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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.

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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.

 

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Normal by Jomar Hilario

Years ago, my mentor, Jomar Hilario, posted a poem on his website. I printed the poem and posted it on my cork board in my room.

At first, I didn’t understand the depth of the poem. During that time, I am beginning to learn online marketing and work-from-home opportunities as a virtual assistant.

Years went by and every time I read the poem in my room, I began to realize that I have become abnormal. In a good way, I hope.

I thought of reading the poem and uploading it to my SoundCloud. As I asked Jomar’s permission, I inquired of the poem’s title. Yes, the poem had no title!

So after many years, Jomar named the poem “Normal”.

 

What are your thoughts about Jomar Hilario’s “Normal” poem? Share it on the comments below.

4 reasons why I still volunteer at Virtual Careers Seminar of Jomar Hilario

4 Reasons Why I Still Volunteer at Virtual Careers Seminar of Jomar Hilario

I signed up and did my job as a volunteer for Jomar Hilario’s latest run of his Virtual Careers Seminar.

You might ask: I am an exceptional Social Media Engineer. Why do I still volunteer for the said event?

Here are the reasons why:

  1. The Virtual Careers Seminar started everything for me. Yes, I attended Jomar’s 2-Day Internet Marketing Workshop first before he offered the How To Become a Virtual Assistant Seminar. (That was how long the seminar name was.) Yet it was in the latter where I decided to make the leap. During that time, becoming a VA seemed attainable. And so I completed my assignment, faced many rejections, until I got job offers.
  2. Because of the Virtual Careers Seminar, I got a job offer that made me a full-time virtual professional. In the next seminar batch, Jones Mancilla, a volunteer, listened to a Arvin Peralta talked of his online career journey. Arvin told the participants that his client is looking for another social media manager. Even if I wasn’t a volunteer, Jones immediately sent me a message. “I instantly thought of you. I know you fit the job,” I remember Jones saying. Months later, I was accepted as a part-time social media manager. After one month, I was offered the full-time position, which led me to resigning from my government job.
  3. It is untrue that I no longer learn from the same seminar. I shared anecdotes on the Jomar Hilario Virtual Careers Group. They may be funny, but the learnings still made sense today. Moreover, I witnessed the participants engaged that would make them understand what they would to do after the seminar. (I saw them dissect my virtual careers resume on the workbook given. I didn’t know what to think nor feel.)
  4.  The latest seminar run took place on my birth month. So, I thought it’s great to serve people because I still can.

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4 reasons why I still volunteer at Virtual Careers Seminar of Jomar Hilario

Here are the photos (and Boomerangs) of the recent seminar.

[UPDATE] Here’s a video done by one of the co-volunteers, Mary Anne de la Cruz.

To all seminar participants: Focus on your goal. I’ll see you on the exceptional side.

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What I Learned from My Superpower

When I was in high school, one of my friends told me that one of our classmates said she hated the way I laughed. According to my friend, the classmate finds my laugh annoying.

Well, such is high school. It’s the stage of your life when you’re trying to know your place in the world because you’re no longer a child yet you’re not a full-blown adult.

You also struggle with zits from every corner of your face. And neck. And God have mercy, back.

You don’t have any idea if what you’re studying would make sense in life later on. (Hey, Algebra, Geometry, Chemistry and Trigonometry – I am talking to you.)

And then somebody tells you that she hates your laugh.

High school is already decades away for me. I could no longer remembered the way I laughed. So I don’t know if it sounded like a witch shrieking as she prepares her potion (or getting ready to cook Hansel and Gretel).

I am not going to lie to you: it hurt me when I heard that. I almost had to ask all my classmates if my laugh was indeed annoying. I also tried to changed the way I laughed! Believe me, if there’s a store where I could buy a different way to laugh, maybe I would have.

Yet during that time, I never considered NOT laughing.

I still laughed with my family and friends.

I still dropped a punch line or two.

Aaannddd I still hated the Math and Science subjects (no laughing matter).

Two things that got me through the “hate remark”:

  1. I never hung out with that classmate most of the time. Sure, there were times when I spent recess and lunch breaks with the classmate, but not for the whole school year. The moment I found the people who accepted me as a friend, I stayed out of that classmate’s zone.
  2. I was blessed to finally found the best high school buds (and yes, we still do keep in touch). Did you know what they told me when I discussed the “hate remark” to them? One of them said, “Nothing is wrong with the way you laugh. She’s insecure with many things. Feeling n’ya maganda s’ya.” Woah. That blew me away.

You may say that I found my #squadgoals. But for me, I got more than that.

