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Top 10 Reasons Why You Are Still Not A Virtual Assistant

I know, I know. I got busy. I got a weekly audio podcast (virtual hugs if you are listening to the show), had almost monthly webinar guestings, aaannnddd of course, got to serve my exceptional clients!

Whatd’ya know, I was able to put these things into already my crazy life. Have you seen these posts lately – as in the past 3 days?


Top 10 Reasons Why You Are Still Not A Virtual Assistant


That’s because I am about to launch a new project. I hope you are as excited as I am!

Do you remember this post on my Facebook Page a few weeks ago?

Survey post for webinar

On August 23, 2016 at 8PM (PH time), I will be hosting a webinar on Top 10 Reasons Why You Are Still Not A Virtual Assistant. I am going to breakdown the reasons that were given to me via comments or private messages on the webinar – and what you can do about them!

Attend this free webinar and find out what is keeping you (or someone you know) from kickstarting your virtual assistant career, and what you can do about it). There will only be 50 slots available for the webinar, so I suggest you sign up now.

Here is the link to the free webinar:

I hope to see you in the webinar!

Life Lessons from Sir Richard Branson

Life Lessons from Sir Richard Branson

One of the top influential business leaders that I admire is Sir Richard Branson. I knew him previously as the owner of Virgin Companies (Virgin Records, Virgin Airlines, Virgin soda, and get this, Virgin Brides!). I came to know of his success story from the book that Jay McLean released in Australia.

Branson’s success story also consisted of successes and difficulties – and taking everything in stride. He’s a go-getter; he sees an opportunity in every problem that he encounters.

Even in the present age of Internet, I never had the chance to check his interviews on YouTube. Everything that I knew about him were from articles that he wrote, books written about him, and interviews.

Well, was I in luck! In February, Sir Branson launched “Business is an adventure” series in Los Angeles. Joined by some of the city’s most prominent business leaders, Sir Richard Branson will explore how no brainer ideas can rock the world. Best of all, it had live streaming!

Life Lessons from Sir Richard Branson

I feasted with business lessons with my jaw open (at least in the first few minutes that Sir Branson entered the frame).

So yes, I feasted with business lessons with my jaw open (at least in the first few minutes that Sir Branson entered the frame). I was doing my work for my clients while listening to THE Sir Richard Branson! You can watch the video here.

Here are some of the tweets from the event:

Check the rest of the Twitter conversations here.

So what life lessons did I learn from Sir Richard Branson?

1. Remain humble.

As the host started to introduce Sir Branson, he immediately walked to the stage. With a smile, he politely waved to the host to stop the introduction and said “Hello.” Wow. That alone was mind blowing.

2. Share what you know.

The series, though part of it was to promote Virgin, was for new and emerging entrepreneurs. He gathered the successful business owners so start-up entrepreneurs can learn and apply many business lessons. He is very generous.

3. Never stop learning.

During the Case Study portion of the program, three entrepreneurs shared a bit about their business – what was it about, where it is located, and how and who will benefit. Each entrepreneur was given time to ask questions from the panel, including Sir Richard Branson. I saw Sir Branson TAKING DOWN NOTES. You know, pen and paper? He was writing down the important points from each of the featured entrepreneurs. How cool is that?

It’s just such a bummer that his May 25, 2016 event is too expensive. But nevertheless, now I know why Sir Richard Branson is an exceptional business owner.

Life Lessons from Sir Richard Branson

Sir Richard Branson with Sean Rad of Tinder, Cassey Ho of Blogilates, Miguel McKelvey of WeWork, with investor and bestselling author Carol Roth.

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Ask AEVA: Don't you miss your officemates

Ask AEVA: Don’t you miss your office mates?

A former office mate (and still a friend) asked me a question via Facebook Messenger.

Don’t you miss your office mates?

See my response in my screenshot (together with the comments that I got from other virtual assistant friends).

Ask AEVA: Don't you miss your officemates

Don’t you miss your officemates? My answer: Sometimes yes. Most of the time no.

Now, before you glare at me and scream “How ungrateful!”, “What a loner!”, or worse, “Mewling quim!” , let me explain.

