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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Freelancer Joy Sarkar - An Inspiration for the Novices

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Joy Sarkar (Shwapno), an ambitious 20 years old lad from Chittagong. He is one of the youngest members of the Freelance Outsourcing community in Bangladesh. With eyes full of dreams, Joy Sarkar has proved his skills by winning this year’s BASIS OUTSOURCING AWARD 2014 from district category. Starting his online career as a Search Engine Optimizer, he has soon comprehended the industry changes and has developed himself to what he is best at. Currently he is working as an ASO (Apps Store Optimizer) for few companies and if I am not wrong – the youngest in this domain. Without taking it further, let us find what he has got to say for our readers in this interview

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1. How and when did you start freelance outsourcing? What was the first step?

Joy Sarkar: Actually it was quite dramatic. I had a keen interest to know & see how to earn money from the internet. In the beginning I thought it may be easy to earn money from internet, but I realized it later that this is not an easy job basically for an inexperienced guy like me. Anyway, I started my journey in the year 2010. I started my job at Microworkers, then after 7 months I got my first job as web researcher on and from that point I have started my work with full fervor.

2. Did you ever take any training on how to do freelance outsourcing?

Joy Sarkar: Yes,but it had given me just a basic idea and nothing practical. Self-study was my only arsenal.

3. How are your rates determined? Do you have an hourly rate? Or do you quote on the basis of assignments? Do you work in lower price or stick with your best price?

Joy Sarkar: I determine my rate according to the requirement of the projects. Yes, I prefer to work based on hourly rate. I always try to provide quality service to my clients. My minimum hourly rate is $20, but usually it varies. I mean, I determine the rate according to the project budget.  Although I work for fixed price projects, but I give more priority to hourly projects. No, I don’t prefer to work in lower rate because I believe in quality task, so clients should pay higher for better-quality service.

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4. How do you bring the money to Bangladesh? Are there several ways? Any preferred mode? Why?

Joy Sarkar: I get my money in different ways. As I have several clients of different countries, I bring my money by online money transfer services. Usually I use Moneybookers/Skrill & Neteller. I have a MasterCard too but I use it when needed. Sometimes I use oDesk wire transfer method too. As we do not have permission to use Paypal, so I prefer to use Moneybookers/Skrill. It is secure & I can withdraw my money anytime.

5. Are such platforms as oDesk, Freelancer, Elance absolutely necessary? Why?

Joy Sarkar: Yes, certainly. These marketplaces are really essential for all freelancers because the majority percent of freelancers are somehow engaged with these platforms. Clients can outsource their contractors & hire them easily. Contractors can also deal with their clients, so it’s a definite match-making platform that needs to exist. One the other hand these platforms are also essential for newbie freelancers because without any market place they won’t get clients easily as it will be very hard for them to get overseas clients.

6. How many hours per month on average you used to work in the beginning and what about now?

Joy Sarkar: Actually I work randomly. I don’t maintain any specific time as it is freelancing. First time I worked around 60 hours per month. But now I have a lot of projects and usually working 45-50 hours weekly. So I work around 180-200 hours per month. 

7. Do you have any plan to help build up new freelancers in the section you are expert in? If ‘Yes’ then how and if ‘No’ then why not?

Joy Sarkar: Undoubtedly! Actually I do research & provide idea/theme, so it is an art. Anyway, my suggestion for newbies is: they have to be creative and they have to have SEO experience. On the other hand they have to know about the game/app market. So they should research it deeply, frequently and they have to be updated. Finally I would like to say that if someone wants to work in the section he/she has to have a great skill of market research.

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8. What types of work you are currently doing for your clients? Be descriptive so our readers can understand your level of expertise.

Joy Sarkar: First I worked as a SEO guy. I’ve worked for a lot of SEO projects in the past 2 years. In the beginning I used to work in the Off-Page optimization part. Day by day I’ve changed my work strategy as well my style of work. I then started doing On-Page SEO, Website Audit, Competitor Analysis & Keyword Research, but after a certain period of time I had quit SEO.

Now I’m working in App Store Optimization (ASO) & Games business. I have several projects, but now I’m working with 2 game industries on permanent basis who are making 100+ iOS & Android games/apps monthly. I’m working as their ASO consultant & market researcher. I research each of their game/app & its market. I also research about targeted users, competitors & monitor them. They are actually making games/apps according to my theme or research work.

