Sitting here at CBTL on a holiday, working. But hey, I’m happily working! This week, my focus is on The Freelancer Fair 2018! First of all, I thought we could never ever top the number of attendees that we had last year. But we did!!! So my heart is filled with gratitude. Last year, we had 450+ paid sign ups, and reached around a little over 500 attendees. But this year… WOW! We already have around 617 attendees who have signed up online! I’m super excited to meet everyone! We still have slots available so you can register online until 11:59 PM, August 23, Thursday. For those who do not make the cut-off, walk-ins are welcome, but only regular rate tickets (Php 1000 each) will be available. We won’t have group rates anymore and promo codes will not be applicable.

I took time out to write this post so that we will all be guided on what will happen during  The Freelancer Fair 2018. We all know that The Freelancer Fair 2018 will be on August 25 at Metrotent in Metrowalk, Pasig City. Here is the map to the event: https://goo.gl/maps/TBG3f8ngnsx Registration will open at 8 am and the program will start at 9 am and end at 5pm. We highly encourage you to come early so that you will have ample time to network and meet new people! That’s definitely one of the benefits of the fair. We also highly encourage the community heads and the sponsors to be done setting up by 8 am so that you’ll all be able to entertain guests and talk to our attendees. I’m super excited because we have so many partners and community involvement this year! There will be a lot of promos and surprises from our sponsors, so please check your email! Please also save these email addresses in your contact list so that emails from us don’t go to your spam folder (these are the email addresses to save: contact@manilaworkshops.com, manilaworkshops@gmail.com and ginger@manilaworkshops.com).

What is The Freelancer Fair 2018?

For three years now, we at Manila Workshops have ran The Freelancer Fair to gather, support and promote the freelancing industry. We gathered and gather not only online freelancers (virtual assistants, social media managers, content writers, etc.), but we have opened the event to offline freelancers like photographers, fitness professionals, videographers, event coordinator, etc.

Since we have started, we have seen this industry grow and prosper. We, at Manila Workshops, specifically chose the theme UP YOUR GAME, because we feel that the Filipino freelancers need to get ready to compete globally! We have talented freelancers here, and we need to help encourage and inspire one another to continue to learn and to be the best that we all can be.

What are the Official Hashtags?

The official hashtags are #UpYourGame, #TheFreelancerFair and #FreelancerPH. Kindly use these hashtags when posting. Also, please follow and like the new page that we have created on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thefreelancerfair/

Do I need to bring anything to The Freelancer Fair 2018?

Aside from the details mentioned above, there is paid parking in Metrowalk and it can accommodate a lot of cars 🙂 The venue is walking distance from Robinsons Galleria. The event will start at 9:00 am, but registration will open at 8:00 am. We highly encourage you to purchase food from our food concessionaires! Let’s help our fellow entrepreneurs and freelancers!

Registration and Entering the Venue Proper

Please wear comfortable clothing, but please no shorts and slippers please. There will be different lines at the registration area. We will have the following lines:

a. Paid online – Surname or Last Name starts with A to L
b. Paid online – Surname or Last Name starts with M to Z
c. Walk-ins / Pre-registered
d. VIPS/Bloggers/Sponsors/Communities/Media

Children 15 years old and younger can enter the venue for FREE. Kindly present a proof of their age/birthday at the registration area.We have a play area for kids! Please do not leave your kids unattended. Also, let’s be respectful of other people’s intent to listen and learn. Any behaviour that is not conducive to learning is highly discouraged. 🙂 Hope you understand!

Upon signing up, you will be given an ID, which you need to wear at all times. We will be strict in implementing this as your security is our utmost concern. At the back of your ID will be a copy of the program. You will also be given a loot bag, which you will use to keep all of your belongings and all the freebies that you will get from our partner brands and sponsors. We highly encourage you to go and learn more about each sponsor and community. There are fun games and surprises in each booth! Go and make friends!

For those who asked, yes, it is advisable that you bring water tumblers/jugs, too.

For those who are breastfeeding, please do let anyone from Manila Workshops know. They will direct you to the room where you can breastfeed if you need privacy.

SOME SURPRISES FROM BOOTH SPONSORS!

