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How This Preggy Mom (with 2 toddlers!) Found 3 Clients In Less Than A Month – Interview with Mary Jane Samantila

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When you're working a 9-5 job and you're pregnant plus 2 toddlers, things can get a little overwhelming.

But when you're a super mom like Mary Jane, you'd want to do everything for your family. You would have to be brave to conquer all the struggles you have to go through to take care of and provide for them.

Thanks to her bravery and focused goals for her family, Mary Jane gave up her stable corporate job and opted to find a work from home job.

Discover Mary Jane's super mom story as Holly interviews her for another awe-inspiring #JasSuccess episode. Learn how she's now happily serving several clients plus the true bosses in her life: her kids and family.

Plus you'll learn the following:

✅How She Transitioned from the Corporate World to Freelancing

✅How She Managed Her Time As A Mom with 3 Kids and 90 Hours Client Work Per Week

✅How She Handles Her Daily Routine

And a whole lot more…

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A mother who have struggles working because of her children. She is now earning 6 digits a month as a Shopify Virtual Assistant without having to leave her kids.

Notable Quotes:

  • Ang dami kong struggles, sa isip ko ang dami kong mga problema. Alam mo yun… pero kelangan maging strong e para sa kanila.
  • Nagbobrowse sa Facebook hanggang sa nakita ko yung VA Bootcamp na ads. Nakita ko yung ano kasi buntis ako diba. Nakita ko yung mommy tapos may hawak syang baby and then laptop. And then nakita ko na, pwede pala yun. I mean wala. No idea ako sa freelancing, I don't have any friend na nagfrefreelancing. So nagresearch ako about it, nagpamember ako sa FLIP ata yon. And then yung page binabalikan ko sya lahat ng interviews. Lahat pinanood ko before ako magjoin. After a while, siguro mga 1 week lang nag-enroll agad ako.
  • I can be like them. Yung mga pinapanood ko na mga success stories sa Jas Success like this. Yun yung nagmotivate sakin.
  • So while learning sa mga lessons habang nagwowork ako, nakikinig ako, nakaheadset ako. Tapos pag lunch break nag-aaral din ako. Tapos habang nasa byahe papasok pauwi, to think 7 months yung tiyan ko nun.
  • Yun pala yung nagpush sa akin din bukod sa alam kong kaya ko kaya lang di ako naapprove sa Upwork. Once, na declined sya. Second, nadecline ulit. Tapos after kong mapanood yung mga videos, after kong matapos yung VA Bootcamp. Naapproved yung profile ko.
  • Sabi ko ang galing pala. So nalaman ko yung mga kelangan gawin, ilagay sa profile para maapprove sya ganyan. To think basic lang yung nilagay ko skills, actually customer service nga lang. kasi yun lang ang alam kong io-offer na skills sa client.
  • Oo dapat maingay sa student group.
  • Kasi ang sarap sa feeling nang you're working nasa bahay ka lang tapos makikita mo yung mga anak mo.
  • Yung kinikita ko mas malaki pa sa kinikita ng asawa ko, but di naman ako sa nagyayabang pero freelancing is something na pinagpray ko talaga. And then in God's perfect timing.
  • Alam mo yung di ako masyadong nahirapan sa pagpasok although nagkaron ng client na hindi masyado maganda. Pero uhm I'll take that client as blessing kasi kung diba pag nagkaroon ka na ng contract mas maviview ka na ng ibang client. Ganun kasi yun e. Nagkaron kami ng contract kaya na view ako ng iba at ininvite nila ko for interview and nahire ako. Yes everthing happens for a reason siguro kaya nangyari yun kasi para mahire din ako ng mas ok na clients.
  • Sobrang saya na everyday nahahatid ko sa school mga anak ko kasi may pasok na sila e. Yung 4 and 3 ko nagsschool na sila. So 8-10. So andun ako sa school nila from 8 to 10. Alam mo yun, kung ako nasa work hindi ko yun magagawa, tapos makakapagwork ka pag uwi mo.
  • Pwede akong magdala ng computer at mag work sa labas. That's possible. Yun ang kagandahan dito sa work from home or freelancing. Pwede ka magwork kahit nasan.
  • May personal assistant ako na pumupunta sa bahay. Cause we have a 90 hours per week client. Nag iisa lang. Sobrang patayan pero yun nga, naghire ako ng assistant para nag wowork sya ng 8 am to 4 pm that's 8 hours then after nya, ako naman.
  • If you're praying for something and then may mga dumating tapos inignore natin. Baka yun na yung mga answer dun sa prayers mo, hindi natin alam. Kasi ako nagpray ako. Sabi ko Lord, ayoko na magwork. Sabi ko, gusto ko na mag alaga ng mga anak ko. Gusto ko silang subaybayan because hindi lang sila bata forever. Ayoko naman na hindi sila man lang masubaybayan diba. Pero ngayon na buti nalang nung kumatok yung VA Bootcamp sa Facebook ko. Thankful ako na in-open ko sya.
  • Hindi sya bababa si Lord sa harapan mo and then says, “Eto na anak.” Diba hindi naman sya ganun. So gagamit sya ng mga tao na mga group of people na para na yung prayer mo mag grant diba. Syempre patience, and of course you have to trust din the other people to help you.

