Learning the Basics in Small Business


Running a business is an engaging and rewarding career in life, but there are different factors to think about prior to investing in a business. Having business capital isn’t enough because there’s also the need to know the basics of starting a business whether it’s small or any of the home based business opportunities.  

If you have an entrepreneurial spirit, most likely you can start a successful business. However, it is not enough just to have that spirit because you will need some skills and knowledge to deal with the challenges of starting a business. Keep in mind that starting up a small business is risky, and having no experience can add more risks. That is why before you start any business make sure that you have the ability to minimize the risks.

The Basics in Starting a Small Business

If you don’t have any idea about starting a business or income opportunity home based business, the best thing to do is to know and study first the basics. It’s said that having experience is a big thing so that you can learn the ropes in getting into the business industry.


  • Do your research


In starting a small business, it’s important to identify your purpose and goal. This means that you need to do a research that can help in measuring your readiness, and at the same time in determining what you need to prepare. It’s also important to know the start-up process. Through research, you’ll also know the perfect niche to target.


  • Business plan


The next step in starting a small business is the creation of a business plan. It’s particularly essential if you need a financial support from a financial institution or investor. It will also serve as your guide on how you’ll run the business. In creating a business plan, you should include your business goals in terms of funding and marketing.

Keep in mind that the business plan is useful from starting the business all throughout the course of the business. It will also help you in forecasting the risks so that you can have plans in solving the possible problems. A comprehensive business plan is the key to raising a capital that you’ll use to get on the road. You should also ensure that you’re financially responsible so that you can convince investors, banks, and other lending companies to lend you the fund.


  • Planning the finances


Small business startup doesn’t need huge amount of money, but you should have enough funds for initial investment. Small business can be funded through small business loans, small business grants, and angel investors.


  • Choose business structure


There are different business structures to choose from such as partnership, sole proprietorship, corporation, or limited liability company. It’s important to select the business structure because it’s necessary in creating the business name, in liability, and in filing taxes.


  • Business name registration


The business name is significant in every facet of a business that’s why it’s important to pick the best one. In choosing a business name, it shouldn’t be currently used or trademarked. It should also be registered depending on the business structure of your choice. Aside from the business name, it’s also essential to register the domain name.


  • Obtain permits and licenses


Permits and licenses are important in the daily operation of the business, and to ensure that it is legal. Thus, you should inquire about the different business permits and licenses that are needed in running your business.


  • Business location


The location has great impact to the success of your business. Whether you’re planning to start a small business or income opportunity home based business, it makes sense finding the best location. See to it that the location suits best to your business.  


Starting a small business or home based business opportunities requires knowledge about entrepreneurship and management. You can also seek advice from the people who can be your mentors in starting the business. Look for people who have been running a business for a long time as they can give useful tips that would be helpful to you. Likewise, you can do a research in the internet for a website, which is composed of retired entrepreneurs, that boosts mentor network. Make sure to seek advice from mentors who were in the same business that you desire.

Christa Maxwell, understands the essence of making excellent content that suits the needs of every business especially when it comes to home-based business opportunities. She can spice up your marketing campaign with the content and then incorporate High Achievers Lifestyle services.

How “The Happy WAHM” Became a Successful Work-at-Home Mom and Virtual Assistant Biz Owner

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Marge Aberasturi, a.k.a, “The Happy WAHM”, our expert speaker and mentor this February 28 for the #SuccessfulWAHM WAHMderful Workshop. Want to learn her success secrets? Register here.

As momentum builds up for our WAHMderful Workshop this February, we’d like for you to get to know your WAHM mentor and instructor for the #SuccessfulWAHM event on the 28th! Meet Marge Aberasturi, an established owner of a virtual assistance business, VA Support Pro, a full-time work-at-home mom and homeschooler. What’s more, she has been able to build up her brand in the work-at-home niche and really capture a market that values her skills and expertise. Get to know more about our #SuccessfulWAHM, in this exclusive interview!

Who is Marge Aberasturi, the virtual assistant and entrepreneur? Please let our WAHMs get to know you better.

Everytime an interview questionnaire is sent my way, the most difficult to answer is always this question. Who am I? However much I want to give a profound answer, I simply can’t. Because I’m a Lotus123. Plain WYSIWYG.

My online brand, however, aptly describes me. I’m The Happy WAHM. I’m living my brand. I have built a career on my chosen niche, which is virtual assistance, and I have fully embraced the WAHM lifestyle, with homeschooling thrown in, too. This is my happiness. This is the niche that I want to build my tribe in.

