4 months and some odd days. That’s how long I’ve been doing pure freelance work: in events hosting, voice-over projects, creative writing (including editing and translation), part-time academic teaching, and Tagalog tutorial.
It’s been fun and rewarding so far. Even though I haven’t yet matched how much I was earning when I’m working full time in the corporate arena, I love the freedom that I have in freelancing.
Here are five benefits of freelance work that I love:
- I can sleep as much as I want, especially if I don’t have work-related and personal commitments.
- I control my own workload and don’t get stressed too much as compared to a “corporate slave.”
- “I declare my own holidays,” says Sherwin Tan, my painter/businessman friend.
- I don’t have to put up with a boss I hate and “plastic” (backstabbing) colleagues.
- I could go to events where I’m invited as guests without “begging” for a vacation leave.
My love for freedom is also evident in the life of a friend who said, “Hindi baleng mag-hirap akong kumita, basta malaya ako.” (It doesn’t matter how hard I work to earn a living, for as long as I’m free.)
My friend is primarily a freelance brand ambassador who regularly auditions at event go-sees for talents. But he also does a lot of sideline gigs in order to keep up with his daily needs.
Understandably, with great freedom comes great responsibility too.
Here are five responsibilities I commit myself to for me to not starve while freelancing:
- I need to have more than one specialty skill in order for me to have enough work.
I’m a writer first before I became confident in my public speaking which enabled me to get event hosting gigs, and consequently, I got offered a part-time teaching job in the school where I’m taking a second course.
- I’m committed to continuously grow my skills.
In times when I don’t have freelance work, I read books, watch YouTube videos, listen to podcasts, attend seminars and workshops related to my profit-earning interests. I firmly believe that as I grow my skills, I also grow my personal and professional potentials.
- I have to be creative and strategic in marketing my skills.
Aside from having my website, I also advertise my events hosting in several ways and platforms in order for me to have at least two event hosting gigs per month. I post on Facebook even my small progress and achievements I have in my freelance jobs. That way people would know that I’m available for these kinds of work if they’ll need my service.
- I grow and help my professional network.
Being part of multiple Facebook groups, I tag the people I’ve already work with for work opportunity posts that suits them. I also add them along with family members and friends in Facebook groups where they could find side hustles too.
- I maintain self-discipline and motivate myself daily.
In order for me to be a productive and profitable freelancer, I do my best to execute my daily game plan with a to-do list. I remember my commitments by putting them on my smartphone’s calendar with reminder alerts.
I motivate myself daily by reading the Bible and praying first thing when I wake up. I voraciously read inspiring content both online and offline. I am a part of Facebook Groups like “Leapreneur: From Employee to Entrepreneur” with Jerry Ilao and “The Rise of the Pinoy” with Mike Grogan.
I take in and enjoy motivational resources not only daily, but as often as I can throughout the day. It works like multivitamins for me!
I know that I still have a long way to go in my goal to earn more than what I’m getting from my most recent corporate work. But I know too that with perseverance and consistency in doing these things, success will just be around the corner.