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Can a High School Graduate Succeed in Freelancing? – Interview with Nerissa Avila

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You may know a lot of people who have started doing the “adulting thing” way too early.

There may be several reasons why they started it early, but usually, the main factor is the lack of finances.

Then they have to resort to working at an early age to help provide for their necessities.

Just like Nerissa, but thanks to the VA Bootcamp, she found a career that didn't look down on her just because she was only a High School Graduate.

In this interview you’ll learn the following:

✅How Her Struggles Lead Her to Freelancing

✅How She Found Her Niche in Social Media and E-Commerce

✅How She Hustled To Get Her Clients

And a whole lot more…

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Learn Nerissa’s strategies on how social media and E-commerce become her niche.

Notable Quotes:

  • Siguro dun po sa mga kagaya ko na highschool grad or hindi nakagraduate ng college, hindi naman talaga sya kailangan kasi hindi naman tinatanong ng client kung ano natapos mo, kung anong degree ang meron ka. Ang importante yang skills na magagamit mo para matulungan yung business nila magsucceed. Although maganda rin naman talaga na meron kang natapos or degree, kasi nakakaproud sa parents yun eh. Pero yun nga kung meron iba na hindi talaga pinalad hindi naman sya struggle siguro ano na lang attitude is maging ano ka maparaan kumbaga, huwag makuntento, maging maabilidad kasi ikaw din naman gumagawa ng ano mo eh ng buhay mo, kumbaga sa’yo rin nakadepende kung magsusucceed ka or hindi.
  • Tapos dun sa may internet pero wala naman laptop pwede naman manghiram, yung iba nga meron akong kakilala na wala pang laptop pero nag-aaral gamit ang phone.
  • Tapos kung sa confidence naman napag-aaralan naman lahat kagaya ko, unti-unti lang. Kumbaga start going out of your comfort zone, makipagclose sa ibang student.  
  • Ang isa po kasi nagustuhan ko sa VA bootcamp is yung support group. Talagang solid sila nandyan kahit anytime pwede kang magtanong, pwede mong i-approach yung mga coach tsaka ano lang lagi dapat positive attitude.
  • Kailangan po strong yung profile eh para mainvite ka. Tapos maganda yung overview yung profile picture parang kailangan professional looking. Tapos yung portfolio kailangan po meron din laman tska take ng mag test sa Upwork na related sa skills.
  • Siguro ang unang-una i-mamaster sa E-commerce is product research kasi mostly yun po yung ano eh nakikita kong job hiring.

Nerissa’s Journey to Freelancing:

  • A high school graduate but did not pursue college due to financial issues.
  • Started working at the age of 16 as a nanny for 4 years, a cashier in a gasoline station for 1 year and a receptionist in a salon for 5 years.
  • She has 6 siblings and she is the breadwinner of the family. She helped her brother to finish his studies who graduated as IT and now working in a company.
  • She went to Dubai to work as a Domestic Helper for 1 year but she came back last June 2018 because she wanted to have her own business.
  • She started a travel agency business but it did not succeed. That's when she thought of working at home because she has the internet and laptop. His brother also encouraged her to pursue her freelancing career.
  • While researching on how to be a freelancer, the VA Bootcamp ad popped out. She was curious about the 80k salary so she researched his stories overnight. The next day, she decided to enroll in VA Bootcamp.
  • She started in VA Bootcamp last November 2018, finished the online course for 2 weeks and did the DIY hustle challenge for almost 2 and a half months.
  • It was mid of Feb 2019 when she landed her first job. She was very happy that she had 3 clients in a row in just one week. That's when her freelancing career started, now she already has 1 full-time work, earning a minimum of 30k a month per client.

Q & A Highlights:

So yung mga nakuha mong clients ginamit mo yung mga learnings mo sa VA Bootcamp?

Yes po kasi ano eh zero knowledge talaga ako kahit may idea ako since 2013, parang mas naging mas malinaw sya after ng VA Bootcamp.

Hindi ba naging ano sayo hindrance yung baka hindi ako matanggap dito kasi yun yung usual na mga tanong di ba pag ka hindi sila graduate hindi sila confident sa skills nila hindi sila confident mag-apply kasi baka hindi nila kayanin, so ikaw ba hindi mo ba naisip na naku baka hindi ko kayanin ‘to kahit pinupush ka ni brother na magVA?

