22
Feb 16

How I Started Freelancing (Part Two)

How I Started Freelancing Part Two

Recap

Finally, I realised I wanted to be my own boss and little did I know that it would be even harder to achieve!

After 6 months working with the most supportive lawyer turned businessman, I quit my part time job. I felt really sad to leave such a great company but it is something I need to sacrifice in order to achieve my dream.

The first thing I did after quitting – I bought a laptop and got internet connection. It was the biggest investment I made, and also quite a risk as I didn’t know how far I would be able to go with this “freelancing” career. It was all so new to me.

After I got the laptop and internet connection, I started researching how I can make use of my investment to earn money from home. I remembered my loved ones said that I made the biggest mistake in life for not having a secure full time job. With that in mind, I had a tough time to prove them wrong.

The first month was very bad. I advertised my services at all the places I can find online (can’t remember them all) but no success. I searched all the freelancing websites hoping there might be any leads. It took a very long time for me to land my first freelance gig. It was a freelance writing assignment involving $1-2 per article. The rate was so low I could barely survive but with persistence and consistence, I managed to get through.

After several months working on small jobs with meagre pay, I finally landed a bigger gig that I got through an ad I posted on Craigslist. I was so happy because it was a long-term freelance writing job with slightly higher pay. At this point, life was better and happier.

So, what have I learned over the years?

1. Persistence

2. Consistence

3. Patience

These are the most important keywords to remember, if you want to join the freelancing world. We have seen many successful freelancers but you need to understand, it takes time to reach their level.

Of course, it is never easy to take the first step to be your own boss. Fear and insecurity will always haunt us, but there is always the “one thing” that will surpass all barriers. What is the “one thing”?

Find out more in Part Three.


15
Feb 16

How I Started Freelancing (Part One)

How I Started Freelancing Part One

History

Ten years ago, I had my first job. I was working 6 days a week from 10 am to 10 pm in a mall as a sales assistant. I was 18 at that time and life was very difficult. Being a young adult with no higher education, I was resorted to working long hours just to get paid enough for rent, food and transportation.

It was the same routine, every single day! I woke up at 6 am to get ready and had to be on my way to work by 7 am as the work place was quite far from home. At 10 pm, I would rush to the train station so that I would reach home by 11.30 pm. It was late night and I was too tired to do anything else other than sleep (to wake up at 6 am the next morning and to restart the same routine).

Eight months later, I was exhausted and wanted an exit, so I resigned.

A month later, I was working 6 days a week from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm. It was a slight improvement considering I was able to get off work earlier than the previous job. However, it was also the same routine, every single day. I woke up at 6 am to get ready but this time the work place was nearer and I would leave home at 8 am. It sounded like a perfect job at that time, but something wasn’t right and I didn’t know exactly “what” wasn’t right (at that time).

A few months later, I resigned again. I was feeling “empty” and in search of something that I had no idea what it was at that time. After resignation, I took some time off in search of my “self” but it wasn’t easy because apparently soul searching wasn’t paying the bills, so once again I was on a job hunt and finally landed a job in a mall (again!) and I had to work 6 days a week AGAIN from 9 am to 9 pm. It was like a joke because I was trying to escape this type of job and working condition.

Life was not getting any better. I guess I just took any job that was available at that time because I had no choice. So again, I had to follow a routine that I hated, having to wake up at 6 am and going out at 7 am to catch a bus and a train in order to reach my new work place on time. (*sigh*)

After six months, I was really disappointed and I decided to take a hike (and never look back!).

Leap of Faith

With no income, I had the worst time of my life, borrowing from family and friends for food and rent. I was so desperate, I had to join the work force as soon as possible. This time I landed a part time job with a lawyer turned businessman. To be honest, I really have to thank him for hiring me. It was during my time with his company that I discovered my real passion, the “thing” I was searching for. After a few weeks with his company, I realised that I wanted to work for myself, to be my own boss. This is how I started with freelancing.

Find out more in Part Two.


