Freelancers in Pakistan need training.
Training on how do deal with Global customers.
understand what the customers need, ( learn to speak and communicate properly in English ), Also learn to compete.
They need to be trained on how to become entrepreneurs.
We have the best talent but the talent has not been refined to compete globally.
The Government seems to have realized the foreign exchange that can be brought in by the Freelance community of Pakistan. FINALLY, they have seen what the freelance community can do for Pakistan, and the talent that they have in Pakistan.
The Government has started a couple of programs but its too little too late.
The program needs to be bigger and more far reaching.
We need to have ONE platform for all freelancers of Pakistan, all freelancers on one platform that can be reached by the rest of the world and that platform needs to be advertised and marketed globally.
First and foremost challenge is about opening a bank account, proof of income for freelancer cannot be established by any bank in Pakistan so we have to resort to strange things like opening as a student or using parents income or registering company which cannot be done by everyone.
One solution could be to allow opening an account with limit of 1 million pkr, and if income is coming from abroad through proper banking channels limit can be increased after 3 months. Another could be to accept online contracts from foreign companies or freelqncing site statements as proof of income.
Second issue is about getting a credit card, similar things happen in that as well, as a software services exporter we sometime need to purchase hosting, or paid software subscriptions and many of those services don’t accept debit cards or prepaid cards. There should be a solution to this problem as well.
The common challenges I see as a graphic designer is payment options.
There are a lot of freelancers who are bringing dollars in Pakistan.
But many are not able to work is the payment options as there is no PayPal in Pakistan and most people want to pay by PAYPAL.