Here are the list of the promos and surprises from our partner brands and communities! 🙂

LAZADA – Get a FREE Voucher when you sign up as a Lazada Seller!

ALFOX PRINTING SERVICES – Attendees get 30% OFF when you order your business cards from us. Use the promo code TFF2018 on our website www.alfoxprinting.com. For exhibitors, we are offering a special price for pull-up banners, flyers, stickers and business cards.

INVITATIONS BY TEN – Special prizes at Invitations by Ten booth when you like the facebook pages: Be Bizy Business Workbook and Invitations by Ten. Pick a prize when you buy the Be Bizy Business Workbook (limited prizes). Buddy Bundle Discount: 2 workbooks for 1,000. First 10 buyers of the Be Bizy Business Workbook will be receiving a special lootbag! 🙂

FHMOMS – Free Social Media Marketing Online Course when you visit Fhmoms booth.

O2SPACE – Get a chance to win free day pass when you visit their booth.

THE FULFILLED WOMEN – Get P400 off when they sign up and enter the coupon code: TFW400 (https://www.facebook.com/events/262792224452991/ and https://goo.gl/forms/S3SNq3VGLvBNOfuT2)

TAXUMO – Drop by our booth and let us introduce you to our new tax concierge service TAXUMO Premium! We will also be offering a special discounted rate for our TAXUMO Business Starter Package (almost 40% off). Sit down with us for a FREE consultation on how to go about registering your business with the BIR. You can submit your requirements for business registration at our booth. Check out the requirements by visiting: https://www.taxumo.com/business-registration

CODESKITCH

1. Exclusive discounted price for ALL our digital services for attendees – Web Development Package – Social Media Marketing – Graphic Design / Multi-media – Audio-Visual / Photography Services

2. Drop Your Business Card and Win Selfie Ring Light – one winner every hour from 11AM-5PM – Participants to drop their business card on our fish bowl – Winner will be contacted and should claim the prize on our booth during the event personally and present ID – Winner must follow our Facebook & Instagram account

URBANESSENCE – They are now open for franchise!

SUNLIFE – Those who will visit our booth and register with us will receive a token!

REGIE.PH – From Pen to Pixels: Brush Lettering and Digitizing Workshop on Sept. 29, 2018 Regular Price: Php2000 inclusive of workshop materials Special Rate for TFF Attendees: Php1750 Bring-a-buddy Rate: Php1500 for each attendee Only 10 slots available. We’ll accept a downpayment of 500 pesos today to secure a slot. Visit us at the REGIE.PH booth to learn more. Freelance Life Doodle Shirt, yung prices are 400 for the White and 450 for the Black

ALLCARE – ALLCARE will be giving out raffle prizes such as Php 200 Grab coupons, Php 500 Honestbee delivery vouchers and some free co-working space passes from our partners. All they have to do is come by our booth and sign up for our platform for free. Our platform offers discounted benefits like healthcare, insurance and other items. Each sign-up is one raffle entry.

ANN/NINA – Freelancer Fair weekend promo They will be selling their e-book bundle for P997. Nina’s Basics ng FB Masters – 5995 yung price, 40% off Promo will be from Friday to Sunday

JASS ONLINE SOLUTIONS – Build Your Freelance Website in 5 days for Php2,000.00 only! Avail Domain + Hosting Package and Get A Free Tutorial on How To Build Your Own Website For more information, please visit this page: http://www.jassonlinesolutions.com/why-you-need-a-website-for-your-freelancing-career/

SOCIAL MEDIA ACADEMY – Games and Activities:

– Spin the Wheel of Social: Get a chance to win amazing prizes (books, gadgets, courses) by trying your luck and spinning for your favorite social media platform

– #SMAisLyf Photo Contest Take a photo with the official Freelancer Fair Hashtag of Social Media Academy to win surprise goodies!

– Special Social Media Academy Batch 4 Launch SMA will be launching Batch 4 at the Freelancer Fair and we are offering a special, on-the-day only discount and payment plan to enrol in the leading social media marketing school in the Philippines And more! Simply hang out in the Social Media Academy booth to chat with mentors and other SMA alumni. You can try to hustle for some stickers and exclusive shirts that will be available ONLY in their booth.

