Blogging and Writing

Going Freelance, Part 3: Withdrawing from oDesk and PayPal

Last visited: May 1, 2016. Please note that I am no longer on Upwork (formerly oDesk) so I can no longer comment on the process of withdrawing funds from Upwork. Best to visit the Upwork support/help page for new updates and information. Thanks!
Most of my online jobs have me working for international employers and I receive payment through oDesk or PayPal since these are the most viable methods of payment available for Philippine freelancers. Accessing my millions (hur hur) money in both accounts is no problem at all. It’s really easy to withdraw from oDesk and PayPal and transfer funds to my bank accounts here in the Philippines. In this post I’ll just do a quick run-through of the process of withdrawing funds from oDesk and PayPal.

Going Freelance, Part 2: Getting online jobs

I had a scheduled post for this topic, but for some reason, when I did a last minute check before it publishes, it looked exactly like the previous post in this series. Sooo weird. I have no idea what happened. Either it was a Blogger glitch or I copied my previous post here by mistake. The latter is highly unlikely because I remember previewing that post several times. Strike 1 for Blogger. Tsk tsk.

Anyway, on to getting online jobs. In this post, I will simply share how I found my jobs and maybe share a few tips I picked up along the way. :)

Going Freelance, Part 1: Jumping Ship

Decision-making is different for every individual. Some people can make a major decision in mere hours. For some people, it takes weeks, a couple of months, or half a year to decide on something important. Others take years of convincing themselves before choosing one path over another. It took me about a couple of years of “thinking about it” and “weighing my options” before finally deciding to quit. Quit my corporate job, that is. The decision to do freelance writing full-time came about five months after that.

When I decided to resign from my job, all I knew was that the job just wasn’t cutting it for me anymore. The work was good, the money enough, and the people were great, but I just couldn’t see myself doing it for the next few years. The job just wasn’t me. I resigned with the intent to find whatever it is that I wanted to do.

Going Freelance a.k.a. Operation Jump Series

Ever since I officially declared myself a freelancer (whips out pretend badge with “freelancer” scribbled on it), some friends have asked about what I do, where I get my jobs, how I get paid, and other related stuff. I decided to just create a blog series about these things because that would be the “cool” way…

Guest Post: Ramblings of an Online Worker

Today’s guest post is by an old friend and classmate! Shy was my classmate in high school and we haven’t seen each other since. Thank God for Facebook because that’s where I found out that she’s been a freelancer for a while now, so I asked her to share her story. Yay! Thanks, Shy!

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Hello, passionate readers of Lei’s blog. I’m very happy that Lei invited me here; it’s nice to write for a good friend and classmate in high school. Yes, Lei and I were high school classmates and we shared some good memories together. We actually haven’t seen each other yet since we graduated (that’s like oh so many years ago, you guess..) but I’m glad we’re able to reconnect through this amazing world where we both thrive in – the Internet. Like Lei, I am a freelancer who struggles to make things happen online. Lei requested me to share my story of how I ended up as an online worker and I feel lucky to be sharing this with all of you.

Guest Post: 5 Freelancing Tips by Elise from Sugar Coated

Hey, everyone!  This is a guest post from one of the bloggers I follow–Elise from Sugar Coated.  I just found her adorable blog by accident a few months ago.  Blog hopping does have its awesome rewards!  I was ecstatic when I learned she’s a freelance writer and I asked her a while back if she could do a guest post on my blog.  She graciously agreed!  Yay!  Thanks, Elise! :)  Guys, do check out her blog after you read this post. Enjoy! :)

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Hello, sweet readers! I’m Elise from Sugar Coated, and it’s truly a pleasure to meet you guys. The lovely Lei invited me over to share a little bit about myself, and some freelancing tips :).

I started blogging about three years ago, simply out of curiosity. I’ve always loved English and writing, but hadn’t really done any writing on a consistent basis. I live in the South, in a tiny town where most people wear crocs and don’t know what Blogger is. In other words, I had no blogging mentors. The blogs I first discovered: Cup of Jo, and Cupcakes and Cashmere inspired me enough to start my own blogging adventure.

Writing full time is hard, y’all!

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Yeah, I’m still trying to get into a nice groove with my writing work since I’ve decided to go full time. My biggest struggle is my schedule. Working on my own time and in a very comfortable and relaxed environment can be a little hard because there are so many distractions. I just have to drill into my head that this is my work now and I have to push myself harder so that I can finish more and earn more. HAH.

Anyway, a few people have asked me about the writing thing, like how I got into it and where I get my jobs. I’ve blogged about it a few times before, but I’ll talk about it again here just for kicks. HAH.

More on this freelance writing thing

I’ve decided to make it official. Yes, I’ve decided to do this freelance writing thing full-time. HAH. I have two main reasons for finally doing this: one, I am actually enjoying this writing thing even if it hasn’t paid me much (yet!); and two, I can’t imagine myself going back to the corporate world and I…