From Freelancer to CEO of a Microsoft Gold Communications Partner
by Favad Qaisar
Most people do not take Freelancing seriously. They think of it as a part time activity or a last resort to earn some extra bucks when one has run out of all other options. Here’s what I tell everyone, and today I thought to narrate it in detail so as to benefit the ever growing group of skilled hardworking Freelancers & Businesses alike.
Back in August 2011 when I joined a freelancing site, I wasn’t sure why someone would even hire a Freelancer to do something; when there were so many professionals available for Full Time work. However, I had read some positive stories; made up a profile (without exaggerating my skillset), and started applying for different jobs. Lucky as I could have been, in my very second job I landed on working with a Microsoft Gold Partner in San Diego region. And I still continue to offer them part time consultancy until this day. (4 Years, 2 months and counting).
Getting picked up by a Microsoft Gold Partner on my second assignment was an achievement. That moment gave me hope that Freelancing could be much more than just earning some bucks. In the following 12 months I was working with multiple Gold Partners & Businesses. What I liked the most was that I was working on my preferred skillset, i.e. Lync / Skype for Business only. I was doing what I loved the most and was getting immense troubleshooting, deployment and Migration knowledge in the process. It did not stop here; without realizing, I had become proficient enough that I received an invite by Microsoft in Redmond to review some of the Certification Exams scheduled to released in 2013. This was probably the time when I thought I had struck gold, but God had more in store. As soon as I returned, I received an offer for a Full Time position with another Premier Gold Partner. That was based out in California Region; giving me a chance to work with Businesses and Partners with up to 10,000 users, in multiple sites.
Finally, it was the beginning of this year, January 2015 that I decided to give legal shape of a Company to what I adored doing so much. Today I am the CEO of Communication Square LLC; a Microsoft Gold Communications Partner (Yes I struck Gold again), incorporated in Wyoming. And with Subsidiaries incorporated in Islamabad, Pakistan and Madrid, Spain. Currently we have more than 100 Customers, and Deployed / Migrated more than 50,000 users.
We have customers ranging from 25 People Company to Hosted Lync / Exchange Businesses with up to 20,000 active users. We have Business Development Executives and Engineers working remotely in multiple time zones. Our Global Presence has meant we have had multiple Customers in 3 major continents, America, Europe & Australia, and have leads coming in from places as far as South America and Canada. While we continue to focus on what our Team has been doing since 6 years now i.e. Skype for Business, Exchange, Office 365 & Azure; our Partners continue to assist in other service offerings. Feel free to reach out to me directly or any one in Communication Square LLC through LinkedIn, Phone or Email and I assure you the best possible Experience.
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