Slasher. That’s what Heinz Bulos, CEO of Learning Curve and Editor-In-Chief of MoneySense Magazine, calls himself. No, he’s not the Jack The Ripper, the Jason of Friday the 13th or the Freddy Krueger type of guy.
You can consider Heinz a slasher because if you ask him the proverbial ice-breaker, “So, what do you do?”, he will most likely respond with, “I’m a writer/editor/publisher/netpreneur/promoter/events producer.” (Did I miss anything?)
That’s a total of 5 slashes, and I’m pretty sure more slashes in the future.
I have always said that my first encounter with his company, Learning Curve, was when I attended the first Freelance Camp last year. At that time, Freelance Blend was just an idea in my head, and attending that event opened doors for me and led me to push ahead with the idea of creating a community of freelancers, Freelance Blend.
That is why when Heinz e-mailed me a few months ago asking me to speak at the same event this year, I was shocked and at the same time excited to get in front of the stage this time.
Going back to Heinz, in this episode, we will talk about his beginnings as an accountant for top companies, which eventually bored him and led him to pursue his passions and create as many slashes after his name. Here are the takeaways.
- How Heinz started part-time freelancing while working as an accountant.
- The importance of being in the internet scene during the dot com years.
- Why Heinz left his job in a publishing company to become a full time freelancer.
- Why Heinz got interested in the IT business that led to his writing job in PC World and launching the Philippine Web Awards.
- Why it was not an easy decision for Heinz to leave his corporate job.
- How organizing conferences for Contact Center Association of the Philippines funded his escape from the rat race.
- How Heinz started and conceptualized the only personal finance magazine in the country, MoneySense magazine.
- Why Heinz is passionate about personal finance and his AHA moment.
- How Heinz and his wife formed Learning Curve.
- Why Heinz liked the business model of conferences more than magazine publishing.
- Learning Curve‘s first workshop and why it failed.
- How Learning Curve got its big break after its initial failure.
- Working with Chinkee Tan and Francis Kong in their early days as motivational speakers.
- Where he got the concept of Freelance Camp and why he thought it would click.
- Why potential freelancers and current freelancers should attend the Freelance Camp.
- The theme and topics for this year’s Freelance Camp.
Links and Resources
- Contact Center Association of the Philippines
- MoneySense Magazine
- Learning Curve
- Personal Finance for Dummies
- Freelance Camp
“To me ownership of my ideas, my concepts, my projects — that was really important.” – on forming Learning Curve
“Freelancers have to start thinking of not just as being self-employed but also as business owners.”
“I think it’s important that you should build your reputation, your name, whatever happens — whether your fired or you resign — but people know your work, they’re more than willing to hire you.”
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