One year ago, I register myself on ScriptLance as a freelancer. Browsing the net was my hobby. I come accross the ScriptLance site while surfing the net. I register myself just for curiosity. As I have knowledge of some programming in C/C++, visual basic etc, I tried to get some jobs of that types. My effort on first few months was in vain. After few months I tried to get very small jobs of $5-$20 as I realized that without feedbacks, it is very tough to get any big project. I finally get a project of $5. Unfortunately, I found that ScriptLance took the whole $5 as project fee. I was wondered, but not dis-hearted. After few days I got another project below $10. For few next months I got 2-3 projects per month. At this point, I decided to be a professional freelancer. I tried to build a team. I sarted serching for data-entry guys. Initially it was very tough to get anyone to work with me. I got two guys. Day-by-day, when I started to get success, I got more people in my team. Now I have a well established team of talented energetic data entry guys. We are now handing 10-20 projects at a time.
Initially, I personally worked on projects. Now, I have to spend my whole time to supervise the works of my fellow guys.
To my veiw, following are important points for success:
1) Hard working, sincerity and regularity of work. I work 7 days a week.
2) Communication: keeping timely communication with the clients is vital. I use yahoo, msn, aim & icq to communicate instantly with the clients. I have bought a cell phone to check email when I am outside.
3) Honesty is very much important. Tell your expertise and limitations honestly to the clients.
4) Take only projects in the fields you have expertise.
Finally, click here to see my feedbacks on ScriptLance.
Update (02-August-2012): ScriptLance has been acquired by Freelancer.com. Here is my new profile on Freelancer.com.