Actually struggle ko yun kasi nga kaya nga din tumagal ng almost 2 1/2 months sabi ko kailangan ko munang i-master yung mga skills, so yun yung ginawa ko after ng VA Bootcamp naghanap pa rin ako ng ibang resources kung paano ko mamamaster yung mga skills na kailangan.

Nakatulong ba yung mga nasa modules natin sa’yo para mag-create or maging pansinin yung iyong profile?

Siguro po, kasi lahat naman ng assignment na ginawa ko sa VA Bootcamp for portfolio yun naman yung nilagay ko doon. Tapos additional na lang yung mga assignment sa Dropified.

What are your challenges nung nagsisimula ka Ms. Nerissa?

Unang-una kasi nga po di ba ano ako mahiyain, takot ako sa ano kumbaga sa mga conversation lalo na kapag meron video call interview or kahit call interview nga lang eh parang ayoko, more on chat pwede. Kung yung pagiging high school graduate naman hindi naman sya naging struggle kasi ano naman ako parang techy naman ako tsaka ano po mahilig naman kasi ako mag-aral, kasi lahat naman kasi napag-aaralan eh pag hindi mo alam research ka lang andyan naman si youtube, si Google yan yung magiging best friend natin.

Sa e-commerce nagenroll ka ba sa course para matutunanan kung ano yung ginagawa ng e-commerce VA or natutunan mo lang sya instantly?

Actually aside sa VA Bootcamp meron pa akong ibang course na sinalihan, i think yung iba dyan familiar sa Dropified, 60 days challenge yon, from building your own store hanggang marketing, basta lahat ng process ng online store andoon.

So paano nag lead na ano kasi na-mention ko kanina dun sa introduction ko na social media and e-commerce yung naging niche mo na ngayon? Paano mo nadiscover na yun pala yung skill mo na pwede mo?

Actually social media talaga yung nasa isip ko nung from the start kasi nga meron akong business di ba po so parang magagamit ko rin sya. Pero ang hirap kasi ako lang mag-isa eh ako lahat gumagawa wala akong kasama sa team, kaya sabi ko parang shift muna ako ulit sa iba. E-commerce kasi unang-una lagi akong nagshoshop online eh hindi ako lumabas. Oo bili lang ng bili tska ano nakakatuwa kasi ang bilis lang ng process.

112 thoughts on “Can a High School Graduate Succeed in Freelancing? – Interview with Nerissa Avila

  1. Papano po ba kumita sa freelancers?
    Am just new I want to know more , tho am already 75 years still productive pa din ako sa networking.
    I was just curious in this job and I want also to succeed

  2. Hello po from palawan..

  3. Hello… Frombulacan

  4. hello, i’m in Rizal, Laguna

  5. medjo mahina ang voice mo ms. Nerissa

  6. Hello there! watching from Surigao

  7. Hi Maam Anna and Nerissa Avila
    Watching from Las Piñas now

  8. Ang relax nmn ng location mo sistah at nkduyan k p. Love it!

  9. Sorry i miss the live kya yan replay … wala ako nreciv n notif i thought its 6pm huhu . Ilove you and congrats Nerissa Avila

  10. Nattwa ako s feslak mo grl hehe i feel u nerbyos pag mag uumpisa na hehe

  11. Tnx po sa pg.share ng inspiring stories nyo po miss nerissa..before po takot aq mg.apply kc nga high school graduate lng aq pro ngayon po gusto kona po xa itry..Pls share po nung pdf..tnx po

  12. Hi from lawy capas tarlac

  13. Hello watching from South Carolina

  14. Ngayon pa lang ako manunuod. Hello Miss Anna and sis Nerissa😊😘😍❤️

  15. Hm is the fee fo the course

  16. Hi Ms. Nerissa, Do you declare na HS graduate ka sa profile mo?

  17. kelan po meet up sa makati? exact loc po sa makati? tia 🤗

  18. Parang parehas kami ni miss nerissa ng journey…hwheheheh

  19. Watching from hk..tamang tama ang oras

  20. kailangan bang may email address?

  21. already shared,sana makatanggap din ako ng pdf file mo Ms. Nerissa.

