We can make everything
I’m Cyryl Bitangcol. I live in Philippines and I love being a freelance web developer. My life is better because of working at home with my family and 2 kids.
I had a normal “job” for about a year after college and my biggest goal at that time was to be able to learn everything in short span of time and build a business. I managed to quit back in 2011 and worked from home for myself ever since then.
When I first apply for a job I really don’t know what to do or what to say as what I have is a plain resume filled with my personal information, educational background, skills, and full confidence with myself to talk with the business owners.
I remember March 2011 when Unisson Company based on France hired me and believe on my skills to do and work for their e-commerce website using PrestaShop and some clients website to be built using WordPress, as I don’t have any idea on what to do and that’s the start I self-study about Content Management System (CMS), and this is the start of my journey.
Yes, because of being a Freelance Web Developer and Designer I get to play a lot, spend a lot of time with my wife and kids, and get out with my friends. I work for about less than I work on a regular job and earn more.
What’s really great about working at home are:
Flexibility – It gives me a freedom to work in my time.
Save Money – as I am free for any unnecessary expenses like traffic, travel costs, foods.
Home and Family – I am able to spend more time with my family and friends, I can respond to a family emergency the fastest time possible.
Healthier Life – I have enough sleep complete from 6-8 hours, no more corporate politics, toxic co-workers, terror boss (being a freelance developer you will feel that you are a business partner part of a company and success), less stress and you can have a break whenever you feel you need to.
You can work anywhere – if I can work from home, I can work anywhere as long as I have my laptop and a good and stable internet connection.
Design your own office and workstation – this would be a one great benefits of me having an online job as I can design my workplace, decorate my room and build my computer rig with a higher spec.
Become more independent – I have learned more about taking a project, be responsible and talk directly to an owner, deal with price and project estimation.
I earn a decent income, enjoy a generally higher standard of living, raise my children on my own which is a luxury most Filipino parents don’t get to do.
My Computer Rig
- Desktop: Intel Core i5 4590 CPU @ 3.30Ghz
- Laptop: Intel Core i7-9750H 6 x 2.6 – 4.5 GHz, Coffee Lake-H
- Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile
- Memory: 8gb DDR4 2666MHz SDRAM
- Storage 1: 1000GB / 8GBSSD SSHD (FireCuda)
- Storage 2: 256GB M.2 NVMe
- Resolution: FullHD 1920×1080
- OS: Windows 10 Pro (64x)
- Internet: ICT Converge 25mbps Speed