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People Helping People

People Helping People

Do you know what is one of the best things about virtual careers?

Based on my experience, kahit magkakapareho kayo ng skill, walang inggitan, walang politics.

Instead, I see PEOPLE HELPING PEOPLE.

Take this case: In 2016, Sha Nacino was one of the people I asked for help on writing a book and launching it. All-out s’ya sa advice and tips. Because of that, I was able to launch my e-book in August.

When she learned about The Joy and Ann Show, she asked Joy and I everything about podcasting. All-out din kami sa advice at tips. (You know that Sha guested on our podcast, right?)

She launched her podcast, Write Conversations, in the same year. From her words, “Special shout out and BIG THANKS to my friends Joy and Ann of The Joy and Ann Show and Might for the tips and inspiration especially as regards producing a podcast!”

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Thank you, Sha! We appreciate you, too!

So yes, friends and network ang magiging ally ninyo sa virtual careers.

You’re getting the help that you need. All you have to do is ACT.

So please, act. Work on whatever you’re working on while listening to us and Sha.

The story of people helping people is just about Joy and Sha. You don’t want to hear more stories of this with Jomar Hilario, Niña Mendoza, Jones Mancilla, Nath ‘funchum’ Reyes, Nolan Ray Lazaro, Yuan Te-Natividad, Sweet Reyes and many others. Kasi mababaliw kayo sa blessing of friends and network.

This post was first published on Ann Exceptional VA Facebook Page.

top Focusing on the Profits

Stop Focusing on Profits

“It’s the PROCESS of creating the profits that matter!”

Very true.

I was talking to a new VA early this week and I told her that you think you need only money.

But you don’t.

Money may buy almost anything but not everything.

Also, when your reason for working is for money or if you are always seeking the money; you don’t have anything solid – BIG WHYS – that will push you when the going gets tough, you may not be happy.

Fangirl Mode My First Encounters with Facebook Live and Instagram Live

Fangirl Mode: My First Encounters with Facebook Live and Instagram Live

It may be a usual thing now, but there was a time when Facebook Live and Instagram Live were getting tested.

Two years ago, it was the celebrities or influencers who got the Facebook Live beta test. I never knew if Instagram Live test were also given to the same people.

Nevertheless, my first encounters with Facebook Live and Instagram Live could be both summarized in one word: FANGIRL.

Facebook Live with The Hulk

Two years ago, I checking my Facebook account when a notification popped: “Mark Ruffalo is live now.”

Oh.My.Avenger. That guy’s my crush even before he signed up to turn green!

And so I clicked the notification and watched him say “Hi” and answer questions. (See the video here at 0:22.)

Fangirl Mode My First Encounters with Facebook Live and Instagram Live

I typed all the questions that I had on my mind during that time. Unfortunately, his Facebook Live video only took 10 to 15 minutes because he’s on his way to a movie premiere of Infinitely Polar Bear.

Fangirl Mode My First Encounters with Facebook Live and Instagram Live

On the other hand, his live video was an indication of what’s to come if you use the tool.

INSTAGRAM LIVE WITH THE LATE NIGHT PRINCE

Instagram Live was launched last December 2016 in the U.S. and other selected countries. (One of my Australian clients used it immediately as soon as it was launched. One word: Jealous.)

A few months ago, I clicked the Top Live Videos and saw Tonight’s host Jimmy Fallon talking!

How amazing! I got to follow his career as a host. And here’s an unknown fact: the week that I started as a full-time virtual professional was the pilot week of The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon! His $100 bet still makes me laugh until this time.

I watched as he gave a studio tour when the show did a live episode in Los Angeles.

Fangirl Mode My First Encounters with Facebook Live and Instagram Live

 

I have used Facebook Live many times on my personal account, Ann Exceptional VA Facebook Page and The Joy and Ann Show Facebook Page. I am yet to use Instagram Live. But what these platforms tell us is that it makes the user closer to its audience.

 

How about you? Have you used Facebook Live or Instagram Live? Tell me more in the comments!

 

Why CloudPeeps deactivated my account – and why I am exceptionally cool about it

Why CloudPeeps deactivated my account – and why I am exceptionally cool about it

CloudPeeps is one of the freelancing sites I’m subscribed to. The site started in 2015, with Kate Kendall as founder. The objective of the freelancing site to have a better platform where clients could find virtual assistants who could work with them long-term.

Why CloudPeeps deactivated my account – and why I am exceptionally cool about it

I signed up for an account in late 2015. I love CloudPeeps because the base rate per hour that a virtual assistant should post is US$30 per hour. So yes, if you cannot accept that rate in your system, you won’t be able to post that on your CloudPeeps profile with utmost confidence.

Recently, I tried to update my payment information on CloudPeeps. I learned that they aren’t serving Filipino virtual assistants for now.

