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Pakistani Contractors Meetup

Hello everyone,

I was looking at the photos posted on oDesk's Facebook page for the Contractor Meetup in Dhaka. It got me thinking, why can't we arrange something like that?

I remember Lahore was pretty close in "Bring oDesk to Your City" last year and everyone was excited about it. But not qualifying shouldn't keep us from arranging informal meetups on our own right?

Let's arrange a meetup where we can all get together and talk about what we love most- Our freelancing life at oDesk! So who's with me? Lets have a show of hands. All those interested in attending and/or volunteering with the arrangements, please post below.

Do mention your city in your replies please, that way we can see what strengths we have for each of city and then a venue, date and time can be finalized.

I believe it will be great fun to actually meet in person, and we'll definitely learn a thing or two from our community.

Only one rule though, no discussions on withdrawal methods! Smile

What do you say guys and gals?

EDIT: Please join the Facebook Group for Pakistani freelancers as well.

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Sorry to say but...........

*sorry to say but I disagree*

I don't understand how is this going to help contractors belonging to a country (say Pakistanis) in getting more work outsourced to their country (Pakistan)?

**tried to make statement generic**

And what purpose this meetup is going to serve? Unless organizers wish to market themselves or are just willing for 'shugal mela' (as we say in vernacular) then that's something different.

With regards to learning, it is never limited and until the time Google rocks, one can virtually learn about anything if he has an idea or is willing.

And believe me, even if this event goes thru then the most discussed questions will be:

1) how to apply/get job at oDesk and
2) which withdrawal method is best for Pakistan.

Muhammad, it's an informal

Muhammad, it's an informal meetup, where Pakistani oDesk users can get together, get to know each other and share their experiences. And as to how it can lead to more work, well, you never know what's coming. There are agencies and staffing managers who are looking for qualified team members. We have quite a few clients from Pakistan as well, so that can create more work. Then, all these people meeting up and getting to know each other is a great networking opportunity and Clients ask for referrals all the time for a different niche of work.

Leaving everything else aside, it will be fun. It's always healthy to get out sometimes and make new friends.

Online learning is very valid, but not half as interesting as a good idea or tip picked up on a day out with friends.

I hope others think along the same lines as what came to my mind, and that we do end up creating a contractors' group/meet up routine, not just once but a trend that becomes a regular event.

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Sounds Great

Hi,

It will be great chance to sit with like minded community and socialize. Something that does not happen very often once you start working as an online contractor. There are definite positives in such hangouts. Once in while we really should come out of our holes and say hi to people in "real" world.

@Ayesha,
Which city you have in mind for meet-up? I can only offer you assistance if that city is closer to mine.

Thanks

That's great! Which city are

That's great! Which city are you in currently? Basically I was thinking that we should use the forums and other avenues like Facebook to gather numbers, i.e., how many people from a particular city are interested in coming out. Then users from each location can get in touch and arrange the date and location etc.

For now we'll need to spread the word. Tell all your oDesk friends, team mates etc. And then lets see how many interested people we an gather.

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Spreading the word

I will be spreading the word in my oCircle. Also ask my oFriends to get along and do the same.
I normally get found in rawalpindi, islamabad and lahore. If any these is the city of your choice, you can count me in for volunteer work as well.

May be we can create a facebook event and share it here to see how many oGuys are hitting us back.

I think a FB group or page

I think a FB group or page was created by anyone of us, don't know the name or URL of that. Can anyone help regarding that FB page/group?

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Count me In

Hi,

Will definitely be happy to make this event happening.

Thanks

Of course we can arrange that

Of course we can arrange that and you can count me in. Yes Lahore was petty close last time but didn't qualify. It'd be a great event to meet each other despite thinking what to get with this gathering.

Mohammad T. wrote:
I don't understand how is this going to help contractors belonging to a country (say Pakistanis) in getting more work outsourced to their country (Pakistan)?
A learner always creates the intention of learning by him/herself. This is the speciality everyone doesn't have. A true learner should be hungry for things like a magnet who always catches what he is made for.

