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Meet our Community Featured Contributor Mikko R.

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Vladimir G Community Manager Member Since: Oct 31, 2014
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Meet our Community Featured Contributor Mikko R. 



    • What job category do you work in?
      VR/AR consultancy

    • When did you begin using Upwork?
      When it was still Elance ;-)

    • Tell us a little about yourself and how you got started Freelancing, or running your business online?
      I had dreamed about running my own business from sunny Penang Island, Malaysia, for about 5 years before I went solo. I just realized, one day after accepting that my startup in Singapore didn't work out, that THIS is what I could do as my own business: build new products for startups. The timing was perfect, so I changed my hometown and job... for good!

    • What do you enjoy the most/least about working online, Mikko?
      Coconuts! (#coconuts that is, haha.)

    • What was your most successful project/contract?
      I suppose it was that $8K Kinect product demo on the good old Elance site that I finished just before Upwork came about. That track record made me Top Rated from Day 1 of Upwork, and it's been great ever since that in December 2015!

    • Do you have any advice for other users on Upwork?
      Pick your niche VERY carefully. Start with something that is not a saturated market so that you can avoid most of the competition. Follow Sun Tzu: "Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win." I had one keyword and did just one type of projects for the first 3 years as I managed to get all the best gigs!

    • Anything else you want to add? You can also share some fun interesting things about you Smiley Happy
      Don't worry if you feel horrible at times because you're outside your Confort Zone. That's freelancing in the beginning. Just keep going, don't give up, find your own way to make your success. Eventually, you will land at the Coconut Zone and I can tell you living in that zone permanently feels so gooood!


Community Guru
Christine A Member Since: May 4, 2016
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Congrats, Mikko! Enjoy your reign.

Community Guru
Mikko R Member Since: Dec 26, 2015
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Christine A wrote:

Congrats, Mikko! Enjoy your reign.

Screw "reign", long live coconuts! Smiley LOL


Thanks Christine. Smiley Happy

Ace Contributor
Ashraf K Member Since: Oct 15, 2019
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Congrats Mikko, also thanks for your valuable advice on the community forum! 




Ace Contributor
John R. C Member Since: Jan 30, 2017
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Oh my... Is this an HP advertisement hehehe. Just kidding. You deserve it. Congratulations!!!

Community Guru
Mikko R Member Since: Dec 26, 2015
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John, if it is, they certainly didn't sponsor me any coconuts!

(Not that I need a single one more, actually...)
Active Member
Jawad P Member Since: Dec 22, 2020
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enjoy your region

Community Guru
Ravindra B Member Since: Sep 27, 2015
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Congratulations, Mikko!

"Certa bonum certamen"
Community Guru
Mikko R Member Since: Dec 26, 2015
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Ravindra, I'm inclined to go with Sun Tzu's ways, still:

"The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting."

Why bother with a fight? It takes so much energy! 😲

I'd rather spend all that energy for opening coconuts. 😉🏝😋
Community Guru
Mikko R Member Since: Dec 26, 2015
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Jawad, you mean the coconut region?

... because, yes, I am TOTALLY enjoying that very region. 😉🏝🤣