Join Freelance Blend Podcast host Marv de Leon (business coach, author, speaker, digital strategist and champion of the Filipino Freelancer) as he chats with influential freelancers and entrepreneurs as well as everyday side hustlers -- who have shifted to freelancing and are now thriving in the gig economy!
The show has featured Fitz Villafuerte of Ready To Be Rich blog, Anton Diaz of Our Awesome Planet blog, Mike Grogan of Best Of You Podcast, Ginger Arboleda of Manila Workshops, 7-figure freelancer John Pagulayan, internet marketing guru Jon Orana and a lot more.
Listen as they reveal their secrets and talk about the enormous hurdles they overcame to become rock star freelancers and entrepreneurs. If they can do it, so can you!
The Freelance Blend Podcast is inspired by the shows Smart Passive Income Podcast by Pat Flynn, Solopreneur Hour and EO Fire by John Lee Dumas but with Marv's own unique twist.
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The Top Productivity Apps That I Use to Work From Home in 2020 (FBP 193)
In this episode of the Freelance Blend Podcast, I share with you the top productivity apps that I personally use to work from home this 2020 (a.k.a. The Year of the Pandemic).
Or listen to the episode here (CLICK this link) >> Freelance Blend Podcast Ep. 193
From being a freelancer for 5 years then going back to corporate and working from home during this pandemic, I want to share with you the apps that I still use (you can listen to this episode where I share my top 12 desktop tools in 2018) and the new apps that I discovered and love this 2020.
The Top Productivity Apps That I Use to Work From Home in 2020
* Chrome – the best browser out there* Workplace Chat – Slack competitor by Facebook* Franz – combines Messenger, Watsapp, Skype, Telegram and Slack in one app (no need to open each app one by one). Viber is not included, which brings me to…* Viber – the desktop version of one of the top messaging apps* Trello – my favorite project management tool* Zoom.us – the popular video conferencing tool of this pandemic* Google Meet – Google’s Zoom competitor* Evernote Premium – my favorite note-taking and organization app (signup here to get one month free of Evernote Premium)* Copied – automatically keeps a history of your clipboard (every time you Control-C) in one app* Chrome Extensions* LastPass – my password management tool of choice* Evernote Web Clipper – this is how I bookmark...
Empowering The Gig Economy at QBO Qlitan (FBP 192)
I was fortunate to have been invited to this webinar called Qlitan by QBO Innovation Hub with the topic “Empowering the Gig Economy”.
Or listen to the episode here (CLICK this link) >> Freelance Blend Podcast Ep. 192
In the first few 9:30 minutes of this episode, you will hear from Marella Ricketts of QBO who will talk about how QBO helps the startup community here in the Philippines. You’ll also get a chance to hear welcome remarks from QBO’s President himself, Butch Meily.
Atty. Fatima Panontongan – Chief of Staff of Senator Sonny Angara of the Senate of the Philippines
Jeff Sarmiento – Head of Business at Last Mile Inc, a digital logistics innovation company
Marv de Leon – Freelance Blend, a platform that champions the Pinoy freelancer
Joy Garingo – The Company Cebu (Moderator), a startup-friendly co-working space
What We Discussed: The Gig Economy
* What are the panelists’ respective roles in the gig economy* The benefits of the new bill for freelancers — The National Digital Careers Act by Senator Sonny Angara (Senate Bill 1469), which aims to promote the development of digital careers in the country and equip Filipinos with the skills needed to avail of these jobs* What are the vulnerabilities affecting freelancers* Why should freelancers pay taxes* What are the other ways that the bill can be improved to effectively empower the freelancers* The Freelancers Protection Act by Senator Villanueva* The first law that will be mentioning freelancers* How freelancers can protect themselves from non-payment by a client* Do we have a law or bill for non-tech freelancers?* What’s the future of employment once the lockdown ease
Links and Resources
* QBO Innovation Hub: https://www.qbo.com.ph/* Last Mile Inc: https://www.lastmile.ph/* The Company Cebu: https://thecompany.ph/* Apple Podcasts: http://www.freelanceblend.com/itunes* Spotify: http://www.freelanceblend.com/spotify* YouTube: http://www.freelanceblend.