Mary Jane’s Journey to Freelancing:

  • She was a bank teller for 7 years.
  • She got married in 2011 after a year of being hired in a bank and got pregnant just after 2 weeks.
  • Unfortunately, she miscarried her supposed to be the first baby.
  • She went very heartbroken, depressed and afraid to be pregnant again.
  • But with God’s grace, she got pregnant again after 2 years since the miscarriage.
  • After giving birth to her first child, her husband lost his job.
  • Her family got buried in debt and got scammed.
  • Seven months after, she got pregnant with her second child.
  • When her second child turned 1 year old, she discovered that she is once again pregnant for her third child.
  • She was not able to get a promotion because she often got pregnant resulting in poor performance.
  • She realized that working on a bank or office set-up is not for her anymore because she already had three children.
  • She thought of aborting her third child. But eventually accepted it.
  • She discovered working at home is possible when she saw the VA Bootcamp advertisement on Facebook.
  • She joined FLIP or Freelancers in the Philippines Facebook page and watched all of educational webinars and success stories.
  • She tried to create an Upwork profile but always being declined.
  • After 1 week, she enrolled in the Bootcamp while she still had her job in the bank.
  • She was taking the Bootcamp with just a mobile phone and going to a computer shop if needed.
  • She studied while on work, lunch breaks and in transit while she’s 7-months pregnant.
  • After finishing the course, her account application on Upwork finally got approved.
  • She got her first client but things don’t go as she expected.
  • In the 8th month of her pregnancy, she got a client again. Just after accepting this client, she got one more client. Then after one week, she got another client.
  • She finally quit her job at the bank on December 20.

Q & A Highlights:

What give you the push?

Meron akong self-instinct na magsusucceed ako dito. ”Gusto ko. I want this” Parang ganun sya. Parang it's possible.”Oh! I can do this then. I can be like them. Yung mga pinapanood ko na mga success stories sa Jas Success like this. Yun yung nagmotivate sakin.”

How many months of pregnancy when a client invites you?

Siguro September. Kasi mga November ako manganganak e. 7 months. Tas nung 8 months na tiyan ko. October 15. Na ano ako… na bed rest. Parang nagcocontract yung tyan ko tapos kelangan ko mag rest. Dun nag start na nung na invite ako ng first client ko uhm natuto ako sa kanya. Dito yung product yung listing kasi yung work ko e tapos nung nakuha ko sya may invite ulit na isa, so habang nakabedrest ako nagwowork na ko, may client na ko nito.

What’s your usual client schedule?

Yes. I usually work 4pm until 9 o 10. Kasi I have P.A. May personal assistant ako na pumupunta sa bahay. Cause we have a 90 hours per week client. Nag iisa lang. Sobrang patayan pero yun nga, naghire ako ng assistant para nag wowork sya ng 8am to 4pm. That's 8 hours then after nya, ako naman.

