Stepping outside of the closet:
How I started using CryptoTask (and why you should, too!)
Your closest ones always knew you’d do SOMETHING at one point in your life, but they’re patiently waiting for that to happen. Not that you haven’t done some stupid shit in your life, but parents get used to things. More or less. They surely don’t expect you to start freelancing.
Most of the parents don’t have the slightest idea what freelancing really is. When you try to explain to them, it’s not like your typical daily job. It’s like opening a pit of hell. Some parents, on the other hand, are supportive of freelancing. If you have such supportive parents, adopt me ASAP.
Here’s how I got into freelancing, with a few mishaps here and there.
Dreams do come true! Or do they?
I worked as a journalist — sort of a “since forever child dream.” Little did I know. Constant involvement in politics or culture, having my column someday, and not having two same workdays (or articles, at least) made me want to dive into that direction. After finishing my bachelor studies and becoming a Bachelor of Journalism (LOL @ wasting 3 years of my life), I got a job in the second-largest newspaper in my country.
Hype and willpower were all over the place. Three years and several promotions later — that’s when shit hit the fan.
In short: I realized people as a species are utter shit. I also had no private life whatsoever (no need to emphasize the blueness of my balls). When talking about shitheads, it takes time for one to realize it. In the beginning, the newsroom vibe was absolutely golden. You know how your mind positively tricks you when you’re a newbie in an unknown environment. Surrounded mostly by young, ambitious people, having some after-work beers makes a charming routine. 18 months in, you hear a bit of chit-chat about the potential changes.
There was an election in my country, and the former opposing party won. I come from a deeply corrupt government, rotten to the core. I could’ve guessed there might also be a change in the media altogether. And, there it was. A private company bought 60% of the media company and thus became the legal owner and representative. How did that affect the “working class”? No like-minded people kept their jobs. I was among the ones to have the chance, but you get how it turns out. After months of systematic political torture by the editor-in-chief and his political pawns, I’ve had a breakdown. 13–14 hour workdays, no reliable colleagues to talk to, being politically indoctrinated in a democratic society made me do the best thing I’ve ever done.
Crazed, the way I was, I just left the pissed-off note at my work desk and left the newsroom. The next best thing besides quitting in a classy way is that my music app (I still transfer music to my phone, so what) shuffled to a Poison Idea song named Just To Get Away. Ultimate “fuck everybody” piece.
In 2018 I signed up at Upwork, one of the (still) most recognizable and largest freelancing platforms in the world. At first, to give me a head start, I started writing blog posts, copies, and other content forms. As time moved on, I finally added photography to my skill tree and decided to do photo-related stuff full-time. Not that I wasn’t sick of my friends lying about using the photos I took on their dating profiles, I figured out I just upgraded and actually started making money once and for all. Freelancing truly made me free.
I could finally choose what projects I want to be involved in and not bother if a project is crap. Not having to waste time choking on fumes in traffic is a lifesaver. I finally replaced this hour of useless daily commuting with a habit of running again (I haven’t done that since college). And hey, I finally had time to meet some fine chicks!
As with most things in life, turning to freelance can be a bitch. Especially when you’re turning to a freelance job you have no real experience with — it just being your passion. I’ve had a DSLR camera for years now and have been shooting portraits of my friends (mainly for Tinder, but they were too shy to admit) and doing some street photography. My interests also involve interior design, especially home decoration, and I always wanted to shoot those. You know, just roam around random buildings, flats, and houses, take photos and earn some extra cash for a couple of Friday night beers.
Blockchain turned my head around.
What changed my view on traditional freelance platforms was a brisk talk with a long-time-no-see friend of mine. He was involved in a couple of blockchain projects and got familiar with the CryptoTask platform. In mid-2019, I was told about a significant potential acquisition the team is planning. Suddenly a purchase of the largest Croatian freelance platform by a blockchain startup caught my attention. By the start of 2020, I was already getting paid in crypto. HELL FREAKING YES!
I was hooked by the “no fee” and “no mediator” agenda, which turned out, who would’ve guessed, to be entirely accurate. With that said, I could earn more money just because a platform is not taking away up to 30% of my hard-earned money. Just think… How surreal is that you actually pay, let’s say, 20% of the money you made to a freaking platform that should be here to serve YOU.
From a usability standpoint — you quickly sign up, everything is visible (UI people will strangle me). You find a job, you get work done, and you get paid. BAM! If waiting for payment became your everyday routine — on the platform, it’s instant. It makes you sleep easier, too.
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