Marge, the Virtual Assistant, is best described here. That’s who I am. That’s what I do.

Please tell me briefly about your VA business, VA Support Pro? What prompted you to start it and make it a WAH biz? 

VASupportPro is a product of my diligent research when I first decided that I need a domain name to create my online resume. From the early days, I have understood right on the need to have an online presence, so I wanted to get a domain name that 1) will successfully encompass who I am and what I do, and 2) can compete in the searches.

VASupportPro means Virtual Administrative Support Professional. Virtual assistant and virtual assistance keywords were already returning millions of result, so I wanted a keyword that would have a chance to compete, and at the same time, be totally descriptive of my niche. So after a long study, I bought this domain name.

Then in 2009, three years into WAHMing, I felt that I wanted to make it a legitimate business so I could hire people, or subcontract my spillover projects, so I went ahead and registered the business. My WAHM venture was supposed to be just for two years, the period that my son would be declared out of the woods, but I immensely enjoyed the new-found career, so on the third year, my husband and I decided that I would register the business and start to take on project management gigs, on top of my regular retainer account.

What kind of character qualities must a WAHM have, if she wants to move on from being a hired service provider to being her own boss, like you have done?

The can-do attitude for one. Acting on ideas. Acting on your passion. You have to find the source of your happiness. Your purpose. I’m admittedly ambitious. When I was in corporate, my goal was to be Vice President for Credit Management. But that was cut short when I had to resign in favor of motherhood. Did my dream end there? No. I moved on. I started a new career that welcomes hands-on mothering. I started out as a transcriptionist. I trained for it. I got certification for medical transcription. But I did not sense growth in that niche. I could think of a dozen ways I could have made it grow, but I didn’t see myself being happy with any one of them. So I explored some more, finding my core. Discovering possibilities. Creating opportunities.

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I tried out to be a virtual assistant. And I set out to learn new skills. I enjoyed learning, and I enjoyed being exposed to the nuances of foreign businesses. So I studied other online businesses. What do they do? How do they grow? Where do they go? I learned that growth can stretch my processes, my time and my resources. So I decided to just expand my reach without having to add anything to what I already have. So I re-assessed myself. Realizing my strengths, acknowledging my weaknesses. That’s important. The willingness to acknowledge that you don’t have it all, don’t know it all. And I found me a partner, who has my weaknesses, and lacks my strengths. Collaboration. It’s a gem to be in. It allows you to do what you are great at, and let others do what you don’t know

Virtual assistance has one of the broadest job descriptions in the WAH marketplace. How can a WAHM make her offerings stand out in such a big pool of service providers?

Your value proposition, which in my case is the entrepreneurial mindset. Because you work alone, and you work unsupervised, there is always that danger of being complacent and lazy. And that will mean lower productivity and sloppy output, which can result to loss of credibility and loss of projects. Client feedback is king. Regardless of your skills and credentials, if one unsatisfied client decides to spread a bad feedback, you’re done. You can only hope that you can recover.

Another thing about being entrepreneurial is when you put yourself in your client’s position, think of the client’s business as your own, then you start to think outside the box. You start to think from the business owner’s perspective, not from the VA’s. So you examine the processes, you examine the effects of your productivity to expense and revenue, you think about growth. You don’t sit in front of your computer thinking about accomplishing your tasks. You sit there and work thinking of how your tasks affect your client’s business. And with that in mind, you do your best, you deliver more than what is expected. You are asked to create a document, and you add relevant images, or add clickable links, without being told. That is showing initiative, and that is your value proposition.

In our upcoming WAHMderful Workshop, you will be sharing your own “blueprint” for work at home success. Could give us some teasers on what we can look forward to?

I’ll be talking about the steps I took to get to where I am now. From a transcriptionist queueing for a project, to operations manager of a limited liability company thousands of miles away, and an entrepreneur. I’ve been a VA for almost nine years. I’ll be celebrating my 9th WAHM anniversary on May 26. And in all those years, I only had three major clients. So I’ll be talking about how in my almost nine years, I only had to apply for a position twice. Yes, that’s three clients, two applications. The one in the middle found my site, and inquired for my services. This is a funny experience, one that I will talk about lengthily during the workshop. It’s a good example of value proposition and at the same time creating opportunities.

