How did you end up in freelancing?
Was it a conscious decision or did life circumstances no longer allowed you to continue living with the grind of corporate life?
Cath Quiambao, founder of Freelancing.ph and its thriving community of 4,000+ Filipino freelancers around the globe, ended up in freelancing accidentally.
Struck by a rare auto-immune disease that affected many of her muscles disabling her and making her unable to perform the simplest of bodily functions, Cath didn’t have any choice but to recover at home.
This week on The Freelance Blend Podcast, I talk with Cath about how freelancing can help people with health issues continue to live fulfilling and meaningful lives. We also dove into specific techniques that Pinoy freelancers could use to land gigs. Listen as we discuss the back story of a brand manager turned freelancer and her mission to help breadwinners stay in the Philippines and earn a profitable income while being with their family.
In today’s podcast episode, we discuss:
- The top 3 reasons why people venture into freelancing
- How Cath accidentally fell into freelancing after being struck by a rare auto-immune disease
- Cath’s transition from 9 years of being a full-time corporate employee into a work-at-home oDesk freelancer
- The evolution from Cath the Virtual Assistant into Cath the freelance Brand Evangelist, Marketing Strategist, and Digital Marketer
- Upwork and its new “Connects” function
- The most important factors that contributed to Cath’s success in freelancing
- Why Cath started Freelancing.ph and what the group is currently doing to help Filipino freelancers across the globe
- A successful freelance career is a combination of luck and hard work.
- Don’t hate your previous corporate job. Use the skills you learned there to leverage your newfound freelancing career.
- Look for your ideal client. Create a custom-made cover letter, then pitch.
3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Applying for a Freelance Job
- Am I qualified for this job?
- Do I have the skills needed in this job?
- Did I prepare a cover letter custom-made just for this job?
3 Tips for Filipino Freelancers
- Give more than what your client asked for. Add value other than what’s in the job description. Your clients will appreciate that.
- Never stop learning. Be up-to-date with technological changes and trends. Learn online through blogs, courses and webinars.
- Be involved in communities. Ask questions and even get referrals. Join Freelancing.ph.
“When you invest in yourself, that’s the time when you can also demand a raise.”
“A rising tide lifts all boats.”
New Meetup on March 31st!
Are you suffering from the “lone wolf syndrome”? Don’t be! Meet with other freelancers across the Philippines and never feel alone. Get the accountability, community, and support that you need to succeed in business and in life!
Join our upcoming Freelancer Meetup this March 31 at the Office Project. Meetup shall go on from 6-9 PM. Register now at www.freelanceblend.com/march31meetup or click the button below.
See you there!
Links and Resources
- Freelancing.ph Facebook page
- Freelancing Philippines – Cath’s Facebook group with 4,521 members as of this writing
- Cath’s Twitter handle: @MarketingCath
- Join the upcoming Freelance Blend freelancer meetup! Visit freelanceblend.com/march31meetup for details.
How did you ended up in freelancing? Was it because of a layoff? A way to pursue your passion? Or was it totally unplanned? Share your story in the comments below.