10 Tips on How to Get Freelance Gigs in the New Normal (FBP 191)
In the previous episode — The 30 Fast-Rising Freelance Gigs in The New Normal (FBP 190) — I talked about the freelance gigs that have emerged during this covid-19 pandemic.
Or listen to the episode here (CLICK this link) >> Freelance Blend Podcast Ep. 191
However, I realized that I wasn’t able to tell you HOW to get those gigs, now that the game has changed. You don’t want to be putting salt on the wounds of those businesses that have gone bankrupt by pitching your freelance service to them.
The 10 tips I share below will help you identify those businesses AND teach you how to connect to those business without being insensitive and annoying to them (I give more context in the podcast so please listen here).
10 Tips on How to Get Freelance Gigs in the New Normal
* Go to your newsfeed and notice the businesses that are popping up doing Facebook ads. You will know if it shows “Sponsored” on top.* Study their website, marketing or ordering and payment process* Send them a message, ask about their product or service first to get them to reply to you* If you can purchase their product, do so, so they become indebted to you. (Extra points)* Based on your research, give them a short tip or two on how to improve their business * Form a relationship with the person responding to you – even if not the person in charge (make sure you are not a bot ? )* Ask to be connected to the person-in-charge — (BTW, I’m Marv de Leon and I help _____)* Schedule a call or Zoom meeting with that person-in-charge* Track your leads then follow up* Repeat the process
Bonus Tip ?: When you email the person-in-charge, in the Subject Line, include the Order Number or Product Number of the product you just ordered from them and then mention your service. Example, “Re: Order #12345 – About my order and digital marketing help for Acme Company”.
LINKS & RESOURCES
* Apple Podcasts: http://www.freelanceblend.com/itunes* Spotify: http://www.freelanceblend.com/spotify* YouTube: http://www.freelanceblend.com/youtube* Join our FREE webinar: “3 Biggest Secrets to Getting Your First Freelance Side Gig”: http://www.freelanceblend.com/freewebinar* Join our small business support group on Facebook: http://www.samahangroup.org
Do you have other tips on how to get freelance gigs in the new normal that you want to add to my list? Feel free to share your thoughts below??
The 30 Fast-Rising Freelance Gigs in The New Normal (FBP 190)
It’s already been about 4 months since the whole world has been hit by the covid-19 pandemic and it has not only been a health crisis, but an economic crisis as well. Businesses have been closing left and right, resulting in a scarcity of freelancing gigs available in the market. This is what we all now know as the new normal (sorry for using this already overused term).
Or listen to the episode here (CLICK this link) >> Freelance Blend Podcast Ep. 190
But it is not the end of the world. Money did not just disappear because of this stupid virus. It just stopped flowing – in certain areas, industries and channels.
Consumers too are spending way less than before. Our first priority in this pandemic is to meet our needs to survive — food, water, healthcare, facemasks, etc.
Now that we are slowly easing into the General Community Quarantine or GCQ, people — especially to those who are lucky to still have a job during this crisis — are slowly starting to spend on a few luxury items like gadgets, gourmet food delivery, alchohol and beauty-related stuff — just to escape the boredom of staring at the ceilings of their homes or after running out of things to watch on Netflix.
Meanwhile, businesses are the same too. Those who continue to operate and unaffected by the lockdowns have started to adapt by allocating their budgets to operations and activities that are in tune with the new normal — transforming their old school, offline practices into digital or online. This is what you call digital transformation, a term that you will keep hearing more of in the coming months and years.
In my observation, one popular example is the proliferation of webinars and Facebook Live streams that you see from business owners or companies who’ve never done this sort of thing before.
Companies, even the traditional ones, are now jumping on the digital bandwagon. (I’m sure you notice that in your newsfeeds too.)
And…good news, this is where we freelancers come in. 🙂
Digital, virtual, online – whatever you want to call it, is so natural to us freelancers. And that’s why if you’re still struggling to find that freelancing gig, or you’ve lost a client today, maybe you should consider these fast-rising freelance gigs that have sprung in this new normal.
