I’ve been ‘relaxed’ the past few days so I decided to write another post for my personal blog.
I know, it’s been a while. First, let me give you some quick updates about what I am doing lately.
- I resigned from my part-time job as a Virtual Assistant from Rajah Travel.
- I am one of Trainings and Beyond’s part-time facilitators, so if your company needs to run programs that will help your employees, give us a call.
- I have had a number of hosting gigs and I would appreciate if you like my page here.
- My dad finally allowed to train me to run our construction business and for starters, I made a facebook page here. And please don’t forget that I am still selling real estate properties, OK?
- Finally, I still do editing and content management jobs + virtual assistance. I work full-time but since I work from home, it gives me more time to do other jobs.
Some of you might get overwhelmed but I will be very honest, it’s not that HARD – most especially if you know how to prioritize. Let’s discuss this further later.
Anyway, let’s go to the reason why I wanted to write something about ‘Freelancing’.
To date, there are still a lot of people who slightly disapprove on taking this path, simply because it is very ‘uncertain’. Like for example, this month you earn PHP80,000 and the next you earn practically nothing. While that is true in most cases, I think I’ve already learned how to dance to the ‘freelancing tune’, and most probably I’d write something about that in the future. But right now, I will share with you the things I learned about being a SLASHER or FREELANCER.
To Appreciate What’s on Your Plate RIGHT NOW and Learn How to Save BIG TIME
There are months that I earn hundreds of thousands, but there are months that I earn average. I think we all have that tendency to splurge whatever we have right now, but when I became a freelancer, I realized that it’s not ‘Christmas’ every day, or according to my dad, ‘Hindi araw-araw, pasko. ‘ Knowing that I do not have a standard pattern where I can benchmark my budget, I learned how to live simply so we can have more than enough for the rainy days. But this does not mean I don’t treat my family. If I do have a lot of money, I usually take them to the mall to play nonstop (which is not cheap) or book a hotel room for a staycation. I wouldn’t consider these things grand but it’s beyond normal.
To Add More Skills
By now you probably now that freelancers have lean seasons. If I do not have kids and do not have a chunk of responsibility over my head, that’s fine. But reality is, if I don’t have enough cash, I would not be able to pay my kids’ tuition, school allowance, school service fees, and the list goes on right?
So what do I do?
I learn new skills and add that on the suite of services that I offer.
If you must know, I started as an online writer 9 years ago. Up until now, there is a huge demand for writers. But I want more. Not just for net worth, but also for my self-worth. So I tried different jobs even if I had little background of it, after all – it’s easy to learn things with our technology. You might want to take advantage of that.
I learned how to market online, to design simple websites, to create different marketing collaterals, and to manage content to name a few. And let’s not stop there. I improved my hosting and facilitating skills which proved to be lucrative as well.
This allowed me to work on different projects with different clients. Rarely that I will not have a decent salary on my account. Thanks to all these ‘investments’.
And so people will ask me how I juggle my life with multiple jobs, my own construction business, and being a mom.
Well, I prioritize and I focus.
When I need to work on something, I set time for it. If my kids need me in school, I’d drop everything else. 🙂 The good thing about working from home is that I have a LOT of time. For example, while most employees in Manila are still stuck in traffic for 2 hours (per way), I am already sending emails to potential clients. During that time, I can already upload videos of my boss, and probably edit 5 or 6 articles. And since I don’t have much ‘chika or ka-chikahan’ unlike in a real office, I can focus more on my work. Lastly, my kids are already 8 and 6 so they can already take care of themselves. However, I recently looked for tutors for my kids, simply because more projects are coming and I want my kids to develop a study habit.
To Maximize Technology
Thank heavens for technology, I can work practically anywhere – even inside the car. Yes, I do that (when I’m not driving, that is).
I don’t have the best gadgets. My phones are less than PHP10,000 and my laptop is around PHP25,000. You can say, my gadgets are at the bottom of the food chain. But that’s fine with me. As long as I can access my email, edit my work, access the most important websites and tools, I am fine. Of course, this is different when you are editing videos and a lot of images (which I don’t do a lot). In fact, I can work on my phone for simple tasks.
The point is, people are so hooked up to buy gadgets that are crazy expensive but they don’t know how they can earn from it. They download useless apps wherein they can actually have one that allows them to learn new skills, which of course can be used to earn money in the future.
To have an Entrepreneurial Mindset
When I became a freelancer, I decided to attend meetups and from there I met a lot of successful people. They started as freelancers and ended up building their own empire. Well, that’s not surprising. You see, when you are a freelancer, you treat yourself as your own brand. You are building your services, you are widening your market, you offer it to people, you deliver, you get paid.
When you think about it, it’s like managing a small business. Those who are fearless enough would really build one. Thanks to them, I finally took the leap and asked my dad to transition our construction business where I could apply the things I learned as a freelancer. I firmly believe that it will bigger than before, but please wish me luck. 🙂
That We can Offer So Much More
You see, when I was in the corporate world, I felt that 8 hours was not enough to finish everything. But when I stepped out from that box, I was able to see that even a ‘no one’ like me can offer big things to other people.
It allowed me to creatively think of ideas because I was not confined to the norms, and templates. And this, THIS excites me every single day.
The fact that I can give more value to the world rather than to just one department or company, that’s just AMAZING. Of course, I am not saying that people in the corporate world do not have value. It’s just – it’s not for me and that I found more value and meaning when I became a freelancer.
So for those people who still think that FREELANCING is for the LAZY, I
think know otherwise.