HOTC Chapter 10: Garima Tiwari

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This week, for Humans of TapChief, we sat down with Garima Tiwari.

Garima is a freelance content writer and blogger. By qualification, she is an engineer and began her career as a Project Engineer at a tech giant. But, she then made the bold decision to leave her cushy corporate job when it started to disrupt her work-life balance.

A scary decision, eh? For most, yes. But not for Garima! 

A writer at heart, soon she began to take up technical writing and content writing projects, and she hasn’t looked back ever since.

Read on to learn how Garima went about it, what drove her on, and the role TapChief has played in her journey.

Tell us a little bit about yourself, and how you started your professional journey?

I’m a freelance content writer and blogger. By qualification, I’m an engineer, and after my graduation, I worked for an IT giant for almost two years. Then, I quit my job and took up freelance writing.

Today, I have almost two years of experience in writing, most of which have been in technical writing and web content writing.

What motivated you to seek out freelance opportunities?

I quit my full-time job when it started hampering my personal life.

On most days, I would up end up spending 10-12 hours in the office. That meant I couldn’t spend time with my family or friends or on my hobbies. So, I took a conscious decision to quit and move into freelancing.

Long story short, I wanted to have a stress-free balanced working life.

What were the challenges you faced initially?

I got most of my initial gigs from people I know. So, I didn’t have a problem finding good projects or with trusting the client.

However, once I started exploring beyond my own network, I started facing issues.

People approached me through LinkedIn and Facebook with gigs, but I soon realised that most of these people weren’t serious. The rates they offer were too low; there were no SLAs (Service Level Agreement), the deliverables weren’t well-defined, the payments didn’t get transferred on time, I ended up agreeing to the wrong projects many times.

How did you discover TapChief?

I had a word with a member of the TapChief team, and the way he came up with many good gigs for me in a very short period made me choose TapChief immediately. 

And I would also definitely recommend it to any freelancer who is on the lookout for good projects.

How has your life changed after TapChief?

Before TapChief, I had to do everything from finding gigs, following up with the clients, to managing the payments by myself. That meant I couldn’t dedicate as much time to writing as I would have liked to. My productivity wasn’t where I expected it to be.

This changed immediately with TapChief. I no longer have to worry about getting new projects. As soon as one gig is finished, I know that another one will be recommended to me by the TapChief team. It meant no more spending countless hours in front of a screen hunting for gigs. That’s a massive problem TapChief helped me with.

Apart from that, TapChief has definitely made my freelancing life easy-going. Now I don’t have to spend too much time on the project management side of things like negotiations and following up with the clients on payments.

What motivates you in life?

The idea of living a relatively stress-free, happy and balanced life with friends and family, and making the most of it.

What are your interests outside of work?

Well, I love to write. It is something that makes me happy and gives me satisfaction. It’s a great way to express yourself.
Besides that, I like to paint, cook, garden, read, and listen to music.

Any tips or recommendations for up-and-coming freelancers?

  • Treat freelancing like a full-time job. It is not like you can take it lightly or won’t have to work much. You need to be respectful and professional in your approach. Always be focused on your work.
  • Don’t say ‘yes’ to everything that comes your way. Spend adequate time trying to learn about the gig, understand if your skill sets match the client’s requirements, and evaluate if you can deliver it on time and at the quality they expect.

What are your plans for the future?

Write good content which can help the readers, and strike the right work life balance towards a sustainable living!

 

This article is part of our Humans of TapChief series, where we highlight the inspiring stories of TapChief community members who choose to live and work on their own terms.

Karthika Anand

Karthika is a Content Creator and Community Manager at TapChief. When not found writing, she's most likely to be found at the gym.