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From a need for additional income to a freelancing lifestyle – Dimitar Velkov

1. Back in 2008, you started your career as a software developer. Tell us something more. How did you find yourself in this profession as a freelancer? Did working remotely and in a relaxed work atmosphere influence your choice?

I started in 2008 when I got employed for the first time but because I was still studying and i needed some additional income :). Then a friend told me he “caught” a project and was working for a stranger through Elance, today’s UpWork. I created an account and so I started working as a freelancer. Working remotely and the atmosphere was no longer crucial. I was able to dictate the pace of work whenever and wherever I wanted.

2. In your long career you have a lot of completed projects behind you. Which project did you like the most? Did any have any impact on the community it targeted?

All of the projects I have worked on and completed in a production version have had some impact on the community. Some smaller, some larger. I can say that with the guys from the current embedSocial we developed several Facebook applications. They were among the first in our market. I think that after those applications, we made i.e. they made a big impact on the market. Soon others tried to join too.

3. In your opinion, what skills or characteristics are most needed for someone who would like to learn your profession? How will your mentoring upscale the future freelancers in the country?

In order to be a freelancer, in my opinion, in addition to the primary set of knowledge you offer you should also be a good seller and build a relationship with the customers. I have an interesting story that I would like to tell future freelancers. It’s about how you can go from a student to a Top-Rated profile and serious projects and clients. I think it will be of great benefit to them.

Dimitar is part of our network of freelance mentors that will guide future freelancers in the Republic of North Macedonia. Through his expertise freelancers will learn many crucial skills, effectively increasing their income and the freelance community.

If you want to learn about Software development from Dimitar and become successful in freelancing, apply to become a mentee on the following LINK

This activity is supported by the RECONOMY program.

RECONOMY is a regional inclusive and green economic development program of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), implemented by HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation in partnership with Impact Foundation and others in the Eastern Partnership and the Western Balkans.

Filip Dzhambazoski

Filip Dzambazoski works as Marketing & Communications Assistant at Impact Foundation. Filip's completed his branch of studies in Law but is passionate about exploring new fields and expanding his knowledge. For him, "Realizing your passion by helping others find theirs" directly correlates to the way we should shape today's leaders into the future decision-makers.