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How I Convinced my OFW Husband to Become a VA Too – Interview with Jenrose Lapiña

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#RelationshipGoals, the inspiration that lead Jenrose to a freelancing career. Learn from her as Jenrose narrates with Pinky Anicete her roller coaster ride to the online world. Get moving with her “Never give up” attitude as she builds her skills and motivates her husband to do the same.

From LDR by the sea to staying together every day, this is a real deal of a seafarer couple sharing the same direction on achieving their dreams. It’s fun and it’s truly worth the sacrifices. Watch it, now!

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Notable Quotes:

  • Two years ako nag-struggle na magkaroon ng work. Pero nun nag-VA Bootcamp, in 3 weeks, di ko akalain, parang may magic! Kailangan gagawin mo yun tinuturo. Take action talaga. Ginawa naman natin yun take action pero siguro masyado ka nag-dream sa mga unang online courses natin. Nabuo yun mindset pero yun skills hindi.
  • Super interested pero nangangapa talaga ko kung san magsisimula. Just start!
  • If you want to start and if you have zero knowledge, we advise that you go to freevacourse.com. Dyan mo matutunan how to get paid, what skills do you need to learn, the hottest freelance job or skills or niche right now.
  • Lahat ng pwede nyong matutunan, available yan, free, paid, lahat yan makukuha nyo. Pero ang pinaka-importante talaga kagaya ng lesson na nakuha ko sa buhay ko, sa freelancing journey ko, is never give up. Kasi dadating ka sa punto na parang ayaw muna, kasi bagong mundo ito, ang freelancing. Pero kahit na gusto mong sumuko, huwag, never give up, tuloy mo lang, may kakapuntahan yan.

Jenrose ’s Journey to Freelancing

  • Jenrose graduated with BS HRM degree and had a job waiting for her in an Asian cruise line, even before she graduates.
  • On her 8th month being a cruise bar waitress, her father died. She had to return to attend his father's funeral. This experience brought her trauma of working abroad and being away again from her family.
  • She applied locally in the food industry but found the salary too low to sustain her needs or save an extra amount. She lost all her savings from her cruise job.
  • Her dreams pushed her to look for a job again as a seafarer. She and her husband landed a job on an international cruise line.
  • Her growing homesickness, plus a short heartbreak from her boyfriend (now husband) had affected her so much. She went home after saving enough money.
  • She was inspired by a book about Virtual Careers and used her savings to enroll on various freelancing courses.
  • She lost her savings on the courses and did not have any client after a year of learning.
  • She went to BPO as call center agent to gain income.
  • After 3 or 4 months, she decided to quit and build with her husband the baking supplies business. 
  • Jenrose has introduced again to freelancing, through the VA Bootcamp.
  • She went through internship and landed her 1st job as SMM after 3 weeks.
  • Inspired by her couple online workmate who are working on their project, she taught her husband about freelancing. She made her husband like an intern and paid him for the tasks completed.
  • She was able to convince her husband to go home and grow their baking supplies business alongside their online work.

Q & A Highlights

Anong first work mo po online?

Social media marketing. 

Ano work nya sa client? General VA?

Yes. First client is general VA. Yun din ang tinuturo ko kay Marlon.

Ano na niche mo ngayon?

Social media. And yun general VA para maturo ko kay Marlon since yun ang madali na para sa kanya na matutunan.

How many hours do you work per day?

Ako 4, yun hubby ko, workaholic yan, minsan nag-12 hours sya. Sobrang na-enjoy nya. Kapag pagod na sya compute nya “ilang hours ba'to? ilang dollars to..”

Train ka po ba ni client since newbie ka?

No. Lahat ng skills na ginagawa ko ngayon sa client ko lahat nakuha ko lang sa VA Bootcamp.

Mahirap po ba mag-start sa simula?

Mahirap. 

Are you willing to share this? Magkano po ba ang per rate mo?

Secret. 

Are you earning like the same income nun nasa abroad ka?

Oo.

Ano po ba ang starting rate for VAs?

You can start at about $5 per hour.

Ano pong laptop nyong gamit?

ACER Aspire E14.

Government employee po ako, zero knowledge po ako sa VA Bootcamp, how to start po?

If you want to start and if you have zero knowledge, we advised that you go to freevacourse.com. Dyan mo matutunan how to get paid, what skills do you need to learn, the hottest freelance job or skills or niche right now. 

May ultimate tools ka ba na ginagamit sa social media marketing?

Gamit ko ay yun mga organizing tools, Asana. For social media, I use Hootsuite. Yun mga free. Dati Trello.

Sa Upwork po ba nakuha yun client or other platforms?

Upwork.

Meron ka bang other client ngayon aside from Upwork?

Wala pa. Puro Upwork yun client ko. Di pa ako nakapag-try na maghanap sa iba.

Ilan ang client mo ngayon?

Nag-isa muna. Ngayon, since tapos na yun busy moments sa tindahan, sa shop ko, ngayon maghahanap na ako ulit ng isa pa, dalawa. Basta may target ako na income ngayong year na'to na gusto ko maabot.

Any advice sa newbies?