Mohammad T. wrote:
And what purpose this meetup is going to serve? Unless organizers wish to market themselves or are just willing for 'shugal mela' (as we say in vernacular) then that's something different.
I committed on one thing that things can't be fully explained via week mediums as you can't explain what's your body language behind your writ up. A visual communication always has a vital impact even if you speak less but they way you express it with your expression it's final.

We only can repeat the job via viusual communication that we do over here with write ups. I say again there is a huge and huge difference between SMS/Chat/Emails/Open forums etc and face to face meeting even I'd say you can't compare both these. So in my opinion this will be the only difference (actually a BIG difference) communicating here and face to face.

Mohammad T. wrote:
With regards to learning, it is never limited and until the time Google rocks, one can virtually learn about anything if he has an idea or is willing.
You're right but unfortunately (at least here in our community) you even have to tell people 1. Use Google 2. Then how to use Google

I belong to search engine industry and believe me only 20 out of 100 know that Google even can help them and half of them don't know how to effectively use Google. So things needed to be communicated and would be great if we get a chance to express the things visually otherwise as I told earlier about learner how it should be.

Mohammad T. wrote:
And believe me, even if this event goes thru then the most discussed questions will be:

1) how to apply/get job at oDesk and
2) which withdrawal method is best for Pakistan.

Yes this something I'd fully agree with you. Folks even can't let them stop whispering. Laughing out loud

P.S: I'm from Lahore. (Gulshan-e-Ravi)

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Let's agree to disagree. Over

Let's agree to disagree. Good luck, over and out!

Guys please tell all your

Guys please tell all your friends and post to your Facebook etc so we can spread the word!

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Count me in. I am from

Count me in.
I am from Karachi, but will not mind coming down to Lahore, if thats after eid or between christmas. Well... technically Lahore is up not down Smile

City: Karachi, can come to Lahore

Waqas I was really waiting

Waqas I was really waiting for you. Thanks for signing in. Smile

"Don't accept others definition of life. It's your life, define it yourself. The way you love it to be. Be yourself because no one knows about you better than YOU."

And here I am Glad to be

And here I am Smile Glad to be part of the community.

Where're you Aswad Mehtab?

Where're you Aswad Mehtab?

"Don't accept others definition of life. It's your life, define it yourself. The way you love it to be. Be yourself because no one knows about you better than YOU."

Odeskers Meetup is great Idea..

Here I am Smile Recovering from the Cricket Saga ...
Now back to normal life. Lahore would be a great place to arrange this meetup, and social media is a great tool to spread the word..
I am in !!

Wonderful! Now let's find as

Wonderful! Now let's find as many oFriends, oTeam mates and oClients from Pakistan that we can and get them to come!

I can see Lahore is quickly coming as a central location. But what I was thinking was that we could have three or even more events, for any city where we can get 20+ people willing to come out!

I had seen that FB page too, wonder where it is though. Lets start by posting on the official oDesk Fan page on FB? Most contractors have added it, so we can get them to participate as well!

Wonder where all the ladies are though!

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Well Ayesha this really

Well Ayesha this really depends on how much of us join to make it successful. First they/we all need to be on one spot at least like you said FB so that we can share that information limited here.

Upon getting that we could arrange an event and yes it could be more than one event probably Province wise. I'm not sure but may be people living in Punjab agree to come in Lahore, Peshawar in KPK, Karachi in Sindh etc (Just assuming...)

Everyone may not be willing to come across hundreds of miles. We need to see much much more.

"Don't accept others definition of life. It's your life, define it yourself. The way you love it to be. Be yourself because no one knows about you better than YOU."

Exactly, I was also thinking

Exactly, I was also thinking that to make this convenient, we need to arrange it in different cities so that the local users can easily get there. And any place with more than 20-25 people willing to meet up would work.

Let me do a quick search on the forums and find that Pakistani users' FB page, if it hasn't been removed by the mods as yet.

Secondly, I'll go ahead post on the official oDesk fan page as well to get more people to join in..

