For three years Dickson Ifeanyi Desmond taught Mathematics, with Physics and Chemistry on the side, to senior secondary students at a local school in Nigeria. Assured of a guaranteed income, he didn’t look for another job despite earning a low income because it was “an easily available job” until a friend told him that he could make a living by writing.
On July 2012, he joined Freelancer.com, where he found an abundance of content writing opportunities. He found little difficulty in transitioning from a regular 9-to-5 job to freelancing. He’s passionate about writing and has been writing since he was a boy. Initially earning less than US$200 a month on the platform, he is now bringing home up to US$600, six times more than his earnings from teaching.
Apart from the income, he enjoys a better quality of life now. He enlarged his territory by gaining plenty of experience in content creation and in the process, he learns something new each day with the various topics he writes about. Furthermore, he admitted that he wasn’t as skilled in content writing when he started out, but his clients saw his eagerness and tutored him on how to do the job properly.
Dickson’s clients were mostly SEO and content writing companies. His major client has branches in Europe, Australia and Asia and another client is from Singapore -- both of which have retained him for the long haul. He also worked with individual employers from Malaysia and Pakistan.
“The ease offered by working on the platform is indeed fabulous,” said Dickson of his professional life beyond the four walls. “Teaching confined me to a single place; Freelancer.com allowed me to work from home and from anywhere. I am in control of my time and freelancing has afforded me great flexibility.” He now has time to pursue other interests such as reading and is now working towards an Industrial Mathematics degree.
“My life has unimaginably changed through the services and features provided by Freelancer.com. I have encouraged many of my friends in Nigeria to join the platform,” he added. “Freelancer has gone a long way in solving the problem of unemployment in various parts of the world, especially in my country.”