Techies Week

Hey fellow freelancers! It’s “Techies Week” at Lazada. Enjoy discounted gadgets for as much as 95% off! A certified freelancer will surely get excited by this great news from Lazada because gadgets are our life and blood in the business. To some gadgets are a mere luxury but for us it is a necessity.

It’s amazing how internet can do wonders for us. We can work at home and we can shop at home as well. Buying gifts for Christmas is never been so easy. No getting stuck up with the traffic jam and no pushing and getting pushed to get the cheapest items at Divisoria. Save your time and your energy and check out these gadgets.

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3 Reasons Why Lazada is the Best Online Shop

  1. Cash on Delivery
  2. Free Delivery
  3. No Sign-Ups Required to Purchase

With Lazada, you are not only saving your time and energy but you are also free from worries, from snatchers and pickpocketers. Lazada will deliver the items you love in front of your door and you can pay upon delivery.

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Apart from discounts, the online store also offers free delivery on some items. Above all, you do not need to sign-up when you want to purchase. It is hassle-free and worry-free.

Time is money. We must use it wisely. Techies Week is from November 29 until December 2 only! Hurry!

Happy Shopping FREElancers!

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4 Health Problems Freelancers Are Facing Today

As I celebrate my 7th year anniversary as a freelancer, I came across this question from a fellow member of a freelancer group I belong to,  “Wala kang ibang nararamdaman na pagbabago sa katawan mo?” (Don’t you feel any changes in your body?).  I know what he meant by asking me that. I know that working online full time for 7 years will bring some changes to your body or should I say “health”. He might be feeling something in his body after hours of sitting and working in front of his computer that’s why he came up with that question. Well, I can’t deny that there are changes and I answered him, “yes, I gained weight” and laugh at my comment. However, that is 100% true and it attracts comments from my co-freelancers, agreeing with the statement.

Working online has pros and cons and one of the cons is health issues which you may develop all through the years of working online. If you are planning to get into this industry or you are already starting, it is a must that you should know these health issues so you can prevent it from happening as early of today.

Here are some health problems that you might develop throughout your freelancing career.

  1. Weight Gain – Let us start with the obvious. Freelancers tend to gain weight because they are on the same spot their entire working hours. We don’t walk to the bus station, commute and walk to the building on your way to your office. We simply open our eyes, open our laptop and get the job done. We even eat in front of our computer, especially if the fridge is one grab away. We all know that being overweight is unhealthy and can lead to serious diseases. Now, that you are aware of this, avoid eating in front of your computer and place the fridge miles away so you are forced to stand if you need a drink or you want something to eat.
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  1. Backache – Since you sit all day, you tend to develop backache, I experienced that from time to time. This makes me want a massage all the time. Though, that can help to relax your muscle, you can still do something to avoid it. Just have mini breaks and you’re good.
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  1. Stress – Freelancers are prone to stress. This is especially when they to do multi-tasking and need to juggle their time between their clients.
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Lesson: Don’t eat more than you can chew. You can have as many clients as you want, but you must be responsible enough to only accept what you can handle.

  1. Depression – Even we know that we are lucky to work at home and we are our own boss, we can’t help but to feel depressed sometimes. We missed the social life that we have before and the only social life that we have right now is social media. Well, if you are feeling this way get up and go out!

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These health issues are only a problem if you don’t know them. As they said prevention is better than cure. Plan your working day and make it sure that it is productive and healthy at the same time.

 

Feel free to share your tips on how to have a healthy freelancing lifestyle.

 

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Cliff Hazel Santos is a Top Rated Upwork Freelancer, 
with 100% job success rate. She is also an entrepreneur, 
she owns Dive-In Travel Agency and she is an aspiring blogger.

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5 Things to Consider When You Are Traveling with Your Work

One of the perks of being a freelancer is that you can travel anytime you wanted because your work is with you. As long as you have your laptop and there is an internet connection, you are good to go. But wait! Can you really enjoy traveling while you have loads of work to do or you are just wasting your money? Sure, you can bring your laptop with you anywhere but once you have settled in the place, can you go out and breathe some air?

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I have traveled with my laptop with me and I know how it is. Yes, you can work and you can have fun but you have to prepare, especially if it took days, weeks or months. Preparation is the key to enjoy the place and to appreciate being a freelancer more than ever. If it is a day or two, you don’t need to consider many things. You are free as a bird! If not, here are the things you should take note.

