Freelance Blend Podcast

Freelance Blend Podcast
By Marv de Leon: Freelance Champion, Business Coach, Author, and Social Media Evangelist
About this podcast
"The podcast for freelancers, by freelancers." Join host Marv de Leon -- business coach, author, speaker, digital strategist and champion of the Filipino Freelancer -- as he interviews influential freelancers and rock star entrepreneurs from across the globe as well as ordinary people like you and me who have shifted to freelancing and changed their lives

The show has featured Vince Golangco of When In Manila, Anton Diaz of Our Awesome Planet, Jaymie Pizarro of The Bull Runner blog, Mike Grogan of Best Of You Podcast, Ginger Arboleda of Manila Workshops and Showbiz Bro of Machong Chismisan Podcast and a lot more. Listen as they reveal their tactics, share their light bulb moments and talk about the failures and hurdles they overcame to become invincible entrepreneurs as they are. If they can do it, so can you!

The Freelance Blend Podcast is inspired by the shows Smart Passive Income Podcast by Pat Flynn, Solopreneur Hour and EO Fire by John Lee Dumas but with Marv's own unique twist.

For show notes and important links mentioned in the podcast, please visit us at www.freelanceblend.com.

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Jan. 26, 2018
  FBP 149 does not only mark the start of the year but also the fourth year of Freelance Blend! It’s been four year, Blenders! I look back at the years and all I feel is  an overwhelming gratitude for the Freelance Blend community. Thank you for listening for the past 4 years as we all continue to grow and achieve our goals as freelancers. Thank you to all of you who have been listening since day 1. I am committed to serving all of you with more amazing, valuable, and insightful content for more years to come. New Year, New Perspective The start of the year is always the best time for introspection. It’s the moment when we look back to the year that was and when we envision what we hope the new year will be. As for me, I will always remember 2017 as the year when I focused on freelancing. I spent the previous years building and growing Freelance Blend and attending to my speaking engagements. Finally, in 2017, I put all of my learnings into action and I was able to prove that I can earn well as a freelancer.  But what about 2018? On our Facebook group chat early this year, Ginger Arboleda suggested a most timely topic: “What is your one word for the year?” (If you’re not a part of our group chat, join us on Telegram! See link below) Ginger’s question is a good one as this allows us to focus on a direction that we want to take for the year.  Listen to FBP 149 as I explain my word of the year: GROWTH. Along with this word that I plan to stick to for the year, I also shared the Planning Spreadsheet that I used for 2017. It worked for me and immensely helped in achieving my goals so I’m sharing the sheet with you (plus a video of how to use it) on the Links and Resources section below. What’s your one word for the year? Share them on the comments section! Links and Resources * Rock Your 2018 Video – Part 1: www.facebook.com/freelanceblend/videos/2048583695361721 * Rock Your 2018 Video – Part 2: www.facebook.com/freelanceblend/videos/2048587548694669 * Download my FREE “Rock Your 2018″ Planning Spreadsheet * Join our community in Facebook at www.freelanceblenders.com * Join our bigger, better chat group on Telegram app * Side Gig Revolution – my new group coaching program for employees to become freelancers.  Unfortunately, it is now closed but you can join the wait list here  
Dec. 30, 2017
“How do I start freelancing?” is the most common question that I get from aspiring freelancers. “The only way to start is to start”, that’s what our FBP 148 guest, PJ Aguilar, has to say about the topic. There can’t be any truer answer than that. PJ started out with her offline yoga business as a side project while she was still working on her corporate job. She then started to work with a freelance VA to help her manage the growing business. From her offline business success, business owners from the same industry started asking her for coaching. PJ is the Strategy and Vision Designer Simplicity Business Support, helping passionate solopreneurs with web presence, online marketing, and tech support. She has over 14 years experience in marketing, communications, business development and administration. What started as business coaching turned into a business support project. PJ identified the pain points that her coaching clients were experiencing and then presented a solution for them. PJ is now leading Simplicity Business Support based in Australia, employing a team of 7 VAs focusing on web design and social marketing. So how did PJ start? By slowly testing out the waters until she started being comfortable in her skillset and knew the type of clients and niche that she wanted to work in. That’s how one starts with freelancing. Interested to know more? Listen to FBP 148 as PJ and I talked about our freelancing journeys, her tips for aspiring VAs, and her thoughts as a VA client. Key Takeaways Aside from PJ’s transition from the corporate world to being a full-time online business owner, we also talked about the following: Her thoughts on part-time