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The Freelancer Fair: What to Expect

Last year, my friend, Evan and I thought of a way to help the freelance industry in the Philippines. During that time, we were creating pocket and intimate events. Freelancers would gather and talk about their Freelance profession. It’s so nice to notice that nowadays, the individuals in this ecosystem are uniting and more and more entities seem open to supporting this economy. We then thought of creating The Freelancer Fair, an event that would gather all freelance professionals, licensed professionals, and small business owners in one roof.

In November 19, 2016 at The Tent, Acacia Estates, Taguig City, Manila Workshops and the Department of Informations, Communications and Technology will be holding the biggest freelancing event in the Philippines called The Freelancer Fair. The Freelancer Fair will be a whole day gathering of freelancers, professionals, business owners and brands that truly support this growing ecosystem.

Please do come and make the most out of it. Build alliances, start collaborations and make new friends. A big part of creating and sustaining a successful freelance career is the support that each one will lend you as you grow your business.

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What to Expect during The Freelancer Fair

During the event, there will be that will talk about different topics that will introduce the community to new concepts, teach aspiring freelancers and newcomers what freelancing is all about and several tips to improve their skill to effectively deal with clients.

The specific topics that will be discussed are the following:

– Building Alliances: Freelancing in the Philippines
– Government’s Role in Building Alliances with Freelancers
– 7 Steps to a Successful Freelance Business
– How to Stand Out: Branding 101
– Simple Taxation for Freelancers
– Art of Pricing
– How to Get International Clients
– Government Benefits for Freelancers
– Receiving Cross-border Payments
– Local Payment Transfers with Paymaya
– 7 Tools that Multiply your Freelance Earnings
– Business Correspondences and Maintaining Key Relationships

Aside from these amazing talks at the Main Hall / Expo Area (The Tent, Acacia Estates), we will be having more in-depth talks at CASA REAL, which is just a stone’s throw away from The Tent. In this venue, the more advanced freelancers can take a pick or attend all of the Premium Talks available.

Here are the tracks that are available:

MARKETING TRACK (10:00 AM to 12:00 NN)
Learn more about creating digital marketing plans and social media from Mr. Rey Baguio of Zarangola Media.

CONTENT TRACK (1:00PM to 3:00 PM)
Learn more about how to create effective content that will sell and get the message across from Ms. Ana Santos of Writer’s Block Philippines.

DESIGN TRACK (3:30 PM to 5:30 PM)
Learn more about design thinking and the basics of user experience with Mr. Philip Smithson, Director of On-Off Design & Technology.

Apart from the informative talks mentioned, there will be around 50 booths of different freelancers and brands that support the community. The different communities that will be present are Freelancing.ph, OnlineJobsUniversity.com, Freelance Blend, Tycoon.ph, Ideaspace, Work in Freedom, Online Filipino Freelancers, The Virtual Nomad, Zarangola Media, Bloggers ng Pinas, Graphic Artists Philippines and Raket.ph.

This event is made possible with the help from these sponsors:

Uber: Uber will give out free rides (up to Php 150 credits each) to new users from now until November 19, 2016. The code is TFF2016!

PayMaya: Paymaya will be giving out Free Paymaya cards

Payoneer: Payoneer is inviting all of us to come to the Freelancer Forum. You can sign up here: http://register.payoneer.com/register-payoneer-forum-manila-29nov-kat/

Taxumo: Taxumo is inviting everyone to sign up in their system http://taxumo.com. They can process your tax payments for you in this simple system!

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Thank you to our minor sponsors!

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Thank you, too, to our media partners, When in Manila, Inquirer POP, Yuneoh, Manila Bulletin, Voice of the Youth Radio, Creativoices and MommyGinger.com.

Tickets to The Freelancer Fair is just at Php 500. This includes access to the talks at The Tent and access to the booths. For those who want to attend the Premium Talks as well, each Track is at Php 1500 and Php 3000 to attend all three tracks. Premium tickets have access to the Expo area, as well. Tickets are available at: http://TheFreelancerFair.com

For sponsorship and booth inquiries, please contact Charis.Villamin@ManilaWorkshops.com
For more details about the expo, please contact Rhea.Buenavista@ManilaWorkshops.com

Hope to see you there!

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The Best Free Blogging Sites

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There are a lot of aspiring bloggers who don’t know what free tool to use for the blog that they want to create. What are the best free blogging sites in the market? So today, let me go through the list of the best free blogging sites that you can use.

WordPress

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The first on my list is one that I use myself. I highly recommend that you start with WordPress. All you need to do is go to wordpress.org and download the software script. The minimum requirement is that you have your own host. Don’t worry about hosting! There are a lot of reliable hosts in the market. You can check out Bluehost (CLICK HERE).