  1. Travel when your loads are light

As a freelancer, I’ve experience high time and low time. There are times when project keeps pour in and you can’t resist them all. More projects, more dollars. There are also times when you’ve got a few and some projects ended. When we got more, we get tired and wish to go out but when we got few we get sad and blue. My advice is take advantage of the high time to prepare for your vacation. Save money and search for the best place. When low season comes, it is time to go out and have some fun! You have the money and you have more time to enjoy!

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  1. Tell your clients in advance about your plans.

Some of us stick with a long-term clients, thus there is no low season for us. If this is the case, plan still. Your client’s business has its season too. Years of working with the same client gives you an idea of the time you have lighter loads. Plan on that date, most likely your client will give you his blessing since there is nothing much you need to do for him. Should unexpected things happen in your vacation and you become unreachable, your client knows where you are. If you are lucky, your client will let you enjoy your travel without workloads and even give you bonus.

  1. Prepare your belongings.

It is not all about clothes for us freelancers. We need to secure our gadgets are on our traveling bag. Create a checklist and check it one by one before you go. You don’t want to bring your laptop but forgot your charger or else you will pull hair off. Make sure you have everything you need to have a stress-free travel time.

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  1. Plan your itinerary and your working time.

Let say, wake up as early as 5am to work for 2 hours so that is until 7 am. Then you are off to enjoy the place and go back at your hotel at lunchtime and work for another 2 hours so that is 12-2pm then you can go out again for some of your activities, go back at 6pm, work a little while resting your feet, have dinner and hit the bed. It depends on you and depends on the place. As I’ve said preparation makes you not neglect your responsibilities and not to forget to enjoy. We are freelancers, you can re-arrange your schedule the way you want it.

  1. Work in advance and don’t schedule a lot of activities on your vacation.

We travel to relax our mind and body, if you are too tired with all the activities, though it is a lot of fun, you’ll regret it. Why not just enjoy the food, enjoy the view and have a chat with the locals?

Work in advance. Do all the hard part of the job so when the you are traveling you’ve got nothing much to do but to enjoy.

Come and let’s find a beautiful place to get lost 😉

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Freelancers Tip : 3 Benefits of Houseplants for Freelancers

Freelancers work anytime, anywhere but most of the time we work at home. It is a must that we are working in a comfortable environment. We should have a working space where we can concentrate on our daily tasks and to let the members of the house know that we are working.

Admit it! Since you are at home all the time and you use your dinner table or living room center table as your office, people in the house forgot that you are working, thus they keep on bugging you with their concerns and they can’t keep quiet. A working space is a must.

Another thing that a freelancer should have are houseplants. Let me repeat, we are working at home and we should at least have a piece of environment inside the house.

There are many benefits that a houseplant can help freelancers’ productivity. Let me just break these into 3.

3 Benefits of Houseplants for Freelancers

  1. Plants are relaxing. Looking at the monitor all day makes a tired eyes, you should look at something green to relax it. Something green is a plant. Have a small one at your working table. When your eyes are nearly to tears (please don’t wait for this) or you feel your eyes needs a rest, stare at the plant for a few minutes, when you feel that the nerves in your eyes started to relax, you can go back to work again. Looking at the plants not only relax your eyes but it also helps you to be creative. When you are relax, ideas pour in.Modern home office workspace with laptop, architecture illustrat
  2. Plants clean the air. We all know in our elementary days that plants takes carbon dioxide and release oxygen, thus all the bad odors that we have inside the house will be eliminated. It is distracting when the house doesn’t smell good. This is especially after you mom fried fish, the house surely stinks. Having a plant in your kitchen will be helpful to absorb all these odors and you can now breathe fresh every day. Most especially, you can go back to work without distractions.Herb-Pot-TRIO-by-Sagaform
  3. Plant makes you happy. Plants are pleasing to the eye. All interior decorators know this. It sets you into a good mood. It sets your spirit on the go. Working at home can never be boring even if you are alone because there are living things surrounds you and silently watching you. You can talk to them if you want to (you will never tag crazy, promise! J). You can also take a mini-break to water them and check them out or just adore its beauty.535fb7f2dbfa3f42a000005c._w.1500_s.fit_.jpg

There are many more benefits that a houseplant can bring. Some studies said that it can help enhance cognitive function. It can help you with your memory and concentration. It also heightened attention and help you achieve your goals!

Do you already have plants at home? What type of plants do you have? Can you recommend us one? If you haven’t had one, it is time for you to consider it. Happy freelancing day!

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