Healthy Baby Food Ideas PH – We would like to promote an online webinar called “FAQs to FACTS” where we will talk about the most asked questions by working moms about Complementary Feeding, Healthy Baby Food Ideas and Baon Ideas. There’s no time and date yet but it will be exclusive to members only so they need to join the group Healthy Baby Food Ideas Philippines

LaVie Essentials – For the first 20 customers they get 5% discount in leather goods and 20% on beauty products plus free cable snaps!

UNIONBANK EONUnionBank EON will be giving away an EON card to 5 lucky winners! Giveaway: Post in your Facebook or Instagram “Let’s talk a selfie at The Freelancer Fair” and use #SelfieBanking #TheFreelancerFair. Winners can pick up the prize at the EON Booth at the Freelancer Fair.

BRING CALLING CARDS OR COPIES OF YOUR WORK (JUST IN CASE)

Network, network, network! It’s good to be prepared with calling cards. Alfox Printing Services will have a special discount for those who order during The Freelancer Fair. Also, be sure to use the hashtags when posting, since a lot of the attendees will follow the event by searching for the hashtags. They might find you and your services by going through the hashtags. Also, update your Facebook, Linked-In, and other profiles prior to The Freelancer Fair 2018.

BE SURE TO INTERACT WITH THE SPEAKERS AND PANELISTS!

We have an interesting line-up of speakers, and these people are very open and willing to help you jumpstart your freelancing career. Don’t be shy to approach them!

The list of speakers and their pictures are on this page: http://thefreelancerfair.com. Some of the speakers will offer great deals for attendees of the Freelancer Fair. I will also drop my consultation rate from $100 dollars per hour t $50 per hour. You can book a consultation here: https://www.gingerarboleda.com/consult  This will be available only until the end of September.

This event is about building relationships and focusing on personal development.  I’m excited to meet you all. I’m also excited to see friends and reconnect with past attendees. We really hope that you enjoy your time at the fair.

Let’s start living the life we want to live!

Love,

Mommy Ginger

 

 

 

 

P.S. For those who haven’t bought a ticket yet, you still have time! Please visit this link: http://thefreelancerfair.com ONLY PREPAID ATTENDEES THOUGH WILL GET LOOTBAGS 🙂 🙂 See you!

P.P.S. Please join our newly created The Freelancer Fair Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/thefreelancerfair/

 

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?

Thank you for your overwhelming response for this year’s The Freelancer Fair that will be held on September 2 at the Bayanihan Center, Pioneer, from 8 am to 5pm. I hope that you are as excited as I am! I hope that you learn a lot, meet more co-freelancers and aspiring freelancers, meet new clients and people you can collaborate with, be inspired to be one (if you aren’t already) and get to see if the freelancing life is for you! For my readers who have just heard about this event, it’s not too late. This long post will tell you what it is about and at the same time, give advice to those who have already purchased a ticket on how to maximize your time at the The Freelancer Fair.

What is the Freelancer Fair?

In the Philippines, we have around 1.5M freelancers who are working online. Most of these freelancers are virtual assistants, graphic artists, programmers, marketers, animators, etc. This number does not include the freelancers who are working “offline”, such as photographers, videographers, make-up artists, fitness coaches, consultants, etc.

Both of these numbers are growing, as the “gig economy” is now being widely accepted as a viable option for a career or a profession. Manila Workshops has always believed that we have talented people in the Philippines and we want to make it widely known that being a freelancer is a legit profession. The successful people who have made it in this industry took it to heart to always be ahead of the curve by learning new skills and by adapting to the changes happening.

But more than a profession, we also want to educate people on how Freelancing is the door to many more possibilities you can do with your life whether it’s simply having more time with your family, or finally getting started with that business or passion you’ve always dreamed of.

With this year’s theme Cultivating Relationships, the event promises to give you a full day of learning through a series of talks, panel discussions and networking with freelancers, industry experts and businesses.

What are the Official Hashtags?

