An Interview with a Pakistani Freelancer- Rizwan Abbasi

OutsourcePK: Tell us about yourself?
Rizwan Abbasi: I am Software Engineering student at Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden. I did my bachelors in Computer Engineering from Comsats Abbottabad.

OutsourcePK: When did you start freelancing?
Rizwan Abbasi: I started freelancing regularly in 2010 although got my first project in 2009

OutsourcePK: Are you a full time freelancer or you do freelancing beside your job as part time?
Rizwan Abbasi: I am a part time freelancer.

OutsourcePK: Which Online Marketplace such as elance/odesk you use and which one you will recommend?
Rizwan Abbasi: I use odesk and will recommend odesk.

OutsourcePK: What kind of work you do online?
Rizwan Abbasi: – Mobile/Smartphone Website Development
– Smart Phone Simulator Development for your Website
– Shopping Carts
– Ecommerce store development
– Mobile Redirection Scripts
– WordPress Websites’ Management
– Implementing WordPress Security
– WordPress Websites’ maintenance
– Developing Membership Websites
– Developing Custom Affiliate Websites
– Developing High Quality Squeeze Pages

OutsourcePK: How many jobs/projects you have completed online so far?
Rizwan Abbasi: 14-18 in past but from a long time I am working with a client on hourly basis.

OutsourcePK: When did you get your first project online and what was your reaction?
Rizwan Abbasi: I got my first online project in 2009 and was quite excited and happy.

OutsourcePK: Do you have a blog/portfolio that you want to share with us?
Rizwan Abbasi: http://rizwanabbasi.com/

OutsourcePK: How many hours you work in a day and does this affect your social life as well?
Rizwan Abbasi: I work around 10 hrs/week. As, I am currently in a European country so there is no social life here.

OutsourcePK: Your best and worst experience working as a freelancer?
Rizwan Abbasi: My best experience is with my current client and worst was with a Romanian client as she paid too less but was expecting too much.

OutsourcePK: What kind of advice would you like to give to people interested in Freelancing?
Rizwan Abbasi: -Polish your skills (of course, your skill’s list will grow while working)
-Be up to date with the international market
-Always be fair, never never never cheat.
-Work until your client is happy.(within the contract)

OutsourcePK: Share your online profile links
Rizwan Abbasi:https://www.odesk.com/o/profiles/users/_~01ce9829e01e00f434/

OutsourcePK: What do you think are the pros/cons of freelancing
Rizwan Abbasi: It’s a huge debate
Pros:
-Flexible wrt timings
-Work whenever you want
-You can earn healthy amount
– You can easily work while studying.
– Location doesn’t matter, you can work from any corner of the world, client just needs work.
Cons:
-Social life disturbance
-Timings (Day/Night) are affected
-You don’t have fixed income like an employee.
-There is no guarantee of work. Sometimes you’ll too much work and sometimes you’ll be sitting idle.
-Another big disadvantage of freelancing in Pakistan is that it is difficult to convince some people that you’re working and earning online.

OutsourcePK: Last Question: It is very difficult to get your first project online so would you like to share any tips/tricks to get your first project online?
Rizwan Abbasi:
Fresh lancers are always inspired by other freelancers in friends’ circle, social circle and/or family. Due to this inspiration, they have high expectations from the very start.
-The very first advice is to keep your rate low.
-Showcase your skills and experience in a simple way.
-Have a portfolio/website to showcase your past projects.
-It is good to have a blog. I’ll strongly recommend you to have an active blog if you’re in content writing, article writing or SEO niche.
-Search for the projects because a very few projects are posted only for beginners and client explicitly mentions so.
-Do not commit for what you can’t do because if you got the project and you’re unable to do that task, then there is high probability that it was your last project as freelancer.
-If possible, mention to the client that you’re experienced and skilled(if you’re experienced and have skills) and you have kept your rate low because you want a start up.

Review of Samsung Galaxy Nexus

World’s First phone to operate on Android 4.0:Ice Cream Sandwich was Samsung Galaxy Nexus. Within a year of difference between its first release, it is not world’s first smartphone to run on Android 4.1:Jelly Bean. Talking about the design and features of Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the first catch is its 4.6 inches screen which attracts the market by following the supersizing of smartphone trend. Although it has a fairly wide screen, but the smartphone is slim and fits in the user’s hand. Back of the phone is textured and the lock button is also positioned very strategically.
Although the phone looks very promising but it lacks sufficient storage. It does not support a SD card. This makes it useless for all sorts of storing purposes.

The smartphone possesses 1.2Ghz processing speed and relates in its specifications to Samsung Galaxy S2. Although it supports only a 5MP camera, but the image quality however is fairly good. Samsung Galaxy Nexus has no delay during the picture taking process. It instantaneously captures the picture on single click and returns to the new photo. This phone has however made a huge impact on the smartphone industry and created a high target for upcoming smartphones .

Sample Cover Letters for Odesk

Good Morning.

I have reviewed your project and believe I am the right person for the job. I have more than two years of experience programming, and have worked for other comparable websites. My employers continue to be pleased with my final product, and often wish to hire me for future work.  I live in Pakistan and am on GMT+5. I can begin working on your project immediately. You can feel free to add me on skype so we can further discuss this job. I am an honest and loyal worker and believe we can both benefit from forming a working relationship.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Sincerely,

Dear Hiring Manager,

I am prepared to devote fifteen hours per week to your company. My daily schedule can be adjusted to fit your specific needs. I am completely flexible and my first priority is always my employer. I would appreciate the opportunity to help you ensure a successful project. You will never have cause to regret hiring me for this job. You may contact me directly at any time to further discuss this position.

Sir,

I can easily adapt my hours to fit your needs.  You can contact me through skype/google talk. When we have reviewed your project in further detail, I will be better able to assess the cost and create a workable deadline. Your satisfaction is my main goal. I am always open to negotiation. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have.

Thank you for your time.

Sir,

This assignment can easily be completed by me within your time frame and budget. I work quickly and efficiently and always work hard to please my employer. I never sign off on a project until my employer is completely satisfied. Because of this trait, I am often sought after for long-term work. Please do not hesitate to ask if you have any further questions.

Best Regards

Dear Sir,

I am very interested in completing this task for you. I can assure you that the completed project will be delivered in a timely manner. In the three years I have been working on this site, I have never missed a deadline. The prospect of a long term business relationship with you is highly appealing.  I look forward to discussing this with you after this arrangement proves mutually satisfying.

I hope to hear from you soon.

Sir,

I have read and reviewed the requirements necessary for this assignment. I have completed many similar projects to my employers’ full satisfaction. I know I can complete this task for you quickly and efficiently. I always guarantee my work by assuring my employer that I will not stop working on the project until they are 100% happy with the final product.  Let’s talk about this soon so we can get this project going for you.

Hello!

We are extremely interested in your project. We have reviewed all the necessary requirements and know with our expertise we can perform this task to your satisfaction. As we progress through the assignment, we will keep you posted with regular updates. If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to ask. Our number one priority is ensuring your happiness with our work. We can be available to work at any time that fits your needs. We hope to begin working together with you soon.

Dear Sir,

We have reviewed the requirements for your posted project and are eager to begin. We have five years of experience creating websites. We have helped develop almost five hundred websites in this time and can assure you that we will work hard to make yours something to be proud of. We specialize in making websites as user friendly as possible, and we never forget to make it look good throughout. Your utmost satisfaction is our number one priority. We will continue to tweak the website until you are 100% happy. Thank you for allowing us this opportunity to serve you.

Happy Bidding!

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