Name: Md. Ali Asgar
Freelancer Username: lancerboy1206
Location: Dhaka, Bangladesh
Member Since: July 2009
Skills: Social Media Marketing, Graphic Design, Website design

ON FREELANCING:

What are the things that make you happy as a freelancer?
I like it that I manage myself. From a single location, I am able to work with employers from different countries, which means I can work with multiple clients at a time, and a very diverse set of projects. I don’t need to work on a fixed schedule every day, and I work according to the workload I set in a day. Lastly, I can give more time to my family, and contribute to the Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS).

What are the most challenging things in freelancing?
It’s difficult and challenging when people don’t respect what you do, or when someone takes advantage of you. Also, I get worried due to fake employers, unrealistic expectations from clients, and sometimes, I also do tend to think if this will give me job security in the long run.

ON WORK ETHICS:

Do you prefer working individually, or with a team? Why?
I love to work as a team so that I can grab multiple projects to distribute to my team members.

How many hours a day do you spend working? How do you break up your day?
My team and I work 24/7, shifting schedules during the morning and at night. Due to our employers’ requirements, we have to adjust our schedules every now and then. I monitor our tasks using project management tools and communication tools.

Every morning, I start working a take a midday break to have lunch with the family, so that I can come back to work refreshed and with a new way to approach a project in progress.

ON INSPIRATION:

If you could describe your freelancing experience in one word, what would it be?
Freedom!

What does it take to be a successful freelancer?
Honesty, dedication, patience, quality of work, and commitment.

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