  22. kasi yung mic tinatabunan nia o iniipit nia

  23. nagamit din ba nu nerissa yung freelancign sa travel and tours

  24. watching from nueva ecija 🙏🏻

  25. Hi po from Lapu-Lapu, Cebu

  26. 2) lumaayo ang mouthpice or mic nia sa mouth nia

  27. I also want to join VA Bootcamp..

    1. Iza Godalla Cabanela yes po, anlaki po ng naitulong 🤑

  28. 1) open space sia, the wind blows away

  29. mahina ang sound galing kay miss nerissa dahil:

  30. isa pa, nasa open space si Nerissa compared kay miss anna

  31. puede bang ilapit ni Nerissa ang mic sa mouth nia? mahina ang sound…

  32. i am a freelance tour guide. interested to be a freelance VA.

  33. Good Afternoon from Tacloban City!

  34. how can i become a freelancer?

  35. Hello good morning from México , Zumpango

  36. hello po. watching from guinobatan albay. im aisa fabricante😍😍

  37. Thank you ulit sa pag share ng inspiring stories..

  38. Invest on yourself! Join us sa VA Bootcamp 🙂

    https://vabootcamp.ph/

    1. VA Bootcamp ma’am Wala na GA kami computer my internet kami sa bahay. Waling computer.

  39. Maganda Si mam Anna D. Soriano,simple at always accommodating

  40. SHARED na po sana makatanggap na ako ng free give-away

    1. dami kong d natanggap na free ahaha cv ng chatbot ipapadala daw waleey naman ahaha 😛

    2. message mo lang VAB page pag di ka na kareceive 🙂

  41. Ganda din naman ni Miss Anna 🙂

  42. Support group is real!!!

  43. Pa shout out sa April Mods 🙂

  44. thank you po ms. A! 🙂

  45. anu po basic skills para dyan pde po ba ang computer trouble shooting technician

  46. Yes Ms Anna D. Soriano hanap mo ako tama nanghihiram lang ako ng desktop now may laptopna thanks sa Bootcamp cassmate ko na naghelp sken hahaha Noticed me please Nerissa Avila and Ms Anna D. Soriano 🙂

  47. Sana pasok ako!
    Mayron akong laptop,at internet..

  48. Hi Ms Nerissa, BEKE NEMEN, pwede po kayo magconduct ng webinar or tutorials for E-Commerce.

  49. how long po na nakaprivate bago masuspend ang account sa upwork?

  50. Ma’am Pano poh. Kung my internet sa bahay. Wala na man computer sa bahay.

  51. ask ko lang po pag 1 month kang nag aaply sa upwork tapos wala ka naman client na nakukuha ma deactivate ba ung profile mo?

  52. I refer nyo naman po ako sa client nyo.

  53. just to clarify Ms. Ana, all the assignments in VA Bootcamp can be used as proof of experience or proof of knowledge if I will apply already? pde ipakita kay client? also, how long the va bootcamp nag eexpire ang subscription say Im done with the modules? kasi baka pdeng balik balikan later on… 🙂

  54. late ako , sarap diyan sa place mo Nerissa Avila

  55. Salamat Sa sagot mam Anna D. Soriano

  56. Share na yan…pm sent 😂

  57. Paano kong hndi po magaling mag construct ng English papasa kaya sa interview?

  58. Wow! Grabe un ah? Hehehe umabot ng 3 hrs.? 🙂

  59. Ms. Nerissa, ganda po ng location nyo. Nasabi nyo po kanina labas na kayo ng Upwork. Anu po gamit nyong time tracker at modes of payment?

  60. Do you need help na ba with the tasks with your clients?

  61. Sinubukan nyo PO bang Mag send ky upworkat before ka sumubok Sa hustle challenge?

  62. Ms. Anna, parang sama po pakiramdam nyo. Hope you’re feeling okay. 🙂

  63. ilan months ka after VA bootcamp bago nagkaclient?

  64. Hi Ms Nerissa Avila, sa mga clients nyo po ngayon paano nyo po napagsasabay-sabay sila lalo na kung full-time. Ano pong time zone ng work nyo ngayon?

  65. Mam nerissa anu puba gamit nyong internet provider ?

  66. admirable girl ka Nerissa you want to grow yourself on your own effort.

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