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An Interview with Melch Leonard on Freelancing

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Freelancing has become a business, and an opportunity for many people, and one of them is Melch Leonard. Here is an Interview with Melch Leonard.

An Interview with Melch Leonard on Freelancing


Freelancing has become a business, and an opportunity for many people, and one of them is Melch Leonard. 

Melch is a full-time freelancer working as an independent sound engineer and audio producer.

We had an opportunity to interview Melch, and hopefully, you will learn something from his experience as a freelancer.

Here is what we discussed.

Our Full in Interview with Melch Leonard


KIDIGITALI: 

How are you doing, Lenny? It's great to have you share your skills and knowledge with our Kidigitali readers.


Melch Leonard: 

Thank you very much for the invite, and I'm glad to share. 


KIDIGITALI: 

First, tell us a little bit about yourself. Where you're from, and what do you do?


Melch Leonard: 

I'm Melch Leonard from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, a full-time freelancer, and remote worker. I am working as a Sound Engineer and Audio producer. I'm a graduate in International affairs and diplomacy but followed my passion for building my career through the gig and remote economy.


KIDIGITALI: 

So, where did you learn Freelancing?


Melch Leonard: 

Well, I was bored with the 8-4 routine. So, what happened next is that I started looking for opportunities online and seeing what I could do to earn money at home. I thought that some people in this world aren't employed or doing business, but they are at home making money. But how? That was the question. 

I knew someone working online, making not less than $2000 every month, and he wasn't even a graduate, a youngster who postponed his college education and started freelancing, so at least I believed that "YOU CAN MAKE MONEY ONLINE."

So how I learned about freelancing is through the Internet. I had no one to ask, I have tested many freelancing platforms, and finally, I got a platform to join as a freelancer (Upwork).


Related: The Upwork readiness test answers 2022


KIDIGITALI: 

Is freelancing a real business, and someone can live and earn a decent amount by doing Freelancing?


Melch Leonard: 

Yes, sure, Freelancing is an actual business; you can live and earn a decent amount by doing Freelancing. From experience, Freelancing can pay your bills, and you can travel, spend and enjoy yourself by only doing Freelancing. Freelancing is a REAL BUSINESS.


KIDIGITALI: 

There are many freelancing platforms out there; which platform do you think is the best for someone who wants to start freelancing today.


Melch Leonard: 

Yes, there are many freelancing platforms out there, and if one wants to start freelancing, I would suggest Upwork. Simply it has a lot of users and clients, and it's well organized.


KIDIGITALI: 

There is a lot of competition in the freelancing market places. What kind of things do you do to stand out from the crowd?


Melch Leonard: 

The first thing I would say from experience is Professionalism.

Competence in what you do.

A portfolio is essential.

Learning is an ongoing thing (Be updated as much as you can). Knowledge is much better than Information.


KIDIGITALI: 

Not all clients are the same. Some are nice, and some are mean. What is the biggest problem you've encountered while working with a client, and how did you deal with it?


Melch Leonard: 

The biggest problem is clients who cannot be precise with what they need. And how I always deal with them by asking what's their expected results, and that solves everything. 


KIDIGITALI: 

As a freelancer, I'm sure you must be using a handful of tools to make your work easier. Are there any tools or apps that you can't live without?


Melch Leonard: 

As an Audio Engineer, I have my tools (Different Audio production software, e.g. Ableton, Logic Pro X). Other regular software is FILEZILLA, DROPBOX, and SLACK.


KIDIGITALI:

What are the best freelancing niches that are highly in demand, in your opinion? 


Melch Leonard: 

To mention a few; Copywriting, web designing, digital marketing consultation, web development, and virtual assistant. But knowledge of Digital marketing, SEO, and copywriting can benefit them as they are involved in several other fields.


KIDIGITALI: 

If someone's looking to start as a freelancer today, what advice would you give them?


Melch Leonard: 

Use what you have, and acquire as much knowledge as you can.

Get extremely busy looking for a better way to make more money from what you love doing.

Do what you love; Freelancing is way easier If you are doing activities you enjoy doing.

Lear, Unlearn and relearn.


KIDIGITALI: 

In conclusion, is there anything else you would like to add?


Melch Leonard: 

Freelancing is an excellent gateway to full-time remote jobs, paying a minimum of $1000/month (That's huge for a Tanzanian youngster). Start freelancing to gain experience in remote working, face challenges, deal with different types of clients, meet deadlines, etc. Full-time remote jobs pay up to $90,000/year, but you don't get them quickly.


Your online presence matters, your professionalism matters, your skills matter (technical and soft), your ability matters, etc., like everything matters. I probably have so much to say, but I'll share next time. 


KIDIGITALI:

Thank you so much, Melch; we appreciate you sharing your freelancing experience and advice with our readers here at Kidigitali.com. Hopefully, our readers have learned something from your journey and the advice shared.


If you want to work with Melch, you can reach him on his Twitter account here – @meetmelch (Melch Leonard Twitter handle)


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