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.
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.
Search, research, document.
Learn, read, write, take notes.
Change your perspective, talk to people, ask questions, make friends, find leads.
Never give up!
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!