freelancing Her reasons for starting businesses outside of her corporate job On how a freelancer can transform into a coach How she is marketing her coaching and business support services Her perspective as a VA and as a VA client What makes a good VA? Key Valuable Traits of a Fantastic VA The right Skills. Make sure that you know your skill set. And as PJ puts it, “Don’t advertise yourself in something that you absolutely hate to do.” A good Attitude. You don’t need to be the expert but you need to care to get the job done. Be realistic about your capacity. Clear Communication. Be patient with your clients especially when they’re new. Be proactive. Always seek clarification. Quotes On starting out as a coach: “If someone asks you ‘Can you help me?’, the first step is to say ‘Yes.’” On knowing your client’s pain points: “Give things a go. You meet people and find out what they need.” How to find a skill that you can freelance in: “Translate the skills you had in the corporate world into a freelance skill.” Links * Visit their website at www.SimplicityBusiness.com.au * Or check out their Facebook page www.facebook.com/simplicitybusinesssupport * Email PJ at [email protected] * Do you want to get more tips for fellow freelancers? Join us on Facebook and connect with hundreds of Filipino freelancers! www.freelanceblenders.com   Are You Ready to Become a Freelancer? If you are really serious about becoming a freelancer,
Nov. 15, 2017
Whenever I travel to other countries, I always take note of the good things that I would like to see happen in my own beloved Pilipinas. So on my recent trip to Tokyo, Japan, I made a mental note of all the things that I wish we had in the Philippines. My family and I stayed in Tokyo for 6 days (special thanks to the Laurels who hosted us). We were blown away by the beauty of the city. Tokyo has a tranquil charm despite the fast-paced life where everyone is rushing to get from one place to another. In this episode, I share some of the best things about Tokyo. It’s already one of our favorite family destinations and we’re already planning on going back again next year. If you’re looking for a country to take your kids to, listen to this episode to know why you should add Japan to your list. In this ep, I’ll talk about 16 things I like about Tokyo, kasi walang ganyan sa Pinas! 16 Things That I Will Miss About Tokyo 1. Vendo There’s one for everything! From exchanging money to Japanese Yen to ordering in a restaurant. 2. Bus system It’s reliable and on time. It simply works. 3. Train system Japan has several lines and subway systems that can take you everywhere you need to go. 4. Food The abundance of good food amidst the rush is mind-blowing. Plus it was made more memorable by a surprise love team sighting! 5. Super-Fast Internet Connectivity was fast and available wherever we went. 6. Social Media They don’t use social media the way we do. 7. Shopping We found unique, new Japanese brands. 8. DIY Stores Heaven for lovers of arts and crafts! 9. Automated Toilet It’s got all the works for a comfy time at the loo. 10. Temples Zen moments and visits to famous pop-culture references. 11. Automatic Parking   Valet? No! They’ve got a conveyor system for cars and tucks them in neat rows automatically. 12. Walking and biking Japan has a pleasant weather for walking so there is no need to own a car! 13. Mamachari bikes The quintessential bike for moms with kids. 14. Cleanliness There were no trash cans in sight but there was no trash too. The Japanese’s focus on health and awareness is simply amazing. 15. Purpose Everything has a purpose and everything makes sense. 16. People The Japanese people are hardworking, respectful, and friendly. *** Meanwhile, here’s a short montage of the photos and videos that I took throughout the whole trip. Enjoy! How about you Blenders?  What are things that you’ve seen and experienced in other countries that you wish we could have in the Philippines? Let me know in the comments below! Links and Resources * Come to the Blenders Party 2017 on December 9 at 5 pm, Unionbank Plaza. To sign up, go to: www.freelanceblend.com/blendersparty2017.  Hurry, because Registration for the party closes on November 18. * Join our bigger, better chat group on Telegram app >> www.freelanceblend.com/telegram
Nov. 3, 2017
  Did FBP 144 leave you hanging for more freelancing secrets? I knew you would be interested to know more so here’s an additional one for you: a recording of the panel discussion at the Trade Secrets MNL Workshop last September 23rd. Joining me as panelist were fellow freelancers John Pagulayan and Rowell Austria. This was a continuation of the topics that we discussed earlier in the day – with main points focused on shifting from a corporate job to freelancing, the importance of branding, and the different ways to make money online. Participants raised the following interesting questions: * How big is the risk of leaving your job for freelancing? * How to effectively brand yourself on Facebook especially for online shops? * Can one be a freelancer without any existing skills? * What are key insights that you can give to both experienced and beginner freelancers? Do you find yourself asking the same questions? Listen to FBP 145 to discover more tips. If you want a daily dose of good vibes from