The Freelancer Fair BTS: A Post of Gratitude, Learnings and Why’s

First of all, I want to thank all of those who made it to The Freelancer Fair 2016. Thank you so much to all those who signed up (all 350) people and to the 280 plus who made it a point to show up on that day. Thank you to our Major Sponsors: Payoneer, Paymaya, Taxumo and Uber. Thank you also to our Minor Sponsors: Alfox Printing, Ideaspace, A Space, Evolve Yoga, Bean & Barley and Pioneer Mighty Bond. Thank you also to all the booth sponsors that we had. Most of all, thank you to the Department of Information, Communications and Technology team (Sir Mon, Miss Emmy, Merlin and Joy) for supporting us, and to all our speakers, our two lovely hosts (Marv and Jieneb), to our media partners and community partners who were present. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart! This will be the first of series of posts that will highlight or feature the people and brands who have joined us!

 

*photo by George Buid

*photos by George Buid

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Some of the photos of the event are here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1270331956342924.1073741938.392499244126204&type=1&l=c7c995a670

*Thank you George Buid for the pictures!

The Truth about The Freelancer Fair and our Why

We started conceptualizing and implementing The Freelancer Fair early this year. The Freelancer Fair was supposed to be a project of a big brand and Manila Workshops, but after a few months, we faced our first challenge. Manila Workshops had to shoulder all or the expenses and efforts to build the fair by ourselves. I had the option to drop and just let go of the project, but I decided to push through with it, because I knew that this will really help the freelance industry a lot.

To tell you honestly, I did not earn from this event and lost a pretty big deal of money implementing this event. Obviously, I knew about this a few months back during planning, and yet the team decided to still pursue the project. Why am I telling you this? I want you to know that this is how much we believe in this community. We know that this community will grow and in the future, a lot of individuals will opt to work from home and will start a freelance career. This is how much I want all of those freelancers, solopreneurs and small business owners to have the opportunity to learn more about different things so that they can grow their businesses and freelance careers. This is the reason why I am so proud of my team — Team Manila Workshops.

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People are quick to judge about the little things, but what they don’t see is the time and effort that these individuals in the team give in order to make your dreams come true and in order to give you the opportunities that we know you deserve. I hardly mention my team in any posts, but for just this once, I want to share how amazing they are. All of them know that their goal is to make your entrepreneurial and business dreams come true. We know that we need to provide an avenue and create opportunities for you to pursue your passion. We all want to help you achieve that, through the little things that we do.

To my little team, thank you. Always remember that humility, honesty, and that drive is what will make the difference.  Always be willing to serve and learn from the things that you do. Strive to be better by learning from mistakes. Pursue your dreams and make a mark!

We got a lot of feedback from participants that going to the Freelancer Fair was worth it. Some of you even approached me, and thinking of those people make me tear up (haha! yes, I am a cry baby!). I was deeply touched and moved  by your words. These moments make all of these things worth it!

We also know that we have lot to improve on. First of all, we will find a more accessible venue. Yes, the venue was too big. A really intimate venue would have made it more conducive for interaction.  If you have other comments and suggestions, please do email me directly at ginger@manilaworkshops.com.

For the brands and people that truly supported us and genuinely helped us build this event, thank you! I will mention a few of them here, because I really saw something that needs to be highlighted. We can all learn from how they did it!

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First of all, Miguel from Payoneer, thank you very much! You truly are the embodiment of what a brand partner should be. I saw Miguel going around and genuinely talking to people and learning more about their business. This is what I love about the people behind Payoneer. They don’t think about metrics alone, but they really find ways to help build the industry and use these events to learn more about us — the people. Thank you also for that well crafted presentation. I learned so much about transferring payments. So on the 29th, for the Payoneer Forum, we will definitely be there. Everyone, please sign up here: http://register.payoneer.com/register-payoneer-forum-manila-29nov-kat/

 

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Next shoutout is for JP or Orbitrr! I really love your booth and the activities in the booth were really engaging. I love how the team took time to talk and engage everyone in a conversation! Plus, I really love your stickers. Please share your supplier with me. haha!

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For Marv, thank you so much for all the help! Thank you for even offering to lend your clicker. These small things matter!

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To the communities, especially the Online Filipino Freelancers or OFF, thank you for the unwavering support! Thank you for always being there to support events for the community. Thank you to CJ, Althea, Liberty, etc. I love you all!

Thank you to DM, Sherry and the Yuneoh team! Thanks for all of the tips and the pro-activeness. You also embody what a media partner should be!

But still, to all of our partners that made this event happen, thank you so much! Again, thank you to our Major Sponsors – Payoneer; the easiest way to receive Cross-Border Payment at the Lowest cost, Paymaya – PayMaya is your app to pay online so you can buy the things you’d love to have, without a credit card; Taxumo – making it easy for every Filipino small business owner and professional to prepare and pay for their taxes! and Uber – the safest way to get around the metro!

Thank you also to our minor sponsors, Alfox Printing (Thank you so much, Abby!), Mighty Bond, Ideaspace, A Space, Evolve Yoga, and Bean and Barley. This event also wouldn’t be possible without our our media partners: WheninManila.com, POP Inquirer, Yuneoh, Manila Bulletin, Voice of the Youth Radio, Creativoices, and MommyGinger.com.

Thank you also to our community partners: OnlineJobsUniversity.com, Freelancing.ph, Freelance Blend, Tycoon.ph, Zarangola Media, Online Filipino Freelancers, The Virtual Nomad Podcast, Bloggers ng Pinas, Raket.ph, Work in Freedom, and Graphic Artists Philippines!

This is our first big event for the Freelancing community and I promise you that this will not be the last. We will continue to help this industry grow. We will continue to support and connect freelancers and clients. Manila Workshops will continue to create learning events and networking events for you!

Again, thank you everyone! I’ll be sharing the lessons that I have learned this week on Freelancing and starting a business. Watch out for it!

 

 

 

 

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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 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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Freelance Insider: Let’s Pick the Brains of Amazing Pinoy Freelancers

I just came from a business strategy meeting with Chuck, one of my business partners for a tech startup company and we were talking about efficiency in operational processes. One of the things that we all need to think about as business owners is coming up with the best processes where we increase our revenues even with limited resources. As a startup founder, I have oftentimes been asked how have I kept my business running for three years. 2016 will actually be our 4th year in business. A lot of it was really done through proper planning and utilizing the right people for certain jobs.

We have the best talents in the Philippines, and it’s so easy to find people who can actually help grow your organization. A lot of these talented people are in different online freelance platforms. It’s so funny that our default response in thinking of a task associated to our businesses is either to hire a full time employee or to do the task ourselves. We oftentimes neglect the option of hiring freelancers.

Marv and I have decided to show you how amazing freelancing is through interviewing the best minds in the freelancing industry. These freelancers have professionalized their craft and are now managing these “hobbies” as their own businesses.

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The first two of the brilliant people that we will be interviewing are Martine De Luna and Fitz Villafuerte. These two lovely, lovely people have been friends of mine for years already. I always enjoy hanging out with them since I get to learn a lot from what they do. Learn with me as we talk to them on how they grew their freelance business!

I have placed the links to the sign-up form for the webinar. Each webinar is just at an affordable rate of Php 250 each.

FIW1- Martine de Luna

SIGN UP LINK: http://manilaworkshops.com/fiw1

FIW2- Fitz Villafuerte-2

SIGN UP LINK: http://manilaworkshops.com/fiw2

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