More and more Filipinos are choosing to work from home.

A September 2017 ABS-CBN interview with Freelancer.com CEO Matt Barie revealed that there are currently 900,000 Filipinos using their website to provide services for clients around the world. According to Barie, the Philippines is a powerhouse when it comes to online services.

UpWork, the largest online talent marketplace, is reported to have more than 1.4 million registered Filipino contractors. We rank second in UpWork’s Top 10 Earning Countries, with 1 million Filipinos reported to have estimated total earnings of P3.3 billion in 2016.

I know what you’re thinking. Three billion pesos? Sign me up!

But it’s not just through these sites where Pinoys get their gigs. Next to UpWork, direct-hire contractors make the bulk of our local freelance economy. Hundreds of thousands of our kababayans are already landing contracts and are working directly with clients abroad, eliminating fees associated with talent sites such as UpWork and Freelancer.com

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My first taste of working from home started in oDesk (now UpWork) a decade ago while I was taking a break from work. The first few weeks were tough, I was scratching my head asking why the heck I’m not landing any clients.

Do I have to take more tests? Use a different profile photo? Put up more sample articles for my portfolio? Maybe my rate is too high for a novice? Where do I begin? How come this other guy got the job? 

Kalma lang, tol. This site is here to help. 

Here at HBP, it’s all about sharing the tools, tips, knowledge, and experience to help fellow Filipinos find success in their freelancing journey. 

Is it hard? Yes. Frustrating? Of course. Sometimes you’ll feel like pulling your hair out and giving up. There will be times when you feel it no longer makes sense to soldier on. Anxiety will strike when it’s been days since you last landed a project. It will seem a lot easier to just call it quits and get a normal job. 

Hey, cheer up. Ask any successful person you know and they will tell you that any worthwhile endeavor is never easy. But if you really want to succeed, you got to give it all you got. You’ll find ways to improve. You’ll seek knowledge from those who are already doing it and loving the journey. No matter how difficult the road may seem to be, remember the reasons why you wanted this in the first place. 

This quote from 4-time World Weightlifting Champion Jerzy Gregorer helps puts things in perspective:

Hard choices, easy life. Easy choices, hard life.

And no matter what other people might say, remember that doing what you love is a good thing. Never doubt what you are capable of. Just keep grinding and improve your craft. Shut out all the noise and chatter of hesitation in your head. Trust your gut. 

“I once complained to my father that I didn’t seem to be able to do things the same way other people did. Dad’s advice? “Margo, don’t be a sheep. People hate sheep. They eat sheep.”

– Margo Kaufman

This excerpt from Steve Jobs’s legendary Stanford commencement speech expounds on this elegantly:

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary. 

 

Thank you, Steve.

Join HBP and other millions of Pinoys out there hustlin’ and grindin’ in the comfort of their pajamas. Let’s help each other out.

Welcome to the Freelance Economy. 

Stay hungry, stay foolish.

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