How do you negotiate your way into increasing your payrate? I met a French girl in Malaysia traveling the world. She’s young, 25 yrs old, and have been to different countries already.
Deep inside, I was green with envy on how a 25 year old can travel without working for years.
I’m working myself with different projects online, but I can’t fill up my travel fund that fast. In fact, I felt like a loser multitasking while we were traveling together while she was just enjoying her time sight seeing.
She gave me a tip. She traveled to Australia and working in a farm gave her so much travel funds.
I asked myself, do I need to go to Australia to work in a farm too?
I’m technically skilled, I have years of work experience, I even hold a high position in one of my projects.. and we have a farm in the PH, I’d rather work in our own farm instead even if it’s just for the family’s self sustainability.
After a root cause analysis, I figure it has something to do with the way I negotiate my payrate. I can’t always sell myself short just because I’m not from a first world country.
So yeah, I go back to my first sentence question.
How do you negotiate your way into increasing your payrate?
And after much pondering and asking around, I may need to let go of some projects that drains me of positive energy so I can move forward.
Before that, I need to focus on what I do best.They are the following:
A. Authentic Story telling – reason why clients are hesitant to ask my services to promote their business like hotels or tours, because my honesty is very expensive :D
B. Streetsmart Travel – bring me anywhere and I’ll survive. I may look like a shy fragile dark skinned probinsyana but I’m a warrior in my head. I love to stay at communities that advocates the sustainable lifestyle. If you know one, please bring me there.
C. Homestays – After collecting mishaps from the recent South East Asia trip, I decided to just stay put and not travel overseas.. sorry trolls who enjoys reading how I torture myself. I do love to stay at different homes and showcase them as a homestay so my friends who owns the homes can earn too.. i can still go back to traveling, who knows what the future holds.
D. Technology – I love and hate it. But tech work is one of my highest paying gigs.. so as much as I love offline moments, I have to bear myself to be online to toil for moolah.
I must not forget to document all the tech challenges that I solved this year:
1. Solved malware infection on blue host websites. Saved me a lot instead of paying for expensive softwares to clean the site.
2. Managed tech auditors to do a country wide evaluation of a high end tech brand
3. Changed themes of my website
4. Created an analytics plugin – will create a blogpost about this soon
5. Solved a paypal bug where someone can’t send money in USD currency because she only has SGD.. it’s still a paypal bug but at least I found a workaround on how to send money without encountering issues.
My current tech challenge is:
1. How to develop an App for one of my projects.
2. How to get more technical writing projects. Maybe this gig can get me more offline moments, so I’d focus on this too.
3. How to get high paying clients preferably in the tech field
4. How can I get a macbook as a gift (because 3rd world salary is alloted for house projects, buffet food and coffee needs)
Here are the updates on my major projects:
grasya.com – I love my advertisers! Some have been with me since 2012 and have tolerated all my crazyness. This year, my web host sponsor will be retiring on giving me freebies so I have to be sustainable and pay for my own host and that’s where the advertisers fee was allotted.. Plus I did a giveaway for a lucky reader so she can avail to stay in different beautiful homes in Malaysia, Thailand and Singapore for free. In the end, not much ROI that I got for grasya.com but I’m happy to be giving.. hope we can give more in the future ha. That’s how I love my readers too.
Readers who have been searching my blogs are interested in: Philippine Tribes; and How to bake a cake; Thailand vs Philippines, and Things to buy in Nepal
Brand Evaluations – I am paid to criticize luxury brands. I manage elitists, CEOs and other socialistas so they can get paid while window shopping. Now, my focus is to actually have the means to pay for those expensive stuff that I’m criticizing.
Book – I’ve been reading waaay too much so it’s high time for me to get started on writing one. I’m compiling herb medicines and other alternative treatment. If you want to get a copy, reach out to me at grasya (at) grasya dot com. I will ask you for a donation so we can in turn give back to individuals and communities that needs it most.
grasya.org – a portion of my advertisers fee goes to the buffet feeding program of the Elderly in my small community. There was also a sponsor who have donated lots of clothes to them, thank you sooo much. Hopefully I can reach out to more people who needs help. Let’s see what the future holds. How to help? Ask me.
To be honest, I want to take on all the projects that comes my way. But my human capabilities are limited so I need to leverage. I have other mini projects that have become stagnant and still in the zygote stage of development. There are also times where my major projects are draining me out of positive energies that I just want to be offline and curl up in a book.
Then I realize, I need travel funds.
But since I’m not traveling out of the country at the moment anyway, being offline and just reading books and gardening is really tempting.. maybe I will do that one time to find my zen. Who knows what the future holds.
PS. I’m collecting fairy mentors, people who are passionate about living life, those who are successful in their fields and wants to mentor the next generation. Feel free to reach out at grasya (at) grasya dot com and let’s collaborate.