Stuck In Doing Your Portfolio Blog? You Should Not Because…

A PORTFOLIO BLOG IS A PROOF  THAT YOU KNOW ‘HOW’ EVEN IF YOU’RE A NEWBIE

When I learned about the assignment after getting the downloadable Date With Freedom Seminar last year, I felt nervous.

Nervous, because I don’t know how to blog.

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I was afraid that my friends might find out about it and criticize it.

I felt relieved when the purpose of the assignment sank into my mind.

First: The assignment is a portfolio blog –  it would be about 10 tutorials about apps or tools used in online businesses.

Second: I don’t have to show it to my friends because that’s not for them. The portfolio blog is for my prospect clients so that they would know that I really understand how to use the tools. It’s a proof lalo na kung newbie ka lang sa virtual world.

I felt relieved even more, when I learned that Jomar’s Team will check my assignment.

Fast forward, at last, I finished the 10 tutorials and submitted it to Jomar.

Jomar’s team checked my work after.

This feedback on my blog really helped me to improve and be confident in my work.

JOMAR’S TEAM RESPONSE TO MY PORTFOLIO BLOG:

Hi,

Congratulations for completing the VP assignment!  ***Clap clap clap***

Take time to celebrate and give yourself a pat on the back for going this far with your VP Assignment!

I went over your VP assignment. After checking your work, here’s some feedback on how to improve on it in order to increase the probability of getting more clients.

FRONT PAGE

  • Nice homepage with latest blog post features, But set your homepage to your ABOUT ME.

  • Nice positioning with detailed power.

  • Very clear widgets of menu, that’s great!

Opportunities For Improvement
  • Set also cover photo with right size of pixels. You can use Canva.
  • Try to use photo with no water mark, you can search PIXABAY as sources of free nice photos
  • You may also consider Jomar’s thrive theme http://jhilario.com/jomarthrive  for more client conversion.

  • Consider having an email catcher to show to your future clients that you know the importance of getting emails for a business. This is a great plus.

ABOUT ME

  • In addition to your benefits for clients, give them more BENEFITS by starting with “SO THAT YOU CAN…..”

  • It might be good idea to post also your DISC results, so that you can showcase your personality test results and niche to your future clients.

Opportunities For Improvement

  • Take the DISC test and Re-read the Virtual careers book (10x) don’t worry we all do.

TUTORIALS

  • Two thumbs up for 10 tutorials + 100 slides each! You are superhuman now.

  • Great job, for clean and very clear tutorials.

Opportunities For Improvement
  • Proofread all your posts and slides to correct minor grammatical & typo errors.

Base Camp 3

  • Very informative caption and introduction.

  • Some of the screenshot are blurred.

  • Maximize your screenshot per slide, it would make better and uniform as well.

  • Keep 10 words at a maximum per slide.

  • Above all very good.

Google Analytics

  • Very informative caption and introduction.

  • Great job by using large font.

  • Keep 10 words at a maximum per slide

  • Try to maximize your screenshot for more visible command.
  • Slide 62 please check the caption. Please use simple words that can be easily understood.

  • Slide 67 you can adjust a bit your spacing and fonts, it should be 1 row for the URL because it’s quite confusing.

  • Slide 75 – put some command like encircle the email and if you want you can also blur the first name of the email for confidentiality.

Ustream Producer

  • Very informative caption and introduction.

  • Slide 2 can you change the image? We can’t find any connection to it.

  • Please maximize the size of your screenshot per slide.

  • Slide 20 please use simple words. “Click” or “Check”.

  • Keep 10 words at a maximum per slide

Yugma

  • Very informative caption and introduction.

  • Please maximize the size of your screenshot per slide.

  • Keep 10 words at a maximum per slide.

Animoto

  • Very informative caption and introduction.

  • Please maximize the size of your screenshot per slide.

  • Keep 10 words at a maximum per slide.

Audacity

  • Very informative caption and introduction.

  • Please maximize the size of your screenshot per slide.

  • Keep 10 word at a maximum per slide.

Jing

  • Very informative caption and introduction.

  • Please maximize the size of your screenshot per slide.

  • Keep 10 word at a maximum per slide.

Google Docs

  • Very informative caption and introduction.

  • Please maximize the size of your screenshot per slide.

  • Please double check slide 21, cursors are quite colliding try to adjust the two cursor.

  • Keep 10 word at a maximum per slide.

Google Calendar

  • Very informative caption and introduction.

  • Please maximize the size of your screenshot per slide.

  • Keep 10 word at a maximum per slide.

Dropbox

  • Very informative caption and introduction.

  • Please maximize the size of your screenshot per slide.

  • Some slides are smaller, make it bigger.

  • Slide 15 please check the image , try to merge to the background.