You can sign up for Marge’s #SuccessfulWAHM Workshop on February 28: Real Ways to Be a WAHM: Set Up Your Virtual Assistance for Success!


Marge’s workspace and “work-at-home central” in her home office.

I’ll talk about my source for long term engagements; how I managed to invest in a school just from my WAHM salary; how I stayed sane with all the pressure of online work and homeschooling; how to survive nine years without househelp. It’s going to be a long day, I believe. I’ll also do a demo of some of the tools I use daily as a VA. WordPress, Trello, Hootsuite, IFTTT, all things Google. How to set up your home office and manage to keep it separate from your household. How to create other income streams from your chosen niche. I’ve mentioned that I invested in a Science high school, so I think I’m also going to share how to invest your hard-earned money. Or how to manage your finances to have some left for investment.

Our vision for 2015 in the WAHMderful Life Community is #SuccessfulWAHM. Please tell us, in your own words, what this “success” means for you?

Success is being able to truly enjoy WAHM life, and when I say truly enjoy, it means not having to rant about how difficult WAHMing is, because in truth, it IS difficult. When you are spiritually at peace with where you are, emotionally stable to openly and warmly embrace all the difficulties and celebrate the small things, financially comfortable that you go to bed at night without worrying where the next rent money will be coming from, professionally confident that you can survive the stiff competition, and be completely present for your family, that’s when I say, I have succeeded.

To know more about Marge, visit www.thehappywahm.com and margeaberasturi.com. “Like” her updates on Facebook at Facebook.com/HelpforWAHMs. Sign up for the #SuccessfulWAHM Workshop on February 28, 2015: Real Ways to Be a WAHM: Set Up Your Virtual Assistance for Success!

Tasktics: A Lifesaving Companion for Busy Work at Home Moms, Like Us!


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Do you ever feel like — as a WAHM — you never have enough time to do everything on your to-do list? Of course you have! And I have, too. Now that I am fully and very roundly pregnant (!), I feel I have less time to accomplish all my tasks efficiently. Thankfully, I discovered a new resource for busy WAHMs like me, which has truly saved my sanity!

I had such a great experience recently using Tasktics.com an online service that provides efficient, fast and safe hiring of help when you need it. Allow me to get right into my Tasktics experience by telling you a bit about this company and the benefits they offer WAHMs like you and me.


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What is Tasktics?

Tasktics is a marketplace where people like work-at-home moms, busy entrepreneurs, homemakers and just about anyone really, can find help for activities that they themselves don’t have the time to do on their own. I like to see is as a time-saver for people who (1) want to delegate certain tasks that can be best accomplished by others, and (2) want to help provide jobs to people who can accomplish these delegated tasks for them, for a fair and reasonable price.

I love how Tasktics describes their core value:

We believe that time well spent lifts spirits, inspires individuals and makes for a more productive, happier society. — from Tasktics.com

Through Tasktics.com, a busy WAHM like me can find other awesome people to help me with activities that I otherwise won’t have the time to do myself, given my very busy schedule. Whether you need someone to fix your kitchen sink or pay an overdue electricity bill, to someone who can do your writing & editing work for you, or coordinate with suppliers for your kid’s birthday party. Tasktics’ screens and interviews “Super Pins” or task doers before they are allowed to post a profile within the website – which reviews their background and intentions, and ensures that they understand the platform and their responsibilities – an added layer of safety for task providers.

My Tasktics’ success story

I hired a Super Pin from Tasktics — Lecel — to be a Personal Assistant for a day for me, for my Blissmakerie 2014 event: a holiday event that gathered together a community of friends and collaborators in the blogging scene, here in Manila. Reasons for hiring a personal assistant were obvious:

– I was 7 months pregnant at the time (read: HUGE);

– I needed someone to be able to think for me, during the event, so I could focus on being the host and leader of the event;

– I needed a reliable person to handle things like welcoming guests, ushering them to seats, making sure everyone was present;

– I needed someone to assist me in the nitty-gritty, last minute parts of putting the event together, i.e. making sure the giveaways were complete, wrapping up raffle prizes and press kits, ensuring the venue was cleared and clean, post-event.

Thanks to Tasktics, Lecel managed to do EVERYTHING on my list! Here’s how I hired her:



I logged on to Tasktics.com and created a free account. You need to create an account to be able to post a job or task for Tasktics to process and make available to their registered Super Pins, a.k.a. “Super Pinoys”, who have varied skill sets (e.g. babysitting, plumbing, house cleaning, etc.).