I immediately sent an email to their customer service, told them my concern and asked why.

This was the reply that I got:

Why CloudPeeps deactivated my account – and why I am exceptionally cool about it

CloudPeeps deactivated my account.

Why CloudPeeps deactivated my account – and why I am exceptionally cool about it

Bummer. I love CloudPeeps because of its “exclusivity” feel and the credibility of the businesses that post online job opportunities there. But then, they don’t serve Filipino virtual assistants.

Nevertheless, I was just cool with it. Freelancing sites aren’t the only way to find clients. I got this website (aside from LinkedIn and Craigslist). I can do Facebook or LinkedIn ads to drive potential clients on my website and voila, they would see me.

I am confident that CloudPeeps would open its arms to Filipino virtual assistants. But I won’t wait in vain. I find better ways.

So I’m just exceptionally cool about it.

Team South Represent Jomar Hilario Virtual Careers Team South Meet Up

Team South Represent: Jomar Hilario Virtual Careers Team South Meet Up

Last year, an idea from Elena Solon popped up while on the road. “We should get together another time. You know, work outside the house.”

A few weeks after, we got a “Yes” signal from Jomar Hilario to set the meet up under the Virtual Careers Group (it’s the Facebook Group of those who attended his seminars and read his book).

That was it. I saw myself working on the first meet up of Jomar Hilario’s students with Elena, Nino and Yuan Natividad, and Nath Reyes.

We named it Team South because the meet up is for those virtual assistants residing in CALABARZON and MUNTAPARLAS. But on every meet up, we welcome virtual assistants (or aspirants) from other neighboring areas (Hey, you guys should create your own hahaha).

Last year, we organized two meet ups: one in Buku Buku Kafe in The District Imus and another one in Alabang Town Center.

Team South Represent: Jomar Hilario Virtual Careers Team South Meet Up

JH Team South at Buku Buku Kafe, The District Imus.

 

Team South Represent: Jomar Hilario Virtual Careers Team South Meet Up

First Team South meet up in July 2016.

 

Team South Represent: Jomar Hilario Virtual Careers Team South Meet Up

Second Team South meet up in August 2016 at Alabang Town Center.

 

Team South Represent: Jomar Hilario Virtual Careers Team South Meet Up

Second Team South meet up in August 2016 at Alabang Town Center.

 

A year after, we did it again! This time around, Jomar Hilario was present on the meet up! Woo hoo!

Team South Represent: Jomar Hilario Virtual Careers Team South Meet Up

Team South Represent: Jomar Hilario Virtual Careers Team South Meet Up

Thank you, Jomar for being our “special guest!” Thank you, too, Chad, for traveling all the way from Bulacan!

 

Team South Represent: Jomar Hilario Virtual Careers Team South Meet Up

Hooray, Team South!

It was another learning, sharing and fun afternoon.

Credits to Nath Reyes for this Facebook Live video.

 

 

Have you been to one of our meet ups? What do you think can we improve?

Second Webinar Guesting for 2017: Show Us Your Workstation

On my second webinar guesting this 2017, I saw myself showing people the four corners of my home office.

My family decided to get a carpenter for minor repairs in the house (while there’s no rain!) on the first quarter of 2017. One of the projects was enclosing the home area where I work to make it officially a home office.

I gave the carpenter a printed photo of the cabinet and table layout that I saw on Pinterest. All he said was, “Madali lang ’yan. (That’s easy.)”

Show Us Your Workstation

I gave the carpenter a printed photo of the cabinet and table layout that I saw on Pinterest. Credit: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/282178732883313886/

 

After one month and a week, I saw the cabinet and table! Well, not the same look yet, but it was so cool, anyway!

 

Show Us Your Workstation

After one month and a week, I saw the cabinet and table!

 

After a few days, I spent an afternoon putting all the stuff (books, supplies, quote on frames, and my Ferrari cars) in my new home office.

Show Us Your Workstation

Well, here’s how the office looks now. 🙂

 

Show Us Your Workstation

Last March 13, 2017, the home office was blessed. Here are some of our visitors!

A month after, I was back at Jomar Hilarios’ Monday webinar to share how my office looked like. Another fellow virtual assistant Rowell Austria was also on the show.

Show Us Your Workstation

Missed the live webinar? No problem! Here’s the replay!

 

My home office is still in the process of exceptionalism! Stay tuned to my website for the updates.

Uncovering The Answers To Common Issues Of Working From Home

First Webinar Guesting for 2017: Uncovering The Answers To Common Issues Of Working From Home

I was humbled and honored to a panelist of Jomar Hilario’s webinar on Uncovering The Answers To Common Issues Of Working From Home. It was my first webinar guesting for 2017 and I’m with fellow virtual assistant friends!

