Meet our Community Featured Contributor Jamie F.
What job category do you work in?
Tell us a little about yourself and how you got started Freelancing, or running your business online?
I'm a Brit living in Thailand and the job market for expats here is very competitive. I had to re-invent myself in order to find work and was considering anything at the time. I applied for a writing job not thinking I had a chance but I ended up getting the job. I later found myself looking for more writing work which is how I found myself on Upwork. What was something to fall back on eventually ended up a new career.
What do you enjoy the most/least about working online, Jamie?
I enjoy being able to work at my own pace. One downside is that I miss office banter.
What was your most successful project/contract?
Oh, difficult one. I had a long-term project finish at the end of last year that made me around 15k. It might even start again later this year. I'm hoping a current contract could help me learn a new skill, which could be a big deal for me.
Do you have any advice for other users on Upwork?
Don't let the occasional set-back knock your confidence; not every contract will go well even for the best freelancers. And don't get too hung up on a 'low' JSS, I speak from experience when I say it can be recovered.
Anything else you want to add? You can also share some fun interesting things about you
Be open to advice and criticism from the Upwork community. Sure, it can be a viper-pit at times and advice is seldom sugar-coated but this doesn't mean it is not sound. Embracing it, no matter how harsh it might seem, may make the difference between success and failure.
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