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:

  1. I can sleep as much as I want, especially if I don’t have work-related and personal commitments.
  2. I control my own workload and don’t get stressed too much as compared to a “corporate slave.”
  3. “I declare my own holidays,” says Sherwin Tan, my painter/businessman friend.
  4. I don’t have to put up with a boss I hate and “plastic” (backstabbing) colleagues.
  5. 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:

  1. 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.  

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

For fellow freelancers reading this, how do you stay productive and profitable? Share it with us in the comments section, please?

Adrian is a professional Events Host, Writer, Teacher, and Change Catalyst. He's a world-class emcee creating fun, memorable, and meaningful events. As a change catalyst, his mission is to inspire personal development so people could have better lives with brighter future, against all odds. An IELTS- and TESOL-certified English Trainer, he's also a prolific Tagalog Tutor.