Weebly

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I’m building a blog for my daughter and I am seriously considering this. Since most of the content that she produces is on Youtube.com, she only needs a site where she could amplify the content that she has made. What I like about Weebly is that the free designs are very elegant and modern. If you are putting up an online store, Weebly is one of the best free blogging sites for you. It has features for e-commerce. It provides an easy way of link-up to your social media accounts.

 

Tumblr

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Tumblr is a classic. It was one of the sites that I had before I had a full blown one using WordPress. What I love about Tumblr is that it is so simple to do anything you want to do. The user interface is so easy. You can upload a photo, share a link, share a video or an audio; it can help you post practically anything under the sun.

Blogger

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Blogger is one of the favorites of blogging newcomers! A lot of people find it easy to navigate through Blogger. It is a free service with a free domain in Blogspot.com. My first blog, ManilaReviews.com was actually on blogspot before we migrated to WordPress.com. You can sign in using your Google ID, since Blogger is a Google service. It also offers customized themes and is simple to use.

These are just some of the best free blogging sites that you can use. Here are other resources or articles that you can check out:

http://www.creativebloq.com/web-design/best-blogging-platforms-121413634

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I hope you found today’s blog post under my blog series useful! Talk to you again next Friday. Please do not forget to leave a comment below on other topics related to blogging that you would want to know. If you have questions, feel free to leave a comment.

 

 

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Businesses for Couples to Start: An Interview with Jeff & Ingrid of Stationer Extraordinaire

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I met up with a couple who wanted to to share with me what their business was. It was perfect! I get a lot of inquiries about what types of businesses for couples to start that can give them financial success and happiness (awww…). I was truly inspired by this couple that I met. They made me thing about making my interviews with new businesses as regular as possible. I dub Thursdays to be the BE INSPIRED DAY! haha!

Every Thursday (hopefully), I plan to continue the tradition of interviewing startups and small businesses all around the globe! Yes, I definitely said ALL AROUND THE WORLD! I will interview single people, who found it challenging to uproot themselves from their current mindset. These people launched a successful business. We will learn from married couples who have amazing tips on businesses for couples to start. I will meet and interview tech start-up founders. Interviewing these tech-y peeps is so cool. Every Thursday will be such a happy and inspiring day!

So going back, today’s topic is a classic example of one of the businesses for couples to start. Jeff and Ingrid have been married for 10 years. They decided to put up a retail business called Stationer Extraordinaire. With only a few months into it, this lovely and cute couple share their experience as a couple in running a business together — a business that is in its early stages.

Jeff and Ingrid of Stationer Extraordinaire

Jeff and Ingrid of Stationer Extraordinaire

Check out this interview with Jeff and Ingrid if you are interested in getting into a retail business or to know what happens when couples go into business together. By the way, this interview is a part of the Pay it Forward Facebook Live sessions brought to you by Payoneer Philippines and the Work in Freedom community. We, at the work in Freedom community, will be doing this on a monthly basis!

Sharing this video interview which I uploaded on GTV (wooohooo! It’s alive again!).

It was one of the most fun interviews I had. We really had a great time laughing and sharing thoughts! Hope you learned a lot! Share with us what new insights or realizations you had after watching this video. Feel free to comment on the video in Youtube!

For more information about Yumi Journals and Kaweco Fountain Pens:

Website: https://www.stationerextraordinaire.com/

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The Freelance or Gig Economy

On the way home yesterday, I was listening to a podcast entitled The Future of Work. It focused on discussing the growing new economy called the freelance or Gig Economy. In this podcast, you will hear Redd Horrocks, a voice over artist on Fiverr, Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach, Director of the Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution, Cori O’Steen, Founder and CFO of UPakNShip and Laura Chambers, Vice President of Consumer Selling at eBay.

Here is the copy of the Podcast:

When we hear the word freelance or gig, we don’t think that this type of thing can last. Even when the word Freelancing is thrown into the picture, we think all of these are just way to flimsy to rely on when it comes to making it a source of living for yourself and your family. But I actually know of a lot of people who live, eat, drink and breathe because they are deeply into the freelancing business.

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In the Philippines, an event called The Freelancer Fair will be held on November 19, 2016. It was conceptualized, not only for the current freelancers in our country, but for those aspiring to be one and for those who want to understand the freelance economy. For those who want to know what or who exactly FREELANCERS are, they are actually professionals. By definition, professionals are those who use their talent and skill to earn. Yes, this is what we want to stress that freelancers are actually professionals.

