Meet Ant, a Cert4 Seller – Specialist in Design, Marketing and Content Writing based in the UK.
Tell us a bit about yourself. How did you get into freelancing?
Well, I’ve always put my passions on the back burner whilst going out to work to earn money so that I could pay for mortgages, cars, children, food etc., and then I read “The 4 Hour Work Week” by Tim Ferriss and it mentioned outsourcing and freelancing online and that’s how I found out about PPH.
What was your previous job before deciding to go freelance?
Sales – You name it, I sold it. From utilities to freight to credit cards to the dreaded PPI!
How did you come across PPH?
As above, via The 4 Hour Work Week.
What was your first job like on PPH?
It was actually to call some estate agents in Scotland out of hours to leave over 200 voicemail messages for a company looking to acquire property in and around Glasgow. I even tried to affect a Scottish accent on a few of the calls – successfully I might add!
What is a typical day like for you?
Well – I check my emails for hourlie requests overnight as people can contact me from anywhere in the world, which is still pretty cool to me. I then prioritize my day depending on which jobs are more urgent than others and then just work my way through them.
How does freelancing compare to a 9-5?
You have so much more freedom to do all those things you have to ask permission for in a 9-5 job – like dropping the kids off at school or making appointments or just deciding you want to take a day off whenever you want (although I always end up working at some point – but, that’s the difference – you don’t mind it as much when it’s your decision whether to pick up your emails or not!)
What benefits have you found by using PPH?
I’ve managed to expand my skills and do some weird and wonderful things like controlling an ex-Premier League footballers’ Twitter account for a business venture to writing about Cornish Fudge. Yum.
What does your future hold?
Where would you like to take this? Who knows! Perhaps this will lead to a career somewhere based on a connection I make via PPH or maybe I’ll remain self-sufficient freelancing. Either way, I know I’m so much happier doing what I love and having variety and passion in my working life.
What are your top 5 tips for freelancers who are new to PPH?
- Be open to everything – test yourself and have fun applying for jobs.
- Make sure you don’t offer any ‘sample work’ as some people will try and use your work for free!
- Be nice – It always pays to be humble and genuine.
- Be quick! don’t rush but make sure you stick to deadlines. The client will always appreciate getting the work back quicker.
- Ask questions before starting any project to make sure the job spec matches the client’s expectations. It will avoid changing stuff down the line.
What are your top 5 tips for the job you do?
- Be different – it’s always better to be fresh.
- Sometimes though you get mind freeze so use different resources for ideas. Go outside and look at what other people have done for inspiration – design and marketing is all around us.
- Know when to stop – I am trying so hard to put the paintbrush down when my masterpiece is finished (even though I really want to draw a moustache and eye patch on it every time).
- Don’t steal ideas! Be careful that you’ve not accidentally completely stolen an idea that has been cleverly dropped into your head by savvy subliminal advertising (although find out why it got in there in the first place)
- Every day is a school day. I never stop learning. Never think you know it all.
What web browser do you use?
If you were an animal, which one would you be and why?
An Aardvark but for absolutely no other reason than it was the first animal that came into my head when you asked me. Well – that’s a bit of a lie. It was actually a Tiger but that would have been a boring answer!
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