How I get my Profile Live on Upwork?

In life, you win some, you lose some! In my case, I win some, I lose a lot! hahaha.

Yeah, if you follow my blog, you’ll know that I lost the job I love so dearly last year, before Christmas! It devastated me, break my heart into pieces but I get up again and started looking for a new one. It’s okay to not to be okay! So, in your every fall, cry as hard as you can then get back on your feet again and move on. Life isn’t perfect, so expect a bumpy journey.

I move on easily. Maybe because I don’t have time to grieve and be emotional. We need money!

So, how did I get back on being a Virtual Assistant again?

  1. I went back to my Upwork Profile and finally update it. After six years of being idle, my profile is now live on Upwork.
  2. Then, I made a list of all the skills I have learnt while working for one company and decided that my niche would be “Email Management/Handling”.
  3. I took all the skill tests available on Upwork that are relevant to my skills.
  4. I started sending proposals. I don’t just send a proposal, I read the entire job description to understand the job well, then write a draft of my cover letter based on the job description. Then read the cover letter over and over before hitting the send button. The first impression last, if you can’t follow simple instructions on the Job Description, your application will be trashed. So, always take the time to read.
  5. Always be on time during interviews. Make yourself available or let the client know your preferred time. But, it would be best to tell them that you can make yourself available anytime at their convenience.
  6. Research about the company that you are applying for. It is always best that you know them already.
  7. Do not ask for a higher rate, if you’re a first timer, the lowest rate you can ask is $5.00 per hour. But, this will also depend on your background and skill set. If you know that you are worth 20USD an hour, then by all means, ask for it.
  8. Before setting your rate, check first the client profile. How much they have spent? How much they are willing to pay for an employee. Then base your rate on that.

After doing all of these and making a research on how to make my Profile looking better and professional, in less than two weeks I was able to finally signed two contracts from two different clients.

But you know what, it is not as easy as you think it is. My God, Upwork gave me 60 connects to apply for a job, I almost used all of my connects and only got two clients? How about that? Do you know how many sleepless nights I have struggled only to find out that my interviewer has stood me up? No show, no message, no nothing. I lose a lot, I win a little lols! But I’m still a winner!!!!!

I maybe just lucky, but no! I work hard to get back on track and not be unemployed for a long time. There are lots of jobs out there, you just have to know what you’re good at and don’t stop to keep improving yourself, professionally and as an individual.

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Posting for the Daily Prompt:

 Devastation

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A glimpse on my-not-so-boring life

Nothing much is going on with life right now. Nothing dramatic and worth reading. I am actually a boring person.

My life evolves in the four corner of our house. My daily routine on weekdays starts in the morning from our bedroom to the bathroom, then downstairs to the kitchen – living room – kitchen again – then the dining room. Then.. before 10 AM, I have to prepare my son for school. The school is 5 minutes walk from our house. Well.. that’s quite a little journey 🙂

12noon is Lunch time and I have to start my home based job around 1.30PM. Working from home is really rewarding and it gives you lots of time and lots of savings. Imagine working in an office few steps away from your bedroom or just downstairs from your bed. Isn’t it awesome? You don’t need to worry about your clothes, your make-up and no more traffic haggardness! The best part is, you don’t need to deal with obnoxious officemate and feeling boss na supervisor. If you wish to work from home and enjoy all the privileges that I am enjoying, plus higher hourly rate than our local office jobs, try this website: https://www.freelancer.com

I could buy the things that I like, bags, shoes, clothes… etc. I do online shopping too. You could find all the pretty things at Zalora, and you can actually avail a 15% discount by just using the code on the photo. It is a special code given to me by Zalora, being their Fashionista shopper daw kuno. I could share it with anyone, so there…. enjoy your 15% discount. Please, only on selected items.

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I’ve been living like this for 8 long years. I am happy and contented. I’ve got money. My husband loves me, I have a son, we live simple a life. I have a ‘virtual life’ and ‘virtual friends’. No one is visiting us, except my in-laws and my own family. It hit me one morning – ‘My God, I don’t have a friend, I mean real friends. Like, someone you can hang out, talk with…. I mean physically, I don’t have anyone except my immediate family. I realized that my world is too small and its not helping me. I don’t wanna grow old living in a shell. The outside world is such an interesting place and I so much wanted to experience it once more. I don’t even know my neighbours’ OMG. —  that was a year ago.

Last June of 2015, I decided to go to Gym. It was the best decision ever, I’ve got to meet new people. I found new friends who share the same interests as mine plus I was able to lose some pounds.

My life is not that boring after all.

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