Asra R. Khan has 5+ years of experience working at the intersection of the tech and entrepreneurial ecosystem. She is the Founder & CEO of OpenMic Pakistan, a social enterprise working on social and economic empowerment of youth. Her work has impacted 6300+ youth across Pakistan. She is a scholarship recipient to Harvard Project for Asian & International Relations and a current Global Shaper for the World Economic Forum. Her work on the startup and technology ecosystem of Pakistan has been featured in TechJuice and Dawn. She has coached and spoken about freelancing and entrepreneurship at Google WomenTechmakers, GDG Fest Kolachi, Google I/O Recap, Startup Weekend Women & Youth, AIESEC Global Exchange Conference and CodeGirls.
Hira Saeed is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer at CaterpillHERs, a social enterprise that works for women-led startups, and helps build their business acumen through the curriculum, 1:1 mentorship, support network, and investment-readiness training. She also works as a Freelance consultant and copywriter for clients worldwide and has been featured on multiple tech blogs and publications with her byline. Being a community builder in Pakistan’s tech and startup ecosystem, she leads Pakistan’s leading tech community called Tech Geeks which has over 12k members. Over the course of five years, Hira has mentored dozens of startups all over Pakistan to build their content, marketing, and branding strategy. She is currently an active mentor at Founder Institute and National Incubation Center. She also creates content on her social media sharing tips about content, social media tips, and copywriting.
Waqar Hussain is an engineer turned entrepreneur, with a decade of experience in creating design driven content and IT solutions for some of North America's biggest up and coming startups.
He has persistently shown a real zeal for connecting the dots between tech and design, to curate unique brand identities online. Paving his way to work on some 2000 + brands, with a top rated seller status on multiple forums including Fiverr and Toptal.
Since founding IconProSolutions in his college days, Waqar has led the company to acquire a 2 million dollar grant for a sister company in Michigan US. Going to show just how much a small freelancing portfolio can grow in a mere 4 years.
Waqar is also active as a public speaker in Quetta, where he dedicates much of his time in training young talent like his own.
Faiza Yousuf is a technologist with over a decade of experience in building products and teams. She is an award-winning community leader and the force behind WomenInTechPK. She co-founded CodeGirls, a community-funded coding boot camp for girls, and runs the online education program for Blockchain and AI from CryptoChicksPakistan. She leads the product development wing at Genetech Solutions and runs a consulting practice as a Product Management Expert. She is a top-rated freelancer on Upwork with the honor to be part of Upwork’s first-ever social impact report. She is also working with P@SHA’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee for improving gender parity in Pakistan’s tech ecosystem. Faiza is a well-known speaker and often speaks at both national and internal conferences. She loves to read and enjoys writing about tools and practices.
Students looking for ways to earn an income and gain experience.
Professionals looking to switch and start their freelancing career or independent organizations.
Individuals looking for flexible yet gainful work opportunities.
Freelancing isn't as simple as people make it out to be. We miss out on the many nuances part of the process, but not anymore! The options in freelancing quite honestly are a lot, enough to confuse you. Some don't even pay well and who likes being underpaid. Let an accomplished freelancer like Asra help you discover in-demand creative and technical skills for high-paying freelancing gigs!
Now that you know some in-demand skills, it is time to focus on the significance of focusing on a niche. Why do something you don't like, especially when you're working flexibly as a freelancer and building your own personal brand? Identify which niche or skill you want to work with. Look at different freelance categories and understand long and short term projects with some examples of job postings.
One of the most challenging tasks as a beginner is building a portfolio. If you've not had prior work, you'd wonder how you can present a portfolio to prospective clients and win gigs. Fret not, let Waqar teach you how to build, publish, and share a portfolio with limited work experience. We've all got to start somewhere, right?
In building yourself as a freelancer you need to work on your own personal brand. Beginner freelancers, especially, have a lot to gain from building audiences and become an authority in a specific niche. Learn how to audit and optimize your social media profiles as a sales funnel. Hira, who now get all her projects through Instagram will teach you how to build your brand!
Learn how to be smart with money - you and your labor deserve to be compensated well. Study different pricing models, when to use hourly or fixed rates, and how milestone-based payments work. Featured by UpWork, Faiza will teach you how to set an income goal to calculate your hourly rate.
Create service packages that translate to more value for your clients, and more income for you! Learn how to price your packages as an individual freelancer or an agency, keeping all the contingencies in mind! Faiza will teach you how to negotiate the best pricing with penny-pinching clients.
Before you start making all that money, you should know where you will be accepting all your payments. Faiza will teach you how to how you can accept, and withdraw international payments in Pakistan. You will also learn accounting and taxation for freelancers.
Learn to setup effective business processes that win you gigs, projects, and clients that keep coming back. Hira, will teach you how you can evolve from an individual freelancer to managing talent and running your own agency!
Explore project management and productivity tools popular amongst freelancers so that you're organized, on top of your game and also on the right platform!
Understand the significance of having tailored CVs and Cover Letters ready for your job hunting process to increase the chances of your success. You will learn the differences of each type and choose what best suits your experience!
Joining a platform and being skillful won't get you any work on a freelancing platform, but strategy will! Waqar, who has been featured as Fiverr's Choice will walk you through the process of successful gig creation that attracts eyeballs, and help you understand gig ranking strategies!
Upwork's regular, Faiza will teach you how get started on the platform and score your initial projects. You will learn how to develop an effective profile and land convert one-time clients to long-term relationships!
Still feeling shaky to start on a freelancing platform! Worry not, Asra will teach you how she found her clients as a beginner freelancing without being on any of these platforms. You will learn the secret sauce of networking, communities, and classifieds!
Now that you have all the arsenal to go out into the world and achieve your dreams, we will end this with a bang! Meet seasoned freelancers, experts, and entrepreneurs who started just like you, without a clue, and grew to be acclaimed! Learn from their successes but failures too, and get your expert advice!
You will not listen to one-way lectures, rather be in a digital classroom with some of the best experts and class fellows. Class size won’t be massive and you’ll have the floor to yourself to ask questions, debate, share your thoughts and contribute to everyone’s mastery.
Coursework like pop quizzes, short assignments, case studies can really help refresh and reinforce concepts. When everyone’s participating and sharing their ideas, you’ll feel challenged to come up with bigger and better ideas, thus having work to show by the end of the cohort.
Teamwork makes the dream work. Connect with your classmates, a group of like-minded people working towards the same goals and course outcomes as you. Support, challenge yourself and others, and possibly build lifelong relationships.
Live, cohort-based courses are all about the transformation over a short period of time. This is what you and your cohort work together to achieve. You will come out of this course transformed in many, many ways.
This is not an ordinary course but a masterclass specially designed to help you become successful in the market. Some of the perks include:
All the classes will be conducted live giving you the opportunity to engage with the instructor and fellow course takers.
If for some reason, you missed a lecture, videos will be provided for you to stay up to speed with the class.
Meet Successful people who started their journey from content creation. Seek inspiration and learn from their experiences.
Clearly designed assignments and goals to build your foundations throughout the class
A Dedicated Slack community to connect with your classmates and instructor
Get inspiration from the work of your fellows. Find your own tribe of supporters!
The class will have batches in Local language.
Certification will be provided to participants.
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