Warrning suuuuper long read. Proceed with caution.
Share ko lang. In 2012 I jumped into freelancing without having any clue. Actually hindi ko naman talaga siya pinlano.
April 4, 2012, I was already pregnant, and I was working as an architect for the first ever high-end mall ng SM. It was set to open a few weeks after. But my I got tired of the politics in the corporate world and I said, if I was going to have a healthy pregnancy, it would not be here.
I gave my irrevocable resignation letter (I know hasty) effective immediately kako. I gave it ng 4, effective date was also 4. I didn’t care about my backpay, they didn’t scare me. I stopped going to work after that, kahit wala pang pirma ng VP ng department namin yung letter.
I was stupid, I was selfish, and for the first time, I was going to be a mom. The things going through my mind were messy.
After that I stayed home while my husband worked. Nakatira kami sa parents ko, but my parents aren’t working, matanda na kasi sila. My brother who is living with us also is not working din kasi he is undergoing dialysis. I have a brother in Canada, but he seldom sends money kasi he is starting his family na din. (Kaya I know hasty decision yung pagresign ko dahil hindi lang ako yung zero, all of us) But my parents never got angry. Together, we withstood having no money. What was important is that kumpleto ang check up and vitamins ko. And we were all together.
For those months, my partner was our sole income provider. He is the breadwinner also sa family nila, so what he is earning is not enough for all of us. For my birthday, my only birthday while pregnant, he bought one choco butternut donut for me. We didn’t have any money to celebrate. That was my ‘handa”, but we were happy.
Fast forward to June, I begged for my brother to send me 2000 pesos so I can buy a pocket wifi. I had an old laptop then pa, bigay ng tita ko for my thesis. 2004 model LOL, jurrasic na talaga. So he did, I started researching about working at home. Hindi ako sigurado kung totoo ba. But I filled up a whole page ata ng notebook ko noon with lists of sites na ginawan ko ng profile.
I started applying for jobs sa mga profile na nagawan ko. Doon sa mga may sumagot, I stuck there. So I was left with Freelancer. com, Odesk (Upwork), Guru and Elance (binili ito ng odesk kaya naging Upwork)
My first job sa Guru was to design a house in Africa. My first job naman sa Freelancer is to write articles for a website of an architect. Malapit lapit sa profession ko diba.
Sa Upwork and Elance, malayo sa profession. Upwork, ang first job ko was to write 3, 250-words na article (750 a day) Monday to Friday bale 2250 words for $10 a week. Sa Elance naman, 3500 words na Wikipedia article, $20.
Before pako naggstart gumawa ng accounts, nagsecure nako ng bank accounts, paypal ganyan. Nauna lumabas diyan yung sa Upwork, paggrelase ni client, wait pako 5 days diba kasi pending pa siya. tapos after 5 days, pagsend ko sa bank ko wait padin 2-7 days. Nagaantay lang ako, di ako nagwork pa ng ibang work habang naghihintay, kasi malay ko ba kung mababayaran talaga ko diba? Ayun, nung napunta sa bank ata 200+ nalang dahil sa fees. Ok lang kasi atleast alam ko may kita sa online diba.
I continued working online, writing articles while I was pregnant. Mostly nagconcentrate lang ako sa Upwork and Elance. Magisa lang ako, I didn’t even know na marami pala freelancer sa pinas. Magisa lang ako.. Until I found a friend. Si Joe, senior citizen na siya na ex-army na nagsspend time lang sa house.We met when I emailed him kasi nakta ko cover letter niya sa Elance. We worked together. Bibigyan ko siya ng articles, bibigyan niya ko. Tapos there were days when we just talk. Malaking part siya ng pregnancy ko. Sobrang love na love niya si Asti. ang saya saya niya nung pinanganak si Asti.
Anyway, so we met mga January ng 2013, he encouraged me to start a team. Kasi ganun yung ginagawa namin diba. He passed away ng December 2013, halos kasabayan ni Paul Walker. Ayun, kaya sabi ko itutuloy ko talaga yung pangarap namin na makatulong sa maraming tao. Sa team pag di na kaya ng workload ko pasa ko sa ibang writer, my cut is less than 10% ata maliit lang naman ang rate koI posted job posts on Elance looking for writers that want to start their career, I give them 5 starts tapos I give them work..