a group of supportive freelancers, join the Freelance Blenders group on Facebook too! Quotes Marv’s tip for beginners: “Give value first. Overdeliver. It will come back to you a thousandfold.” Rowell’s advice to those who are still undecided about their freelancing journey: “Stop excuses. Be resourceful. Don’t waste the time. Don’t waste the chance.” John on starting freelancing without any skills: “Know the bare minimum and offer it as a service while you continue to work on yourself.” Links * Do you want to get more tips for fellow freelancers? Join us on Facebook! www.freelanceblenders.com *  Are you a mother and a freelancer at the same time? Join the ultimate group for home-based mothers! * FHMoms Interested to grow your online business? Learn from the Pinoy Online Professionals community * Check out the event photos on TradeSecretsMNL on Facebook  * Get gigs in the newest marketplace for freelancers — goLance — and earn more when you refer your friends >>> www.freelanceblend.com/golance. Are You Ready to Become a Freelancer? If you are really serious about becoming a freelancer, you should first start with the tools of the trade. I will make your life easier by handing you more than 30 of the latest and greatest applications, software and websites that I, and even some of the most amazing freelancers, use on a day-to-day basis to become a more productive freedom entrepreneur. Get “The Most Awesome Apps, Tools & Resources” Ebook Now!
Oct. 16, 2017
  A change of mindset is what Filipino freelancers need. This is one of the key points that John “The Legend” Pagulayan discussed during the one-day workshop sponsored by Trade Secrets MNL on September 23rd. I was present in the event, along with our friends from the freelancing industry, as panelists and speakers. For all those who know John, you know how generous he is in giving out tips for freelancing beginners. For those who are only hearing of John’s name now, you guys are missing out! (Catch up and watch my previous interview with John here on Freelance Blend) At the TradeSecretsMNL event, John did not hold back on giving client acquisition strategies that work for him, all the while inspiring the attendees to take action in finding their own direct clients. Everyone in the room, whether an entrepreneur, and experienced freelancer, or a beginner, were able to get valuable insights to help further improve their ways connecting with potential clients. Eager to learn about all these tips straight from The Legend himself? Don’t fret if you haven’t signed up for the workshop. Freelance Blend has got that covered for you! Listen to FBP 144 and hear remarkable insights from John. My advice is once you hear the strategies, immediately get to work and put it into action. Key Highlights John talked about the most common misconceptions of freelancers on how to be successful in their field along with more helpful tips: * Why tools and skills are overrated criteria for success * The recipe for success: the right mindset and a tried-and-tested process * John’s 4-step process in finding (and signing) new clients * Evaluating your pricing and why should you charge for the value that you provide * How to expand your network and reach out to your target audience online or during live events * Mindset shifts that you can apply in your freelancing career * Things you need to consider when creating a proposal * Why you should stop self-promotion and start to focus on the client instead Quotes Why ditching the employee mindset is important: * “When you keep on doing that, you attract the same kind of people.” On client proposals: * “Be targeted. Find out who exactly your market is, what’s their problem, what results they want, and what do you do.” The single most important thing to remember: “Unless you give value, you’ll get no money back.” Links * Do you want to get more tips for fellow freelancers? Join us on Facebook and connect with hundreds of Filipino freelancers! www.freelanceblenders.com * Are you a mother and a freelancer at the same time? Join the ultimate group for home-based mothers! FHMoms Page * Check out the event photos on TradeSecretsMNL on Facebook     
Oct. 3, 2017
Are you considering to offer your services as a freelancer but you do not know where to start? You’re not alone. Many would-be freelancers find that starting is the hardest part. The only way to start your freelancing journey is to get your work out there. Let your potential clients know that you can help them. Once you get a chance to get the attention of your future clients, how do you strategize to close deals? This is the next question that paralyzes new freelancers. Some would say that this is a trial-and-error process until you find what works for you. Let’s turn this to a more efficient advice: find out the strategies of seasoned freelancers and see which one will work for you . Freelance Blend is a channel where you can do exactly that. We are a community of freelancers supporting each other so send your questions and I’ll be more than happy to share insights in our Ask Marv sessions.  