Together with the motley crew Niño and Yuan Natividad, Eleazar Jose and Sheree Brizo, we answered questions that current virtual assistants experience.

Uncovering The Answers To Common Issues Of Working From Home

 

Here were some of the questions during the webinar:

First Webinar Guesting for 2017: Uncovering The Answers To Common Issues Of Working From Home

First Webinar Guesting for 2017: Uncovering The Answers To Common Issues Of Working From Home

Here’s the video of the webinar:

Were you present on the webinar? Let me know in the comments what you have learned!

 

Uncovering The Answers To Common Issues Of Working From Home

Investing in Yourself: Four Things I Learned While Passing Through NAIA Expressway

I attended one of Jomar Hilario’s Masterclass. My usual route going home is by bus. But I bought something in Glorietta so I decided to ride a van at Ayala Terminal. I paid P65.00 (Huh? P65.00? I thought fare’s only P50.00?) and waited for the van to arrive.

The van arrived and I sat at the passenger’s seat. I expected an ordinary route: EDSA, Mall of Asia, Macapagal Boulevard, and Coastal Road. Instead, the van turned right by the Skyway area going to C5.

On my mind I was like, “Ooohhhkkaaayyy. Am I sure I am on the RIGHT vehicle?”

By the Villamor Airbase Golf Course area, the van turned right. If my GPS is right, we left Skyway and went to another highway in the sky (I’m bad at names and locations).

This must be the NAIA Expressway, I thought. I realized: I am charting a new route going to Cavite.

What could have been another ordinary travel going home became a lesson-filled ride, especially on investing in yourself.

Here are the four things I learned on “investing in yourself” while passing through NAIA Expressway:

1. You should have a mentor.

I am conscious of the road that I pass by every time I travel. If I see an unusual landmark or place, my brains start freaking out. “Am I lost?” is the first question the pops into my mind. Second question is “Will I be able to get to my destination?” On my NAIA Expressway experience, the driver drove the vehicle from the Ayala Terminal to Cavite. He has the wheels. I (along with the other sleepy passengers) trust the driver.

In investing in yourself, you need to find mentors (we’re talking of speakers, authors, or any influential person in your life that you want to learn from). Allow them to teach you. They share their experiences (good or bad). Their strategies tried and tested. Trust them to bring you to where you want to go.

Investing in Yourself: Four Things I Learned While Passing Through NAIA Expressway

Jomar, you are one of my exceptional mentors. Thank you!

2. You see a different perspective.

My suspicion that I was passing through NAIA Expressway became clearer when I saw Marriot Hotel from afar. Moreover, it seemed that the said building wasn’t that tall. Eventually, I saw other buildings in the Resorts World Manila area — and wait, was that NAIA Terminal 3’s second level?!

Investing on yourself gives you a different perspective because you are standing on the shoulders of the giants. Mentors share what they know because they want us to prevent, if not eliminate, mistakes. They want us to become better. As you invest on yourself, you become a better version of yourself. If you are ready to unlearn and relearn, you’ll see the world in a different view.

Investing in Yourself: Four Things I Learned While Passing Through NAIA Expressway

Investing in yourself gives you a different perspective because you are standing on the shoulders of the giants.

3. It brings you where you want to go — faster.

A typical weekend travel time from Ayala, Makati to my home is one and a half hours by bus via EDSA. With NAIA Expressway, the travel from Ayala Terminal to Coastal Mall: 20 minutes. My total travel time: 45 minutes. I left Makati at 8:45 PM yet I saw myself in bed at 10:00 PM. That was mind-blowing!

Investing in yourself means you want to get to another situation — a better situation. If you are a student of learning, it’s possible that you’d get to your ideal situation faster.

4. Sometimes, you need to pay.

While passing through NAIA Expressway, I think we stopped at two toll gates. It was then I realized why I paid P65.00 for the fare: cut travel time from one and a half hours to 45 minutes and the road was smooth (no traffic!).

Sometimes, in investing yourself, you need to pay to learn.

Does this mean that you shouldn’t go for free learnings? I don’t think so. Some people start learning by borrowing books or going to YouTube to watch videos. Mentors everywhere provide valuable free content. This era is everything digital; learning is at the tip of your hands.

But there’s magic when you pay for investing in yourself. You have more responsibility to learn and feel more motivated (for some obligated, but I don’t mind that) to finish what you started.

Investing in Yourself: Four Things I Learned While Passing Through NAIA Expressway

Sometimes, in investing yourself, you need to pay to learn.

Here’s a reply that I shared on one of the Facebook groups I belong to, when investing in yourself was discussed:

QUESTION: I want your help. My client wanted me to learn these stuff that I know nothing about: Google Ad, Keyword Search and SEO! I know there are tutorials on YouTube but do you guys know if may free course online na pang beginners at tsaka very easy to understand?