Lahat ng pwede nyong matutunan, available yan, free, paid, lahat yan makukuha nyo. Pero ang pinaka-importante talaga kagaya ng lesson na nakuha ko sa buhay ko, sa freelancing journey ko, is never give up. Kasi dadating ka sa punto na parang ayaw muna, kasi bagong mundo ito, ang freelancing. Pero kahit na gusto mong sumuko, huwag, never give up, tuloy mo lang, may kakapuntahan yan.

120 thoughts on “How I Convinced my OFW Husband to Become a VA Too – Interview with Jenrose Lapiña

  1. Yes! Hello sa mga team bahay.. ❤️

  2. Ofw here , teach me

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  3. Hello both of you beautiful ladies… Ty for sharing as about ur experience as Vitual Assistant. Sna ako din matuto at magkaroon ng mabait at regular client…

  4. Holland america ba yan??

  5. Holland america ba yan?😢

  6. #relatemuch as an HRM graduate 10k per month + provincial rate pa. sakit sa bangs. nakalbo tuloy ako :O

  7. Hi po npka inspiring nman po ng kwento ni mis jenrose sobrang nging napakahirap ng mga pinagdaanan nuya at never siyang gumiveup. Well i salute you at idol kita.
    Anyway newbie lang po ako d2 at working mom sa isang research com. Wala po kase ako idea kung anu po gingawa ng isang virtual asst.

  8. Haha naubusan ako ng load yaaayyyy!

  9. Hi ngayon lng po ako nkpanood ni replay q n lng

  10. Hi Jenrose! Can we do this outsite Philippines for those ofw na base na sa ibang bansa?

  11. wow it was a great story to inspire us all thanks

  12. Happy to see you Jenrose 🙂

  13. Thank you so much FLIP! Thanks sis Pinky. Thank you everyone who watched and will watch the replay ❤

  14. yumir from nueva ecija

  15. Hi I’m watching from valenzuela

  16. Congrats Jenrose Arellano – Lapiña and Marlon ?
    Replay lang inabot ?

  17. Congrats Jenrose Arellano – Lapiña and Marlon 🎉
    Replay lang inabot 😁

  18. Thanks for sharing your story. I am inspired to start my own journey in freelancing.

  19. Thank you Ms. Pinky and Jenrose – ipapanood ko kay mister ang story nyo ni hubby mo. Nainspire ako lalo ipursige sya na magsettle as freelancer na rin, hopefully

  20. Inspiring, i also want to enroll soon

  21. Gno k n po katagal ng freelancing

    1. Mirabilla Avendano 1year na siya nag freelancing 🙂

  22. working at home na po ako pero sa company po ng project ako kumukuha… kaso late na po sahod ko kaya need ko mg freelancer.

  23. Thank you @Jenrose! Thank you everyone!

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  25. Mg ipon mo na ko ng pambili ng laptap . Ksi Ang Mahal ng laptap eh . Hndi q Kaya bumili .

  26. Hello po, from bataan😊

  27. Thank you to both of you miss Jenrose and miss Pinky! 🙂 <3

  28. Thank you ms pinky an djenrose

  29. Thanks for sharing your story Jenrose 🙂

  30. tuloy mo lang ? nice

  31. tuloy mo lang 😊 nice

  32. Kailangan ba talaga mag ka certificate para mka kuha ng client?

  33. Me ng cocountdown n rin poh aq pra mtpos q n ung vabootcamp, last 12 days to go hohohoho!!! Super excited n aq.

  34. Ilang proposal na submit mu after mu natapus ang Vabootcamp na nakakuha ka ng 1st client mu agad?

  35. superwoman may business plus freelancing

  36. Nag undergo ka ba ng training for SMM?

  37. Hi! ofw dn ako and I am inspired by your story? thank you!!

  38. Hi! ofw dn ako and I am inspired by your story😊 thank you!!

  39. Ilan clients ni Hubby?

  40. Aside sa upwork ano po mas magandang platform?

  41. Ganda niyo parehas😊

  42. Ilan na clients mu now?

  43. How many clients mo po ngayon Ms. jen?

  44. 1. Organizing tools – ASANA
    2. Social media – hoosuite

  45. 70 days nalang mag fultime work from home na ako. after 15 years working on BPO.

  46. sa upwork po ba nakuha yung client? or other platforms?

  47. Thanks for sharing your freelancing journey, Jenrose. Congratulations

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  49. May ultimate tools kaba na ginagamit as SMM?

  50. Tips on how to get clients po?

  51. Currently, how many clients do you have right now?

  52. Ilan na po clients nyo po ngaun

  53. Pano po mag apply?? Ahahaha . How would I know kung pasado ba or ndi

  54. Productivity tips and hacks po sa pagbalance between ng va work and running your own business. Tools or apps na ginagamit nyo 🙂

  55. Ilan client nio ngayon for 4hrs/day?

  56. Mahirap mag start sa hulihan! ? ✌

  57. Government employee po ako, zero knowledge po ako sa VA bootcamp.. how to start po?

  58. Wow… social media mktg… yan na din gawin ko 🙂 o aralin ko ulit… mabuti na lng lifetime access ako…

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