It’s a Sunday! I know! Some of us swore on not working on weekends, but allow me to share this little achievement that I’ve been working so hard for the last two years. It’s not the video okay, I didn’t personally make that. I just gave the vision. I’m talking about the business.
WARNING: Extremely long!
A few years ago, 2014, I left ABS to start my own venture, a digital company. Everyone who knew I worked there would always give me the puzzled look as to why I left the world-class, world-renowned, world of the worlds broadcasting company… with matching sparkles in their eyes asking me if I even get to see Piolo, Coco etc. I almost believed that I made a huge mistake because doing everything on your own and alone was so damn lonely. I learned not just project management, I did design and analytics you name it! Freelancing is a huge test of your capability to see things differently in spite of the isolation.
My work buddy was our Labrador Bella. She was the only company I had when my brothers and sister were in school and work. To battle the sadness and the “ghost scares” because somehow my dog could see stuff that I couldn’t, I would post pictures from my old office to give the feeling that I’m still surrounded with funny and crazy-happy-to-be-with people. I kept myself busy by bidding for projects relentlessly and after sending hundreds of proposals, after just a month, I got myself three projects from the US, Malaysia, and the UK… my own clients! Finally, I felt reassured that I’m up for something really good.
I stopped getting projects because what I had that time was already a handful. One client was so eager to give me all those VA stuff that eventually made me realize wasn’t really helping me get to my goals. I didn’t exactly leave my Accounts job to work as a Virtual Assistant so I had to pull the plug on that project and find myself a better opportunity. And you know what I did, and for a while things were great. I was finally saving up for the business, looking forward to hire, register the business and so on until…
2015 I got pregnant! For the love of the Universe… I thought that was the end of it. When you’re just bursting with hormones all you want to do is sleep because your body is too busy making human parts.
For a while I stopped working. I didn’t care about the projects all I cared about was my newest obsession “Birthing Videos” all sorts, kinds, and angles! I did a crash course on parenting, pregnancy, babies for months through YouTube videos and blogs. I felt so unprepared for everything that was about to come, to make room for this new chapter I had to put my dreams in the back seat.
But you know everyone knows, becoming a mother is a whole different thing. The question now was what kind of mom would I want to be for the tiny human. Little did I know, the baby daddy was thinking the same thing, until one day he asked calmly: “Kelan ka babalik sa dati?” I was like: WUUUUUUUT? Was my pre-maternity leave over? Agad? I was in my third trimester when he introduced me to a new client. I said fine! I’ll work again even though I’m not supposed to. The client, who was also very understanding, and pretty much on a startup phase, badly needed my help. After he learned that I am due in a few months time he agreed that our work will only be until the baby is out. He even joked about having two babies now. Wasn’t funny when you’re forced by circumstances to work!
The three-month agreement became years and endless projects and clients that I still have until today. And if you’d like to know if I ever took the maternity leave after December 5th, 2015. Yes, I did until December 12th only. I just couldn’t stop when I had a renewed sense of purpose.
So, really I am extremely thankful to Kerrigan’s dad for asking me that one simple question and for introducing that one client, because of that I had the confidence to continue reaching for my goals.
Haba? I’ll make it worth your time! I’d be happy to teach you how to have your own clients! How to bid on projects! Write that email that will get the conversations started! More importantly the confidence that whether you are in school, employed or a mom/ parent you too can start something nice for yourself! BUT wait there’s more….
IT’S FOR FREE! But for a limited time and also because I’m feeling generous this season.
It’s not a lot but at least I can show you how to begin!
How does January 2018 sound to you?
For me, it’s ‘OPPORTUNITIES’!