Once you have created an account, you can start updating your Profile with your personal information. Here’s a shot of my User Account, which shows a summary of Tasks that I have either posted or Completed. This is a great feature of the User Accounts, becaus you can clearly see your hiring history and the Super Pins you’ve worked with.

In the Profile section, you can set your payment methods, too. I chose PayPal and credit card options as my preferred method of payment. Basically, when you pay for a task rendered, Tasktics’ centralized billing system will charge your account (PayPal or credit card) and bill you for the task rendered by a Super Pin. (The Super Pins are paid, likewise, by the Tasktics system.) The website charges you for the accepted task payment but will only release the payment once the task is finished and delivered.)

Any time you want to post a new Task, you just click “Post a Task” from the menu to get taken to a posting page.


Tasktics categorizes their job/task types very clearly. There are very specific job categories like “Pet Care” for instance, or even “Pay Bills,” all of which require a specific skill set. Tasktics categorizes job types this way because their Super Pins are thus categorized to fit into specific job descriptions and skill sets. Each Super Pin is not only screened and tested for skill set, they are also background-checked. That is a great assurance for someone like me, who doesn’t have the time to background check a helper when I need one. Thank you, Tasktics!

When posting a task, you will also need to specify a rate for the task you are posting. For the Personal Assistant job I needed, I posted a budget of Php1,000 for a six-hour period of service. Upon doing so, you will have to wait for Super Pins to reply to your Task posting, whereupon you’ll get to screen and select the Super Pin whom you feel best fits your requirements.


Lecel got the Personal Assistant job two days before I needed her to show up. That meant I had one day to talk to her on the phone, send her my to-do list, and be fully prepped for when I needed her that busy Saturday! Thanks to the Tasktics system, I was able to know Lecel’s direct contact details, such as her mobile phone and email address. (Read: No running around asking relatives for referrals to odd help, whose numbers aren’t updated (or who never answer their texts/phone calls!)

I have no photo of Lecel and myself during the event itself! But, here’s a snippet of some of the many tasks she did:


She made sure our raffle prizes of the event were giftwrapped neatly and presented on this display table. I didn’t have to even watch her do this; she basically followed the lead and general look/feel of the event. Brilliant work!

Look at the picture below: That’s Lecel in the bright pink dress, making sure all the guests were in their seats, had tokens/souvenirs, etc.


Lecel stayed with me to wrap up, all the way until the last guest left and the event stylist company had packed up the very last prop from the event. She was super reliable, and never left me for a second, but always remained in the fringes, ready for me to call on her when I needed her. She was truly an angel to this bumbling pregnant event host!

Upon completing her task, I marked her Tasktics profile and task as “Closed,” to signal to the main database that she could be credited her rate for the service she had rendered. I was able to leave a note of thanks as well on her profile:

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Thank you, Lecel, for a job well done! I look forward to hiring you again!

Thank you as well to Tasktics for orienting me on your system. The support team was very helpful in making sure I knew how to use the system easily and get my hiring/bidding done efficiently. I will definitely be using Tasktics again for future jobs and tasks that I don’t have the time for. What a life & time saver!

For more information on using Tasktics’ reliable and fast help-providing services, visit www.tasktics.com and register for a free account. You can “Like” them on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TaskticsOfficial), and also follow Tasktics on Instagram @taskticsofficial

Thank You for Making the WAH Expo Possible!

wahmderful expo 2014It’s been a week since the Work-at-Home Weekend Expo, how time flies! Hope you had a restful weekend!
We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to each one of you for without your support and assistance this big event won’t be a success.

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UBERMajor Sponsors:
Manila Water
Hungry Juan
Mega Creations
Photomark Lightworks Inc.
The Great Leap Academy

Minor Sponsors:
Valley Farm

Expo Partners:
Habitat for Humanity

Media Partners:
When in Manila

Booth Sponsors:
Artist Madhouse Expressive Art Meditation
Bebeng’s Kitchen
Bee Happy Craft & Party Supplies
Blackboard Learning Services/Baby Signs Philippines
Cheezalis Street Grilled Cheese
Cordillera Coffee
Dainty Ashley
Dessert Jars
Eden Scents