The official hashtags are #RiseOfTheFree and #TheFreelancerFair. Kindly use these hashtags when posting. Also, please follow and like the new page that we have created on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thefreelancerfair/

Where and what time is The Freelancer Fair?

The Freelancer Fair will be held at the Bayanihan Center. It’s along Pioneer. Please CLICK HERE for the map details. There is FREE parking beside the venue that can accommodate a lot of cars! 🙂 The event will start at 9:00 am, but registration will open at 8:00 am. Please come during this period (from 8:00 to 9:00 in the morning). This is to avoid long lines in the registration area.

Registration and Entering the Venue Proper

Please wear comfortable clothing, but please no shorts and slippers please. There will be different lines at the registration area. We will have the following lines:

a. Paid online – Surname or Last Name starts with A to L
b. Paid online – Surname or Last Name starts with M to Z
c. Walk-ins – Surname or Last Name starts with A to L
d. Walk-ins – Surname or Last Name starts with M to Z
e. VIPS / Sponsors (including Booth Sponsors) / Media

Children 17 years old and younger can enter the venue for free. Kindly present a proof of their age/birthday at the registration area. Please attend though to your children at all times. Also, let’s be respectful of other people’s intent to listen and learn. Any behaviour that is not conducive to learning is highly discouraged. 🙂 Hope you understand!

Upon signing up, you will be given an ID, which you need to wear at all times (since Bayanihan security is strict). At the back of your ID will be a copy of the program. You will also be given a loot bag, which you will use to keep all of your belongings and all the freebies that you will get from our partner brands and sponsors. It will also contain the Booth Stamping Game Sheet / Feedback Form. IF YOU PRE-ORDERED FOOD AND DRINKS, be sure also that you get the food stubs from the registration area.

PRE-ORDER FOOD AND DRINKS

The venue does not allow cash transactions for food and drinks inside the venue. If you want to order food and drinks, please PRE-ORDER from our partner merchants. This is highly recommended as restaurants, cafes, etc. are across the street. The time spent to buy and line up may have been time spent networking! 🙂

Here is the list of the partner food and beverage merchants:

BEVERAGE PARTNERS

ORDER COFFEE FROM BLACK BRIDGE: http://bit.ly/BlackBridgeTFF2017

ORDER MILK TEA FROM NITRO 7: http://bit.ly/Nitro7TFF2017

FOOD ORDERS

For those who asked, yes, you can bring water jugs, too, and it is advisable to bring water.

For those who are breastfeeding, please do let anyone from Manila Workshops know. They will direct you to the room where you can breastfeed if you need privacy.

BRING CALLING CARDS OR COPIES OF YOUR WORK (JUST IN CASE)

You’ll never know if a someone in the fair would be interested to avail of your service. It’s good to be prepared and ready to network. Be sure to use the hashtags when posting, since a lot of the attendees will follow the event by searching for the hashtags. Also, update your Facebook, Linked-In, and other profiles prior to The Freelancer Fair.

There will be different communities that will be present. They will have booths during the event. Be sure to network and get to know people in these booths! The community leaders and members will be there to help answer any questions that you may have and will be open to welcome you with open arms into this industry! 🙂

BE SURE TO INTERACT WITH THE SPEAKERS AND PANELISTS!

We have an interesting line-up of speakers, and these people are very open and willing to help you jumpstart your freelancing career. Don’t be shy to approach them!

Here is the list of speakers:

PROGRAM & SPEAKER SCHEDULE: 

Hosts: Marv de Leon and Jieneb Kho

◊ Part 1: FREELANCING: AN OVERVIEW
9:00 am to 9:15 am: Opening Remarks: Cultivating Relationships w/ Ginger Arboleda, CEO of Manila Workshops
9:15 am to 9:35 am: The Freelancing Industry in the Philippines w/  Undersecretary Monchito Ibrahim, Director of Department of Information Communications & Technology (DICT)
9:40 am to 10:00 am: Freelancing Association: Introduction of DCAP w/ Genesis Reonico, Founder of OnlineJobsUniversity.com and President of the Digital Career Advocates of the Philippines

