Abu Ameera’s Success Story on Freelancing
How to take the very first step in online freelancing? Muhammad Abu Ameera talks about the hindrances he met during his journey towards being a successful freelancer and how he managed to overcome them.
Many job seekers have a lot of questions booming in their minds regarding work via the Internet, such as, “Is it a suitable area for my technical and soft skills? Do I have the needed skills that make me efficient to access this world? Why should I trust these online platforms? How will I deal with people I have never met before? How can I trust them? How will I get my receivables from clients?” And other such questions.
Above all, the most of what Mohammad was thinking about, after specializing in graphic design, was how to get the first job opportunity. He says, “I had a lot of frustrations at the beginning, to the extent that I had done designs (samples) for virtual clients in the hope of getting a project. However, I lacked the adequate trust in my skills, I was very persistent to prove myself.”
“I started enrolling in courses to develop my skills and interests in the field of freelancing, after many of my friends have advised me to go into this world that will be the threshold towards building up career and honing and bolstering my skills,” Muhammad says, “I was very enthusiastic, because soon I would become freelancer, and have many overseas clients, via social media and freelancing platforms. I always drew this picture in my mind to keep my enthusiasm kindled.”
“I joined the freelancing course at Gaza Gateway Social Enterprise, and after the completion of training course hours, I decided to promote my presence on social media platforms like Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook, to build up my own community of clients and designers,” Muhammad added, “I started publishing my portfolio of completed projects on social media, and, thanks to God, I got my first project on Twitter, it was a logo design for $ 80. At that stage, this project was one of the greatest achievements for me, I felt that my efforts had not gone fruitless. At the end of the project, I asked the client: “How did you find my profile?” He replied: “I was looking for designers in the Twitter search box and I found your account. I had a look at your works and liked your taste in design.”
“Use as many hashtags relevant to your skills as possible, to increase your account traffic on Twitter search engine”, Muhammad advises freelancers.
Muhammad says featuring GGateway “The simplest of my dreams was to find a suitable job, to prove myself, to build my future up and to create my independent personality in everything. GGateway helped me achieve what I wanted and aspired to, where I found the appropriate working environment with all facilities, for instance, fast Internet and uninterruptible electricity” and added, “The most useful thing I’ve learned during free incubation period at GGateway’s GHub, was getting aware of the specifics of online freelancing,” he said, “I do not forget when my first proposal was approved on Mostaqil freelancing platform after submitting several project proposals. After I completed the project, the client told me that I was one of the best freelancers he had ever dealt with. Although the work was not materially worthwhile, its moral value was greater as after my first job, I got more projects through Mostaqil.”
As for the reasons that prompted him to be a freelancer Muhammad elaborates, “The most important thing that made me insist on proceeding in freelancing filed was the economic situation of Gaza in particular. The vast majority of people attributes their problems to what is going on in Gaza, in particular, the lack of employment opportunities. For me, I have a permanent conviction that a person can reach his goal as long as you do not attribute your problems to flimsy arguments and as long as you do not put obstacles before yourself, which are mere illusions you draw to stay relaxed inside your comfort zone and to be satisfied with the status quo. From my experience, I found that the world of freelancing is capable of eliminating the problem of unemployment.”
For everyone who wants to enter this world, but has no idea how to start, or faces problems or obstacles that prevent him from stepping in this world, Muhammad advises: “Firstly, you should master your skill significantly, invest in yourself and develop your skills and abilities. Secondly, ask people who work in your major, and never be ashamed of asking, because if you do not ask you will remain ignorant, no matter how simple your questions are, always ask.Thirdly, stay updated of all the opportunities available by interested parties in this area such as GGateway and other institutions. Fourthly, all young men and women of IT majors should become familiar with the field of freelancing since the beginning of their university life. It is a great area that allows you to learn about many cultures, develop your personality and become a professional person by providing new values and expertise to your academic and professional life. Finally, keep trying and never pause, until you reach your goal.