There you have it!  These are some ideas that you can think about to enhance your blog.

Just a few more and you’re good to go!  I’m excited for you and how this will work out for you!

Always keep this in mind:  You don’t need to be GREAT to start… but you need to start in order to be GREAT!!

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WHEN YOU ARE COMMITTED TO REACH YOUR DREAMS, YOU’LL ATTRACT THE RIGHT PEOPLE TO HELP YOU

This is what I felt when I met Jomar and joined his Date With Freedom students.

When you are trained under Jomar Hilario’s Seminar (live or download), Jomar commits to check your work -page by page, slide by slide to see if it’s TOP QUALITY and WORLD CLASS.

This detailed, per slide checking of your assignment, is just one of the things you get when you train under Jomar Hilario’s programs.

Go ahead, experience the COMMITMENT to help you get a Virtual Career too.

Pick any one of these two BASIC training programs from Jomar and have Jomar’s team CHECK YOUR WORK:

1. Date with Freedom: http://jhilario.com/datewithfreedom. (9 days of training)

2. How To Start Your Virtual Career:  http://virtualcareersbook.com/seminar (4 days of training).

3. Or join the upcoming How To Start Seminar on August 6. Stay tuned for further details. To get updates, join our online tambayan https://www.facebook.com/groups/jomarhilariovirtualcareers/

 
Do this for you and your family.

 

Question: How To Start…Again?

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Q: I just want to know if I still have the chance to continue my VA journey even if I am almost left behind by my co-attendees.I am an aspiring Virtual Assistant/Professional with “naudlot” na assignments. I still want to pursue but don’t know where to start, again……

I am an aspiring Virtual Assistant/Professional with “naudlot” na assignments. I still want to pursue but don’t know where to start, again……

 

A: Haba ah. Gusto mo talaga magkwento. Anyway, I don’t really know how to answer this.

Kasi as long as buhay ako I will serve you. So do you have a chance? Buhay ka ba? Gusto mo ba? Eh di pwede ka.

The only time you can’t is when your hands are too old and shaking you can’t hold a mouse and keyboard.

When you “Start again.” is there any difference when you “start?”

To start kasi is to make a list of 100 reasons . I bet you don’t have 100 reasons yet. There fore, DO THAT. Start or start again, it’s all the same to me.  What ever you do if it’s WORTHWHILE enough, you need strong strong reasons — most of which is about strong strong love. If not, the simple arrival of a storm at sea, the betrayal of a dear friend and team-mate, the violence of your companions, the trial at a mock court, the nails on your hands and feet  – any point in your journey, you can give up. UNLESS you have strong love.

This can happen when your neighbor works from home…

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I said goodbye to the 5AM Club two years ago since I started to work from home full time. As a member of the 5AM Club, I’d get up, take a bath, take on the uniform color of the day, pack my breakfast and lunch, then brace myself for an hour of travel to Manila. I eat my breakfast in the office because the first priority of the day was to beat the traffic.

I cannot forget the very first morning of my virtual career. It was Monday. The alarm clock’s off, yet I woke up at 5AM. Then I said to myself, “Relax, self. You’re working from home starting today.” I felt my heart leaped as I breathed deeply and slept again.
Today, I wake up at 6AM, change into my running gear and do run (and walk) rounds in our village for 30 minutes a day. The first priority of the day was to see the sun and say, “Good morning, Lord. Shall we walk?”

As I do my run and walk rounds, I see my neighbors going out of our village. They are on their uniform color of the day with packed breakfast and lunch tucked in their bags. I only exchange smiles with them as they leave. Their first priority of the day was to beat the traffic.

Some were brave enough to ask me, “Tanghali na ah. Hindi ka ba papasok?” (Aren’t you reporting for work? It’s past 6AM.) To which I will always reply, “Mamaya pa po.” (Later.)

I am single. So technically, I have a lot more time than married virtual professionals that I know. Since I became a virtual professional, I saw myself deluged with a lot of time to do many things. I have experienced events that I only dreamed before becoming a virtual professional. I saw with my own eyes how I spent one Monday afternoon with my family in a mall, going to Tagaytay with friends on a weekday, and even watching a movie on an opening day.

Before, I used to think that my time was only for me. Until recently.

One morning a few months ago, one of our neighbors brought out their youngest child, around six months old, outside the house. The neighbor, the child’s father, said that his wife is busy preparing the other kids to school. He added that he‘d keep watch over the baby (a boy) for a few minutes before he prepares to go to work, too.

Before I could even think of what to say, I saw myself saying, “Could you put him in a stroller? I’d take the baby for a walk.”

The father placed the baby in the stroller while thanking me. A few minutes later, the baby and I were doing walk rounds in the village. You can imagine the neighbors taking a longer look at me! Before, they were just curious on why am I still not on my way to work. Now, I am pushing a stroller – with a baby!

