This Is A Custom Widget

This Sliding Bar can be switched on or off in theme options, and can take any widget you throw at it or even fill it with your custom HTML Code. Its perfect for grabbing the attention of your viewers. Choose between 1, 2, 3 or 4 columns, set the background color, widget divider color, activate transparency, a top border or fully disable it on desktop and mobile.

This Is A Custom Widget

This Sliding Bar can be switched on or off in theme options, and can take any widget you throw at it or even fill it with your custom HTML Code. Its perfect for grabbing the attention of your viewers. Choose between 1, 2, 3 or 4 columns, set the background color, widget divider color, activate transparency, a top border or fully disable it on desktop and mobile.
31 03, 2014

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
6 02, 2014

Certified Freelance Podcast

In the next few days, I’ll be releasing the first episode of The Certified Freelance Podcast. It’s my long awaited personal project that I’ve finally manage to put together. Late last year when I’ve started planning to push this through but I got a bit busy with different projects. So this year, I’ve determined to put this into reality. featured-cfp-logo2

I believe stories make bigger impact in people’s lives than we could ever think of. And podcast makes it such a convenient way to spread out life changing ideas and inspiring stories that deserve a greater audience. So this time, I’m taking you to a different path and let you see freelancing from a different perspective.

The idea is to bring in different people with different points of view and different experiences to share their stories with us. We’ll try to see how successful freelancers resolved their challenges at work. We will listen to their struggles that you and many other freelancers are experiencing as home based workers. We will try to uncover the secrets to getting high paying, long term projects. And we’ll […]

Certified Freelance Podcast
27 01, 2014

How to Apply for NBI Clearance Online

The news about the availability of NBI Clearance online application is a good welcome to 2014. It does not (yet) totally make the whole process internet based but it will greatly reduce the time you will have to spend to get a new clearance. And for a someone who works at home, gets paid by the hour, every second saved counts. This is definitely a good start for the bureau (and hopefully the other government offices will follow suit) to finally utilize the full power of the internet in making services faster and more accessible to the people.

The procedure looks very simple. 

Fill out the NBI Online Application Form.  The form is actually divided into different sections. Some you sections you will only see as you progress in completing the different fields. A few things to remember:

  1. For the Clearance Registration section, make sure to fill out all the items. For the presented ID field, there is an example just above the field box. So if you are going to use ID’s other than the two examples shown, make sure to identify what ID it is, is it POSTAL ID, PRC, DRIVERS License, etc. […]
How to Apply for NBI Clearance Online
19 12, 2013

What Happens When Elance and oDesk Merge?

One of the questions I’ve raised before is “Which is the better freelance site, oDesk or Elance?” That is of course not a very easy one to answer. For one, they both have their unique qualities that one would prefer than the other. It never came to mind what if oDesk and Elance will merge into one freelance site just like what Freelancer and it’s acquisition of smaller sites like Scriptlance. odesk-elance-merge

But truth is, there’s no more speculation about the merge because oDesk and Elance have already broadly announced the deal for the merge. In an email that was sent out today, oDesk CEO, Gary Swart noted a couple of things about the merger:

Why, then, are we putting the two companies together?

The answer is pretty simple: we think we can do a better job for you this way. Both companies are inspired by a similar vision of delivering the best online work experience possible.

The merger has not yet closed, but here are the kinds of things you can look forward to:

  • Significant technology investments. This includes tools for more […]
What Happens When Elance and oDesk Merge?
17 12, 2013

How to Avoid Death by Overwork

Being overworked can be fatal. And that’s the sad truth on what happened with  Indonesian copywriter, Mita Diran. In the last tweet that Mita Diran posted last December 14 on her Twitter handle @mitdoq, she tweeted Mita Diranthat she’s been working 30 hours and still going strong. Then news came out. According to her father Yani Syahrial, Mita went into coma after working continuously for 3 days.  Eventually, she died on December 15 after suffering heart failure as a result of a combination of long hours and drinking too much Kratingdaeng, a strong energy drink.

