Van Leo Adrivan

freelance wordpress web developer in philippines

About Me

In this page you’ll find out more about me, my work history, the dramas in my life, and how I got to be a freelancer.

I started as a Tier 3 SEO Employee for an American owned Outsourcing Company having over 40 employees that’s based in the Philippines last June 2009. I was able to excel on a very fast manner and ultimately got promoted as a Trainer in less than 2 months’ time, a team leader 3 months after, and supervisor by the 6th month since I was very versatile, works on a fast phase, and an efficient planner.

Before 2009 ended, the company I worked for suddenly closed and left me jobless after its CEO got imprisoned and deported back to America for reasons unknown to us employees.

Even though I was made aware of freelancing because of the nature of my work, I was left devastated and reluctant – I didn’t find any local job that would suit me plus I was not convinced about freelancing. However, before the 1st month of 2010 ended, I found myself a job that I love with the help of my friends – it was after all an SEO in nature plus I got to be a project manager. Then by September 2010, I finally had the guts and the chance to try out freelancing.

By 2011, I have had the funds to finally be an SEO and Virtual Assistant Outsourcing Provider. It was fun at start and not a single problem was encountered until 3 major clients suddenly backed off and left with unpaid invoices because of Google’s Search Engine update. The company I started didn’t have great financial backup and was not prepared to face such great roadblock. Hence, the company wasn’t able to stand on its own leaving previously happy and contented employees feeling tricked and betrayed. It was one of the most tragic event in my life because it was my first major failure which ruined my reputation for failing to catch-up with my employees expectations.

By the end of November 2011, I met a friend who was very eager to start out an outsourcing company and wants to start a partnership with me because of my previous experiences. Naturally, I refused his offer, but he was persistent and he was really good at advises which had me accepting his proposal. I got to be the CEO and everything was going so well. We were able to hire 15 employees plus they all work in an office we had setup and we even had good financial backup because we already had a list of possible roadblocks. It’s like dream come true for me and for my partner. However, on July 2012, I became the problem of the company. I discovered something really dark which made me nuts, unable to think clearly, unable to control myself, paranoid, uneasy, stressed, unwilling, and my decisions are just not constant and always changing – everything was just ambiguous after learning that my supposed to be spouse was cheating on me.

Tons of people gave me gazillions of advises, but not one went through my heart. I was working one day and on the following days I won’t be working for weeks – I always had a change of heart and things just went like that until finally on January 2013, the company was already unable to cover-up the losses. It’s just like my first failure, but it was by far the greatest, the grandest, and the saddest.

It took me so long to recover from everything I’ve been to and my life was just a total wreck. But this May 2013, I was able to gather some courage and decided I should start looking for work and start to build myself again, think positively, forget about the past, and move on just like everybody else to pursue the dreams I always had. Although I’m good to start working again, I still have a lot to cope-up with in terms of working as a freelancer but I’m always willing to learn more than ever.


Get in Touch


 +63 906 495 0448

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Working Hours

Mondays to Fridays from 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM and 17:00 PM - 12:00 AM Philippines time (GMT +8)

I work even on local holidays except Christmas and New Year.

I may also work on a different schedule and even on weekends depending on the needs of the client or on special occasions where work has been interrupted due to power outages.


“Without ambition one starts nothing. Without work one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“This is the real secret of life -- to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.”
― Alan Wilson Watts

“The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.”
― Jimmy Johnson

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