How I went from underemployed service crew to the top 1% of Phillennials in less than a year

This is my real story of how I went from underemployed service crew to top 1% of Phillennials in less than a year.

“Failure isn’t fatal, but failure to change might be” — John Wooden

“Giving up is the only sure way to fail.” — Gena Showalter

“I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” — Michael Jordan


I am an active Voater. One subverse I thoroughly enjoy engaging in is “v/Careers.” In this “subverse”, a lot of people are discussing topics about:

  • How to get a job (I enjoy) and become independent?
  • The Perfect Stay-At-Home Career?
  • Which career to pursue?

These are life-changing questions, and it got me thinking about how I could help them sort things out.

There are many different ways to get a high-paying job or something better. Most job hunting tips comes from those of our parents’ age as they are the “career experts” — who are likely far from “in your shoes.” Some of their career tips work in one instance or another while others just don’t.

First of all, let me tell you a bit about myself

I’m a Phillennial, who not too long ago, was working at 7-eleven 40+ hours per week in Pasig City. I also had to I quit my studies for a year because I couldn’t support myself and ended up moving in with my parents. What a shitty situation, eh?

Fast-forward to over a year later

In a span of six months, I have managed to find a full-time work in a reputable IT company and managed brand partnerships and relationships with several clients as a freelancer.

(Since then, I’ve gone for something that felt out of my league, and today, I’m in the top 1% of phillenials.)

How I pulled it off

I’m a kind of person who gets bored easily and needs to be doing something productive with my time. So, instead of wasting my time, I channeled my efforts into advancing my freelancing career without quitting my full-time job.

Sounds crazy eh? You bet. Is it easy? Nope. There are days that you’ll feel exhausted, and other days your head will lead you in circles wondering why you’re working crazy hours and whether it’s all worth it.

I am currently working as a developer analyst for a known international telecommunications company. What I like about it is that we’re allowed to work from home (3x/week) which gives me a lot of freedom to work in the way I see fit. My work hours are also flexible which allows me to spend more time with my family and squeeze some time for my passion — blogging.

So I started off working as a blogger/writer in Upwork. Just like any other freelancers in Upwork, I’ve struggled with the insultingly low pay as well. When I started on oDesk, I was charging $3 an hour and was able to find a few jobs to start out. It was hard to find high paying jobs, but I kept looking. I also focused my time and energy on becoming very good at something and worked on a couple of projects that involves SEO, ASO, even web development (WordPress). I also began a simple blog about skate shoes on the Blogger platform.

As I built my freelance career as a writer, I tried out different ways to enhance my income. I used my blog to serve Google and Nuffnang ads. I used it also as a vehicle for PRs, sponsored posts and product reviews.

Then the rest is history…

  • My blog brought in revenues via paid posts, ads, and affiliates
  • Reasonable Upwork Job Offers (SEO writing, ASO, Article Writing)
  • I connected with several clients who had PR firms and hired me to write website content for them

It’s crazy how it happened and I could not believe it myself. I now do what I am passionate about and have the freedom to make decisions about the company I work with, what I do and when I do it that I never had before. My income is all up to me now and the potential to grow my business is unlimited.

Note: I always see to it also that I allot 8 hours a day for my full-time job, every weekday. I also don’t use my company resources in my freelancing jobs as it’s likely against my employment contract and I don’t want my full-time work fall through the cracks.

Tips and Reminders

It’s not impossible to freelance with a full-time Job. It requires sacrifice and discipline, but you’ll be thrilled when your part-time freelance income surpasses your full-time income.

Self-motivation is a drive that can push you to go on — it’s my internal drive to keep moving forward.

When I think of quitting, or whenever I am clueless about how and where to start, my self-motivation is what pushes me to go on. It also helps me grow regardless of the specific situation.

To keep my motivation levels up, I apply the rule of positive thinking.

  • I think of the new skills, abilities and talents that I am going to acquire if I study hard.
  • I think of the Rewards of working hard — this keeps me focused

One of the biggest benefits of freelancing while having a full-time job is that people will think you’re LEGIT. This is true because it helps me both financially and personally. I was able to learn a lot — things I’d never thought I’d have to think about. I learned ASO, SEO, WordPress, get paid, and was able to develop different product models.

“Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.” -Steve Jobs

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