From $1/hr to $33/hr in freelancing (My little success story)

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First of all, thanks a lot for clicking here.

Not here to brag, just want to inspire and motivate the little guys who are frustrated.

I hope this will help someone out there.

Okay it was the year 2009, I already had a blog and was making money from selling advertising. I was making barely $50-$60/month.

I saw a website called odesk (now Upwork.com) and saw people there earning $10/hour

I said WOW people making that much!!

If I make that much, then it would be a killing!!

Then I joined; I followed their guidelines and created my profile.

Now in freelancing, you can join free and make a profile..

But,

To make money you have to offer a service.

And since I don't have any work experience in that site, no ratings
it's hard for me to get a job.

I got into my PC and collected everything I ever made. Like little logos, banners, simple pages I made with HTML and put them on my profile.

Now I bid on every job I could.

I knew how to design a logo, banners and setup a blog in blogspot.

I started with that.

I bid for 1 month with no such response.

I finally got an interview for a banner designer for $1/hour job.

I was HAPPY, not cause of the money but because now I will have some track record.

REMEMBER: Your track record and experience like hours, reviews, feedback is your asset.

Then I did 7 hours of work. Designed 5 banners and earned $7.

Depending on that experience in my portfolio I bid for some more work.

The next job I got was $6/hr. I got 2 jobs @ $6/hr each.

I worked and earned around $50 each week and that was great.

My next job I got was for $8/hr, I worked a couple of jobs at that price point.

My job was to customize wordpress and blogger themes, tweak them etc.

Then my next job I charged $10/hr.

Then $12/hr.

I learned that I cannot just put all my energy in odesk.

If someday odesk bans my account, I will lose everything.

So I created a portfolio on my own site for my blog readers.

Soon people kept coming from my blog and google search asking for help with their websites.

I then started to charge what I wanted. I charged $100 per website.

Then $200, 300, 500 per website.

In odesk I made my hourly rate $25 and I got one or two jobs at that price.

But most jobs I got at that price off site from my personal contacts I built over time throughout the years.

To wrap things up:

I went from $1/hr to $33/hr, you take a few things from me,

#1 Start small, and use what you have, even if you get paid just $1
#2 Get experience and build your track record
#3 Keep adding new skills, learn new things everyday.
I did not got $10/hr job by offering $1 skills. I learned and improved my skills.

#4 Don't depend on the job sites, build your own site when you can
#5 Have patience
#6 Value your clients more than the money
#7 Don't be afraid/hesitate to ask for money because,
#8 I earned $10/hr because I asked for it

Now the way I did things few years back, you may not get success in odesk(or upwork) today because now the competition is huge for newbies.

But as long as you have some skills and are willing to learn, you will never run out of work, no matter which platform you work.

I hope this helps and thanks for reading!!

Update: Hi, please check my upwork profile (it was odesk previously) for proof: https://www.upwork.com/users/~01497d49ca4f384680
#$1 or hr #$33 or hr #freelancer #freelancing #selling services #story #success
  • Profile picture of the author salegurus
    Where's the link to the site where you take freelancing jobs? The one in your sig is just going to another get rich quick page....
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    • Profile picture of the author tamalanwar
      Originally Posted by salegurus View Post

      Where's the link to the site where you take freelancing jobs? The one in your sig is just going to another get rich quick page....
      I work at odesk as I said earlier, if you look at the proof page, you should be able to see the payments from odesk. If you wish I can provide you the full track record from odesk (now upwork)
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    Nice story and congrats on your success. I did freelancing for the last 13 months and made some decent money making videos for clients. I had a lot of repeat customers. The problem I have with this kind of work is that you are always working per project or oer hour. There is no passive income factor from freelancing. I worked my tail off freelancing making up to $1,000 per mo th but I got so burned out I quit last month. It has been a refreshing break to not have the new jobs in my basket everyday. I agree that the best strategy if doi g this kind if work is to have your own website, your own service, your own customers, and mor importantly hour own prices.
    I have decided to focus on other methods to build my online business. Not sure if I will freelance again.
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    • Profile picture of the author tamalanwar
      Originally Posted by SupplementTalk View Post

      Nice story and congrats on your success. I did freelancing for the last 13 months and made some decent money making videos for clients. I had a lot of repeat customers. The problem I have with this kind of work is that you are always working per project or oer hour. There is no passive income factor from freelancing. I worked my tail off freelancing making up to $1,000 per mo th but I got so burned out I quit last month. It has been a refreshing break to not have the new jobs in my basket everyday. I agree that the best strategy if doi g this kind if work is to have your own website, your own service, your own customers, and mor importantly hour own prices.
      I have decided to focus on other methods to build my online business. Not sure if I will freelance again.
      Yep you are right and I felt the same too when I did not work for some time and got hit hard financially. I am now working on passive income sources like adsense sites, udemy courses and stuff. Doing freelancing on the side because #1 it brings money quickly & #2 it helps me practice my web design skills.
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    Hey gret results!
    thank you for sharing. remember: traffic is the key§!
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  • Profile picture of the author adtech2
    nice and motivating advice for all of us who are trying their level best to earn legit money
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    Congrats bro, you put that work in you derserve all the results you getting.
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  • Profile picture of the author MikeFriedman
    It's a shame that a thread like this got moved to this Mind Warriors section where almost nobody will ever read it. Not sure what the mods are thinking.
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    • Profile picture of the author tamalanwar
      Originally Posted by MikeFriedman View Post

      It's a shame that a thread like this got moved to this Mind Warriors section where almost nobody will ever read it. Not sure what the mods are thinking.
      Shame.. just shame.
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  • Profile picture of the author PennyBurgess
    what a wonderful journey, so glad you came through! Best wishes for your journey ahead
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  • Profile picture of the author SandraGenJobs
    Such a motivating and inspiring story. Hope everyone that's starting up freelancing has the same luck as you!
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    That is good. Hard work pays.....
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