RISE OF THE FREE: Freelance Professionals for the Win!

I have much to say about the Freelancing community in the Philippines, and most of these things come from actual experiences and close contact with people in this community.

Not a Raket Anymore

There have been a lot of misconceptions about being a freelancer, one of which is that freelancing is merely a side business that you do, and since it’s something that you do in your FREE time, freelancers don’t take their work seriously. Another misconception is that Freelancers should be cheaper or FREE. And a common one is that Freelancers have so much FREE time, since they don’t really do anything.

Now being with freelancers for the past 7 years of my life, I’d like to share my experiences of dealing and being a freelancer. For the first point, most freelancers really take their work seriously, and most of them get into freelancing doing the “thing” that they love doing. For what I have seen, even when these freelancers still have day jobs, they enjoy the time that they spend doing these extra jobs, because it is where they find fulfilment.

Next, freelancers may be cheaper than other alternatives, since they don’t have much overhead expenses to pay for, but they definitely are not free. Yes, they may give exceptions especially when they are building a portfolio, but let’s not abuse them. And if companies and brands want to stay competitive, it may even be advisable to hire freelancers to bring down your overhead expenses as well. Monitoring work and payments from them is not an issue, too, because these freelancers use tools that monitor the delivery of project, hours of work spent on a project and even send online invoices via PayPal to charge for the work rendered.

Lastly, when you become a freelancer, you will notice that you actually spend more time now working. What used to be 8-10 hours of working in a corporate environment, now extends to 18 hours of work. What freelancers love though about being a freelancer is the flexibility of time spent working. Freelancers can choose to wake up later than everyone else, but they work to deliver results. Results is top of mind and not time spent working on a project. They make sure they deliver!

Part of a Strong Community with a Deep Faith in Humanity

*Picture taken by George Buid

Last week, I visited one of the schools that I have been eyeing for my daughter. My daughter is 4 years old, and she’ll need to go to “big school” next year. The administration officer left my husband and I inside the classroom of 4-6 year olds to observe. It was a school that allowed each child to explore — to see what they found interesting in the room, to tinker with it, to feel things, to hear things, to really “get into it”. Some were intensely building a tower using bricks. Some were counting beads on a chain. Some were pretending to have a tea party with another friend. Another child was mopping the floor out of whim. Some of them were writing words on a piece of paper, and one was just staring at a fish in the aquarium. And in this kind of environment, the children were happily wandering and wondering. It was, at least for me, the perfect environment for growth and learning.

While thinking of what to share with you, this was the kind of environment that crossed my mind. This is the kind of environment and community that we, at Manila Workshops, envisioned to help build for our country’s freelancers. We want to help build an environment where freelancers and solopreneurs will discover more about themselves, discover passions and discover talents that they never knew existed. It will be an environment that they can always run to, their safe haven where they feel safe & secure as they grow as individuals.

*Picture taken by George Buid

For the past years, we have seen this ecosystem grow stronger, bigger and better. And personally, I believe that the reasons may lie in our deep faith in humanity. Now this may sound so “super-heroish” or like a line from a sci-fi movie, but this is what I think. Let’s go back to what humanity or being humane means (according to Merriam Webster online!). Humanity is the quality or state of being human joined by their common attributes and qualities. Being humane is being compassionate, sympathetic, exhibiting generous behavior and disposition.

If you take a closer look at what is happening in the freelancing community, you’ll see that freelancers naturally flock together. They look for people with common interests, and most especially, the same way of thinking. This is what drew me personally into being part of this community. The generosity, kindness, support and patience knows no bounds. You feel that you can quickly leap from being a novice freelancer to a successful one in no time at all just by the cheers and the rah-rah-rahs of your fellow freelancers.

Professionalizing Freelancing

Because of these things and the relentless support which is so evident in this community, people now are seeing freelancing as something that one should consider looking into, as a source of livelihood. They also see freelancing as a way to efficiently operate a business or even as a source of inspiration for our country, where talented and highly skilled people live.

*Picture taken by George Buid

And as freelancers continue to build and cultivate relationships, they become stronger and more confident. In these relationships lie the strength that freelancers need to continue to grow and persevere. Let’s help everyone be better versions of themselves.

If the remarkable turnout in every event, the constant increase in members of different freelancing groups and increased engagement in different communities and the increase in revenue from foreign clients coursed through PayPal are indications, my fearless forecast is that a LOT more FIlipinos will turn to freelancing inspired by you – pioneers of this continuously growing field of expertise. Its proponents unencumbered by the conventions of a bygone era of strict work hours and boss-driven development. Soon we will truly be witness to the RISE OF THE FREE.

*Note: This is the longer version of my speech during The Freelancer Fair

Where to hire a freelancer?

Do you feel like you are doing everything for your business and need an extra hand with tasks, but don’t think your ready to hire an extra head count just yet? Hire a Freelancer!

As a small business owner, there are times when you need an extra hand to do chores that are not your expertise (such as graphic design or accounting tasks) for a quick project. Some of these tasks don’t necessarily require a business owner to hire someone permanently that’s why its such a relief that the freelancing industry is now growing and its so much easier to find a freelancer that can fit your job requirement and get things done right away!

