ATS 008: Things to Remember when Starting to Work From Home

ATS 008: Things to Remember when Starting to Work From Home

Working from home is the new business style and now, it is becoming an in-demand job especially for Filipinos. I know the feeling and the benefits of working from home but you should also be aware of the things you need to consider once you decided to work from home.

 

Oh yes! Work from home is a real freedom when you can manage your own schedule. It is one of the answers to daily commuting and also has a competitive compensation package.

I understand that most of the time, once we received our salary, we pay for the expenses first before we decide to pay for mandatory benefits by our constitution. I mean not all but for some it is, and I am one of them.

Basically because we don’t see the benefits of these benefits. (huh?!) We don’t see the advantages of why we should not forget to contribute for these benefits. And as one of them, in this episode, I will share with you why it is important and hopefully to become a priority on your list too.

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How to Use ShopBack with Book Depository

How to Use ShopBack with Book Depository

If you came to this part without reading the ShopBack Cheat Sheet, please take time to read so you get the idea of how I earn cashback from buying books from Book Depository.

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If you know what you are into, then let’s proceed. Just make sure that you already have your ShopBack account at this point.

If you don’t have a ShopBack account, click this link to create your account.

Book Depository is an online bookseller that offers free shipping including to the Philippines. That’s the reason why I usually buy books from this online platform.

Now, if you haven’t created your Book Depository account, click here to create one.

Once you have both accounts for ShopBack and Book Depository. It’s time to visit the book you want to buy. Make sure you have installed the ShopBack extension tool in your Google Browser or ShopBack Mobile app in your mobile phone.

How to buy books in Book Depository using ShopBack Website

1. Login to your account or click this link to open Book Depository from your ShopBack Portal.

Note: If you see the “Login/Signup” button at the upper right of the portal it means you are not yet logged in. If you see an amount in the upper right it means you are already logged in.

2. Click the “Shop Now” button after the Book Depository header

Note: If you are not yet logged in, you will need to login first using the account you created and if you are already logged in, when you clicked the “Shop Now” button, a prompt will appear.

3. Click the “ Go to Book Depository now!” button to open Book Depository website

4. A redirection page will open and the ShopBack icon on your Bookmarks bar will turn to green. It simply means that the tool is active and tracking your purchases.

5. In the Book Depository page, check if you are already logged in.

Note: If you see the “Sign in/Join” button in the upper right of the website, click that button to log in. If you see “Sign out”, you are already logged in.

6. Once you are logged in, enter the name of the book in the Search box and click Search.

7. Click the book from the list and it will open the details of the book.

8. Click the “Add to basket” and if you want to add more, click “Continue Shopping” but if you are ready to checkout, click “Basket/Checkout”.

9. Click the “Checkout” button, enter your transaction and payment details then click “Buy now” to purchase the item.

How to buy books in Book Depository using ShopBack Mobile App

1. Open your ShopBack Mobile App and in the Search box, type “Book Depository”.

2. It will show “1 Store found” and select that item.

3. A prompt will show “You are now on Book Depository’s website”, just click “Got it”.

4. Click the hamburger icon in the upper left of the page and select “Account & Help”

5. Click “Sign in/Join” and enter your account details to sign-in.

6. After successful login, enter the name of the book in the Search box and click the Search icon.

7. Click the book from the list and it will open the details of the book.

8. Click the “Add to basket” and if you want to add more, click “Continue Shopping” but if you are ready to checkout, click “Basket/Checkout”.

9. Click the “Checkout” button, enter your transaction and payment details then click “Buy now” to purchase the item.

How to buy books in Book Depository from the Digital Library

Digital Library is a private space in this blog where I personally share the books that I have read. Either you already came in from this space or you haven’t visited it yet, you can click this link to check out the books that I recommend.

1. In the Digital Library, select which book that might interest you and click that book to purchase.

2. In the Book Depository page, check if you are already logged in.

Note: If you see the “Sign in/Join” button in the upper right of the website, click that button to log in. If you see “Sign out”, you are already logged in.

3. Activate the ShopBack Cashback Buddy

Note: If the icon is not in green, it means the ShopBack Cashback buddy is inactive, click it and click “Activate Cashback” when logged in or “Log in to activate” when not logged in. The icon should turn green.

4. Click the “Add to basket” and if you want to add more, click “Continue Shopping” but if you are ready to checkout, click “Basket/Checkout”.

5. Click the “Checkout” button, enter your transaction and payment details then click “Buy now” to purchase the item.

How to Use ShopBack with Book Depository

ShopBack Cheat Sheet: Earn Cashback with Online Shopping

There have been hundreds of reviews out there but if you are still new with this app and want to get more insights, then I will tell everything I know. I will also tell you some of the things that they usually don’t mention, that’s why this will be a cheat sheet for you to be smarter on how you use this app.

