In this video, I interview Doreen Kamwendo who has been doing online jobs for quite a while now.
I first got to know Doreen through Lutrish who is a friend of mine also involved in online work full time. If you want to see the interview I did with Lutrish, go to click here .
Lutrish mentored Doreen asked me to meet her because she was doing some great things with online jobs.
Here is my interview with Doreen.
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What Pushed You to Online Work?
Doreen started doing work online after being encouraged by Lutrish and another friend to get into it. She had been writing and blogging as a hobby and had even written 2 books which she put on Amazon but they didn’t do well.
What is Good About Doing Work Online?
Because you are exposed to a diverse market with different expectations, you grow as an individual. You also get to work on your own terms and be your own boss.
What is the Best Way to Start?
You need to have mentors and follow in the steps of those who have gone before you. Lutrish and Noreen were instrumental as they helped Doreen get started and grow in online work.
What Challenges Did you Face and How Did you Overcome Them?
Getting your first job on upwork is the most difficult thing to do and it took Doreen 2 months to get her first client on Upwork. Once you do get your first client, you need to make sure that you deliver really great work and from then onwards, getting clients becomes easier.
How Long Does it Take to Become Proficient at Doing Work Online?
The more work you do, the better you become at something so it’s up to you improve your skills in online work by doing more work. You need to have drive and push yourself.
Can You Explain What Upwork is?
Upwork is a place where people who want to get work done post job offers to freelancers from around the world like you and me.
The kind of jobs available vary and you can get work for just about any skill imaginable. Doreen’s husband is a systems engineer and has also been inspired by her and is now on Upwork and other freelance sites.
How Do You Receive Your Money in Zimbabwe?
Doreen used to receive her money in PayPal until new regulations meant that she couldn’t do that anymore. Now she uses her Payoneer to receive money.
How Much Experience Does Someone Need to Do Online Jobs?
You really don’t need to have a degree or specific qualifications in order to be able to do work online. You just have to have skills and a passion and then package them nicely and sell.
What Do you Tell People Who Think it’s too Good to be True?
The problem is that most of us were initiated into the online world through Social media so we think that the internet is a place to play. The fact that there are a lot of online scams is also a contributor to this scepticism.
Just go online on Upwork and similar sites and see for yourself that there is a whole industry out there where people are making a living online.
Where Can You Find Information About Making Money Online?
There simple way is to a Google search and research the different platforms on offer. A general rule is to stay away from sites that ask you to pay money upfront.
Sites like Upwork only charge you when you get a job by taking a small cut of your earnings.