9. Tell us about some people who have been your inspiration in the field and how you got inspired by them?

Joy Sarkar: To be honest, I came in the field dramatically! My 1st inspiration was my friend Safayet and Tanmoy. Then I got the opportunity to meet some precious persons. Mr. +Ramkrishna Bhattacharjee is one of them - a sure great person who brought me in the field & showed me the real way, THANKS “DADA”. On the other hand I often followed a person, +Alamin Chowdhury – a man who doesn’t need any introduction when it comes to SEO or Online Marketing in Bangladesh. He is a great, kind and sophisticated person in the sector who always gives me inspiration. I’m also grateful to Mr. Jamal Uddin who was my first teacher in the field.

10. How do you think BASIS is helping the Freelance Outsourcing sector of the country?

Joy Sarkar: BASIS has taken a great footstep to disseminate the importance of freelancing. Every year they are giving awards to the best freelancers of the country from different domains. Such an awesome effort to inspire the all young freelancers & young generations is highly appreciated. For this, the young generation of the country are showing their interest & their creativity. As a result we are doing really great day by day in the Freelance Outsourcing sector.

11. What’s your monthly average income?

Joy Sarkar: As I said I’m working some with games/app making companies so they are paying me on a monthly basis. I also work for extra projects during my leisure time. Anyway, now I’m earning around $2000- $2500 monthly by the grace of the Almighty.
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12. How do you feel after winning the BASIS OUTSOURCING AWARD 2014 and what it means to you? How you are going to uphold the value of your recognition?

Joy Sarkar: Really it is a great achievement so far in my life. Getting the award means a lot to me and now I’m more confident than before. I think this is not just a prize or honour, but it is a reward of my hard work that I have put. To be honest, I am really inspired by the award and I’ve discovered myself newly.  I’m really grateful and thankful to BASIS.

However, after getting the prize now I think I’ve got a lot of responsibilities. Now I should work hard more than before & I want to keep hold the value of my recognition by my great work. My next target is really great so I want to achieve my next goal successfully. I’ve got a lot of inspiration so I think it will help me to reach my ambitions.

13. Tell us something about your academic background and accomplishments.

Joy Sarkar: Presently I’m a student. I passed my SSC in 2011 from Hazi Mohammad Mohsin Gov’t High, Chittagong & passed my HSC in 2013 from Hazera Taju University College, Chittagong. Now I am going to start working towards my graduation in Games Technology at Limkokwing University of Creative Technology, Malaysia.

14. What you wanted to be in the childhood?

Joy Sarkar: I had a lot of dreams in my childhood. I received my 1st computer in 2003 while I was reading in class 3. In childhood my aspiring dream was to be a Computer Engineer.

15.Where do you want to see yourself in the next five years?

Joy Sarkar: Now I’m a freelancer, but I want to be an entrepreneur. I’m planning to do business with Smartphone Apps & Games. I have a lot of plans for it, so I just want to start it as well I want to build up my brand. I will make virtual products so that people can use it easily from one place to another place. In the next, I’ll work hard for my business & I want to see myself reach the level where I want to be.

Watch Joy Sarkar receiving his BASIS OUTSOURCING AWARD 2014 from Honorable Minister of Ministry of Posts & Telecommunications, Abdul Latif Siddiqui.

Here is what Joy Sarkar has got to say about himself in short:
I consider myself a normal young man. I always love to work with different things that give me the creative edge and have always loved to do something new and different. I don’t prefer to follow hackneyed system but try to make a new logistical way. I love to play cricket and enjoy long journey by bus. I love to imagine and try to make them come true. I like to take challenges. I always love to work with my computer and I can’t think a day without my internet and my work.

Love the Way I Work! 
You can reach Joy Sarkar via his Facebook, TwitterGoogle+ or LinkedIn
About The Author: Alamin Chowdhury 
Alamin Chowdhury is an avid blogger and Internet Marketing Professional from Bangladesh. He is one of the top BASIS Award Winning Freelancers in Bangladesh in the field of SEO & Content Development. To know more, you can follow him @ Twitter | Facebook | Google+ and Youtube

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  1. Much needed interview for the newbie worker. Thank you Alamin vai.