I found gold by hanging around with the best people.

The last time I heard, my high school best buds were happy for me when I released my first e-book.

Fast forward to today, I receive nothing but “love remarks” from my smile and laughter.

From offline to online interactions, many say that I got a vibrant personality, a hyper-Energizer-Bunny-like energy, and an infectious smile.

In fact, one of my clients say she is amused with my laugh because it is just full of happiness. She misses my laugh every time we don’t get to talk!

Because I continue to hang out with awesome friends and colleagues, I finally embraced the truth: Yes, people, I am the Energizer Bunny.

Well, not really because I am counted as a homo sapien, but you know the drift.

It was when I sent out a “What is my superpower?” question on Internet space that solidified – or should I say documented – that truth.

I got the idea of asking for my superpower from Pat Flynn, podcaster and author of “Will It Fly?”. It’s one of the best things I read so far (and I am still trying to finish).

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A snapshot of the Passion Planner page where I gathered the “What is my superpower?” data. Blown away with the results.

I know I have embraced the fact that I am a happy pill. But because of the consistent answers that I got from friends, I therefore conclude that one of my superpowers is CONTAGIOUS ENERGY.

I am a nuclear power plant of happiness!

Last April 4, 2107, Niña Mendoza and I presented a webinar on “The Power of Group Coaching” as part of our Smart Bizzy Mastermind launch. In the mastermind, we aim to find and help 10 people who can make up a dream team:

  • a dream team that could help you be clear on your goals;
  • an accountability team;
  • a dream team that could shorten your way to reaching your goals (so you won’t have to commit the mistakes that others did); and
  • a dream team that can harness your superpowers – and even more!

We told the webinar participants to ask “What is my superpower?” to 10 of their closest friends. People who know them inside and out. People who they trust not to sugarcoat their answers. I am excited to find out their own superpower results soon!

Some already signed up to the Smart Bizzy Mastermind. They each bring their own superpower. It’s like we’re building our own version of The Avengers! Niña I can’t wait to guide them every month, as well as learn from them, too!

And dare I forget to say that Niña is one of the many people who harnesses my superpower! She’s just amazing. (And a true friend, too!)

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Niña Mendoza is one of the many friends who help me harness and unleash my superpowers. (Photo by Ryan Mendoza)

If you’re a potential exceptional VA or an employee who want to become a VA, I invite you to the Smart Bizzy Mastermind. If you want to get support and at the same time give support, we welcome you to join us. Slots are filling out super fast so better decide now.

You might be wondering: whatever happened to my classmate who found my laugh annoying?

Well, we both survived the awkward phase called high school. We smiled and said “Hi” to each other every time we met in the school hallways. I never saw her after graduation.

But just in case my classmate would stumble upon my website and this blog, this is for her.

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Sorry, I can’t help but be amused every time I find out that my camera phone is in selfie mode. Naka-set kasi sa Beautification mode.

 

Smart Bizzy Mastermind is open until April 10, 2017 only. Visit here for more details: ninsmendoza.com/yourdreamsquad

Would you like to find out your Superpower, too? The Power of Group Coaching webinar replay is up! Watch it here

Blog cover photo courtesy of Ryan Mendoza.

I am doing another crazy thing (and I am tagging Niña Mendoza along).

I am doing another crazy thing (and I am tagging Niña Mendoza along).

Last month, I got one good news and a couple of bad news.

Let’s start with the bad news para tapos na.

I ended my contract with two clients. (Sigh.)

Sa first client, I told the client to be clear with the tasks kasi bigla na lang s’yang hindi nakipag-communicate! Almost one year na s’yang walang tasks for me. Pero when the client came back, client said “let’s work again kasi you’re very good.”

Well, naniniwala naman ako sa sinabi n’ya. Pero malabong makipag-usap sa mga client na bigla na lang mawawala.

Sa second client ako nalungkot. Kasi serial Facebook marketer s’ya. Ang galing din n’yang magre-purpose ng content n’ya: from Facebook Live, the client’s team (one of the members was me) were able to put them on a podcast, Slideshare, and Facebook posts. The client is focusing on a new phase on her business, so she had to let me go.

Okay, mukhang nauna na ang Mahal na Araw sa bad news. Agahan na natin ang Easter Sunday, okay?

The good news is I GOT A FACEBOOK ADS CLIENT! Woot woot!

Time to work around headlines and ad images, as well as dance with Power Editor! I am so happy kasi magkakaroon ako ng chance na mag-handle ng Facebook ads ulit. Super humbled din ako kasi I was recommended by one of my clients to this new work. Wow, must have done something exceptional!

