I lost my job in a company where I held different roles in different departments for five years. The company gave us 60 days to find roles within the company. Our managers invited us to submit our applications for the available internal positions to revive an old team. I knew that this was just for formality. The hiring manager has selected his original team members to join his old team. Another team absorbed my other teammates. There were three of us left who had to apply for other internal positions and go through the interview process.
The recruitment team tried their best to help us apply for available internal positions and get an interview with the hiring managers. I tried applying for the Accountant role in another tranche as advised by the recruitment team. Less than a week after my interview with the two hiring managers, I got the standard rejection email. I sent a thank you email to the two hiring managers but got no reply at all. Well, too busy to respond to a thank you email? Maybe. After 60 days, the three of us had to leave the company since there were no suitable roles for us. We got our last paychecks as well as the payment for the years of service in the company on our last day of work.
I have tried applying for jobs in different companies for a year. I have attended many job interviews and have answered many phone interviews but no job offers. It was pointless. That’s when I realized that it’s time for me to try something new. I’d find a job that I can do from home so I won’t have to struggle every day with terrible traffic and the long commute. I got skills that I can offer as services and I’ll use my laptop and internet to earn income online. Since then, I said no to all the job interview invitations because I didn’t want to waste my time and money anymore.
Transitioning from being an employee with a steady monthly income to freelancing was a huge challenge. I didn’t know where to start. I have tried signing up for freelancer sites, but it was futile. The next thing I tried was applying for jobs on Craigslist. After a few months of trying, I finally got my first client. It was a part-time role as a virtual accountant. After a few months, I got additional clients by placing ads on Craigslist to promote my services. Craigslist has millions of visitors daily and it’s free to sign up. You can also use your social media accounts to promote your services.
I don’t have a steady paycheck, employee benefits like paid time off, and other perks that you get from regular work in a company. Working from home saved me 25 hours a week. It’s one of the benefits that I enjoy working from home as an Accountant. And of course, no more struggling with the daily commute and terrible traffic. I live in the northern part of Manila, and my previous company is in the south of Manila.
If you are working a full-time job and want a side hustle for additional income, you may try some part-time or project works online. There is no need to quit your full-time job. Try promoting your services without signing up for congested sites like Upwork and Freelancer.