First of all, I’d like to thank the hundreds of people who have attended The Freelancer Fair. I am deeply moved by your support. I hope that The Freelancer Fair will be a milestone in your freelancing journey. As I’m excited to write about the fair, I found myself thinking about the industry and things that stop freelancers from achieving their dreams. I’ll probably write about the fair in the days to come. I decided to download all of my thoughts into this blogpost.

I’ve seen this industry grow and thrive since 2010. This was the year I started my own freelancing journey. The freelancing industry is definitely a colorful industry. This is what I find most appealing about it. There are a lot of things happening, a lot of events and workshops, a lot of online courses being offered and a lot of live videos, and a lot of inspiration. There’s enough variety to make someone from the outside curious about what’s happening on the inside.

In this industry, there are people willing and able to help you start freelancing. They will help you when you’re stuck in a rut and don’t know what to do. There are big brands, like PayPal, who support you every step of the way (BTW, if you don’t have a PayPal account yet, you can click on this link: PayPal). We have more than 20 communities in the Philippines. Each of these communities have their own advocacies and each one captures their own segment of the industry. All of these support are readily available for anyone interested to be a freelancer.

So I still wonder why there are still aspiring freelancers who are scared to get into this fun-filled, super caring and supportive industry? Why can’t they start their freelancing journey? Why is one disheartened (after a few months or a year) to continue freelancing? Why do some people fail while others succeed?

A big factor is FEAR. We are scared of a lot of things.

I talked to a lot of long-time freelancers and those who are thinking of jumping into this industry and I have grouped the “fears” that they have encountered into 6 FEARS.

Fear #1: Lack of skills
Being new to this industry, we hear things like Virtual Assistance, Online Business Manager, Email Marketing, Facebook Marketing, Content Marketing, SEO, Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Artificial Intelligence, Media Buying, etc. Most of these things are words that we haven’t heard before. We often feel that we may not be able to grasp and fully understand any of these things. We think that we may not have any place in this freelancing world, but this is not true!

IMHO: There will always a place for you in this industry IF you REALLY, REALLY want to be part of it. You just need to discover your own strengths and weaknesses. After which, focus on your strengths and develop skills that are aligned with these strengths. Note that if you discover in the future that what you really love is not in this industry, there is nothing wrong with that. The most important thing is that you live a life doing the things that you love.

Also, we need constantly be curious about different things. We always need to strive to learn something new every day!

Do you feel like you’re not spending enough time with family?

Fear #2: Lack of Time Management Skills

A lot of people who start in this industry juggled family life, maintaining a day job and doing side projects. With this, some people feel like they will fail because they don’t have time management skills.

IMHO: The way to face feeling this way is to accept that you will never have the perfect balance of time spent for each aspect in your life. I, too, still feel guilty that I don’t spend time with my family as often as I want to. On other days, I feel useless for some projects that I’m involved with. And in other days, I feel guilty that I could have done better in a freelance work that I delivered to a Client.

But this is not how I feel each and every single day. In days that I feel guilty about not spending time with family, those are the day that I excelled in my freelancing career, and vice versa. So no matter how good your time management skills are, juggling all of these is a fact of life so there is no need to fear it — just be ready for this kind of life.

Do you feel like your missing out on the things that your friends have?

Fear #3: Fear of Missing Out on Corporate Success

Jumping into a new territory always makes us feel like we’re missing out on the world that we left behind. I remember the first time I went full-on freelancing. During the first three months of my freelancing journey, there wasn’t a day when I wanted to go back and work again. I felt bored, depressed, and discouraged. I felt that I was missing out on a lot of things. My friends were going up the corporate ladder, while I was starting from scratch. I had nothing. All I had was my dream and my skills and talent.

IMHO: You don’t need to be scared that you’ll miss out on things that your friends are experiencing. You have your own journey. Each one of us have our own mission in life and our purpose to accomplish. Stop comparing. You’ll miss out on a lot of things when you spend time comparing and sulking. Focus on growing, achieving and helping!

Fear #4: Fear of not having Income stability

Fear #5: Understanding Taxation

Fear #6: Lack of Client Projects or Lack of Skill in Handling Clients

I have much to say about the last three fears. These are the ones that came up more often when I interviewed aspiring freelancers. I will discuss these three during the workshop that I will have with PayPal (Take the Dare: Fear-Proof Your Freelancing Journey). This will be the 10th PayPal Freelancer Community Workshop on September 8, 2018!

The key topics that I will talk about for the Fear-proof your Freelancing Journey are the following:

– What are the challenges to income security and how to overcome it?
– Why it’s important to pay taxes and how it can benefit you and your business
– How to deal with tough clients and strictly manage projects

This is an outline of what I will cover.

Fear #1: Income stability

– Know how to secure finances even when projects are pending or hard to find
– Budget management
– Managing monthly projects and gross revenue

Fear #2: Taxation

– Get acquainted with taxation processes that you have to comply with as a Freelancer
– Know the business benefits and perks of paying taxes

Fear #3: Client projects

– Discover strategies and tactics for finding and pitching to clients for new projects
– Managing deadlines and pressures
– How to deal with hard clients
– How to confront rejection from a failed presentation
– Setting up an invoice system for recurring payments

If you have time to join me, please do sign up using this link: https://bit.ly/10thPayPalFreelancerWorkshop

There is a $100 surprise for a lucky attendee!


