Meet Subham, a Level 5 Service Provider in Web, App and Digital Marketing.
Tell us a bit about yourself. How did you get into freelancing?
My name is Subham Yadav, a Bachelor’s in Computers. I was working in a Web design agency for 2 years and had previous work experiences too. However, I was just not satisfied with the 9 to 5 concept and working like a robot. I wanted to work whenever I wanted and without any restrictions. At that time I discussed these problems with my best friends and colleagues, Avijit Ghosh and Rajat Shaw. We planned to do something of our own and lead the world in this field. We did a lot of research on the internet and the only thing which attracted us was People Per Hour. We made a profile without wasting time and now with 11 positive reviews and 8 completed jobs ( 4 jobs are still in progress ) we hold the Cert 5 on PPH proudly and hope to lead a freelancers squad pretty soon.
What was your previous job before deciding to go freelance?
I was working in a web design agency as a Project Development Manager.
How did you come across PPH?
Google and Facebook helped us to come across PPH. I thank them from the core of my heart today 🙂
What was your first job like on PPH?
The first job we got on PPH was “professional e-commerce website development”. We were lucky to get a big task at a reasonable price at the first go but we came up with good result equally and have never looked back.
What is a typical day like for you?
A typical day includes waking up in the morning, having a cup of coffee while switching my laptop on. I never log out of PPH so, directly go to PPH to check the messages and then check emails and Skype. Attend the appointments fixed with my clients over a personal message on PPH. Apart from work, I get enough time to watch TV shows, Web series, go out for a walk or clubbing once a week. I have time to see my friend’s and have a good sleep.
How does freelancing compare to a 9-5?
Freelancing is way better. For example, you are not living in your home and working in a different part of the country and imagine there is an emergency in your house and you have to leave asap. Would a 9 to 5 organization allow you to do that? Even if they allowed you to, there would be salary deductions, your targets would fall short, or your leave would get deducted. This is not the case in freelancing, you can pack your bags, leave for home and work from there until the time you want, without hampering your monthly income or profit.
What benefits have you found by using PPH?
There are many but I’ll list the major ones:
- PPH is a very sorted job portal unlike other portals where you encounter lots of fake job posts.
- Payment options are secured both for freelancers and clients as well.
- You get to work in all parts of the world and build a solid reputation by increasing the Cert ranking on PPH.
- Posting Hourlies is a blessing for many. Try to sell your services by posting a regular Hourlies and you may actually find a project without searching too much for it.
What does your future hold? Where would you like to take this?
We are a small team, but we have dreams regarding to be the number one web team in the world.
What are your top 5 tips for freelancers who are new to PPH?
- Have patience. Do not give up on freelancing if you are jobless for the first or even the second month. There will be hard times but to enjoy the good time these bad patches are worth experiencing.
- Before bidding, understand what the client needs. Do not impose your suggestions on the clients, rather be their professional guide and help them along the way.
- If you don’t understand the task, your pricing will never sound reasonable. Understand the task and then quote a reasonable price. Just for the sake of getting a job, don’t cut down on your pricing and just because the client can pay, do not overcharge.
- If you are looking for long-term gainS, make sure you meet deadlines. Most clients won’t return even if you do a good job if you consume too much time. Meet the deadlines and get repeat business. I assure you guys, nothing gives more satisfaction than a repeat business and a happy client.
- Be a Happy Soul. It’s the most important thing. Every day is a new start, a new journey. Make sure you make it is memorable 🙂
What are your top 5 tips for your particular role?
We are a small team with designers and developers both, so just a short tip.
- Work as per the client’s requirements and never fail to give your input. While designing a website make sure you stick to thieir business objectives but enhancing that is in your hands, so never fail in that.
- I have noticed a lot of designers get confused when a client provides a reference website. They copy the reference theme from top to bottom. It might go well with few clients but most of them will turn the design down. A reference means that the client likes that particular website or theme but that doesn’t allow us to copy the whole thing.
- Communicate well with the clients until the project is completed. No matter whichever field your expertise is in. If there is communication gap, you will fumble. Try having regular discussions during the design phase, development phase and even while launching the website on the client’s server.
- If you are awarded the job for developing a website, make sure the website is responsive not only to mobiles, tabs, etc but also to all browsers.
- Always back up. If by chance the server goes down, you still have the files and it won’t affect the work progress thus keeping both you and the client happy.
What web browser do you use?
We usually stick to Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari and Internet Explorer 10.
If you were an animal, which one would you be and why?
Without a second thought, I’d be a Dog 🙂 . Sharp minded, loyal and most loved… P.S: I love dogs myself!
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