Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in freelancing but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Princess Shechinah Jed Javier, a video editor and content creator based in Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

I am a video editor, and I help people find their voices and express their intent more effectively through video. Most people come to me for a fresh look into their content and to find a new, more sustainable way to push out content to their audience. Others come to me for advice on the workflow and find the balance between focusing on their businesses and content creation. My customers range from first-time YouTubers finding a way to penetrate the market to business owners looking to expand their reach and grow faster.

Tell us about yourself

I started working in college as a sound editor and occasional video editor for short films made by colleagues and fellow students. I jumped onto the digital platform and social media video editing when I landed a gig post-college. I've always enjoyed putting pieces together, like shots to a scene, so the grind has always been fulfilling for me.

One of the first things that motivate me to keep moving forward is the freedom and flexibility that my services provide, not just for my clients but also for me. I enjoy the challenge of working remotely but meeting new people and connecting with them personally and professionally.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

So far, my biggest accomplishment is that almost everyone I've worked with has always returned for a second project or reconnected in one way or another. It's the relationship with my clients that matters the most. And the feedback that they leave you after each project is one of my biggest accomplishments. So there's that.

What's one of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner?

For me, it's figuring out what you are as a business and what you value and figuring out how to offer that to your customers in a way that everything is balanced out - from financing to execution.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

  1. Skill up. You'll never know what kind of challenges will come up concerning technology. Always find a way to learn something new, and I assure you there will come an opportunity where your skills will be valuable. What matters is you're prepared for when it comes knocking on your door.
  2. Connect, connect, connect. Find people you share values with - it doesn't matter if you're on the same or different career path. There's a saying where it says something like, "Pay attention to your relationships. The quality of your network is just as important as the value you offer."
  3. Focus on what matters. It's easy to get caught up in what everyone else is saying. Find what matters to you and create a business model based on those elements.

Where can people find you and your business?


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