  2. Really helpfull and inspiration for newbie.
    Thanks a lot Alamin Chowdhury Bro.....

  3. Joy Sarkar, you have proved you and taught us.Go ahead.

    1. Dear Hafiz, I too wish to see you in the pipeline :)

  4. Very Inspiring ...... :) Thanks Alamin bro

  5. Thanks for the great interview.

  6. Great Interview Alamin Vai. Loved the way Joy shared his working theorem. The story has been really inspiring and hope all the novices will get their guts to follow Joy and change their life.

    Hope more Interviews like this will be coming shortly. :)

    1. Thanks Shamim for putting your lovely words. Yeh, more interviews will be posted soon :)

    2. Thanks a lot Shamim vaia for your great comment ! :)

  7. I know personally joy sarkar he is a great guy and very polite and helpful. I must say he proved himself as a great freelancer. go ahead sarkar. And alamin bro you did a great job by bringing up this magnetic awesome interview of sarkar. keep it bro :)

    1. Thanks Arif vaia for your awesome comment ! :)

  8. Thanks for interview Md. Alamin Chowdhury and Joy Sarkar. This interview will inspire the new freelancer.


  9. A nice inspiring work. Thanks Alamin vai.

  10. a very good interview for inspiration for the new comer in internet professional. I have also got a little bit light. hoping I will also be a moderate internet professional. thanks Joy & Alamin via

  11. Very inspiring with important tips & guidance. It will helps us to work in this field & be successful. Thanks Alamin vai for sharing this interview.

    1. The pleasure is mine Tariq vai :)

      Thanks for visiting the page and putting your worthy words.

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  13. Superb encouraging post for Bangladeshi young freelancers. Certainly this young star is the icon of hardworking youth who dedicated their hardship for the betterment of family together with the whole nation by earning foreign remittance. Want related post more from you.

  14. I got lot of information and tips from this article. New comer can get lot of information from this interview. Thanks to the Alamin Sir for an inspirible interview from Joy Sarkar.

  15. Thank Alamin Sir for a nice interview. It is really a inspirational interview. The new comer to online profession will get some guide line from this interview.

  16. To become a freelancer, you cannot be impatient, you have to hold it. You should not work at a lower cost than your standard cost so that buyer will have a good perception about you.

  17. From my point of view,this is a useful article for apprentice of SEO arena,thanks Alamin sir for your nice article,keep going

  18. Inspiration, Ambition & expectation can be the dynamic tools for success of a careful person. If he or she can do it must succeed in life.

  19. Thanks Alamin Sir and Joy sarkar for this nice interview. This interview is highly informative for SEO and online marketing trainee like me. There are lots of opportunity to work in freelancing sector. Those who don't like to do job they can choose freelance as an independent profession.

  20. It is really good interview for the inspiration of the newcomer in internet professional. I have also got some idea in this interview. Thank you sir for writing an inspirational article.

  21. Thanks for the big interview. It’s encouraging to work as a freelance.

  22. I have read about Abdul Malek's story. Now I have read about Joy Sarkar's story where Joy Sarkar is a Freelancer. This two articles is really helpful for me. Thank you Sir for writting this.

  23. Well craft Mr. Joy Sorkar. You prove that a young can make everything and overcome all hinders. Your success inspires us to work with more power in the area of SEO and online marketing. Thank you Sir for your nice interview.

  24. How to professional a young man in freelance outsourcing, i know it. I thought, he also a good expert in web master. So congratulation him, and
    Thank for your nice Article.

  25. First of all I want to convey my sheer gratitude to you, sir, for coming up with such a brilliant coverage! This boy seems to be a character from a fairy tale but he is real! Many people will get direction of their life after reading his story. Very well done Mr. Joy and all the best for your coming days! :)

  26. This interview is very enthusiastic for us . Its also a highly informative interview. Anybody who has the basic knowledge about English can choose freelancing as a carrier in the early age.

  27. I liked this young guy's journey. What type of questioning it is "Q. no. 4: Any preferred mode?" and then "Why?". I don't understand the interviewer's asking. Would you clear to me it.

  28. Nothing is impossible if will power is rock solid. The story of a young brother will encourage hundreds and thousands young. Their contribution of these young people will lead our nation to a developed nation within a very few years. My heartiest congratulation to Joy.

  29. As a newbie at least I got some hope after reading this interview. This kind of informative interview helps us lot. With this article you really inspire me thank you sir.

  30. The story of Joy Sharker has been really inspiring. To become a freelancer, patient is most important Joy proved that. From this article we also get some important guideline and it will help us to become a good freelancer. Thank you sir for this article.

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  33. Inspiring story
    God bless him

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