Nabbesh.com is the Arab world’s largest “online work marketplace” helping educated and talented people like you find work and get paid safely online! Our dream is to create a regional marketplace free of “wasta”, where small and medium companies can hire young people based on their skills and expertise.
We want you to be part of our dream and contribute to the well being of our region. Nabbesh is building a network of outstanding “Brand Ambassadors” to help champion the “online work” message among your circles and industries.
The path to freelancing isn’t necessarily a straight one. People turn to freelancing at various junctures in their lives but one thing is for sure, it is always an option. Freelancing simply means that you are not committed to one employer and you get to “choose” what you want to work on, at a time that works for you.
Becoming a freelancer in the Middle East can be challenging since we still lack the “freelance” mindset and the infrastructure to support freelancers is somewhat nascent. Building on our experience at Nabbesh.com, we offer you 4 tips to get started!
“My dream is to have a source of income to cover my basic needs without the need to rely on my family or others but by relying on only myself,” Fatma Alqarra, a 25-year-old from Khan Younis in the Gaza strip, told me.
Last April I hired Fatma online via Nabbesh.com, an online work marketplace I co-founded with my Syrian partner, Rima Al Sheikh in 2012. I was looking for someone to translate a blog post and Fatma had the experience to do the job: she had been doing translation and content writing for a while and she delivered great work. Only later did I discover that her degree was actually in computer engineering — a field where she’d been unable to find a job living in Gaza. “This is the state of all students after graduation” she said.