Greener Choices

Handmade Lemonade
Healthy Avenue
IsabelBakes Bakeshop

Love at First Bite Bakery
Manila Workshops

Mommy HQ
Nanay At Ako Boutique
Paper & Bows/King Bun
SayoNato Bags & Accessories

Selecs Clothing

The Cake Lab
The Learning Basket
Ready to Be Rich
Wrap Battle

Garage/Preloved Sellers:
Myleen Gabarda
Ros Macachor/My Konjac Sponge
Mai Danganan
Jade Ceres-Dolor/Little Beans Baby Store
Geryl Paz Galias/Perstaymmom

We hope to see you again in our future events! Keep posting your event photos and use the hash tag #workathomeexpo2014 We’ll be sending the post-event report in 2-3 weeks’ time.
For the mean time, if you haven’t followed us yet, here are the links:

Work at Home Weekend 2014, the work-at-home event of the year

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You know, I began the WAHMderful Community as a small group on Facebook of about less than 10 moms. I called it “Manila Work-at-Home Moms,” because all the WAHMs I knew of were based in Manila. That was early 2012, when I bought this domain name, “wahmderfullife.com,” and started dreaming about a community of like-minded women who believed in the lifestyle of “making a living while making a home.”

In the beginning, a handful were there to help the first-ever gathering/workshop of work at home moms:

The first batch of WAHMs, during the planning stages of the very first WAHMderful Life Workshop: (L-R) Marge, me, Toni, and Michelle.

The first batch of WAHMs, during the planning stages of the very first WAHMderful Life Workshop: (L-R) Marge, me, Toni, and Michelle.


The “originals” of the WAHMderful Workshops, during our first ever WAHMderful Workshop on Oct 26, 2012: Ginger Arboleda of Manila Workshops (our workshop director); yours truly (Martinedeluna.com; Makeitblissful.com); Marge Aberasturi a.k.a. “The Happy WAHM“; Jenn Tan, a.k.a “The Techie Mom“. Seated: Toni Tiu (wifelysteps.com) and Michelle Padrelanan (beyondthesilverandgold.com)

It’s been two good years. And we’ve just been growing bigger as a community! Today, our private and exclusive Facebook community of work-at-home moms — those who’ve been to our workshops and were part of that initial community of Manila-based WAHMs — number well over 1,000 members. We’ve been told it is one of the most nurturing, supportive and genuinely thoughtful Facebook communities ever:

Our exclusive, invitation-only community for WAHMs. Request an invitation at https://www.facebook.com/groups/WAHMmanila/

Our exclusive, invitation-only community for WAHMs. Request an invitation at https://www.facebook.com/groups/WAHMmanila/

Through the years, we have encouraged, pray for, and challenged each other as homebased workers. We have laughed together, cried together, empathized with one another. We have had dozens of workshops on every aspect of being a work-at-home professional, thanks to Manila Workshops, who produces these events. We have challenged each other even in other aspects, such as health and wellness, all for the better.

If you have been looking for a community to belong to, as a work at home individual, then join us. Whether you’re a mom or not, we are YOUR tribe because we fully understand and live the lifestyle each day of the work-at-home professional.

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Our annual Work at Home Weekend, last October 2013.

It’s time to meet up, all work-at-homies!

This October 25, 2014, at the Insular Life Multi-purpose Hall, the WAHMderful Life Community and Manila Workshops bring you the Work-at-Home Weekend Expo. Not just for moms anymore! It will be the first time that we will bring together all aspiring and budding work-at-home individuals will get together to learn more about running a business, being a topnotch freelancer, and excellence in location-independent work. It will also give work-at-home professionals, homebased, and online businesses the opportunity showcase each of their products or services.

We are inviting you to come and join us!

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This event is Co-Presented by Unilab.

There will be very inspiring speakers and booth exhibitors to visit during the event. Topics for the expo will be:

  • Business Ideation: Profitable Business Ideas by Jeff Cua
  • How to Land Your First Virtual Assistant Gig by Clarissa Hana Pangan
  • How to Create a Winning Business Plan & Reach Your Perfect Clients
  • How to Get (and Keep!) Your Freelance Writing Jobs by Tina Rodriguez
  • How To Succeed & Not Suck at Social Media Management
  • Money Smarts: Beginner Level Investing & Personal Finance by Fitz Villafuerte
  • Legalizing Your Business the Hassle-Free Way by Dandy C. Victa
  • Retail Therapy: How to Set Up Your Import Business & Make Your Sales
  • Computer 101: How to use and care for your investment by Jennyfer Ang Tan
  • Be a Photo Editor: Basic Photo Editing & Photography Jobs by Kimberley Timbol-Reyes
  • Managing your Kids while Working at Home by Mariel Uyquiengco
  • Eating Right & Easy Meals when you’re a Busy-holic by Lourdes Labii

The fees are the following:

Entrance Fee (will not attend any talk; fees apply to those who are
21 years old and above only. Children are free to enter): Php 100

Workshop pass (need not pay entrance fee separately):

  • Php 350 to attend 1 class/topic
  • Php 900 to attend 3 classes/topics
  • Php 1,500 for an unlimited class pass  (Outstanding value!!)

