What is Pinoy500?

Pinoy500 is an online resource that helps Filipino freelancers find better clients, raise their rates, and improve their freelancing game.

The goal? By 2020, to have 500 Filipino freelancers charging premium U.S. rates - in other words, they are paid equal to or more than their U.S. based counterparts.

Celine speaking at various freelancing events.

This is what Pinoy500 IS:

  • This is for people who will take action, who will follow through the lessons from the blog and the email newsletters, as well as from private email conversations with me. This is for people who don’t just passively hoard or consume information.
  • This is for people who are sick and tired of the same old unstrategic tips - such as “101 Ways to Promote Your Freelancing Business on Facebook” or “How to Make Money Online” - realizing that they’re just empty suggestions that don’t teach you how to start or, more importantly how to get better.
  • This is for people who feel that there’s something more out there for Filipino freelancers. More than what the job bidding sites offer. More techniques that are strategic and proven to work. More information than what the “gurus” are willing and able to share. If you think there’s something more for you, but you just don’t know where to find it. You can find it here.

This is what Pinoy500 IS NOT:

  • A multi-level marketing or network marketing group. I generally don’t like those things because they’re often just selling the membership - not products that people actually pay for.
  • A site teaching you how to make passive income. Do I believe passive income is possible? Yes. But there’s almost no such thing as true sustainable passive income. Oftentimes, you’ll need an initial investment of either money, time, or skills. I might bring up “passive income” in the future, but I will not B.S. about it and pretend it’s easy and for everyone.
  • About chasing hot trends in social media and SEO. Those things change over time. Pinoy500 is about strategies that last, no matter the changes in web technology.

Hope this makes things clear.

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If, upon reading the above description, you feel that Pinoy500’s values really resonate with you, it might be a good idea to get email updates (it’s free, and the blog only updates every other Thursday):

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About Celine

Pinoy500 was founded in 2011 by Celine Roque, a Filipino freelance writer and marketer. She’s been freelancing online since 2003, initially as an effort to support herself through college. But she still hasn’t figured out how to stop.

She has written for prominent blogs such as GigaOm, Freelance Switch, and Crazy Egg. As a result of writing for these blogs, some of her articles have been syndicated by The New York Times, CNN Money, and Salon Magazine. She has worked for several clients all over the globe, mostly from the US and the UK. You can find her professional website here.

She also loves growing her own food, painting, and working as an unpaid slave for her 2 dogs and 9 cats.