Read to understand how Parbhat Puri has an awesome freelance career working from Kurukshetra 🤔
June 22, 2019
I generally travel for the purpose of a holiday. I've travelled to various places in Himachal, Uttarakhand and have recently visited Seoul and Tokyo. My attempt to work remotely in Pune was a failure.
B.Tech in Computer Science and Engineering
A freelancer income various a lot even from month to month. Freelancers generally use hourly rates. I'm billing the current contracts at $40 per hour.
I started freelancing part-time and working as a full-time freelancer since almost 2.5 years. I have worked in various remote roles as an intern, a software developer and a freelancer.
Empowered and Fortunate
Freelancing helps to work with companies present in any part of the world. I can work at my own pace along with the ability to work remotely.
I am currently working with two companies: The Motley Fool (2 years) and Open Technology Fund (6 months). I was initially hired by The Motley Fool to work in a niche skill but after some months, started contributing to different areas of their tech stack.
I got both of the current contracts through Upwork. Some people have a perception that Upwork is only for the short term, low paying gigs. But that is not the case. A large number of high paying companies use it to hire high-quality freelancers.
Most of my freelance contracts are long term. I try to avoid short term projects (1-2 months). Some of my Open Source contributions and blog posts helped a lot in getting these projects. I received one of my last contracts because of a blog post that I wrote.
Remote work and especially freelancing gives a lot of flexibility. But this flexibility sometimes adversely affects productivity.
I do not work at random times of the day. My day starts with Yoga. I like to have a set schedule and usually work between 10 AM - 7 PM IST. Most of the communication is async with other members of the team. I do not like to work late at night. Therefore, I only use my phone at night to reply to any messages and discussions. Also, taking a weekend break from work helps a lot. My goal is not to be available for work 24x7.
Recently trying to divide my work-day into two slots of 3-4 hours. Working long stretch of hours helps me to do some meaningful work. I like to be consistent about it but some days, things do not go as per plans.
Most people starting with freelancing often complain they are not able to find projects. They try for some weeks and leave it. Building a career in freelancing is a process that takes time to set up like any small business.
Will you buy a laptop launched by a new company that claims to have the same specs as the MacBook Pro? No, right! You will first let other people try and review it before buying it.
Similarly, in freelancing, only a small number of companies will trust the new freelancer. Therefore, do not start freelancing with no experience. And only start it on a part-time basis as it can take 3-6 months or even more to properly set up things.
Some points that set you apart from the crowd -
I have taken a remote job after working with the same company as an intern but never looked for a remote job. While working for foreign companies there is less distinction between a working a job and working as a freelancer in terms of legality. Legally speaking, remote jobs for companies present outside India are contracts. Only a few companies hire on payroll via third parties. I'm mentioning it here because people planning to go remote full-time only look for remote jobs. The number of companies hiring remotely is increasing, but the number is still small compared to companies hiring remote independent contractors.
Email is still the best way to find a job. Just write an email to the company you admire if you have the right skill set.
The ability to schedule my day and work with companies present globally. I have recently written a blog post about it: Benefits of remote work from an Indian context.
Remote work demands self-motivation. Some days can be lonely and boring. To overcome the issues, I sometimes help my father in his small business in the evening. Also, I try to travel after every 2-3 months. In the Indian context, remote work brings more motivation than challenges.