As you saw by now in my response, I said, “Sometimes yes. Most of the time no.”

Let’s break it down:


I forged working relationships with the best mentors. I am forever grateful for their wonderful lessons that they gave to me.

I met exceptional people who became my friends until now. I am happy for their successes. And I hope they are happy for me, too.

I miss spending time with them. That’s why I try my best to catch up stories with them in any way possible.


I do not miss the times that I had to deal with toxic people. They are present in any office.

I do not miss the times when I had to be pitted or compared with someone else because that’s not the way it was supposed to be.

I do not miss the times when I heard office politics news because there was nothing else to talk about.

I’d rather be alone than be with others who sulk in sour graping and endure office politics. Honestly, there’s gotta be more to life than that.


I hope I set things straight and clear.

Another Twin Story

Another Twin Story

I got another twin story for you.

Well, this twin story is not related to my Twin Lakes escapade.

I am going to tell you about REAL twins! Babies!

Okay, let me be just clear: the twins are NOT mine. Let’s go to the story.

Weeks prior to Holy Week, I told my clients that I would be offline a day earlier than the scheduled holidays. I was able to finish all my tasks for them. I already planned to write blog posts or catch up on reading on the free day.

Then, I saw an Instagram post from a friend: his wife finally gave birth to twin boys! What a Holy Week blessing!

Since I got a free day, I planned to visit the husband, wife and their twin boys in the hospital. I thought of visiting them in the morning then do what I planned to do in the afternoon.

On the same day of my visit, they got permission to go home from the hospital.

Their first twin concern came: the husband will drive the car, and the wife will carry the other twin.

Who will carry the other twin?

So a few minutes after I arrived in the hospital, they asked me a favor: may I carry the other twin?

Of course! The question was: Can I?

Here’s the thing:

I am exceptional in social media management. I have increased the number of customers for one of my clients because of my social media work.

I can create an executable content marketing plan in four weeks.

I co-created a marketing lesson blog post with a virtual assistant friend that was shared more than 8,000 times on Facebook, retweeted more than 300 times on Twitter, and discussed in some of the classes three different schools in the country.

I can create a website. You’re looking at it.

I can do email campaigns and automation.

Okay, I will stop here and invite you to my About Page after reading this blog post. (I felt the wind got stronger.)

I hope you got my point: I am exceptional. Just kidding.

Can I carry a life in my arms?!

Okay, I carry babies and toddlers. They are a joy. But not a one-day old baby! And a tiny one at four point something kilos!

Seriously, I told a shorter and a humbler version of what I said above to the couple friends and they laughed.

And so I carried the other twin baby in my arms.

I felt the world stopped.

Suddenly, I forgot how exceptional my skills were.

I forgot how many tasks I was supposed to do for my clients once the Holy Week’s done.

I just concentrated on this one tiny human being sleeping in my arms. (Side note: I was able to make the newborn baby sleep many times during that day. A bottle of milk and a slow & gentle tap on the leg did the trick. I learned from the husband and wife team. I learned fast. That’s a skill point.)

It was the best feeling in the world.

You know why?

Because this tiny human being got my time. And I did not mind at all.

When the twins’ parents asked for a favor if I could accompany them when they go home from the hospital, I just dropped my plan and said “Yes.”

I gave my friends my TIME.

I gave the tiny human being my TIME.

Because I got time.

Who do you spend your time with?


This blog post is dedicated to Samuel Marco and Samuel Matteo Bendo. May you have the best times of your lives. And don’t prank your parents and grandmothers by exchanging clothes so you can give them a hard time knowing which is which. Oh great,  I just gave you an idea of your mom’s concern.
Twin Meets in Twin Lakes

Twin Meets in Twin Lakes

Tagaytay? On a Tuesday?

As a virtual assistant, yes, I can go there. Plus my friends.

And we REALLY did go to Tagaytay on a Tuesday.

My virtual assistant friends and I invaded Tagaytay (specifically the amazing Twin Lakes) for the second time recently. This time around, we were not the only ones who spent time catching up offline. Three of the premium deal participants from the Work Smarter Online TeleSummit were with us, too!

