I Went to oDesk Meetup Day Dhaka -2012 [Photos]

by Tamal Anwar on Thursday, May 17, 2012

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Few months ago I saw a public voting on facebook. It titled something like this: “Vote to bring odesk in your city” -so I voted for Dhaka. I didn’t expected that odesk would actually host an event at Dhaka.

Last month, I woke up in the morning and usually checking my email, I saw an invitation to register for the odesk event in Dhaka. I just put that email in “Read later” folder. Few hours later in the afternoon I logged in to facebook and saw that one of my contacts posted about this event and suggested that you should hurry in order to reserve your seat.

So I rushed and checked that email and registered. By the time I registered, there were 220 people already registered & I heard that they will take only first 350 attendees.

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By the way odesk is a freelance marketplace. If you want to know what is it and how to start freelancing, check out this post.

The event was at Emmanuelle’s Banquet Hall in Gulshan-1. I went to the place on time and it was easy finding the place. I checked the map earlier so it was not a big deal at all.

Around 3PM in the afternoon, the temperature of the city was very hot and I was sweating. Anyways after getting inside it was a relaxing environment.

Let the pictures do that talking:

So this was my ticket:

What made this evening very interesting is the cool people I know from online and finally met in person:

Seeing RZaman on the event was a surprise for me. Had a fun time with this dude.

Roni (Delwar Jahan) caught me and it was a fun afternoon with me. We talked a lot about internet marketing, SEO & SMM.

Eunus & Al-Amin caught me on the spot and again we talked many things about my work and their new startup company DevsTeam. They also asked me when I will go and visit their office.

I met Foqrul and he introduced me with all of his buddies. All of them who work in odesk, that’s a real good thing. But I didn’t like what he did with his hair (now he is bald)

After the speech & video, we were offered snacks:

I didn’t hear anything what Matt said or the other participants, nor the video intro. It was all boring, this must be the reason why they wrapped things up by 5:30PM instead of being 7PM.

The main productive bit was discussing things with each other. I learned how to create a team on odesk from RZ. I was looking for this information for a long time.

Here is a shot where I am discussing odesk and how to get jobs:

I also talked about getting video testimonials, odesk SEO and popping video on google search for your name.

When I got back to home I quickly created this short video on odesk SEO:

In the final hour I overheard people saying that this event wasn’t up as hyped and the food could have been better. I agree with this fact but for a first meetup here in Dhaka, the standard was very high.

I am a dumb-ass because I should have done some video blogs at the event, I had so many cool folks sitting right next to me who could provide valuable info for you all.

Anyways there will be many more meetups up ahead this year and maybe next time I will do lots of vids.

What I absolutely didn’t like is that all the people lined to take photo with Matt. It was really a silly thing. Matt must have had a hard time. Replacing this worthless time, interested folks could talk to Matt directly, establishing a connection, not just clicking a profile photo with a foreigner:

And what did your bro Tamal did? Did I took a photo with Matt? Nah I don’t flow with the current.

Matt already taken group pictures with people in every table, so I am already with him and I talked with him during a short span of time. I clearly stated my message to him “Hey Matt, odesk really changed my life.

Odesk awarded dummy certificates to most odesk hour holders. One dude who was sitting next to me had over 7000 odesk hours. Man that’s crazy! That guy works 40 hours a week at odesk and maintains his study. He also must be superman.

Looking at this I feel it’s not good to hear. Yeah I work on odesk but I came out of that and started my own freelance business, but if you are spending whole lot of time for odesk work, then what’s the main difference with freelancing & a 9-5 job?

Talking about 9-5 jobs. DevsTeam (Creation of Eunus, Al-Amin & 3 others) have their own office and they maintain a real office schedule. I was talking to them about this just before leaving, “Isn’t this a backward step you have taken?

I mean the whole point of working online is about working at home, when you want and where you want. But if your work again makes you deal with a time table, transportation, buying lunch then what’s the point?

When I started SevenBranding last year I too wanted to look big. I wanted to have an office, incorporate the business, be a tax payer, bank accounts, investors, full time staff etc etc. But at the right moment a wise decision was made and I didn’t went for the hype.

Anyways that was all my 2 cents, DevsTeam -please don’t be offended with my comments, but you need to think wisely on what you are doing. After all it’s your business and you know how to run it better.

Overall it was a great evening for me:

On my way to home, it was heavy raining. A cold weather and this also messed up my clothes :(

To see some more photos, head over to my fan page: Tamal Anwar (Look for the album titled oDesk Dhaka)

Share your thoughts with me on comments!

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  • http://blogron.com DJ Rony

    Great experience and had a great evening with Tomal and the members of Dev’s team.

    I hope oDesk will organize such more program around the world. It’s always great to see some happy blogger and fellow worker face to face whom we see online only.

    Hey, I think we are celebrity at online :).

    • Tamal Anwar

      MUHAHHAA!!

      But not yet bro, will have to wait more years before people will move their head from freelancing to internet marketing, then they will come to us with certificates and awards :D

  • http://aisjournal.com Sajib

    Looks like you had quite fun time, though.

    I couldn’t even apply for the event, although I was one of the firsts to know that the event would be held in Dhaka, because I stayed a little too ‘offline’ for someday. Electricity problem is killing me. Every other hour! How do you manage to work?

    • Tamal Anwar

      LAPTOP!

      But hey when I went there all these people had 3000, 7000 odesk hours on their badge. I was fortunate that I got entry with 200 hours. But I think they sent invitation based on recent activity.

