When I graduated from college, my only dream was to become the master of my own craft – Food Technology. I’m hoping to probably become the Manager of the Quality Assurance Team/ Food Safety/ or maybe Research and Development.
But as I grow old, my perspective in life changes.
Nine years ago, I graduated from the university, and I can say that I’m lucky because, after two months, I was able to get a job, just like anyone’s fresh graduates’ dream.
I enjoyed everything when I started – how the system works, how I see the food processing, the sound structure of the food plant, the implementation of GMP and HACCP, the laboratory activities letting me feel like I’m a real food scientist.
I also love the people I worked with. Summing up, I begin to love everything and I’m truly learning a lot.
One year, two years, three, four, five, and when I reached my sixth year working in the corporate, I suddenly felt burnt out.
I suddenly feel tired with the idea of commuting around three to four hours a day just to arrive at work on time, the late-night meetings, the standards, the office politics, and so many things that are happening. There’s this one question bothering my mind; is this the career or job that I really wanna do for the rest of my life?
I know that these are normal and I also know that complaining will do nothing (although there are times that I grumble a lot at the back of my mind! HAHA!). But yes, it just happened.
From that time, my wishful thinking of moving to a different field started.
Others may think that it may sound crazy but I really wanted something new. I want to earn money but I also want more time. I wanted to go anywhere without any limitations. I wanted to do some things that no one would stop me. I want to go home anytime I want. I want to go to Bicol (my hometown) any day or hour, watch the sunset, take a jog, laugh hard, and just spend more time nourishing myself.
I know having a job is a big blessing but I wanted to live my life. I wanted more. I’m searching for something.
When I get married, my thoughts about changing my career become even stronger. I know that I can do it but there are also things hindering me – what if it didn’t work, what if I fail, where will I start, what if I’m just overthinking? What if my vision is just a pure dream?
My mind is full but I know deep within, I really wanted to try. I have so many worries but I know I should give it a shot. Just like everybody says you’ll never know unless you do it.
How I Started Online Freelancing
Back in 2014, I already have an idea about freelancing. I have also tried creating accounts on different platforms such as Freelancer, Upwork, and Onlinejobs. I have applied as a data entry personnel or researcher but nothing have worked out. So I stopped and thought that probably it’s not the perfect timing yet.
Last year when I’m about 70% sure that I wanted to pursue it, an opportunity came in.
I started working as a part-time content writer for a digital marketing agency offering web design, SEO, graphic design, and content.
I am always grateful for them as my very first client for trusting me and giving me all the resources and learnings that I should have, and of course, thank you for this blog that I use as my portfolio as a beginner, that’s why you should pursue your hobbies even if the only person who believes it is only you.
I can still remember hustling between having a day job and a part-time writing gig at night or during weekends, but I’m always thankful because I can do both and hoping that soon my plan will work.
Fast forward, after working part-time for almost five months, I quit my corporate job. Honestly, I’m quite unsure because it’s only a part-time project, so I just instill in my mind that I should try harder and find additional clients.
And today marks my one year and seven months in online freelancing, and I can say that I am happy and more satisfied with where I am. I know everything isn’t permanent. I may lose clients anytime, and who knows that I can go back to corporate (if the situation calls too, but I’m always praying that I won’t! haha!)
How Online Freelancing Improves My Life
I am blessed for all my past work experiences, but I don’t know, I just feel that online freelancing has a huge impact on my life.
I have more time. Since I no longer need to commute everyday, it seems that I have an extra three to four hours a day. I don’t need to hurry and wake up too early. I can also travel whenever I want. I can go to Bicol and praying that will be living there soon for good. 😀
I can cook everyday. Simple it may sound, but I can’t imagine my daily routine if I’m still at the office. I’m thankful that right now, I can cook our own food, and I can prepare my husband’s baon.
I have more time for myself. With my flexible time, I can now workout daily without hesitation. I have my muni-muni time and other things that I wanted to pursue at my own pacing. 😀
There are plenty of things that change my daily life when I started freelancing. It’s not easy but as of now, I feel that it is rewarding.
That’s it for my some chika moments for now. 🙂
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