Dec 29, 2013

Jobs in Progress Equals Blog on Hiatus


It's been a while since my last post on this "absurd" blog. But I am finally back... and getting ready to overcoming absurdity in 2014.

Over the last 11 months, I've been working, pondering, and then, working my buns off.  I have had experiences worth telling, and so much stories to tell. They are too much for me that I found it hard to put them into words. I went through a lot of transitions, inner struggles, and was affected by the natural catastrophes that hit our region. Yet, despite the earthquake and super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) that had passed through the island, I still am grateful to find myself sitting in the corner of my cozy room with my fingers running on the keyboard doing what I am obliged to do. I am also grateful for the opportunities that came to me and for the wonderful and very considerate employers I have and have had at oDesk.com.

For the longest time, I've been running Source the News website and played a role since its inception. I admit, I'm not quite satisfied with the front end of the site, but it's still on the Beta phase. So, I'm still keeping my fingers crossed.

Second to this is my job with Travelogy.com Pte Ltd. I've been part of the great team at TripZilla, keeping the travel deals up and running in Singapore and Malaysia websites. Well, my position is "Social Media Manager + Travel Deal Hunter", but I am responsible for editing daily travel deals and adding up new travel deals that I find from various sources. They can be viewed at TripZilla.sg and TripZilla.my. Thanks to my immediate superiors, Ms. Nurmani Zulkifly and Joanne Yeo, for their direction and guidance.

I have also been doing research for other employers, finding blogs, names of journalists, and other relevant information. I have been working with Petter Servenius of Maybeauty/MayLash as well. I am in charge of generating leads for MayLash by finding fashion and beauty related blogs in the UK and adding their contact info into the database.

Most recently, I have completed a project with sir David of a Washington, D.C.-based tech policy consulting firm. David is a delight to work with and I am looking forward to working on other projects with him and his partner again.

I also have other jobs in progress but they have been paused or put on hold for months. So, I may have to ask them to probably end the contract if it goes on like this next year.

As the year soon comes to an end, I am hoping that next year will be as productive and promising as 2013 is.

What better way to end this post than by saying,
"Every beginning brings us closer to an end. Every end ushers us to a new beginning."

Feb 5, 2013

oDesk Financial Account Suspension!

It's only been a couple of days since I posted a topic about my oDesk experience. I shared how this has helped me professionally & financially. It's just ironic how the situation turned against me when I received an email notification from oDesk this morning. I was really shocked and worried when I see the notification on my profile. I never thought I would be scammed from this "secured" site.

"Financial Account Elmer Devilleres (810209) has been suspended.  Please contact customer support."
 

What the heck has just happened to my financial account? I have worked hard on every project that I have had, with the goal of providing satisfying results to my employers/clients. I am really doing each task with good intentions. I always aim for the best, to exceed my client's expectations. Yet, all of a sudden, I was being suspended by oDesk because of the unauthorized account used by my former client for payments.

 Here's the notification letter.

Feb 4, 2013

Absolute Pleasure to Work With

It actually feels odd and unusual for me to write and share my experiences and some personal stuff online, but it also feels great to read some experiences that lighten up my day. I used to keep a journal during my college years. I find solace in unloading these experiences in a journal, whether bitter or not. So, I might as well share some from working on oDesk.

Today, I am so delighted to read a message from my former employer on oDesk. He just gave me a 5-star rating with a very favorable review on my profile.

This employer is from the U.S. He hired me two months ago to write and post topics in a forum on his behalf. It was only a part-time job for me since I only have to work 2 hours a day, six days a week. The rate is $2.1 per hour, which is not really desirable but good enough just for a new experience.The job was completed in December, but the contract was put on hold for over a month since, as always, my clients are busy. A few days ago, I ended the contract for being inactive and unresponsive. I sent him a message telling him about the contract. This morning, I am surprised to see my profile with a very favorable review from him.

"Elmer was an absolute pleasure to work with.  He is an extremely hard worker, he speaks excellent English, and he is a very gifted writer.  If you are searching for a high quality individual to work with, have no hesitation in hiring him!"

Ehem! lower your eyebrows, please. I do not claim that I am what he says I am. In fact, I replied to him saying, "Thank you so much for the feedback. I didn't actually want you to over exaggerate it, but it really means a lot to me, though."

Feb 3, 2013

My oDesk Experience

When I first learned about oDesk, I was hesitant to join and a bit skeptical about its veracity. Then, I realized I had nothing to lose if I sign up to the site. So I did on July 26, 2010. But my skepticism never faded until a year later when I started applying and working on a very simple job in September 2011. What started as a tryout has turned into a fulltime freelance job. I even resigned from my day job to focus my time on oDesk.

I have been working on and off via oDesk.com for over a year now. I have had 26 jobs already, with over 2,500 hours of oDesk experience. I couldn't say this has been my productive career, since most of my jobs are at low rates and done at home. However, the oDesk experience has definitely helped me financially and professionally, and it contributed a lot in terms of my personal and family needs.  It even widened my views in life. It's been a bittersweet experience for me.

I may be working alone at home, but I am communicating and interacting with a bunch of employers/clients from the western part of the world. I have had clients from Canada, Australia, and other parts of America. I have also worked on projects which I never thought I could have done before, not even here in the Philippines. I have also had a variety of projects and performed various tasks doing things that are, somehow, different from my field of expertise. Yet, with and through the help and guidance of my employers, I was and, still, am able to work on them smoothly and effectively. My clients' feedback on my oDesk profile can attest to that.

I have also had clients who have been ungrateful to my service. Not because I am incompetent and irresponsible of the tasks given to me, it was simply because of the loads of projects that I have had. This is what really happens when you want to earn more and you thought you can still do more. It actually happened in April last year. The thing was, I had 5 jobs in progress on oDesk and a full-time job in the Philippines during that time. The problem occurred when I kept on accepting jobs thinking that I could do them all at the same time. As a result, I got loads of projects and tasks to do which I couldn't handle myself. Even with the help of my colleague and brother, I still wasn't able to give the desired results. Thus, I got an unfavorable feedback with a low star rating on my profile. Well, lesson learned for me.

I am still working on a few projects with other employers right now. I would now settle to 3 jobs in progress at most. The experience is not as exciting as it was, though, the first time I worked with different clients on oDesk. Yet, with this experience, I can say that I have learned more than I ever thought of. I have learned to value time and every opportunity that comes to me. Most of all, I have learned to value my family and my time with them.