Hey dreamer! Welcome back to the blog. I’m so so pumped for this weekend! Wanna know why? Two reasons. It has to do with my current career: freelancing!
- I’ve RSVP’d to a super interesting event that I’m proud to be a part of. Hosted by my good friend and co-freelancer/entrepreneur Ginger and her team from Manila Workshops, The Freelancer Fair is bound to be lit!
- I’m giving away 3 FREE passes to my lucky readers! So stay tuned until the end of this post!
But first, I wanna introduce you to how I got started in freelancing and why I went for it so you can do it too if you’re super curious on what this mysterious realm is all about.
I get asked about this all the time by friends and people from events so it’s finally nice to share my back story:
💻 How I got started in freelancing
I remember my first moment of using the magic wand and seeing the “marching ants” (if you use Photoshop, you’ll know why they call it this). It was damn glorious. I felt so accomplished and thought, “hey I could do this for life!”
Back in the day of pre-app era, I was a bored high schooler who wanted to create custom furniture for Electronic Arts (EA)’s PC game, The Sims. I wanted to customize this cute arm chair with another color aside from chiclet yellow but I don’t know how.
After much Googling, I discovered how to do it using Adobe Photoshop. It was a heck of a learning curve I tell you! But I did it anyway. I remember my first moment of using the magic wand and seeing the “marching ants” (if you use Photoshop, you’ll know why they call it this). It was damn glorious. I felt so accomplished and thought, “hey I could do this for life!”
This was in 2003-2004.
Then Friendster boomed in 2005, and we ended up with profiles that needed customization. For those of you who don’t know what the heck this is, it’s the Asian Facebook! 😂
Since I already knew how to Photoshop (and this word has now become a verb), I can do graphics and shit. But it wasn’t enough to make my profile look pretty. I got curious how the web pages change in appearance so I self-learned on HTML & CSS. It was like eating a KitKat – uncovering it layer by layer until you’ve consumed the goodness.My friends saw how I transformed mine and they all asked if I could design theirs too.
I guess that was the history of it. Oh wait, one friend paid! Yes, that was it.
💼 Why I chose freelancing
After my little stints of graphic and web design, I realized this could become a potential job. I was one of the early adopters of the freelancing game before Upwork and all the other freelancing sites existed. I thrived on Craigslist.
I liked the freedom of choosing my own hour and working on projects that stir up excitement in my heart. It was highly addicting getting paid for something that you’re happy working on.
But then I dropped out of college and I ventured into the adult world where my mere “gig earnings” weren’t enough. So I tried my hand at corporate employment. This was when I was 21.
By 23, I realized that while I was earning a lot more for my needs, the freedom, happiness, and susceptibility to stress (both external and internal) was something that I valued more than money. So in April 2014, I quit my one and only corporate job.
In corporate, you are only limited to the number of hours you work.
In freelance, you are only limited to the number of projects you choose to do. You can do multiple big-budget projects along with other regular small-time or average gigs and you will still earn more as long as you are consistent.
So how about you? Do you want to freelance?
What comes to mind when you think of “freelancing”? What is it really? Do you see it as merely a sideline job or as what we Filipinos informally call ‘Raket’?
By common definition, Freelancing is when you are self-employed, by offering your skills and services to clients or businesses, without necessarily being bound by a single employer or a long-term contract. If you haven’t dipped your toes in freelancing, then perhaps now is the time to consider.
Did you know that according to Upwork, a leading global online jobs platform, the Philippines is the third highest – earning country in the world when it comes to freelancing?
In fact, more than 1.4 million Filipinos are registered on the platform alone!
With the sheer power of that number, it only attests to an overwhelming number of individuals who have found their fulfillment and achieved their #Lifegoals in Freelancing. This is not to ignore that like any other profession or job, Freelancing does have its own unique struggles, but if you’re the kind of person who wishes to feel and be more empowered in one or in all aspects of your life, then allow us to sum up what Freelancing can give you: F-R-E-E-D-O-M. And yes, we do intend to spell it out literally, by giving you our take on what that word means in the world of Freelancing.
So if you’re an aspiring freelancer or entrepreneur, or avoiding a potential bout of “FOMO”, then read on!
