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From Minimum Wage Earner to Six-Figure Freelancer

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Last time I checked, the monthly net pay received by minimum wage earners stood at P5,922.

Nag-increase na yan ha.

Ang truth be told, it’s not enough.

Especially if may binubuhay kang pamilya.

Paano pa kung ikaw lang ang kumakayod.

That’s why others look for side jobs to add to their income.

Like Ycar Villamor.

She has worked in a BPO company for 9 years.

“The salary was minimum wage only so I also have to earn extra by selling different items inside the company.”

But things changed when she got pregnant and gave birth.

“Year 2015 I already resigned from the BPO company but I don’t have other sources of income yet. I starting selling items online to earn extra to help my husband.

I usually go to Divisoria to buy the items that I sell, then I got pregnant and gave birth on Nov. 16, 2016. While taking care of my baby, I realized it will be more difficult for me to go to Divisoria to buy the items that I need to sell then I decided that I need to earn money while not leaving my home and my baby.”

That’s when she got serious about working from home…

And the rest, as they say, is history.

Now, she’s earning around P90,000-150,000 per month.

Pag “tagtuyot” months, she’s making P60-70,000.

Not bad huh.

The best part?

“Ngayon pa nga, kalat ang Covid virus, mas kitang kita ko ang kahalagahan ng pagtatrabaho sa bahay lang dahil mas ligtas ka at ang iyong pamilya.”

This, I think, is priceless.

Get to know more about Ycar’s inspiring story on this replay.

 

INTRODUCTION:


Meet Ycar Villamor, former call center agent from Laguna. She is a minimum wage earner and now she’s earning around P90,000-150,000 per month.   Besides her salary,  she earns from her other business sidelines to make a living. But it’s not enough. Until her sister introduced freelancing to her.  She decided to resign to her previous job for 9 years to pursue freelancing to avoid the traffic and night shift schedule and achieve better earnings.

 

Notable Quotes

  • Mali pala ginagawa ko, yung ginagawa ko yung diba meron tayo nung cover letter. Application letter ang tawag diba yung ginagmit naten pag nag aaply tayo ng trabaho sa labas inaattach ko lang yun, Yung resume na naka doc na resume natin napaka tipikal resume hindi pala pinapansin yung ganun.

 

  • Sinunod ko yung step by step dun sa tutorials dun sa ating online course, in-optimize ko ung profile ko, nag gawa ako ng portfolio tapos pati yun sa pag-gagawa ng cover letter dun meron kung pano ka mag intro sa client

 

  • Kailangan confident ka, tapos pag nandun kana kailangan maging resourceful ka. Magresearch ka, Google mo, magtingin ka sa Youtube kung pano gawin, magtanong ka sa ibang marunong. 

 

  • Ng mag enroll ako sa Bootcamp natuto na ko sa Upwork.

 

  • Sa mga newbies lagi kong nire-recommend ang VABootcamp kasi mga basic step by step guide talaga sya mula sa pag gawa ng accounts, pagawa ng cover letter, mga skills nyo. Kaya ine-encourage ko yung iba pag may nagcha-chat sakin. Alam ko may iba na akong office mates na nagenroll sa Bootcamp. Ine-encourage ko sila na dun muna sila magstart kasi matututunan mo naman yung ibang skills pag nagresearch ka kaya lang medyo matagal unlike sa VAbootcamp nakalatag na sya, click ka nalang ng click. 

 

  • Kasi kailangan gagamitin natin, ia-apply natin. Meron ibang tao na puro excuses. 

 

  • Kung gusto nyo talagang mag work from home, pinaka una nyong kailangan dyan ay lakas ng loob. Pag desidido ka wag kang matakot. Kasi yung iba natatakot mag-invest sa courses, “pano kung di ako makakuha ng clients?”. 

 

  • Kung gugustuhin kasi natin, madami namang paraan. Lakasan lang loob para makapasok sa industry na ito. 

 

Journey to Freelancing

  • Ycar previously worked in a call center for 9 years. Income was not sufficient, which is why she rendered overtime, work from home, and selling various products to her coworkers.

 

  • Her sister was the one who introduced her into freelancing. 

 

  • Ycar had a baby and the income their family had was only sufficient. She went back to freelancing afterward. 

 

  • She had difficulties when applying for a job but due to her being in doing research; she joined other online groups including FLIP. She then learned that the secret to being accepted was the cover letters.  

 

  • Things became better, and she now has her own freelance agency.


QUESTION AND ANSWER:


Ano ang reason bakit ka umalis sa online job mo?

Bukod sa maliit ang sahod, grabe na kasi yung pagod ko, kahit malapit lang ako, napakatindi kasi ng traffic.  Night Shift kasi sa work ko, hirap ako matulog sa umaga at tanghali, mainit sa lugar namin, maraming tao at maingay. napupuyat ako dahil 2-3 hours lang ang tulog ko. 

 

Paano ka nakapag-freelance?

Nagpapartime job ako sa kapatid ko na nagintroduce sa akin mag freelancing.   Nag oonline selling ako.  Lumuluwas pa ako ng Divisoria para bumili ng paninda then binebenta ko sa FB and doing meet ups sa mga buyer, pero minsan dinedeliver ko kasama ang asawa ko.

 

Paano mo naisip na pwede ka pala mag outsource sa freeelancing? Saan ka nakakuha ng idea na mag outsource?

Natutunan ko rin yan sa kapatid ko, kasi ako mismo ina outsource niya kapag may project sya. Sya rin kasi ang nagsabi sa akin na i-outsource ko . Nagtayo na kami ng agency ng kapatid ko

 

Malaki na ba ang pinagbago ng buhay mo? Just imagine, from minimum wage earner to six-figure freelancer.

Malaki na. Mas malaki na kaysa dun sa dati. Wala na kami utang. Meron ka pang saving at nakakapundar ka paunti unti. Although nagrerent pa rin kami ng bahay. may lote na kami, malapit na kami makapag pagawa ng bahay. Nakapag travel na din kami ng asawa ko sa Thailand.

 

Naapektuhan ba ng COVID-19 ang work from home mo?

May mga nag stop, pero marami pa rin pojects ang tuloy tuloy (especially sa Australia.) Pero affected pa rin

 

Ano ang mai aadvice mo sa mga newbies na nanonood ngayon? Ano ang advice and tips mo para sa kanila na interesado mag work from home? Dahil sa kumakalat na COVID-19 pandemic

Kung gusto niyo talaga mag work form home , pinaka una niyo talaga iinvest is lakas ng loob, mag invest sa courses, invest ng laptop for your work.

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Jason Dulay

Jason Dulay

Jason is the founder and CEO of Work from Home Roadmap and VA Bootcamp. Aside from teaching Filipinos how to succeed working from home, he likes traveling, playing board games, and drinking coffee.

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