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Ten years ago, I was working six days a week from 10 am to 10 pm in a mall. It was my first job and I was 18. Life was difficult and 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 by 8 am I was already on my way to work 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.
Eight months later, I was exhausted and wanted an exit, so I resigned.
A month later, I was working six days a week from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm. It was a slight improvement considering that 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 six 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 was in a tight situation. So again, I had to follow a routine that I hated the most, 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
After leaving my last job, as usual, with rent and bills to pay, it was important for me to join the work force as soon as possible and this time I landed a part time job with a lawyer who stopped being a lawyer and decided to be a businessman (cool!). 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 get started with freelancing.
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Today, I am a freelancer. To be more specific, I am a virtual assistant and my expertise include:
- customer service via email
- administration – email management and similar tasks
- social media management
- data entry
I am happy with what I do and I believe you can do it too!
If you would like to work with me (hire me!), please contact me.