Paying taxes is one of my pet peeves, not that I don't want to pay my taxes, I just find that the payment process is still very primitive here in our country. Even if we've come a long way in terms of technology, how we process and pay tax with the use of modern technology is somewhat still lagging in adoption. But of course, it's not all bad news. The good news is, there are now at least three options (that i'm aware of) to make tax payment simple, convenient, and easy, all with the use of the internet and mobile
In today's freelance tip, we're going to talk about money, particularly, your financial cash-flow. One of the major differences between working a 9-5 job and working as a freelancer is the unpredictability of income. Unlike your regular job, you get a specific or a more regular amount of income every 15 days or so. With freelancing, you're the captain and you're in charge how much you'd like to receive. The possibility of earning beyond your minimum wage is so high, you'll probably even earn 10 folds if you have the skills and the will to really work hard. For six years working
This month of August marks my sixth year as a freelancer and I tell you, It's just unbelievable. But the good thing is, it's for real and working online, at your home is not what many people think, that it's a scam. And I am here as a living proof of how real freelancing and online jobs is. Now, in today's episode I intend to speak about the reality and the life of being a freelancer and what makes freelancing special. I know I still have a lot of things to learn, but with the six years of experience that
It's a common question that people ask me how do I get a high paying freelance job. Well, today, I'll share with you my thoughts why this question isn't something you should even ask others but something that you should ask yourself and should be answered by yourself alone too. The truth is, getting a high paying job is real and it's just out there. Whether you are on oDesk, or Elance, or Freelancer.com or just selling your service directly through your website, a high paying job is just a matter of - asking for it. Our most common notion is
One of the realities of freelancing is that projects are not (always) long term. They can be a one off job of say, setting up an autoresponder, installing and configuring Wordpress, editing a podcast episode etc. The challenge therefore is twofold, first is how to acquire new clients and second, how to increase repeat business from previous clients.
One of the greatest opportunities of being a freelancer is the chance to meet different people. As a Filipino freelancer you won't probably see them personally but virtually you'll learn a good lot from them. I've had the chance to work with great people from the UK, US, Australia, Canada, and Israel. So far, it has been all good and the experience is something that keeps me really loving this online job compared to my previous work. But as they say, there's always a first or even second time where you'll encounter something different, something not so good. I had
Finding a freelance job is one of the most time consuming process. There are distractions, diversions and sooner or later, you will find yourself no longer doing what you're suppose to do. But as experience taught me, there is a better way of finding the best fit job while investing very minimal time. In job search, it's a good practice to be minimalistic. Thanks to the internet and the powerful searching features that makes job hunting more efficient these days. The key to making job search quick and easy is to make sure you know what kind of job you
13th Month Pay is one of the most awaited December perks for everyone who works in the Philippines. And for someone who's just started with freelance work, this may be something you have been used to receiving every end of the year. But now that you are a freelancer, should you demand for this benefit from your clients? Truth is, I have asked myself that same question before. And there are some points to consider why you should and why shouldn't ask for this benefit. Let me explain. You shouldn't ask because you are a freelancer not an employee Terminologies
Most Filipino freelancers suffer from what I call "The Employee Mindset". And this is preventing them from getting clients who treat them with respect, consult them on their opinions, and are eager to pay them higher rates. But before I dig deeper into the effects of the Employee Mindset, let's start by exploring what it means. What is the "Employee Mindset"? When you're a freelancer, it's very easy to think of yourself as an employee. After all, that's what most people are - they go to a company, get a job interview, wait for return calls, and get hired. Then,
Elance vs oDesk are like the Mayweather and Pacquiao of the freelance world. They are both one of the best in their league. Unlike a boxing a match, the question of which is the better freelance site, is a moot point that is probably impossible to lay out a concrete judgment.
Here's a list of must have collaboration tools to help you not only finish the job, but increase your teams productivity. Some are free while others are paid. But still it's worth every penny if you truly want to get the work flow smoothly.
You closed your eyes, pinched yourself, walked out to the sun, and yes, it wasn't a dream. It's real. You just lost one of your freelance jobs. The source of income that you expect to feed your family is now gone. What in the world should you do next?
Working as a freelancer may be just a part time job to help you eke out a living or earn an extra income. But what if you've reached a point and decided to quit your other job and pursue a full time freelance career? How are you planning to go about the transition?
