Are you happy with your current work?
Do you still feel passionate about it?
If you’re not happy anymore with where you are now, then maybe it’s time for you to explore other options.
It may seem scary and difficult at first.
But hey, fear is normal if you want to grow and get out of your comfort zone.
Nothing worth having is easy.
Just like our JasSuccess guest tomorrow.
He used to work as a financial advisor at a top-notch insurance company but is now enjoying the rewards of his freelance bookkeeping career.
He previously worked as a junior accountant at retailer Zara, as well as a financial analyst/advisor at Sunlife.
An unhealthy work environment prompted him to seek other options and explore the freelancing world.
Fast forward to today.
He's now earning 4x his corporate salary.
Learn more about his motivation, struggles, and success on this replay and be inspired more.
Let’s find out how a financial advisor left the unhealthy corporate work environment, escaped from the long hours of travel to work, and eventually decided to enter the freelancing world.
What to do if you're not happy with your work?
Just hold tight. Lilipas din yan, di mo kailangang tambayan. Eventually, doon mo marerealize kailangan mo palang mag undergo sa stage na yan. Lahat ng darkest moments ko, naging training grounds ko siya that time kaya ako naging successful as of now.
Are you encountering a similar problem in freelance?
By that time, back to zero talaga. Akala mo "Uy, may 9 year experience na ako sa corporate, magiging madali na yung freelancing.” Akala ko lang yun. From the tools, from different software na ginagamit. It’s a good start na meron kang basic knowledge of accounting. Pero ung certification, setup of freelacing account sa Upwork, Onlinejobs at PayPal account, lahat inaral ko yun. During that time, wala akong mentor on my side na iga-guide ako every step of the way.
Why would this position make sense for your lifestyle?
Very practical din kase si bookkeeping. Hindi lang siya professionally. Nagiging conscious ka din kase sa handling ng finances personally. Kung nagagawa mong ihandle yung finances ng isang company, malamang dapat nahahandle mo rin yang finances mo for your own family. Dun nagiging make sense. Practical lang talaga.
Comparing bookkeeping outside and in freelancing, is there something that you need to be concerned about?
Siguro isa sa pwede nating consider is security. Minsan kase nag dadoubt tayo sa job security, kase meron kang consistent income sa trabaho. One of the reasons na nag dadoubt to shift from a day job to a freelancing is hindi kase consistent o baka mawalan ako ng client. In terms of freelancing, it will be based on you as a freelancer or business owner. If ever na you are putting value to the client, yung security on the ability that you provide or the services that you give. If nabibigay mo naman yung kailangan ng client or may nasosolve kang problem, that's the security.
Ano ang mindset at attitude ng isang successful freelance bookkeeper?
Very important na you consider your client's business as your own. For my own client na taga US, di ko kinoconsider ang sarili ko na as an employee ng client, but as a business partner. So if your mindset is like that, you're doing your very best to make the business grow and successful.
Kahit po ba walang background sa accounting, pwede mag-bookkeeping?
Yes, marami akong kilala na hindi accounting graduate. Pero inaral nila ang basic accounting afterward if you are really interested. We need to study. Pwede kang mag-enroll sa basic bookkeeping course, kung gusto mo ng background kase you really need that basic information to be a successful bookkeeper.
Paano po ba ang income sa bookkeeping? Is it per finished project or per hour in a day?
It’s a case-to-case basis talaga, very flexible. You can negotiate it on the client depende kung gusto mo mabayaran on a daily basis, on an hourly basis, or on a project basis. Depende yan sa communication ninyo ni client.
How do I market myself as a freelancer?
Technically, you can be a freelancer without enrolling in any course. Just studying on yourself sa Youtube or sa Google pero it will take time talaga. I would suggest if ever is, mag enroll ka para systematic yung learning. If you are really aiming to be a successful freelancer, you have to value your time and your services. Kung tingin mo hindi worth it yung value, don't settle for less.