ONAJITE OMARE - FREELANCER
WHY DID YOU QUIT YOUR JOB?
Because I wanted the leeway to build ideas without being strapped for time in my 9-6.
Now, asides from freelancing, I do social design and have developed some great fintech solutions.
Things that I couldn’t do due to limited time/movement on my 9-6.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE THE MOST ABOUT THE FDN WORK -LIFESTYLE?
Taking on different types of projects with clients from different parts of the world. It’s a growing experience.
WOULD YOU SAY THERE ARE MISCONCEPTIONS (MYTHS) ABOUT THE FDN LIFESTYLE BEING CIRCULATED IN THE MEDIA? – WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS THE TWO MOST COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS?
Thinking that there’s so much freedom. Some days, you work your ass off from 6 am till you crash off to bed at a late hour. It’s not always glamorous, but if it’s something you’re passionate about, it will be worth it.
DO YOU WORK MORE HOURS AS A FREELANCER COMPARED TO YOUR 9-6 JOB?
YES! I definitely do. Most days, I stop working around 7/8 pm. Then again, it’s probably because of my many commitments.
WHERE ARE YOUR TO-GO-TO PLACES TO FIND CLIENTS?
It’s a tie between my website and Upwork. For my site, it’s easier to position myself and market in the way I want and clients coming in are willing to pay a reasonable fee.
For Upwork, there’s access to a good number of clients without having to invest a lot in marketing, but getting reasonable pay doesn’t come often.
DO YOU USE ANY OTHER METHODS AS WELL TO REACH MORE CLIENTS?
I use LinkedIn, especially the search section. I can get potential clients looking for a specific service. A referral is my next top client source, Job boards and Fiverr.
WHAT IS THE AVERAGE INCOME (P/MONTH) AN FDN CAN EXPECT TO EARN IN A SIMILAR FIELD TO YOURS?
A total of $2,200 give-or-take per month, but I know of others who do about $5,500 – eCommerce writing earns $600 p/month, digital marketing up to $1300 p/month, and website development is currently for me about $300 p/month.
WHAT IS THE WORST PLATFORM YOU HAVE EVER WORKED WITH?
Freelancer.com. During the 1st year or two of my freelancing/nomadic entrepreneur move, I tried the platform. However, I came to realize that it wasn’t moderated well enough. There are scammers there. I’ll say 80% of “clients” that reached out ended up being scam jobs.
WHAT ARE THE TOP 3 WAYS TO GETTING NEW CLIENTS AS A FREELANCER?
Reach out to people who post their need for a service through freelancing platforms and social media – You are sure that they need the assistance rather than blind-cold emailing.
Have a website, work on marketing and PPC to build traffic.
Send cold emails to potential clients.
The first two work best for me. I have only gotten 2-3 clients from cold emails. The time spent on drafting the right email and all against the conversion rates is not the best, unlike the higher conversions that I have received from the others.
“I love the FDN work-lifestyle for the opportunity and satisfaction it brings in growing my own brand, ideas, and dreams.”
WILL YOU GO BACK TO A ‘NORMAL’ 9-6 JOB?
No. I plan on continuing as a freelancer. Grow my brand enough that I can have other remote freelancers working with me, as well as working on social problems.
IS IT HARD WORK TO BE A FREELANCER?
I don’t think it’s hard work, but you’re a business owner and might have to work harder than you might on a 9-6 to keep the jobs coming.
WHAT ARE THE HARDEST ASPECTS ABOUT FREELANCING?
At the start (and even some months in for experienced freelancers), there might be cold weeks where jobs aren’t coming in as much as you would want.
TOP 3 BENEFITS TO FREELANCING?
1 – The satisfaction of growing your own brand, ideas, and dreams.
2 – Interacting with different kinds of clients and other freelancers from all over the world.
3 – A sense of job security.
ANY ADVICE FOR BEGINNER FREELANCERS?
It is sending too many templated proposals and cold emails. Don’t do that. Instead, handle every potential client like a great project that needs to be done correctly. Send targeted proposals.
ARE YOUR FRIENDS & FAMILY SUPPORTIVE OF YOUR FREELANCE CAREER?
My parents don’t know what I do, but my friends and siblings are supportive.