in a number of countries worldwide, but as a general rule, it's available in over 200 countries worldwide. So if PayPal is available in your country, that would be your first option to go and open accounts a free account with paper and you can start accepting money from day one using your PayPal accounts. The second option, if you find papal not available is krill. Scrim is a seven or service that works just like paper. And it's acceptable also in a number off freelancing sites, not all of them, but in a large number, especially off the large freelancing sites. You will be able toe, enter your Skrill account and then withdraw your money to your Skrill account. Die the third option, and I find this highly targeted words. Freelancers is the pain. Near Pioneer is a service that gives you, ah, debit court A MasterCard. Okay, you get this card, you don't have to have a bank account or anything, just the card. The money gets transferred to your card account, and then you can go to any 80 and machine and withdraw your money directly. So if you don't have a bank account, if you can open a PayPal or a screen account, you can just have pain. Here you will apply for it, and the cards get sent to you by mail. Once you receive it, you activate the court, and then you can use it to withdraw money from most of the freelancing sites now they accept Spain. Okay, I find this very useful, very helpful. And they keep all the time adding more services and more features. And I'm sure every freelancer ah will find Pioneer a very interesting option to use to withdraw money.