Some were brave enough to ask me, “Kaninong anak ‘yan?” (Whose baby is it?) To which I replied, “Anak po ni [neighbor’s name]. Inilalakad ko lang po.” (The child of [neighbor’s name]. I am just strolling him for a few minutes.)

That morning, I did not only see myself counting steps. I also saw myself checking out on another human being if he is uncomfortable or if he properly seated in his stroller throne. Previously, I did not care how many rounds I will do my runs. That day, I took slow walks because I was concerned of the tiny being I am pushing in a stroller.

Before, it was just God, the sun, and me. That day, it was God, the sun, and the baby. I forgot about myself.

A few more rounds, our neighbors said, “O, tulog na pala!” (The baby is asleep!). I brought the baby back to their house. His father thanked me again, saying that his wife would be able to do more things because the baby is sleeping.

Wow, I did not know I could make a baby sleep. I jokingly told myself, “Can I sell that skill online? Hhmm, ‘Baby Dream Catcher’ would be a good branding.”

Then, I realized something: the tiny human being taught me a lesson: a lesson on time.

Indeed, time was one of the best things that virtual career has given me. However, I did not realize that the time that I could give to other people would mean a lot to them. That realization was something that I did not think of before. Maybe because I am single and the only thing I need to maintain is myself.

Upon realizing this, I remembered all my parent friends – virtual professionals and traditional 8-to-5 employees alike. I remembered my parents. It must be hard juggling work and raising children. Now I know why I have so much respect for them, especially the work-from-home mothers that I know.

On the other hand, I remembered what Jomar Hilario said previously. When you are a single virtual professional, you have something in your plate that is an absolute edge: time. A single person’s future spouse need not to ask for time from you, because you have a lot of it. In addition, because you have a lot of time, you have the opportunity to explore the world and know yourself more.

A few days later, I saw my mother carrying the same baby. My mother said, “Wala ang tatay n’ya. Ang nanay n’ya maliligo daw muna bago gumawa ng gawaing bahay. So kinuha ko muna s’ya.” (His dad went to work. His mom will take a bath before doing the chores. So I took him for the meantime.)

My computer was already open during that time. I have listed many to-do things and I am raving to finish all of them that day. Then, I saw the baby’s eyes looking at me. It was as if those tiny eyes were telling me, “Hello. Got time?”

I took the child from my mother, carried him and said, “Hello, kiddo. Let’s turn off the computer, shall we?”

Ann Kristine A. Peñaredondo is a social media engineer, writer whiz, content marketing strategist, podcaster and training & development specialist exceptionally rolled into one. She’s also the half of The Joy and Ann Show, an audio podcast for the Filipino Virtual Professional. When she’s experiencing a writer’s block, she laces up and goes for a run. Visit her website at AnnKristine.com.

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In this webinar, Ann Peñaredondo and Yuan Natividad discuss how to handle the effect of Upwork’s new pricing and they also answer the following questions:Find out what is better than planning.

  • How do you handle the fear and anxiety brought by the new pricing?
  • How can you find other online gigs aside from Upwork?
  • How can you leverage from this from change?
  • What’s the point of view of someone who hires virtual professionals in Upwork?

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In this webinar, Jomar Hilario showed works of various Virtual Professional learners who are also in the journey with you.. Take a peek into their success journey…

  • Find out what is better than planning.
  • See their unfinished blogs, blog posts, websites and pages.
  • Find out who they are and what they do – full time.
  • You’ll see how different and the same they are to you.
  • In other words, you’ll see someone’s success journey.

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Q: I am just curious about learning to get a job as an online virtual assistant….

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Q: I am just curious about learning to get a job as an online virtual assistant….

A: Curiosity is the focus here. Why are you curious? Online Virtual Assistants is the old term people use for Virtual Professionals. They’re the same, but I have elevated the respect given to people who are called “online virtual assistants”.    To satisfy your curiosity, here are THREE VIDEOS I created to help explain it all to you: http://jhilario.com/tatlongvideo

Q: I want to work online so I could still guide by children.

 

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Q: Hi, I would want to expand my knowledge in quickbooks, SageOne, Xero, and MYOB. These are accounting softwares being used by clients online. I am a working mother and I want to work online so that I could still guide my children.

A: I see you know the softwares. The best way to use them is to have an accounting or bookkeeping background – because they’re fairly technical in nature. But you don’t have to learn SageOne etc  to earn online. You can select an (easier) skill that plays to your strength.   Do you know you personality strengths? Take a free DISC test now and find out. (http://jhilario.com/jomardisctest)  get back to me – I’ll tell you what online jobs you should be studying -that you will both ENJOY and EARN LOTS.  Jomar Hilario

 

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