Saturday, January 9, 2016

How to Successfully and Fashionably Wear Many Hats


Ready to raise hell on another year of cut-throat independence? Of course, you are! As you know, in the freelancing industry, your biggest source of firepower is yourself. So pushing your business to greater heights simply means pushing yourself to greater heights. To a huge number of us, that means it's time to... wear many hats.

Oh, you've done this before. Took on a different role outside of your life-long training to get the project running smoothly. For a couple of hours, you did an AE's job. For a few minutes, you dabbled in photoshop to help an AD. This time around, you're going to take the role reversal seriously, in several turns, AND earn from it.

Not so an easy task. Changing hats is cool if you've got the discipline for it. Take the following cues:

Don't just tell your client "I'm your Creative and I'm your Producer, too!" without having the actual guns for it. You may know an inkling about producing due to exposure, but you need to go deeper into the process to make the new hat fly. Research. Talk to real producers. Weigh your capabilities against the hard-hitting truths about this role. Be ready to assume it if you think you can. Be ready to back down if you think you can't. Respect the position.

Now that you've gathered all that's needed to, say, be an Art Director --practice. Learn. And practice some more. You don't just wake up one morning and realize you're awesome at doing layouts. This is something you should have been born with but never got to take to heart. This time, you can. For a while, until you change roles again. For now, be that AD for that project and take the privilege and responsibility seriously. If you're a trained writer and suddenly would want to change your assigned writer's work… stop. Please.

Switching is never easy. It's like when you switch channels on your TV. You don't just settle into one station without wondering if you really want to spend an entire hour of your life on this show or the one you previously left behind. When it comes to changing hats, there will be spill overs of your character changes. The key to not messing up the switch is to do the switch smoothly. Pace yourself. You can't just jump from one project to another in 2 seconds flat. Neither can you with flipping a hat. Take at least two to three hours' break between roles so you can slip into the next role without a hitch.

Let me illustrate this last cue in detail as I have experienced the hat-changing mess-up during one fairly recent busy, cold day.

Learn from this mistake, people.

That said, wearing many hats is a good tactic to use as an independent worker because it broadens your skill set and your business opportunities. Which means more moneys and better days. But wearing many hats can be tricky without the right amount of know-how, discipline, and pacing. Try it out little by little. Let it grow on you.
If you can manage to perform this tactic successfully, fashionably… then I tip my hat to you… you, go-getter, you.

Monday, January 4, 2016

What Makes Shopback The Best Way To Shop In 2016?

One word, my friends: CASHBACK!
And isn't THAT what everyone needs to guarantee a glorious New Year? Oh, you bet! 
So, with great pride, I bring you the shopping awesomeness that is SHOPBACK. Shopback is an online shopping phenomenon that's making waves in Singapore and Malaysia. With its cashback concept, it's slated to be a big hit in the Philippines and all of South East Asia. 

What makes Shopback cool is that it comes to you as an unassuming shopping portal. It's loaded with hundreds of big-named brands that can have you cyber shopping to your heart's content. Top picks would be Lazada, Zalora, Ensogo,, and Sephora, to name a few. My heart beats specifically for Samsung for my gadget needs, and ebay for when I crave for those hard-to-find purchases.

What makes Shopback ultra cool is that it doesn't stop there. It goes on to share with you a percentage of the commission it gets from your favourite brand. Talk about generosity and good will! Shopback literally lets you shop and earn at the same time! To make it even easier, cashouts are paid directly to you via Paypal or your choice of popular banks like BDO, BPI, Metrobank, RCBC, and Unionbank, among others.

Are you riveted to your seat now? Well, then let me clue you in on how you can make Shopback's Cashback happen for you.

ONE, You hop on to the Shopback site where you click on your favourite brand. Or you can check out the popular online stores here.

TWO. Once redirected to your brand's site, go on shopping and make a purchase.

THREE, Voila! In a matter of 48 hours, your cashback is stored in your Shopback account for future pickins'.

FOUR, As soon as you hit the Php300 cashback mark, withdraw for quick moolah at the end of each month.

Needless to say, the more shopping you do, the more cashbacks you'll earn. Hey, you can make hundreds in a year! 
Now, THAT'S how you shop in 2016. And for the next years to come, for that matter. Feeling enlightened and empowered? Then shop on, my friends shop on...

Sunday, January 3, 2016

How To Rock As An 8-Year Old

Let's start the year with a bit of childhood reflection.
I'll go first.
When I was 8, I realised that I wasn't psychologically designed for dressing up Barbie dolls. So, I decided to make a 6-page horror genre comic out of notebook paper and my trusty Bensia pencil. I had that one comic photocopied, and sold 2 pieces for Php5 each --one to my mother, and another to a classmate I had to bully.

Ooohkaay… not much of an accomplishment there. Not by a long shot compared to this 8-year old boy named Miro. Miro, at the tender age of 8, realised that he wasn't psychologically designed for the current slew of children's books out in the market. So, he decided to write and publish his own. Yep, this boy is the author of SLEEP, GEEK, SLEEP.

SLEEP, GEEK, SLEEP is a digital compilation of three original heart-warming, knee-slapping stories loaded with life lessons you pick up as a wee babe. All set in the delightful backdrop of the science fiction genre. All brilliantly illustrated by fine artists Annie Llanes, Bleps Dapo, and Klaro de Asis.

Flipside published SLEEP, GEEK, SLEEP for Miro, and has it readily available in 2 ebook formats. One, as a regular flip book you can score from Kobo. Two, as an interactive book that allows readers to personally click on images to make them move and make sounds. NEAT! This hands-on version is up for download on iTunes.

Oh, but this kid didn't stop there. Being a kindhearted soul, he also donated SLEEP, GEEK, SLEEP to the Global Filipino Library --a Flipside Publishing Services' project that aims to forward 21st century learning to public schools in the Philippines. SLEEP, GEEK, SLEEP will launch in 22 schools by way of the PEER Digital Library program. WOWZA!

Dang. Have you caught your breath yet?
If you have, well, that's EXACTLY how you rock as an 8-year old. What did you do when you were 8?

While you go through that flashback, do get a copy of SLEEP, GEEK, SLEEP, why doncha?