Tools and Rules for My 52-Week Money Challenge

So on Facebook, I saw this photo of the 52-Week Money Challenge (100 peso weekly increment) by Peso Sense. It says that if I follow this, I will save P137,800 by the end of the year. That seems impossible, but I decided to give it a go. If I save that money, I’ll be able to pay all my utang. To make this work, I decided to prepare for it by creating rules and tools.

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Sana may bike rental sa traffic na streets

Sobrang traffic na sa Maynila these days na minsan bumababa ako ng bus at naglalakad. Tapos, mas mabilis pa ang lakad ko kaysa sa takbo ng bus. Sa mga sitwasyong ito, makikita ko na maraming tao din ang bumaba sa bus at nagproprosisyon kami together sa kalye.

Kaya minsan nag-wiwish ako na sana may bike rentals sa mga kalyeng ganito para magbibike nalang ko hanggang sa dulo ng kalye, tapos puwede mo iwanan doon sa dulo na hindi na traffic or hanggang makarating ka sa MRT.

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Top three freelancing tips from a newbie freelance writer

It’s only been three months since I became a freelance art writer, before that I worked as a full-time art writer for a newspaper. I learned a lot from that job and met interesting people. Some of those people were freelance writers, and many of them were as young as I was or even younger. I thought, if they can do it, why can’t I? So I took the plunge, and here ‘s what I did to prepare for the journey ahead.

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Advice from Built to Last: great ideas are unnecessary

I’m currently reading the book Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies by Jim Collins and Jerry I. Porras. I’m just on p. 38, but there’s one interesting thing that I already learned. According to the book, many visionary companies didn’t start out with a great idea but they were committed to creating a company.

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What I’ve learned so far as a newbie freelance writer

It’s been around five months since I started freelancing. I used to work as a full-time art reporter at a newspaper, and now I am contributing to two newspapers, two online publications, and one magazine. I write about art for all of these publications except one where I write about theater, my other favorite lifestyle topic. I also got a photo captioning job for one book project and a few writing projects for public relations for restaurants. So what was it like transitioning to freelance? Here are all the things that helped me start out on this path and other things that I’ve learned along the way.

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Why every writer should have Evernote

I love Evernote, an app that syncs what you write on all of your computers and even your phone. If you’re a writer like me, you’ll really appreciate this. I still use Dropbox, but there are things that Evernote can do that Dropbox can’t.

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Freelancer conundrum: How does one not get scared about the money?

When I chose to abandon my full-time job to become a freelance art writer, I knew that I’d be happier and it turns out I was right. The downside to this new life is I no longer have a salary that comes in regularly. I get income on a per article basis and that depends on if my ideas get approved or I get assignments, or I get other kinds of projects.

So far I’ve done around five months of freelance writing and the money is tight but I’m surviving. At this point, I shouldn’t worry anymore because I have several sources of income and the assignments continue to flow in. There are days though that I still get paranoid, so I asked a friend, how does one deal with these anxieties?

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