Yesterday, I’ve had the privilege to meet a group of digital commuters like me who are virtual assistants. It’s been almost 2 years since I moved to Subic, and it was only recently that I finally learned that some of the seasoned freelancers in the Philippines are actually based in Zambales!
And one of them is Mitch.
If you’ve been scrolling through your Facebook feed for the past days and you’ve stumbled upon, shared, or even commented on the viral post with the hashtag #buhaynanay from Mitchteryosa.com, Michelle “Mitch” Cortez-Carvalho is the humor behind it.
Yes. Meet Mitch Cortez-Carvalho. When not blogging, she is a full-time marketing manager for an Aussie company who manages to work in the comfort of her own home, while still finding humor from her daily dialogues with her two adorable daughters.
I’ve had the pleasure to meet Mitch and her adorable mom, who was equally witty and humorous. It’s no surprise where Mitch got her wit (Okay, that rhyme was totally an accident haha but factual 😉 )
Seriously, it’s an amazing revelation to learn about the other side of Mitch during my interview with her.
TDC: You’ve been working as a digital commuter (freelancer) for quite sometime now. Have you ever considered working again in a traditional office? Why/why not?
Mitch: If I were to decide 5 years ago, I probably would. Now that I get to enjoy what others can’t from the traditional office set-up, why would I even trade those perks? I am now free from terrible office rumors, and office mates, so I am good haha! All good!
TDC: How has freelancing changed your life?
Mitch: It has transformed my being. I learned that I can be better than I was. I discovered that I can actually multi-task without feeling exhausted and miserable. I am also able to exercise the “we work on trust” team culture. Trust me, there’s a big difference when you manage people face to face than virtually. The best part – seeing my kids from the time they left for school to being home is something I wouldn’t trade for anything. This work set-up has actually made us closer. I also believe that I have already instilled in their young minds that a mother can do better than just finishing the house chores. At least I know when they grow up, they will have something to look back to that I was always around during their childhood.
TDC: Let’s face it, freelancing has its setbacks. How do you deal with it?
Mitch: I go back to the time when it was more stressful getting up so early to get to work and think of all the negative vibes that the traditional office set-up brought me, then I am okay. Or I literally put my make up on to feel good haha!
TDC: What kind of work do you do for your clients at the moment? Can you please tell us more about it?
Mitch: No clients, just an Employer. I work for an Australian Company as a full-time Marketing Manager, overseeing and managing the SEO and Marketing Support Team with 8 PH Staff. Pretty much the same approach when you work for private companies but without having to go office literally/physically.
TDC: If there’s one great lesson from freelancing that you would like to share to those who are just starting out, what would that be?
Mitch: Do not stop learning. Do not settle for the skill sets that you already have. Keep learning and do not be too competitive as others, instead, collaborate with those who have the same goal as yours, and that is LEARNING.
TDC: If you were to describe yourself as a freelancer in just 3 words, what would those words be?
Mitch: I’M A SURVIVOR! (Sorry, technically it’s 4 words haha!)