This is what I did on one rainy morning. As promised, you can view the replay on our Freelance Blend Facebook group or listen to FBP 143 for the podcast version. From Christopher: What’s your strategy in closing deals with your client? The right mindset is key to closing deals and turning prospects to actual, paying clients. Freelancers have to let go of the employee mindset. Start approaching clients with a partnership mindset, where you the freelancer helps the client to grow his business. This new mindset will allow you to open your mind to a different way of handling things. Having a partner mindset can mean walking away from lowballing clients instead of saying yes even when rate negotiations don’t meet. From Ramilyn: What are your techniques on how to ace interviews with your client?  Always be prepared. Ask questions. Remember that an interview is a two-way street. Potential clients gauge if you are the right fit for their visions and goals but you can also use this time to evaluate if this is the right opportunity for you. Similar to job interviews, knowing about your client’s business will put you a step ahead of your competitors. Listen to the podcast as I give more tips on how to close deals (Hint: Not on your first call!) and how to make an impressive interview. Got a question in mind? Send your questions by replying to the newsletter (subscribe if you haven’t yet) or go to my Contact page for inquiries. You can also send me a message at Facebook.com/freelanceblend. Watch Video Here Links and Resources * Get gigs in the newest marketplace for freelancers — goLance — and earn more when you refer your friends >>> www.freelanceblend.com/golance. * Join a community of Freelance Blenders on our Facebook group * www.freelanceblenders.com   Are You Ready to Become a Freelancer? If you are really serious about becoming a freelancer, you should first start with the tools of the trade. I will make your life easier by handing you more than 30 of the latest and greatest applications, software and websites that I, and even some of the most amazing freelancers, use on a day-to-day basis to become a more productive freedom entrepreneur. Get “The Most Awesome Apps, Tools & Resources” Ebook Now!
Sept. 24, 2017
Most freelancers start as a one-man team. You do everything – from marketing and administrative tasks to the actual freelancing work. This includes accounting and taxation. Anyone coming from the corporate world is used to having their taxes sorted out for them. Most of us don’t have any idea how taxing (pun intended) and time-consuming filing taxes is. This is the same problem that Ginger and EJ Arboleda set out to solve with Taxumo, a tax filing system made for small business owners, professionals, and freelancers. Ginger used to be a banker and an advertising executive before she fully transitioned to being self-employed as CEO of Manila Workshops. She quickly found out that filing her own taxes is a major hurdle. Aside from finding a good accountant, she also had to deal with understanding how taxation for self-employed individuals works. EJ, Ginger’s husband, helped her out by automating the process for her. The results? She spent less time getting her taxes sorted and the process became easier for her. Realizing that this is a problem that most self-employed individuals and freelancers face, Ginger and EJ came up with the concept of Taxumo in January 2016. In this episode, Ginger presents Taxumo to Freelance Blenders, highlighting the benefits and what the platform can do to help freelancers. Watch the video and see how Taxumo simplifies the tax filing process for a cost equivalent to a few days worth of morning coffee. My Own Testimony I am using Taxumo to file my taxes. I can attest to how it has made taxation easier for me, giving me more time to focus on other equally important things. I no longer have to fill up forms using BIR’s software (which is only available on Windows, another hurdle for all of us using Macs) and to go to the bank to pay for my percentage taxes every month. Taxumo does it all for me. Watch The Video Here Key Highlights Know about Taxumo from Ginger, the company’s COO. Watch the video to learn: How the concept was born Taxation for self-employed individuals and freelancers Reasons why freelancers want to settle their taxes What Taxumo can do for you Subscription Pricing Why Taxumo is an ideal tool for accountants Taxumo Demo Links and Resources * Get gigs in the newest marketplace for freelancers — goLance — and earn more when you refer your friends >>> www.freelanceblend.com/golance. * Taxumo.com – All you need to do to see how Taxumo can make paying taxes convenient for you is to sign up! Taxumo simplifies tax filing and payment, saving you hours of your time. Use this time to grow your business or to get more clients instead. As their site says, Taxumo allows you to “Focus more on your passion. Worry less about taxes.”  Visit www.taxumo.com and sign up with my code FLBLEND. You’ll get P500 off your subscription on top of your free 1-month subscription. * Taxumo 1st Anniversary Promo!  – Sign up for Taxumo.com now until October 31, 2017  and get an additional P1,500 discount from your subscription, so that’s a total of P2,000 OFF on top of the special Freelance Blend discount (Use the code: FLBLEND)!  You better act fast! Are You Ready to Become a Freelancer? If you are really serious about becoming a freelancer, you should first start with the tools of the trade. I will make your life easier by handing you more than 30 of t...
