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:
- 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! 🙂