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I'm in...but

I think this is a great idea, nothing special but just a chance to meet new people which could be awesome.
Well, Ayesha I'm also from Lahore.. and you're right i was wondering where are the ladies?? I think even if we(15-20 people) meet up, you're gonna be the only lady because girls in Pakistan are kinda reserved so it'd be hard to find/convince enough girls to meet up to match the number of guys. I'm just saying this coz i had a strange experience once where only girl made it to the rendezvous and it was so so embarrassing and weird. Even though i have no problem in meeting new people regardless of their gender.
Please share your thoughts
Thanks,
Hamid from Lahore (Model Town)

I understand the ladies are

I understand the ladies are basically thinking this is a guys thing going on.. But hey, it's only been two days, I'm sure they will chime in, and maybe we'll have enough girl numbers to host a separate meetup if they are not comfortable.

You are right though, it would be very odd to be the only female around... But that's not going to happen if I can help it!

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Thats a nice idea

That's a nice idea. If ladies are not comfortable meeting up with strangers then they could have a separate meetup on their own but it'd be great if we could all just meet up and have a nice time knowing new people.

Anyways, I have an idea. Why don't we make a group on Facebook and get as many members on that group as possible. This way, we would be able to get an idea as to what kinda people we are gonna meet. Especially for ladies, they'd get a chance to know a little about odeskers so they can easily decide if they wanna meet up or not. They can also find people who share same interests as them.
What you say Ayesha and other people who are interested?

p.s. I'm open to any suggestions and ideas.
waiting for your posts

HR,

Lahore!!!

It's a nice idea, let's gather birds of same feather under one roof.
Hopefully there will be something to learn for everybody.

Ayseha, please create a FB

Ayseha, please create a FB page/group and post the link in your original post. we can all join the page, it will be a lot easier with a FB page/group.

Lets just make a group, not a page.

FB Group Created

Okay I have created a group on FB named "Pakistan Freelancers". You can search this group by name and so far only 3 guys there in group. Lets join there.

"Don't accept others definition of life. It's your life, define it yourself. The way you love it to be. Be yourself because no one knows about you better than YOU."

FB Event?

Hi Rexvan M. (Dont know your real name),

I just joined your group. Would it make sense to create an event on fb group? This way, we can keep track of how many people are planning to attend this event.

Thanks

It's OUR group not mine.

It's OUR group not mine. Smile Well I think we should wait for at least 10 to 20 members and we'll go forward with our mutual discussion.

"Don't accept others definition of life. It's your life, define it yourself. The way you love it to be. Be yourself because no one knows about you better than YOU."

=)

Sure, your group your rules

Hey. I had planned on making

Hey. I had planned on making the group, but I guess Rexvan took care of that.. (Thanks!) Makes sense, let's have people join in there as well and then we'll create an event once we have at least a tentative date in place.

Lets share the group as well as the meet up plan on the official page as well. I'll do it right away!

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Just have joined

I just have joined the FB group and I would definitely like to participate in such an event in KARACHI...

Thanks.

Bring it to Waziristan . Yes,

Bring it to Waziristan . Yes, the north.

Great Idea!

Do you know more users from the North? Please spread the word and get them to join in, If we have enough people from surrounding areas, it could be arranged. May be Peshawar? As I am guessing h strength would be greater there? It is a voluntary event, and can be arranged anywhere provided there are enough people willing to join in.

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Ohh then we have moved for

Ohh then we have moved for Waziristan today morning. Laughing out loud catch us there.

"Don't accept others definition of life. It's your life, define it yourself. The way you love it to be. Be yourself because no one knows about you better than YOU."

Drone attack

i dont wanna be the victim of the drone attack Tongue
I took interest coz i thought Lahore was gonna be the destination coz im pure Lahori Laughing out loud and its highly unlikely that i would leave it to attend some event.
Let me know if we can rendezvous in Lahore at some place cool.

and no girlies by now Laughing out loud

Local Meetups May be,

I agree. Going out with in city is preferable, Going to another city is manageable, Going to another province is is not feasible at all.
Probably, we can start off by managing local meet ups, developing synergies and gathering energies, before shooting off for national meetup, for the first time.