And with The Freelancer Fair, we want to show the world (not only the Philippines, mind you) that there are a lot of Filipinos who are talented at what they do and hiring freelancers for your business or corporation is an option. We want to teach freelancers how to manage their freelancing business. We want for them to know how to sustain this business. For those who aspire to be freelancers, we want to show them also how to enter this freelance economy.

The Freelancer Fair is something so close to my heart. One of my missions is to help people in this ecosystem and to help our economy by advocating for more jobs via freelancing. I really hope that you can make it and listen to the talks of our speakers. The complete list of speakers are:

Here is the Program of Events:

Time Topic and Speaker
8:00 AM Registration
9:00 AM Building Alliances: Freelancing in the Philippines with Evan Tan, Freelancing Advocate
9:30 AM Keynote Speaker: Government’s Role in Building Alliances with Freelancers with Monchito Ibrahim of DICT
10:00 AM 7 Steps to a Successful Freelance Business with Marvin De Leon of Freelance Blend
11:00 AM How to Stand Out: Branding 101 with Fitz Villafuerte of 199jobs.com
12:00 NN Lunch
1:00 PM Art of Pricing with Francis Guintu
1:30 PM How to Get International Clients with CJ Maturino of Online Filipino Freelancers
2:00 PM Business Registration with Dandy Victa of Manila Service Review  
3:00 PM Receiving Cross-border Payments with Payoneer
3:00 PM Local Payment Transfers with Paymaya
4:30 PM 7 Tools that Multiply your Freelance Earnings with Genesis Reonico of OnlineJobsUniversity.com
5:30 PM Business Correspondences and Maintaining Key Relationships with panelists: Charlie Aquino of Sophie Creatives and Pau Lagura of RIS Philippines
6:00 PM Socials & Networking with Games & Surprises

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Aside from these amazing talks at the Main Hall (The Tent, Acacia Estates), we will be having more in-depth talks at CASA REAL, which is just a stone’s throw away from The Tent. In this venue, the more advanced freelancers can take a pick or attend all of the Premium Talks available. Here are the tracks that are available:

MARKETING TRACK (10:00 AM to 12:00 NN)

Learn more about creating digital marketing plans and social media from Mr. Rey Baguio of Zarangola Media.

CONTENT TRACK (1:00PM to 3:00 PM)

Learn more about how to create effective content that will sell and get the message across from Ms. Ana Santos of Writer’s Block Philippines.

DESIGN TRACK (3:30 PM to 5:30 PM)

Learn more about design thinking and the basics of user experience with Mr. Philip Smithson, Director of On-Off Design & Technology.

If you want to understand the Freelance World, come and join us on November 19, 2016 at The Tent Acacia Estates!

Map to The Tent Acacia Estates here: https://goo.gl/maps/q4oNrpZpufA2

Hope to see you there!

P.S. For those who want to secure a booth, we have a few booths available! Please contact Charis.Villamin@manilaworkshops.com 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Is this Business Blog All that Matters?

I bought a planner last week, and it had pages where I could write all my dreams and aspirations. The funny thing is that, for someone who loves to plan, for the coming year, I have so many things in my head that I didn’t know what to write. I thought of so many plans for my startup and for this blog that seems to be evolving into a business blog. My thoughts wandered from my business blog, to goals, to my life plan and then to feeling inadequate. I felt so tired and confused after thinking about all of these things. Surprisingly, I then got an email from my blogger mama friend, Tina, telling me about the Kerygma Conference 2016.

I opened the media kit, and the title of the press release hit me. The title was: “Feeling Stuck? It’s Time to Move Forward.” Was this a sign? I continued to read it and then I decided to share it in this blog, because there might be others like me who feel lost and confused on what they want from 2017 or even from their LIFE.

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The topic for this year’s Kerygma Conference is FORWARD. It’s the perfect theme for those who want to achieve their dreams this 2017. Bo Sanchez’s Kerygma Conference, this coming November 17 to 20 will be at SMX and SM MOA Arena. I have heard a lot of people say that this is a life-changing conference. It is a venue of hope and inspiration so that more people will be blessed and empowered in all aspects of their lives.

In the Kerygma conference, there are plenary sessions and classes you can choose to attend. Some can help answer your questions on career, business, family life and raising kids. I’m thinking of attending because I know that I can share some insights also with you for this business blog that I have.

There will be five streams, i.e. five sets of classes happening from Thursday to Saturday. You might be interested in setting up a family business. These classes can help you: “How to Bravely Move Forward in Business,” “Secrets on How to Let Money Work for You,” and “Walking the Entrepreneurship Journey with Faith.”

If you are seeking healing, the Wellness stream is a good place to start. Check out its classes on “Health Made Incredibly Simple” and “How Inner Healing Bears Fruit in Our Lives”.

