A Freelancer’s Journey To Becoming An Entrepreneur

Being a freelancer is a common occupation these days. It’s not a bad thing; it is actually a great way to earn. Recently, I shared my journey from a freelance web developer to having my own business in PeepCon. Not everyone knows the real story on how I transitioned from someone who just accepts freelance work into getting leads and building a business.

Freelancer-to-Entrepreneur

What’s the difference between a freelancer and an entrepreneur? First off, a freelancer gets paid for his/her work. Freelancers charge by the hour or by the project. Meanwhile, an entrepreneur uses money to build a bigger business. Entrepreneurs make money even when they are sleeping.

The transition is far from complete. I am still learning until now the ins and outs of being an entrepreneur. But if you are interested in turning your freelance work into a legitimate business then let me share some tips.

  • Operate as a business – Operate as a legal, registered business. Register as a company and be treated as a legitimate business.
  • Set up your business processes – Come up with a documented process for the entire business. It can be a basic list of what to do or what not to do.
  • Hire your assets – Look for people who can be assets in the company and not just employees. Hire people who can increase the average value and efficiency of your organization. This will have a more long-term effect compared to hiring people who can simply get the job done.
  • Establish your presence – Be out there and be visible. Also, be consistent with providing value and engaging with your audience.
  • Network like crazy – Be friends with people. Take away the agenda.
  • Become a student and a teacher – Seek out to learn both offline and online. Remember to help out and contribute to the community.

“If you’re an entrepreneur, don’t hire yourself. Build a business that works, that thrives with or without you. It might not be good for your ego, but it will be good for your bank account.” – Seth Godin

 

Pilot Meet-up of the Digital Entrepreneurs Manila

Part of my goals is to empower businesses and individuals to create success in the Internet, one way I am doing that is by participating in speaking engagements and hosting webinars on digital marketing. Now, I am hosting a meet-up where digital entrepreneurs and everyone interested in digital marketing can be with like-minded people and at the same time, share their expertise in digital entrepreneurship.

The pilot meet-up of the Digital Entrepreneurs Manila will be on Tuesday, April 7,2015, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at the pool bar of Best Western Plus Antel Hotel. To RSVP, simply go to http://www.meetup.com/Digital-Entrepreneurs-Manila/events/221385677/.

Launch Meet-up of Digital Entrepreneurs Manila

The objectives of this meet-up are:

  • Provide a venue to learn (and teach) Digital Marketing
  • For Digital Marketing practitioners to learn how to turn their expertise in to a profitable enterprise. (entrepreneurship)
  • Network with “like minded” people
  • Have fun, drink, and meet new (and old) friends!

Everyone is invited specially those who are interested in Digital Marketing and Entrepreneurship, Seasoned Entrepreneurs and Entrepreneur Wannabees, Digital Marketing Professionals (Strategists, Social Media Specialists, SEO’s, Bloggers, Web Designers & Developers), Traditional Business Owners, Start-up Founders, and College Students.

 

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[Webinar Replay] Creating a Content Marketing Plan

Here is the replay of my webinar about creating a content marketing plan. Let me know if you have any questions! :)

WEBINAR: Creating your Content Marketing Plan

content marketing plan We go online for content. They may be offered in different forms such as videos, articles, and photos, but they are all content. And they all offer information. Yes, your website may offer a particular product or service, but before you turn your visitors into buyers, you need to provide them with information and reasons why they must trust your business.

This is why content is so important in digital marketing. It plays a vital role in conversion. But you can’t just simply produce all the content you think of. You need to plan what type of content your audience would find relevant, in what forms, and how often would they want it.

In the next episode of my DIY Digital Marketing Webinar Series, I’ll be sharing to you the framework that I use in creating a Content Marketing Plan for your business.

Webinar Details:

Date & Time: February 20, 2015, Friday, 5:00pm

Venue: Online! (At least 1mbps internet speed is required)

Join this webinar!

Creating you Content Marketing Plan

Reserve a slot!

 

TECHIE AKO! Region IV-A Digital Summit “Digital Influencers of Business and Beyond”

What does it mean to be an online entrepreneur? Is being able to share online and engage with your customers enough? Well, those are just a few things you need to know when it comes to having an online business.

But guess what, there is another way to know how online and digital business works. Come to the 2014 Regional Digital Summit and get a great opportunity to learn about digital entrepreneurship and more.

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Move On And Grow Stronger

 

Change is the only constant thing in this world. Every day we evolve, we improve, and nothing ever stays exactly the same. But we are not always in control of the changes that happen around. Most of the times, we just have to let them be.

You can only change yourself and your reactions to the situation. Those are the only things you are in control of. You can’t change others no matter how much you want to, nor could you force something to happen. In these cases, there really is “No point in stressing over something you can’t change. Move on and grow stronger.”

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You Can’t Beat People In Social Media, Join Them Instead

 

Image from sowhatsocial.com

Image from sowhatsocial.com

The only way you can connect to your audience is by going to them. You need to find where they are hanging out and engage them there.

You can’t wait for your target customers to come to you; you have to go to them. It’s the same case in digital marketing and social media. Find your target customer where they hang out, find out what they like and hate, and just engage with them. You can thank them for their support and handle negative situations.

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Go For It Now. The Future Is Promised To No One

Image from Pinterest

Image from Pinterest

The future is filled with uncertainties. Nobody really knows what will happen. Who knows if you will get a second chance or a next time. What if there is none? What would you do?

Opportunities come and go, but you can create them. You can do something about your dreams and goals. It all depends on how driven you are. Will you let time slip away or will you dare to do something now?

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