This past week, I spent time meeting with one of the freelancers currently working on the FreeeUp platform, Julia Valdez. With the growing popularity of the platform for experienced eCommerce and online business freelancers, I wanted to understand what she enjoyed about the network and why she preferred it over other platforms out there like Upwork, Freeelancer.com, and the many others in the industry.

Below is a number of topics that we covered and her thoughts on each. Give her answers a read and let us know what other questions you’re wondering about in the comments. We’ll be sure to have someone respond to your questions so you fully understand what it’s like to work on the FreeeUp platform.

Q: What has your experience been like working on the FreeeUp platform thus far? 

A: Being with FreeeUp has been an amazingly rewarding experience for me. In all the 24 years that I have been earning my keep, I haven’t found a place where I enjoy working more, or a team that I truly love being a part of.

Q: What was your experience before joining FreeeUp as a freelancer?

A: For the bulk of my professional life, I spent time with a diversity of companies, and was even an employer for a time. I have assisted sole proprietors, joined both large and small company teams, built small teams for these enterprises, and also a few of my own.

Regardless, however, of how much I loved the work, there was always something missing. I struck out on my own after this, building my own business and taking on freelance work. Sadly, these, too, proved painfully troublesome. I never realized just how much of my career has been simply powering through until I found FreeeUp.

Q: With all of that experience, you must have freelanced on other platforms as well. What is most important to you when freelancing? How does FreeeUp provide that?

A: There are two cardinal qualities that I hold true to when searching for work online. I have enjoyed these as a freelancer and am happy with how FreeeUp has provided them as well. I hope to work through FreeeUp for many years to come because the platform provides additional value that I have not found anywhere else.

First, as a FreeeUp worker, I have the freedom of flexible work time so that I can take care of all my other responsibilities and still be productive at work. This is true of most freelance work, and I have benefited from it on platforms like Upwork and Freelancer.

At FreeeUp, however, the ease of getting jobs, the administrative support, and the security provided have made it so much more fulfilling and productive. Now, working remotely doesn’t have to mean that I sacrifice time looking for clients and taking the risk that they may not be trustworthy or willing to offer a reasonable rate for my services.

FreeeUp is built on the principle that both clients and workers should be able to find a good fit without going through the harrowing and injurious process of trial and error. Through my experience here, I believe that it is this unique approach that has most contributed to the superior pool of clients at FreeeUp who have plenty of work available.

As a result, I have the time and opportunity to work with clients to carefully select which jobs I can do best, assured that I will be adequately compensated for any tasks I take on. I am free to focus on getting the work done! This works perfectly for me, and I am sure that my clients are also happy that I can give them all the time and attention they need.

Second, I have the option of taking on varied tasks to help me grow professionally and keep me optimally motivated every day. The world moves so fast these days, and it is no longer possible to just learn one skill and ride on that until the end of time. I like to be relevant, and FreeeUp gives me the chance to work different jobs to hone my skills.

I don’t have to present a list of degrees and accomplishments to be given a chance, either. I can meet a prospective client who Nathan has initially matched me up with, and talk about what is needed and how I can help. We can both feel at ease knowing that Nathan has done his due diligence, and if needed, do a trial run that is safe for both sides.

Q: Is there anything that you want to share about FreeeUp that makes it unique?

A: I have also found one other crucial element here at FreeeUp that I have been longing for all these years. At FreeeUp, the concept of team is more than just another company policy that everyone agrees to with painted smiles. The entirety of the FreeeUp team, led by our very involved and sincerely concerned leader Nathan Hirsch, is focused on real cooperation.

The team is there to give help freely and gladly, and this has been for me like water to a parched soul. There are no airs in this community, and I can moreover feel how happy everyone is to put themselves out there, whether it is to extend a simple welcome handshake or share valuable information that they could very well choose to keep to themselves to get a leg up.

The FreeeUp team is one of a very few teams I can say I have been with that truly operates as a unit. They always provide timely assistance, and without pointing fingers or expecting one person to bear the burden for how or if the team is functioning. I have always believed that earnest collaboration makes or breaks any group, and I can see this team racing ahead, growing stronger every day. This in itself is a great inspiration to me, a rare quality that draws me to FreeeUp like no other before.

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