How to Start Working From Home : Exploring Digital Business Strategies

How to Start Working From Home : Exploring Digital Business Strategies

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.

  1. Home and Gardening Ideas – I want to blog and sell  something about home and gardening
  2. Reminology – I want to start a genealogy business
  3. AITrain – I want to be a service provider AI Outsourcing Agency
  4. Savin Time – I want to start an errand business
  5. Freeneers – I want to start an Engineering Outsourcing Agency
  6. Travest Philippines – I want to start a travel business
  7. Disdeal – I want to have d
  8. Health Shoppe PH – I want to have an online health store
  9. The K Drama Fanatic – I want to blog and sell something about Korean Drama and Korean Products
  10. My Chilou – I want to sell dog products
  11. Jaxynne Sweet Corner  – I want to sell chocolates 
  12. Fashionate Kid – I want to help my daughter sell clothes and fashion accessories

At the moment, I find my niche in work from home training and as an affiliate marketing service provider. Identifying your niche can be a bit difficult but if there is something why I choose this path is because it is something that I really love to do. 

  1. Building an Online Community

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 online community

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 women in small businesses and help make the Philippines a country where womenpreneur thrive.

  1. Building Partnership

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.

 Build Your Business With Public Speaking

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 janette toral

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?

  1. Your Passion Areas
  2. Things To Consider When Putting Up Your Business Online
  3. Deciding On Your Niche
  4. Multiple Source of Income
  5. Exploring Revenue Opportunities & Sustainability
  6. Developing Goals
  7. How Can You Build Partnership?
  8. Standout From Competition
  9. How Can You Set Higher standards
  10. Do You Follow Through?
  11. Strengthen Customer Relationship
  12. Forming Online Communities
  13. Promoting Your Brand To Your Target Audience
  14. How Can You Increase The Hype?
  15. Free or Paid Webinar?
  16. Building Your Sign-Up Campaign
  17. 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.


Make Money Online From Surveys

Make Money Online From Surveys

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.

  1. Never pay to join a site. Genuine sites will never ask for a payment.
  2. Does it seem to be too good true? Please note that online surveys are not a get rich quick scheme
  3. Transparency. Any legitimate company is eager to tell about them. 
Don’t forget! Be very cautious and learn how to avoid work from home scams
Here’s a list of survey sites that are worth trying.










There’s still a lot on the list but among the list, is a good way to start on learning how to make money from online surveys.

Will keep you posted on my personal experience with these online survey sites.

Entrepreneurship for Seniors : Cristy’s Turmeric Products

Entrepreneurship for Seniors : Cristy’s Turmeric Products

I often look entrepreneurship as an activity for the “young ones” but was amazed when I met Mrs. Crisitina Arceo, also called Nanay Cristy from Talavera, Nueva Ecija.  Nanay Cristy is a 62-year-old senior from Talavera, Nueva Ecija who has just started her venture of bringing her products online. She has two products that she personally prepared: Turmeric Oil and Turmeric Ointment and was proud to say that she has great products.

cristys turmeric products

I remembered her desire to really make her product be known because she believes that it can help a lot of people. My mind is so vivid that I recalled her seriously listening to me as I conducted the training about digital marketing. I recalled how excited she was when I shared with her that her product has the potential of bringing it to the global marketplace. When I showed the same turmeric essential oil being sold on Amazon for $9.99 (for 30 ml) while hers is Php100.00 (for 100 ml).  I remembered her offering me to give me a body massage so I can experience how she does it.

Life is full of surprises, received the bad news that she just passed away. I missed the opportunity of telling her that yes, indeed you have a great product. Thank you for this Turmeric Oil you gave me, true to your word, indeed it helped people. I used it when I had boils and in a span of 3 days, it was healed.

Turmeric Oil

Nanay Cristy, we may have known each other for only a few days but thank you for inspiring me that even in your senior years you did not give up and saw your determination of pursuing success in your business. We are going to miss you and I hope that with this post, I hope in some way your product can still be known to other people.

Home Based Business Idea # 1 : Starting Backyard  Plant Nursery

Home Based Business Idea # 1 : Starting Backyard Plant Nursery

Home based business idea is just around the corner,  you agree? Check what you have at home, anything you love to do and enjoy, and maybe you can come up with a home based business idea you can start without that “big capital”.

I was enjoying getting seeds from this “money tree” as what my mother-in-law said so. This is an 11 year old plant my          mother-in-law brought when we transferred to our house in Cavite and I love it because it shows 2 colors, red and yellow.I really don’t know why but I am really fond getting those seeds and disperse it until that seed grows.

money tree

money tree grows

money tree grows more

I said, the home-based business idea is just around the corner and I want to take you that side that wherein there’s no excuse you can’t start earning money from home. As long as you have an internet connection and determination to push things, then you are set for your home-based business. Here are the initial steps you can take :

  1. “Start Where You Are. Use What You Have. Do What You can”
  2. Research

I went ahead and see if I can get an opportunity for this money tree. I searched for “money tree plant”, and here’s what I got.

money tree plant

Bingo! It gives me the idea that I can sell this money tree seeds online.  I found two places where money trees are sold, Shopee, and Facebook marketplace.


3. Do What You Can

What can you do?  You have the idea, the tool and of course, you need to take action. You can post it on your wall, get started with Shopee, and start uploading in Facebook Marketplace.

