Worth A Life

Daily Prompt: Take A Chance On Me

What’s the biggest chance you ever took? Did it work out well? Do tell!

Right after I read this prompt, a lot of things came into my mind. It’s on a free flow!

… but I am only going to tell you this one big thing that change the course of my life. It is a very big gamble in my part. But I did took it without hesitation even I am not sure what I am taking during those moments. But, now I can actually tell, it worked out well.

Like most people said sometimes, this is a matter of life and death. Like a sharp blade or wedge waiting to be drop and cut the rope that ties myself and my future.

I am currently in 4th year (but irregular) taking Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering that time and the semester is about to end and unlike other students I know, I am in a real deep shit hole and I am just there staring up to everyone while thinking if I can find a way to climb and catch up with them. Pity me!

I just received my class card in my ECE 101 and it is apparent that I need to re-retake it again – Yeah, I failed it for the second time because I am a very irresponsible student, I really admit it. Fucking Dota fuck me good!

In that very moment, what I realized is that I can’t continue anymore or else…I don’t know what is going to happen with my life..probably worst than killing myself. Never tried to kill myself though, that’s just insane.

But in  a sudden turn of events, opportunity did knock big into me  – although that wasn’t what I am thinking by then.

I accidentally stumble into an outsourcing site called the Freelancer.com and it gave me a good pitch to try it out.

I am not really serious on what to do next after signing up on the site, but I don’t have anymore choice but to try all the possible options I can find. If it wouldn’t work out then I guess I won’t lose anything since I already lose everything. So, I just tried the things it says I need to.

After few days, a Filipina client sent me an offer to write for articles that will be submitted into a certain BMR (BuildMyRank) site.

Even though I am not confident with my English writing skills, I took the chance. Gladly, I was able to finished it and got paid for $35. However, I did it for almost 2 weeks so, if you come to think of it, its like I did it for nothing. But I moved on and took more projects from her.

After Freelancing.com, I tried to find more freelancing sites that is more generous in giving me opportunities to make money online.Gladly, I found Upwork.com (formerly oDesk.com). This site gave me a handful of opportunities until such time that already learning how to compete with other freelancers. So, when the next semester came I decided to tell my parents that I am not going to continue anymore.

Probably, to most people they would still prefer to continue, like the ‘try and try until you succeed’ mindset. But for me, I already have enough reasons not to follow that path and stop wasting time.

And so, even my parents didn’t gave me the support I want. I continue on establishing my freelancing career. Even the income was not that great and stable. I was still able to motivate myself and believed that I can thrive in this business and I promised to myself that I will do what it takes to survive and succeed.

..and I did survive. Succeed? Maybe I am halfway there. 😛

Starting as an online freelancer can bring you the worst and the best feelings in your life. If luck isn’t in your part, you’ll find clients who will give you projects and run away when the project’s done. In short, you’ll get scammed. That’s a guarantee for newbies. But of course, there are good times when you find very generous clients. It means, very easy projects with big pays (excluding the bonus if you impressed them). And this is also a guarantee for all freelancers.

In my 3 years and 11 months as an online freelancer. I was tried as an article/blog writer, web researcher, virtual assistant and other administrative-related jobs. Also web designs – which I really love to do (high pay + more fun).

As for my income – Well, I could say, its been stable in the last 2 years and more than enough to provide me a comfortable kind of living – a life that I didn’t saw when I was on that situation four years ago. Regarding my family, I finally got their support. Best feeling in mah fucking world!

I can’t complain to any of what I have and I can’t have. I may not be like one of those dropouts turn internet greats but at least, I have the satisfaction and dont have regrets in choosing this path.

And living in the virtual world in last four years actually taught me a thing or two about life.

A life-changing opportunity do knock only once. If your instinct tells you to grab it, grab it! Never hesitate to do what you know is best for you and believe in yourself that you can do it!

..and I did it!


5 thoughts on “Worth A Life

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  2. What you did there was pretty great. I love how you never give up even though things were not going your way. I work on Fiverr as well, maybe you will like to check that out for more freelancing opportunities? I look forward to more posts from you Ivan! Take care!

    • Thanks for coming by to my blog Lhu. Fiverr is pretty famous here in the Philippines, In fact, there is already a Philippine version of it and that is where I receive some short-term projects. Look at 199jobs.com.:)

      • Well, it really is, it might not be on the side of oDesk’s or Elance’s popularity but I believed the difference wasn’t that big. And regarding your plan to visit, there are lot of spots here that can surely satisfy you especially Boracay, although, I never had the chance to go there myself yet! 😀

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