F – lexibility and Autonomy
We live in the Digital Age, so it should come as no surprise the technologies that can allow us to work anytime and anywhere, and provide services to clients from anywhere in the globe! Say goodbye to long commutes and hello to telecommuting! Also, the nature of Freelancing can give you the flexibility and autonomy to work at your own pace and choose the clients and projects you want to work on.
R – Rewarding Career
Who says that Freelancing can’t be a career or profession? For many who have gone this route, it has paved way for them to pursue their dream jobs without the constraints of a fixed job description or the frustration of being stuck in a mundane ‘9-5’ office job. As a self-employed professional, you are fully empowered to pursue projects that would nurture your skills and passions.
E – Endless possibilities
As a freelancer, there is no limit to the opportunities and possibilities you can pursue, now that you have full control of your career, profession and time. Whereas before, the most part of your day and energy would be spent in long energy-draining meetings and long commutes, Freelancing lets you color and fill each day with activities that you consider truly aligned in attaining your life goals.
E – Enables you to design your own lifestyle
Are you a night owl who is most productive in the evenings? Dreamed of having your own 4-Hour Work Week? Or what about getting down to finally working on that business plan for your dream start-up? With Freelancing, you can get creative on how you design your typical week, that would specially cater to your unique personality, interests, and quirks.
D – Do things your way
Always had a need to be in full control of your work, surroundings and growth? Then Freelancing will definitely give you that! Being your own boss is one of the great perks of being a Freelancer, and that means getting things AND results done just the way you envisioned it.
O – Own your time
Ever wondered how it would be like to respond to emails in your swimwear, with your toes brushing the sand as it points towards a breathtaking view of the beach? Well, in the Freelancing Handbook, you are free to take a vacation in the middle of the week, just as long as you get the job done and your clients happy. Becoming a Freelancer means taking full control of your time and schedule.
M – Make room for the people and things that truly matter
And here’s the most important part. Freelancing enables you to spend more time with your family, and other things that truly make life meaningful. With Freelancing, it has paved way for the rise of thousands of hands-on mommies, who find fulfillment in being able to nurture both their families and careers. Whilst for many others, they found it in more time spent in pursuing volunteer work, or in endeavors which define their passions and values.
There you have it. That’s how you spell Freedom with Freelancing!
And if you’re itching to learn more about the boundless opportunities of being a Freelancer, then you’re in luck.
This year, Manila Workshops. with the support of the Department of Information Communications and Technology (DICT), will be holding the 2nd Freelancer Fair on Sept. 2, 2017, to be held at the Bayanihan Center, Pioneer, Pasig City.
It is the country’s first and largest event for Freelancers, which would gather together freelancers, business owners and brands for a whole day of talks tackling the Freelancing Landscape and the different opportunities in store for both existing and aspiring freelancers.
The theme for this year’s full day event is Cultivating Relationships, as inspired by the mission to cultivate, nurture and help more people discover how Freelancing can help them achieve their professional and personal goals.
For more information about this year’s The Freelancer Fair, visit their Event Page. Get your ticket and see you at the fair!
Ticket price costs P800 and you can still get ’em by the door on the event itself!
🏅 Win a FREE pass to The Freelancer Fair! 🎟
Tickets got sold out online? No problemo amigo. I got your back. Manila Workshops is so generous to allow me to give away 3 passes to my lucky readers.
All you have to do is:
- Enter this giveaway via Rafflecopter below. Follow the instructions that apply to you.
- Follow Manila Workshops here: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
And that’s it! The most number of entries will win a ticket to the event. Contest ends Sept 1, 7pm. Good luck!
To learn more about Manila Workshops, the organization behind this event, connect with them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You can also view their upcoming workshops by visiting their official website.
About The Freelancer Fair:
The Freelancer Fair is an annual event started last by Manila Workshops, headed by the team’s CEO – Ginger Arboleda, a former employee, freelancer and now a serial entrepreneur / technopreneur, and mom blogger. The Freelancer Fair was built especially for aspiring and existing freelancers, companies, brands and organizations who want to support the Philippines’ freelancing industry.