Make it Work: Unstable Income as a Freelancer or Solopreneur

Budgeting for Freelancers and Solopreneurs

“Pulubi na naman ako, teh, this month” (I don’t have enough money this month). Have you ever uttered these words? Have you ever been in this situation?

Yesterday, I was talking to two blogger friends, Frances and Yuki. Both these bloggers are established influencers and have been blogging for quite some time now. Both of them are go-getters, too, and will now leave anything up to chance when it comes to earning for themselves and for their family. We had a serious conversation, and the topic was earning enough from being a full time blogger and full time freelancer at that.

The misconception that others have about people who work from home, or those who are freelancing or even those who are their own boss is that you hardly spend on anything. Even if we work from home, we still have bills to pay (phone, internet, water, electricity, rent, mortgage… and the list continues). We still have to earn so that we can make it work! Our main concern really is that income as a freelancer or even a solopreneur is unpredictable. Sometimes, you earn really well and sometimes, the only thing that you can afford for lunch is a Php 50 Chao Fan with siomai that you share with your co-founders (yes, that was a real experience).

So what do we do? How can we make it work? How can you truly earn from your passion? Wouldn’t it be such a great year if you can sustain a lifestyle that is fuelled by something you love? 

Lucky for me, I am willing to share with you my secret on how I stay afloat. Actually, my secret is not a tip, it’s a person. For the first time in history, I am sharing with you my husband. Yup, my husband, EJ Arboleda.

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I’m not good at handling money. I don’t splurge or buy anything extravagant, but it seems I only have enough all the time. But man, this guy is amazing and he really makes it work for us. When I met him, at 28, he already had his own condo unit, he had investments here and there and he was able to gift me with my dream wedding and a honeymoon to Europe. What impressed me is that he had all of these, because he worked smart and hard.
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I am really excited that EJ will be conducting a workshop entitled Budgeting for Freelancers and Solopreneurs (brought to you by Manila Workshops and Payoneer) and believe me when I say this (and I am not saying it because I’m his wife) that he if you just follow his tips and tricks, you’ll be on your way to letting go of all those fears and worries about not having a stable income. I know because I have already let go of all of my worries! haha!

I’m not sure why I just thought of inviting EJ to be a speaker for Manila Workshops only this 2017. For those who want to check on his credentials, EJ is the CEO of Taxumo, a tech startup that helps freelancers, professionals, and entrepreneurs with their taxes. He is also the Chief Technology Officer of Wunderman Manila – a digital advertising agency under the WPP group. He is a certified Project Management Professional, ITIL v3 Service Manager, and a SAP R/3 FI Consultant. He has been freelancing since 2010 as a web developer, project manager, and consultant.

This year will be our breakthrough year! This year, we will all let go of all of our worries and start living the life that we want. We will start earning from our passion! Let’s make it work!

P.S. Sign up now: http://manilaworkshops.com/events/budgeting-for-freelancers

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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!

Register Now

 

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

 

Register Now

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

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Zero to Hero : How to Start your Own Business From Nothing!

My daughter found this life coaching book which I found in National Bookstore late last year. I started writing and answering some of the pages, but stopped after around 5-6 pages. Hey, it wasn’t a case of laziness, but the book encouraged contemplation. I’m not kidding! It made me think about my life, my skills and my weaknesses.

My dad used to tell me that there were some people that had “the golden touch” when it comes to business. Whatever they touch, turns into gold. I’d like to think my dad was that way. I always wanted to have that golden touch, too. When I was a kid, I frequently wondered about creating something out of nothing.

I equate creating business ideas to making magic. What people see is the end result of every magic act, but what actually occurs beforehand, is deep observation, a deep understanding of how the audience will react and skills needed to complete the act.

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In this workshop on the 15th, these great speakers will actually teach you how to create something out of nothing — from Zero to Hero! Zero to Hero is a half-day conference dedicated for those who would like to start their own businesses from scratch, using zero or very minimal capital. If I were still in college or just graduated, I would have attended this conference. Parents, encourage your kids to start having the entrepreneurial mindset early in life!

Here is the program!