Why is Mita’s story so striking to me?

I’ve always believed that just like Mita, freelancers are one of the most hard working people you’ll ever know. And if you’ll asked us what to do if a deadline is at hand, I’m sure that majority of us will say that we’ll work on it overtime. We will do it because we want to please our clients and we want to make sure that we get a good feedback or rating. That’s how much feedback matters. And that’s a common mentality. It so strikes me because many times in the past, I’ve […]

How to Avoid Death by Overwork
14 12, 2013

Health Insurance for Freelancers – Why Philhealth is Not Enough

When I was working in the call center, my family enjoyed the benefits of a Maxicare insurance. It covered both outpatient services as well as admissions. The maximum benefit is an eye popping half a million for me, i just don’t remember the exact figure for my dependents but it’s a solid health plan for all of us at that time. And I tell you, some of my coworkers did love the fact that when they get sick, they will be in a private room accommodation without any worries about the bill. That is of course different now.

When I shifted to online work, I have only managed to keep my Philhealth contributions. For the past 3 years, I have been relying solely on Philhealth for medical insurance. I pay an annual fee of Php 1,200 and it’s been a sound choice. Last year, when my wife gave birth to our daughter Deborah, we were able to receive over Php 14,000 in refund from Philhealth, which is almost half the amount we paid.

Philhealth Benefits and Coverage

There is no question that Philhealth contribution is a sound investment. It gives you a sense of security […]

Health Insurance for Freelancers – Why Philhealth is Not Enough
6 02, 2013

How to Increase Repeat Business from Previous Clients

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.

How to Increase Repeat Business from Previous Clients
1 02, 2013

The Case With Being a Filipino Freelancer

One of the great opportunity of being a freelancer is the chance to meet different people. 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. But as they say, there’s always a first or even second time where you’ll encounter something different.

I had my first taste of this different kind of attitude when I was asked to provide my service. And here’s what happened during our Skype conversation.

Please note: I am divulging this not to put Canadians or anybody in a bad light. I have worked with a lot of Canadian clients and they’re great people. My purpose for bringing this out is to let everyone learn from this. I know my answers were not the best answers and I’m open to learn from those who can better handle such cases. And as I said in my previous post in the Certified Freelance Facebook page, this is part of freelancing.

Client:  Ok so how much is your bid and how long would it take you?
ME: For 23 videos, […]

The Case With Being a Filipino Freelancer
30 01, 2013

The Pros and Cons of Increased Elance Connects

Every Elance contractor knows how important it is to have available connects. Simply put, connects will determine if you are eligible to submit a proposal for a project under the category you are subscribed to. No connects means you either:

  • wait for a client to invite you before you can submit a proposal
  • buy extra connects
  • upgrade your account to have more monthly allocations.

Now you see the big picture of how important connects are. As a tiered membership site with limited monthly connects allotted for each level, every connect matters. You can’t afford submitting a proposal for a project which you think you are not a good fit, else, you’ll waste those connects. Every project has its required connects . For example, for the job post “Software writer needed for website” with a budget of $500-$1000  you need to have at least 2 connects. If you wanted to have your proposal on top of the list, you’ll have to shed another 2 connects, for a total of 4 connects in this project alone. Elance Connects Previously, Elance offers Basic membership of up to 15 connects per month, Individual has up to 30, […]

The Pros and Cons of Increased Elance Connects
30 01, 2013

How to Use Google Alerts and Saved Search Features to Find a Freelance Job

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 want. You have to be able to identify keywords that you can associate with your skills or expertise. For example, as podcast editor, I can make use of the search terms, audio editing jobs, Adobe Audition jobs, podcast editing and so on. The next step is to automate these searches so you can receive notifications every time these keywords come out from blogs, news, job posts, etc.

You can setup your Google reader or any desktop reader tools for a more organized system of keeping track of the keywords you are monitoring or you can make use of your email, whichever is […]

How to Use Google Alerts and Saved Search Features to Find a Freelance Job
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