About Kaila Sharlene | Filipino Web Designer and Developer

A little bit about me and my freelancing journey...

Kaila Sharlene

It was early 2011 when I quit working as an ordinary office girl from a BPO industry in the Philippines. During that time, I still don't know which path to choose when it comes to my career life. Everything was so uncertain.

I searched for online jobs and I've found a lot of platforms for freelancers. I signed up on Upwork (formerly oDesk), Freelancer.com, and a lot more that I can't remember. Unfortunately, I haven't landed a single client on any of those platforms. I didn't stop searching for other opportunities online until I've found a work from home job from a local BPO company (again). I applied and got accepted. It was a great experience at first. But after several months, they changed the terms and it's no longer wise working with them. So I resigned.

I went back on Upwork and I didn't lose hope finding a client. During that moment, I didn't know anything aside from a simple data entry and research. Competition is tight on those jobs, that's why it's hard for me to find a client especially that I don't have a feedback on my profile yet.

April 2012, I've finally had my first ever client on Upwork! It was overwhelming. However, the downside with freelancing is that when you finish a project with a client, you have to find another one again, and again, and again. There are times that I am idle for few weeks or months after finishing one project. It's a good thing that I was able to find a long-term client. While working for him, I still look for some short-term clients, others are only project-based. Sad to say, my long-term client has to let go of me because his budget was tight. As a result, I was on the verge of giving up online work. I was being pressured to find a "real job".

Year 2013, I enrolled in college - a different course from what I took up previously. I studied Industrial Engineering and I work during my vacant hours. It was never easy. Until one day, clients keep pouring in until I can no longer handle my studies. It took me 4 semesters (2 years) in school before I've finally decided which to choose between work and studies. Since the opportunity is at my doorstep, I chose to dedicate my time with working from home. I had more time with my family and we get to travel often. No more exams to think of. Although I didn't finish this course, there's no regret on my part.

While working for different clients, I learned a lot in the process and I was able to upgrade my skills. From a simple data entry and research, I learned SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and different online marketing tactics. It was the start that I became in-demand to clients. Before, I was the one looking for clients every single day. Now, the clients were the ones inviting me to do the job for them.

Despite being in-demand to clients, I didn't settle for what I already know. My hunger for learning is unstoppable. When one of my clients asked me to design his website with some coding, I immediately accepted the task even though I didn't know anything about it. Thanks to my friend Google, I was able to deliver a high quality website and my client was so happy about it. Since then, I realized that website design and development is something that I'm really interested in. Now, I have built a LOT of websites (I already lost count) and I'm enjoying what I do.

I gained a lot of happy and satisfied clients over the years.

What I do aside from work?


Like most people, I also take a break from work once in a while. I go hiking and camping with my son. If not in the mountains, we just travel and explore places. I also collect banknotes of every country we visit.

This is one thing I liked the most in freelancing. I was able to do these things without worrying about absences and work schedule because I handle my own time. Don't worry. Before I take a break, I see to it that all the tasks are done. I always deliver work on or before the agreed deadline. And most of the times, I still work even we're traveling.

So yeah! Bring it on! I'm ready to take more projects and I assure you that you'll be satisfied with my work.

Let's Connect!

Thank you for your interest in working with me. You can email me directly for any questions you have and I will get back to you as soon as possible.