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Date with Freedom Week: A Note from J.A.R.V.I.S. and Hawkeye

I watched the movie days after Captain America: Civil War started its production. See, I really can delay rewards.

I watched the movie days after Captain America: Civil War started its production. See, I really can delay rewards.

I just watched the Avengers: Age of Ultron last week. I really can delay rewards, especially if it is watching a movie. I watched it for two reasons: one, I realized that once Tomorrowland and Pitch Perfect 2 hit the theaters, Avengers 2 might be bumped off the cinemas; two, I got a new client to work with.

A new client! I got the latest opportunity from OnlineJobs.ph.

A new client! I got the latest opportunity from OnlineJobs.ph.

When I finally watched the movie, I realized another reason: LESSONS! For those of you who will be joining the Date with Freedom: Virtual Career Summit and Seminar, these lessons are for you. Continue reading

2 The return to ODesk

A few weeks ago, I decided to do the what I thought was unthinkable: consume 60 ODesk connects.

It was unthinkable for me at first because a few years back, I only consume 25 connects. Adding 35 connects (making it 60 if you ODesk profile is complete) is one of the latest features of ODesk.

60 seemed a lot that 25. But then, I decided to go for it.

It took me 4 days to consume the connects because I only applied to the online jobs every night. I finally consumed it on a Saturday night. After consuming all connects, I decided that I still got the groove on so I consumed my People Per Hour credits as well.

A few days later, I got an interview notice from ODesk. I was interviewed two days after. Then, I got hired!

So here’s the tip: consume your credits in any way you can. No need to cry if you got declined; just replace them by looking for another online job. Chances are, you will find a client to work with.

Somebody's back to ODesk!

Somebody’s back to ODesk!

Facebook Ads is as Basic as the Scientific Process.

That is what I remembered most on the conversation that I had with an FB Ads Specialist recently.

After getting the results for the three Facebook Ads, I asked the FB Ads Specialist of my I-cannot-sleep-until-I get-the-answers concerns. We worked together for a previous client – I handled the social media management while he took care of the ads. Continue reading

Lessons from Firing and Running (or Walking)

Two weeks ago, I was in a roller coaster ride. Not the type that will make you scream and make you pray to all the saints while others are looking at you at the park, though.

On the last of January, my client let go of most of the Philippine team of VAs to cut expenses. One of them was me. In between the horrible “We’d like to inform you…” until the end of the contract was only 4 days.

A few days later, I started February with a 10K walk on Skyway. I walked because I did not have the slightest decent training.

I was tempted to think “So that’s why I was pushed by the woman behind me when Pope Francis was passing along the road leaving Intramuros during his Papal Visit. I should have thought of that as a sign!” I do not really see that as a bad omen or sign of bleak days to come. Continue reading

Realizations on My First Facebook Ad Experience

I still could not figure out what happened to my first Facebook ad. As I have mentioned in my earlier blog, I did not receive ANY notice whether my ad was disapproved or not. Moreover, since Facebook’s Power Editor confirmed that my Facebook ad was uploaded and completed, I thought it will start running as scheduled.

Well, I’d like to take it as my first Facebook Ad punk. Anyway, Facebook did not charge me anything, so I am moving on from this incident (you owe me, Mark Zuckerberg). 🙂 Continue reading

The truth about the 12 fruits for the new year

Have you got fruits at your table for New Year's Eve? There's more to that.

Have you got fruits at your table for New Year’s Eve? There’s more to that.

 

I am sure you that as you are reading this, it is either you are a) liking and commenting “Happy New Year!” on your social media accounts, b) busy in the kitchen, or c) you just survived an avalanche of people in the market (congratulations, you made it alive just like my mother).

During this time of the year, some Filipinos are making sure that there are 12 fruits on their table by New Year’s Eve as a superstition. It’s said that you are in for an abundant year if you have 12 round fruits as the new year usher in (12 symbolizes the 12 months a year). Continue reading

4 Social Media Management? Here’s Experts Help

I have never heard of a local government unit being so concerned about social media marketing. So I said YES to the invitation!

I have never heard of a local government unit being so concerned about social media marketing. So I said YES to the invitation!

Weeks ago, I received a Facebook message from Sophie, one of Jomar Hilario’s VAs. Jomar was invited as a guest speaker to the Social Media Management Seminar organized by the Local Government Unit of Carmona, Cavite. She asked if I would be willing to join as a guest sharer.

My answer: YES, OF COURSE! 🙂 I have never heard of a local government unit being so concerned about social media marketing. And as a former government employee (and daughter of two former government employees), I always felt the need to give back.

So I immediately filed my leave (my second to the last for the year). Continue reading

Internet Wars: A New Hope

No Internet connection? That's not good if you're a VA. You need to do something about it. Photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/noii/2327713880/in/photolist-fA1on3-4xG9eW-8yBd-gg8Jt6-4J8DCD-5pnm2t-fsByM-95eKs-kdovHU-5NB4K-e3Xq11-2z249e-3FjPcz-aTTZkv-97aq7h-amamRU-gVcwCP-5pnm4v-2vdHqH-cz5Rm-7efbqT-bpzeQ2-tq6MH-9Mcwzt-4JcPGs-5XSxr7-qdhVU-8CwN8z-7mzBYT-qh37i-7A6MZA-6zUJsE-metF8m-8JPib7-84yYwn-aAdC87-9SaRSm-4qETvU-5VSm5h-g2Jwmp-4J8A6v-6wo5vG-iotsX-2aCeyG-9F1eQx-dmQRk-e1B5yx-e1GK2J-dmQRp-6Skz2/

No Internet connection? That’s not good if you’re a VA. You need to do something about it.

“You must be living in a rich village because you got Fibr,” Jomar told me minutes before the February 10, 2014 webinar where I shared my VA story for the second time. He was referring to my Internet connection.

Let me make this clear: Yes, I live in a village. But it’s not called Ayala Alabang (but my proximity in that area is one commute only). I live in a simple village that just luckily is slowly getting Fibr-d.

I am no longer having Internet connection concerns (just a few minor hiccups now and then) since I signed up for it.

I was too far from seven months ago, where I had sleepless nights and zombie-like days just to get the best connection. Continue reading