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, “,” 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 (;; Marge Aberasturi a.k.a. “The Happy WAHM“; Jenn Tan, a.k.a “The Techie Mom“. Seated: Toni Tiu ( and Michelle Padrelanan (

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

Our exclusive, invitation-only community for WAHMs. Request an invitation at

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, 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 (

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 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.

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!

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:

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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.

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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 or visit

Learn how to be a virtual assistant or blogger while working from home!

Wow, can you believe this is our second YEAR of the WAHMderful Workshops? The .

This May, we’re bringing back one of our favorite, best-selling workshops. This will be our third run of it! We actually ran this workshop twice last year, with 70 women attending the first workshop in January 2013, and another 40+ attending the re-run in March of the same year. So, yeah, it’s rather popular!

See you on May 17th!

I’m happy to present to you the 3rd run of the best-selling “Real Ways to be a WAHM workshop”. We’re calling it “The one about Blogging and being a Virtual Assistant”, though it was formerly called “How to Be a Freelance Writer or Virtual Assistant.” We’re stepping things up this time around!

This will be on May 17 from 9AM to 5PM. The venue will be at the Insular Life Multi-Purpose Hall at the 12th Floor, Insular Life Building in Makati City.

The content

What’s great about this workshop is —unlike the original runs, where we had breakouts — this time, you’ll be able to attend BOTH topics’ talks. The morning session from 9:30AM – 11:30 will deal with the blogging-related jobs that WAHMs can do from home (which branches out to other jobs not related to writing,  like entrepreneurship, social media, virtual assistance, and so on)

The afternoon session will deal specifically with the field of virtual assistance, which is a multi-faceted, multi-skill based homebased job that is very popular among work-at-home professionals.

Basically, if you’re a WAHM already or you’re still dabbling: We’ll show you with our combined 15 years of expertise in WAHM-ing, how you can transition into the WAHM life, even before you make your first paycheck.

Register now!

Early bird rate (pay before May 9, 2014) is at Php 1100 but if you come with a “buddy”, fee is at Php 1000 per person. Sign up now and pay ASAP to avail of the Early bird rates! The Learning Circle Card discount can only be applied to the Early bird rate and to the regular rate!


How the WAHMderful Mastermind can help YOU (and the schedule of Mastermind #2, Business Ideas for WAHMs)

We had an intimate but very engaging turnout at last month’s WAHMderful Mastermind, the first of a series of support & accountability sessions for work-at-homies. It was held on February 22 at Mothercare Bonifacio High Street. Here are some snippets of the day.

Our topic was “the heart of the WAHM,” and together, we talked openly about our struggles to manage work, home, and family. It was a very real, raw discussion, but in the end, we all committed to supporting one another in our efforts to work at home. (In fact, the session gave birth to an impromptu blogging workshop, just among the moms present!)

This April 12, you can once again experience the support and sisterhood of the Mastermind. Our session will be on Business Ideas, and we will brainstorm the different ways we can put our WAHM intentions to work, specifically towards a home-based business. If  you need guidance on how to find that idea that you can work with, join us for the second Mastermind Class in April 12, 2014 at Mothercare Active Fun, Bonifacio Global City from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm.

Learning Fees are as follows:

Mastermind Classes are at Php 600 per person
Group Rate of Php 1500 for 3 people

*FREE for those who have attended or will pre-pay for our regular WAHMderful Life Workshops for 2014
*FREE for those have attended 2 WAHMderful Life Workshops in 2013
*Learning circle cards discount rates do not apply for Mastermind Classes

Payments can be made to:
1. For UnionBank Bank Deposits, please deposit to the following account:
Account Name: Geraldine P. Arboleda
Account Number: UnionBank EON Savings Account 109452023555

2.For BPI Bank Deposits, please deposit to the following account:
Account Name: Geraldine Anne Therese P. Arboleda
Account Number: BPI Peso Account 1923-1262-59

3. For Paypal, please make payments to:
Email Address:
*Kindly add the Standard Paypal fee of 3.4% of the total amount + Php 15 to the price of the workshop

IMPORTANT: Please email the scanned deposit slip or the Paypal confirmation to Only then, we will give you a Payment Confirmation, which you will bring or show us on the day of the workshop. Please use MASTERMIND2 Payment as the subject of your email.

We hope to see you there! To join us, please sign up using this form: SIGN UP NOW for the WAHMderful Mastermind, “Business Ideas” April 12, 2014.


Real Ways to be a WAHM New Workshop on April 5

It’s been a while since we last had a “Real Ways to be a WAHM” Workshop! This is our workshop for those men and women who would like to know “insider info” on real jobs that can be done from home. There’s more out there than the usual jobs of freelance writing and virtual assistance (though we have a workshop for that, too!), and this April’s installment is one of our most unique and value-packed workshops to date!

