INTERNATIONAL Women’s Month celebrates women’s contributions and recognizes their value in every aspect of society. Over the years, many notable Filipino women have established successful businesses, fueling the entrepreneurial ambitions of women all over the country.

According to a recent study conducted by Dentsu Aegis Network’s Consumer Connection System(CCS)1, an average of 35 percent of women surveyed in five countries across Southeast Asia are thriving as entrepreneurs, and are currently selling goods and services as their primary source of income. The survey indicates that as entrepreneurs, these women are generating significantly more income than the national average salary. Ninety-three percent of women surveyed in Southeast Asia claimed that mass market technology had positively impacted their business, with 12 percent of Filipino female entrepreneurs selling exclusively online and using digital payment methods such as PayPal (33 percent).

“The boom in e-commerce has made online selling a profitable career,” said Rahul Shinghal, general manager for PayPal Southeast Asia. “PayPal is thrilled to be considered an enabler of this emerging business opportunity and will continue to empower entrepreneurs with the innovative and secure payment solutions we offer.”

An estimated half of the women surveyed in Southeast Asia are using their own savings to fulfill their entrepreneurial ambition. But these enterprising women are not alone in their aspirations to see their business flourish. PayPal, a global leader in digital payments, supports entrepreneurs by providing an easy, cost-effective and secure method of receiving payments in real-time.

One such example of females conquering the world of online freelancing is 24-year-old Janine Pring. She is currently the founder of creative design studio Dreametry, leading a team of more than 15 designers, programmers and artists.

“I began earning online when I was just 13 years old, mainly because I wanted to purchase online gaming cards. I started out with simple freelancing work such as forum posting and data entry, and over the years, I established myself in graphic design,” says Janine. “PayPal has been my payments partner ever since I started my career. PayPal offered me the utmost convenience and also provided assurance that my clients’ payments will be secure in each transaction.”

“By collaborating with leading telco providers in the Philippines, we give small business owners easy access to their hard-earned cash through PayMaya and G-Cash,” said Rahul. “With PayPal as a partner, these businesses are able to utilize the platforms and devices that are most convenient to their customers—including social media and mobile devices.”

In mid-2016, PayPal also launched PayPal.Me, a simple, fast, and personal way for freelancers, casual and social sellers, and B2B sellers to request money from anyone across the globe and get paid through their PayPal accounts with the click of a personalized link. Payment is quick and works on any device—on text message, email, instant messenger, social media post, blog, or on the web.

Women are aggressively making their mark as movers of the business landscape and shapers of the economy. With PayPal as a valuable partner, Filipinas with a passion for e-commerce can truly capitalize on their opportunity to achieve business success. PR