Hint: it’s not about apps or routines.

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If you’re reading this, you’re probably expecting some apps or hacks you can use in order to be more productive. But has it occurred to you that that may be the problem as to why you’re not productive?

I was in a cafe a few years ago reading a book and taking down some notes. It’s one of those activities I frequently do — get away from the house or office, read a book, and just enjoy my coffee.

After a while, I glanced up and saw that there were a bunch of people who weren’t there before. I put…

Stop worrying about the “rules”

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When people hear blogging these days, there’s generally a pre-conceived notion with it — marketing. Now, this can either be good or bad depending on how you look at it. Then depending on your exposure to marketing, blogging can also be associated with content creators, SEO, influencers, and the like.

But blogging didn’t start that way.

It was way simpler.

Back then, blogging was used to publish your own work and share your thoughts on it. It’s like your diary/journal, but online.

While today’s blogging has some similarities with its first use, people and businesses now focus too much on…

How to Register Your Freelancing Business with the BIR

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The gig economy is a growing alternative a lot of Filipinos are taking advantage of right now. And with the pandemic forcing a lot of people out of their jobs, most people turn to freelancing as their main source of income.

But because freelancing isn’t widely accepted (yet), there exist few resources about it. So if you’re looking for an updated guide on how you can register your freelance business, this guide is for you.

Under the eyes of the Philippine government, any income you earn is taxable. That includes income coming from freelancing projects. …

How I Fared Against My Goals

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12 months ago, things were a lot different.

Around this time last year, I was planning my trip to Paris with my wife. Now, we’re both in our rooms in front of our computers working.

Pandemic aside, I can say I had a good 2020 vs what I set out to do. I also accomplished most of what I set out to do.

Quick Recap: Plans vs Actuals

Last year, I wrote about four separate projects:

  1. Website redesign to make my site load faster and have a better user experience
  2. Focus on specific content topics
  3. Write more content
  4. Launch new services

Among these, I’d say…

The latest and most up-to-date guide

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A corporation is the go-to business type when entrepreneurs want to register a business in the Philippines because it offers the highest level of protection for its investors or owners.

In this guide, you’ll learn everything you need to know about registering a stock corporation with the SEC from name reservation, submission guidelines, and even what you need to do after getting your certificate of registration.

But first, let’s discuss something very important.

SEC Registration in the Philippines

When people think of SEC registration, they usually mean registering a domestic stock corporation. Or more specifically, a Filipino-owned corporation with stock ownership.

But there’s more to…

What to Do, What Not to Do, and Why

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2020 was a blur.

Plans have gone out of the window and forced a lot of people out of their comfort zones.

As I mentioned in my email list, I’m in the 2021 planning mode. The plans I made last year helped me navigate 2020.

Looking back, I probably stuck to my plan only around 20%. The rest just went down the drain.

And that’s okay.

If I didn’t write down what I set to accomplish, I know I would have just sulked and stay complacent when the pandemic hit.

But since I know I have some targets to reach…

The exact steps you can follow after writing your story

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How I made $3,847 last month in Medium

Ever read any of those kinds of posts? I’m sure you do.

Who doesn’t want to earn thousands of dollars by writing a few articles a month, right?

Medium is full of stories like this, but the reality is only a handful of writers ever achieve this feat. Statistics show that less than 10% of active writers earn more than $100 per month on any given month.

But don’t let that get you down. In this post, I’m going to share the ideal Medium publishing workflow to help you maximize your earnings.

Stop Wasting Energy on Things You Can’t Control

Here’s how you can make it great again

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Digital marketing is a relatively fast-paced industry. It’s continuously changing. Strategies and tactics that have worked 3–5 years ago will most likely not work today. But there’s one thing you can do today to guarantee it will still work tomorrow — focus on your customers.

Unfortunately, that’s not what most marketers are doing.

They stick with their guns. They continue using their old-school strategies that worked ten years ago, but the rest of the industry has moved on since. Here are the top reasons why a lot of marketing campaigns aren’t effective and what you need to do instead.

Marketers Don’t Know Any Better

And why you’re getting disqualified long before clients see your optimized profile and portfolio

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I’ve been spending a lot of time in Quora and some online groups this past couple of months. One of the trends I noticed is the complaints about how freelancers who use Upwork aren’t getting new projects, including the “veterans” in the platform.

After reading the comments and replies, there are usually two common recommendations:

  1. Optimize your profile — using a catchy headline, add your portfolio, and even record a video
  2. Apply to more jobs—it’s a numbers game. Buy connects, apply to jobs, you’ll eventually get a job offer.

While not terrible, I didn’t see anyone address a more fundamental…

A name reservation doesn’t give you a legal business yet

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The most common misconception among Filipinos is they think that a business name registration means they already have a legitimate business. But this name reservation is only the first step.

So, let me be clear: the SEC or DTI certificate you receive doesn’t give you the license to operate as a business legally. Yet.

Business name registration is exactly as it sounds—a registration for your business name. There are other permits and licenses you need to acquire first before you can legally operate a business in the Philippines.

Completing a business name registration, either through the Department of Trade and…

Ariel Lim

Marketer, freelancer, husband | The Startup, Better Marketing, The Ascent, PGSG | Find out how I grew my organic traffic by 110% in 5 mo: https://bit.ly/3fpilkW

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