What’s your suggestion to those who wants to resign to pursue freelancing?

I suggest na wag mo gawin yung ginawa ko na magresign agad. Mag ipon ka muna, iponin mo muna. And then yung pera mo kelangan may backer kasi hindi pwedeng diba hindi natin alam baka wala ka agad makuhang work, so you have a money na nakasave. But ang masusuggest ko is uhm kelangan may learnings. So you have to enroll sa courses kung talagang gusto mo sya ma pursue kasi ako yun yung una kong ginawa e. I actually have no laptop and I have no internet connection during na nagenroll ako.

How did you do this without laptop?

Yung nagkaron na ko ng client dun palang ako nakahiram ng laptop. But then nung nag aaral ako sa phone pero yung mga assignments ginagawa ko sya sa computer shop pag day off ko.

How do you keep your toddlers busy so you can concentrate on your work?

Meron silang mga toys. Binibigay nandiyan lang nakakalat kahit makalat okay lang atleast nakakapagwork ako. And then after nalang magliligpit. Mahirap. Actually di ko naman sinasabing madali na madali tong pinagdadaanan ko. Napakahirap po. Sa totoo lang. Tingnan mo naman. Yung focus mo talaga kelangan mo maging pasensyosa, lahat ng pasensya kelangan mong akuin kasi sobrang kukulit po nila. 4,3 and 1. Mag-2 na sya . Mahirap talaga, but then kinakaya. Kasi talaga pag pangarap mo talaga. I mean pag marami kang pangarap kelangan di ka susuko e.

How long before you got a job after you finished the VA Bootcamp course?

Natapos ko yung course September. Nagkawork ako October. So mga 1 month.

Is your salary higher compared to your previous corporate job?

Oo yes! Times 5. 6 digits actually.

132 thoughts on “How This Preggy Mom (with 2 toddlers!) Found 3 Clients In Less Than A Month – Interview with Mary Jane Samantila

    1. Quenz Quenz tnx getch

  1. hi! jen from ilocos😊

  2. hello po good afternoon from pampanga

  3. Hi watching from manila

  4. Hi good afternoon from bacolod

  5. Pinanood ko ulit itong interview bec. hindi ko napanood ng buo..Galing ng interview na to. Si ms holly ang galing ng support kay ms. mj..the interaction wow! plus the pa sulpot sulpot na advice ni ms holly i love it…so much interesting and lovely hour.😍

  6. Hi.watching from Davao del norte

  7. Hello

    I would like to learn about this freelancing working.. I want to learn how.. Im tired for my job at night.

  8. Judith Sembrero montalban Rodriguez Rizal….hello poh….

  9. Hi Jane sabi ko na nga at ikaw yan e yung teller sa Rosario dati….sabi ko nga parang kilala ko siya….sounds great and very inspiring…

  10. Hi shaina and to the beautiful lady wearing black. From bicol here

  11. Im new here and need some tips.thank you.

  12. Hi, watching from Cebu

  13. I’m late again. Happy, there’s a replay. Watching from Casablanca, Morocco 🇲🇦.

  14. Arianne Elisorio Donato

  15. Hi Holly and Mary Jane from Bulacan 😁😁

  16. #teamreplay Hi Holly ❤️❤️

  17. Hello and Shalom!!..Chedita Tamisin here..watching you from Paco , Manila..

  18. Hi Ms. Holly and Ms. Mary Jane. Nakaka good vibes talaga c Ms. beautiful Holly, very cheerful and full of positive vibes😀🥰

  19. Hi…im from calamba city…

  20. wow so inspiring po mejo relate po ako saknya kase i have 3 kids na din po and fulltime mom gusto ko mag work kaso di maiwanan mga baby ko

