From a dining table with a laptop, to our own office!

Meet Tanya and Nathan, our Cert 5 specialists for corporate branding solutions. Read their inspirational story on how they started from a dining table with a laptop, to having their own office and dedicated workspace.

Tell us a bit about yourself. How did you both meet and how did you get into freelancing together?

It all started 6 years ago when we both got married in December 2010. Nathan was already a full-time web development freelancer and we both started to build our sweet home. In October 2011, we were blessed with a daughter and then things started to change.

In August 2012, Nathan started a “night” company. So for 2 and a half years, he did his day job and took care of the company and clients during the night. I then started to look after the client servicing and marketing aspects of the company until it became our exclusive day job.

Finally, things started to look good and the transition made us both very different human beings. Our company, “Mighty Curvets” was born. We have divided roles and now work systematically to service as many clients as we can.

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Tanya & Nathan’s stunning design for their own business logo

That sounds fantastic! What were your previous jobs, before deciding to freelance together?

I was 100% a home-maker and did some academic coaching much before our wedding. I used to teach Science and Maths to young children. Nathan started as a UI designer working for European as well as American MNC’s. He has worked for more than 12+ years in this industry with more than 6 MNC’s.

Nathan is indeed the heart and brain of our company, as he knows everything about designing, development, the web, mobile, front-end, back-end, etc. This helps us to take on the right projects and suggests the right methodologies for our clients. I have been since contributing as a mediator between the clients and the technical team. But gradually, as we are now full-time, my role has expanded. I look after complete client communication and relevant marketing needed to keep track of clients and creating bids to generate more opportunities.

How did you both come across PPH?

We came to know about PeoplePerHour through online blogs and forums related to the freelance market.

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A Sample From Tanya & Nathan’s Portfolio

What was your first job like on PPH?

It was both painful as well as beautiful. Painful because I know Nathan spent a full month on the platform and was not getting any work. I remember Nathan making proposals for different jobs at around 10 PM till 3 AM, until he got a response one night. Initially we thought it would just be the usual, “this job has been awarded to another seller” message, but instead we received, “Hi, I am interested in your proposal, could you tell me roughly how long this will take you?”.

We got the job and were paid £10 for designing a logo. He took the entire night to design a logo that the client wanted. He came to bed at 6:30 AM saying that the work had been submitted. I was angered by what happened, as he had spent the whole day and night doing a job that was only worth £10! I told him to leave this and focus on other things worthy of his talent. But Nathan said, “We need to start this entrepreneurial dream, even if it is for a small price!! If I leave now, it will be a life of comfort zone, full of insecurities and doubts”.

Nathan’s positive attitude and hard work paid off and he started getting work from there on. I am so proud of him and pleased he didn’t quit. I now put my heart and soul in to bringing him the best clients, which has resulted in a 100% client satisfaction ratio, with over 225+ 5 star ratings.

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A Sample From Tanya & Nathan’s Portfolio

We congratulate you on your success! You must be very busy! What is a typical day like for you?

It starts with client follow-up emails, followed by ongoing revision work based on their feedback and assisting with client retention. We will then spend time sending out relevant job proposals and wrap up at around 1 AM.

What does your future hold? Where would you both like to take this?

Well, we started from a dining table with a laptop and today, we have our own office and a dedicated workspace! We are growth oriented people and would only like to take this further.We would love to end up being a 50+ employee company with a regular flow of work.

What are your top 5 tips for freelancers who are new to PPH?

Just understand that it is not about doing a job “cheaper” than your competitors. You cannot compromise on quality. Our first job paid just £10, but we soon realised that we could have charged £50 and would still have been selected based on our work portfolio.

Secondly, respect your clients. No client is too small. Focus on delivering the right solution for the right client and do not seek to differentiate between high paying and low paying clients.

Thirdly, understand what your client wants, rather than providing a one-size-fits-all solution.

Fourthly, you have a right to say no to whatever you feel is not right. PPH is there to take care of what was initially agreed and manage the situation in case of a dispute.

Lastly and most importantly, don’t be fake. Do not post as a UK or US based company if you are a one person team working in India. We are very proud of the fact that we are located in India and have seen many clients sceptical in working with us. We have always been honest and have come to learn that we will get clients because of our amazing portfolio, which always diminishes their scepticism in the end.

What do you think of Tanya and Nathan’s story? Has the comments about their first job on PPH motived you in to getting your first working project?  Please leave messages of support for Tanya & Nathan in our comments box below!

If you’d like us to feature your story, please contact us at community@peopleperhour.com.

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Tanya and Nathan

Corporate Branding, Web Designing, Web Development

 Vadodara, India

Overview: Corporate branding solutions, web designing and development, digital and vector art creation, graphics designing, 3D architectural walk-through, WordPress customisation and mobile application development

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Yogiraj Mishra
Yogiraj Mishra

Very inspiring story of both of you. Keep growing.

Hassan Farooq
Hassan Farooq

Amazing story. Good luck in future too.

Hassan

Ranjan Sutradhar
Ranjan Sutradhar

What a story! Really inspiring story.

