First things first. Let me explain these numbers briefly, so you don't get any wrong ideas. Yes, my very first project was worth just $2. That's something you can easily check yourself by scrolling through my reviews and projects. No, I don't make $2,000 a month every single month. Finally, it took me a bit longer than 2 years to win high-value projects on Freelancer. I just wanted to use the number "2" in my article's title. That's it. That's my only sin.
The last thing I want is making you feel bad by making myself look good and successful. There are freelancers who are way more successful. This is my way of saying, don't give up. You can make it on Freelancer. Here's how.
Don't Stop Believin' is a great song, but it's just a song
At one point, I just become sick and tired of all those self-proclaimed freelance gurus who kept saying that all you have to do is believe. The only reason you aren't successful is because you don't believe in yourself. Seriously? So, all I have to do is make a wish, and the money will start falling from the sky. Guess what, that one didn't work for me.
Aim big, but start small
As I said already, I got two bucks for my first project. I was so happy and proud. I also couldn't have imagined that this gig will become my full-time occupation and provide for my family. In freelancing, the sky is the limit, but keep your feet on the ground to avoid being disappointed.
Think twice where you're going to invest your time and energy
I made my first freelance steps on vWorker, a small platform compared with the giants in the industry, such as Elance, oDesk (now Upwork), and of course the biggest of them all - Freelancer. Why? Because I was too afraid, that's why. I said to myself; there are millions of freelancers out there. There's no way I'm going to make it. So, I'm just going to keep my low profile and work for peanuts. By the most unexpected twist of fate, I got two emails in one day. The first one was from my former employer informing me that I just got fired. The other one was from Freelancer letting me know that they just took over vWorker. The rest is my freelance history.
If you ask me what would you've done differently, I would say, I should've worked on Freelancer from the day one. So much time wasted and money lost because I doubted myself and barked at the wrong tree.
Check my numbers - Cross your fingers
Just because you live in the third-world country, it doesn't mean that you can't become the first-class freelancer. There's plenty of room and projects for every freelancer. The fact that you're reading this article is already the good news. You're already in the right place. The biggest freelance platform in the world. So, make the most of it. Good luck!