Having graduated from university in 2004, James jumped straight into the world of IT support. It seemed like the natural career path to take with his newly acquired Business Information Systems degree in hand.
However, while dealing with people and fixing IT issues on a daily basis was something he enjoyed, James never really felt challenged by his work. And, despite being promoted to a managerial position and finding himself working for an international accountancy and business advisory firm, James needed a new direction in life.
It was then, in 2010, that he decided to take a leap of faith and move to the Philippines to pursue a freelance writing career. This will be James’s sixth year now abroad and he says that he hasn’t regretted his decision one iota.
Why I’m Supporting #MicroBizMattersDay
I felt honoured when Tina asked if I would be a part of #MicroBizMattersDay. I’m only a freelance writer after all, but then I guess that qualifies as a micro business, right?
Having worked on a freelance basis since 2010, I know first-hand how difficult it can be to secure enough work to keep your family financially secure.
I was very lucky with the clients I managed to secure at the start of my venture and still do work for the majority of them to this day. But the reality is that I had zero help carving out a living for myself here in the Philippines.
Initiatives like the #MicroBizMattersDay are absolutely fantastic for both people who already have micro businesses and those thinking of starting one. We all need help from time-to-time and getting the right information and support at the start of a new venture is invaluable.
I’ve always worked for large companies. I thought it was the only way to guarantee career progression and job security. But while the corporate benefits were good, being a small fish in a large pond never really suited my personality.
It’s only now I appreciate how rewarding and challenging running a micro business can be and that’s why I’m throwing my support behind Tony and Tina and everyone else associated with #MicroBizMattersDay on January 8.
Providing my Filipino Internet connection serves me well, I’ll be joining the Home Business Hour discussion, offering advice on working remotely and elaborating on my Southeast Asian odyssey. I’m learning new things all the time and I’m sure January 8 will be yet another school day for me.