PROGRAM:

Part I. “Dream Works” – Idea Creation for Business by P.L.U.S. Factor

Part II. “Blazing The Trail” – Sharing of Actual Success Stories of Crowd-funded Start-Ups by Mr. Patch Dulay, founder and CEO of The Spark Project

Part III. “Moneytize It” – Earning from Your Core Gifts by Ms. Aileen Santos, Relationship Coach, Trainer & Author

Part IV. “Magnetic Marketing” – Informing the World of Your Product/ Service by Mr. Ferdinand Bondoy, Managing Director & Partner of ComCo Southeast Asia

Part V. “Altruistic Legacy” – The Responsibility of an Entrepreneur by Mr. Edmund Lee, President & CEO of Caylum Trading Institute

ABOUT THE SPEAKERS of ZERO TO HERO:

Patrick “Patch” Dulay is a startup enabler. He is the founder and CEO of The Spark Project, an online crowdfunding platform for passion-driven Filipino projects.

As a lifelong learner and teacher, his passion for education and entrepreneurship inspires him to serve entrepreneurs by providing them access to tools that help accelerate their business ideas to reality. He’s an experienced resource speaker and facilitator on various topics like crowdfunding, social entrepreneurship, business model canvas, lean startup, innovation and design both here and abroad. He’s been conducting workshops and mentoring entrepreneurs young and old since 2013.

As an innovation and program consultant, he has worked with Ayala Land Inc. in mounting IDEA’YALA, the flagship youth challenge of the Ayala Malls crowdsourcing innovative ideas that shape the mall of the future.

Patch got his undergraduate degree in Management Information Systems at the Ateneo de Manila University in 2005. He completed his Master’s degree in Global E-business at the University of Lille, France in 2010. Patch also spent two years as a lecturer in the Department Information Systems and Computer Sciences at the Ateneo de Manila University.

He is one of 4 Filipino delegates chosen to be part of the Economic Empowerment cohort of the Young South East Asian Leaders Initiative Professional Fellows Program (YSEALI PFP) for Spring 2016, and the current Entrepreneurship head of the Global Shapers Community Manila hub.

Aileen Santos is a Relationship Coach & A-ha! Trainer whose workshops, training products, and personal growth & professional development programs bring about self-directed transformation and lasting change.
She has a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and is a Certified Professional Coach. She has also been happily married for more than 13 years and has a passion for helping more people build more rewarding relationships of their own.

Aileen is a Certified Professional Coach with a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology,
and she develops & delivers customized training programs that address issues of
Leadership, Team Dynamics, Communication, and Personal-Professional Development
in order to bring about creative solutions & self-directed transformation.

Ferdinand “Ferds” Bondoy is a champion of strategic integration, a multi-awarded communications practitioner with core expertise in Integrated Marketing Communications, Strategic Communications Planning, Brand / Consumer Marketing, Digital Strategy and Integration, Influencer Marketing, Media Maximization, Events Management, and Video Production.

He is the former Vice President of global communications firm, Fleishman Hillard Pte. Ltd., and lead the Manila office’s Digital and Consumer Marketing practice groups that service brands like Electrolux, KakaoTalk, SM Lifestyle Entertainment, 51Talk, Anytime Fitness, Krem-Top, Nobu Hotel, Volkswagen, Pru Life UK, Pioneer Insurance, Mentos, M&M’s and WWF, among others.

He already serviced some of the biggest global and local brands in the industry such as Globe Telecom, First Metro Investment, Luen Thai, Shell, Spain Tourism Board, Converse, P&G, GSK, Wyeth, Rockwell, Cortal SQR, Dulcolax, Philam Life, Philips, Skyscanner, AirAsia, Isla Lipana, HP and Abbott, among others. He also managed advocacy campaigns for reputable NGOs like UNICEF and World Vision.

The campaigns and projects he led were recognized by the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Quill Awards such as “P&G’s 3-Pid Handog Edukasyon (Gift of Education)”, “GSK’s Tour of Hope”, “Safeguard’s Global Handwashing Day”, “Electrolux’s Clothes & Hugs (Washing Marathon)”, “WWF’s Earth Hour”, and “SM Lifestyle’s Championing the Champions ice skating program”.

The Public Relations Society of the Philippines’ (PRSP) Anvil Awards honored his works for “Icons at MoA Arena: the Launch of Mall of Asia Arena”, “WWF’s Earth Hour” and “Electrolux’s Discover-E: Advocating the Neo Filipino Cuisine”

Recently, the Electrolux Discover-E campaign also bagged the Bronze Award from UA&P Asia-Pacific Tambuli Awards. KakaoTalk’s disaster relief program on the other hand won the InnoCSR AIM Responsibility Award.

Edmund Lee is the President and CEO of Caylum Trading Institute (CTI), a private, financial educational institute that focuses on developing professional traders who can execute effective trading strategies across global markets. The institution is dedicated to offering a well-founded education. It’s primary purpose is to produce skilled and competent trading professionals who have been supplemented with formal market training and practical application of the systems.

