Anna Lee Salas, a 30-year-old licensed architect, is ranking tall in the field of architecture. She is not threatened by the challenges inherent in an industry considered to be a male territory. Having worked for one of the leading shopping malls in the Philippines as design specialist for a construction project, she undoubtedly has what it takes to compete for head-on.
Fascinated by beautiful houses and interiors at a young age and with an enthusiasm for drawing, she mostly designs the commercial building and residential house designs, however, does commission jobs on space planning, and interior and conceptual design and drafting. After seven years of employment, she determined to turn out to be a full-time worker on freelancer.com and is delighted with the benefits that came with it. Among such benefits is earning the higher income.
In the beginning, this girl was reluctant to resign from her job and become a full-time worker on freelancer.com, but the toxic commute from Manila to Quezon City and the pressure in the corporate world pushed her to do so. “You need to multi task to meet deadlines, complete the drawings, go to the site, procure materials, and in some cases, deal with difficult bosses. On freelancer.com, I can work as early as I want. No more traveling expenses, fatigue, and most of all, I have flexible time. I can even take a vacation and do my work there—just a laptop with an internet connection will do.”
The international exposure also trained her a lot. “I am learning new designs from different people and different cultures, and I am kept updated on design ideas. My clients and I learn so much from each other. As much as possible, if I still can, I always accept the project. I just keep in mind that I will learn new wisdom and knowledge in every project that I do.”
By working with a number of contractors and architects, she figured out more about space planning, interior design, and many others. Architecture evolves through time and freelancing helps her to be updated with the new trends.
When she had her first contract, a townhouse project, she could not believe it. After that, everything just came one after the other. Sometimes, she doesn’t even bid—they just offer the contract and all she needed to do was accept. She also gained regular clients coming from Australia, USA, and Canada.
“Freelancer.com totally changed my life. It gives me the best flexible time. I am earning so much more here compared to regular work. My expenses were also reduced and I don’t have to wake up too early or deal with a difficult boss.”
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