Designer. Freelancer. Traveller. Learn how Darshan got his first freelance gig from Twitter :)
May 3, 2018
My first freelance gig came from Twitter. At that time, I was studying Computer Engineering in Mumbai and already had a couple of websites under my sleeve for different college councils.
This client of mine was a Soft Skills Trainer and was looking for an individual who could help set up her website in WordPress and also train her so that she could maintain her website on her own.
All these things added up and I landed my first legit client.
I wouldn't say I've got a ritual that I follow throughout the day, because no two days are exactly the same for me. Having said that, I do have a few things that I try to practice on a daily basis.
Like doing a 10-minutes basic workout before taking a bath. Going through the emails and social accounts (mostly Twitter and Instagram). Reading some stories from the newsletters I follow. Checking what's new on Behance, Dribbble and Designer News via Panda.
I also watch a few videos on YouTube when taking a short break (I take quite a lot of those).
All of this keeps me entertained while I make love to my laptop.
I would say get your personal branding game in place. Personal branding takes center stage when looking for a remote or freelance gig.
By personal branding, I mean the way you put yourself out on the internet. You have to show intent in positioning yourself as a freelancer who specializes in remote work.
You can achieve this by having a personal website, writing or contributing to a blog, working on side-projects, being an active participant in relevant communities on Facebook, Twitter, Slack or Spectrum. There are so many of those, finding one for yourself shouldn't be a difficult job.
Once you've got this in place, stay true to your values. Take ownership of your work and honor commitment. Strive for longer relationships and just be nice. That's all it takes.
For me, it's the control of my time.
Working remotely also makes you accountable for your time and adds a lot of intent to whatever you do. You become self-driven and no more need someone on your back to tell you what to do.
Yes, every coin has a flip side.
I feel very lonely at times when working from home. I try to overcome it by visiting friends or relatives on weekends and taking a short trip every month and a longer one every 3-4 months.
I also attend some meetups and events every once in a while.
Damn, that's difficult. I have so many to recommend, but I'll try and keep them to just three.
Bonus: I send this half-monthly newsletter – Product Disrupt, sharing products, resources and ideas for designers and makers. You can take a look at it here.