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.
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