You know what I love about doing Facebook ads?

1. I get help from those who are doing it EVERY DAY.

I have attended seminars and webinars and read articles about Facebook ads. Yet none beats the EXPERIENCE of doing it. But for me to maximize the experience, I ask help from those who are better than me. Syempre, we are talking of MONEY here – ayokong masayang ang budget ng client.
And I lllooovvveee the people surrounding me because they are selfless. Hindi sila madamot sa oras at advice. Case in point: last weekend, I was able to generate 27 leads for my new client with help from friends.

2. I get to do A/B testing.

Here’s the truth about Facebook ads (and maybe for the other online ads) – walang one true formula para sa effective na ads. Of course, the headline, ad image, interests, and objective must be aligned. Pero in terms of cost per click (CPC), cost per lead (CPL), or click through rate (CTR), walang one true effective range. Kasi depende ‘yun sa niche, audience, at maybe, even the country that you are targetting.

For instance, in my current client, I published ad sets with two ad images: isang image na may text at isang image na walang text. After two days since the launch, napansin ko na walang nakuhang leads ang images na may text! Nagulat ako doon. Kasi, when I ran campaigns for my webinars or ebook, may text ang images ko and they worked effectively.

I GOT A NEW PROJECT STARTING TOMORROW. THE NEW PROJECT SPEAKS OF MY LOVES ABOUT FACEBOOK ADS, TOO.

Why?

1. I want to help promising VAs (and those who are in the corporate world who would like to take the leap) through coaching.

I believe I am a product of advices and tips and strategies that my mentors, influencers, and group of friends. I wouldn’t be Ann Exceptional VA if not for the help that I get.

Sa bago kong project, I would like to return the favor. I would like to provide more time in helping promising virtual professionals at ‘yung mga gusto nang maging VA (pero hindi magawa).

Hey, I am a person who’s doing VA work EVERY DAY. I think I am capable of helping you. At hindi lang ‘yan. Isinama ko pa si Niña Mendoza. She is one of the people who continue to help me since the day I met her (if you could only see our first conversation close to three years ago. Grabe, she was able to dig it up sa Messenger!)

2. I want to test the market.

Some of you send me emails and private messages every now and then.

I get to reply to some. Unfortunately, not all.

What I observed was most of the people who contact me have the same questions: Paano maging VA? Pwede ba akong maging VA kahit hindi ako techie or marunong mag-English? Paano ka nagsimula? Natatakot akong maging VA eh. Paano mo ginawa?

I would love to reply to you all! Pero guess what, katulad n’yo din akong merong lamang 24 hours a day.

In the coaching project that I am introducing with Niña, I hope not just to answer these questions, but also to guide you as you do it.

At the same time, I am testing the market. I would like to know if you are interested in getting REAL help; as in may helping hand na sasamahan ka sa VA journey mo. I also want to know if this is for me. Sa daldal kong ito, kailangan kong malaman if people are going to take a chance on me.

Game ka ba?

Are you interested in getting further help?

NIÑA AND I ARE INVITING YOU TO A FREE WEBINAR ON APRIL 4, 2017, 8PM, ENTITLED, “THE POWER OF GROUP COACHING”. To register, click here: http://ninsmendoza.com/smartbizzywebinar-registration

I am seriously having dancing nerves about this project. Kasi first time kong gagawin ang mag-group coaching! Makipag-chikahan lang ang alam ko. Pero sabi ng ibang friends, I have expertise (and the smile) that others don’t have. Eh naniniwala ako sa kanila (it’s either mahal nila ako or I love myself so much), so I am going to do this project with Niña kahit kinakabahan ako.

Well, the truth is, wala naman akong ginawa sa buhay na hindi ako kinabahan. Go lang ng go.

See you at the webinar!

 

PS: There is power in groups. Malalaman n’yo ‘yan bukas. Register ka na dito: http://ninsmendoza.com/smartbizzywebinar-registration

PS 2: I’d like to know if you really really really want me to help you. Help me figure it out with this project.

I Attract Wealth: Wealth Summit 2017

I Attract Wealth: Wealth Summit 2017

I still could not believe I became a panelist for Jomar Hilario’s Wealth Summit 2017 talk. Seriously.

Why not? Two years ago, I was a volunteer on his booth; held handwritten posters (you millennials call it fan signs), answered inquiries of Wealth Summit participants, and got starstruck seeing some of big names in financial literacy (and running after Bro. Bo for photos).

One year ago, I was privileged to attend the Bonus Day. It was the day when some entrepreneurs went on stage to share what their company is about and shared best practices. It was during that time I had a change of heart for Filipino business owners. They are passionate in their work and at the same time passionate about the growth of their employees.

