Meet Anna, a TOP retoucher, Photoshop expert, Image editor, Retouching Team Lead from Ukraine.
Anna also specialises in design brand identity; website and social media banners, business cards, flyers, brochures, stickers, facebook timeline covers.
Tell us a bit about yourself. How did you get into freelancing?
Hi there! I’m a young girl who changed her life with freelancing. I’ve been freelancing since I was 16; I worked locally and the decision to start my international career was kind of surprise even for myself 🙂
One day I was searching for a remote job in Ukraine, but was not successful in this so I thought, why not try Googling for something abroad? And that’s how I found PPH!
What was your previous job before deciding to go freelance?
I’ve been working as a freelance photographer and designer for almost 7 years before joining the PPH family.
How did you come across PPH?
As I’ve mentioned before, I simply found PPH on Google along with a few other popular freelancing platforms. I gave each of them a try, but PPH looked the most attractive for me so I focused on building my profile here.
What was your first job like on PPH?
It took 2 months or so to get my first job here. It was a few family photos which had issues with their background. Nothing special, but I remember being so happy that I was finally chosen for a job!
What is a typical day like for you?
I’m not an early bird so my day usually starts between 10:00 and 12:00. After having a shower, breakfast and morning coffee, I start reading my inbox as I get many requests and messages from my buyers overnight. My schedule changes dynamically so every day is different. In other words, with the same possibility, my tomorrow can be either spent walking near the Lake or working 12 hours non stop.
How does freelancing compare to a 9-5?
Freelancing differs from 9-5 job almost like entrepreneurship does: you are the only boss and decision maker so the level of responsibility is much higher. That also means that you may have no weekends quite often. Self-respect is important of course but if you really care about your buyer, you won’t leave him alone with his needs even if it’s a Sunday or Christmas Day.
On the other hand you are always free to decide how much work to take and don’t have to waste your time on the road commuting to the office and back.
What benefits have you found by using PPH?
I was attracted by user friendly interface and cool design at first, I also like the simplicity of using PPH. Another important benefit is the possibility to quickly build a brilliant career and go «from zero to hero» really fast.
What does your future hold? Where would you like to take this?
My business is getting busier and busier, so I expect further growth. I started as a single freelancer but now I have a few huge ongoing projects, I have a small team of local freelancers and manage them along with doing usual Photoshop work. In addition to that I’m interesting in getting a few more big ongoing projects to launch the second team.
The other idea for future is to start offering front end development service at PPH as I’m learning to code when I have free time.
What are your top 5 tips for freelancers who are new to PPH?
- First and the most important thing is to look after the buyer’s happiness, not only your earnings;
- Be honest with your buyer;
- Don’t take the task if you won’t be able to carry it out;
- Refuse working with buyer who does not make you comfortable during first communication/negotiation;
- Keep all negotiations and agreements inside the PPH workstreams, it can help if there is any controversy.
What are your top 5 tips?
- Don’t miss details if you aren’t a double-work lover!
- Learn new things;
- Discuss as much details as you can before taking the task;
- Be patient, I mean it 🙂
- Don’t apply for the tasks you won’t be happy to perform.
What web browser do you use?
I use Safari mostly but when it comes to web development and debugging I always switch to Chrome due to their dev tools
If you were an animal, which one would you be and why?
Never thought about it… Maybe either a shark or a koala ha-ha. I have many different sides of personality…
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