“I join contests because I want to win,” Kelvin Otieno Ogos, better known as KelvinOTIS on the world’s largest crowdsourcing and outsourcing site Freelancer.com, states with an assured air. “Winning proves that my design skills stand out among other designers’.”
Kelvin is referring to the Contests regularly launched on Freelancer.com. These graphic design-oriented contests typically involve the creation of logos, business cards, mug designs, etc. and they are open to everyone. While Kelvin is unsure as to the exact number of contests he has participated in since he joined the site in 2010, “I have won eight times,” he proudly shares.
Freelancer.com was the first site he came across. “Thanks to the name, it came up so fast on the search engines during my regular surfing.”With perseverance and hard work Kelvin was able to build up a great online reputation after he won his very first contest on Freelancer.com.
Kelvin’s success in the contests has opened up a whole new world for him. “This was the ultimate turnaround opportunity for me,” he reflects. “It improved my income tremendously.” To date, Kelvin has earned US$4,210 via Freelancer.com. He even funnelled a portion of his earnings into his new hand-painted T-shirt business, an enterprise that now provides him with monthly earnings of about US$500.
“The ultimate reason for joining the contests” he adds, “is to earn money, but along the way I realized that it’s more than that. Through the contests my design skills have sharpened—by seeing many other trends all over the world, including meeting clients with diverse needs.”
One of the clients he found this way, Toshiyuki Tega, has hired him repeatedly since he won a contest posted by the Japanese entrepreneur. Based on the strength of his portfolio, Kelvin has formed relationships with clients from Australia, Belgium, USA, Switzerland, Thailand, and Canada.
“Thanks to Freelancer.com, I am able to work from home, which allows me to spend quality time with my family, whilst making enough money to meet family-related needs. I have never regretted closing my office in the city. I could never have found a better alternative than Freelancer.com.”
“Freelancer.com is a freelancer’s marketing tool because of the free space to display one’s portfolio,” he says. “This increases your chances of earning a great income dramatically. I also like the Rewards Program, where earnings can be traded for various services.” He also commends the 24/7 live Support Desk where he has “always received assistance to queries on the spot.”
“I do not only look at Freelancer.com as a place of work,” he confides, “but also as a learning platform where one can sharpen his communication and interpersonal skills, improve his varied professional skills, and expand his knowledge of diverse world cultures through networking.”
More than local and international recognition, Kelvin is driven by a desire to level up his skill set in order to leave a visual impact in what he calls “the world of creativity.” “It is my joy when my work achieves what it was intended to do.”