I list them down below and talk in more detail on the podcast.
The 30 Fast-Rising Freelance Gigs in The New Normal
* Virtual Events Speaker or Host* Virtual Events Trainer* Virtual Events Manager* Online Event Promoter (Company meetings, happy hours, etc.)* Virtual Summit Producer* Virtual Concert Producer/Architect * Social Media or Digital Marketing Trainer * Zoom Expert * Digital Transformation Coaches* Ecommerce Transition Consultant * Ecommerce Developers * Shopify Experts * Remote Work Consultants/Recruiters/ Virtual Teams Consultant * Home Office Setu...
How to Pandemic-Proof Your Business – Serial Entrepreneur Edition (FBP 189)
How are entrepreneurs, especially those with multiple business (a.k.a. serial entrepreneurs), are coping during this covid-19 pandemic?
For this episode of Freelance Blend Podcast and Covid Break, we asked two of the most successful serial entrepreneurs I know talk about their current struggles and how they plan to bounce back — even if this pandemic is not yet over.
(Watch out also for a special guest who “bombed” our Facebook Live!)
Or listen to the episode here (CLICK this link) >> Freelance Blend Podcast Ep. 189
Ktin Gutierrez of PUSH: Purposeful Sidehustling For Working Women
Business owner at NWorld (distribution of skincare and network marketing), Jade Logistics and The Wellness Hub (an online store selling UVC lamps and sanitation devices), founder of PUSH: Purposeful Sidehustling For Working Women
Ginger Arboleda of Taxumo and MommyGinger.com
COO of Taxumo and CEO of Manila Workshops and blogger at MommyGinger.com
* Herlene Somook – Co-founder and Marketing Director for Creative Labs* Dennis “Shoden” Abad – Guide and Video Strategist at DennisAbad.com
LINKS & RESOURCES
* Taxumo: www.taxumo.com* MommyGinger.com* Ktin Gutierrez* Manila Workshops: www.manilaworkshops.com* Shoden Abad: www.dennisabad.com* Creative Labs: http://creativelabsph.com* Subscribe on Apple Podcasts: http://www.freelanceblend.com/itunes* Subscribe on Spotify: http://www.freelanceblend.com/spotify* Subscribe on YouTube: a href="http://www.freelanceblend.
[Workshop] How to Create Your First Chatbot For Your Business
With the world still in a standstill, employee-driven customer service channels are unavailable and queries unanswered. But it seems there are quite several marketing and sales teams that are effective and successful with their chatbot strategies.
However, we still see a lot of hesitation from a lot of brands; they are asking the same question, “ Can I entrust my customer communications to a computer?”. Leave your worries and join us at our Tutorial this June 26 as we take a deep dive into the world of messenger bots.
In this event we will answer your questions on the importance of chatbot marketing in light of this pandemic, and provide you with best practices for a nearly human chatbot experience that will close the gap with your customers.
Questions we will answer will include:
* How will I connect with my customers through a chatbot?* Will the FAQs I use with my customer service team suffice? Or do I need to recreate a new set?* Can I build a chatbot by myself, or do I need to hire a team?* Is there a cost-effective way to implement this?* Which platforms are available out there for chatbot marketing?* How do I track the effectiveness of my chatbot?
Chatbot Marketing: How to Create Your First Chatbot For Your Business
Friday, 26 June 2020
1:00 – 3:00 P.M.
Ticket Price: P250 only
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I’m so glad I stumbled upon this podcast, it over delivers and then some! It gives actionable and tangible tips to help you grow and scale your business no matter what level you’re at. A must-listen for freelancers and small business owners!
Amazing Content for Freelancers
Be a giver....just have to listen to the FBP119 again as I venture into improving my client acquisition system. Marv and John are real “practitioners” who generously share their knowledge and experiences. Awesome!!😎
Awesome show, highly recommend!
Marv and his guests provide some incredibly compelling and actionable content on how to effectively grow your freelance business, without draining your bank account (and well-being)
Highly recommend listening and subscribing to the Freelance Blend Podcast if you want the knowledge and mindsets to navigate the many complexities that come with freelance work (and reach your overall business goals as a result)!