Having a PayPal account will really make things easier. PayPal is a trusted payment service by Clients from any country. This will make collecting payments easier for us, freelancers. Sign up for a PayPal account HERE!.

I’d really love to get to know you and let’s see how we can jointly overcome your fears and fear-proof your freelancing journey!

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.

Amanda's workshop

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.

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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UnionBank EON, it the easiest and fastest way to get your payment. Open an EON account and link it to your Paypal! 🙂

When setting up a blog or a website, it’s good to know the basics of handling your content management system or CMS. The CMS is your window to everything that you want to do with your site. If you want to upload pictures, write an article, add a video, etc., you log into your content management system and you add them all there or edit or delete things from there. The content management system that I use for all of my blogs and website is WordPress.

I started using WordPress in 2008 and it was so convenient for me. Burn Gutierrez and I would like to share with you, through the Webinar Series called Enter Entrepreneurship, on how easy it is to start a blog or a website. We have invited Mr. Jerome Esperanza to help us demystify WordPress.

Jerome Esperanza

Who is Jerome Esperanza?

Jerome is an active freelance web developer and trainer for over a decade now and has built his web expertise from projects of various fields, specializations and areas, and has gained considerable web skills while working for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) funded Partnerships in the Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA), Accenture Philippines, American Recreation Club of the U.S. Embassy Manila, International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Department of Health (DOH) of the Philippines. He is also well versed in database management, search engine optimization and web analytics. Mr. Esperanza is a graduate of Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (University of the City of Manila) with a degree in public administration.

He has consistently given seminars, talks, special hands-on courses and training to different sectors of the field – from academics, government and non-profits, training outfits to businesses companies and organizations.

He is now currently a short term consultant for the World Bank Group involving a trust fund web project, and also presently focusing on launching a business company and expanding the consultancy services to include other web and digital solutions to include web hosting services and digital marketing.

What will Jerome talk about?

About WordPress
• Overview and Usage
• Difference between WordPress.Com and WordPress.Org platforms
• Showcase and Frontend Demo of both platforms

WordPress.ORG, the Content Management System (CMS)
• Getting to know WordPress.Org
• Navigating around the Administration Panel
• The Tool bar
• Screen Options

Pages and Posts
• Understanding the differences

Adding and Editing Content
• Creating your first post using the visual editor
• More on Posts
• Formatting text using the HTML editor
• Adding links to your posts / Opening a link in a new window vs. using the current window
• Adding images to your posts
• Adding a gallery of images
• Help, I changed themes and now my image sizes aren’t right!
• Adding video clips to your posts
• Setting posting and page options
• Post Formats
• Saving & publishing your post or page
• Post Locking/Unlocking Feature for Multi User Blogs
• Creating and managing your categories

Writing Pages and Structuring Them

Publishing Content Created by Other Contributors

Moderating Comments

Managing Links
• Creating link categories
• Creating links

Users and User Management
• Add and remove users
• Edit details of a user
• Manage the content created by a user
• Managing Options and Settings

Design and Themes
• Overview: Managing the Look & Feel of your website
• Appearance
• Theme Customiser
• Understanding and Using Widgets
• Custom Backgrounds
• Creating Custom Menus

Menus and Menu Management
• Defining a Menu
• Adding items to a Menu
• Deleting a menu item
• Customizing Menu Items
• Creating multi-level menus
• The Menu in Action

Great topics, right? I know that that two hour webinar will really be beneficial for you! And guess what? It only costs Php 500 per session. If you avail of all the 10 sessions, you get the 11th on Productivity and Time Management for free!  So hurry and sign up now at:

http://manilaworkshops.com/events/enter-entrepreneurship

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First time mommies and daddies! I’m so excited to share with you this post for today. Last March 16, I announced some of the upcoming parenting workshops from Manila Workshops and Best for Families. You can read about these parenting workshops in this link: Upcoming Parenting Workshops in Manila

In the past few runs that we have, I have come across expectant couples who are really adamant in learning more about parenting and about safely giving birth and raising a child. As there is really no certification on being a great parent, I admire these couples who really go out of their way to learn. I truly believe, just like in business or even in professional careers, people who have that insatiable thirst for knowledge and people who are not close minded are the ones who succeed.

For parents who constantly strive to be better parents and who constantly strive to know more by reading books, surfing the web, attending workshops, talking to other parents, etc., CHEERS! This giveaway is for you!

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We are giving away 5 seats to 5 lucky moms or dads who would want to attend the What to Know Before Giving Birth Workshop on March 28, 2015 for FREE!

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Okay, here are the mechanics!

– This giveaway will run from today to March 24, 2015 (12 Noon).
– All you need to do is post the link of this giveaway in your Facebook wall, Twitter feed or Instagram account (Check that the settings is open to the public to see).
– Then comment below with your full name, your email address and the link to your post.
– Each individual will get a raffle entry which I will use to choose the raffle winners using Randomizer.org

It’s as easy as that! I will announce the winners on Tuesday, March 24!

Please spread the word and ask friends and family to attend this workshop. Details for the What to Know Before Giving Birth Workshop on this link: http://manilaworkshops.com/events/first-time-parents-what-to-know-before-giving-birth

Good luck and hope to see you in one of the Manila Workshops events.