The freelancing industry in the country is steadily growing. In fact, it has been reported that "the number of Filipinos doing home-based online freelancing work is now closely approaching a million individuals." In an interview released mid last year, Mochito Ibrahim, deputy executive director of the Department of Science and Technology Information has estimated around 800,000-900,000 freelancers in the country.
The initial difficulty was found in managing such a large number that continues to grow to this day. The arrival of Raket.ph has helped in personalizing freelancing to specifically meet the needs of Raketeers.
For this purposes, Raket.ph has worked double time in the less than a year since it started in order to ensure that their raketeers, as well as their clients, are well taken care of. And so far, the stories have been inspiring.
Geli Balcruz was at first hesitant in joining Raket.ph. The calligrapher with a day job, Geli Balcruz first heard of Raket.ph through her good friend, Maude Iriberri. Before Raket.ph, Geli Balcruz thought it would be difficult to turn calligraphy into more than just a hobby. However, her curiosity got the best of her and she signed up for a Raket.ph account. Soon doors opened and she now her own client base grew.
Geli Balcruz believes that Raket.ph has paved the way for her by giving her the proper exposure she needs, “As a raketeer, my biggest need would be getting proper exposure for the type of work I do. Finding the right client who appreciates my craft is a gold mine because you know they also appreciate the process involved when completing the work.”
Geli Balcruz credits Raket.ph in helping propel her business, “Raket.ph helped me in terms of self-promotion, I got inquiries from time to time regarding the work that I do. Also, my network is expanding and I am happy to hear that some of them also have an account. I also love the fact that Raket.ph informs us, raketeers, of workshops and opportunities for self development that would also help us in our business.”
The Raket.ph team has been working double time as well to improve their current pool of Raketeers through workshops as mentioned by Geli while at the same time also making transactions easier between client and rakeeters through partnerships with companies like VMoney and Manila Workshops.
Truly at Raket.ph, the freelancing dynamics is changing radically. Here's Geli's profile: http://raket.ph/gelibalcruz
Authored by our very own Carla Bianca V. Ravanes! Check out her profile!