After that, I started looking at Facebook groups, mga 2014 ata. So I looked for stay at home moms. hindi ko pa alam yung odesk groups noon. Sa parang Juan for All something something na group pako naghahanap..
So I looked for stay at home moms tapos tinuruan ko sila. I didn’t get a lot of cut.. Minsan saktong fees lang ang bawas ko sakanila. I focused on the relationships that I was building.
This is when I started being more empathetic, I guess. Kasi yung ibang moms, wala man talaga pangkain. Wala din naman kami marami money, there was a time pa nga nakwento ko to sa trainees, kumakain kami ng kanin at toyo, nagkukuware kami na adobo hehe.. Anyway, this is when my eyes were forced open. Mayroon palang tao na talagang mas mahirap ang pinagdadaanan.
I continued to hire people who wanted help. 2014, lumapit ako sa isang Upwork Philippines group, I asked to be an admin. Hangggang yun na, naging member ako ng Upwork PH Social Media Council. May mga events sila, ganyan, dun ko nalaman na sobrang dami pala freelancing groups sa Philippines, marami, pero marami din ang hindi alam pano magsisimula. I still continued hiring until 2016.
July 2016 nagstart itong group na to. HOMEBASED ONLINE pa pangalan niya, hindi pa FWAH. Andito lang yung group, wala naman ako ginagawa masyado, kasi I was busy with my team.
November 2016, nagstart ako mag bigay ng tip araw araw. Hanggang sa nakasanayan na. For a compilation of the tips, check out Nizza’s Tips. Dito din nagsimula yung Mataray with a Heart ko na slogan. Kasi nga parang ang sungit ko daw pero nagtuturo nmaman..
Nagbukas din ako ng 1on1 noon. Free lang. Magbobook yung mga tao ng 1 hour maguusap lang kami. Binukas ko yung 7am ko everyday para sa members ng group. Kung may naka 1on1 ako noon tas andito pa kaway kaway..
August 2017 nagstart ako kumuha sa group ng trainees.. ipapasok ko sa team. Dalawa lang sila, pero they were the first ever batch ng tinawag ko talaga na training. Nagpost talaga ako dito, at nagpaapply. Friends padin kami hanggang ngayon. Hello Francis and Zia! Di ko kayo tag haba nito e.
September dahil nga dalawa lang sila, kumuha pa kami. so that was batch two. Sila Apple, Jane, Gilliane, Gio.
After that, we continued working si Apple and Jane kasama ko pa hanggang ngayon. Yung iba nagkaclient na magisa.
By December, I asked for help from Apple and Jane, sabe ko train tayo ng new batch. So ayun na, in 2018, we have January batch, February batch, March batch, and a Pop-up batch.
So why tell you this now. Because, 2019 is the first year na I had a team helping the newbies. Noon I would pay for a VA so I can train newbies.
Ngayon wala akong binabayraan. Lahat kaming nagttrain at naghehelp sa batches of trainees aare doing this because we are paying it forward,. Ngayon alam ko na na nagbunga yung paghelp ko sa mga tao noon kasi now, I have several people who are also paying it forward,
2019 Batch 1 are already on their fourth week, equipoped na sila to go and find their own client. But they chose to stay kasi maganda yung relationship na nabuild namin, and sabe nila marami pa daw kami pede matututunan dito.
Batch 2 is complete and ready for onboarding. Keep your applications coming you might make it to batch 3. There are 17 sa batch 1 and about 24 ata sa batch 2.
Anyway, I just told you this kasi marami nangmamaliit sa ginagawa ko. porket free daw ay walang kwenta. Anyway, I won’t waste my time defending myself to you.
Kaya ako tumutulong kasi naranasanan kong manggaling sa wala. Alam ko pakiramdam, kaya kung may magagawa ako para matulungan ang mgga kaya kong tulungan, gagawin ko.
May mga times din na hindi ako patulera. Hindi ko kayo aawayin. I’ll just let the success and testimonials of my former trainees speak. Lalo na when they pay it forward, hindi nila kailangan ipost ang rate nila, because they are silently making a difference by paying it forward..
June 2019 update. Today, 5 weeks of training of batch 3 has concluded.
Batch 1 started with 18 trainees, batch 2 with 24 trainees, and batch 3 with 27 trainees.
Now that the daily meetings and lessons are done, I feel that it is time to help people who want to start freelance writing, not just freelancing in general.