Yet there I was, sitting in front with Jomar Hilario. With me were also successful virtual professionals Marco Locanas (a former OFW), Analyn Roque (a mom who used to pile credit card debts) and Nath Reyes (a guy who used to settle for less, now a Video Jedi).

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While the Wealth Summit participants were learning during that day, we spent the time on two Rs: Revising and Rehearsing. We made sure that our stories made impact in spite of telling the whole thing for a total of three minutes (super hard for me ‘cause I always make the 15,000-word quota for a day for a woman).

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In between the two Rs, we were able to ask questions and trade stories with our mentor and meet other virtual professionals who also attended the summit. Aaannnddd yes, more video antics while waiting. Plus we had to almost push each other to ask Bro. Bo for photos because he frequented our area to take a peek on some of the sessions.

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Jomar’s students (including me) and Bro. Bo Sanchez

Finally, 3:45PM came. Jomar’s session was one of those on board that time. It was also our turn.

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Session participants waiting outside! With them is Jomar Hilario.

Here’s the Facebook Live video of our panel Q and A during the Wealth Summit 2017.

 

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Jomar Hilario talked about how to get hired as highly paid virtual assistant in Wealth Summit 2017.

 

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The “showbiz clap”.

 

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That’s me!

 

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Marco Locañas

 

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Analyn Roque

 

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Nath Reyes

Not only was our session packed with people. I saw Kerygma Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief Rissa Singson-Kawpeng quietly entered the room and listened to our stories! It was the highlight for me because I have LITERALLY watched her Christian-youth show back in high school. Now, she was watching me and the Motley Crew!

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Kerygma Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief Rissa Singson-Kawpeng at the back of the session room.

 

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Not kidding ya: Jomar’s Wealth Summit 2017 session was packed!

Somebody came up to me and asked a lot of questions. I hoped I was able to answer all her concerns because I saw her signed up for Jomar’s free session on video marketing. But what moved me was another participant’s remark right after registering for Jomar’s event. She walked up to me and said, “I loved the way you told your story. Your smile never leaves you. It seems like you are a very happy person.”

Well, for someone who got to talk for three minutes about her 6-year virtual career adventure, who wouldn’t?

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I attract wealth!

Photos courtesy of Chyi Manlapaz-Syquiamsam.
Videos courtesy of Nath Reyes.

You might be wondering: was I REALLY fired on Valentine’s Day? Yes, I was. Here’s the full story.

Want to ask me something during the Wealth Summit 2017 but never got the chance to do so? Sign up for a 15-minute chat with me via Clarity! For only P50 per minute, you’d get to ask me your most wanted virtual professional questions. Click here to schedule.

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Wealth Summit 2017: From volunteer to attendee to…

The first time I attended the Wealth Summit was in 2015 as a volunteer for Jomar Hilario’s booth. I even reviewed the Facebook Ad terms and their offline counterpart in this post.

In 2016, I had the chance to sit down and marvel at Filipino business owners at the third day of the Wealth Summit. I told the world about it in this post.

This year (drumroll), I will be one of the panelists for Jomar Hilario’s talk in the upcoming Wealth Summit 2017!

Geesh, talk about level up!

I can now line up myself to past Wealth Summit panelists such as Jones Mancilla, Ana Margarita Olar, Ralph Solomon, Niño and Yuan Natividad, and others. So humbling to be part of the squad!

Wealth Summit is the annual event organized by Truly Rich Club. It has been graced by different speakers that help Filipinos find other income streams so they could live their lives better and serve others more. Wealth Summit has helped a lot of Filipinos not only here but abroad (I have seen OFWs coming home JUST to attend this. Cool, right?)

Two of the ways to grow your income is becoming a virtual professional or an online marketer. My mentor, Jomar Hilario, will talk about how you can earn from the Internet – like me!

I will be joined by other virtual professionals in the panel. My mouth is shut on this information so unfortunately, I can’t tell you who’s part of the motley crew this year. What I can tell you is that they too, had changed lives since becoming a virtual professional.

So just in case you’d like to hear me talk about my virtual professional journey (and hear my mentor and my motley crew talk, too), I invite you to join Wealth Summit 2017. Click here for details.

I am excited (and yes super nervous)! See you there!

Wealth Summit 2017: The Science of Wealth Attraction will be held at March 3 and 4, 2017 (with a Business Launch Pad Bonus Day on March 5) at PICC, Manila. Visit this site to reserve your seats now.