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Before we get into details with this smart app, let’s discuss what ShopBack is.

This is one of the common questions once you know about ShopBack. “What is ShopBack?” or “What is a ShopBack app?”. And I know, there have been hundreds of reviews out there but if you are still new with this app and want to get more insights, then I will tell everything I know. I will also tell you some of the things that they usually don’t mention, that’s why this will be a cheat sheet for you to be smarter on how you use this app.

Here’s the video that I created to answer the Top 10 Questions about this app.

ShopBack Ultimate Cheat Sheet

What is a ShopBack App?

It’s a platform that gets track of your activity with accredited merchants and gives you a commission when you purchased. That is how shopback works.

ShopBack Cheat Sheet

This is one of the largest & fastest-growing online loyalty platforms in Asia-Pacific, with reach across Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand, Taiwan, Australia and Vietnam. So it’s not just in the Philippines, it is being widely used across Asia-Pacific.

Now, you might be thinking of who owns ShopBack?

The answer is, Henry Chan and Joel Leong both from Singapore are the founders of this smart app. They created this because they’re idea is to give online cashbacks.

Why Use ShopBack?

Well, definitely because you can earn cash. You can withdraw that earnings into real cash. 

ShopBack Cheat Sheet

Let’s make an example so you have a better understanding of why use ShopBack.

You went to your favorite store to buy groceries, you pay for your groceries with the exact amount. Yes! Exact amount means you don’t have any change. Well, that’s fine. It’s your groceries and you are responsible for what you buy. After paying, you went straight home with your groceries of course. It’s like nothing happens, it’s the usual thing you do. Buy stocks and store it.

After 3 days, someone knocks on your door and gives you a piece of check. That check came from a loyalty club where you signed up a week ago. Well, they detected that you visit one of the shops that are accredited to them and told you that you will be receiving a percentage of the amount you spend to that store.

Well, how would you feel that you earn cash while spending? It’s not a discount nor a promo, it’s simply giving you something in return every time you buy from that store. 

It’s also somehow a marketing strategy, because you will not choose any other shops that are not accredited to that loyalty program. Well, somehow the accredited merchants are well curated and most commonly used.

So if you are not yet using ShopBack, it’s time to create your own account.

If you are still not sure if it will benefit you, here’s all the current merchants they have. You can check if you are using any of the accredited merchants.

How to Use ShopBack?

 

1. Create ShopBack Account

 

First, you need to create your own account. You can use my link as a referral to receive a bonus. I will not automatically receive a bonus unless you become active with ShopBack. It means, you have to sign-up, buy something using your ShopBack account with a certain minimum amount and withdraw your first cashback reward, and with that I can only receive my referral bonus. But your bonus, you can automatically have it on your account

 

 ShopBack Cheat Sheet

 

 

 

Well, it’s actually a good strategy. Of course, they don’t just want to have a massive sign-up and give them all a referral bonus. If you are a fan of these types of referral schemes, ShopBack is not one of them. They want their referrals to experience the app and earn their own before they say their gratitude to the person who refers them. Besides, the minimum withdrawal is Php 200.00, so if you have claimed your bonus, you just need another Php 100.00 cashback confirmation in your end to be able to withdraw your balance.

 

On the other hand, if you are just planning to register and just send links so you can earn too, it’s not a good way to use the app. You can refer to my Affiliate Disclaimer why I don’t recommend this kind of usage.

 

Okay, going back to what we are talking about here.

 

Once you created your own account, the next step is to install the tools we need.

 

 

 

 

 

2. Install and Activate ShopBack Extension or App

If you are using your Desktop or Laptop, install the ShopBack extension tool.

ShopBack Cheat Sheet

What is a ShopBack Extension tool? Glad you ask. It’s a piece of software that you need to install in your Google Chrome browser so that every time you visit a website which is a merchant of ShopBack, the extension prompts you to activate it. It is like, telling you, “Hey, this website is a ShopBack merchant, activate me so I can record your purchase”.

Then, if you are using your Mobile or Tablet, install the ShopBack App to your device.

ShopBack Cheat Sheet
ShopBack Cheat Sheet

Unlike with the extension tool, you need to visit the ShopBack app first on your device and browse the merchant that you are going to use. In this point, it’s either the ShopBack redirects you to the website or the Mobile app of that merchant. Make sure that the Merchant’s app is also installed in your device.

So once the tools have been activated, these tools track your browsing experience until you make a purchase. ShopBack will then validate your cashback in a period of time.

Again, ShopBack wants to ensure that you are really buying things. You are not just buying to earn money then return the item that you bought. Again, it’s not the way it was designed. You will encounter months of validating your purchase. It means, you didn’t cancel, you didn’t return or didn’t ask for a refund. In this case, you will not be eligible for cashback.

