From the corporate world to my stay-at-home empire.
Hello! I am Nizza Gueco. I am a licensed architect residing in the Philippines. If you would have told me 5 years ago that I will be a stay-at-home mom, I would have gotten mad at you probably spat you with a huge sermon with this prominent phrase:
“I did not study for 5 years just to stay at home!”
But, lo and behold, as fate would have it, I am now a stay-at-home mom.
It’s not as bad as you think.
Yes, it’s not as bad as you think, you know why? Because it is the best decision I have ever made. Imagine saying goodbye to traffic, overtime, and canteen lunches.
Contrary to what other people believe, saying “I work online” does not necessarily mean that a person is working for a networking company, or that it is a scam or whatever get-rich-quick or horrendous things you think of when you say online.
You know what? The people who get scammed are those who fall for get-rich-quick schemes that you see everywhere. Let me tell you this, anywhere you may go and anything you may do, you can only experience true success if you work hard for it.
Nobody was ever born successful. You must take the step and face the challenges if you want to be successful. Patience and determination will always be the key.
Don’t you ever tell me that “You can’t”
You say YOU CAN’T? I say YOU JUST DON’T WANT TO.
In fact, I love inspiring people to start freelancing.
Yes, I do, why the hell not? I am enjoying my life now, so I want to share my blessings and see as many successful people who are happy with their lives as I can.
Freelancing is not a hobby. It is a career, and if you don’t work hard for it, you will not survive. It can give you all the freedom you want while broadening your skill bank and your bank account. You can actually earn twice or even thrice (more if you are determined) of your monthly salary when you were working, in one week of freelancing.
But, sad to say, it’s not for everybody.
Here we are, I know you are used to reading books and blogs that sugar-coat everything and feed you the fluffy-bunny facts as if they are afraid the truth will break you.
But not me. What you will see here is the truth, I will not tell you what you want to hear. If you want to succeed, work hard for it. If you are looking for someone to feed you the spoon every step of the way, like apply for you, create your profile for you, construct every single reply for you? Then that is not me.
I want to see people stand up for themselves. I want to see people succeed because they stood up and took the step.
I can hold your hand through your journey, but don’t expect me to walk your path for you.
There will be bumps.
In everything we do, there will always be challenges. What defines you is not actually how many they are, but how many times you stood up and carried on.
Here is a rough peek through my life before I got to where I am now.
I Landed My First Job
16th July 2009
I will start this by telling you about my first job. Yes, I got my job before graduating. I am still finishing my thesis when I got my job as an Autocad Operator in Kbarr Unified Structural Corp. I started my story here because this is where my corporate etiquette and leadership was shaped. I […]
I Graduated From College
9th October 2009
As I have told you, I got a job when I was still studying. My boss even treated us out just because I graduated. Well, anyway, as you can see in the date of this milestone, I graduated in Oct. That means my batch mates graduated before me. Why? Because I failed one subject. I […]
I Became An Architect
28th January 2011
I told you in the previous milestone that I graduated late. That didn’t stop me from carrying on with my goals, though. I was one of the few from my group of friends who took the board exam for architects. Deciding to take it is just a spur of the moment. One day I was […]
I Landed My Second Job
4th July 2011
After taking and passing the board exam last January, I did not look for a job immediately. I originally planned to take a rest for 6 months before I start looking for a job. In this milestone, I learned that opportunities knock when you least expect it. SM Retail Inc.’s Store Planning Department emailed me […]
I Said Goodbye To The Corporate World
4th April 2013
In April 2013, I found out I was pregnant. I knew that if I wanted my baby to have a bright future, I should not stay in the corporate world. Don’t get me wrong, the corporate world is a good and secure world for many people, it’s just that, I know that it was not for me. […]
I Jumped Into Freelancing
4th June 2013
After saying goodbye to the corporate world. I stayed at home. When I was working, we did not have an internet connection at home. I didn’t dare subscribe to a monthly plan when my husband’s salary is just enough for us. So I bought a Huawei pocket wifi and loaded it up for one day at […]
We Had Aljanna Silver
20th October 2013
On October 20, 2013, I received the most special gift that I could ever wish for. I gave birth to Aljanna Silver or Asti. Back then, we were not yet as stable as we have to be. I was barely making enough to add to my husband’s salary. But I stood firm in my decision […]
I Started Do It Write Solutions
26th February 2014
In less than a year after I started freelancing, I was proud to say that I was doing “ok”. A lot better than when I started. I already have a steady stream of projects and I am able to say “No” to clients already. I was past the stage where I will work for anyone, […]
1st Freelancing Milestone
4th June 2014
This day marks my first year in freelancing. All I can say is that all the hardships that I encountered when I was starting is worth it. I am so glad I never gave up. MY TAKEAWAY FROM THIS MILESTONE: Taking it one step at a time is the key. There is no shortcut to […]
2nd Freelancing Milestone
4th June 2015
Today marks my second year in freelancing. I’m happy to tell you that I have been better since I started. This just goes to prove that when you don’t stop trying and improving, you have nowhere to go but up. I fell a few times, but I stood up and carried on. MY TAKEAWAY FROM THIS […]
I Became A Top-Rated Freelancer
8th August 2015
Today, I got an email that I have reached the Top Rated Program status of Upwork. I feel that all that I have been doing is finally getting something. MY TAKEAWAY FROM THIS MILESTONE: If you keep an eye on your goal and make sure that every step you take moves you closer to it, […]
3rd Freelancing Milestone
4th June 2016
Today marks my third year in freelancing. I am enjoying my life more than ever and I am very thankful to the clients and friends that helped me along the way. MY TAKEAWAY FROM THIS MILESTONE: I learned how to value my clients. I learned how to “fire” a high-paying client and choose a lower […]
Stand up and succeed.
I hope my experience was able to inspire you that if you want anything, you just have to work for it.
Here’s to your success. Our success.