Incentive: Those who pay for this workshop will get to attend the remaining Mastermind Sessions to be held on August 30, September 27 and October 4, for FREE.

Also, Bee Happy Crafts and Party Supplies will be raffling off a Start Your Own Crafting Business supply set on the day of the event for those who sign up for the talks! Check out what’s inside the business package!

Win a ticket to the WAH Expo!

Want to attend the Work at Home Expo for free? All you have to do is join this contest, and you could win one (1) unlimited class pass worth Php1,500, to attend ALL the talks you want on October 25!  Just follow these mechanics:

1. “Like” the following Facebook pages:

  • Manila Workshops
  • WAHMderful Community of Work at Home Moms

2. Follow the following on Twitter (Bonus point!

  • @ManilaWorkshops
  • @WAHMderful

3. Follow us on Instagram (Bonus point!)

  • @manilaworkshops

4. Leave a comment below, with the following:

  1. Your Facebook username
  2. Your Twitter username
  3. Your Instagram username
  4. Your email address (please put it on the comment field)
  5. Your comment on WHY you want to attend the Work-at-Home Weekend!

Winners will be announced by September 29th, 2014! So join now — it’s so easy!

Learn How to Succeed as a Freelancer (Workshop)

Manila Workshops and Freelance Blend are happy to bring back the highly successful Freelancing for Beginners 1.0 Workshop on September 27, 2014 (Saturday) from 10am to 5pm at vOffice Fort Legend, BGC due to the tremendous response they have received from the first run last August 16, 2014.To those who missed the first run, this is another great opportunity for you to learn the basicsof freelancing from the leading influencers in the freedom business landscape.

Marv de Leon of FreelanceBlend.com, will again be the main speaker for the event. Back as panelists to answer all your freelance career questions are the Freelancer Experts: Fitz Villafuerte, RFP – Personal Finance Guru and author of the new book, The Ready To Be Rich Guide to Investing, Ginger Arboleda – Marketing Expert, pro-blogger and serial entrepreneur, and Nica Mandigma -Virtual Administration Expert, co-organizer of Freelance Blend and blogger.


During the workshop, these experts will teach you how to craft your very own winning Freelancer Selfie and then have the rare opportunity to be critiqued by our Freelancer Experts — it’s like being a contestant in “The Voice”! What’s more, the winner of the Best Freelancer Selfie will win a special prize from Freelance Blend and Manila Workshops.

Are you ready for the challenge? Are you ready to “Choose Yourself” and launch your very own freelance business?

Hurry, slots are limited and the registration will close once it fills up. Furthermore, the learning fee will increase after September 20, 2014.

About the Workshop

Freelancing for Beginners 1.0 The Rerun is a one-of-a-kind workshop that will help you discover your freelancer personality, learn practical tips on how to earn from home and empower you to turn freelancing into a part-time career or into a full-time freedom business.

Here are some of the topics to be discussed during the workshop:

  • Are You Fit To Freelance?
  • The Good and The Bad Side of Freelancing
  • Freelancer Selfie: Biz Plan + Digital Portfolio
  • The Freelancer Toolkit
  • How to Find the Right Clients
  • How to Price Your Services

At the end of Freelancing for Beginners 1.0 The Rerun, absolute beginners and not-so beginners to the world of freelancing will be able to:

  • Craft a winning Digital Portfolio that will attract paying clients.
  • Pick the brains and be inspired by our Freelancer Experts in the areas of personal finance, marketing, administration and entrepreneurship.
  • Get constructive criticism from our Freelancer Experts on your freelance business plans and on your Digital Portfolio.
  • Take The 7 Action Steps that will lead you towards your freedom business.
  • Network and become part of an exclusive and private freelancer support group: The Freelance Blend MasterMind Group.

Here is a testimonial from one of the attendees:

The workshop was a great source of information on the whole concept of freelancing. Not only did it address a lot of questions for interested ones like me but also provided a list of reminders to manage one’s expectations. I appreciate how organized it was and how generous in sharing knowledge the people involved are.

