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Discover What It's Like to Be a Freelancer in Romania: Meet Oana Pauna

One of the things I love about being a freelancer is connecting with freelancers from around the globe. This week's Q&A features Oana Pauna, a content writer and translator based in Ploiesti, Romania. She's been freelancing for 5 years. Here are her insights on the gig economy from her side of the world.

Oana Pauna writes and translates as a freelancer based in Romania.

giggs: What does a typical workday look like?

Oana: I wake up at 9 am, drink my coffee in bed until ten while checking my emails, Facebook, and some other websites I follow. Then I plan my day and actual work. Usually, I don't do much until 5 pm when I suddenly feel fully awake and productive. That's the moment I start working hard until midnight or 1-2 am. I take breaks only when I feel tired and hungry. Hunger affects my ability to be creative, so I feel it immediately. 


giggs: Please share five tips for freelancers who are just starting out.

Oana:

  1. Search, research, document. 

  2. Learn, read, write, take notes. 

  3. Change your perspective, talk to people, ask questions, make friends, find leads. 

  4. Never give up!

  5. Repeat everything all over again!

giggs: How do you keep your business afloat?

Oana: I am always reading, learning new things, extending my skills and theoretical knowledge, and applying for jobs. I seek and hunt opportunities, and now I am trying to network with freelancers like me. 


giggs: How did you come up with your pricing structure?

Oana: I usually go with my intuition. I don't have clear prices for my services. I am flexible and open.


giggs: How do you market your services?

Oana: I have my profile on Facebook, LinkedIn, and two other job platforms in Romania. Emailing people or companies with my portfolio seems like the best way to do it. 


giggs: How do you deal with unhappy clients?

Oana: I try to modify my work, and if they don't accept it, then we split ways. It's not fair to waste someone else's precious time. 


giggs: What does your dream project look like?

Oana: My dream project would be to work with foreign people or teenagers to enhance their creativity and make them write. I would also love to create a website, take courses and start a podcast.


giggs: What are the keys to success when working remotely with clients?

Oana: Be polite, treat people with respect, offer your best results, change things when you need to, keep an open mind, and keep learning.


giggs: Anything you'd like to add?

Oana: Writing is my vocation, and I am tremendously happy making a living from it.


Thank you for your insights, Oana. Check out Oana's website. It's in Romanian!

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