Spend some time today --looking around for really OLD PEOPLE.
Watch them walk.
Watch them look at their watches or read newspapers.
Watch them bring a spoon to their mouth.
Slow isn't it?
These people are walking reminders of our own future.

You may think it's going to be 40 years pa before you reach "THAT SLOWNESS" but it could take a few years from now when one of your
knees start complaining every morning when you do that "exercise" walk.
Only one knee pain can slow you down.
And you thought - you had 39 more "young years" ahead of you.
Your business is dependent on you today?
When you better hurry up and get the message from our golden oldies witnesses.
Time is running --it's not walking.
Learn as much as you can TODAY.
Allow learning budget for your business TODAY.
Stop giving away your budget for senseless 2 hour bouts of "superficial happiness" (called "movies/dvds").
Rent them when you're finally implemented how to create passive or multiple sources of profits in your businesses.

Instead re-allocate your time - to learn NOW.
And.. direct your employees to learn NOW.

And if you have no knowledge what they must learn, let me spill the answer to you: MARKETING.
All of you must master it.
Master, not know.
Master and apply, not "head knowledge".

You call yourself and entrepreneur, start making the right moves NOW.
Make small calculated mistakes sure --but master marketing first.
You need it.

Entrepreneurs: Can you actually take your time?

If Google Reader's shutdown on July 1st freaking you out?  There are tons of alternatives out there so you could still get your updates & news from your favorite sites.  Here are by the most popular so far and ones you should check out first.

Feedly, according to David Pogue o New York Times -  "Feedly is a lovely, easy-to-use service for two categories of people: those who once used Google Reader, and those who've never heard of it. Because if you're still starting your morning with a zigzag through a standard set of Web sites, you're wasting time and energy. Feedly is what you needly."  According to Lifehacker, if you want to use the service that everyone else will be using—and that will sync with the most apps—Feedly is the service you want.

Newsblur.  This has real time RSS which means stories are pushed directly to you, so you can read news as it comes in.  You can view the original stories in context, the way it was meant to be seen.  You can share stories on you public blurblog and hide stories you don't like but highlight the ones you do.  Now its free on the web, iPad, iPhone, and Android. By subscribing to a $24 premium account, you support a growing service and unlock a few restrictions.

The Old Reader.  It allows you to browse your daily dose of content with that very special bit shared by your friends, with notes and comments.  It's interesting to see why it was built in the first place.  On the site it says - "Let's just say we missed the original reader a lot, so we built The Old Reader for ourselves and our friends. We like the way it turned out, so we are sharing it with everyone." Seems like the original reader will really be missed and this is a good one to check out.

Digg Reader hasn't started yet but according to it blog :

The beta version is aimed first and foremost at Google Reader users looking for a new home in advance of its imminent shutdown. Once you connect your Google Account, you’ll find all of your feeds and folders set up and ready to go.  And even if you’re not a Google Reader refugee, come on in!  You can build up your list of sources by browsing recommended publishers or searching for feeds via the “Add” button.

Once you’re in, you’ll be able to:

  • Speedily migrate your feeds and folders from Google Reader
  • Use keyboard shortcuts, just like in Google Reader: j and k to move between articles, s to save, d to digg, and v to view URL
  • Read using either List or Expanded View
  • Jump to a view of your most popular unread items (as calculated by the rapidly-evolving algorithms of our data scientist) by clicking Popular
  • Save to Instapaper, Pocket, or Readability
  • Share to Twitter and Facebook
  • Digg posts you like, Save posts for later, and set those actions as either private or public
  • Share your Diggs or Saved feed (if public) with friends by grabbing its unique URL in Settings
  • Browse through 25 categories of publishers and sources recommended by Digg’s editors, by clicking on “Add”
  • Search for feeds by clicking “Add” and typing the source name

Newsvibe is an RSS news feed reader that will enable you to read your news feeds in any browser and will keep the news that you want to read in sync across all your devices. It's free, it's unlimited, and it doesn't have any adverts. It's simple and no-nonsense.

You can also check out :
Tiny Tiny RSS.
Net Vibes.

Or perhaps just stick to Twitter for quick newsfeeds.