Why will you receive a cashback for something that you didn’t use technically. Yes you purchase it, but you returned it, or it was cancelled, it means it was not in your hands or make use of it. 

It’s again, fair terms for each member of ShopBack. Cashrewards are only given to people who really make a purchase and has used ShopBack with it. Smart move! Right?!

 

 

3. Redeem Cashback and Withdraw Money

Lastly, once you have enough purchases and you have accumulated confirmed cashback, it’s time to check if you are eligible for payout.

ShopBack Cheat Sheet

You have to check your withdrawal details. Make sure you add your bank account before you withdraw money from your account. 

ShopBack Cheat Sheet

It takes time to verify the bank account but once it’s verified, you no longer need to add it again. You can now withdraw your money anytime you reach the minimum withdrawal amount which is Php 200.00.

ShopBack Cheat Sheet

At this point of time, I have given you everything I know about ShopBack. Hopefully you can use it in a good way like I did and become a smart spender this time.

Now you can see the list in the left side where I will give you the different ways on how to use the app on each Merchant’s that I personally used.

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ATS 007: How to Start Working Online?

ATS 007: How to Start Working Online?

You will never ever have your online career unless you make a start. You might have many reasons in your mind why you can’t start but if you want it, then make a move.

When you hear of someone who is working online, your heart leaps too and wants to start your own. Of course, how can we resist the idea of working full-time without spending our time commuting in traffic.

But there’s a lot of people who want to start their own work from home journey but do nothing. They just love what it feels like, see the benefits of it, but at the end of the day, they don’t want to make a move towards their goal.

Working from home is not just about having work and that’s it. It requires time and talent so you will be able to land a job that will give you more freedom.

In this episode, I will give you more reasons why you should make a move and how you can make a move. You will never have the online job like I do if you won’t step forward to learn new things and learn the world of freelancing.

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12 Legit Work From Home Websites for Filipino Workers

12 Legit Work From Home Websites for Filipino Workers

You want to start your own online career but you are not sure where to go, hopefully this post might help you which websites can help you start your online job.

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What does it mean to “Work From Home”?

Basically, working in the comfort of your home but actually not just your home. Either in any part of your home – in your bed, living room, or dining table or wherever there is internet connection – cafe, restaurants or computer shops. Wherever it is, that is your workplace!

It was not restricted to just your own home, you can also be on your friend’s home, your neighbor or your relatives or might be the best feeling is when you want to visit your dream vacation place and bring your laptop with you.

Work From Home Jobs only needs your Laptop (Well, you can’t bring your whole Desktop on the go) with stable Internet Connection. Clients will sometimes require you to install apps or programs that will be used for collaboration. You might also be needing additional peripherals like headsets with noise cancellation feature that might help you stay on calls without distractions to your clients.

What are the Advantages of Working From Home?

1. No More Everyday Traffic

Traffic is the #1 pain that every Filipino worker’s reason in transitioning to online-based jobs. These hours spent commuting are enough to finish tasks when you work online.

According to the study conducted by Boston Consulting Group, Metro Manila has 3rd worst traffic in Southeast Asia. The Philippine’s Government together with MMDA is still trying to resolve this #1 problem but still it has a long way to go for a reality to be resolved.

That’s why many Filipino workers would still choose to work online so they can escape the average 66 minutes daily traffic.

2. Expenses to Savings

Of course, when we are commuting, we are also paying for our transportation expenses which includes gasoline, toll fees, and commuting fare. We can also limit ourselves to participating in buying outside foods like coffee, junk foods and even eating at fast food chains. We can also be less fashionista especially to offices that have no dress code.

When we work from home, those expenses can be used for more important financial aspects or as additional savings. Less transpo allowance, less comfort foods and most especially we can wear anything we are comfortable. (Can be working topless, or just with your boxers or undies.😂)

3. More Productive Days

One of the amazing advantages of working from home is converting your days to more productive days. Well, in a 24 hour shift, give some time at least 8 to 9 hours of sleep. That is one of the benefits you can give yourself.

Now, you have 15 more hours to become productive. If your online job is 8 hours, you have 7 hours to do other matters. If your online job requires you less than 8 hours, which is much better, the remaining hours is for you to attend other matters.

Working from home lets you manage your own time and on your own terms. You can pause for a moment to attend other tasks, and resume working as long as you deliver what you need to deliver.

There’s actually different styles of working from home which I shared at Asenso Tips and Stories Podcast Session #6. It really depends on what type of client hired you.

 

Top 12 Legit Work From Home Websites

Here are the Top 12 Legit Work From Home Websites that you can visit and might help you start your online career.

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