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How to Pay for Your SSS Contribution Online

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If you have turned to full time freelance work, chances are, you’re probably no longer paying your SSS contributions. But did you know that you can still continue contributing as a voluntary member or as as self employed?

The good thing is, since most of us who work online don’t really like the long waits, Metrobank, provides an online solution so you can pay your SSS contributions with just a few clicks.

That’s what I’m going to show you today.

But before we get started, make sure that you have with you your SSS ID number, the month that you’d like to pay, and the amount of contribution you will be paying. If you don’t how much you’ll need to pay, check out the schedule of contributions table and the due dates for contributions.

Once you have all those information ready, login to your metrobank direct account.

1. Under eBanking solutions, Click Pay Bills –
2. Go to Special Biller and select Government as Category then choose the type of SSS as Biller from the dropdown
3. Input your SSS ID number under subscribers followed by the month you are paying and the current year (sssno012014).
The system doesn’t allow copy pasting, so you’ll have […]

How to Pay for Your SSS Contribution Online

The Simple Truth About Getting a High Paying Freelance Job

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 that high paying jobs are offered to us. It’s the client’s sole decision whether they’re going to give us that dream rate or not, but the truth is, you have to know your worth and let other people know that by telling them how much you want to be paid, PERIOD!

My personal thoughts

What exactly is a high paying job for you? I have a $20/hr job and I’d say it’s a high paying job, but it may not be the same for others. Someone is probably looking at a $2000 per month project and consider it a high paying job, but to some […]

The Simple Truth About Getting a High Paying Freelance Job

Call Center Exodus and the Rise of Online Freelance Work

I’ve worked in the call center for over four years until I finally turned to full time online freelance work. While the world hasn’t changed much for me during my four years of stay in the call center, I am most grateful that I’ve worked in the BPO industry because the trainings, most especially the sales and customer service trainings played a big role in my freelance career now.

Some of my batchmates from the original group when I first started in PeopleSupport have gone to different areas of work but some have remained in the call center. But I guess it won’t be for long.

The work landscape that the BPO industry has disrupted is yet on a course for another disruption. This time, it’s online jobs that’s taking its slice of the call center talents. We are starting to see the exodus of trained call center agents and Upwork is taking it to another level. Upwork has recently introduced the Pro Customer Service Group that entices call center agents, particularly the customer service professionals who have call center experience to take advantage of this unique group. Upwork Pro Customer Service Group

If you want to start testing the waters on freelancing with a […]

Call Center Exodus and the Rise of Online Freelance Work

How to Use Dropbox File Request

Whether you use Dropbox or not, you will like this latest feature that was added called, File Requests. With this feature you’ll be able to:

  • Request files from anyone by giving them a link let’s say, while you’re in a Skype conversation or Google Hangout or you can also send an email request.
  • This feature also enables you to request files even from people who don’t have a Dropbox account
  • They can upload up 2GB of files
  • You can send multiple requests and still keep your received files organized in a single folder

This new feature does not cost you anything and is available for Dropbox Basic and Pro users starting June 18. Check out the video below:

How to Use Dropbox File Request

How to Choose the Right Computer That Suits Your Freelance Work

For someone whose bread and butter relies on one machine, choosing the right computer for your online work shouldn’t be left to the sales guy to decide. You need to know what specification suits your freelance work. While this may be a daunting task for someone who’s just starting out with freelancing or not really into computers, there are a couple of things that you can consider so you can make a better choice in purchasing your computer without wasting and money.

What’s your line of expertise?

The best way to determine your computer configuration is to be able to identify the line of work you perform or plan to engage in. For someone who’s doing data entry and VA jobs, I would highly recommend getting dual monitors. There’s been studies that the use of dual monitors has increased productivity to about 40% and I can attest to that as I’ve been loving the dual monitor setup (and have no plan on going back to single monitor) when I’m at home.

To give you an idea of what I’m using, here’s the full specs and accessories on my main desktop.

  • Specs: 2 Samsung 21′ LED monitors
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-4670 CPU @3.4GHz
  • Storage: […]
How to Choose the Right Computer That Suits Your Freelance Work

20 iPad Productivity Apps for Freelancer on the Go

If you’re planning to go on a road trip or a vacation to the province, be sure to have your iPad ready as a backup to make sure you have a hassle free and stress free bonding time with your family. While the iPad will not be able to fully replace what a laptop can do (at least for now), these apps will surely help you get a lot of things completed, pretty much like you’ve done it on your laptop or desktop.