However it may go, there are tons of alternatives out there but these are the ones you can check out first. Oh, and if you are doing that VA assignment, might as well throw in a tutorial about any of these to show potential clients you are up to date.

Live Marvellously!

You Don't Need To Be Bummed Out With Google Reader Shutdown - Great Alternatives Here!

Now there are more ways to marvellously share your stories with Instagram's announcement of Video.

Check out this video below for quick news on how it goes.

Introducing Video on Instagram from Instagram on Vimeo.

Kevin Systrom, co-founder of Instagram made this announcement today on Instagram's blog :

When you go to take a photo on Instagram, you’ll now see a movie camera icon. Tap it to enter video mode, where you can take up to fifteen seconds of video through the Instagram camera.

You’ll also find that we’ve added thirteen filters built specifically for video so you can keep sharing beautiful content on Instagram. When you post a video, you’ll also be able to select your favorite scene from what you’ve recorded as your cover image so your videos are beautiful even when they’re not playing.

We’re excited to see what the community will bring to video, whether it’s your local cafe showing you just how they made your latte art this morning or an Instagrammer on the other side of the world taking you on a tour of their city, a mother sharing her joys in parenting as her children laugh and play or your favorite athlete taking youbehind the scenes.

So what does this mean for your content? Nothing’s different from photos. We’re still committed to making sure you have control over all of your content. Only the people who you let see your photos will be able to see your videos. And as with photos, you own your videos. You can learn more about Video on Instagram—including our new Cinema feature—by visiting the Instagram Help Center.

We can’t wait to see what you’ll create.

Instagram for iOS version 4.0 is currently available for download in Apple’s App Store and Instagram for Android version 4.0 is now available on Google Play.

Instagram Now Has Video!

Before becoming my VA, Rachel used to be in the corporate world. Disappointed at how people were pulling each other down, she decided to change her environment and quit her job. To balance and inspire her, she turns to her hobby, photography, which allows her to see the beauty in everything.
Just like Nikki, Rachel is a bookworm.
Rachel loves the smell of old books because she grew up reading second-hands from garage sales. She used to hang-out in bookstores to read stuff every after office hours. This whole love affair with books led her to purchasing the books of John Maxwell.
Now that she’s a virtual assistant, she gets to have “me” time or quiet time, something which she could never enjoy before. A cup of coffee in her hand, she reflects on her day’s work by scribbling in her journal.

Name: Rachel Manosa     
Current gig: Program Manager for Jomar Hilario
Current mobile device: Blackberry
Computer that you use: Mac
One word that best describes how you work: Coffee-induced ;) or VISUAL
What apps/software/tools can't you live without?  
·   Evernote - because all my passwords are there, all my favorite stuff from the web
·   Adobe Photoshop - for photo/flyer/newsletter layout
·   iTunes / iMovie / Garagebands - for the webinars & to listen to inspiring music
·   Google Calendar
What's your workspace like?
It’s Indian inspired - there’s an elephant, it has rich colors etc. Carpeted table.  
What's your best time-saving trick?  
Work when you are most alert. I’m a morning person so I get more stuff done in the morning ;)
What's your favorite to-do list manager?
Besides your phone and computer, what gadget can't you live without?
Tablet Camera

Rachel's hobby: Photography

What everyday thing are you better at than anyone else?
Make a really good cup of coffee alamid (yung poo poo ng cat coffee)

Apps/tools you already know BEFORE you became Jomar's virtual assistant:
(1) Wordpress
(2) Joomla
(3) Gmail
(4) Photoshop
(5) Google Reader
(6) Evernote
(7) Facebook
(8) Twitter
(9) Animoto
(10) Google Analytcis

Skills you already have BEFORE you became Jomar's virtual assistant:
(1) Layout
(2) Blogging
(3) Windows
(4) Macintosh
(5) Account Management
(6) Product/Brand Marketing
(7) Sales
(8) Making presentations
(9) Photography
(10) Driving (?) wala na ako maisip :)

Apps/tools you know how to use AFTER you became Jomar's virtual assistant:
(2) GarageBand
(3) Boomerang
(4) ClickToTweet
(5) PicMonkey
(6) InvoiceDude
(7) Blogger
(8) Bit.ly
(9) Hootsuite
(10) Premise