Edmund worked as an analyst for COL Financial and Citisecurities where he analyzed various companies using different valuation methods, designed financial models in the mining and consumer sectors, and formulated research reports, including industry and company backgrounds.

Edmund got his undergraduate degree in Management, major in Entrepreneurial Development at the Ateneo de Manila University in 2010. He completed his Master of Science (MSc), Global Finance at New York University – Leonard N. Stern School of Business last year, and is also a Chartered Financial Analyst.

I highly encourage you to sign up now for ZERO TO HERO! Please click on this link: http://manilaworkshops.com/events/zerotohero

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Preparing for Pregnancy

Hey there, pretty pregnant mommas! It’s that time of the year again! Manila Workshops will hold a 4 part workshop series on preparing for pregnancy and for parenting! This will be the 4th and final run for this year, and the workshops seem to get bigger and better every time! This series of workshops is in collaboration with our friends from The Parenting Emporium.

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First Time Parents workshop series is one of the most successful workshop series of Manila Workshops. We have been offering this workshop series since 2013. This is designed to help expectant parents to prepare for the coming of the baby; However, we also do invite singles, relatives and caregivers to attend too!

These are the different topics that we have!

October 15, 2016 (9AM-12NN) – What to Know Before Giving Birth (OB Check-ups and Pregnancy Nutrition)
October 15, 2016 (2PM-5PM) – Preparing for Delivery Day/Newborn Care (Delivery Options, Newborn Care)
November 12, 2016 (9AM-12NN) – All About Breastfeeding
November 12, 2016 (1PM-5PM) – Baby and Toddler Nutrition and Care

Get a better deal when you sign up for 4 workshops!

Individual Rate show details + P600.00 (PHP)
Couple Rate (one workshop) show details + P1,000.00 (PHP)
Couple Rate (attending 2 workshops) show details + P1,750.00 (PHP)
Couple Rate (attending 3 workshops) show details + P2,400.00 (PHP)
Couple Rate (attending 4 workshops) show details + P3,200.00 (PHP)

REGISTER NOW

This event is supported by StemCord Philippines, Cetaphil Philippines, Mamachows, Beginnings, Pampers, VPharma, Cradle/Cycles.

Hope to see you soon!

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Mommy Beginnings: Shoutout to Soon-to-Be Parents from the South!

We went to a get together with friends last Saturday. One couple was pregnant and one couple just recently gave birth. We were talking about pregnancy and what we (the two moms who already gave birth) went through. It’s really scary not having to know what to expect really when you get pregnant. There were some things that I was scared of, which I shouldn’t have been, and some things that I wasn’t expecting that I wish others would have told me earlier. Haha! well, for those who are expecting, welcome to this complicated and charming life of parenting!

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We have been receiving a lot of inquiries about holding parenting workshops in the south, so here it is! Manila Workshops is giving you “Parenting Pals: Mommy Beginnings” to help expectant mothers on their pregnancy journey! Expectant dads are also encouraged to attend this together with their wives because we believe that pregnancy is not just a journey of a woman, but of a man as well.

TOPICS TO BE DISCUSSED:

AM SESSION (9AM-12NN): All About Breastfeeding

PM SESSION (1PM-4PM): What to Expect during OB Check-ups/Preparation for Delivery Day

LEARNING FEE:

Individual Rate (regular): Php 600

(Early bird rate-until August 20, 2016–paid and registered): Php 500

Couple Rate (1 workshop): Php 1,000

(2 workshops): Php 1,750

VENUE:

7th Floor, Silid Karunungan, Insular Life (Alabang)

We also encourage singles to attend this in preparation for their future 🙂

Please send sign up here: http://manilaworkshops.com/events/parenting-pals-super-mom-series-mommy-beginnings

 

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Basic Yaya Training Workshop on August 13

A big shoutout to all expecting moms and dads and with those who have infants and toddlers. We are running another session on August 13, Saturday of the Basic Yaya Training Workshop. This will help yayas and nannies learn the basics of taking care of your children. This session focuses on House Helper Training on New Born, Infant and Toddler Care.

If you are interested to sign up, please go to this link:
http://manilaworkshops.com/events/basicyaya_newborn_infant_toddler

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The fee is at Php 1000 per seat. Mommies and Daddies who want to join the yayas and nannies will also need to pay for a separate seat. Please be aware that this workshop will be in taglish since we want the nannies to fully understand the lesson.

