How to prepare yourself for a freelancing career?

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Breaking the wall of becoming a freelancer isnot easyy as you want to have it quick. There is no easy way. What makes it difficult is to get your first job or project; but once you are already there and you have build your profile as a freelancer- that will make things easier.

I can say that there are simple task and difficult task. And the most important thing, you  need to be the jack of all trade. When I got my first job in Upwork it’s like breaking the wall. It took me 4 months to get the first job with a very small pay! Yes, with a very small pay, not even worth the time I spent in doing the job and snitching my time between my kids and doing the task; I read an ebook about real estate and write questions and answers without plagiarism. I made 40 questions and answers a day with only 0.04USD per question. I didn’t work full time; I have to take care of my eldest son so , I need to balance my time as a mother and delivering quality output to my client. What keeps me going at that time was not the pay, it was the privilege to do my first project and I love what I am doing. Why I am saying this? Because being a freelancer- the most important thing you need to have are:

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 1. PERSEVERANCE 

 

The internet world is composed of many freelancers from all over the world. The competition is very tight as skills. But, once you already have a profile in websites such as Upwork or any websites, you have free slots to bid as many as you are willing to go through sending your proposal to every job post that you think you can do.

Make the most of your time in bidding and never give up until you get the first job. When I tried to break the wall of my freelancing career, I did not stop bidding because I want to have a job, I want to earn on my own while taking care of my kids. My husband is an overseas worker so, I need to be the mother and the father of my kids while he is not around. When all I do was taking care of my firstborn son, I missed spending my own money without my husband handing me his hard earned money. I wanted to empower myself as a woman,  mother, and a wife. So, I kept on bidding whatever I thought my work experienced in the office and skills would be relevant to the job. 

 

3. BEING   POSITIVE 

 

Being positive that even how many times you bid, you still have that positive attitude that you could have your first job. When I bid in projects I always speak to myself; I am unique, someone will hire me. Believe in your skills, explore and learn more to enhance it. In bisaya I say it “pabaga ug nawong”  No guts no glory! 

 

 

3. WILLING   TO   LEARN 

 

Online work needs you to learn a lot of things even at the expense of your own research. Almost everything can be searched on the internet. Google things that you want to learn. Always remember “Knowledge is Power”

 

4. LOVE   IN   EVERYTHING   YOU   DO 

 

The love of the work is very important because this will make you successful; this is where you get perseverance. When you love what you are doing it will take you to success and make your brain work more on how to improve yourself and your skills.

 

5.  Trust   in   Lord

 

Believe it or not my first $3.6/hour project. I have prayed and worked hard for it. I woke up 12am, kneel down and pray because I believe, God will provide. And luckily a very good client hired me as a researcher, he molded my skills in writing and research. I gained more confidence in myself and that was the starting of my breakthrough as a freelancer. Now, I am very thankful to be one of those who has “Top Rated” badge in Upwork.

This all for now!  🙂 When you feel like quitting always remember “the 2 P’s and 3 L’s “

 

And if you are willing to do whatever it takes. Then you are ready to do the techniques with skills. See you in the next article.

 

The books that taught me to dream and achieve.

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7 Steps to Living at your Full Potential by Joel Osteen and Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki. These were the books which taught me to dream and achieve.

7 Steps to Living at your Full Potential by Joel Osteen was a perfect book into knowing about what God has in store for us. I have read books about positive thinking, but I felt something was missing. When I happened to read cover by cover about this book written by Joel Osteen, I found the book very interesting. It was about the integration of being positive and being faithful to God – are the way to achieve our dreams or live at our full potentials. It filled that missing part I felt when I knew about positive thinking. Finally, it helped me understand that being positive was not the only way to achieve my dreams. Through this book, I learned to believe in my strength and my dreams; through believing that God was and is with me in everything I do. I remember reading on that page talking about a person who dreamt of having his own house; he stood in front of that house he wished to have and declared that one day he would have that kind of house too, and indeed that dream came true. I internalized that page, I started believing that I too could have a house of my own, in a beautiful place where the ambiance was the same as the place where I had spent my childhood. After reading the whole book, I started to build positive thoughts and being positive in all that I do.

At the same time, I also read the book “Rich Dad Poor Dad” by Kiyosaki. This book.. oh, this book! It was really great! it was about being successful by, this thought “stop complaining, instead make the most in learning”. The book was about making the most of the job we have, and to persevere even with a very small salary. In working our main goal should be “learning” and not just about earning. Pave that way to make that big dream come true through “learning”. It talked about why poor remain poor and why the rich became rich or richer, and all of it was caused by our estate of mind by limiting our dreams and thoughts of becoming successful.

While I was reading these books, I was at the lowest morale of my life where I got rejected for a job; I tried looking for a job but I had no luck. One day, I got hired as a sales executive in a jewelry export industry my salary was just so small, enough for my own needs, but couldn’t even afford to buy expensive clothes. I remember the book  “Rich Dad Poor Dad”; each time I woke up every morning to work, I kept telling myself, “I am in that job to learn and stop complaining”. Then, I put all my dedication in that job and it last two years. That was the last job I had in the office.

I got pregnant and had spent my life being a full-time mom. My husband was an overseas worker. The time came that I felt bored and I wanted to earn on my own. I tried to make the most of our internet. My eldest son was 7 months old; I was a full-time mom then. While he was sleeping, I snitched time in googling how these people making money online? I could still recall, I’ve gone to many websites and sometimes got scammed, but I did not stop. I came across with the website odesk.com and now Upwork; believe me, I kept bidding but with no luck; I did not stop and I believe in myself that one day someone would hire me, and of course I had with me that “faith” that God will provide. I put all in my heart the hope that Joel Osteen and Robert Kiyosaki printed in their books. Indeed, I got hired; making questions and answers from a real estate book for $0.04 per question. I did not complain and yet very thankful for the opportunity. I was enjoying the job and again I told myself  “I am here to learn”. With perseverance I kept bidding for work and kept on praying; indeed doors of opportunities opened up. And I have been a freelancer and independent contractor in Upwork for over three years now. I got my top-rated freelancer badge in Upwork late last year.

I am very happy that through those books, it points me the right path what my heart really wants to do. I am now earning more than I worked in the office; in the comfort of my home and still able to watch my kids. And just this year with a couple of hard work between me and my husband, and some instruments from the Lord, we got our dream house from the perfect place which seems to be nostalgic from the place I spent my childhood with. And all this, I believe; because of that faith in Lord, hope, and perseverance which I got from these two books I read.

Though there are still things I want to achieve, I want to do more with my online career. But, I am very happy that I am now gaining some fruits of reading the book and applying them in my personal life.  I still love learning and dreaming. Now, I am reading “Beyond Talent” by John C. Maxwell and I would be glad to share it with you once I am done reading the book. As the book says, talent is nothing if we will not work and explore it; this book has more to learn and I am very excited to know more about it.

If you are interested in these books, you can buy Joel Osteen and Robert Kiyosaki books Amazon

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