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!

The best place to start a blog when you want to monetize it is to think of it as a business.

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The best place to start a blog when you want to monetize it is to have that mindset that it will really be a business. You need to be profitable in order for you to sustain a business. On the on set, if you really want to make blogging your main source of income, you should be committed to do everything you can, learn everything you can, and make a living out of it.

People would think it’s taboo to talk about money when you are talking about passion. As bloggers who are in business, we need to realize early on that we shouldn’t be allergic to talk about money in exchange for the value that we give. There is nothing bad about earning from blogging. Blogging is a legitimate profession — that is why there is a growing number of professional bloggers out there. And when you think about it, it’s great that these people wake up every day, do something that they are passionate about, and earn from it.

I have been silently analyzing different kinds of bloggers for the longest time and I have observed something quite interesting. Those bloggers who earn figures that you wouldn’t believe is possible are those who love numbers and charts. Haha! I’m not generalizing, but since the time that I have been intrigued by quant-based marketing, I have slowly seen the difference. These bloggers who earn huge amounts, in thousands of dollars, do not realize that they are experts in quant-based marketing. They take time to undertand trends, charts, ups and downs of their clicks, visits, and even bids. What they do is very interesting!

Another interesting characteristic of these people is that they don’t stop learning. They search online and try to understand how to make their blogs more engaging to their audience. These bloggers take time to understand what their readers want. They painstakingly go through each report on Google Analytics to see whether their performance is better than what it was yesterday.

So the best place to start a blog is really when you know clearly what your objective is for having the blog. If it’s about monetization, then go all-out!

Love lots,

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger

 

 

 

 

PS. See you tomorrow at The Freelancer Fair!

PPS. See you on November 29 for Payoneer’s Freelancer Forum

It’s Thursday! It’s another wonderful day to share insights and tips from founders and entrepreneurs from all over the globe. Today, we will talk to the CEO of Anytimes, a platform to hire outsource work from people who are in the neighborhood.

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Going to conferences and networking events is always a motivating and empowering experience for me. You get to meet women in power who manage businesses and who are influencers in the space that they are in! One of the women in power that I met during the DLD Festival in Israel and a women delegate for StartTelaviv was Chika Tsunoda (From Japan). She is the CEO of Anytimes.

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Chika graduated from Keio University, Faculty of Law in 2008. After graduation, she joined Nomura securities for their sales team. She worked for Cyber Agent Inc. after. In that company, she was a PR planner. In 2013, she founded Anytimes Inc., and launched a skill share service platform in Japan where you can hire outsource service providers called “ANYTIMES”. She is currently a director of the “Sharing Economy Association Japan” and auditor of “Adventure Inc.”.

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I had fun talking to Chika. Mind you! We didn’t talk about work all the time. This lovely lady also loves road bikes, dancing, yoga, climbing, diving, flower arrangement (IKEBANA) and other fun stuff! We also talked about love and relationships (but I am obviously not going to share our “girl talk” details here.. haha!).

But, let me share what I learned from Chika about her business!

Ginger: What is your Startup/brand/business? What is it about? How long have you been in business?

Chika: We provide a platform service called “ANYTIMES” which connect people who need help or those who are looking to hire outsource service providers to those who want to work in their neighborhood. Jobs and tasks include everyday household chores, pet care, assembling furniture, language lessons, and so on.

Ginger: Who is your target market? Why did you choose this market? Can you give us the insight behind this market?

Chika: In Japan, the total number of elderly/single/double income households reached 25million and government estimates continuous growth due to the aging population. This number also shows the growing demand for support services such as house cleaning, baby/dog sitting, any kinds of helps. People will look to hire outsource help more frequently. The demand for daily errands is increasing recently and this data shows the current market size is almost USD 60 Billion in Japan. Anytimes would like to grasp market share in the each field by providing a new skilled share platform We have confidence to achieve 5% market share initially.

Also, we are able to impose significant impacts on Japanese labor market by providing the platform. We estimate our platform can supply USD 9.6 Billion market value to the labor market if 5 Million users use Anytimes for 96 hours a year with USD20/hour. Given the tight labor market in Japan, the potential supply growth has meaningful impacts on Japanese economy.

 

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Women Founders, Chika of Anytimes and Ginger of Taxumo, talking about how life, business, love, yoga, exercise, LDRs, etc!

Ginger: How did you come up with this idea? What made you decide to start this kind of business?

Chika: I believe people should have options of how to work going forward. Working from 9-6 in the office every day is an old idea. We should be able to work anytime and anywhere and important factor is to maximize individuals skills and time. I am confident that Anytimes can impose positive impacts on economy, community, and peoples happiness by providing the limitless opportunities. In the future, I would like to penetrate this idea globally and that’s my final goal as an entrepreneur.

Ginger: That’s such a noble mission, Chika. What are the greatest challenges in putting up and maintaining a business in your country?

Chika: I would say that it would really be government regulation.

Ginger: What do you think are three traits that a Startup Founder should have?

Chika: They should be flexible, humble and faithful.

Ginger: Not all of my readers are familiar with this topic. For Anytimes, how do you raise money or what are ways that you can do to raise capital?

Chika: There are Venture Capitals, Companies and Angel investors that startups can approach.

Ginger: How do you market your products? Growth strategy?

Chika: We have a three year mid-term plan until CY 2019. We are targeting 10 Million users, which is 10 times our target for CY2017, and USD 60 Million transaction values (tenfold increase from our CY2017 target). In order to achieve this plan, we will focus on online and offline growth strategies.

For online marketing, we will mainly invest in SNS and listing advertisement in order to grow our users. We will focus our offline strategy on building alliance with government, connecting with local communities, and corporations. These will all build brand recognition. We have successfully reached an alliance with local governments and some corporations, such as Airbnb.

Ginger: What are tech tools that you use for your business?

Chika: We use Github, Google Cloud platform, Slack, Waffle, Zendesk and Mailchimp.

Ginger: Thank you so much, Chika, for your time! So there you have it! These are insights for a woman in power who is the CEO of a Start-up company who let’s your hire outsource service providers within your neighborhood in Japan! Read more interesting stories every Thursday for my BE INSPIRED blog series!

 

More information about ANYTIMES!

Website: https://www.any-times.com/en/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/anytimes.co.jp/
Twitter account: anytimes_info
Instagram account: anytimesjp

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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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

Best Free Blogging Sites For 2018

 

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.