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Welcome to my digital freelancing life from the Silicon Valley of Malaysia!
Hello, I am ashrill83. I live in a town called Cyberjaya, a tech hub hailed as
Malaysia’s answer to Silicon Valley. After I got married in 2015, my husband
encouraged me to work from home. My husband saw potential in me to start online
business. Back then, online business and crowdsourcing were among top hit for
those who indulged working from the comfort of their home. In July 2016, I had
the privilege of joining eRezeki High Income Apprentice (EHIA) program - an
initiative by Malaysia Development Corporation (MDEC). During this 3-month
program, I was trained on how to write proposals and to bid for jobs on
Building a Freelance Career
My first online job was to compile recipes for a cookbook on a major freelance
platform. I prepared 20 meat recipes for a client in Russia. It was a fun 1-week
job in line with my passion for cooking, and the rest was history. Over the
course of two years, I did more than 10 jobs in various areas of my interest
such as business development and market research. Some of the jobs were from the
same client, as we build more trust and confidence in my works.
Fast forward to June 2018, I earned my first job on Workshift platform. The job
was to conduct a local market research. I registered with Workshift soon after a
friend of mine discovered on Facebook. The platform opened up more job
opportunities with the Japanese clientele. To my surprise there were abundant of
jobs available with competitive payments.
When I’m awarded a project from Workshift, I make sure I can complete it within
the given timeline. I will take a job per week and make sure I can deliver it as
per customer’s expectation. Be honest with your client if you have any challenge
or stuck somewhere. If you need to extend the date, just negotiate with the
I can’t believe that I was awarded four jobs from the same client within a month
through Workshift. I am grateful for my client who trust and continue to engage
with my service.
Dealing with Japanese Clients
Based on what I have read and observed from the internet and TV, Japanese people
are hardworking, punctual and disciplined. Working with them makes me happy
because I also share the same value and have great respect for them.
Malaysia is blessed with multiple races and religions. Despite the differences
and unique characteristics, I aim at bringing together the Japanese clients and
potential local businesses so as to establish a good rapport. Some are easy
going, and some are challenging. I must be creative in order to resolve any
issues or problems to deliver my best to the clients.
Benefits, Tips and Goals
Becoming a freelancer has really given me an opportunity to spend more quality
time with my family. Normally, I start working around 2 – 3AM until 7AM. Then, I
would start preparing breakfast for my husband before he goes to work. Working
at the comfort of my home spares me from the stress of commuting to office and I
can manage my time better to balance between work and life. Sometimes when my
husband goes outstation he takes me along and I can still continue working on my
job. As long as there is an internet connectivity, I’m all set! Work anywhere,
As an advice to fellow freelancers, I’d say “Never give up when bidding for a
job.” When you get awarded, do your best and enjoy the work as much as you can.
If there is anything you don’t understand regarding your job, seek clarification
from the client.
My next career goal is to change my own business model from sole proprietor to a Sdn Bhd (a private limited company in Malaysia) next year. My aim is to serve all my clients around the globe professionally.