Kate Adajar – Marketing Professional / Freelance Ilustrator (sliceofk.tumblr.com)

About the Speaker:

Marv de Leon is the founder of the Philippines’ premier freelancer community, Freelance Blend. He is also the host of the top business and career podcast in iTunes, Freelance Blend Podcast, and writes for FreelanceBlend.com. Marv is a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Commerce Major in Business Management at the De La Salle University, Taft. He is currently an executive of a global financial services company, a serial entrepreneur, a graphic designer, a loving husband and a hands-on father of two kids. He is planning to retire early to focus on family, graphic design, business, and helping Filipinos fulfill their dreams through freelancing and freedom business.

Event Details:

Date: Saturday, Sept 27, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Venue: vOffice Philippines, 10-L Fort Legend Tower, 31st Street and 2nd Avenue, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig (Across St. Luke’s BGC)

Learning Fee:

Regular Rate – P1,800
Early Bird Rate – P1,200 (until September 20, 2014 only)
Group Rate (3 persons) – P1,000 per person
Freelance Blend Member – P1,000
Persons With Disability – P1,000

Hurry, slots are limited and we will be closing the registration upon reaching maximum capacity. Moreover, the learning fee will increase to the Regular Rate on September 20, 2014.

UPDATED: WAHMs Garage Sale at the WAHM Expo, Oct 25, 2014!

The WAHMderful Community of Work-at-Home Moms is having a flash Garage Sale next week at the Work-at-Home Weekend Expo this October 25th, at Insular Life, Makati. We’ll have eight (8) WAHM sellers who are armed with lots of pre-loved, used-but-good items, as well as some brand-new items, too!

What’s for sale?

Craft Supplies (unused, old stock from craft supply store)

Craft supplies – polymer clay, beads, cabochons, etc.
Handmade accessories
Mini tabletop dress forms
Wrapping paper books



Books (Php50 – 150!)
Entrepreneurship books
Christian living books
Homeschool manuals and books (U.S. sourced)
Parenting books

Pre-loved items for kids (as low as Php30!)
handmade dresses for little girls
Baby clothes
Baby gear: tub, toys, etc.
One (1) SaYa Baby Carrier Light Blue Size 2
One (1) Crib Couture diaper bag
One (1) Gia Simplisse Nursing Pillow
1 lot Lansinoh milk storage bags

Pre-loved items for moms (as low as Php40!)
Mommies maternity clothes
Assorted dresses and clothes, male and female
Everyday wear, ordinary clothes
Party and date night clothes for moms
Shoes (imported)
Xbox -1pc

Brand New Items
One (1) Merrel Shoes
One (1) Bobbi Brown Surf Eyeshadow Palette
One (1) Ikea Laptop Pillow
Brand new items for kids like shoes, headbands.
Wrist watch for moms- brand new
Dress for moms -brand new
Konjac Sponge items, discounted for WAHMs: Face sponges at P350 (P380 SRP); Body sponges at P400 (P450 SRP); Baby sponge at P360 (395 SRP)”

Buy your WAHM Expo ticket now to shop!

Those who attend the WAHM Weekend Expo need to only pay Php100.00 entrance fee to shop at the Garage Sale, as well as the WAHM Bazaar. The Garage Sale will be held at the lobby of the Insular Life Multi-Purpose Hall, adjacent to the session hall where we will have our talks and sessions.

Entrance Fee (will not attend any talk; fees apply to those who are
21 years old and above only. Children are free to enter): Php 100

Workshop pass (need not pay entrance fee separately):

  • Php 350 to attend 1 class/topic
  • Php 900 to attend 3 classes/topics
  • Php 1,500 for an unlimited class pass  (Outstanding value!!)

To register for the WAHM Weekend Expo, go to Manila Workshops: http://manilaworkshops.com/2014/07/the-work-at-home-weekend-expo-2014.html

What’s going to happen at the WAHM 101?

If you’re wondering what’s going to happen during the upcoming WAHMs 101, here’s a quick run-down of the program. Hopefully, this will help you (1) get excited about the event this coming Saturday, and (2) help you to decide that “Yes! I’m going this Saturday!” if you haven’t already decided.

