Meet Hisham Sarwar, A Freelancer With Over $1 Million in Earnings

Freelancing as a career has really taken off in Pakistan. Most people in development, designing, content and countless other fields augment their monthly earnings with freelancing.

The reasons are quite apparent. It’s working on what you choose at your own schedule and that too for fair recompense. However, you still don’t run into people who’ve earned more than $1 million in freelancing. Today, we get to meet Hisham Sarwar, who’s done exactly that.

Hisham’s story is also interesting because he’s managed to successfully translate his earnings into a successful entrepreneurial career.

Starting out with a regular job at a US based company, Hisham quickly found out that as a creative designer, he badly wanted freedom and space. And that wasn’t possible with average 9 to 5 job. So he started freelancing on the side in 2007 and soon went solo to provide web design/development services to clients on freelance marketplaces like Elance, Freelancer and Guru.

“In my opinion, if you can monetize your passion, it is far better than a full time job and working for someone”, said Hisham in an interview with ProPakistani.

In the last 5 years though, he has narrowed his focus to only Guru and it’s proven to be a good decision. In a very short space of time, he’s earned more than $1 million in profile sales and been given exclusive coverage in testimonial on front page of Guru.com. He’s also among the top 10 freelancers on the portal.

Right now, Hisham employs 20 people and provides services in the web development, graphic design and mobile application domain.

Giving Back to Community

Hisham is also a digital philanthropist who provides solutions for social issues. Konbola is a free mobile app (Android version already in Play Store, iOS to come) which helps people reach out to their closed ones in trouble. Something that’s very relevant to local needs.

What’s promising to be his biggest venture is a silicon valley based partnership for ‘Truedrops‘, which will connect hospitals with donors within a few specified KM’s.

Hisham is also running Pakistan’s first freelance marketplace (Rozgar Pakistan), Currently in beta, it’s expected to go live in February but already has over 10,000 freelancers from Pakistan on board.

Freelancing As A Viable Career Option

While we are always talking about the benefits of freelancing, it’s not for everyone. There’s also the fact that if you aren’t IT literate or have been doing an office job for a long while, it can seem daunting. Here’s what Hisham has to say to those thinking about taking the plunge:

Offer something of value to your clients when you bid. For example alongside showing your portfolio, tell them you are willing to talk to them over phone/Skype and that is where you nail it. Bidding requires a lot of patience, persistence and one who is resolute wins eventually.

You could earn anywhere from $100 to $10,000 per month and people are realistically earning these numbers. So approach it with absolute seriousness.

Industry Academia Gap in Pakistan

Most industry people we talk to are of the opinion that Pakistan isn’t producing as many quality graduates as it can. While the number of grads is very high, the industry ready among them are a small percentage. Hisham’s opinion on the matter is:

Pakistani graduates lack hands on knowledge. Bookish knowledge is good but it has to be practiced and best time to do that is while kids are still in school. I have always felt the ones who are hands on practically are far better the toppers of their batch who only share book knowledge.

While attitudes towards anyone not doing a nine to five job have ranged from bewilderment to downright derision in recent times, that’s changing for the better and people like Hisham are the reason why. More people are realizing that a poor job market (locally) does not mean that their skills are going to be wasted.

There are always employers (who can be anywhere in the world) out there looking for talented people and the prevalence of the internet is making those opportunities available to millions of Pakistanis.

With potential to reduce unemployment, boost the service sector and exports, freelancing could be the solution to a host of issues plaguing Pakistan and it’s high time people realize that.

Talal is the Editor in Chief at ProPakistani. Reach out at [email protected]


  • Irtiqa

    Keep it up and Congratulations !

  • Congratulations! More power to you :)

  • Muhammad Waleed

    Many Congratulations!

  • Hassan Hasan

    GREAT CONGT MAN :)

  • Abdul Haseeb

    Wow! i took 3 to 4 points from it and i realized my company needs this points and i want these type of leaders not Boss.

  • Ali

    I pray that Allah give you more success and you earn more.Keep up the good work.

  • Uzair Asim

    Awesome. Hats off.?✌✊?

  • Sajid Ali

    Congratulations ..

  • Mudassar Ali

    Great Sir. The place where I have started my professional career. INFOMIST. Thumps up

  • M. Hanif Chughtai

    He is an entrepreneur rather than a freelancer as he is employing 20 people

    • M. Aamir. M

      For example, If you’re a logo maker freelancer and with the passage of time you have more orders, but less time, what you will do then? Of course, you will hire other experts in order to fulfill the work load.

  • Gulzar

    Give me some money for the Business

    • Dr. Sahab

      lol, dude are you for real?

  • Good , I always thought about that but never succeed because of poor knowledge.. :(

  • Congratulations

  • Shoaib Kahut

    People like HISHAM are Gem . keep it up sir !

  • Faisal Naseer

    Great One ! I am Very Happy and inspired . keep working and inspiring .

  • zohair sharif

    The Success came to him after 5 years of work, i am wondering how much struggle he has to go through, we tend to see only results not the critical part as of hard work, pressures and risks that contribute to the overall results, i am more interested to listen to his story (the honest one) how he started, what difficulties he had to face, how others can gain from his experience etc
    however, a great read, i wish him more success!

  • Hannan Aziz

    Mashallah …..But Come’on now FBR will be on his tail.

  • Saher

    It took me over a year to establish myself as a trusted freelancer but it came. All it requires is persistence, hard work and vigilance.

  • Hisham Majeed

    Motivation for many!

  • kiran shah

    if you wants own T-shirt with your own photo on it only for 15$ then contact me.. [email protected]

  • kiran shah

    just send me your picture