      Yes had great time all the way.

    • Tamal Anwar

      I searched for you there bro and I was 100% sure that you would be there.

    • http://aisjournal.com Sajib

      Yeah, but working on laptop sometime gets boring as well.

      It’s really sad that I missed all of this. To be honest I never knew that oDesk was allowing registration to send out invitations. Like I said, due to electricity crisis I haven’t been online that much like I used to be. As a result of which I missed it.

      By the way, are you coming to A.F. on Saturday?

    • Tamal Anwar

      I work on laptop, mine is a power house + put it on table. If I put the lappy on the lap then it’s hell.

      Yes I am coming Saturday on Sharief’s event. The page suggests that it’s going to be on Friday. Let’s see.

    • Sharif

      Really Nice event. Miss it. Thanks for the photos

  • http://www.facebook.com/rzamananik RZaman Anik

    Didn’t expect the post that fast. Guess what, after coming back, I slept all night and got up 12:30 today :p However, a great experience with you & the fellow odeskers. And appreciate how you define what Freelancing really is :)

    • Tamal Anwar

      Exactly! You can sleep as long as you want making sure your income is generating on auto-pilot(or at lease semi-auto). That’s the goal for getting out of the RAT-RACE. I am like a machine I see bro, I made up the video, posted pics and at night I didn’t even got much sleep. Woke up early at 10. (Early for me LOL)

  • raju biswas

    i went to be a oDesk worker.

    • Tamal Anwar

      Study Odesk well, complete readiness test and other skill tests.

  • http://www.learnodesk.com Aftab Alam Siddiqui

    Had a Great time…

  • http://www.solutionshunter.com Rafiqul Islam

    I checked your trip to odesk meetup day – 2012, thanks for sharing us with photos and videos….

  • Jewel

    Tamal vai thanks for sharing your oDesk day in Dhaka’s experience. Amio fb te otar jonno vote diyesilam ebong amar onek bondhu ke diye vote koriye niyesilam but ami odesk a notun to tai invitation pai nai. Tamal vai akti question ase, apni apnar bangla video tiutorial a microworkers a kaj korte mana koresen. Tahole dowa kore bolben ki hajar hajar scam site er majhe amra notun ra kon site theke kaj suru korbo?

    • Tamal Anwar

      Hi Jewel, thank you. Keep working there will be many more events this year (not just odesk) where you can join and learn. There’s going to be an event by BIMPA https://www.facebook.com/events/429979030361362/457507627608502

      Micro freelance, PTC and other sites, will waste your precious time so you should work on real sites like odesk, elance etc.

    • Abdul Kader

      Yes tamal I agree with you, Micro workers is time wasting site they pay little.

    • Abdul Kader

      But I am Not agree with you about adsense, I am earning more than hundred dollars per month from it with 2 websites. Can I earn more money any other way? I tried affiliate marketing at the beginning but getting failed, :-(

  • Jewel

    Tamal bro thanks for your reply. But you know i am new in oDesk so its pritty difficult for me to find a job in oDesk, so i am just searching for another alternetive way to earn atlest my net bill till finding a job in oDesk or freelancer. So can you please give me some example of site without microworker or ptc/ptr where trustly i can earn atlest my net bill. My skill is wp (html php css javascript MySQL joomla…learning) and data entry. So please help me Tamal vai.

  • Tofayel Ahmed

    thanks Jewel
    I am also as like you, new enter in o Desk. really is very difficult to find job in oDesk.

    So we are all who is new comer in odesk look up Tamal Brother. need some real help.

    I wish and hope you find your target.
    Thanks.

  • nayan khan

    hlw..i am nayan.ami odesk r maddhome master card order disi.ate ki kono taka lagbe?master card AMi kobe pabo?please tell me deteals..

  • Christopher

    Seems like it’s a good opportunity and you had fun. oDesk is one of the place where I earn money fast and easy. Thanks for taking us a tour.

  • papon shaa

    this is very good news for us.

  • muslima begum

    Dear Brother,

    I am taking freelance job as a part-time work for extra earning and still doing the same job that is your actual passion.
    You say -“Even I am thinking about to hire a few people who can provide me assistance for my different blogs and websites”
    It is possible that I am a assistance of your by hire.
    If possible please help me or you help me how work another system of freelancer.

    Thanks
    Muslima

  • MD Ali Ashraf Chowdhury

    Dear All
    Pls help me about practical knowledge / work in html , css & joomla work . I have very most needed or interested to get the training in html ,css , Joomla for real and practical knowledge . Have any kindness and real person to help me accordingly.

  • g.john clement

    sir.
    can you help me to work in o desk. i have lot of interest in MOULD DESIGN,VMC PROGRAMMING

    • Tamal Anwar

      I am already helping you with these articles, now do I get the job for you?

  • http://www.promarketerhub.com Deepak Eapen

    oDesk is undoubtedly the best online place for freelancers to earn a regular income. I am extremely happy and satisfied to be an oDesk contractor. It changed my life. Thanks a heap oDesk!

  • Tamal Anwar

    Happy to know that bro

  • muslima begum

    Dear Tomal Bhai,

    i have odesk account but no work so i want to work freelancer.
    please give me instruction how i will work in freelancer.

  • parvez

    Hello Dear ,
    Can help me to doing work on odesk pls ..i want to interest to to do this …. how can i work or create complete profile on oDesk

  • Tamal Anwar

    You have to create a profile and then bid for jobs