Freelancer Story: “I had really tough times to get my first job on PPH”.


Meet Haiden, a TOP Cert lead structural design engineer who tells us not to get too disappointed if we can’t find a job quickly…

Tell us a bit about yourself. How did you get into freelancing?

After graduating from University I worked for several firms and companies and for a couple of years I even worked for the state of New Jersey! I was making relatively good money but had to adjust myself with their rules. Going to work at a certain time and spending a lot of time in traffic… this was something that I didn’t like. So in a discussion with a friend I told him my feelings, they were familiar with freelancing and he told me about it and asked me to try a few freelance sites, including PPH, and I did.

What was your previous job before deciding to go freelance?

Before going freelance I worked as a senior structure engineer in a company. I still do some work for them but only as part-time and based on agreement per project.

What was your first job like on PPH?

I had really tough times to get my first job on PPH. On the one hand, my expectation was high and on the other hand, no one knew me on PPH and I had no background and feedback. So it was very difficult to convince the clients to give their jobs to me. I remember my first job was a small project of only about £125 but when I got that I had a really good feeling. Sitting at home and receiving the money I felt my path had opened and I got what I was looking for.

What is a typical day like for you?

I like to work late into the night and get up late in the morning. That’s one reason I like to work as a freelancer. I usually get up about 8 o’clock. I don’t eat breakfast and only drink a cup of coffee. Then I check my emails and messages or invitations I receive for new jobs. Then go through the list of new jobs on the PPH board, mark the interesting ones and fill out a proposal for them. After that, I start working on the projects I have. I work until 12 then go for lunch and family affairs until 3pm. Then return to work again checking my emails and list of new jobs and continue working on my project until 6pm. I take a break for supper and other things until 10pm and get back to work until after midnight.

How does freelancing compare to a 9-5?

As you see I work when I like and do other things when I prefer. That’s why I like it here.

What benefits have you found by using PPH?

I spend most of my time with my family, have more time for leisure, save a lot of time and money by avoiding going to work and getting stuck in traffic and enjoy the atmosphere of my work.

What does your future hold? Where would you like to take this?

I don’t think that much about my future. As long as I can work, there are opportunities here for me on PPH.

What are your top 5 tips for freelancers who are new to PPH?

1. Put enough time in to your work, maybe 10 hours a day at the beginning.
2. Do not get disappointed if you can’t find a job quickly, they will come along sooner or later.
3. Work on your profile.
4. Ask for what you would be prepared to work for as a minimum for your first few jobs, until you build up your reputation and your portfolio.
5. Perform the work as best as you can.

What are your top 5 tips for structural design engineering?

1. Learn new software.
2. Learn the necessary regulations in the location that your client is based.
3. Establish good relationships with your clients to have a continuous flow of work.
4. Live up to the time frame which you give to your clients.
5. Always carefully review every piece of work before sending to your clients.

What web browser do you use?

Mostly Chrome and Firefox

If you were an animal, which one would you be and why?

I would like to be a pigeon. Harmless, friendly, and able to fly high into the sky.


What do you think of Haiden’s story? Please leave messages of support for Haiden in our comments box below!

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Haiden D.

Civil and Structural Engineer.

London, United Kingdom

Overview: Lead structural design engineer with more than 15 years experience in 3D modelling, analysing, designing, and optimising structures.



  • Neil Bannet

    Thank you so much 😉

  • Craig Brett

    That is an excellent story. I myself, know exactly how good PPH can be but I also know how hard it is at the start. Now I have a top cert rating. Your story is an excellent insight into what it takes to use a platform such as PPH but it also shows just how good freelancing can be.

    Nice one!

  • Rohit N

    Nice. Thanks for sharing.

  • SEO Rank My Business

    Very interesting story of Haiden.

  • Dorcas Karimi

    This story is very encouraging to newbies like me who think there’s something terribly wrong with them; to bid 15 times and not get a job. Thank you. I’ll keep trying 🙂

  • Bamda Mosaz

    Your story is very valuable but unfortunately I can’t try like you because PPH suspended my account before I get the first job here! I am an Electrical , Electronic and Computer engineer and I have more than 10 years experiences in my fields but surprisingly PPH says me your skills don’t match what clients need and that’s why I have to pay $13.95 to PPH! What a wonderful world! Really this money is not important for me but such decisions are not good. Hundreds or perhaps thousands of freelancers are working on PPH and they pay large amounts of money to PPH! So I think that the main responsibility of great communities such PPH is changing the word technologically instead of earning more money! Don’t you think such this?!

  • Kelly

    Hi Bamda,

    Many thanks for your message and I’m very sorry to hear about your disappointment in our service. Please email us at and someone will email you back to discuss. Have a fantastic weekend!

  • dawn hornsby

    Really helpful as I’ve just sent off my first proposal, I will keep positive now I’ve read your story!

  • olawoye timothy

    Hello Kelly,
    I’m timothy from Nigeria, am i eligible to sell my services as a graphics designer and earn too? if yes, how? and what are the restrictions and what do i need to get started?

  • Kelly

    Hi Timothy! Welcome to PPH! Please take a look at our getting started guide here for more information on how to register as a seller: – It is during the application process that our approval team will be able to identify whether or not you are eligible to work on PPH. I hope this helps! Good luck!

  • Naomi Madelin

    A great story showing that highly qualified people can make a good living working through PPH. I’ve explored other sites and came right back to PPH! Great counsel to wait out that first good job, and not work for peanuts, but perhaps a little less than you know you’re worth for a couple of jobs to get known. Well done and thanks. x

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