Since the whole idea of meet up is to have fun and socialize, local meetups should be able to surve the purpose. Probably , single or couple of organizer can arrange the meetup, not much efforts are required there.

Nauman, that is exactly what

Nauman, that is exactly what I've been trying to promote: Local meet ups in any city where we can find enough interested oDesk users who are willing to come and spend some time together. The national event sounds cool but will have to wait until we can get the users to successfully attend the local versions!

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I agree with Ayesha

Ayesha,

I totally agree with you on meetup. This way we get a chance to discuss and address the issues we might be facing non-virtually.

Perfect! please mention your

Perfect! please mention your city so we can keep count Smile

On an side note I wonder if ay of you know our former country manager, Mohsin Muzaffar? He must have been in touch with a lot of Pakistani users especially from that apprentice program, if someone could please ask him to join in...

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Count me In!

I am from a small village near Bahawalpur City, Punjab. I'm ready to drive to Lahore/Islamabad to meet other odeskers.

Karachi/Peshawar would be too far and too risky.

Make a Facebook Page for pakistani Odeskers. We can all like it. send invites.. let's see how many want to come and actually show up.

Rana sab! FB group has been

Rana sab! FB group has been created. Join Pakistan Freelancers please.

"Don't accept others definition of life. It's your life, define it yourself. The way you love it to be. Be yourself because no one knows about you better than YOU."

Rana, how many others from

Rana, how many others from your village? Or even Bahawalpur city? If ok we could get people from Multan to join in and do a combined meetup for that region? I am thinking any place where we can have 20+ people together is good. For smaller groups, they can join the nearest local event.

Driving to Lahore would be great if you we don't get enough volunteers from your vicinity.

Please join the FB group and get all your oDesk friends to join as well!

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Too Late, Not in Pakistan

Too Late, Not in Pakistan now.

I been working on oDesk such a long time. Tried very hard to arrange such meet up. Even had interactions with oDesk Staff and discuss this idea but out of Luck.

I wish you guys best of luck to arrange such meet up.

Cheers

Faisal B.
Lier, Norway.

Not even coming over for Eid

Not even coming over for Eid with family? Jokes apart, please do tell other Paki oDeskers that you know about it so they can attend.

And don't worry, we'll tell you all about the meetups here on the forums or on teh FB page.

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Hello everyone, please spread

Hello everyone, please spread the word to more friends. We will give this another week before counting the numbers for all possible locations. What do you people think?

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What I was expecting this

What I was expecting this before, it's not coming that way. I mean people are hungry to get their questions answered quickly but now when the FB group is created and where we could be informal there, I'm not looking it that way.

Ayesha could you please edit your thread and put FB group link in there? May be this way those can't find the FB group, may look in your thread. What do you think?

"Don't accept others definition of life. It's your life, define it yourself. The way you love it to be. Be yourself because no one knows about you better than YOU."

I'll put it up

I'll put it up

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Thanks! seems good.

Thanks! seems good. Smile

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Pakistani Contractors Meetup

Hi Ayesha,
Its great to meet all fellow odesk members in one place. It will be fun along with learning experience when we'll be communicating directly with people from our own background.
looking forward for it.
Ejaz Satti

Hello Ejaz. Great to have you

Hello Ejaz. Great to have you on board! Please join the FB group mentioned in the Original thread and help spread the word!

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Great Idea

Hello Ayesha and all other fellows,

It's great idea of a meet up in the respected cities. I am new to oDesk and would love to benefit from your experience. My facebook has some developed some severe technical issues and I am unable to login and the support team is also puzzled. Tried to create another account and this time my name was considered to be inappropriate. Hoping to connect to you soon on facebook.

Well, I am from Islamabad. Will remain in contact.

Regards.

Hello,

Ejaz Ahmed Satti wrote:
Hi Ayesha,
Its great to meet all fellow odesk members in one place. It will be fun along with learning experience when we'll be communicating directly with people from our own background.
looking forward for it.
Ejaz Satti

Hello,

This is Kashif from Lahore. Want to Know more about bidding. How can i join an agency.
i am an accountant. What is earning potential for me in odesk.

Regards,

Muhammad Kashif

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