02
Jan 16

2016 Planner: 3 Beautiful Planners to Help You Plan a Successful 2016

2016 planner

It’s 2016! Happy New Year everyone! I hope that 2016 will be a better year than 2015. May all our dreams come true this year, but dreams will always be dreams if we never take actions! What better way to plan ahead than using a 2016 planner?

This is the time where everyone starts to plan out their 2016. It is also the best time to set goals to make sure we are on the right path to achieve our dreams and wishes!

I love to plan and I like to have a handy hard copy planner around to make sure that I stick to the important tasks and goals for the year. It’s also easy to record any ideas and thoughts that I might have when I am out and about.

Here’s three 2016 planners that I specifically like, not just because of their lovely appearance but also because of their functionalities.

Planner #1 from Daily Greatness

2016 planner

This planner looks awesome, feels awesome and very practical. Love it very much, and I think it’s the best by far. It’s un-dated so that you can plan at anytime. With 432 full-colour pages, it’s really candy to the eyes!

Love, love, love…

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Planner #2 from kikki.k

2016 planner

kikki.K has really beautiful and elegant planners! This is one of my favourites. It’s a ring binder planner with open pocket to stay organised. You can even get planner refills if you need more pages. Overall, it’s simple and useful. Love it’s professional design!

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Planner #3 from NoteMaker

2016 planner

NoteMaker’s Seize the Day Planner is simple and yet very useful for personal or travel planning. It’s undated to provide flexibility. You can start planning at anytime! 2016 is the year to realise your dreams and wishes! Love the pastel colour!

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There are so many planners available. I would love to have them all!

Which is your favourite 2016 planner? Do you have any recommendation? Let me know in the comment!


07
Sep 15

How Freelancing Changed My Life

how freelancing changed my life

I love freelancing. I love everything about freelancing. The best thing about freelancing? FREEDOM! My life is changed when I started freelancing and I love the changes!

Here’s how freelancing has changed my life, so far:

Time Management

I think this is the most important aspect of all. I can manage time better when I get to control my own working hours. I get to do more every day!

Health Improvement

I used to get ill really often when I was working in retail, and it was terrible (who wants to get ill anyway?). I spent quite a fortune on medical expenses and I hated it. Now, my health has improved tremendously, physically and mentally. Truly loving my life!

Relationship Improvement

I hardly had any time to spend with my family when I was working in retail due to the long working hours but now I get to hang out with family and friends all the time. It is very important for me to spend time with my parents (after all, we are not getting any younger!).

Personal Growth

I have always wanted to study Psychology and I got the chance two years after I started freelancing. I am taking it slow and steady but I am definitely getting there! Apart from that, I have learned so much from mentors around the world such as Problogger. I truly enjoyed the experience and happy to gain more knowledge every day.

New Opportunities

Freelancing has opened many doors for me, and it never ceases to amaze me. It is a wonderful journey and I get to meet many new friends around the world.

CONCLUSION

Freelancing has much to offer to those who seek freedom and change of lifestyle. If you are considering a change of career, it is never too late to start freelancing.

 


31
Aug 15

How I Started Freelancing (Part One)

How I Started Freelancing Part One

History

Ten years ago, I was working six days a week from 10 am to 10 pm in a mall. It was my first job and I was 18. Life was difficult and being a young adult with no higher education, I was resorted to working long hours just to get paid enough for rent, food and transportation.

It was the same routine, every single day. I woke up at 6 am to get ready and by 8 am I was already on my way to work as the work place was quite far from home. At 10 pm, I would rush to the train station so that I would reach home by 11.30 pm. It was late night and I was too tired to do anything else other than sleep.

Eight months later, I was exhausted and wanted an exit, so I resigned.

A month later, I was working six days a week from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm. It was a slight improvement considering that I was able to get off work earlier than the previous job. However, it was also the same routine, every single day. I woke up at 6 am to get ready but this time the work place was nearer and I would leave home at 8 am. It sounded like a perfect job at that time, but something wasn’t right and I didn’t know exactly “what” wasn’t right (at that time).

A few months later, I resigned again. I was feeling “empty” and in search of something that I had no idea what it was at that time. After resignation, I took some time off in search of my “self” but it wasn’t easy because apparently soul searching wasn’t paying the bills, so once again I was on a job hunt and finally landed a job in a mall (again!) and I had to work six days a week again from 9 am to 9 pm. It was like a joke because I was trying to escape this type of job and working condition.

