Experience is definitely the best teacher.
Take Sankalp Agrawal, freelancer and desktop app user, for example. He does freelance work at Freelancer.com while studying Computer Science and Engineering in Delhi. Accepting freelance work for clients gives him the chance to sharpen his skills: website design and development, Android programming, UI/UX design, and even data entry. Being a smart and committed worker, he opts to maximize the perks of the desktop app in his many projects. Here’s our interview with him regarding his take on the desktop app and how beneficial it is to his freelance life:
Freelancer Team: How does the Freelancer desktop app help you in your projects, earnings etc.?
Sankalp: Freelancer desktop app is a great product which helps me get paid for the actual time that I put in for a client. It helps employers trust freelancers like me more because they (employers) can see what I have worked upon and under what time duration.
And, believe me, my earnings have increased over the time because of this. A fixed project might take more time than I’d actually thought of while bidding and accepting. But, having hourly projects done using the desktop app ensures I get paid for every single minute, even seconds that I commit into the project.
FLT: What do you like most about the Freelancer desktop app?
S: Being a UI/UX Designer, I really really like the design. It’s beautiful. If it were a girl, I would have definitely tried to make it my girlfriend. Haha.
It’s really amazing to see products being designed and developed while keeping users in focus since day one. If I have to get very specific about what I like the most, it’s the design of the “Start/Pause” button and the time counter. Plus, the functionality to create invoices with just one click.
FLT: What do you like least about the Freelancer desktop app?
S: Now, that’s a really tough question. I use Windows. On clicking the “Begin Work” button, it shows a loading sign for a very short duration of 1-2 seconds. That’s the only thing I don’t like. Maybe that’s because of Java.
FLT: What features would you like the Freelancer desktop app to have?
S: Since the desktop app already has all the essential features, there is not much else I would wish for. But, I do have two “nice to have” features:
Adding session notes. Adding notes to each image (the functionality that we have on website) is not that much feasible on the app but, being able to add session notes by tapping the pause button would be nice.
A small ping sound. For this, assume I take very short 20-minute breaks. It would be nice if I could customize and set the app to notify me every 20 minutes with a very subtle ping notification.
FLT: Cite or share other personal experiences on how the app assisted you during a project. This will inspire freelancers like you to benefit from the Freelancer desktop app too.
I have already said pretty much everything about the app and my experiences but yeah, there is one specific project experience that I can share.
Recently, one of my friends referred me to a person for some help. Since it was a referral I was very hesitant to quote an amount as the project was slightly complex and I could sense that it would require much time. In the end, we agreed upon hourly pay. Believe me, because I was using the desktop app, I got paid more than I’d have quoted for the whole project. So, it’s a win-win situation only with the desktop app.
Sankalp’s experience teaches us that with reliable monitoring tools like the desktop app, we can maximize our earnings from the hourly projects we take in from our Freelancer.com clients. Every working hour is time well spent because we’ll get paid accordingly. No more unpaid working hours. Plus it’s very easy to download and use!
Download the desktop app now and start tracking your working hours. It’s available in Windows and Linux (and soon in Mac OS!) It’s FREE and easy to install.
Editor’s Note: Do you want to share your own desktop app story? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know. You just might be featured in our next blog post!