Working as a Home-based Freelancer in the Philippines

I have been working as a home-based freelancer in the Philippines for the past few months now. As some of you know, I left a full-time job at the academe due to a host of factors, and one of them primarily was the highly stressful life of being a professor.

I struggled at the start, earning peanuts for what most would consider excellent work. But I kept at it, and slowly gained the trust of clients who were willing to pay more for what I had to offer.

I currently earn roughly the same working as a home-based freelancer now as what I did when I was still teaching full time at university. But this is all without the things people hate the most about going to work:

  • Traffic
  • Cranky coworkers
  • Inefficient staff
  • Getting up before 7am
  • Having to file for a leave if you need to take your dog to the vet
  • (I’m sure you can add more to this list)

I’ve had to learn so many new things in a very short span of time to be able to keep up with the demands of my clients. In the freelancing world, your MSc, PhD, or any of your degrees and academic accomplishments don’t matter.

Experience matters. Soft skills matter. And the willingness to embrace change, approach life with an open heart and mind, and the spirit to discover things you never thought you’d ever be capable of doing.

The key is adaptation and the ability to find what’s important in this digital age where we are drowning in a vast ocean of unimportant things.

For the time being, I love working as a home-based freelancer. I love the flexibility that being a freelancer allows. I work when I want to. I sleep/take naps when I want to. I go out when I want/need to.

I’m even more environmentally friendly because I don’t use a vehicle to go to work, and I eat home cooked meals.

And the best part of it all is I go to work in my pajamas (sometimes even just underwear, lol).

I personally know someone who is earning thousands of US$ per month working  as a home-based freelancer in the Philippines. I’m nowhere near that figure, but I’m getting decent money, and a great “work-life balance”, so I think I’m not planning to look for a full-time job anytime soon! 🙂

Down The Rabbit Hole: I Will Quit A Stable Job and Pursue My Dream

Have you ever quit a perfectly good job to pursue a crazy dream? That’s just what I’m about to do. I currently have a full-time teaching job at the most prestigious university in the country, and I’m on track for a tenure position — you know, a lifetime of job security and opportunities for career growth.

But in a few months, I am going to turn in my resignation letter. Most people advise me not to quit, while I experiment on doing other things on the side. That way, I’ll find out if I’m cut out for other trades, and still have a fall-back career if I am not. Those are wise words, especially in this day and age when holding a stable job is often more important than owning a house and other properties.

There’s just one little tiny problem about not quitting my job: I am not happy doing it anymore. Call me idealistic, but I dream of doing something that would make me feel like I’m not working. Like in that proverb, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” You see, I don’t have that in my life right now. I want to wake up in the morning and be pumped up to go to work and come home feeling like I’ve been the best I could be on that day, EVERY DAY. Somehow, my present job doesn’t make me feel that way.

Don’t get me wrong, working at the No. 1 university in the land can be very rewarding, challenging, and even fun. I’ve had some of the best experiences in my life throughout my >10 years of service to the university. I’ve worked with the smartest and most driven people you’ll ever get to know. I’ve been inspired by both students and co-workers to achieve great things. How then do I explain my discontent? Is it mid-life crisis? Adult onset ADHD? Pursuit of happiness? Just plain getting older?

Whatever it is, I am following my heart, and diving head first into a sea of uncertainty. It’s maybe the craziest thing I’ll ever do in my life. I simply won’t have the courage to pursue my dreams and passions without the people who love and support me. They let me be crazy and still love me. I am super grateful that I have them in my life!

So, I shall quit the only job I’ve ever known, and jump into the rabbit hole. With some luck, I’ll be able to pursue my childhood dream and even make a living out of it. I invite you to come and see what I will discover inside!