This is an inspirational Freelance Success Story of Ravi Makwana who despite all types of financial stress, haven’t seen the job as an alternative and stays determined in his exciting journey of freelancing. By reading this interview you will understand how freelancing is not always about Money, but also the freedom, flexibility and all the advantages that it provides to you.
What’s your story, Ravi? Tell us about yourself.
Ravi –I have total 8 years of working experience. Followed by freelancing for 7 years. I have been part of many mission-critical projects and worked with good organizations like Microsoft technologies and many more.
My main goal is- Obviously, to provide high-quality services and products to the software clients. But, the concept is, how it could be achieved? Every company, every professional has their own set of “ideal” processes to generate quality. The process acquired are time-tested methods, approved by best-practices in the market. Again, not religiously relying on them, but are modified so as to get maximum value and time-saving.
How & When did you decide that freelancing was the right career choice for you?
Ravi – After 8 years of working in a corporate role for a software development and management company. For almost a decade I was working in a cubicle without knowing what is happening around me and office politics which left me wondering whether or not I was on the right track. Since then I never looked back. This year I will complete my 7 years working as a freelancer and I love the lifestyle and freedom I had.
Do you see freelancing as an alternative to a job or do you see a purpose in it?
How did getting into freelancing change your lifestyle and mindset?
What has been a Biggest struggle with freelancing so far? Have there been moments where you started to regret your decision or moments where you found yourself under pressure ( financial / family etc ) to take a U-turn back to join a day job?
Would you call yourself successful? What does success really means to you?
Ravi – No. I will be a fool to call myself successful even after freelancing for 7 years. Because financial confidence requires lot many efforts, decisions, perseverance, management, leveraging etc. and many more.
How important do you think giving back to the community is?
Ravi – Very crucial. I participate in many blogs and community platforms like StackOverflow, Codeproject, etc., answer the questions, write articles, etc.
What would be your top 3 advice to aspiring freelancers?
Would you like to share any other instance outside these questions (If we missed anything) ?
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