Many of you are probably on the same boat where I am right now, renting a place where you have your office and family in just one roof. But let's admit it, there will come a time when you're family will grow or the business grows or sometimes both of them (ideally both of them) and you have to find your new nest. Do you just go ahead and choose whichever? That's what I'd like to share with you in this post, based on my personal experience. What exactly do you have to consider? Am I Under Any Contract? Before
Staying up late is not always the best solution to ensure you meet your deadlines. You simply couldn't rely on stretching your work hours just to get the job done. Unfortunately, you are most likely in the same boat just like many other freelancers are. But as they say, if it's being done by many, it doesn't necessarily mean its right. And losing sleep for the sake of a project deadline's completion is one of those exemptions. Common Reasons for Rushing While there are instances when clients specially long time ones would come to you at very short notice and
If you are working more than 10 hours, working even on weekends, holidays then you have to think again why you work as a freelancer. Is it not because you wanted to be free? To break from the bondage of your desk? Stop being a superman! I know there are instances when workloads seem to be at the peak and working alone is not practical. You need to duplicate yourself. And subcontracting is one way to do it. One good thing about having a network of fellow freelancer is the opportunity to be a blessing to them by handing a
Productivity in the workplace is a common mystery that everybody wants to have a crack at it. Until now, it's been one of the many things I'd like to master as a freelancer. And so in my quest to be an effective freelancer, I guess I found one thing that I can stick and one thing that I would definitely recommend my readers to follow. Go ahead and get yourself another monitor if you are only using one! Here's a few things I've found out that I would like to share with you. When I first started out with my freelance
Deciding to go on a full time freelance work takes more than just the guts to go on a career adventure. There is a massive financial risk involved and a ton of preparation that needs to be settled before you can fully say that you are ready and good to go. There are more factors in the package than what meets the eye. And realistically, freelance home based job is not all good times. If you are just starting today, that is even of greater concern because the risk is twice than the risk involved if you have started probably
I started as a full time freelancer on August 19, 2009 and yes, I’m still alive and kicking and looking to better years ahead. I had a scary start primarily of financial nature, fear of the unknown and doubts of getting a work that can sustain our family’s needs (and wants). And nearly six years after that crossroad, I’m looking even more exuberant of the year ahead. Let me share a few things I’ve learned as a full time freelancer. These are practical things that helped me survive the years, from family life, to work ethics, and social life which
If you have worked in a call center before and is currently into freelancing, one thing you will miss about call center life is the great perks and incentives that are up for grabs for a good performance. Rewards system in the call centers (based on my experience) is simply unmatched. And they are there for a good reason, no less than to keep you motivated to hit all those KPI's, be the best call center agent you can be and contribute to your company's success. Steve Jobs shared his candid opinion about rewards systems when he said: "The only
When your clients don’t get what they want, don’t see the results you have promised, this is a sign that you are being ineffective. And who does want to be told they are ineffective? Not one in his sane mind would desire to hear these words. But they do come, sometimes subtly. Let’s face it, you’ve (actually we’ve) messed up with one or two of our projects in the past. Whether it’s bigtime or not, we’ve had our days when we are ineffective and complacent. It’s not a secret. And being on this page is a proof why you want
Unemployment is high in many parts of the globe. You may have a job today but it all hangs in the balance whether the business is earning or your salary is becoming too costly for your employers. As outsourcing continues to change the landscape of employment, you may find yourself gripping on the second state. The fact is, the internet is becoming the biggest job site you could ever imagine. Come to think of it, it's not only limited to local opportunities but its global. So for those who wants to catch up on the booming online jobs industry, I
Clarence Paul describes call center tenure as "As transient as the phone calls that agents make or take". Representative Raymond "Mong" Palatino, dubbed it as an industry that's filled with “hellos” and “goodbyes.” Others call it as the "sunshine industry" because of it's great contribution when the world economies were actually in the darkness of financial turmoil. I don't know which one to consider as a misnomer. All I know is the fact that call centers are a big help in the economy but at the same time, it's a place where many stay for the sake of having a
Job trends data provide a wealth of information that's invaluable to entrepreneurs and job seekers in helping make intelligent decisions. As outlined by Trends Research, an authority in providing trend information, it: * Allows you to anticipate change, recognize the implications, and take proactive strategies * Alerts you to the trends shaping the future and * Identifies short and long-term strategies and action plans for profiting from trends In a freelancer's perspective, information on trends such as; what are the most sought after skills, highest number of hires, highest paid jobs, the most number of opportunities can help us better
Many people decide based on their emotions and not on what is logical or what is practical. And most of these decisions are done in haste which almost always ends in frustration. It's good to be enthusiastic but it's better to be wise. In freelancing, it's the same way. Take things with caution and decide when there is full understanding of the matter. And one of the best way of getting a good grasp at things alien to you is getting some advice from those "who've been there, done that". As one bible passage says, "there is safety in the