From an Average Boy to Top 1% Freelancer
Thanks for being here. I’m Zeeshan Arshad from Pakistan and one of the top freelancer who wasn't able to talk to international clients via audio/video call for almost 10 years in freelancing but achieved top 1% rank so if I can do it then you can do it too.
I struggled a lot with my own self worth, and limiting beliefs. I'm a life-long student who was dropped from school due to having no fees to continue education, a soul who went through painful stress, depression and anxiety in life.
Being a curious person, I've tried different roles to play like gaming characters that enabled me to "experience" what it likes to be a job worker, freelancer, agency owner, entrepreneur and investor.
I've been called a consultant, coach, mentor, teacher, adviser, mind opener, etc for selflessly helping individuals, professionals and entrepreneurs. However, I'm nothing special more than you because we all human beings are equal and gifted.
During 1996-1999, I had passion to create computer software but no money to buy computer or even take admission in any institute. A gaming friend (Ayaz Ahmad) helped me to use his computer and supported with helpful resources so I started to play with computer and learn coding skills as well.
I jumped into computer hardware & software, networking, multimedia and animation tools, web designing & development and much more through articles and tutorials as well as practical experiments.
I started earning as a sales boy on a CD/DVD shop and I also started sell & purchase of computer equipments. Beside it, I was also offering services of windows and software installation.
After several months of hard work I started teaching as a computer instructor then moved to corporate job environment and worked like a crazy guy for about 2 years in an ISP (SAMWOnline) while sleeping like 2 hours a day and also finished my intermediate diploma education.
I self-studied various web technologies like Cold Fusion, .NET, Flash, XML and ASP. I was hunger to learn anything new coming to the market.
It was a 9-5 rat-race job and seniors didn't help me for upgrading myself and ditched out my creative and hard work to prevent my growth in company.
I was disappointed by local people with lie and deception so I wanted to quit chasing 9-5 routine and stay at my home due to toxic environment.
One of my biggest frustration was having no highest grades and no strong education behind to appear in exams of universities in Pakistan due to requirement of high grades. My desire of higher education in computer science was killed.
I was also sick of local-bus traveling because it was normal routine of men to go in ladies compartment and I couldn't resist that they abuse women. Majority of men never stand up whenever I raised my voice against it.
I had started to work with one international client of a friend for website designing and flash animations and it was beginning of freelancing without knowing that I'm already on freedom path.
Fast forward one day, I got a "5 Minute Freelancing" e-book. It was the idea and inspiration for freedom and quit 9-5 rat race using freelancing platforms.
I started to utilize minimum 5 minutes daily for bidding on projects (Guru, GetALancer, Elance) and after so much frustration in failing to win any project, I was disappointed.
I was sitting in frustration and thinking then Allah sent me a reminder that there is one more site where I should try.
I discovered back that forgotten site "RentACoder" in 2005 (I had registered there in 2001) and this time I carefully studied and reviewed many projects.
It took me approx. one or two months to earn my first $100 then I finally kick started my freelancing career.
I’ve done several online earning experiments including but not limited to blogging, affiliate marketing, adsense, private tutoring, online courses, coaching, mentoring, consultation, etc but I mostly enjoyed freelancing because this is where I personally take care my clients and give more values.
I've personal experiences in gaming, spirituality, yoga, aerobics, martial arts, lucid dreaming, virtual reality, out of the body and curing black magic.
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