In this connected world, this simply means that you don’t have any reason not to be productive. Whether you’re on a laptop or on your tablet, you can get things done (slowly).

So here is a list of my favorite apps that has really made a big impact on the way I work, especially when I’m on the road. I’ve listed both the free and paid apps and by the looks of it, I’ll probably keep these for a while until I find a new substitute or if you can recommend other alternatives that are free or at least, low cost apps.

  1. Todoist ($29/yr) todoist_logo

    It’s the all and be all of to-do apps I’ve tried. […]

20 iPad Productivity Apps for Freelancer on the Go

Freelance Tip #2: Be an Expert

If you’re working as a freelancer, think of yourself as a doctor. You are someone who provides a solution, a recommendation, or a prescription. But there are a lot of doctors. You can either be a general practitioner or you can be a specialist. And if you put two doctors’ side by side, one a general practitioner and the other, say a dermatologist, when you have a problem with your skin, who would you choose? Definitely, it will be the dermatologist. Why? Because he’s the expert in that field.

In today’s Freelance tip #2, let’s talk about why you and I need to be an expert in the service we offer.

Bianca Forbes writes, “When you pick a specific niche or group of people to work with, being an expert gets much easier”.

It can’t get any “truer” than that. And I can personally attest to the veracity of that statement too. Let me tell you about my story.

In 2009, when I started with my freelance work online, I wore the hat of a VA. Then, as a VA, I did data entry, research, audio editing, phone management, social media marketing and WordPress. I can basically apply for any role under the administrative and office […]

Freelance Tip #2: Be an Expert

Freelance Tip #1: Follow up

Whether it’s a past client or a prospect, follow up can do wonders on your business acquisition and retention strategy. Unfortunately, follow up is something that most freelancers ignore, neglect, and forget or probably don’t even know. If you’re guilty of this, I don’t blame you.  As Kelley Robertson, author of The Power of Follow up, points out “Many people have never received formal sales training and have not learned why they should follow-up and how to make this happen.”  

Needless to say, follow up is an essential process that every business more importantly, freelancers should implement. If you’re a novice and still finding your way on how to get more and retain more clients through follow ups, here are few things you need to know why you should follow and what tools can help you do it effectively.

Benefits of Follow ups

  • Follow up is a simple, easy, and effective way to keep yourself within your client’s radar.
  • It’s a good way of creating an impression of professionalism
  • It offers you a quick way to evaluate and reassess your client or prospect’s needs
  • Your prospect will take your follow up efforts as a sign of reliability and seriousness in how you conduct business
  • Get paid faster 🙂 This is probably […]
Freelance Tip #1: Follow up

Getting Started: How I got my first PC through loan

This is a first in a series of Getting Started articles I am compiling. This may not be applicable to all since computers are a common household appliance these days. But when I was still starting up as a freelancer, I didn’t have my own computer. I was using the pantry computer at work to apply for jobs. On some occasions, I’d go to an Internet café near our boarding house just to submit my articles and communicate with client.

During my early days with doing online jobs, my first few projects involved a good amount of writing. And since I was doing two jobs, one as a call center agent, the other as freelance gig, what I do is write at my workstation while waiting for calls to come in. Before I sign off from work, I save my drafts on my company email then access it from a webmail so I can continue with my assignment. When I’m on break or when I’m on a day off. The pantry was one of few places I’d hang out because that’s where four units of PC are available for employees to use for free.

After getting my first payment from those writing gigs, I knew […]

Getting Started: How I got my first PC through loan

How I Became an Accidental Transcriptionist

Back in 1998, my sister Rebecca studied computer secretarial in one of the colleges in Olongapo City. One of her subjects is stenography and typing. She bought an old typewriter and a bunch of lessons on typing. Then she would start working through her typewriterlesson, pressing through the rugged keys on the typewriter. It clacked and cracked on afternoons and evenings while I look on her and see her just have her eyes on the copy while her fingers find their way to the different keys on the keyboard. I would watch over her back and peek through her copy. It was just the ASDF JKL: ASDF JKL:. Nothing made sense about those letters but I got curious how it feels and how it is to type without looking at the keys on the typewriter.

When she stops her typing practice, I would borrow (or sometimes sneak) and do my own practice. I will work on her used practice sheets and start on training my fingers to home in on those keys on the typewriter. I remember how difficult it was. The challenge has been the letters W and Q […]

How I Became an Accidental Transcriptionist
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