There are classes on building happy families that you can get valuable insights from. Learn how to “Create an Amazing Family by Design,” “Have Good Family Communication,” and “How to Parent a Child to Be Continuously Outstanding” through neuro-linguistic programming.

Learn and be inspired. “Walk with the wise and become wise,” as it says in the Book of Proverbs.  Soak in all the wisdom that these world-class speakers will give throughout the 4 days of the KCON! Since it’s KCON’s 10th year, no less than the best of the best, the most sought-after and most requested speakers, have been invited to give talks.

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Among the KCON 2016 speakers are Anthony Pangilinan, Dean Pax Lapid, Rose Fausto, Rissa Singson Kawpeng and Chinkee Tan.  The other speakers are Ardy and Miriam Roberto, RJ Ledesma, Arun Gogna, Father Joel Jason, Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers, etc. Deacon Harold is a dynamic evangelist, radio host and bestselling author, and is a sought-after speaker in the Church today.

For those of you who want to achieve their dreams come 2017, come to the Kerygma Conference. If it’s building that parenting or business blog, taking hold of your finances to finally starting that business or being the best parent you can be, the Kerygma conference will be a great way to feel more inspired.

Sign up now at http://kerygmaconference.com/2016/

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Blogging and Earning Thousands of Dollars

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I met with a friend earlier today. We talked about how I was and how she was. She mentioned that she was focusing on her blog since she was making around $1000 a month. “Whaaaaat?!” I couldn’t believe my ears. Then, she went on to say that in good months, she would actually earn more, around close to $2000. I nearly fell of my seat. The $2000 would probably be one contract for me that spans 6 months. And she quickly said that she was nothing compared to others out there who are earning way beyond what she is getting. “Whaaaaat?!”, I said again in disbelief. I would have sworn I said “Whaaaaat?!” quite a few times during that conversation, dubbing it my word for the day. I found it bewildering that I have been in this industry for the longest time and yet, I still learn new things!

This conversation got me thinking. Why didn’t I think about all maximizing monetizing my blog?! haha! And the other thought was, I need to tell the world (maybe not the world)… or probably just those who have a knack and talent for it, that yes, you can earn through blogging.

Talking about blogging and earning has been an issue for some. It was probably because some scenarios that involve discussing blogging and earning touched on ethics. But most of the scenarios, where pure talent, passion and effort come into play (which doesn’t involve ethics), shouldn’t be an issue. A person with unquestionable talent in writing, who uses that skill to create a blog,, should be given the opportunity to earn from it and make it his or her profession. To tell you honestly, I now at least have a handful of people (2 of which I am pretty sure) who earn a living by writing down relevant and useful content.

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Hopefully now, the non-believers are believers, the more pressing issue (because we need to start blogging A-S-A-P) is where do we start? I suggest that you better start quickly and make things happen and to START, check out the WordPress Blogging Basics Course.

The WordPress Blogging Basics Course was created by my friend, Marv De Leon — a very skilled, talented, brand builder. He built his brand with the main intent to help freelancers focus and live a life pursuing their craft. Now, why do I say you need to take this course? In this WordPress Blogging Basics Course, you will learn…

tips about blogging, why blogging is still relevant for you and your business today
practical tips on how to start your first blog with WordPress — the most robust blogging tool in the market today
the key elements and essentials of a powerful WordPress blog
the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org
how to create a WordPress blog, step-by-step, and publish your first blog post in under 10 minutes
more about writing a killer blog post that your readers will love and share with their friends
how to effectively market and monetize your WordPress blog
tips on building a blogging empire from the nation’s award-winning bloggers

These are just some of the benefits of signing up for this course. You can read more about it by clicking on Register now!

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If you have the time and if you really want to make things happen next year, start now! Really, what’s stopping you? There are a lot of things in my life that I have said YES to. I never regretted saying YES. All of these are things that you learn from and learning is always a good investment.

I love how Marv placed this in his announcement:

THIS COURSE IS NOT FOR…

People who won’t commit to finish the training

Those who will not commit to taking action and apply what they learned from the training

People who who don’t have the patience and think that blogging is a “get rich quick” scheme

I know we are talking of thousands of dollars here, but blogging isn’t a get-rich-quickly strategy. It takes a lot of patience and perseverance. The name of the game is consistency. If you don’t decide to place time and effort into it, don’t even try. It’s a commitment. All of the professional bloggers I know will give you the same advice. If you place your heart into it, it is something that will give you fulfilment and financial success.

So again, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you start by enrolling in this course: WORDPRESS BLOGGING BASICS

 

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PS. See you tomorrow for our WEBINAR! Just click on the image to register!

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