Skills you already have AFTER you became Jomar's virtual assistant:
(1) Copywriting for Posters / Blog Titles
(2) Poster making
(3) eBook Cover Making
(4) eBook layout
(5) How to properly promote in FB groups
(6) How to make tutorials
(7) Making presentations that work
(8) Research (for stuff to blog)
(9) Making infographics
(10) Youtube marketing

What do you listen to while you work?   
Nothing....I find it hard to concentrate with music playing or a podcast playing...so just silence most of the time ;)
Are you more of an introvert or extrovert?
What's your sleep routine like?
Wake-up at 5-6am.
Siesta in the afternoon.
Sleep around 9-11 pm. But sometimes I’m still awake at 1-2 am.
So my sleep routine is erratic.....
I start my day with devotionals from Joyce Meyer (I super love her) or listen to the podcasts. I believe that before you even get distracted with work and facebook and other stuff, you empty yourself and start with the Word so that God directs your day and not the busyness of it all. Then I go to being a mommy and a VA, plus a little time for my hobby too.

Fill in the blank. I'd love to see ______ answer these same questions.
Iron Man/ Tony Stark

If you weren't doing your current gig,  what would have been your profession?
I would still be in corporate - doing sales or marketing - slaving around and always wondering about my lost time with my kids.
I used to work for multinational companies.  I got the works - car, travel, awards, pay! I loved working in the city (you get to dress up, go to the latest happenin’ places, power meetings, power lunches)

Until I literally got powerless... over what I really wanted to do in life. I didn’t have time for a hobby, I came home late, didn’t have time for my family.

That’s the thing with corporate life - it sucks you in, and since most of us would want to be able to deliver, we get trapped in a routine, in a lifestyle, that most people would find hard to get out of.  

I had to take a hard look at my life and focus on the things that really matter -- my kids.

A photo that Rachel took, and which serves as an inspiration.

What's the best advice you've ever received?
Let go and let God.
Eyes -closed and with faith as my armor, I resigned from my job.  Moved to the province because cost of living is lower there.  
Then I got to work for Jomar.  Now I can be the mommy I never was. Morning baths, taking kids to school, and just being there for them when they cry or when something is troubling them in school (I have a 'preteen' so the teenager issues are slowly coming up).  

Some of my friends from the city would ask me, “Don't you miss corporate life?” I used to, in the beginning - my high heels have turned to flip flops, meetings in fancy places have turned to home-cooked meals.

I took a cut in the pay, but I got something priceless in return -- from praises from the big boss to more hugs and kisses from my kids - and you would think that being a VA cuts out the social part - it doesn’t.

I even get more time to catch up with friends and family, and in Jomar’s team we actually get to meet - so that good and fun thing.

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Ahh hashtags #.  Its becoming as popular as the @.

From its origins in IRC networks to label groups & topics, it has boomed to popularity on Twitter to tag topics of interest.  But do you really understand the basics of what it's all about?

Which means, whenever you see a # next to a word (say) #morefuninthephilippines, and click on it (Twitter made that hyperlinking happen), you can see all discussions on that. Like this.

Advertisers had a heyday with the hashtags on Twitter as they put more focus on their products.  And if someone is interested on a Twitter status, they just click on the hashtag to get into a whole world of that topic.

Check out #Hersheys.

And now you see it taking a hold Instagram as conciseness of hasthags seems to work on a platform where mostly pictures do the talking.  Here's everybody's favorite #coffee.

So, it wouldn't come as a surprise that Facebook announced over a week ago the hashtags as well.  Although its just available on web and not on mobile in the meantime, its a good way to discover new content on Facebook right now.

With hashtags, you can:

  • Search for a specific hashtag from your search bar.
  • Click on hashtags that originate on other services, such as Instagram.
  • Compose posts directly from the hashtag feed and search results.  

*source : Search Engine Watch

Lets have a little fun here with #workfromhome & #workathome




Look at the charm it does to beach bum Rachel's Facebook posts :

No hashtag :

With hashtag.
Click on #foreversummer and you get ... more stuff about summer!

For online marketers you can use Facebook hashtags as an extension of your marketing campaigns.  Its gone marvelously crazy out there with the hashtags.

Go ahead try it.  Check out your favorite stuff with the hashtags. Promote your business with it. Don't forget to hashtag #jomarhilario too in learning something new everytime!  Remember never to overuse it and live #marvellously.