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The featured speakers here are all experts in the art of multi-tasking and project management. I’m impressed just by how much knowledge they will impart during this one-day workshop! We’re talking about almost 20 years of online work, entrepreneurship and technological know-how on online systems, just between these three powerhouse speakers:

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Topics to be discussed are How to Run an Online Store & How to Manage Multiple Projects. This workshop will be held at the 12th Floor, Insular Life Building Makati, Ayala Corner Paseo De Roxas, Makati City (the building has a Starbucks store in the ground floor). It will be held from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Registration will start at 9:30AM and we will also have time for networking after the session at 4:30-5:00 PM.

Register today at MANILA WORKSHOPS through this link: Register NOW for “Real Ways to be a WAHM on April 5, 2014!”

What Goes on in a Work-at-Home Mom Mastermind?

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We’ll be having our very first WAHMderful Mastermind tomorrow at Mothercare Bonifacio Global City

What is a mastermind?

The best definition of a mastermind is this:

Masterminding is two or more people working together toward a goal or vision. When you mastermind, you hold a vision for someone else and they do the same for you; you use your combined energy to attract and create your dreams. This doesn’t mean that you are working on the same projects together, although you can. It only means that you are supporting each other in your visions, you are ‘holding’ a vision for someone, visualizing their dreams as if they are already a reality. — Sandy Grayson, Sandy Grayson Coaching

Napoleon Hill — one of the pioneering thought leaders in person success theory — first laid out the idea of masterminding. Hill believed that —

“The ‘Master Mind’ may be defined as the coordination of knowledge and effort in a spirit of harmony, between two or more people for the attainment of a definite purpose. When a group of individual brains are coordinated and function in harmony, the increased energy created through that alliance becomes available to every individual brain the group.” — Napoleon Hill

This is exactly what our WAHMderful Mastermind is all about. It’s about:

  • coordinating our knowledge of working at home;
  • sharing our individual experiences, while —
  • working for a specific purpose

In our case, we want to be able to support one another towards our WAHM goals, whatever they may be. Everyone in the group will have a different attainment purpose, a different goal that they want to reach. The idea is that the combined energy of the mastermind members helps everyone achieve their purpose or goal.

The Mastermind Format

Here’s a basic format of a mastermind session (such as the ones we’ll be having in Mothercare BGC this year).

Intros & Hellos

Since all of the WAHMderful Mastermind members will have met during previous WAHMderful Workshops, we’ll just do a simple ‘getting to know you’ at the start of each session. This will take about 5-20 minutes before the session, depending on how much time you’ll have in the program. (We have about two hours for each Mastermind session, from 11:30AM – 1:30PM)

The Guided Session

This is the central portion of the mastermind session, where everyone participates and contributes to a discussion. It will mostly be a free-for-all type of discussion, but we will have guided themes so that everyone has some solid takeaways at the end of the session. For the first session, “The Heart of the Work-at-Home Parent,” we’ll be discussion the following:

  • What is one thing that is currently working really well in your work-at-home life?
  • What is one thing you are struggling with, or one thing that you would like to brainstorm about this Mastermind session (and over the coming weeks)?
  • What is a helpful tool or resource that has helped you in your work-at-home life, which you believe will help others in the group? (This could be an ebook, a book, a blog, a podcast, a service, etc.)

It’s important for everyone to take notes during this time, and also exchange email addresses with people in the Mastermind whom they believe they most connect with and resonate with.

Parting & Intention-Setting for Next Mastermind

At the end of the Mastermind, each member should go home with the following:

  • A resource that they will try before the next Mastermind;
  • A specific area of improvement that they will work on and report on for the next Mastermind.

Remember our objective: Those who successfully complete the Masterminds this 2014 will be eligible to win a cash grant to start their very own homebased business (mompreneurship or freelance business). This is perfect for those who want to sell products and/or services, because you can use that money to fund your homebased business!

So that in a nutshell is what will go on in our Masterminds. There’s no “leader” or “main speaker,” take note. Everyone is expected to participate, share and empower the other group members. After all, it is the shared energy, effort and enthusiasm that will help fuel the sisterhood in the WAHMderful community and keep us ever-reaching for our goals.

Are you excited for our WAHM Masterminds? What are you “bringing” to the table? Share with us in the comments!

Ask Us Anything at our Facebook Party!

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Join us on Facebook this February 27 for our first-ever WAHMs Facebook Q&A! Your WAHM experts will be LIVE on the page to answer your questions as they come. Ask us anything from how to get clients and freelance, to how to use your online platforms, WordPress and blogs for your services. We’ve got a combined 15 years experience in the art of working from home, and we can’t wait to meet you online and answer any questions you might have!

Make sure you’ve “LIKED” us on Facebook and have set things up so we appear in your News feed. This is like having a FREE CONSULTATION with us WAHMs, so you can ask us anything, really! We normally answer these types of inquiries and matters during client consultations, but for just this evening, you can access us for free. Yay!

Again, here are the details:

WAHM Q&A at the WAHMderful Life Facebook Page
February 27, Thursday
9 – 10PM
Hosted by: Martine de Luna (WAHMderful Life Workshop Director and blog coach), Marge Aberasturi (The Happy WAHM, VA Support Pro) and Jennyfer Tan (The Techie Mom, VA Support Pro)

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