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Making Freelancing Friends For Fun and Motivation

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KADA Z Member Since: Mar 7, 2019
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Hello,

 

I have been using upwork for four years now. I have worked as a translator but mostly as a creative writer. Doing freelance work is interesting and rewarding, but I have always lacked the emotional support to stay committed and productive. So, I thought perhaps I should make friends who work in the same domain in order to network, update each other about news and daily work, and reinforce the freelancing mindset. Do you think this can helpful? and do you have freelancing friends with whom you chat regularly? has that helped you stay motivated?

 

 

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Md E Member Since: Apr 26, 2018
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Yes it helps!! I have some friend and elder brother. When we feel bore or tired we connect each other and make fun. It makes refresh, gives knowledge as we all share our experiences. Get new boosts for next project. We give treat each other when we make withdrawal. The best part is we get motivational something in us after each schedule call or meeting.

You can try out !!! Don’t forget to give treat your friends! LOL!!

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KADA Z Member Since: Mar 7, 2019
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Yes exactly! That's what I have been hoping for. The boosts for work, sharing experiences, treating each other as you mentioned. Lol. Well, I hope some Upworkers feel interested in befriending me for the same reasons as I did not find any in social media. Thanks for the answer!

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Pat M Member Since: Jun 18, 2016
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KADA Z wrote:

Hello,

 

I have been using upwork for four years now. I have worked as a translator but mostly as a creative writer. Doing freelance work is interesting and rewarding, but I have always lacked the emotional support to stay committed and productive. So, I thought perhaps I should make friends who work in the same domain in order to network, update each other about news and daily work, and reinforce the freelancing mindset. Do you think this can helpful? and do you have freelancing friends with whom you chat regularly? has that helped you stay motivated?

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Kada, it may assist you to "make friends" on the platform if you'd make your Profile public so people can learn a bit about you.  Yes, I believe it can be helpful but also that some have more of a need for this than others.

 

Personally I do have freelancer friends that I communicate with at least fairly regularly.  However, I don't need that to stay motivated but more so view it as an added, extra bonus.  

 

I've always been a self-motivated individual.  No doubt that's assisted me in being successful here and with other businesses.  Freelancing isn't for everyone.  

 

 


 

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KADA Z Member Since: Mar 7, 2019
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Thanks for the reply. My profile is not public because I haven't successfully won a job in the last month. So, Upwork set it automatically on private. And yes I agree that a freelancer has to develop a sufficient degree of self-reliance to stay committed. Though, of course, like-minded friends also help a person at least maintain the habit of working on a regular basis. But, I'm clueless as to how I find freelancers who are interested in being friends. I can search lots of profiles from the same region and with the same skills in Upwork, but I can find no Facebook or Email in their Upwork profiles. And it's a bit weird to contact total strangers who have no idea about you. So, is there a way I can do that in this community? Otherwise I hope those who will reply to this thread to show interest in friendship.

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Pat M Member Since: Jun 18, 2016
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Understood regarding your Profile not being public.  If you participate within this Community, other participants will become more familiar with you; and you'll become less of a stranger.  Everyone's new at first.

 

Also, I don't know if you're aware of it or not; but there are different groups on this site you can participate in.  If you're not aware, on the top bar you'll see "More" to the right of "Top Rated."  Within that are some different areas of freelancers' skill sets as well as groups including different areas of the world.    

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Mary W Member Since: Nov 10, 2014
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If you look at the top of the forum, to the right it says"More".  Click on that and you will find regional groups.  You may actually find someone on there from your area!

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Bill H Member Since: Aug 18, 2017
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You're on the right track. Freelancing without networking is difficult. I've been a full-time freelancer for 17 years and my network includes fellow freelancers, clients and my own hires. I had to drop out in 2014 for health reasons and didn't get back to full availability until 2017. Most of my network was still around.

 

I put together over my first dozen years a loose confederation of professionals from multiple domains. An engineer in the UK, another in El Salvador, another in the U.S. A writing firm in Australia and one in Puerto Rico. Two lawyers, three supply chain specialists, an ocean freight expert, a dozen researchers, three accountants and the list goes on. We didn't do this for motivation, but for access to talent. We exchanged favors without keeping score.

 

A South African served as my representative in Africa, an Australian in Australia, etc. I hired both to provide in-country basic answers for client questions; I did the same for them in the U.S. I wrote proposals for several of the professionals for complex projects that used up to a dozen different skill sets, all drawn from within the confederation. I probably gave away $3-4K in expertise, and sold about $50K in business to which I otherwise wouldn't have had access. I also received expertise I can't price.

 

I recently turned to a freelancer contact to translate a document into French. I paid him, but he wouldn't take more than the "friend rate." A few months ago an African freelancer got a letter in Argentine Spanish from me on repatriating funds. A retired Ambassador and a retired General agreed to serve on a client's Board.

 

Your network can become the most valuable resource you have.

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