When I first thought of online publishing and blogging, many people told me that the idea was “crazy” and the competition is quite stiff for a newcomer. They even convinced me that the idea was “totally crazy”. I must admit, I had also thought that it was “crazy” BUT that is how adventures are made, right?
My agenda is not really to compete. I would like to share my insights and not just about random rumblings about freelancing. I am also lobbying for the greater benefit of freelancers since there have been many instances and cases of freelancers being virtually abused around the world. Freelancing is a tough career choice and it would be somehow comforting to be around with people who can relate to what you are going through. Thus, I would like to form a freelancer’s community who will support and empower fellow freelancing professionals. Independence and codependency. I can also call myself a lobbyist. I am from Philippines. I would like the Philippine Government to heed to my advocacy of granting online professionals (individually operating vs. those operating and functioning as online agencies) tax exemption or at least tax incentives since it is a rising industry which can have a greater impact to the country in many ways (I am planning to write about this by the way). These are not just crazy thoughts, are they?
More often than not, people are afraid of hearing these type of loud and bigger ideas which they have had never heard of. People doubt. Before they know it, they have missed a chance that could have had made the difference. Though these people have discouraged me to proceed with my ideas, I still offered them to collaborate with me on the project. Alas, to no avail. It’s quite frustrating since a freelancing career needs a lot of optimism and creativity and most of those people that I invited to hop in to this “crazy” idea responded with very discouraging counter-ideas.
Well, the show must go on and this crazy idea must live and shine to the world!
There’s no better way to handle these negativity than proving them wrong. AoaFY will formally launch on October 4 (well, that is my birthday. Hopefully, these people would change their minds and view this “crazy ideas” in a more proactive and complementary perspective. With this in mind, I would like to invite you to contribute to AoaFY. Share your stories, tips, success, challenges you’ve encountered, write about yourself, and etc. It would be awesome if you can reach us by emailing us here.
We hope to hear from you soon. God Bless everyone!
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