Topnotch VA Shares Journey to Becoming a Youtube Strategist

August 31, 2022
by 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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Meet Connie.

She got tired of the corporate setting.

Well, who wouldn’t?

She stayed with one company for two years.

And she was laid off from two of her jobs — something she’s not happy about.

Her four-hour daily commute made her stressed.

Something she never wanted to experience ever again.

Good thing she discovered freelancing.

Fast forward to today.

She’s now enjoying time freedom.

No amount of money can buy that.

Be inspired and moved by Connie’s freelancing journey.

Join our JasSuccess in this replay.

Introduction:

Let’s watch this video of Connie Zabala’s freelancing journey. 

Discover her transition from working in the corporate world for 10 years to becoming a Youtube strategist who can work flexibly, and do what she loves.

Notable quotes

  • Kaya lang may doubt kasi hindi pa tayo informed, hindi natin alam kung ano yung pinapasok natin. 
  • Kahit anong market, mag decide ka lang then do the work hindi kailangan mag intay ka pa. Hindi natin malalaman kung gusto natin to kung hindi natin ginagawa. Hiramin ko yung tagline ni Nike, "Just do it". 
  • Nong baby tayo wala naman tayong alam, ngayon marunong tayong mag comment sa live streaming na ito, ngayon may facebook account kayo, which is hindi natin alam 20 years ago. Wag matakot! 
  • There is no competition, only collaboration.
  • Hindi tayo nag iisa, nandiyan si Lord. Yung mga overthinking overthinking, i dasal nyo nalang.
  • Practice rejection, i reach mo yung hindi kana naaapektuhan.

Connie Zabala's Journey to Freelancing

  • Connie Zabala has been working in the corporate world for 10 years and jumping from one corporate job to another.
    • manufacturing, hotel, and call center
  • Got the idea of becoming a VA because she is a subscriber of Brother Bo Sanchez who used to work with her first mentor Jomar. 
  • She attended a face-to-face VA seminar but didn't pursue a freelance job because she used to work in a corporation for 10 years until she experienced being laid off.
    • The first laid off is from her manufacturing company and the second from her BPO company.
  • After her experience, she tried to apply what she learned from her seminar and mentor. 
  • She tried applying for a job that she saw on a Facebook group and it became her first online job.
  • Her goal is to work from home regardless of the schedule. 
  • She worked for two years with her first client. After that, she decided to leave. She realized that it is possible to have a flexible schedule as long as it has 8 hours a day.
  • She started in 2011 and considered herself retired from corporate work. She stayed focused on her freelancing career because of the stress from commuting, and office politics. 
  • She started to focus on Youtube because there are a lot of people asking her how she started her freelancing career, so she decided to make a video.

Q&A Highlights

Since nag vi-video edit ka was it an easy transition to focus sa pag You-Youtube? 

Bago ko iupload yung mga videos, nag eedit na talaga ako, video editing na talaga ang aking chosen niche. Para matuto ako sa Youtube kumuha ako ng mentor.

San bayan sa Youtube University? 

Naka follow ako sa Youtube, nakasali ako at natuto ako.

Guest Q: anong tools ang ginagamit mo for video editing? 

Filmora, pero kung gusto mo ng free pwede yung DaVinci Resolve or HitFilm express. Again bawat video editing my requirement kailangan malaki ang bandwidth ng computer mo.

Hindi ka pa nahirapan sa pag upgrade ng mga gamit mo?

Ang video editing ko ay nag start sa personal matters, like yung daughter ko nung nag 18 sya gumawa kami ng video. Nag record kami. Tinanong ko sila, ano gusto niyo sabihin? Ako nag collate lahat, ako yung nag edit, from there nag-enjoy ako nang pag eedit dun nag start. Hitfilm express ang gamit ko nuon. nag upgrade ako to desktop.

Conny how long did it take for you to have enough skills para masabi mo na I can edit videos?   

Pagdating sa video editing parang swimming, kailangan actual yung experience mo. Pwede kang mag start mag-edit ng sarili mo lang, hindi mo kailangan i publish, for example if my gusto kang video na gayahin that's the way how to practice then pwede mong gawing sample in the future. Mas madali syang matutununan pag ginagawa mo talaga. Pag gusto mong matuto ng mga effects yun talaga ang dapat mong pag-aralan depende sa target. 

How to select your target market?

Love ko ang personal development coaches, like Brendon Burchard, nakita ko siya sa Youtube gustong gusto ko sya. I'm sure kilala niyo si Tony Robbins, so yan yung type of people na gusto ko yung may natutunan ako kaya kung mag e-edit lang din ako ng video gusto ko may natutunan ako. Self development yan for me. 

Paano mo na approach itong target market mo?

Una is research, tatanungin mo ano yung need nila, yung common problems nila, pagdating sa business nila online, meron din naman nag iistart na wala ring idea, it's always ok to approach them. Tanungin mo lang if my channel sila ano yung pinaka struggle mo pagdating sa pag upload ng youtube, my website ka na ba? wala pa, bakit wala pa? Pwede ka rin mag search sa google then after pwede ka ng makipag connect, like LinkedIn. Kailangan research talaga. 

How did you win this contract from big time target markets, when you have some tough competition? 

Mindset, sa akin hindi ako naniniwala sa competition, it's more of collaboration, yun yung natutunan ko sa group ko ngayon. Kasi nga may target market tayo, then meron din tayong specific skill, hindi naman lahat ng tao kahit pareho kayong video editing. Yung iba naman ang target niya is fitness for example, iba din yun. Lahat nag-uumpisa sa kung ano ang iniisip mo. Anong sense na iniisip mong may competition kung wala kang ginagawa. For me, may specific freelancer, to specific client. 

Since you are dealing with big time youtubers, how do you negotiate your fee with them? 

Dalawa ang isa suggest ko, una, know your minimum rate, ano ba yung mga expenses natin? Pag VA na tayo, tayo ang may sagot sa lahat, electricity, internet, computer, data, subscription etc.. Magkano iyon, then plus yung lifestyle natin, savings, yun yung minimum rate natin. Second, alamin mo yung business ni client. Have a call with them. Yung rate na ibibigay mo is depende sa value na ibibigay mo or depende sa mapag uusapan nyo ni client hindi sa skill na alam mo. 

Saan mo natutunan yung mga strategies na yan?

Sa Tribe, kay John Pagulayan. 

Saan ka bumili ng kapal ng muka? 

Have as many discovery calls as you can. Practice. 

How can people connect with you?

Punta lang sila sa fb page ko Connie Zabala or sa LinkedIn ko Maria Concepcion Zabala. You can also check my book, you can also visit conniezabala.com/vabook, or conniezabala.com

Is there a stretched out life lesson that you've learned in freelancing that you want to share with our audiences? 

Freelancing for me is a business, so when we are serving our clients it's business-to-business, i treat mo na business din yung freelancing mo. 

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by 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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67 comments on “Topnotch VA Shares Journey to Becoming a Youtube Strategist”

  1. "Love ko kasi ang personal development coaches, gustong gusto ko yung shine-share niya. Kung mag-eedit na rin lang ako ng video, gusto ko din naman yung may mga ma-aabsorb din ako, self-development din for me." - Connie

  2. "Yung clients, kung para sa iyo, para sa iyo yun. Practice dealing with rejection. Pag bago, masakit pa, experience mo na lang yan. Di mawawala yan dito sa freelancing." - Connie

  3. Tama po dati hobby ko yang pag ooover think.. hehe lagi ko iniisip na di ako magaling sa interview. Buti nalang naka gawa ako ng way to get clients without an interview. 🙂

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