Jonah Chipeco: From Freelance Writer to Asia's Writerpreneur
A Writerpreneur, a portmanteau of the words — writer and entrepreneur, is more than just a writer who makes money online through writing. A writerpreneur is a writer who has a mind of a businessperson.
Jonah Chipeco, the Founder of online school Writing Hacks Academy is an epitome of this word. Hence, in the Philippine freelancing world, she is known as Asia's Writerpreneur.
Jonah uses her creative gifts to form income-generating opportunities as an entrepreneur. She utilizes the power of writing as her foundation in solving her clients' and students' problems. Her writing skills are the building blocks of her business. As a Writerpreneur, she combined her passion for writing and entrepreneurship to produce and deliver information products that clients can study, use, or sell.
Jonah helps her clients and students promote their brand by teaching writing. She believes that content drives today's digital age. She emphasizes that writing and content marketing are the keys to promote one's business and services online. Jonah is the go-to person of the Filipinos who wants to begin with their writing journey. She empowers coaches, consultants, freelancers, entrepreneurs, and working professionals, unleash the potential of writing to elevate their authority in their chosen industry and attract clients.
Jonah's story as an entrepreneur began in 2011. She did multiple side-income projects in freelance writing, event organizing, and selling branded bags on top of her day job as a marketing manager.
2013: Jonah Chipeco with mom and sister selling bags in a bazaar
"I was working for a nonprofit for several years when I realized that I need extra income to make ends meet. I had to take the role of a breadwinner of the family while my brother and sister are still studying. So even if I already work overtime and sent to irregular shifts, I had to step up and find ways to increase my income."
A life-changing accident in 2015 made her acknowledged her dream of becoming a resource speaker. She desired to coach people and write books.
"I had an accident at the peak of my career―I slipped at the MRT station while going to a meeting one afternoon. I could not go to work for three months and had to undergo therapy until the sixth month. I realized that I only lived once and should have the courage to pursue what I want."
In 2016, Jonah crafted her path to achieving her dream of becoming a global speaker after recovering from the accident by starting as a freelance writer and trainer in the Philippines. She eventually founded Writing Hacks Academy — an online school where she launched her workshops, ebooks, and online courses to help entrepreneurs and freelancers use their writing skills in realizing their personal and business goals.
October 2019: Business Writing Training at the Ortigas Foundation Library Philippines
Since then, Jonah delivered more than 70+ public seminars in partnership with credible training institutions in the Philippines. She became a thought leader featured by media organizations such as Inc. Southeast Asia, Marketing in Asia, WheninManila.com, Eagle News Philippines, Business Mirror, and DWBL 1242 AM.
Indeed, Jonah Chipeco proves that you can be who you want to become in today's digital age. Being transparent and honest about what you want in life while taking action is worth it. Your passion can be your profession once you exert efforts to look at how you can serve through your skills.