Category Archives: Blogging

The Pinterest Mobile Apps

Pinterest

The recent ‘goodie’ from Pinterest is the Pinterest App where you can access Pinterest using your mobile phone or tablet. Here are great things you can do with the Pinterest App:

1) You can snap a photo and pin it instantly.

photo credit: Ed Yourdon via photopin cc

photo credit: Ed Yourdon via photopin cc

2) Browse pins and boards while you wait or watch TV.

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Pinterest.com

3) Get style or recipe ideas while you shop.

photo credit: Bert Kaufmann via photopin cc

photo credit: Bert Kaufmann via photopin cc

4. Display your pins on your phone or tablet.

 

Now pinning is just a tap of your finger. Happy Pinning!

 

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bMobilized your Website

bMobilized is a pioneer in creating mobile websites.  It offers to instantly mobilize your existing desktop website if you have an existing one or it can also create a website from scratch. It can fully modify your mobile site and can plug-ins can be added.  You are free to sign up with bMobilizeed and has a free 7 day trial period.

Here is a tutorial, using this VA blog of mine, as a sample of a desktop website converted to a mobile website. Why don’t you try it with your website.

Mobile Marketing

Late last year, I got hold of the December 2012 – January 2013 issue of the magazine, Entrepreneur Philippines, from my sister. It’s quite a while that I haven’t purchased its back issues. I love Entrepreneur magazine just as I love Kerygma. I collect both for the former gives me guides and tips on how to be my own boss while the latter is my source of inspiration in the spiritual aspect.

Anyway, the latest issue of Entrepreneur Philippines features the trending business opportunities in 2013. One of these is Mobile Communication. Just take a look at your Facebook wall, local newspapers, and television ads. A lot of different types of smartphones and tablets are now available in the market with very affordable prices compared to the previous years where only a few can avail.

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According to Mashable, a new study shows that Mobile Web will rule by 2015. People are now spending more time then ever on their mobile phones and this is a great opportunity for businesses to reach consumers using Mobile Marketing. This is what keeps me restless nowadays. Why? Because I believe that this recent trend will greatly benefit FilipinoVirtual Assistants. That this is the right time to evolve as a Virtual Assistant.

Sir Jomar Hilario’s latest post on his website is in line with this. The uprising demands for Virtual Assistants worldwide just pushes me to be more up to date with the latest trends in technology and what necessary skills are needed to compete with this new 409170_10150589011303382_659798381_9122771_460388664_nwave of opportunity, which some say is unlimited.

This is where my new journey starts and I want you to journey with me and let us evolve together as Filipino Virtual Assistants. In the coming weeks, I will be posting topics on tools, programs and websites which are useful in Mobile Marketing. Don’t forget to subscribe here to keep you updated with the latest trends that can benefit us, Filipino Virtual Assistants. Mabuhay tayong lahat! 🙂

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Valentines Day 2013: First Milestone of my VA Career

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I never thought that this year’s Valentines Day (Philippine Time and Date) is now marked as the First milestone of my VA career. I just experienced the feeling which is best describe in a quote, “When you least expect it.” It was on the day of hearts (<3<3<3) that I got my first OFFICIAL GIG as a Filipino Virtual Assistant. Were the emoticons thread started by my super galing mentor, Sir Jomar Hilario and my ever supportive group, Jomar Hilario Mastery Group attracted this? Hmmmm, I even remember I was the first to comment on that thread! (now, I’m having goosebumps!). But one thing I’m sure, it’s God’s gift for me…To show that He loves me and assuring me that everything is under His care if I just trust in Him. Well, that will be another post about my life story on the reasons why I want to be a VA.

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Back to my first ever VA gig which is in Odesk. I applied for this while carrying my baby with special needs at around 3 in the morning of Valentines Day but still night of February 13 in Canada. The job was newly posted and I grabbed the chance to apply. I was already feeling discouraged since I had many applications but never had the chance to be interviewed or hired however I never gave up. One thing so funny about this first gig was that in my profile, I lowered my rate from $5/hr to $2/hr for the reason that after viewing other contractor profiles having the same skills (which I am confident of having), they have an average of $2-$3 rate and this might be the caused why I’m not easily hired. I do have skills more than data entry (thanks to Sir Jomar’s VA assignments!) but does not have enough confidence yet of these newly acquired skills, thus my blog is entitled, The Evolving Virtual Assistant.