Twin Meets in Twin Lakes

Wish you were here.

Part of the premium deal of the telesummit was an invitation to join one of our meet ups. Weeks prior to the meet up, we sent an email to the Work Smarter Online TeleSummit Premium Deal participants.


Twin Meets in Twin Lakes

Food, fun and friendships.


The three participants – Elena, Marikith and Angelica – never wasted time. They asked us many questions. They also shared with us their concerns as they continue their virtual career journey. Most of all, they saw that the “superstars” from the Work Smarter Online TeleSummit are just like ordinary people who experienced challenges and successes on their virtual career journey. It is our hope that in the near future; they can come back in Twin Lakes on a weekday with an exceptional virtual career, too!


Twin Meets in Twin Lakes

We are grateful to Elena, Marikith and Angelica for joining our meet up in Twin Lakes!


It was also a breather to meet my virtual assistant friends, whom I last saw in flesh last December! (or November? See, I could even remember.) Nath has done all the video angles for his video channel; Ralph made up for the missed meet ups with his banters; Ela was happy that she finally got to wear her violet fleece. Shawi and I got new movie files (That’s illegal!) while Conz and Lyn just enjoyed their food and coffee. Niña answered questions from the participants while uploading her client’s Facebook Ads. (Geesh, talk about working anywhere!)


Twin Meets in Twin Lakes


Twin Meets in Twin Lakes

We filled Bag of Beans with our laughter during that day.


Twin Meets in Twin Lakes

I told Lyn to take my photo with her iPhone because I look prettier on it. LOL


A famous person once said that you should surround yourself with people who will bring out the best in you. Indeed, Twin Lakes is beautiful. Yet I am blessed with the people I was with in Twin Lakes on a Tuesday.


Photos courtesy of Niña Mendoza, Ralph Solomon and Lyn Nafarette.


We are working on the downloadable version of the Work Smarter Online TeleSummit! It’s the recorded version of what Elena, Marikith and Angelica attended last year. Wait for the announcement on the launch!

Situations that Only Virtual Professionals Understand

Situations that Only Virtual Professionals Understand

I am still a big fan of Bitstrips, a comic app where you can create a comic version of yourself. Imagine my amusement when I saw the Bitstrip version of myself. It was like looking at a mirror!

In one of my sane days, I decided to compile situations that only virtual professionals understand. Starring me in all my Bitstrips glory. These Bitstrip comic situations first appeared on my personal Facebook account.

As I was working on the compiled situations, I could not help but wonder and be grateful because I never imagined that I would experience these situations. The dream of working from home has indeed came true. I was just writing about some of my work at home dreams in my earlier blogs!

Do you want to learn how to work from home, forget about traffic and office politics? Years ago, I decided to attend a seminar on How to Become a Virtual Assistant. It has helped me and a lot others how to build an exceptional online portfolio, have confidence in my value and skills, and market myself. I was mentored by Jomar Hilario, Philippines’ top online marketing guru.

Here’s the good news: Jomar is going to conduct another live seminar on virtual careers on April 9! Click here for more details.

You can’t attend on April 9? There is a downloadable version! What’s more, you can also choose between two seminar versions!

If you want to start on virtual careers, click here.

If you want to start on virtual careers by experiencing the recorded version of the Virtual Careers Summit in 2015, click here.

What’s the difference between the two? Here’s is the comparative review of my friend, Jones Mancilla of Positively Awesome Virtual Assistant.

Do you think the situations that only Virtual Professionals understand is cool? Do you feel that it is for you? Act now.

Lessons I Learned from Robert Kiyosaki and Friends

One of the unforgettable seminars that I attended last year was the Robert Kiyosaki Live in Manila with Masters of Wealth. I learned about how other ways to earn and grow my money (I was amazed at affiliate income and real estate) and how present a content that would enable you to offer your product (participants were literally running to avail of the programs from the speakers).

Lessons I learned from Robert Kiyosaki and Friends

Robert Kiyosaki was a few meters away from me!

