Our Story

Welcome! I’m Ella Pelayo.


My goal is to work behind the scenes so you can run your business with ease.

We’re here to help you accomplish more things.

We want you to save time by doing all the tedious tasks so you can spend it with people that truly matters to you.

We want you to escape and  not worry about marketing your business. Go on vacations as often as possible.

We want you to go finish and read that book on your nightstand while we work on engaging with your customers.

We want you to be there on your daughter’s 7th birthday celebration while we work on creating an awesome website for you. 

We want you to go on Saturdates with your special someone while we work on creating strategic social media posts.

We help you escape task-ville so you can have more time pampering yourself.

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Here’s how we can help:

We provide online business support to passionate entrepreneurs who wants more out of life.

We help create online marketing strategies to elevate your online business.

We create, design and develop your website so that you can use it as a tool that will show who you are and what you stand up for.

We help save time by doing the majority of your administrative work.

We educate entrepreneurs on how they can efficiently delegate tasks to have a more balanced virtual lifestyle.


More Client Testimonials here

Our Story and Pics.

I’m an Online Business Strategist. A virtual assistant, a project manager, social media marketing maven and a WordPress geek rolled into one. But this didn’t happen overnight!

In 2005, I was living the life of my dreams: happy wife, just bought a car, and working as a Senior Assistant Operations Manager for Customer Support in one of the leading local bank in Asia. Then an amazing blessing arrived – I became an adoptive mother! Woo Hoo! This milestone should’ve made my life complete… right?!

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This is me in 2005 still at the Corporate World – before I found my freedom.

But nope. It actually even made me even more sad.

I was sitting in front of my computer as tears running through my eyes 1 month after. I just want to run home, and just stay with my daughter all day. I want to spend more time with her and not miss any milestone (ever) in her life. However, I can’t. I shouldn’t because I am the sole bread winner for our family. While that guilt song is playing in my head, my body just acted up – I went straight to my boss workstation, poured my heart out and I can clearly remember my last words – “I guess this is it for me. This will be my last day here (enter Jaw drop look from my boss here)”

“If something is important enough,

even if the odds are against you,

you should still do it.”

– Elon Musk, Tesla Motors & SpaceX Founder

 1 week after this scene, hubby and I decided to relocate to our province and start a new life with our lovely daughter. I tried looking for work here, but reality struck me. There are no work opportunities here in this small town that can suffice what we financially need, given the kind of lifestyle we had.  

This is where you and I are the same: I really wanted to be profitable for my family without losing any valuable time with them. 

That’s when I found the virtual assistance industry. My research leads me to my first client who was someone who was looking for a date to fill in his weekends. Sounds funny right? Sadly, it is true. This is when I started investing more time researching, finding my niche and just getting more and more training in this industry I have never even heard of before. I was the first and the only Aklanon who first ventured into working as a virtual assistant.

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During my freelancing days – my first workspace at home!

Almost 7 years after, our clients are mainly successful entrepreneurs from all over the world who are passionate in their respective industries. Because of that, my story has been featured in a book called: Entrepreneurial Virtual Assistant and has been featured in Philippine Virtual Assistant Network (PVAN).

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In 2011, I realized I can’t do all of this awesome work on my own and started building my multi-virtual assistant business, giving birth to The Office Escape. 

It was because of this decision, that now I can serve clients with the same passion – I too, am an entrepreneur.

I work with amazing Filipino young professionals who shares the same vision – helping you succeed. 

Read my post: Why I Chose to Become an Entrepreneurial VA 

Together, we also help local young college students become competitive in the online industry and train them to become the next big thing online through our internship program.

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Like you, we want to make a difference.

We believe that there are no small or big acts of kindness. One good deed goes a long way. So we continually reach out and give back in times of need, even during the most recent Super Typhoon Haiyan, where we ourselves were survivors.

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Rice distribution with our team in Ochando, New Washington, Aklan last November 2013, after Super Typhoon Haiyan.

Now You Should:

Find out how you can escape office chaos through our blog posts. We write about productivity and organization tips, delegation, team work and marketing.

Work with us! Don’t waste more time doing the things we can do for you. Check out what we offer here. While you’re there, glance over at our portfolio. If you have other ideas on how we can work together - drop me an email at ella@theofficeescape.com

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