Fee is only Php1000 per head. Snacks will be served.

These are the topics that will be discussed in the session:

Newborn Care
1. What to Expect
– Oral Stage
– Cord Care
– Diaper Changing
– What to watch out for
2. Bathing, Holding, Burping, Swaddling
3. Feeding
– Helping the Mom when Breastfeeding
– Formula/Bottle Feeding
– Solid Food
4. Milestones and Activities to do with the Baby
5. Handling Separation Anxiety of the Baby from Parent

Toddler Care
1. Understanding a Toddler
– What to Expect
– Milestones
2. Potty Training
3. Developing a Routine
4. Playing and making the most of your time with the child
5. Handling Behavior
– Saying No to Toddlers
– Conversing with the Child
– Rewards and Punishment
– Watching TV and using the Ipad

Open Forum
– Questions and sharing will be entertained
– Picture Taking

Sign up now!

*** This series is brought to you by Manila Workshops, Mothercare and Venture Lab

 

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Kid Ink with Amanda De Ocampo

My little girl loves to sing and act in front of the camera. We don’t tell her what to do. She naturally blurts out things when she’s in front of the camera and it seems like she really knows what to do and say. My daughter though is not so much into arts and crafts. This is something that I want to do more with her, since I really think art is very important. Personally, I’m not really good at drawing, painting, crocheting, etc., so I really admire people who are great at these things.

Case in point, I really admire my cousin, Amanda de Ocampo.

Had a lovely relaxing afternoon with my cuz! Let’s hang out soon and make our ideas happen! @amandadeocampo you rock!

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She’s a really great artist! Check out her work!

Recreational Hugs💜🐳🐻 You don’t even need to ask, I got you too. #whale #bearhugs #watercolor

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Travel. Sea. Paint. #BaliW #watercolor #jellyfish #bali

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She’s a really good teacher, too! So if you want your kids to learn how to paint, send them to Amanda’s Basic Watercolor Workshop called Ink Kid.

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These are for kids 7 to 14 years old. The workshop will run for six 3-hour sessions on Saturdays starting July 30 until September 3.

Slots are limited so hurry and reserve your slot now!

You may inquire at 877-0824 / 0927-2584668 or you may visit us at L/G Unit B2 Westgate Tower Investment Drive Madrigal Business Park Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa City. Look for Ms. Van Tan.

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First Time Expectant Parents vs Second Time Expectant Parents vs Third Time…

We’re thinking of having another baby next year and I think it will be as challenging as how it was with our first child. I’m sure a lot of second time expectant parents know what I’m talking about. Based on talks with friends, not a single one of them said that it gets easier the second time around. Sure, you would already know the basics, like how to change a diaper, how and when to give them solid food, or that breastmilk is still the best for any baby, but it will still be challenging. Why? It will be challenging because each child is different.

You’re not just buying the same doll off from a store’s shelf! Haha! The challenge is really adjusting once again to that particular child. Little Ginger

I do love having someone to look after (aside from looking after my husband). I love being a mom, even if it may seem to many that I highlight my businesses more over my family in conversations. Even if I don’t talk about my family as much as I babble about business and my new ventures, I love the spontaneous, silly conversations that I have with my 3 year old daughter at times when I’m home. I love wandering through the streets in our community when we both need breaks from working (for me) and from eating and playing (for her). I love the hugs and the kisses and the surprise “i love you, mama!” that she gives all throughout the day.

If you are expecting a child, there is nothing more challenging (even more challenging than running a business!), fulfilling, precious, exciting, etc. (there are tons of adjectives really) as raising your own child.

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To make that journey more enjoyable, Manila Workshops, together with The Parenting Emporium, invite you to attend First Time Parents workshop series this July 23 and 30, 2016. First Time Parents workshop series is one of the most successful workshop series of Manila Workshops. We have been offering this workshops since 2013. This series is designed to help expectant parents to prepare for the coming of the baby. However, we also do invite singles, relatives and caregivers to attend, too!

To sign up for this workshop, please visit this link: FIRST TIME PARENTS JULY 23 and 30, 2016

This event is supported by StemCord Philippines, Cetaphil Philippines, Mamachows, Beginnings Baby, Pampers, VPharma, Mega Malunggay, Cradle and Cycles.

Turn this into a wonderful and stress free journey by embracing new knowledge and love learning! As expectant parents, we need not only know how to teach, but we need to learn, too! Let’s learn together on July 23 and 30! See you!

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