◊ Part 2: FREELANCING AS A PROFESSION: SUPPORT & SERVICES 
10:00 am to 10:20 am: Business Registration and Taxation w/ Dandy Victa, President of Manila Civil Service Review & Mark Ong, CFO of Taxumo
10:20 am to 11:00 am: Freelancers’ Funds Flow w/ Paolo Baltao, EON & Miguel Warren, PAYONEER
11:00 am to 11:20 am: Freelancers: Finding Your Purpose w/ Jackie Cañiza, Founder of Haraya Coaching
11:00 am to 11:40 am: Talk from Facebook with Paolo Lacuna, SMB Business Development Lead, PH at Facebook
11:40 am to 12:15 pm: Freelancing Opportunities and Tools w/ Lory Desuasido (Bizmates.ph), Fitz Villafuerte, Founder of 199jobs.com and Julia Jamie Madrazo, OnlineJobs.ph
12:15 pm to 1:00 pm: Lunch Break

◊ Part 3: ONLINE FREELANCING
1:00 pm to 1:20 pm: Building Relationship Through Email w/ Allan Ngo, Founder of Digital Solopreneur
1:20 pm to 2:00 pm: Building a Brand and Relationships as Freelancers (Panel) w/ Nix Eniego, Marketing Head of Sprout Solutions & CJ Maturino, Founder of Online Freelance Community, together with successful & seasoned freelancers – Allie Pasag, John Pagulayan, Nina Mendoza & Liberty Baldovino
2:20 pm to 2:40pm: Fitness Freelancing Opportunities and Tips (Panel) with Rach Bonifacio of Treehouse Yoga, Toni Nicolas (Yoga / Zumba Instructor) & Allan Enriquez, Fitness Blogger

◊ Part 4: SOFTWARE & SERVICE FREELANCING
3:00 pm to 3:15 pm: Financial Freelancing w/ Bong Fajardo, Jr., Regional Sales Manager of SunLife Financial Philippines
3:15 pm to 3:30 pm: Real Estate Freelancing w/ Icel Dy of Spectrum Investments

◊ Part 5: CREATIVE DESIGN & FREELANCING
4:00 pm to 4:20 pm: Creative and Design Freelancing w/ Francis Miranda, CEO of Tagline Communications Inc.
4:20 pm to 4:45 pm: Creative Freelancing: Opportunities and Tips (Panel) w/ Ria Lu, CEO of Komikasi Games Charlie Aquino, Managing Director of SophieCreatives; Dennis Abad, Co-founder of SHOOT! Practical Videography School
5:00 pm: Closing Remarks

JOIN THE BOOTH STAMPING GAME (RAFFLE)!

There will be some raffle prizes from some of our sponsors. To join the raffle, you will need to join the booth stamping game (BSG). The BSG sheet will be your raffle entry. All you need to do is to interact with 20 other people (ideally, people whom you have just met at this event!). 🙂 Come on people… no cheating! This will be to your advantage! Once completed, fill out the feedback form at the back of the sheet and write your name. Submit your sheet to any of the Manila Workshops event directors at the reception area.

Please visit the booths of our sponsors, too! They have mini surprises at their booths, so go and visit them, too!

KEEP A SOUVENIR! ORDER OUR LIMITED EDITION RISE OF THE FREE SHIRTS!

 

To order these nice shirts, please fill out this form: http://bit.ly/2wMcYtl

This day is about learning a few things about being a freelancer in today’s times. It’s also a day of cultivating relationships. Won’t it be more fun and exciting if you go on this journey with other people? I’ve been a freelancer since 2008 and let me tell you that I have made friends and these friends have been with me, supporting me through the “thick and thins” of my freelancing and entrepreneurship career!

Let’s show the world the power of the Filipino Freelancer. Get ready for the Rise of the Free!

Love,

Mommy Ginger

 

 

 

 

P.S. For those who haven’t bought a ticket yet, you still have time! Please visit this link: http://manilaworkshops.com/events/thefreelancerfair2017 Online registrations will close on August 30, but we will accept walk-ins. ONLY PREPAID ATTENDEES THOUGH WILL GET LOOTBAGS 🙂 🙂 See you!

P.P.S. Please join our newly created The Freelancer Fair Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/thefreelancerfair/