How Well Do You Know The # Hashtag?

Act now, join them at http://filipinova.com

Soon To Be Work From Home Rockstars

Rest Area by Jean-Michel  Priaux (JmPriaux)) on 500px.com
Rest Area by Jean-Michel Priaux
Waiting by Jean-Michel  Priaux (JmPriaux)) on 500px.com
Waiting by Jean-Michel Priaux

Gorgeous no?  I got them from 500px and they're in my blog for the purpose of showing how to get photos from nice photo sites like 500px. They made it available for me to do this. But I didn't just copy and paste it. I didn't even download the photo. If you're techie  - you can guess how it's done. If not know this:

I'm legally using these photos in my blog but don't just get to http://500px.com and copy those photos. 

There's a certain way you need to get them so you're legally covered. How? Attend my live events (work from home) or my MSF program (high-level marketing mentoring) to find out. Or maybe my MMI program (mid-level marketing mentoring)

Want to know more? Ask nikki@jomarhilario.com what those MSF or MMI or live events are.  Or just go to http://jhilario.com/mmispecialoffer or http://msformula.com

Jomar, why don't you just tell me now? You kidding? That's a complete detailed tutorial! That's why I give these in my programs because they're knowledge you want to have.

Disclaimer: The images above are there to show you how it's done. If the owner of the image wants them taken down, they will be taken down. :)  They're here to promote 500px. :) And without payment, too.

Just where do you get your gorgeous blog images, Jomar? [Legally]

Drawing of Nikki's kiddos

If you've ever attended any of my LIVE events, she'd be the first person you'd look for:  "Is Nikki here?" 

As if she's never offline, she's always available to respond to your query--about the program, payment, or techie tricks -- whichever time of the day. 

But most importantly, the side you never knew about Nikki is that she's a SuperMom to two adorable kids, who have this habit of leaving their masterpiece on the table where she works. As a hands-on mom, she's able to help her children with their homework, and spend quality time with them.

She admits to being 50% coffee, 50% human (kaya siguro lagi syang gising!).  This adventure-lovin' mom has skydiving at the top of her bucket list. She loves watching Nat Geo, and her 3 most fave bands are The Script, Coldplay, and Linkin Park (rock on!)

If this ain't enough, you are welcome to eavesdrop in this blogpost with my Ace VA as Nikki reveals her sleep routine, her best time-saving trick, and the best advice she received from her long-time client, me!

Name: Nikki Hidalgo

Current gig: 
Project Manager for Jomar Hilario. I work as Jomar's:
- Social Media Manager
- Customer Support
- Database Manager
- Project Manager
- Sales/Marketing Manager

Current mobile device: iPhone 4S, Nokia 2700
Computer you use: iMac OS X, Fujitsu laptop Windows Vista
One word that best describes how you work: Precise

What apps/software/tools can't you live without?

1. GMail, GDrive and VTok app - I want to have access to my emails, work files, be able to chat with my co-VAs anywhere I go. I use these 3 apps for work.

2. TED - A few months ago, I started listening to talks found in TED. Loved it! 

3. Saddleback - I also listen to Rick Warren and other Saddleback pastors' preaching via the Saddleback app where you can watch or listen or download your own copy. 

4. Boomerang for GMail, Right Inbox and LetterMeLater - These are all email scheduling apps I use if I need to remind my co-VAs, Jomar or Jomar's club members about their private webinars and live meet ups, etc. You create the emails and schedule it to be sent later.

5. Orderly - This helps me prioritize my tasks.

What's your workspace like?

I usually work on the 3rd floor dining area.

Since my family use this kitchen/dining only on weekends (we do our catching up here), I have the table to myself. I have the laptop, external drive, a folder containing my DISC, Values and Fascinate Personality Tests compiled, my notebook & pen, sticky notes on the table.

Best thing about staying here is I'm 3 steps away from the coffee machine.

The dining is also located where I couldn't see the TV -- which is good.

If I'm not in the dining area, either I'm on the 3rd floor living room where the iMac is or in my room -- the coolest and most quiet room in the house.

What's your best time-saving trick?

