How Freelancing Changed My Life

I love freelancing. I love everything about freelancing. The best thing about freelancing? FREEDOM! My life is changed when I started freelancing and I love the changes!

Here’s how freelancing has changed my life, so far:

Time Management

I think this is the most important aspect of all. I can manage time better when I get to control my own working hours. I get to spend more time for myself every day! I barely get to see daylight 10 years ago (being stuck in a shopping mall working as a retail assistant). Now I get to spend more time outdoor, either at beautiful parks or enjoy delicious coffee(s)* at coffee shops.

Health Improvement

I used to get ill really often when I was working in retail, and it was terrible (who wants to get ill anyway?). I spent quite a fortune on medical expenses and I hated it. Now, my health has improved tremendously, physically and mentally. Truly loving my life!

Relationship Improvement

I hardly had any time to spend with my family when I was working in retail due to the long working hours but now I get to hang out with family and friends all the time (well… most of the time). It is very important for me to spend time with my parents mum (after all, we are not getting any younger! Also, my dad passed away in early 2016).

Personal Growth

I have always wanted to study Psychology and I got the chance two years after I started freelancing. I am taking it slow and steady but I am definitely getting there (in fact, my last semester would be Jan 2018, meaning I would be eligible to graduate in late 2018)! Apart from that, I have learned so much from mentors around the world such as Problogger. I truly enjoyed the experience and happy to gain more knowledge every day.

New Opportunities

Freelancing has opened many doors for me, and it never ceases to amaze me. It is a wonderful journey and I get to meet many new friends around the world. The best part of all, I get to work with many amazing people with beautiful souls and I learned so much from them. You will be amazed at how much you can learn, and how many people you get to meet when you run your own business. It also allows you to focus more on yourself, and your business.

CONCLUSION

Freelancing has much to offer to those who seek freedom and change of lifestyle. If you are considering a change of career, it is never too late to start freelancing.

*I do enjoy coffee, and if I have it my way, I might have more than one cup of coffee a day, so feel free to fund my coffee addiction 🙂

Book of the Day: Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is shaping our Future by Ashlee Vance

Elon Musk

There are few industrialists in history who could match Elon Musk’s relentless drive and ingenious vision. A modern alloy of Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Howard Hughes, and Steve Jobs, Musk is the man behind PayPal, Tesla Motors, SpaceX, and SolarCity, each of which has sent shock waves throughout American business and industry. – from the Inside Flap

Here’s a very interesting book, if you love technology and everything that revolves around it. “Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is shaping our Future” by Ashlee Vance is one of the latest books for any aspiring and existing entrepreneurs to read.

Ranked #9 in Business category and #18 in Entrepreneurship, it is a must-have book for those who seek to understand both technology and entrepreneurship. It provides amazing insights on Elon Musk (background, life journey & achievements).

Discover the life of one of the most prominent figures in the silicon valley with this book. You can get it in different versions.

Kindle | Hardcover | Paperback | Audio CD

*I do enjoy coffee, and if I have it my way, I might have more than one cup of coffee a day, so feel free to fund my coffee addiction 🙂

Old But Gold: Freelancing Scam – 7 Tips to Spot a Potential Scam

Original article – Freelancing Scams – Equipped Yourself With These Tips (Jan, 2009)

Second article – Signs of Freelancing Scams (April, 2011)

Third article – Identifying Freelancing Scams (Nov, 2012)

 

I have written about freelancing scam back in 2009, 2011 & 2012 and it is never too late to have an update and recap.

Here’s 7 tips (updated) on how to spot a potential freelancing scam:

  1. Your instinct. Believe it or not, this is actually very important and also the easiest way to detect a potential scam. If it feels too good to be true, then it is probably 99% scam.
  2. Vague or unclear job description in a job ad. I don’t trust any potential clients who are not willing to spend some time explaining the job with all the important details.
  3. Paid to get paid – it means you are being asked to pay in advance in order to score a job.
    WARNING: Never pay anyone in advance for a job that you don’t even know if you will be hired / paid. It is even better if you don’t pay anyone for any job at all! Remember, you should not be paying money in advance to get a job. Sites such as Elance (aka Upwork) and Guru charge a certain fee (usually around 10%) but that is only after you get paid through their Escrow payment system.
  4. Free samples (most common for jobs related to writing and design).
  5. Attempt to avoid Escrow – this is common on freelancing sites such as Elance (aka Upwork). They will do everything they can to persuade you to use a different payment method.
    NOTE: If you are on freelancing sites such as Elance (aka Upwork), you are not allowed to use a different payment method. If you insist on using a different payment method other than through their site, you are held responsible for your own action. They would not be able to do anything if you are being scammed (i.e. not getting paid).
  6. Paid samples – sounds good right? No! Although not all jobs that require “paid” samples are scams, it is best to be cautious! This might be a trick to “fish” you into providing them free content. Beware! If in doubt, refer to tip #1.
  7. Contests that require you to sign an IP Deed, probably asking you to hand over your IP rights to the organiser, so make sure you do a background check before entering any contests.

BONUS TIP

Look out for these words or sentences –

“Very easy data entry job…”

“Native-speaking english writers…”

Any additional tips? Leave a comment!

*I do enjoy coffee, and if I have it my way, I might have more than one cup of coffee a day, so feel free to fund my coffee addiction 🙂

Free Stock Images (Including HD Images)

Updated: 1 August 2017 – I have added even more sites with FREE HD stock images/photos! (and also removed some of the sites that are not relevant)

I am constantly on the look out for free stock images and here’s a list of stock images websites providing free stock images (some of them provide HD stock images, woohoo!). So, go crazy on choosing the perfect stock image for any usage!

Free HD Stock Images

Free Stock Images

123rf.com – Go here for a list of free stock images. Go here if you would like to sign up, buy premium stock images and help support me (affiliate link).

Note: Some websites require credit line (a link back to the photographer / stock image site) in order to use the free images. Please check the T&C before downloading images from the websites mentioned above.

Disclaimer: All information posted is correct at the time of posting.

*I do enjoy coffee, and if I have it my way, I might have more than one cup of coffee a day, so feel free to fund my coffee addiction 🙂

Can You Freelance with No Experience?

Can you freelance with no experience?

Yes, that’s a question in my mind, when I first “thought” about freelancing. It was years ago and somehow it feels like only yesterday, when I asked myself the question.

After searching Google for some time, I noticed that there are many experts discussing the same subject.

However, I love these 3 articles:

  1. Mashable – http://mashable.com/2013/06/09/freelancing-getting-started/This article is excellent. 5 pointers to get anyone started in the freelancing business.
  2. Freelance Folder – http://freelancefolder.com/how-to-start-freelancing-with-no-experience/FF came up with 3 key questions to help anyone who wants to jump into the freelancing industry.
  3. Wikihow – http://www.wikihow.com/Become-a-Freelance-Writer-Without-ExperienceThis article is dedicated to teach anyone to be a freelance writer.

If you are thinking about joining the freelancing industry, you might want to check these out. It is never too late to freelance.

Good luck!

P.S.: Just so you know, I started freelancing with no experience!

*I do enjoy coffee, and if I have it my way, I might have more than one cup of coffee a day, so feel free to fund my coffee addiction 🙂