My Ongoing Journey to Becoming a Freelancer

Filipino Virtual Assistance - Coach Grace Locsin

Freelance, freelancer, freelancing, online jobs, work at home, work at home moms, virtual assistance, virtual assistant, data entry, internet research, SEO, Social media manager.

These and more are the words I often see over the years. I have always been curious about how these people who are now freelancers, virtual assistants, or have work at home jobs did it. All I know is that having a computer or a laptop and an internet connection is not enough. I have searched for a lot of articles on how to be one but somehow, all of it were just bits and pieces of the whole pie. Nothing describes an in depth discussion about what really happens when you are freelancing. Or maybe I have not really looked hard enough. But while these were not in depth, I don’t discount the fact that I was able to pick up a few pointers from these readings.

I have also enrolled in an online virtual assistance program before but I was not diligent enough because of the demands of my work at that time.

Getting serious with becoming a freelancer, even if it’s just part time

Last summer, I started seriously thinking about freelancing / work at home / online jobs again. I am good in the corporate world right now, but I think I also need to acquire some new skills so that at least I have other options in case life takes me out of the city jungle in the future (aka should I decide to go back home for good to start my own family). If that happens, at least I have more options where source/s of income is concerned.

“How to Become a Virtual Assistant Class Summer Promo”

Filipino Virtual Assistance - Coach Grace Locsin

Image from FVA email

I saw this Facebook page last May and I got interested because of 2 things – 1) Virtual assistant class and 2) summer promo. I am a sucker for promos, but I guess that’s human nature because I don’t know someone who isn’t hehehe. And I’m sure I have said several times in the past that I am ok to pay as long as I will learn something applicable to everyday life from a training or a class that I have paid for. Of, course, always value for money.

But let’s focus on the first thing – virtual assistant class. A class. Wow. There really is a class on how to become a virtual assistant. So, maybe, just maybe, this is what I need. I did not hesitate and sent an inquiry right away. I was given a lengthy email that includes topics covered, benefits, how it works and how I to get started.

It was a semi-lengthy email exchange first (or maybe I just ask a lot of questions) but in doing so, at least I was able to know that I was corresponding to the owner herself. I finally confirmed my interest by reserving a slot for Batch 10 (yes, they’ve already done 9 classes before I learned about it!), paying my “tuition”, and then doing the pre-class requirements setup as instructed in her email.

I’ll share with you more details about my experience with this class after I complete all the modules. What I can assure you though is that you’ll learn a lot should you decide to enroll. And this is not a paid post. I am just happy with my experience, hence I’m sharing it.

And if you’re wondering what this class is, it’s the Filipino Virtual Assistance Coaching class by Coach Julmar Grace Locsin. Aside from the very informative modules, live sessions every Tuesdays, assignments where you’ll apply what you have learned, her and her family’s journey to freelancing is also inspiring. 🙂

Want to know more? Head on to their website and see for yourself – https://filipinovirtualassistance.com/

Curious about the classes? All links below were outputs after each week’s lessons.

Social media accounts:

And my new site for my online portfolio which I’ve been meaning to put up for maybe 2 years now hehehehe – http://mylenelucando.com

Hope this helps.

Peace,

Mylene

How To Set Up A Self Hosted Site: Domain Name and Hosting | Pricing

How to Set Up a Self Hosted Site

Having a website is important because this site can be a one stop shop for all the information that your clients or potential clients need to know about you, your business and your services. You can also include links to related sites, like links to your social media accounts. Also, people looking for services would usually search for a business’ website mostly to ensure that the business is legit and credible.

There are platforms where you can build your sites for free. Yes, for free! However, your site will be under a subdomain of these free sites. We’ll have more of this later.

The other option is to go for a self hosted site. Which brings me to:

How I was able to set up my self hosted site. But before I go into details, here are some caveats.

  • I am from the Philippines and I availed the services of a local provider from here
  • Providers will have different processes in doing their business. Therefore, what I’m sharing with you is purely based on my experience – decision making about domain names and hosting, communications with the service provider, up until my website went online.

Domain Name and Hosting

Step 1: Choose a domain name

A domain name is the web address that you will register. Your domain name should be something that represents you or the business where you are going to use it for.

Step 2: Choose your domain name and/or web host provider

Most service providers have both domain name registration and web hosting services. You also have the option of registering your domain name with one provider, and the web hosting with another provider. You have to know which one works for you, depending on your personal or business need.

In my case, I went for the same provider for both my domain name registration. This is because I know I’m keeping my new domain name for several years and that it’s more cost effective in the long run. There are available discounted domain name registrations actually. However, this is only applicable usually to new registrations but the succeeding years will have the regular rates.

My current provider is coffeemags.com (no, this is not a paid advertisement but you can mention to them that you came to know about them through this blog). I sent them an email inquiry first and I made sure that all my questions, no matter how stupid I think some of the questions were, were answered and that everything is clear to me. Feel free to ask all your questions as well, before committing to anything.

When everything was clear to me, they just asked me to login to their site (create an account if you don’t have one yet) and went ahead and placed my order. Payment can either be via BPI or Paypal. I used Paypal so that it’s faster.

Right after I ordered, I received several emails to confirm my purchase, including confirmation from Paypal since it was what I used to pay.

I also received an email from CoffeeMags admin that contains all the details of the services I availed, including login credentials for my WordPress admin site and the control panel area.

Step 3: Validate Setup

Given the URLs and login credentials, I went ahead and logged in to WordPress admin.

Upon logging in, this was my default WordPress view.

And my site is up!

The control panel, or more known as the cPanel contains all the backend stuff for your site. It’s mostly technical but it’s also interesting to have a look at it. Here’s a screenshot of some of the available tools. There are a lot but if you’re feeling geeky, then you can start exploring them as well.

Pricing

So how much does it cost?

These information are all from my provider’s site.

Domain name registration:

Web hosting:

 

And that’s it.

So, are you getting yours too? 🙂  🙂  🙂

P.S. If you’re wondering why I did it at this point where I don’t have an established business to promote, because I think it’s cool to have a yourname.com LOL. Half-kidding aside, I am an IT professional and I’m naturally curious about stuff that involve websites and programming, even though I said goodbye to programming eons ago. My site will serve as my “development environment” because I want to play around with all the plugins which involve input forms, order forms and payments! Also, I just want an online portfolio under my name.

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