Muzammal Arif is a Pakistani freelancer and entrepreneur who has mentored and inspired many to follow in his footsteps and enter the realm of freelancing. Muzammal was a key part of the National Freelancing Convention ceremony, where his story was shared by PITB Chairman Umer Saif. Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif stood up from his seat and shook Muzammal’s hand congratulating him on his success.
MORE asked Muzammal to share his success story with our readers.
Before Muzammal took the stage at the inaugartion ceremony, Umer Saif Chairman PITB told the audience how he met Muzammal. Umer said he had gotten back from a lecture in America where he was questioned will Pakistan be able to provide jobs to each of the 0.25 million students graduating every year.
Chairman PITB met Muzammal when he was earning 2.5 thousand PKR in a computer lab after completing his matriculation. It was then that a friend advised Muzammal to become a freelancer on Odesk which is a website for freelancing. Now Muzammal earns over $3000 in a month and has 9 employees working for his company.
Talking to MORE, Muzammal reminisces the time when he used to work on projects for $5 to $50 and now owns a company with nine employees working in different domains. The experienced freelancer said he completes the same $50 project in over $500 now. In addition to this, Muzammal also runs an online Quran academy with 30 trainers and a total of 250 students currently enrolled.
Answering a question about the future of freelancing in Pakistan he said an estimated 0.2 million freelancers are already working and earning around $1.2 Billion per year. He said with the launch of Punjab Government’s e-rozgaar program it would become a bit easier to accommodate the huge number of students graduating every year.
Muzammal said money does not immediately start flowing in, freelancing takes time and you need to be patient. He said he wants to turn his company into a software house very soon and is also working on a couple of startup ideas.
Moreover, Arif plans to conduct more training, webinars and courses online so everyone can benefit from his experience. He said these trained professionals will be able to bring in foreign exchange. Arif said one of the benefits of online training freelancers is that you do not need to limit human resource involved because of lesser office space or any other reason but sometimes a physical location is also required and e-rozgaar plans to do just that.