I create a checklist of tasks I need to do for the week/day. Then, I create another list arranging the tasks according to priority level.
I give each task a time table.

I also write everything down on my whiteboard. 

Doing this saves time, at least for me.

I don't go looking for the tasks I need to do in my email -- hanapin ko pa.
If I don't write it down, I make sure I print it out.

What's your favorite to-do list manager?

I use Orderly app or my trusted notebook. :)

Besides your phone and computer, what gadget can't you live without?

My iPod touch. I love listening to music -- very therapeutic.

What everyday thing are you better at than anyone else?

Hmm... Being patient. :)

It's an everyday thing for me and I think I'm quite good at keeping my cool. He he

Nikki Hidalgo: Some of the books that I read.

Apps/tools you already know BEFORE you became Jomar's virtual assistant:
- Wordpress
- Blogger
- Facebook
- Twitter
- Tumblr
- Skype
- Yahoo Messenger

Skills you already have BEFORE you became Jomar's virtual assistant:
- MS Powerpoint
- MS Word
- blog creation
- transcription
- simple article writing
- proof-reading
- internet research

Apps/tools you know how to use AFTER you became Jomar's virtual assistant:
- Premise (WP plugin)
- 1shoppingcart
- Madmimi
- Google Apps
- Picmonkey
- Audacity
- Amazon S3, Cyberduck, FileZilla
- GoToMeeting
- Ning
- Keynote

Skills you already have AFTER you became Jomar's virtual assistant:
- composing great headlines
- copywriting
- membership site creation
- 1shoppingcart management
- creating effective marketing images
- social media management
- iTunes and YouTube marketing
- proper email handling
- better customer support
- article-spinning

What do you listen to while you work?

I want the place to be really quiet, so, I don't listen to anything especially if I'm doing major work.

Are you more of an introvert or an extrovert?

Introvert. I can harmoniously work with a team, but if given a major task, I mostly prefer to work alone. I'm more focused that way. I can easily interact with others, however, I'm naturally reserved.

I'm 46% Interactive (lower than average, DISC test).

What's your sleep routine?

Since 2nd year high school, I find it really hard to sleep early. By 'early', I mean 11:00pm.
I usually sleep around 2-3 am everyday.
I've tried getting a massage before going to sleep, drinking warm milk or chamomile tea, melatonin supplements, and so far, the earliest I've gone to bed is 12 midnight.

Fill in the blank. I'd love to see _____ answer these same questions.

C.S. Lewis and Paulo Coelho

If you weren't doing your current gig, what would have been your profession?

A nurse, taking my pre-med.

What's the best advice you've ever received?

Fail forward.

I first heard this from Jomar. I was given a task during my first year as a JHVA and he mentioned failing forward. For someone who has always believed failing is a negative thing, I didn't get it at first. Before, if I fail at something, it'll probably take years (or never) to make me try again. I had a bad habit of remembering all my failures telling myself "You already tried, but you failed. That's it."

When that task was given to me, I gladly accepted it. FYI, I'm not as techie as I am now when I started just like all the aspiring VAs. So, I tried. And surprise... I failed. 

But when Jomar told me that it's okay, fail forward, he gave me tips on how to do it, I tried again, and again, until I got it.

Galing 'no? Failing isn't bad at all pala.

Failing forward means trying again, and again, not giving up, still believing in yourself -- in what you know, in what you still wish to learn, in what you have, in what you want to achieve -- learning until you finally get it right and eventually be able to teach and help others do what you've successfully done.

Now, when Jomar asks "New learning: Who wants to do it?"

Without thinking twice, I say 'yes'.
Yes, I know I might fail -- chances are, I will, especially if it's something really new to me.

It doesn't really matter to me now. 
I will surely fail -- FORWARD. :)

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"Failing forward means trying again, and again, not giving up, still believing in yourself." -- Nikki Hidalgo, VA for Jomar Hilario

"Believe in what you know, in what you still wish to learn, in what you have, in what you want to achieve." 
-- Nikki Hidalgo, VA for Jomar Hilario

"Failing forward means learning until you finally get it right and eventually be able to teach and help others do what you've successfully done." -- Nikki Hidalgo, VA for Jomar Hilario

How I Work Series: Meet the nurse-gamer-now-virtual assistant, Nikki Hidalgo

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