For those of you who want to understand what freelancing is, here is a web episode of RISE OF THE FREE. Rise of the Free is a web series that give you information about the freelancing industry and how it is to be a freelancer.

There are so many freelancing sites today and to make it easier for you, we’ve listed the top 5 sites for you to kick-start your search for the best staff fit for your requirements.

Upwork

Widely known in the Freelancing industry in the Philippines and in the world! Upwork has established their reputation of getting quality freelancers since 2003. They have their own tracking application that makes it easier for both boss and client to have transparency when working.

Freelancer

Freelancer is one of the leading freelancing sites since 2009. It has the same functions as Upwork.com though its interface may seem more complicated to use for first timers. It has a unique chatting option when used via desktop. It also has a wide array of job categories that makes it easier for you to find the proper staff.

Onlinejobs.ph

A Filipino freelancing site with over 250,000 resumes where you can easily search for the right person fit for the job, interview them then offer them a job and negotiate salary. This is a website for those who want to hire only Filipinos for their tasks.

RareJob.com.ph

RareJob is the top English school in Japan and it aims to encourage 10,000 Japanese to speak fluent English. They started in 2007 and focuses on solely teaching English to Japanese students. It has no other job categories offered and application seems easy. All you need is to register, undergo an assessment and open lesson slots where your future students can book classes with you.

Bizmates

Bizmates is the number one online Business English School in Japan catering to Japanese professionals. Their goal is to help their clients succeed in global business by enhancing their communication skills.

199Jobs.com

199Jobs.com is platform where you can hire freelancers for as low as Php 199 pesos. Although, price may go up depending on the work that you will outsource.

Fiverr.com

Fiverr is an Israeli company where you can get jobs down for as low as $5. Here is a link that will show what Fiverr is all about: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1456762414351137/

Do you have experiences with any of these sites? Which one would you recommend to a client looking for a freelancer? How about for a newbie freelancer?

Four Amazing Workshops this Saturday — Will I see you?

I’m super pumped up! I’ve been busy this week organizing the first four live workshops that we will have this year which will happen this Saturday, January 23, 2016. Wooohooo! The first four workshops are the following:

Perfect for Business Owners, Freelancers, Entrepreneurs and Professionals

Basic Accounting and Taxation

Join Taxumo, ManilaWorkshops.com and Freelancer.com as we bring you this workshop on Basic Accounting and Taxation for Start-ups, Freelancers and Professionals.

What will you learn:
Make financial data-based business decisions. Track indicators that correlate with business health. Avoid penalties by properly filling out your tax forms and maximize your tax savings.

Date: January 23, 2016
Time: 9am to 12 noon
Venue: 30th Floor Ecotower Plaza, Freelancer.com Office, BGC (map to the venue)

Early bird rate (until January 20, 2016): Php 500.00
Regular Rate: Php 2295

Sign up here: http://manilaworkshops.com/events/basic-accounting-and-taxation1

 

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This 2016, top online jobs website Freelancer.com and the leading workshops organizer Manila Workshops, in cooperation with Sunlife and UnionBank EON, are giving you the best tips to achieve financial freedom as a freelancer.

What will you learn:
Tips on how to manage your funds as freelancers. We know that there are various off and on seasons for freelancers so in this workshop, we will teach you how to manage all of that fluctuations.

Date: January 23, 2016
Time: 1pm to 4pm
Venue: 30th Floor Ecotower Plaza, Freelancer.com Office, BGC (map to the venue)

Regular Rate: Php 100 ONLY!!! (good deal!)

Sign up here: http://manilaworkshops.com/events/talinotalks-money-wellness

Freelancing for Beginners

Freelance BlendUnionBank EON, Horsepower.ph and Manila Workshops bring you again our most popular Freelancing workshop — Freelancing for Beginners Workshop!

What will you learn:
#1 > Get simple, step-by-step training from real-life, freelancing coaches who are eager to share their business knowledge with beginners like you.

#2 > Fulfill your dream of working for yourself, earning additional income from your passions and spending more time with your family.

#3> Mastermind with peers and mentors who have blazed the trail in freelancing

#4> Take massive action, earn your first dollar and celebrate your wins with our private and exclusive freelancer community

BTW, our recommended payment channel for freelancers is UnionBank EON. I’ve used UnionBank EON for the longest time now and i love it since you can easily link it to your Paypal account to receive payments! 🙂

Date: January 23, 2016
Time: am to 5pm
Venue: 48th Floor UnionBank Plaza Building, Meralco Avenue

Regular Rate: Php 2500
Bring a friend rate: Php 1800 per person

Sign up here: http://manilaworkshops.com/events/freelancing-for-beginners-3

Raket Remedies - Facebook Marketing

Raket.phUnionBank EON and Manila Workshops aim to provide remedies for Freelancing and Entrepreneur pains that you might have with its Raket Remedies Workshop Series.

What will you learn:
Create unique and engaging ads
Maximize ROI of Facebook ads
Integrate Facebook with other Marketing strategies

Date: January 23, 2016
Time: 1pm to 4pm
Venue: 47th Floor UnionBank Plaza Building, Meralco Avenue

Regular Rate: Php 300 per person
Bring a friend rate: Php 250 per person

Sign up here: http://manilaworkshops.com/events/raket-remedies-facebook-marketing

Hope to see you there!!! 🙂

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