In the previous article, I mentioned how I became a freelancer.
I started my freelancing on the 28th of January, 2013, however, it was only after 4 months that I got the motivation brought by the financial crisis that we’ve faced.
Determined to learn oDesk (before it was bought by Upwork) platform I managed my way out by learning a new skill which eventually helped me land my first “real” contract.
An Uphill Battle at the Start
Getting jobs at the start was really an uphill battle. But every time I received a rejection message, I learned from it and did my best to improve and avoid the same mistake again.
Every rejection has offered me an opportunity to explore. I learned insights and by putting these together, I discovered that there is a pattern on how to do the things right.
So I picked up these pieces and started coming up a plan which I implemented. By and by, I noticed that I started receiving invitations from clients.
At the start, I just received a couple of invites in a month, but as time goes by, the numbers went up.
Job Invitations Declined?
That was the time when the numbers started to overwhelm me. This was the time when I received 28 job invitations in 2 months. But I declined 24 of them.
The following are screenshots of my archived invitations from my Upwork profile, starting from the most recent within the 2-month period.
The secret to success is not on saying “Yes” to opportunities but on saying “No.” The very reason why I declined 24 of the 28 new job invitations I received in 2 months was not due to the clients were not verified, but because these opportunities were not aligned to my freelancing goals.Why I declined 24 new job invitations I received from Upwork in two months? Click To Tweet
Needless to say, some clients were cunning. They try to make you believe that your tasks were just easy, or something that you can’t refuse when offered a low rate. But little by little, you will find yourself switching to complicated tasks.
How did I learn this?
During the interview, I took the opportunity to interview the client too! In this way, I gain a better understanding of the details of the job. This, in turn, gave me the opportunity to get a true feel for the job, whether it’s aligned to my goals, passion, or work ethics.
When I find out that it’s the other end of the line, I declined.
I did not regret it. In fact, that was the wisest decision I have ever made in my entire freelancing career. And looking back to the time when I started freelancing way back June 2013, I am so blessed and really grateful.
Freelancing has quadrupled my income. That even though I got only $70 dollars left on my paycheck every month as a full-time high school teacher, but I am fully blessed because I got freelancing on my side.
Through freelancing, I and my wife were able to travel, establish a business, buy an iPhone for my job, a scooter, and hopefully build a house by the end of this year.
This is not to boast of my achievement but to uplift freelancing as a career that can give you a fortune only if you are really determined to succeed.