02
Jan 16

2016 Planner: 3 Beautiful Planners to Help You Plan a Successful 2016

2016 planner

It’s 2016! Happy New Year everyone! I hope that 2016 will be a better year than 2015. May all our dreams come true this year, but dreams will always be dreams if we never take actions! What better way to plan ahead than using a 2016 planner?

This is the time where everyone starts to plan out their 2016. It is also the best time to set goals to make sure we are on the right path to achieve our dreams and wishes!

I love to plan and I like to have a handy hard copy planner around to make sure that I stick to the important tasks and goals for the year. It’s also easy to record any ideas and thoughts that I might have when I am out and about.

Here’s three 2016 planners that I specifically like, not just because of their lovely appearance but also because of their functionalities.

Planner #1 from Daily Greatness

2016 planner

This planner looks awesome, feels awesome and very practical. Love it very much, and I think it’s the best by far. It’s un-dated so that you can plan at anytime. With 432 full-colour pages, it’s really candy to the eyes!

Love, love, love…

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Planner #2 from kikki.k

2016 planner

kikki.K has really beautiful and elegant planners! This is one of my favourites. It’s a ring binder planner with open pocket to stay organised. You can even get planner refills if you need more pages. Overall, it’s simple and useful. Love it’s professional design!

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Planner #3 from NoteMaker

2016 planner

NoteMaker’s Seize the Day Planner is simple and yet very useful for personal or travel planning. It’s undated to provide flexibility. You can start planning at anytime! 2016 is the year to realise your dreams and wishes! Love the pastel colour!

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There are so many planners available. I would love to have them all!

Which is your favourite 2016 planner? Do you have any recommendation? Let me know in the comment!


07
Sep 15

How Freelancing Changed My Life

how freelancing changed my life

I love freelancing. I love everything about freelancing. The best thing about freelancing? FREEDOM! My life is changed when I started freelancing and I love the changes!

Here’s how freelancing has changed my life, so far:

Time Management

I think this is the most important aspect of all. I can manage time better when I get to control my own working hours. I get to do more every day!

Health Improvement

I used to get ill really often when I was working in retail, and it was terrible (who wants to get ill anyway?). I spent quite a fortune on medical expenses and I hated it. Now, my health has improved tremendously, physically and mentally. Truly loving my life!

Relationship Improvement

I hardly had any time to spend with my family when I was working in retail due to the long working hours but now I get to hang out with family and friends all the time. It is very important for me to spend time with my parents (after all, we are not getting any younger!).

Personal Growth

I have always wanted to study Psychology and I got the chance two years after I started freelancing. I am taking it slow and steady but I am definitely getting there! Apart from that, I have learned so much from mentors around the world such as Problogger. I truly enjoyed the experience and happy to gain more knowledge every day.

New Opportunities

Freelancing has opened many doors for me, and it never ceases to amaze me. It is a wonderful journey and I get to meet many new friends around the world.

CONCLUSION

Freelancing has much to offer to those who seek freedom and change of lifestyle. If you are considering a change of career, it is never too late to start freelancing.

 


24
Aug 15

Book of the Day: Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is shaping our Future by Ashlee Vance

elon musk

There are few industrialists in history who could match Elon Musk’s relentless drive and ingenious vision. A modern alloy of Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Howard Hughes, and Steve Jobs, Musk is the man behind PayPal, Tesla Motors, SpaceX, and SolarCity, each of which has sent shock waves throughout American business and industry. – from the Inside Flap

Here’s a very interesting book, if you love technology and everything that revolves around it. “Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is shaping our Future” by Ashlee Vance is one of the latest books for any aspiring and existing entrepreneurs to read.

Ranked #9 in Business category and #18 in Entrepreneurship, it is a must-have book for those who seek to understand both technology and entrepreneurship. It provides amazing insights on Elon Musk (background, life journey & achievements).

Discover the life of one of the most prominent figures in the silicon valley with this book. You can get it in different versions.

Kindle | Hardcover | Paperback | Audio CD