Widow Enjoys Time Freedom After Winning WFH Gig

August 24, 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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Do you have travel or food trip goals — pero gipit sa budget at sa oras?

Especially if you’re working in the BPO industry, medyo strict sa attendance at di din ganun kalaki ang sahod.

TBH, working in the BPO or call center industry is a good option.

It’s actually less restrictive with regard to job qualifications or requirements compared to other industries.

But the work environment is very stressful and competitive.

That’s why several Gen Z workers have a job-hopping habit.

Most of the young workers, if not all, are aiming for a good work-life balance.

It’s not realistically feasible in the corporate setting.

However, you and I can earn more without breaking our backs.

There are several options now in the online freelancing community.

It’s risky and scary to shift away from the corporate sector.

But the rewards will definitely be worth it.

More free time to travel anytime we want without begging for a vacation leave.

More money to splurge on ourselves and our families.

More flexibility to indulge in our whims.

The key is to take action.

Well done is better than well said.

One day or day one.

Your call.

Meet Charlaine or Cha.

She’s a widow who used to work in the corporate sector for various roles, such as internal auditor, bookkeeper, and garment/retail apparel merchandiser.

She also tried online selling, being a franchisee, and a sole proprietor.

In January 2021, depleting pension funds prompted her to look into online jobs through her phone and discovered the world of freelancing.

Now, she works as a Brand Specialist on a per-hour basis.

She can now work as she pleases and anywhere she wants.

The freedom she used to aspire for, is now a reality.

Just like Cha, quit overthinking and do something.

The answers will follow.

Action always beats intention.

Her courage and decisiveness in taking action helped her achieve the freedom she wants.

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Get to know Charlaine or Cha. A widow, she has worked in various roles in the corporate sector, including internal auditor, bookkeeper, and garment merchandiser. Additionally, she tried selling online, being a franchisee, and being a sole proprietor. Due to dwindling funds, she turned to her phone to look for online jobs and discovered freelancing. She now works as a Brand Specialist on an hourly basis. As she juggles other businesses, she can now generate additional income from home. It took courage and determination on her part to achieve the freedom she desired.

Notable Quotes

  •  Make connections and keep your connections, kahit tapos na ang project follow-up with clients if they have another project for you. Maintain your relationships with them.
  • Kailangan may personal touch, pag may unexpected o may pinagdadaanan si client, sinasabihan ko sila, “ Andito lang ako pag may ipapagawa ka.”. There was a time na si client lumipat ng ibang states to take care of her lola, sabi ko kay client “Take care of your lola and I will take care of your job”
  • Don’t give up, laban lang! Sa mga challenges/struggles as a newbie.
  • Ugaliing magbasa, kasi my  mapupulot ka sa binabasa mo.
  • “Think out of the box “, maging independent at resourceful.
  • Trust the process, trust mo rin ang iyong sarili, kailangan ng courage at determination, samahan ng dasal.
  • Always have a purpose para doon ka huhugot ng lakas to step forward.
  • Audit your experiences, isa-isahin mo ang iyong skills at e-relate sa job role na inaaplyan mo.
  • Charlaine's Journey to Freelancing
  • Charlaine was a corporate employee, experimenting in many professions to discover the one she desired. She worked as an accountant, merchandiser of clothing, and internal auditor.
  • In the belief that her family will have a solid income since her husband is earning well, she quits her corporate job to care for her children. She started a business, including internet selling and franchise operations, after tragically losing her husband in an accident, some of her ventures failed due to the pandemic.
  • Depleting funds prompted her to look for ways to earn money online using her phone. She attended a free webinar for aspiring freelancers and tried availing online courses regarding specific niches however it does not prosper due to financial reasons and not her interest.
  • Until she discovered VA Bootcamp, did some research, and verified its legitimacy she decided to enroll. She actively applied for jobs that were similar to those in her previous job while taking the self-paced training, but she was unsuccessful. Her optimism was being sapped by rejections after rejections, and she wanted to give up.
  • She had taken part in a VA Bootcamp internship to put into practice what she had learned in the program. Furthermore, Cha also participated in the Guided Hustle Challenge and was mentored by Coach Jason Dulay. Due to her perseverance and diligence, she eventually got clients and was hired as an expert in her field.

Question and Answer

What is your niche?

Brand Specialist, I’d look for a project or job that relates to my previous industry experiences.

How was your experience in the Internship at VA BootCamp?

Great experience! Ang ganda ng content creation internship, I learned a lot. I’m considering making it one of my niches.

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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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69 comments on “Widow Enjoys Time Freedom After Winning WFH Gig”

  1. "Humiram ako ng pera kay mother para bumili ako ng laptop, kasi ang gamit ko dati netbook, sobrang liit. Kasi, determinado ako na makakakuha talaga ako ng trabaho." - Charlaine

  2. "Then nabasa ko 'yung post ni Miss Bong Isleta about Guided Hustle Challenge. Eh alam ko maganda yun na tutulungan ka para makakuha ng clients, may mag-guguide sa'yong mga coaches." - Charlaine

  3. "Pa-give up na ko, sabi ko ayoko na, naiiyak na ko, tapos may nakikita ako na may mga for interview, though may mga for interview ako pero di ako nahihire." - Charlaine

  4. "Pero sabi nga expect the unexpected, may inapplayan ako, project management, mag so-source out ng products. Then ininterview ako, naka-off cam nila. Tapos sabi nila ikwento ko daw about my family. Tapos biglang sinabi niya, ano daw favorite color ko, sabi ko purple. Eh yun pala paborito din pala niya yun. Then sabi niya 'You're Hired!'." - Charlaine

  5. "Tapos diniscuss na 'yung roles, nagbigay ako ng input during that day, then sabi niya papa-assist daw niya ako sa assistant niya. Then yung payment, email na lang daw." - Charlaine

  6. Charlaine is giving away a , a PDF copy of "Strategies Newbies Should Know.”

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  7. "Bumalik si Client #1, nagparamdam siya. May job offer daw siya sa'kin, as an Admin Assistant, kasi naprove daw niya na magaling ako magtrabaho. Tapos tinanong niya sa 'kin ng rate, tapos nagbigay ako ng range. Then sabi niya I checked my numbers, then sabi niya okay ako sa rate na yan." - Charlaine

  8. "Kaya sabi ko always expect the unexpected, gusto ka nila kasi reliable ka. Kaya laking pasalamat ko talaga sa VA Bootcamp, kasi sa first salary ko from my clients, nabalik na yung pinang-enroll ko. Lalong lalo na sa GHC." - Charlaine

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