Easy right? You can start a home-based business as easily as it is.  All we need is to become resourceful on what we currently have. Don’t wait to make things get perfect, nothing will happen if you keep on waiting. Stop waiting for that “big money capital”, start with what you have.  If you want to get ahead, start doing it now.

How about you? What do you have? Need some home-based business ideas you can get started? Send me a message and let’s discover what you can do right now, CLICK HERE.

How I Overcome Fear of Public Speaking and Profit From It

How I Overcome Fear of Public Speaking and Profit From It

Introvert. Shy. Get intimidated by people. Nothing to share when in a group. Never see me do the first move unless you approach me. I always got nervous when speaking in front of people. This is what I used to be. But things change, I never thought that as an introvert type, I will turn out as a public speaker. The best thing about it, I overcome the fear of public speaking and profit from it

I started public speaking in February 2016 through a seminar and it has then become an income stream. I’ve conducted more than 10 seminars on home-based opportunities and online marketing.
How did it start?
It all started with a DESIRE. I wanted to share about home-based jobs as this is an opportunity everyone can enjoy. I looked for training and came across Knockout Presentation Skills by Anthony Pangilinan. I wanted to attend and inquired about how much it will cost me for that workshop.
Guess what? Boom, it’s Php10,000.00! A learning investment fee that I can’t afford with. I asked the organizer if the installment is possible on the next schedule since I cannot afford a one-time payment. The organizer agreed, unfortunately, I was not able to complete the payment and failed to attend.
Sad, right? Did I give up on it? Yes, for quite some time but when you want something in your from your heart,  you will get it at the right time. After a year, another schedule was coming, and I reached out again to the organizer if I can resume my installment payment. Guess what, the organizer offered me instead to pay a one-time payment of Php5,000.00, that makes 50% of the total cost.
Gotcha! Persistence works! I finally got it in December 2014.

knockout presentation skills


Things did not work out the way I wanted. Doubts and fears replaced my desire. Are there people who will listen to me? Are there people who will pay to listen to me? What’s worst when your husband told you, don’t push through with it “baka langawin ka lang”. Oh, don’t get my husband wrong, he only said that because he loves me so much and he doesn’t want me na mapahiya because he knows how I am :).


I was ready to leave behind that DESIRE but I met someone who created a big impact on my life and public speaking journey. He was the one who unlocked my potential and to TAKE ACTION and not just  “I THINK “. Meet Raymond Lim, CEO of RBG Philippines.

raymond lim

Because of the 1 day workshop that completely changed the way how I see things in life. The title of the workshop is, Money Making Muscle Workshop, you can check it HERE, or check this MMM graduate say about the workshop.


A new year, new learnings. New Journey. I reached out to Manila Workshops.

manila workshops

mommy ginger

And it feels so great when there are people who may not know you but will support your journey. Yes, the CEO of Manila Workshops,  Ginger Arboleda, responded immediately.


I had my first seminar after 3 years of dreaming of it. We were able to gather 20 audiences and it was held in Maxx’s  Robinson, Imus. It was so funny, I remembered that I told my audience, “Please bear with me as this is my first time to speak”. I was really so nervous and before the seminar started, I pee around 3 to 5 times.

Finally, I made it. Because it was a successful event, I partnered again with Manila Workshops and we planned to have it in Metro Manila.


The second seminar was successful except that I was so discouraged because harsh feedback is so painful to bear. I cannot accept it because I know in my heart that I have given all my best but I guess my best is not enough :).  After the event, I really cried! I was so discouraged that I told myself, I will not pursue it anymore. But still, in my heart, I want to pursue it.

I was looking for an answer on how to overcome it. In fact, with my craziness, I even emailed Chinkee Tan, I really looked up to him. I am mentored by his seminars, books, and blog posts.

Chinkee Tan

You know what, he really answered me 🙂

chinkee tan

During that time, Ginger Arboleda also reached out to me and we had one on one meeting to help me out. These incidents helped me understand that I cannot please everyone. And to turn negativity to positivity and use such negativity to become a better you. You know what, speaking life to another person helps a lot. If these persons did not speak life to me, I may not be writing this blog post now.


The decision to continue with my journey is the best decision I’ve made and helped me grow as a person. I’ve conducted more than 10 workshops now and I have been doing it for 2 years now.

home-based career seminar


Increase Credibility

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PRULIFE- UK Amber Speaking Invitation

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Getting Interviews

  • Email Interview

I had the opportunity to be interviewed by Inc South East Asia. “Inc. Southeast Asia is the sole Southeast Asian licensee of Inc., the world’s leading media brand for entrepreneurs and start-ups”.

You may want to check the write-up HERE.

  • Radio/TV Interview

School of Life TV

school of life

School Life of TV

Net25 Guesting


The best part I get to profit from public speaking as an extra income stream. It is so exciting, that I was able to earn the most at a 5 digit income. Sounds great, right! I never thought that I can earn as much as that by speaking in 3 hours and by sharing information with people. On top of that, I was able to generate leads and convert it as a customer of my home-based online marketing agency.


Two years may have passed but there’s still a lot to work on me because learning never stops. To hone my public speaking skills, I recently joined  Maxwell Speakers Club International – Philippines.

Joining Maxwell Speakers Club has benefits  including :
  1. Watch exclusive John Maxwell live presentation and extract lessons.
  2. Experiential learning through prepared and impromptu speeches, live feedback, and critiques.
  3. Practical topics and assignments.

How about you? Do you have that desire to get started with public speaking to help increase your credibility and profit from it?

With preparation and experience, you can overcome the fear of public speaking.