Before I show you the lessons I learned from Robert Kiyosaki and friends, let me give you a run down of who’s who in Robert’s circle:

Robert Riopel – Top International Trainer
Richard Tan – Chairman, Success Resources
Andrew Matthews – Masterful Illustrator and International Speaker
Peng Joon – Leading Authority in Wealth Creation Online
JT Foxx – World’s #1 Wealth Coach
Mario Singh – Asia’s #1 Forex Coach

Notice their titles? It only goes to show that if you choose your friends wisely (or the people you hang out with), you will be in good hands.

Lessons I learned from Robert Kiyosaki and Friends

Robert Kiyosaki was a strict speaker. On a certain part of his talk, he took one of the participants’ phone when he clearly said we should not pick it up. Good thing I am a good student (Hahaha). Nah, I took this a few minutes after he appeared on the stage.

Being inside the venue with best selling author Robert Kiyosaki was an exceptional feeling. I stumbled upon Rich Dad Poor Dad when I was still working in a private school as a training specialist. It was also during that time that I already started reading Bo Sanchez’s 8 Secrets of the Truly Rich and followed finance experts.

I was happy that I attended the event with my brother and with my friends, too! Indeed, as Robert Kiyosaki said, his team is his best ally. Hey, I am an exceptional learner!

Lessons I learned from Robert Kiyosaki and Friends

Jones Mancilla, Ralph Christian Solomon and I worked together months prior to the event to make sure we get good seats. Achieved!


Lessons I learned from Robert Kiyosaki and Friends

More friends! Shawi Cortez and Nolan Lazaro were with us, too.

I compiled the best lessons that I learned from Robert Kiyosaki and friends in this PDF.

Work from Home who needs to go abroad

Work-from-Home: Who Needs to go Abroad?

I remember how the family of my mother’s sister went to Canada one by one (or should I say, family by family).

It was in 1998 when the classic story of Filipino diaspora happened in my mother’s side of the family. When one of my aunt’s daughters (my cousin) married a Filipino-Canadian, she petitioned her older sister. The older sister followed to Canada and when got settled, she took her whole family. Then the sisters told their older brother to follow. When the older brother has settled, he told his family to pack up and leave. Then my aunt and uncle were petitioned later on.

I was a graduating college student when I realized that almost all of them were already in Canada.

All these years when they went home for a vacation, they would tell me to start preparing my papers for Canada. They said I would get all the help I need – a place to stay and support in looking for work.

Before, I was tempted to prepare my papers and follow them. Lately, I tell them, “Nah, I’ll go there to visit you.”

Why can I say that?

I can say that because I learned about work-from-home from Jomar Hilario.

Work-from-home was just an idea many years ago. Thanks to the development of technology, the widespread list of reasons of what we can do in the Internet, and a mentor who is willing to help, I learned that I can work at the comforts of my home.

I can not blame my relatives from going abroad; they have their reasons for doing so. But I also have the power of choice of not joining the diaspora.

How about you? Would you like to work from home, too?

Well, a lot of us say “yes” when asked “do you want work from home”? We all think it’s some kind of fantasy (that’s impossible) or it’s heaven (I wish…).

Why not stop the speculation and investigate what to expect, how much can you earn, and know more about how you can do this “work at home thing”?

Listen to the “work at home” expert Jomar Hilario as he trains you on how you can start making steps to leaving your stressful work and just staying in your bedroom all day …while earning.

For the live seminar on April 9, 2016, click here.

You won’t be able to make it on the live seminar? Click here instead.

With work-from-home, who needs to go abroad?

Secrets to Working Smarter Online Revealed

My virtual professional friends and I are always open to questions from aspiring virtual professionals. Questions range from how did we start becoming a virtual professional to well, do I have a boyfriend (to which my answer is always “the real one or the ones that I only know?”).

Suddenly, we found ourselves taking the leap by organizing a telesummit for freelancer newbies and virtual assistants! That’s a jump shot, if you’ll ask me. We want to pay it forward for we were once newbies ourselves. We felt lost with no one to ask or consult on the steps we took (just take a look at my first few posts and you just saw my laughable past). Continue reading