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I thought that this first gig of mine was an hourly type where your are paid per hour only to find out while already doing the task that it’s a fixed-type, meaning there’s a fix rate (the budget was $15) and there’s no assurance when you’re going to be paid or that you’ll be surely paid (that’s how desperate I was, you may say). And would you believe that my bid for that gig was ONLY $2 for the whole task?! Anyway, together with my clarifications I was having with the task I opened up to the client that I really thought it was an hourly job type and admitted that it’s my fault not carefully reading the job details and it’s a big lesson learned and that I would still finish the task. I finished it a day before the deadline. What happened next was I got a message this morning from my very 1st client telling me this:

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Wow!! It’s amazing how being honest pays off. From $2, he’s willing to pay me $10 for the task I did. God is always good. For others, this may be a kind of gig not worthy of pursuing, but for me, I take this as a stepping stone to succeed in my VA career. It takes hard work to find an online gig.

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I’m forever grateful to my ever supportive mentor, Sir Jomar and his VAs especially those whom I keep in touch online like Nikki, Trina, Mia, Rachel and Jasmine. I’m not even a member of his exclusive groups like OMC and MMC, what more if I am. Mas grabe pang gig ang makukuha ko!

To those aspiring to be an effective Filipino VA, I’m highly recommending Sir Jomar’s Seminar on How to become an Effective Virtual Assistant. There’s an upcoming event for this. Check it here at http://bit.ly/filipinovatraining .

To those who are already VAs who believe that they can earn more from this career or those who wants to know more about online marketing, you can check Sir Jomar’s website at filipinova.

From PowerPoint to Prezi

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Do you want to impress a client with a new tool in creating presentations? Then Prezi is the tool you are looking for. As I mentioned in my last post, it has exciting features that let users zoom in and out their presentations and more engaging when added with imagery, music and videos. Aside from these features, it can also import your PowerPoint files when in Edit Mode. You need to have an eye for creativity though and maximize Prezi’s features or else it will just be like any other presentation placed in a new presentation tool.

To learn how to import PowerPoint presentation to Prezi, here’s an easy to follow tutorial I created just for you. When you’re done creating your first Prezi, please do share it with me by posting your link in the comment box here. I would love to see and share it!

Blogging using WordPress.com

ImageTo apply for an online job as a Virtual Assistant, it is important to have your own blog and website to show to your prospective clients that you have indeed the skills to be hired.  One of the these blogging tools is WordPress.com.

WordPress.com is a free blogging service to those of you who would like to start  a blog or create a website in your VA career or your business. What I love about WordPress.com is its more than a hundred beautiful free themes to choose from for your blog or website and its different features that you’ll surely love. One of my  personal favorite features is its ability to publish your content even if you are away from your desk using mobile apps which is available for iPhone, iPad, Android and BlackBerry.

Don’t know how to create a blog using WordPress.com? Here is my own step-by-step tutorial on How to Sign up for a Blog at WordPress.com.

My Interest with Pinterest

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I first learned about Pinterest through my mentor, Sir Jomar Hilario and got hooked with it. Pinterest is your virtual pinboard where you can organize anything you find in the web that is of your interest like inspirational quotes that makes your day, food recipes that you are planning to prepare for your family, how to make different kinds of crafts to keep your sanity of taking care of your kids , home decor ideas for your dream home, your favorite books and even different kinds of information on how to work from home as a Virtual Assistant.

For me, Pinterest have great advantages to entrepreneurs  especially those in the small and medium enterprises and online sellers. These are the following:

1) It’s a great venue for them to showcase their beautiful products and services.

2) Creates links to people who have great interest with their products and services which can be their potential clients.

3) Get to know more their market for effective strategies and promotions.

Now my personal interest with Pinterest is this. Since most entrepreneurs are so busy planning and finding means to grow their businesses, they have no time to focus on tasks such as marketing and promotions. I have learned from different sources on the topic of Entrepreneurship that at present, one effective way of businesses to reach  their market is through their online presence. Meaning, they have to have their own websites and sign up with the different social media available. This is where the help of a Virtual Assistant (VA) comes in. They can hire VAs to take care of those tasks such as creating websites, signing up for the different social media, marketing and promoting. This is where I can be of service to entrepreneurs and business minded people.

With the Philippines experiencing growth in economy and the stock market, I am hopeful that Virtual Assistants will not only be in demand to foreign clients but to Fil;ipino entrepreneurs and businessmen as well.

Interested with Pinterest? Sign-up now! Here’s my step by step tutorial on How to sign up with Pinterest using Facebook Account.