Written for FVA by: Alfredo Baguio (Administrative Assistant, FVA Batch 9)

The Curiosity That Ignites To Become A Freelancer

I have heard a lot of stories, reviews and testimonies on how Freelancing transform lives and make them successful as a professional. As an Administrative Staff who works in an office 8 hrs./day I was really curious and interested on how Freelancing works and how to begin with. Until one day, one of my friends told me that she went into a short but extensive Freelancing course. She said that the course offers step by step lessons on how to become a successful Freelancer. She then introduced me to the person who in a way changed my life. I was introduced to Ms. Julmar Grace Locsin who then offered me the courses that are available for me to become a successful Freelancer.

Challenges Encountered By The Freelancer

After finishing my extensive training the first challenge that comes my way is to get my first client. It is difficult for a client to trust and expect a newbie to deliver the task. Proving your worth is necessary. Indeed, the struggle was real and the next challenge that had encountered on my Freelancing career was having my UpWork profile application rejected. It was a frustrating and at the same time discouraging phase of my Freelancing career. Fortunately, Ma’am Grace shared tips on how I can increase my chance to get my UpWork profile be approved. It gave me a glimpse of hope. However, after doing some tweaking on my profile I was still rejected.

After which, create profiles on other Freelancing platform just to move on from the UpWork disappointment and to have that very first client and still to no avail. I’m on a verge of giving up my dream on becoming a Freelancer and thought of just returning to my daily 8- hour job office. But, having this superb family around you that encourages, share thoughts and helping one another motivates me to continue and to never give up.

The Process That The Freelancer Faced

Becoming a freelancer is not easy. You get rejected and discouraged a lot of times. You get frustrated and downcast. But cheer up! It won’t last long. I realized that you just have to stick to your plan. Giving up is never an option. You have to remember the things that you have learned and apply them. You have to give your best shot in everything that you do. In time, someone out there will recognize your work and your worth.

Also, having a great coach who never gives up on you, gives you chance to grow and guides you all the way really motivates me to pursue this Freelancing career.

The road to success is always under construction. Build yourself up until the good becomes better and the better becomes best. There may be more challenges ahead during the process but I know that I’m not giving up. Can’t wait to share my first client story, inspire Freelancers and become a blessing to others. 

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Alfredo accepts administrative assistance tasks like writing, internet research and data entry. Contact him today!