Freelancer Interview Series: September R., Personal Assistant/Project Manager

7 Aug

Our next featured freelancer is a teammate of mine on Odesk. We were hired at about the same time by the same client, but she’s working more on our client’s local business while I’m in charged of the client’s businesses on the web. September (Tep) has an extensive working experience for a local BPO, but she finds working from home more rewarding because she can spend a lot of her time with her son, Hunter. Here’s a transcript of our interview:

  1. How long have you been working online?
    • 1 year and 2 months
  2. Part Time or Full Time?
    • Full time
  3. What’s your current position/job now?
    • Personal assistant and/or project manager
  4. Can you give us a range of what you are paid per hour, per project, per article, etc…?
    • $6 per hour
  5. How do you get paid for online work?
    • Local Fund Transfer via Odesk
  6. How did you know there were opportunities for working online from home?
    • From friends who knew Odesk back then
  7. Did you have a day job before you started working online? What made you decide to work from home?
    • Yes. I wanted to have more time with my family at home but still earn a living.
  8. What was your first online job?
    • eBay Store Manager
  9. What are the skills required to successfully work from home?
    • English communication skills
    • eBay and/or Customer Service
    • Time management
    • MS word, excel, ppt
    • Welcome and appreciate honest feedback and/or construction criticism
    • Willingness to learn things and be better at it
    • Self-discipline
  10. What are the legitimate sites that newbies can go to if they wish to work from home?
  11. What’s the best thing about working from home?
    • I can be a mom, wife and a career woman all at the same time.
  12. What are the challenges you faced while working from home?
    • Internet downtime
    • Brownout
    • Lazy co-workers
  13. Do you think you’ll still want to have a regular job outside of your home? Why?
    • Not anymore.
  14. What is the best advice you can give to people who want to work from home?
    • A lot of patience and persistency in learning things to be equipped for the online world battle.

For moms like Tep and I, we love being able to multitask priorities as a mom, wife, and career woman as she mentioned on question 11. And for many moms, this is their motivation. Working from home allows you to be there for your child’s once in a lifetime moments and it can’t get any more rewarding than that.

If you’re a mom still stuck with your day job and are slowly opening your doors to working from home (and you have what it takes to do so), you can try signing up for an account on Odesk and start exploring the interface. It’s free and it could be your stepping stone to quit your day job and be a work at home mom like Tep and I.

You can sign up for oDesk here.



2 Responses to “Freelancer Interview Series: September R., Personal Assistant/Project Manager”

  1. Zsa November 8, 2012 at 12:44 pm #

    Hi Jan,

    I have recently joined Odesk that was last month and I have taken some Odesk tests to increase my chances on applying for more available jobs. So far I have 30 plus job applications, about 5 are in active folder (no feedback yet) and the rest are still waiting to be noticed.

    Will there be a chance for me to get hired? Should I wait for their response or should I further look in to other online work from home opportunities?

    Appreciate your advice, thanks.

    • Jan De Joya December 9, 2012 at 9:38 am #

      Hi Zsa,

      Getting a job on Odesk takes time especially if you’re new and have no experience to show for it. If you’ve worked online in the past, you can upload a portfolio so potential employers have an idea of the way you work. Don’t get discouraged right away but also keep your doors open for other opportunities online. You can also send me a link to your Odesk profile so I can check how you can improve it to attract more opportunities. Good luck!

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