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

Fully Loaded Saturday

My friend and I squeezed in 2 activities into our schedules yesterday. In addition, I have another event to go to in the evening while my friend needs to go home to do some house chores. To help us manage our time well, we specified the exact time we should be spending for each event.

Confucius Institute Day

My friend took up Chinese classes at the Confucius Institute in Ateneo so she learned about this event. I was expecting that there will be Chinese food so I went with her hahaha! When we got to the place, I felt a little awkward because most were students (high school and college) hehehehe. Anyway, there was an exhibit of everything related to the Chinese culture. There were also several activities like games, photobooth, making Chinese lanterns, and videoke featuring Chinese songs. Food? You need to complete the stamp before you can have siopao and siomai hehehehe. Since we were feeling out of place, we just tried one game, hoop, where you throw a rounded wire into a bottle of water. You have 3 tries. I did not get any. But I got one stamp hehehe. We left after a few minutes.

I also took a brochure of their short courses. Side story: I have this crazy plan of wanting to try to study in UP Diliman, La Salle, and Ateneo, either taking up full courses or just short courses hehe. I have started the MTM program in UP with the intention of finishing it. For Ateneo, and La Salle, maybe short courses will do :).

2015 Work at Home Expo

wahexpo2015From Makati, we went straight to Bayanihan Center in Kapitolyo, Pasig to catch what’s left of the Work at Home Expo. We reached the place at 11:30 AM and fortunately, there were still talks at the main hall in the afternoon so we registered and spent some time to check out the sponsors’ booths. We went for a quick lunch at Jollibee Pioneer Center (we were shooting for a non-fastfood place that’s also cheap but this is the best option we had so….) and back to the events place few minutes before 1 PM in time for the afternoon sessions. We were able to listen to 5 resource speakers.

  • Joe Maristela of Katalyst.ph: His talk focused on how he started and operated his business in the US, right in his bedroom. He is a proponent for work at home because it is more efficient that way. He moved his operations to Manila recently and is now also into angel investing.
  • Marilen Montenegro of Marilen.ph: Her topic was on Balancing Business, Home and Heart. She shared her tips on how to balance your business, home and family. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to take pictures of her presentation slides but I think all the things she shared are also in her blog.
  • Impact Hub Manila (I forgot the name of the speaker): The focus of his talk is about coworking. It’s basically sharing a space with other people, instead of working at the confines of your home or in coffee shops. With this setup, you get to network with other freelancers.
  • Anna Meloto-Wilk of Human Heart Nature: She shared how they started with Human Heart Nature. Right now, their main focus is social entrepreneurship and supporting/putting up foundations. Her dad is Antonio Meloto, founder of Gawad Kalinga.
  • Teresa Dumadag of FullLifeCube.com: Her topic was on time management for the work at home parent. She discussed 3 success strategies in managing her time and living a full life: 1) PLAN how she uses her time; 2) Manages her time based on her PRIORITIES; 3) manages her time based on her clearly defined GOALS.
After listening to all these talks, paying the Php 100 entrance fee to the main hall was really worth it. I was somehow inspired. There were a lot of lessons that’s not only applicable to work at home parents but basically to everyone who would like to find balance and live their lives to the fullest.

I want to attend more similar events so as to get inspiration to go into entrepreneurship. I have always been an introvert so I always have self doubt that I can make it but it is one area that I want to venture into eventually. One little step at a time, even though sometimes, I feel that I am running out of time already. That’s too many “times” in one sentence so I’m reminded again haha. Whew.

Beloved: A Journey of Love Concert

cenacleconcerticketAnd before ending my day, I went to a concert. I have talked about this in my previous post. No regrets about going here. It’s like having a date with the Lord, serenaded by world-class singers. This was what I shared in my FB post few minutes after the event. “My reward for attending the fundraising concert of the Cenacle Sisters? Was serenaded by none other than Basil Valdez, Noel Cabangon, the Cenacle Sisters, Hangad, Himig Heswita, Bukas Palad Ministry, and the Ateneo Chamber Singers! Thanks Ed for sharing this event. Thank you Cenacle Sisters Retreat House for doing this and reminding us all that we are beloved. Bitin!!! Hoping and waiting for a repeat. 🙂

I felt all sorts of emotions, and some parts of my life’s journey flashed back depending on the song hahaha. But most importantly, I felt that I truly am beloved, despite all my flaws. Amazing.

Loved all the songs, and related them all to my life hahaha. Here were some of the songs, on top of my head:

  • Ikaw – for someone who came into my life just recently 🙂
  • Hindi Kita Malilimutan – for Mama and Daddy, who are now our angels 🙂
  • Lead Me Lord – our elementary graduation song, which I almost always remember when find myself at a crossroad
  • Kanlungan – true, pana-panahon ang pagkakataon
  • I Will Sing Forever – indeed, I will sing forever of your love Oh Lord (and cling forever to Your promised love)
Thank you, Lord for the gift of time.

Of Online Gigs and Work at Home Thoughts

Thoughts of doing online gigs have been swirling in my mind lately. I can’t help but imagine myself transitioning from a corporate adventurer to a work at home diva sometime in the future. To push things further, I just saw a blog sharing about a Work at Home (WAH) Expo 2015 happening this weekend haha.

And if ever I want to go that route, I think I need to somehow build an online presence. So, I have decided to make more effort in updating this blog at least once or twice a week hehe. It might be quite a challenge because most days are just work and home for me but let’s see. Maybe I would eventually be inspired to inject some other activities in between hehe. However, I would still like to keep it personal so that I won’t be pressured to write or share things that I’m not comfortable about sharing. Let’s see how far this goes. And since it is still a personal blog, it will contain different topics. I don’t think I am ready to shift to a niche blog just yet.

Happy Thursday!

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