MY REPLY: Check out Udemy or Shaw Academy for courses. Huwag pong matakot kung feeling mo expensive. Kasi pwede mong sabihin sa client eto: “I found this course [link] and I am excited to learn it so I could help your business. However, I could not afford it for now. Would you be kind enough to buy the course for me?”

Huwag din pong matakot na mag-ask sa client. Una sa lahat: hindi nakamamatay ang pagtatanong. (ang pagtawid sa expressway, yes)

For me, it is better to look for high end seminars kasi magiging malaki ang balik income (and skills) wise later on.

What you could consider later on is to start selling these new skills so you can charge higher rates. Google Ads? You don’t know how many doors will open for you. (Hint: if you know Google Ads, you can do Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn ads. They command higher rates.).

 

I thought the lessons were over once I stepped out of Jomar’s Masterclass that day. Discovering a new route made me recognize that I am still in for more lessons.

How has investing in yourself benefited you? Share it on the comments.

 

My First Facebook Post Engagement Ads

My First Facebook Post Engagement Ads and Takeaways

After learning about Facebook boost posts, it’s now time I learn of Facebook post engagement ads.

Facebook’s post engagement ads allows you to advertise your post depending on the objective. What’s more, you would be able to target audiences better, just like how you target audiences on your Facebook ad campaigns.

I created two Facebook post engagement ads on two separate periods. I did the first post engagement ad during the Facebook Ads Basic seminar that I attended. It was co-presented by Facebook and Manila Workshops. I did the second post engagement ad for the podcast, The Joy and Ann Show, which I am one of the hosts.

Here’s how the Facebook post engagement ads went and my takeaways.

I mentioned I learned Facebook boost posts first. Check out part one here and volume 2 here

Exceptional Seminar Manila Workshops’ Facebook Ads Basics for Small and Medium Business Enterprises

Exceptional Seminar: Manila Workshops’ Facebook Ads Basics for Small and Medium Business Enterprises

Last May 27, 2017, I attended Manila Workshops’ Facebook Ads Basics for Small and Medium Business Enterprises. The speakers were Manila Workshops CEO Ginger Arboleda and New Smart Marketing CEO Nina Mendoza.

I have been studying (and applying as much as I can for clients and myself) Facebook Ad since 2014. And because of the ever-changing Facebook Ads (from its look, terms and button locations), I felt I still needed to attend the Basic Level. Aside from that, the seminar is supported by Facebook Regional Office in Singapore. Cool, isn’t it?

Exceptional Seminar: Manila Workshops’ Facebook Ads Basics for Small and Medium Business Enterprises

 

Exceptional Seminar: Manila Workshops’ Facebook Ads Basics for Small and Medium Business Enterprises

Paolo Lacuna, Business Development Lead at Facebook Regional Office, kicked off the seminar with a Facebook Live!

The seminar discussed the basics of marketing (the main reason a business owner is advertising, not just on Facebook, but in any given online and offline marketing platforms), Facebook ad terms, and how to set up ads on Facebook. To check what we learned, the speakers instructed us to publish a post on our Facebook Page and create a post engagement ad. I will post the results of what I did on a separate blog post.

Exceptional Seminar: Manila Workshops’ Facebook Ads Basics for Small and Medium Business Enterprises

The speakers were Manila Workshops CEO Ginger Arboleda and New Smart Marketing CEO Nina Mendoza.

 

The speakers were Manila Workshops CEO Ginger Arboleda and New Smart Marketing CEO Nina Mendoza.

Learning mode on.

It was a good thing that I did my first post engagement ad for a client that week, so creating my own post engagement ad on Facebook’s a breeze. I tried to help other co-participants during the workshop.

All participants were given certificates signed by Facebook and Manila Workshops! Hooray!

Exceptional Seminar: Manila Workshops’ Facebook Ads Basics for Small and Medium Business Enterprises

This is the first seminar where I brought with me, Rogers, my Macbook Air. What’s in the name? Ask it out on the comments!

 

It was awesome to meet Ginger again. I first saw her when I did a talk on — guess what — Facebook Ads — last January 2016 for Manila Workshops and Raket.ph. On the other hand, it was my first time to meet Freelance Blend’s Marv de Leon.

Manila Workshops will continue to run the Facebook Ads series of seminars for basic and advance levels in the coming months.

Exceptional Seminar: Manila Workshops’ Facebook Ads Basics for Small and Medium Business Enterprises

Manila Workshops will continue to run the Facebook Ads series of seminars for basic and advance levels in the coming months.

I published some Facebook ad results on my Slideshare and here on my site. For clients: are they helping you understand how Facebook ads can help you on your business? For aspiring exceptional VAs: have you ran campaigns, too?