The benefits of self-employment were Marcelino’s main incentive when he became an independent contractor within Appco’s network after graduating from university.
Six years on, he is a marketing company owner and says the freedom of being his own boss is still a highlight.
I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in political science, in 2010, and began working as an independent contractor.
The idea of working for myself was appealing because I felt it would give me greater control over my future – my progress would be determined by my own hard work.
The longer I stayed in the industry, the more advantages I found.
I discovered how much I enjoyed mentoring others, helping them build their careers as I continued to build my own.
My long-term aim was to have my own business, and my determination paid off last year when I became an owner partner.
But I’m far from done. If anything, reaching that goal has inspired me to think even bigger. My next move is to open the third office in the Phillippines contracting to Appco. This new office will be at the Ortigas Center, located on the financial and central business district boundaries of Pasig, Mandaluyong, and Quezon City.
Being self-employed has given me more freedom, both with time and income, but it has also allowed me to develop professionally and personally.
Each day, I learn more from other people in the industry, and I am able to pass that on to others who are just starting out in their careers.
As I continue to move forward, I can only see more opportunities to learn, develop and progress.
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