Rony Ahamed
Rony Ahamed

Wow! I like the story

Kasthuri
Kasthuri

I’m an Indian living in the UK. I know that sceptical feeling that comes with every new client. Cheers for holding on. I’m sure it is all about being genuine and honest. End of day, your work speaks for you!
Cheers,
Kasthuri

Youssef Ali
Youssef Ali

Amazing guys!! <3

Gautam Matani
Gautam Matani

Tons of inspiration.

Anay Mittal
Anay Mittal

Great going! Yes, it is tough, and particularly toughest when just starting out. Earning our livelihood is most important but, quality of the work, sincerity towards the undertaken job are second to none. Thumbs up all the way!!!

soniya megala
soniya megala

Awsome story 🙂

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Rachel, Speedy Transcripts

Congratulations on such a successful partnership, both in marriage and in business. Great team!

Terence
Terence

What a story! Really enjoyed reading it.

Jim A E
Jim A E

Wow I keep thanking God each day for discovering PPH! All the best guys

Olawale Alabi
Olawale Alabi

I am a Nigerian and the “Scepticisms” resonates mighty abundantly…but hey…if you will not quit, you will win!

Nizamuddin
Nizamuddin

Awesome never give up keep struggling you will get success. Keep it up God bless you.

Lisa Botfield
Lisa Botfield

Well done! Your story sounds a little similar to mine, I ended up working day & night for quite low pay just to get the feedback and ratings needed to secure more work – I knew my work was worth more than I got to start with. But I saw it as “paying my dues” – since my days of working from my living room I’m now based in a professional office with 3 great people employed at my company with me. The hard work does pay off, anyone new to freelancing – it is not easy, but it is… Read more »

Agni Shukla
Agni Shukla

Amazing story.. similar to me.. But i started working in 2009 during my college . I used other talent websites. In 2014 I joined PPH. and Now i am trying to build up reputation on pph.
I started my company in late 2013 .
PPH is very fair website with good reputation . Office in India makes it incredible and more reliable.

David F Roberts
David F Roberts

These guys deserve the accolades as they work hard and deliver every time! Well done Nathan and Tanya…keep up the good work.

Andrei
Andrei

Very wonderful and successful story about a Self-Made millionaire. I hope I will read about him soon in the Forbes 🙂

About this “Scepticisms”… Yes, it exist, but this because of a big number of freelancers from India who are not, let’s say, so ethicals. Unethical persons are everywhere in the world ( I was fooled by people from US, UK, Australia, etc ). The problem is that, because of it’s huge population, India seems to have to most big number of this kind of people. Too bad for such an wonderful culture, history and cool people.

Cheers from Romania

Akinde Hafiz
Akinde Hafiz

I hope I’ll be able to bring my wife over pretty soon.

Amer Alkhateeb
Amer Alkhateeb

Thats really a challenging story. i remember my first job as freelancer on other site was 25$. and that was my first chance to get the first job on PPH of 225$.
i couldn’t believe that?
some client send me that he interested to do a 3d Render. and now im thinking to start my own bushiness.
TANK YOU PPH. it is my favorite Freelancer Platform.

Janki Pandya
Janki Pandya

Awesome Story. Learning new things from this story.. 🙂

Romel Barua
Romel Barua

Ah…. I’m inspired again. Because I’m going to fulfill my dream of being a cartoonist and PPH gave me that platform. I love PPH and loved the story.

Chizoba Uzochukwu
Chizoba Uzochukwu

I and my husband are Nigerians. we just started out on PPH but have been freelancing for years on graphics design. I understand the scepticism but a lot of us are honest, hardworking and committed to giving our clients the best.

Fran Mullings
Fran Mullings

Well done guys. Keep up the great work.

Rebecca Appleton
Rebecca Appleton

Congratulations on all you have achieved so far – a great story!

Ghulam Mustafa
Ghulam Mustafa

Such a wonderful story full of hard struggling success and example for everyone.

vray
vray

seriously Its encouraging me.Amazing.

Nazirul Hoque
Nazirul Hoque

It’s really an inspirational story for beginner & expert.

Susheel Tandon
Susheel Tandon

Nice story, get a boost in confidence. I am also an enterpreneur started working on PPH in 2011 but getting work after struggling for some years. Now it’s never looking back thanks to PPH.

Roshan
Roshan

Great love to read this. Bravo Tanya and Nathan Bravo.

Keep up the good work. Best luck for bright future.

Best Regards,

Roshan

John delli
John delli

Nice story and good luck for future. ..

zaib
zaib

Nice story, get a boost in confidence. I am also an enterpreneur started working on PPH in 2011 but getting work after struggling for some years. Now it’s never looking back thanks to PPH.

Tanya & Nathan
Tanya & Nathan

Thanks a lot everyone for your very wonderful messages and wishes.
Glad to know that our story has motivated you.

We wish to carry forward this journey further and continue to deliver the best and ideal work to all our fantastic customers. Thanks again. God bless everyone 🙂

Bhuwan Roka
Bhuwan Roka

Amazing story of sweet couple. I really get inspired with them and I had also started my own company “Eagle Vision IT” and WordPress Products: http://evisionthemes.com. From where, I generated my monthly revenue for my team.

Good Luck for the future to this guys.

Regards
Bhuwan Roka

syed majid shah
syed majid shah

what a cute love story of success keep it up you both

Getitfixusa
Getitfixusa

Hi

Nice Story

Thanks

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