Interview with an Online Freelancer : Melanie Cardano

Freelancer Hot Spot : Melanie Cardano

VA Freelancer Online - Work Online at Home

Proofreading, Editing, Article Writing, Customer Service

Cainta, Rizal, Philippines

“If you really want to be a freelancer, be prepared to do the work” – Mel

Freelance Portfolio and Social Media Links:

LinkedIn: Melanie Cardano
Upwork: Profile

Here’s another work online from home freelancer from Cainta, Rizal in the Philippines.

Let’s see what Mel’s been doing as an online freelancer, working as a writer and how she maintained to be successful on the global market.  Aside from being a creative writer, Mel shares some insights on working online! Here’s a great read from her blog, 5 Practical Ideas for New Freelancers.

Again, thank you for this opportunity and giving us a sneak peek on your online career history. Hopefully, you’ll never get tired of giving back to the community!

1. When and how did you start working online as a freelancer?

I started way back 2011 with part time writing projects and eventually decided to do it full time when I realized that it can be a lucrative source of income.

2. Do you have any background when you started applying for jobs?

I worked in the BPO industry for 7 years, but no background when it comes to freelancing.

3. What are the biggest challenges you faced when dealing with clients from other countries?

One of the biggest challenges is communication because my clients are from different time zones and are almost always busy with their businesses. I would be sending them messages or emails with queries on the project and would have to wait for them to respond, so it is never done real time. Setting up calls/meetings is also an exercise in patience.

4. What has been your most interesting project?

Each one is interesting because I learn something new and I get to add another skill to my list, but my favorite projects are the ones that involve editing.

5. Can you share some of the strange/weird job/s you accepted working online?

When I started freelancing, I could not afford to be choosy so I almost always accept a project as long as it pays well and the client is reasonable. Some of the weird ones I’ve done are: Writing articles for a website for Cannabis, writing short and interactive adult content, and creating content for a divorce lawyer’s website (since I don’t know anything about divorce – at least not from experience).

6. Perks in becoming an online freelancer.

Freedom – I get to earn money to support my family while still having the luxury of spending quality time with them, being able to guide them and going on vacations without having to worry about what will happen to my job while I am away or if I’m going to be able to get vacation leaves.

7. Advice you can give for newbies.

If you really want to be a freelancer, be prepared to do the work. Freelancing is not for everyone, but if you are determined to succeed, the rewards will far exceed your expectations.


Learn how you can find online jobs, work from home and get started with your online career, just like Sha.

Let me know what you think of this interview series. If you’re an online freelancer and want to be featured here. Contact me at snage323[at]gmail[dot]com.

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