Di ka napasa sa board exam, di ka natanggap sa trabaho, or di ka na-promote as office.
These are all forms of rejection.
And it hurts because it mattered.
Rejections are inevitable.
It’s frustrating to experience them but it doesn’t mean you’re not good enough.
It just means that the other person failed to notice what you have to offer.
Don’t give up.
Sometimes, rejections are a re-direction — a correction to where you’re supposed to be or to something much better.
It’s better to experience the pain of rejection rather than the pain of regret.
Never allow the fear of rejection to hold you back.
Meet Lady Asrah.
She used to work as a private and public school teacher for several years.
A complicated pregnancy, which require bed rest, prompted her to stay at home and look for other opportunities to earn.
She took her time learning about freelancing.
She also worked hard to get trained and certified.
Then the idea of being able to earn money from the comfort of her own home amazed her.
Fast forward to today...
She is now earning Php 150,000/month.
Be inspired by her hard work, commitment, and success, on this replay.
She used to work as a private and public school teacher for several years. Her complicated pregnancy, which requires bed rest, prompted her to stay at home and look for other opportunities to earn. She took her time to learn about freelancing. She also works hard to get trained and certified. She is now a successful freelancer earning Php 150,000 a month.
JOURNEY TO FREELANCING
QUESTION AND ANSWER
Were there times when you just simply want to give up?
There were plenty of times, there are a lot of nights especially if I had to be onsite. Of course, I did my best to do the responsibilities of being a teacher kapag nasa school ako. What I did was parang naging graveyard shift ako. Hindi ako makapagtrabaho ng umaga, I had to work hours and hours sa gabi. I slept very late and then I had to wake up early the next day and a lot of it. Dumating po kasi sa point na hindi na ako nakapagperform ng maayos as a DepEd Teacher. Hindi ko na maibigay iyong best ko. Nag-under perform na po ako and I felt na unfair na po siya. A lot of times I wanted to give up. Actually, I gave up both. But I really thank Lord for some things na ginawa ko and some other things I kept going. I'm honestly happy sa desisyon na ginawa ko. So far no regrets.
When you discover what freelancing is, how did you feel, were you skeptical at first?
No. I actually felt excited about it. I know some would feel skeptical but for me no. I really did a lot of research and I was happy with the results kasi, of course, I found a lot of Facebook pages and I read a lot of life stories and success stories, and it inspires me.
Sabi mo na wala kang trabaho tapos nagkaroon ng pandemic bale ang asawa mo na lang ang nagtatrabaho para sa inyo. How will you be able to recover when you finally got into freelancing? Tumulong ba sayo ng maigi ang Freelancing sa Finances mo?
I would say yes. After ng course, nakakuha ako ng clients. I was actually shocked by the possible rates. I started with $3 per hour sa Upwork for a few hours a week, malaki na iyon for me. It definitely helped na naitaguyod namin yong pregnancy ko, at Ceasarian section pa ako. I would say yes, napakalaking tulong po talaga iyong part time freelancing ko that time sa finances up until today.
What advice can you give to someone who is a successful freelancer but is having a very hard time with the school?
I advice to do time management. Be very wise with your time. You can always find a lot of resources on how to manage your time. If you are a student I would not advice you to pre-opt school as much as possible please graduate hanggang kaya.
What do you think are the crucial things needed for freelancing?
Kung things na nahahawakan of course you would need equipment. You would need laptop and internet connection among other things. But I would say first you would need skills and knowledge kasi iyon iyong i-ooffer natin sa clients. Freelancing is like selling your services to clients.
Did you have to take a risk in giving up your career by choosing to freelance?
Definitely yes, I acknowledged and accepted na malaking risk ang ti-nake ko. I gave up stability, and job security ng Department of Education. I took a big risk and I took the leap. Mas mabigat talaga ang benifits ng freelancing. But for me, it’s worth the risk.
It was a calculated risk for me. For example, this is the sweldo ni DepEd for one month, I am now earning 45 times. If I will do freelancing for five years that is literally twenty years of me working in DepEd. Kaya ko siyang i-turn way less. That means calculated risk. Hindi ko i-aadvice na jump lang kayo kaagad. No, it has to be a calculated first, for me.
Looking back on the moments when you were still starting out as a freelancer, have you encountered a certain client that is hard to contact and late when it comes to payment? How did you handle those kinds of clients?
We call those toxic clients. Kasi for my three years of freelancing I had a lot of clients na dumaan sakin. Many of them ganoon. And I suggest you visit VA Bootcamp. They will actually educate you on how to let go of toxic clients.
How did I handle it, first, I became a professional hanggang kaya but then again at the end of the day noong naging unhealthy na siya for me I had to let go and look for better ones.
Ano po niche ninyo, Ma’am?
Right now, I am a website designer, and manager at the same time. I also do Shopify design and management. I also do a graphic design that's why I educated myself with a lot of courses. Kasi I wanted to offer more to my clients. I also do content writing.
How long do you suggest we learn about freelancing?
If you have more time to learn it you’re gonna learn it faster. Know which niche and skills you want to learn and it actually depends. Kapag once na ang isang skill na you want to learn is mas mahirap depende sa level of difficulty, of course, it’s gonna take more time for you to learn the skill and for you to be able to market that skill but if medyo nasa expert ka na banda, you just want to own it, you just want to get certified, you’re gonna spend less time. It actually varies.
Could you share with us what were your fears when you were deciding between being a freelancer or/and staying as a teacher?
Marami akong fears and those fears actually paralyzed me kaya tumagal ako ng two years before ako nakapagdecide. Fear ko is hindi siya stable unlike of course sa government job. Wala kang habol unless na lang may contract. Meaning, less stable siya. My fear is what if mawalan ako ng client. I changed my mindset. What I thought about is I already have the skill. With my training and experience, I have gotten better with the skill that I have. Kahit papaano nagiging confident ako na kaya kong kumuha ulit ng client. That is what I thought para madefeat iyong fear na puwedeng mawala iyong client mo pero iyong skill, iyong natutunan mo hindi iyon mawawala. That is what you have na hindi mawawala sa iyo.
Could you tell us briefly about your experience in getting a client?
My experience in getting a client, started with my very first client, I had to type data from a photo to a Microsoft Excel. Lots of patience talaga. I do not enter the world of Freelancing na parang feeling mo na ibibigay sa iyo iyong opportunity. You really have to work for it.
Paano mo malalaman kung ano ang niche mo? Anong niche ang puwede kapag teaching ang background?
I personally started by asking myself. There are two ways kasi. First is alamin mo yong hilig mo. Ako kasi gusto ko magdesign. I opted for web design and graphic design, iyon yung pinursue ko. Gladly, nakapaghanap ako ng clients na nagaavail ng services ko. Second thing that you can actually do is, some successful freelancers do this kahit hindi nila passion, kahit hindi nila gusto basta alam nilang premium na skill iyon na they will earn better sa skill o niche na iyon, iyon ang pinupusue nila.
About naman sa teaching background, kapag teacher ka marami kang skill. First, if you are a teacher more likely you are good at customer service or dealing with people. Although iba iyong dealing with customers or iba rin iyong dealing with students and parents. Kasi kapag teacher you’re good at designing our learning materials. You may have that skill or desire as well to do design. You can opt for graphic design.