Last updated on May 16th, 2020
This video is an interview with Hassan Khan, we will discuss “how to start freelancing in Pakistan”. Hassaan Khan is a Pakistani vlogger, blogger, and freelance writer.
Hassan Khan talks about his journey in a freelance career. We also discuss how to start freelancing in Pakistan, if you have an entrepreneurial spirit and have a skill you want to pursue.
What is Freelancing
Freelancing is a type of business where individuals can work independently to provide different services. There is no specific job, a company hired you for a specific job and for a specific period of time.
Freelancing is one of the fastest growing business all around the world. You can work as a part-time or full-time freelancer depending on your choice.
Following are some of the main jobs that freelancers can offer:
- Software Development
- Web Development
- Web Designing
- Graphic Design
- Technical Writing
- Business Consultancy
- Fine Arts
- Sports Coaching
- Curriculum Vitae Writers
- Many more…
It’s easy to combine these traits and start freelancing in Pakistan either on the side or as a career. However, where freelancing is an enticing prospect, it does require serious contemplation, dedication and a plan of action.
Pakistan has the top freelancer around the world. Every year Fiverr rank Pakistani freelancer on top among the other freelancer around the world. You can also start freelancing and can make living from it.
Whether you are a writer, graphic designer, public speaker, web designer, videographer, photographer or you have any other talent, you can work online and earn some good money from your expertise. If you are going to learn web designing you can check out our article: How to Learn Web Designing Step by Step From Basics in 2019
Now, the question is ‘how to Start Freelancing in Pakistan’? Well, it can be difficult to know where exactly to start. Here are the steps that you can follow to start freelancing in Pakistan.
- Choose Your Skill
- Make a Brand for Yourself
- Create a Portfolio
- Create Contacts
- Use Online Freelancing Sites
How to Land a Project Apart from following these steps and the mentioned video, it is important to believe in yourself and have the confidence that you can do it. You must have expertise in your field to satisfy your customers.
The more clients you impress, the more likely you are to find more work. The key is confidence, consistency and creating a history of success which speaks louder than words.
Find a job that best suits you. Just imagine the things around you and try to find the result that suits better to your personality. Find work that keeps you fresh all day. For example, if you ask me what I love to do? The simple answer is I love video editing, It keeps me motivated and I never get bored while editing the videos.
“If you don’t love what you do, you won’t do it with much conviction or passion.” —Mia Hamm
Top freelancing platforms
Fiverr is a well-known freelancing platform. It is most suitable for beginners as you can start your gig from 5$ as a beginner. You can build your own brand by consistently working on Fiverr. All you need is to make long term relationships with your clients.
I know many people in my circle who are working on Fiverr. They have built their own brand after getting experience from Fiverr.
Upwork as another famous freelancing platform where you can find the project of your desire. Unlike Fiverr, you don’t need to start your gig from 5$. You can earn even 200$ or more from your first project.
Freelancer is another platform you should try. As the name suggests, it was built in 2009 for providing the facility to freelancers. It mainly works on the basis of the bid. You have to find a suitable project and place your bid with details.
Key to Success on Freelancing Platforms
Starting the freelancing is an easy job but what matter is the consistency and achievements of your goals. You need to be consistent. Sometimes, you have to wait for several months to get your first project.
You need to have good communication skills if you want to get hired. Try to make a long term relationship with your clients. It will help you in getting the more projects in the future.
Another most important factor is your profile at freelancing platform. You need to have professional design images to attract the client.
How to Start Freelancing in Pakistan 2018 Video
Now, grab a cup of coffee and think about your expertise. You don’t need to be born expert, you can learn from people around you. Read books, watch movies, listen to podcasts of expert people in your field.
By following the above-mentioned steps you will be able to understand what is your interest and how you can start freelancing in Pakistan. So, the choice is yours, don’t forget the line “Follow Your Passion.”
“You can do anything as long as you have the passion, the drive, the focus, and the support.” —Sabrina Bryan
All the best in your freelance career in Pakistan. Share this article and video with your friends if you find it worth sharing
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
You have multiple options to choose from. Here are the things to keep in mind while starting freelancing in Pakistan:
Choose Your Skill
Make a Brand for Yourself
Create a Portfolio
Use Online Freelancing Sites
You can choose Fiverr, Upwork, and some other platforms. Fiverr is the best option if you are a beginner.
You can also post ads on OLX about your expertise. You will soon get some freelance work.
There are a large number of Pakistani freelancers working locally and internationally. The growth of the freelancing field is increasing rapidly in Pakistan. Pakistan ranks 4th in the global gig economy index for growth in freelance earnings in 2019.
Its really easy to start freelancing but you must have the expertise of your field. You have to focus on quality to make long term relationships with clients.
You can learn different skills online for free or by joining a paid course on Udemy. Just follow your passion. If you love watching movies, you can start learning video editing or animation design.
After learning the skills, join a freelance platform like Fiverr. At the start, you will get order of 5$ but keep working. Once you get good review on Fiverr, you can increase your rate.
There are multiple sites but it doesn’t matter at all. Your skills matter a lot. If you have the skills, you don’t need any site to start freelancing. You can also find freelance work in the local market.
Do freelancers get paid?
Of course, they get paid.
You can work on different freelancing platforms like Upwork, Freelancer, and Fiverr, etc.
You can also join Facebook groups to find the desired work.
Freelancing has become a promissive career. Even my friends have started their startup with the help of freelancing.
You have to build a long term relationships with your clients. Later on, you can start working with them on big projects.
It depends on your skills and hard work. The key to success in freelancing is to gain expertise in a specific field. Never learn a skill for the sake of money. Just follow your passion and be consistent. Money will start following you 😉
Receiving and sending the payment world wide is one of the main issues faced by many Pakistani freelancers. PayPal is not available in Pakistan as of yet. I personally use Payoneer to send and receive my freelance payments. If you sign up for Payoneer account through my referral link, you will get 25$ as a reward from Payoneer. You can also use western union.