Aug. 28, 2017
Are you curious about the behind-the-scenes at Freelance Blend? This week’s AskMarv session is a bit different from the usual. Instead of the regular questions on freelancing for beginners, our readers and listeners are interested to know about Freelance Blend the podcast and the brand itself. Is Freelance Blend managed by a one-man team? In other words, is it all me? When I first started Freelance Blend, I did everything by myself. From the actual podcast and recording, audio editing, blogging, and poster graphic designing. All these activities are time-consuming. When the podcast and the blog started to get more traction, I decided to outsource some of the tasks. Freelance Blend is now supported by a freelance team who helps with audio editing, writing, and graphic designing. Getting help for the brand has allowed me to save time! Now I can manage my time to focus on the interviews and on growing other parts of the business. Listen to the podcast to know the rest of the team! How are you paying for web hosting? Getting a web host is quite straightforward. You can go to reputable web hosts and pay them monthly or annually for their services. Check out the links section below for my recommended web hosts. You’ll get a discount as well if you sign up with my affiliate links. What are your plans for Freelance Blend in the future? This question made me stop and ponder about the future I have in mind for Freelance Blend. As of now, there are a number of directions that the brand can take in the next 5-10 years. As of now, I want to continue in helping and supporting the growth the local freelancing industry through group coaching. Bonus question: How do you keep yourself motivated?  As cliché as it may sound, if you are passionate about what you are doing, your motivation comes from within. If you are not interested in what you are doing, bored, or too stressed out, you will need all the external motivation to help get things done. When I feel down, I listen to podcasts and surround myself with like-minded individuals. If you need help with motivation, like the Freelance Blend Facebook page and join our group chat. Every day, you’ll get to be part of a positive group of freelancers that serve as my source of inspiration. **Got a question in mind? Send your questions by replying to the newsletter (subscribe if you haven’t yet) or go to my Contact page for inquiries. You can also send me a message at Facebook.com/freelanceblend. Links * Recommended Web Hosting Services http://freelanceblend.com/bluehost http://freelanceblend.com/siteground – Siteground is my current web host provider “Get gigs in the newest marketplace for freelancers — goLance — and earn more when you refer your friends >>> www.freelanceblend.com/golance.” ARE YOU READY TO BECOME A FREELANCER? If you are really serious about becoming a freelancer, you should first start with the tools of the trade. I will make your life easier by handing you more than 30 of the latest and greatest applications, software and websites that I, and even some of the most amazing freelancers, use on a day-to-day basis to become a more productive freedom entrepreneur. Get “The Most Awesome Apps, Tools & Resources” Ebook Now!