We’ve kept the registration at Php1,000 for the entire week! Walk-ins can still come, but will have to pay Php1,200 already. Join us now by registering at this page: Register for the WAHM 101! http://wahmderfullife.com/2014/05/21/wahm-101/

Here’s the Program for the day, to get you excited:

9:30 AM: Registration

9:45: Insular Life short talk

10:00 AM: Welcome Remarks and Invocation

10:15 AM: Talk 1: “From Working Girl to WAHM (Martine de Luna)

11 AM:  ACTIVITY:  The WAHM Situationer: A brainstorming-problem-tackling portion where WAHMs will collaborate to form positive solutions to common WAHM situations, from leaving the workplace and finding work, to making “work at home work!”

12:00 PM: Lunch Break

01:15 PM: 88DB Brand Manager’s Talk

1:30 Interactive Panel: Are You Ready for the WAHM Lifestyle?  (Panel Discussion with Louisa Mercado, Hana Pangan, and Sammy Tan) Here, you can ask our WAHM panel anything, from —

      • Time & Home Management Tips
      • How to beat “work-a-holicism” for WAHMs
      • How to create a work at home workspace that, well, works!
      • How to take care of your online profiles and portfolios so that you’ll get hired
      • Ideas for Work from Home Jobs
      • …. whatever else is on your mind concerning WAHM-ing!

02:45 PM: Break

03:00 PM: WAHMderful Women Brainstorm Groups: “Rocking the WAHM Life”

04:00 PM: Wrap Up, Picture-Taking, Certificates

Our speakers and panelists are both long-time and newbie WAHMs, all of whom have different stories to share, and different scenarios from which you can learn:

WAHMderful 101 - SPEAKERS

Where it all began: The WAHM 101 Workshop

In October of 2012, we held our first workshop ever for the work-at-home moms in Manila. We had a full house — 45 women in all — who came together to know more about the meaning of working from home and making a home. It’s hard to believe that after two years, and ten workshops later, we’re still here! And from the initial 45 workshoppers, our online community of WAHMs has boomed. We’re over 1,200 members in our private online community on Facebook, and we’re growing more and more.

We started with a panel of “guest WAHMs”:

We grew from workshop to workshop. We reached an attendance of 70+ at one time:

And we just kept on going, until the community began to connect with one another. Some formed business partnerships, others found job leads through our Facebook groups, and even started doing their own learning events and workshops. Through time, our Facebook group gained a reputation for being one of the most genuine and supportive online groups for local work-at-home moms.

All this makes us happy. It’s been a good two years! And we only want to get better and better.

From the first 101 workshop, much has happened, and a lot has changed in terms of what we know now about the WAHM landscape. That’s why this workshop is an updated version of the first one we did last year, the very first time we connected and communed with the WAHMs here in Manila:

We’re excited to see you on June the 28th! The early bird rate is a super steal at Php1,000, and comes with lunch and your workshop materials. We’ve never offered the workshop this low before, and considering that the content is wholly different from our first workshop, we know that you won’t want to miss this, even if you were there on the first run last October 2012.

WAHMderful Workshops 101 - 2014

We’ll be talking about:

  • how to make the jump from working girl to WAHM (actual steps we took to transition)
  • how to create a need for your services, even if you have never worked from home before. (strategies on creating your own job, so that you will use your skills to start working from home, even if you’re still employed)
  • what you can learn from real WAHMs who’ve made mistakes but have risen to experience success in the work at home lifestyle. You’ll learn from our panel of three very special and inspiring WAHMs!

Plus, you’ll be getting goodies from our sponsor, Unilab!

We hope to see you there with the other WAHMs in Manila! You can sign up right away:

Updated Schedules for 2014 Workshops and WAHM Events

WAHMderful Workshops Schedule 2014

Manila Workshops and the WAHMderful Life have been collaborating on workshops for work-at-home moms since 2012. We’re posting our UPDATED SCHEDULE for work-at-home mom workshops for 2014. We have only ONE workshop left this year, and it’s on June 28. Our next event will be way in October na. Hope you can all join the WAHM 101 this coming June 28!

As always for previous WAHMderful Workshop attendees, the WAHM Mastermind events are free-of-charge. Ladies who have not attended the 2012-2014 WAHM workshops but would like to attend the Masterminds need to pay Php600 upon entrance. It’s really best to purchase a WAHM Workshop, though, so that you can get into all three Masterminds for free and qualify for our Mommy Startup Pitch Party in November, where WAHMs can present their business proposals and get a chance to win startup funding!

For any questions, please email us at hello@wahmderfullife.com or visit www.manilaworkshops.com