I never thought I would ever venture into the world of freelancing and virtual assistance. I’ve always worked inside an office, commute to and fro and be around a whole bunch of office mates for 9 hours a day, 5 days a week – sometimes even more! But life, as we know, has its own way of changing things with just a blink of an eye. Nearly 3 years ago, life gave me a beautiful gift – my precious little Sophia. But being a single mom, it hasn’t always been butterflies and rainbows. There have been quite a couple of challenges along the way. One of these is balancing work and being there for your child. I’m sure a lot of mothers out there can relate to me when I say that raising a toddler can be really tough! I had to make sure that I was giving Sophia the time and attention she needed but at the same time, make a decent living for the both of us. So I did what I thought was the right thing to do. I left my office job and started my freelancing career. Sure, it wasn’t as competitive as my office job, but I got to be with my daughter more. This was more than enough for me.
Working at home is not as easy as it sounds. It takes a lot of hard work, perseverance, and trust in the Lord. Starting out is the biggest struggle. Believe me, this will involve a lot of trial and error but if you just keep going, you’ll definitely get there.
I had to set up my profile on different sites such as Up work, People per Hour, etc. I even enrolled in a freelancing course online to jump start my virtual assistance career. Another thing I had to consider was time. I had to learn how to manage my time, considering I have a toddler who will be around while I work. I had to create a certain “daily schedule” for the both of us. The main reason for me going into freelancing is to spend more time with her, after all.
Finding the Right Job
If you want to be successful with your career as a freelancer, you have to find a job that you are happy with. You have to find the right fit for you. We’ve all heard the saying, “Find a job that you love and you will never work a day in your life”. I was really lucky with my first home-based job. I just loved it! The people, my boss, my team, the work and the support were just amazing. But being a single mom, these weren’t the only things I had to consider. I have a daughter and myself to support. Most home-based jobs don’t offer government benefits such as SSS, Pag-Ibig, PhilHealth and an HMO which for me, were really necessary. The job needed to be as stable as possible, too.
I hope this has been helpful. Before I end, I just want to say that deciding to become a freelancer has been one of the best decisions in my life! I was just currently employed as a Virtual Medical Assistant with decent pay, government benefits and HMO after a year of employment. Just keep pushing on, and you’ll definitely get there in no time!
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