Life was not getting any better. I guess I just took any job that was available at that time because I was in a tight situation. So again, I had to follow a routine that I hated the most, having to wake up at 6 am and going out at 7 am to catch a bus and a train in order to reach my new work place on time. (*sigh*)

After six months, I was really disappointed and I decided to take a hike (and never look back!).

Leap of Faith

After leaving my last job, as usual, with rent and bills to pay, it was important for me to join the work force as soon as possible and this time I landed a part time job with a lawyer who stopped being a lawyer and decided to be a businessman (cool!). To be honest, I really have to thank him for hiring me. It was during my time with his company that I discovered my real passion, the “thing” I was searching for. After a few weeks with his company, I realised that I wanted to work for myself, to be my own boss. This is how I get started with freelancing.

To be continued at Part Two.

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You can read similar posts here:

Quit Your Job and Start Freelancing

Top 3 Reasons Why Freelancing Is Cool

Today

Today, I am a freelancer. To be more specific, I am a virtual assistant and my expertise include:

  • customer service via email
  • administration – email management and similar tasks
  • social media management
  • data entry

I am happy with what I do and I believe you can do it too!

If you would like to work with me (hire me!), please contact me.


24
Aug 15

Book of the Day: Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is shaping our Future by Ashlee Vance

elon musk

There are few industrialists in history who could match Elon Musk’s relentless drive and ingenious vision. A modern alloy of Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Howard Hughes, and Steve Jobs, Musk is the man behind PayPal, Tesla Motors, SpaceX, and SolarCity, each of which has sent shock waves throughout American business and industry. – from the Inside Flap

Here’s a very interesting book, if you love technology and everything that revolves around it. “Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is shaping our Future” by Ashlee Vance is one of the latest books for any aspiring and existing entrepreneurs to read.

Ranked #9 in Business category and #18 in Entrepreneurship, it is a must-have book for those who seek to understand both technology and entrepreneurship. It provides amazing insights on Elon Musk (background, life journey & achievements).

Discover the life of one of the most prominent figures in the silicon valley with this book. You can get it in different versions.

Kindle | Hardcover | Paperback | Audio CD


15
Aug 15

Old But Gold: Freelancing Scam – 7 Tips to Spot a Potential Scam

freelancing scam

Original article – Freelancing Scams – Equipped Yourself With These Tips (Jan, 2009)

Second article – Signs of Freelancing Scams (April, 2011)

Third article – Identifying Freelancing Scams (Nov, 2012)

 

I have written about freelancing scam back in 2009, 2011 & 2012 and it is never too late to have an update and recap.

Here’s 7 tips (updated) on how to spot a potential freelancing scam:

  1. Your instinct. Believe it or not, this is actually very important and also the easiest way to detect a potential scam. If it feels too good to be true, then it is probably 99% scam.
  2. Vague or unclear job description in a job ad. I don’t trust any potential clients who are not willing to spend some time explaining the job with all the important details.
  3. Paid to get paid – it means you are being asked to pay in advance in order to score a job.
    WARNING: Never pay anyone in advance for a job that you don’t even know if you will be hired / paid. It is even better if you don’t pay anyone for any job at all! Remember, you should not be paying money in advance to get a job. Sites such as Elance (aka Upwork) and Guru charge a certain fee (usually around 10%) but that is only after you get paid through their Escrow payment system.
  4. Free samples (most common for jobs related to writing and design).
  5. Attempt to avoid Escrow – this is common on freelancing sites such as Elance (aka Upwork). They will do everything they can to persuade you to use a different payment method.
    NOTE: If you are on freelancing sites such as Elance (aka Upwork), you are not allowed to use a different payment method. If you insist on using a different payment method other than through their site, you are held responsible for your own action. They would not be able to do anything if you are being scammed (i.e. not getting paid).
  6. Paid samples – sounds good right? No! Although not all jobs that require “paid” samples are scams, it is best to be cautious! This might be a trick to “fish” you into providing them free content. Beware! If in doubt, refer to tip #1.
  7. Contests that require you to sign an IP Deed, probably asking you to hand over your IP rights to the organiser, so make sure you do a background check before entering any contests.

BONUS TIP

Look out for these words or sentences –

“Very easy data entry job…”

“Native-speaking english writers…”

Any additional tips? Leave a comment!