Aug. 18, 2017
Got a question in mind? Send your questions by replying to the newsletter (subscribe if you haven’t yet) or go to my Contact page for inquiries. You can also send me a message at Facebook.com/freelanceblend. In AskMarv sessions, I answer any question the best I can, as long as it’s related to freelancing, online business, or podcasting. For FBP 140, I picked these two questions sent by our listeners and subscribers: * Do I have to be online? Plus a series of questions on tools and choosing your niche * What are techniques that I can do to attract more clients to hire me? If you have the same questions in mind, download or watch this episode to get insights. ONLINE ALL THE TIME Ultimately, it depends on the type of freelancing job that you have. However, most of the freelancing jobs nowadays require you to be online whether for purposes of working, researching, or communicating with your client. If we strip freelancing down to the bare minimum requirements, it will be to have an internet connection and a computer. Your client might require you to use tools such as: * SaaS (Software as a Service) Tools: * WordPress, Blogger, and other CMS (Content Management System) platforms for blogging * Canva for designs * Trello and Asana for reporting * Time-tracking Tools: UpWork Tracker * Communications: Slack, Skype ATTRACTING MORE CLIENTS You can’t be noticed if you’re not out there. So my best advice to those who wish to get clients’ attention is to get yourself, at least your profile, out in the internet. Make sure to create a profile on freelancing marketplaces, on your website, and on social media platforms. In your website and all your profiles, highlight your strengths and skills. Put yourself in your ideal client’s shoes and make sure your skills match what he needs. Next, ensure that you have a professional profile, with an appropriate profile photo and posts that are related to the industry that you are in. It’s time to clean up those rant posts and hide photos that you want to keep private. If you want to hear more tips like this, sign up for our meetup on August 26th, 4-7PM at UnionBank Plaza, Ortigas. Meet fellow freelancers and get to learn from their experiences. Visit http://freelanceblend.com/meetupaugust2017 for more details.   “Get gigs in the newest marketplace for freelancers — goLance — and earn more when you refer your friends >>> www.freelanceblend.com/golance.” ARE YOU READY TO BECOME A FREELANCER? If you are really serious about becoming a freelancer, you should first start with the tools of the trade. I will make your life easier by handing you more than 30 of the latest and greatest applications, software and websites that I, and even some of the most amazing freelancers, use on a day-to-day basis to become a more productive freedom entrepreneur. Get “The Most Awesome Apps, Tools & Resources” Ebook Now!
Aug. 14, 2017
It’s time for another Ask Marv session! If you are visiting this blog and listening to the Freelance Blend podcast for the first time, Ask Marv sessions are special episodes when I answer questions from my inbox. For this session, our readers and listeners have pressing questions in mind: * How do you start podcasting? * How do I get my first (freelancing) job? PODCASTING 101 We all know that experience is the best teacher but here is a better option: learn from others’ experiences.I have started the Freelance Blend Podcast more than 3 years ago. Over this period, I have continuously learned new things, applied on the episodes, kept what works, and developed my own set of best practices. The first thing I will tell you about podcasting is that it does not need to be expensive. In this episode, I give tips for aspiring podcasters about podcasting equipment that I use, podcast hosts and directories, and audio editing programs. LANDING YOUR FIRST FREELANCING JOB Starting something new is never easy. My advice for future freelancers is to double your efforts in the beginning. Trust me when I say that once you get that first freelancing job, the rest will come (relatively!) easy. Freelancing is not a walk in the park as others perceive it to be, but treat the obstacles to breaking the first barrier as a learning experience. By the time you close your first contract, you would have learned the ropes of finding clients and negotiating deals. However, be reminded that bagging a contract is only the first part of the picture. There are more strategies and techniques to learn once you start working and delivering your part of the contract. Do you share the same questions with other Freelance Blend readers and listeners? Download or watch this episode to get insights. If you have other questions on freelancing, podcasting, and online businesses, send your questions by replying to the newsletter (do subscribe if you haven’t yet) or go to my Contact page for inquiries. You may also send me a message at Facebook.com/freelanceblend. “Get gigs in the newest marketplace for freelancers — goLance — and earn more when you refer your friends >>> www.freelanceblend.com/golance.” ARE YOU READY TO BECOME A FREELANCER? If you are really serious about becoming a freelancer, you should first start with the tools of the trade. I will make your life easier by handing you more than 30 of the latest and greatest applications, software and websites that I, and even some of the most amazing freelancers, use on a day-to-day basis to become a more productive freedom entrepreneur. Get “The Most Awesome Apps, Tools & Resources” Ebook Now!