Another year has started and before I fully leave 2019, I thought it would be good to look back on what transpired in my life.
What hightlights me the most was about going through the pain of business failures, broken relationship, betrayal in the workplace and health problems . It was not a great year for me , but nevertheless it was a season of learning more about myself and life. I guess, I went through with what we call as "Midlife Crisis" as what other people called it.
Overcoming of all those challenges was not really easy, but I thank the Lord for giving me the grace and strength to slowly overcome it. Because of that season, I find myself getting into rediscovering the within me and focused on learning new things towards personal growth.
With that, allow me to share the 7 questions I ask daily that helped me figure out exactly what I need to find myself again.
Getting Ready for 2020
Y2019 was full of losses, but it was full of learning experiences. As I get ready for 2020, 2 things that set me now.
“Those things that hurt, instruct.” —Benjamin Franklin”
As what John Maxwell said, "Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Learn. " Life is full of ups and downs , but it can be better and more fulfilling if If I look at negatives as a way to learn and grow.
Failure was there to give me the change to rise up with full force for one more time. And if I have to choose a word for 2020, it's EXPLODE. Explode the power within me.
I am so excited for Year 2020 and praying for all the breakthroughs we all deserve.
In 11 years of working from home, and resigning from the corporate world 9 years ago, there was never a moment of regret but always a moment of a blessing to experience a better life free from traffic and witness the milestone of my children. If you are an aspiring work at home mom who wants to learn how to start working from home or a freelancer who wants to level up your freelancing career, allow me to share my journey of working from home.
Ten years ago working from home in the Philippines was simply a “fad” taken as part-time online jobs at home while still working full time. It’s a “fad” that you can earn money online and earn dollars working from home.
But today working from home is no longer a fad, it’s a work from home career that requires us to continuously learn and improve ourselves to stand out from the rest and outbeat the global competition. Continuous learning is a must for me to help me build up myself, my confidence and my work from home business. One of the things that I am continuously learning is about different digital business strategies.
Top 3 Digital Business Strategies I explored to Level Up
1. Finding Your Niche
When you start exploring the work from home career, there will be a lot of ideas and opportunities you will encounter. I explored different ways to earn money online, you can check it out HERE. I jumped from one idea to another idea, spending money and time to test what I really wanted. Here are a different online business niche I tried on but it did not flourish.
I created this community on February 29, 2012, and named Beyond Freelancing to Courageous WAHMs. It’s a community with its mission of supporting and uplifting moms in our home-based career journey. The community started with a few moms who participated in my first training program batch and eventually grow to 586 members.
Creating an online community is easy but maintaining is really a big challenge. Making it successful comes from our passion and commitment to serving the community. For the last 7 years, this community has not taken off yet and still work in progress. As of the moment, I’m on the process of recommitting by giving free training through my 8 Days Challenge to Start Earning Extra Income From Home While Still Working full time, which you can access HERE. The community website, Courageous WAHMS will soon be a launch to support womenin small businesses and help make the Philippines a country where womenpreneur thrive.
In 2013, I started to venture into an idea that I want to explore public speaking to teach about having a work from home career but I really don’t know how to do it. It was only in February 2016, this was realized because I reached out to Manila Workshops and that is where I started my public speaking journey. Here are some of my workshop partnership with Manila Workshops: Home-based Career 101 and SEO 101 for Freelancers. Building a partnership helped me build more credibility and has taken me more opportunities with my freelancing services and as a freelance trainer.
One of the partnerships that helped me level up more and improved myself is partnering with Ms. Janette Toral. I started my relationship with her when I signed up for the Maxwell Membership Club where my goal is to learn how I can improve my public speaking skills.
Photo Credit: Ms. Janette Toral
I never thought that because of that it paved my way for another opportunity to be part of DigitalJobsPH as Resource Trainer. It’s a program of the government initiated by DICT that helps Filipinos in the countryside do online freelancing as a livelihood by providing technical training
More than the opportunities, building partnerships is all about building trust and helping each other to grow more.
And that sums it up with exploring digital business strategies to start and level up myself as a work from home professional. There are still different digital business strategies, I am exploring through the online learning video course of Ms. Janette Toral entitled Digital Business Strategies. I am excited to apply what I’ve learned from these online learning videos as I prepare for my 2020 Strategic Business Plan.
Digital Business Strategies are for freelancers, professionals and business owners who want to review and improve their digital business strategies who want to review and improve their digital business strategies.
What You Will Learn?
Your Passion Areas
Things To Consider When Putting Up Your Business Online
Deciding On Your Niche
Multiple Source of Income
Exploring Revenue Opportunities & Sustainability
How Can You Build Partnership?
Standout From Competition
How Can You Set Higher standards
Do You Follow Through?
Strengthen Customer Relationship
Forming Online Communities
Promoting Your Brand To Your Target Audience
How Can You Increase The Hype?
Free or Paid Webinar?
Building Your Sign-Up Campaign
Monitoring & Improving Performance
How Much Is the Cost?