  21. Hi! watching from Lipa City Batangas

  22. Thank you ladies, galing ng webinar nato at inspiring…

  23. Thank you for inviting us sa new page ng Pinay work at home moms. 💕

  24. Thank You, very inspiring!

  25. Thank you Ms. MJ and Ms. Holly.

  26. Thank You ❤️ Ms Holly and Mary Jane 😊

  27. How about here in Cavite po? Kailan?

    1. Watch out for announcements po. You can join us sa FLIP group.

  28. We also have the FLIP Makati Meet Up 🙂 Find out the details here:

    https://www.facebook.com/events/2317701555145451/

  29. Join kayo sa FLIP Rizal Meet UP and meet the VA Bootcamp Coaches including Jason Dulay, Honey Eduque and Anna Soriano, anyone can attend po dito and learn how you can start your freelancing journey 🙂

    https://www.facebook.com/events/2418021921763518/

  30. Sakit s dibdib Mary jane! Lalo kong nmiss ang mga bagets! OFW here

  31. Good job Ms Holly .. thank you Ms Mj for inspiring us. Sana oil ♡

  32. Ayun si Erik naman! Ang galing! We will definitely watch his live interview miss Holly! 😍😇

    1. Your welcome. Yes we will Erik Ocaya. 😃 I know for sure this would be inspiring especially to those who want to have work at home 💻 🏡 saying it is not possible for them and thinking about their degree. God bless! 😊 😇

    2. Thank you so much ms. Jenniscel! 🙂 I will expect your presence this July 10.

  33. thank you Ms MJ and Ms.Holly ..

  34. Thanks, watching from bicol

  35. Very inspiring story po mam mary jane. God bless

  36. Congratulations Ms. Holly! Good job & mommy Mary Jane so inspiring!

  37. Pero hindi po bale, still pretty pa rin kayo kahit na naiyak miss miss Mary Jane. 🤗💕

  38. Thank you @mary jane samantilla for answering 😊

  39. Very inspiring and Godbless

  40. This time ba mas higher ung pay mo compared sa corporate job mo dati?

  41. Na touch din po kami miss Mary Jane while napaiyak kayo sa story ninyo. Hugs po. 🤗💕

  42. Can relate mahirap talaga. Hirap maging referee sa mga bata habang nagwowork

  43. Sa replay Po ba maghang din

  44. Wow! Grabe Mommy Mary Jane maga na mga mata namin…

  45. Same prayer tayo Ms. MJ. minsan lang sila bata and it means a lot to attend to all their needs. Kaya I’m thankful to God kasi I found this group para matuto na makapag home based job.

  46. Hala nakakaiyak naman..

  47. This time ba mas higher na ung pay mo compared sa previous corporate job? Thank

  48. Hello classmates 👋👋 2017 ako enrolled mukang magpapatuloy nako ulet ☺️☺️ pasali sa group 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

  49. Ang ganda po ng story nyo 🙂 pati nung nag iinterview 🙂 kidding aside po This is really heart warming 🙂

  50. Kaya hindi ako nagdalawang isip na mag enroll because i feel in my heart i love to do this kind of business

  51. Nabasa ko yan miss Mj before ako naka enroll sa vabootcamp

  52. Hi classmates Emmanuel Doods Tecson..

  53. Health health health! Don’t forget taking care of yourself should also be a priority. 🙂

  54. Over time 2 hours please 😍

  55. Interested to join us sa VA Bootcamp and be mentored by Coach Holly Ocaya together with the other resident coaches?

    Enroll na kayo sa VA Bootcamp to kickstart your freelancing journey.

    Sign up here:
    https://vabootcamp.ph/

  56. Ms. Anna missing you. Ang galing ng estudyante mo!

    1. check out freevacourse.com 🙂

  57. Nag free training nko from VA before, gusto ko talaga cya i-pursue. Is it ok mag enroll ng weekend?

    1. Yes po 🙂 yung verification lang ng payment baka Monday na po

  58. Hello po, ako po naka leave habang nag aaral ng freelancing

  59. Mag enroll na talaga ako sa VA bootcamp…

    1. See you sa student group Ariaz!

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