October 21, 2017 was an interesting afternoon for me. I went to the Vivere Hotel in Alabang and attended the 4th PayPal Freelancers Workshop. It’s my second time to be in here because I was able to go to the last 3rd PayPal Freelancers Workshop at Acceler8 in Paseo de Roxas, Makati City.
The speaker for that afternoon was YugaTech founder Abe Olandres. YugaTech.com is an online tech website established in 2002. Their site offers a plethora of news related to consumer electronics, and gadgets. They also do reviews when you go the YugaTech YouTube page.
Abe’s talk for that afternoon focuses on the basics of Skills Upgrading. I am not a techie person, and my knowledge about this particular topic is limited. But I have briefly read a bit about SEO from the internet, but I think I need to hear out what Abe has to say about it.
First of all, Abe explains the concept of Search Engine Marketing (SEM) to the audience. He shows in his presentation the reasons why SEM is imperative for freelancers:
SEM focuses on demonstrable skill that can be honed
SEM increase one’s online reputation.
SEM adds value to one’s current skillset
SEM zooms in on the freelancer’s target customers
Personally, I think I need to attend more workshops to gain new skills focusing on:
Aside from these, I have to upgrade my WordPress blog to a Business plan. Once I do that, I will be able to add more plugins to my site.
I plan to travel next year in order to put these skills to the ultimate test. I still have a long way to go. I am a diamond in the rough.
Finally, Abe reminds that every upgrade made to one’s skill is an investment. It’s like you putting up gold coins inside your piggy bank. It’s you who will reap the benefits in the end.
I have learned a lot from Abe’s workshop. I also got the chance to meet new friends in the process like Axl Guinto, Johannes Bangao, Aileen Ello, couples Wil Bajo and Khristine Callangan. I want to attend future PayPal Freelancer Workshops. I give my thanks to PayPal Philippines for the wonderful experience.
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Here are some of the freebies that I got from the event afterwards
PayPal Canvas Bag
Photo of Abe Olandres’ workshop from PayPal Facebook page