The program costs $49 for 6 months streaming period but you can take it at $18 if you take action now. Use the code "jane" to avail of th online learning video course. The code is valid until October 24 only.
How to overcome betrayal in the workplace? This has been the question that I have pondering for the last few weeks because I can't believe and I can't accept that I have to go through trust betrayal. But what is trust betrayal? According to Merriam-Webster, it is "to do something very bad and hurtful to someone that causes a loss of respect". Betrayal is a state where there is intentional actions or omissions of a trusted person. Betrayal affects the brain that may include but not limited to the following: damaged self-esteem, self-doubting, shock, loss & grief, and anger. On my end, I eat up all the anger within me that I wanted to rant in social media so I could just release my anger but I know it's not proper to do it. I wanted to move on but I cannot really help it. There is so much pain and moving on is very difficult but as these days passed by, I am reminded with few things.
1. I have 3 choices: Define me, Destroy me, or Strengthen me.
2. In your ANGER do not SIN.Do not give the devil a foothold. Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful of building others up. Ephesians 4: 26-29
3. For a man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. James 1:20
4. Do not be overcome by evil but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:21
5. I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born says the Lord. Isaiah 66: 9
As I look into the question on how to overcome betrayal in the workplace?
1. Be still. Let Go and Let God. Psalm 46:10
2. Even if that person wrongs you seven times a day and each time turns again and asks forgiveness, you must forgive. Luke 17:4
John 16:33 says, In this world, you have trouble but take heart I have overcome the world. Looking back, I overcome the world
when I was diagnosed with ameloblastoma (jaw tumor) check it here.
Do you want to take a boring and routinary online job yet provides a decent income ( depending of course with the company provider)? Try exploring image annotation online jobs. By the way, I am not an image annotator but my husband is. Personally, I don't like it for myself but I believe it is worth exploring if your primary goal is to earn extra income from home. If that is your goal, let me help you take to the world of image annotation online jobs.
How did we start with image annotation?
We came to know about image annotation through a micro job platform called Remotasks. Out of curiosity, my husband tried and see if it really works.
When you join the micro job platform, there is no interview but you need to take some training and pass the test in order to get jobs on the platform. Here are some of the training provided:
2D Box Annotation
3D Cuboid Annotation
He passed the test and yes he was given with tasks, payout in this platform is every Tuesday. Unfortunately, the payout is not worth your time spent working on the tasks.
Given that lower rate, I still encouraged him to proceed with it and keep on learning about those skills. What's the best thing? Remotasks offered a free 10-day in-person training program. The boot camp was offered in Bacolod, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, and Manila.
Why did I encourage him to proceed to learn and acquire skills about image annotation? It's because I observe that image annotation online jobs are growing in the Upwork platform. I've seen around a hundred plus of annotation jobs in Upwork and I've thought that it is a very interesting industry to try. With the 10 days training, it was worth it because it paved the way of him being hired in Upwork as Image Annotator for Data Labeling with a great compensation working for a flexible 8 hours per day.
Well, that's history. With regards to the task, I've mentioned that I've found it boring. Check the video below. It's as simple as that. Yes, it works with mobile but still, a computer or laptop is the best for it.
Before I forgot, let's talk about Annotation! Annotation means to label a given data like image and video. This task is applied in the field of Artificial intelligence and machine learning field for the purpose of training machines. It's a fact that some companies now are pursuing artificial intelligence and I believe this industry will continuously grow as such demand for image annotators may also rise.
What's in it for you now? Well, if you want to pursue as an image annotator, here are some steps that might help you:
1. Get free training from remotasks and be equipped with annotation skills. Sign Up HERE.
2. Once you are equipped with the training start using it to find image annotation jobs through job platforms or to even direct companies or use it in remotasks itself. My husband was able to get it through Upwork and for sure you will get one also. Just be patient.
I hope this gives you an idea! Simply take action and reap the result of your action.
P.S. I am not offering image annotation jobs. I am only sharing our experience but who knows maybe in the future we can become an image annotation service provider.
Did you know that on top of freelancing and online business, you can also make money online from surveys? I've heard this so many times but I never bother checking on it as I found it not worth enough of my time as I am already satisfied with freelancing. But today, for the purpose of exploring opportunities, I will be sharing more about how to make money online from surveys. Will validate and check if I could really make money doing surveys. This might be another option you might try and test it for yourself while waiting for a freelancing project.
Let's have a quick review! There's a lot of opportunities online and just by doing surveys you can start earning from home today. With surveys, you will answer questions and that's it. Research says taking opinions is a great way of making money, however, it's not a lot. Somehow you can still make money out from it.
Completing surveys at home is a great way to make extra income. However, we should not be tricked into joining surveys that are scam sites. Here are the top 3 things to consider when doing online surveys.
Never pay to join a site. Genuine sites will never ask for a payment.
Does it seem to be too good true? Please note that online surveys are not a get rich quick scheme
Transparency. Any legitimate company is eager to tell about them.