 

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Three Things I Learned in my Three Years as a Full-Time Virtual Professional

Three Things I Learned in my Three Years as a Full-Time Virtual Professional

I was not expecting to go offline last week. Although my family and I discussed of the minor house repair was a few weeks back, what I knew was the carpenter is still finishing another house repair. I didn’t know that the carpenter is starting to repair our house.

The first section of the house that he did was my home office.

In terms of work, I need not panic, as Friday (the carpenter’s first day of work) is my no-work day (more on this later). But as I was checking the development of the home office makeover, I then realized: the home office renovation has come just in time for the third year as a full-time virtual professional.

Three terrific years! Wasn’t it just yesterday when I saw myself going out of the office building one last time, all my remaining stuff at hand, guided by the bright full moon on Valentine’s Day?

The home office makeover gave me the opportunity to reflect on the lessons that my new career has taught me. Here’s what I learned from the first three years of my virtual professional career.

1. A virtual professional is an entrepreneur.

Forget telling your client that you deserve a 13th month pay while not telling it up front before you start working. Or settling for $3 per hour just because you think that’s the only rate and the only skill you know.

As a virtual professional, you are on your own. Super good when you want work which enables you to focus on your strengths and skills (and earn from it); but bad if you do not know how to manage yourself.

Once you decide to be a virtual professional, you hold yourself accountable for your career.

If you are currently an employee in the corporate world who practices intrapreneurship (someone who thinks how the company would grow by initiating ideas and projects), then you’d just need little adjustments. If not, you may want to consider doing that as early as now so you would get the feel of how entrepreneurship is done. When the times comes that you’re ready to give up your cubicle chair for your home office, becoming an entrepreneur is already a way of life.

Can anyone achieve an entrepreneurship mindset? Yes. But it takes time. It took me a while and to be honest, I am still learning!

2. Consider working on a flexible time basis.

Before my second year as a virtual professional, my contract with my full-time client was terminated due to business reasons. I was caught unaware of what happened. Worse, since I was required to work 8 hours a day from Monday to Friday, I did not have the time to look for other clients to serve.

Hey, I am not recommending that you do not get long-term full-time clients. If you have great working relationship with your clients, then go for it. What I am telling you is consider working for clients who are more focused on output than the hours. Sure, there are types of clients (and work) who prefer having required work schedules, yet there are also types of clients who don’t.

Based on experience, some of the best advantages of working on a flexible time basis are having more opportunities to serve more clients and having more time to work on your personal projects. I believe I would not have been able to release my first book and continue to co-host a podcast if I did not opt for flexible time basis.

3. Continue to learn in any way you can.

One mistake that I committed in my three years as a full-time virtual professional: I learning time was sacrificed.

The result? There were times when I doubted if I could get clients with the skills that I have.

Thinking that you know a lot means you do not know a lot. As much as you try to get skills from your work, commit yourself to learn outside work, too. There are no standard learning types, mentors, or where to find learning. The most important thing is to keep on studying about your current skills (or level up and learn new ones).

This year, one of the plans that I committed to do is to declare Fridays as my Learning Day. Every Friday, I will watch webinars, read articles or books. I recently bought a social media course and it is part of my Learning Day agenda. I emailed my clients about it because my Learning Day meant no-work day. With their approval, I adjusted all my work to be done from Mondays to Fridays so I could focus on studying every Fridays.

Sounds easy, especially that my clients supported my commitment, right? Well, that’s the part that I love. The hard part? No work, no pay! But nonetheless, I did not think of that during the time I was planning the Learning Day. What I thought was by committing a Learning Day every week, I am making myself more valuable. I am making myself steps closer to my goals.

 

A neighbor told my mom recently that she’s happy that I am now on my third year on my online career. In Chinese, once a business is past three years, the business is on its way to prosperity. Well, I’m no Chinese; nevertheless, since this is my business, I am happy to embrace prosperity.
Indeed, third’s a charm!

 

As my third-year anniversary gift, I am giving you a limited EXCEPTIONAL offer. When you buy my e-book “Small is BIG” from February 14 to 17, 2017, you will get the PDF, audio book, and e-pub version, as well as a FREE 30-minute consultation. All these cool anniversary stuff for only P975.00. Click here to find out more.

Who Made Success a Bad Word

Who Made Success a Bad Word? by Robin Sharma

I read my copy of Robin Sharma’s “Little Black Book for Stunning Success” every day. It makes me jump off with a better perspective every time, right after reading the Bible.

This was one of Sharma’s entries that jolted me one day. Hope it does the same for you, too.

 

Robin Sharma is a Canadian writer and leadership speaker, best known for his The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari series.