Archives for April 2013

Business Plan Template

My blog post today is rather short and simple. A lot of people, especially those who have great ideas that they want to execute, have been asking me for a business plan template. Well, I’m sharing my template with you. This is what I have been using for the past years already.

Business Plan Template

Business Plan Template

You can download it here:

Entrepreneur Business Plan Template

However, I do not go through this template in the manner that it is presented. I will be giving you tips on where to start and how to fill in each section with details.

If you have questions specific to any of the sections in this template, feel free to leave a comment below and I will tackle it as I write the upcoming articles on creating a business plan.

I hope that this business plan template helps you in creating or starting your own business. 🙂

I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Love lots,

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger

Blog Inspired

As I write this, I am thinking of the number of women who have decided to blog because they want to fulfill a purpose, a goal that they have set for themselves. These goals are beyond monetary goals or goals of being popular. These goals are not even related to blog statistics and blog ranking. These women have deeper goals and purpose for their blogs. These are the women who are blog inspired!

Blog Inspired

Blog Inspired

I admit that up until a few days ago, I was at a lost as to what i wanted for my new blog, MommyGinger.com. Then, I got to read a couple of blog entries about the Blog Inspired workshop. Unfortunately, I didnt get to go, since I had to stay home to take care of my one month old daughter.

I was reading about each one’s purpose and it got me thinking. How about me? What was my purpose for MommyGinger.com?

I figured that it had something to do with my strengths as a person and as a new mom. I realized that what inspires me the most is sharing my knowledge about coming up with a business and handling a business. I am excited when I talk about entrepreneurship, product innovation and marketing. I love helping people who want to start their own businesses. I love giving them tips and advice. I also love learning from other mompreneurs. I love seeing and feeling the passion that comes from these mompreneurs.

With that, I knew exactly what my blog’s purpose was and it’s actually not far from what i have already written in my about page (The goal of this blog is to share stories of my life as a mom, to share tips on how to be a full-fledged momtrepreneur and a successful multi-tasking super mom!)

MommyGinger.com's Blog Purpose

MommyGinger.com’s Blog Purpose

MommyGinger.com aims to help women entrepreneurs learn about business, management and marketing while effectively managing and ENJOYING life at home. It also aims to help promote women entrepreneurship and startups.

I feel good about this. I know I’m on the right track with all of the ideas that I have for my blog and with all the efforts of promoting momtrepreneurs and their businesses.

How about you? What inspires you to keep on blogging? What is your purpose?

Love lots,

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger

 

The WAHMEO Blog Carnival 2013

I’m proud to be a WAHMEO — a Work-At-Home-Mom CEO! In this day and age, it is quite noticeable that women have risen to the challenge of owning businesses and becoming entrepreneurs. I remember, in the college that I went to, the entrepreneurship course was only offered to men. I heard that it is now being offered even to women.

In the US (based on the U.S. Census Bureau statistics compiled every five years) last 2007, there were 7.8 million women-owned firms. Among these businesses, 90 percent were small businesses. The statistics though for 2007 showed that women-owned companies grew at twice the rate (44 percent versus 22 percent) compared to the businesses owned by men (report prepared by the Economics and Statistics Administration). Here in the Philippines, we see a lot of women entrepreneurs, especially online, selling crafts, clothes and apparel, beauty products, etc. There are also more and more women who choose to run these businesses as a work-at-home-mom.

We still don’t have the numbers to prove it, but hopefully in the future, we will. I deeply believe that us, WAHMEOs, are geared to succeed. I think we can be as good a leader as our male counterparts. This is a good read from Forbes.com: 8 Strategies Successful Women Entrepreneurs Share with Their Corporate Counterparts This article may be pertaining to women in the workplace, but I think, the way they describe women here, her motivation and way of leading is what also makes us successful WAHMEOs.

Martine, the founder of Wahmderfullife.com, Marge and Jenn from vasupportpro.com and yours truly from MommyGinger.com, would like to start the WAHMEO Blog Carnival 2013.

WAHMeo Blog Carnival logo

WAHMeo Blog Carnival logo

We are inviting you to join our WAHMEO Blog Carnival. Prizes await the best blog entry!

Mechanics:
1) Blog entries should stick to the theme, which is Why WAHMEOs are geared to Succeed. You can discuss and write about experiences revolving around these:
– Thoughts on WAHMEOs
– Your Experience as a WAHMEOs
– Why do you want to be a WAHMEOs
– Statistics on WAHMEOs around the globe

2) Please include the “WAHMEO Revolution” logo at the TOP of your carnival post and include the following paragraph as your first paragraph (Please feel free to copy the image of the logo on top)

“I’m participating in the WAHMEO Revolution Blog Carnival 2013, hosted by WAHMderfullife.com, MommyGinger.com and VASupportPro.com. We’ll be sharing our thoughts and experiences on being a WAHMEO. We will also be sharing our reasons why we want to be WAHMEOs. Please scroll down to the end of the post to see the list of link-up entries.”

3) Your blog entry for The WAHMEO Revolution Blog Carnival 2013 should be published on May 1, 2013 EST or no later than 9am on May 3, 2013 EST.

4) Please fill out the Blog Post Form no later than 9am on May 3, 2013.

5) Once we have the complete list of URLs, we will e-mail you back, so you can EDIT your blog entry to include the link list of the other carnival entries. With this, please send in your blog post URLs as early as you can.

6) We highly encourage you to visit the other participants of the The WAHMEO Revolution Blog Carnival 2013 and leave meaningful comments.

7) We will be giving away prizes for the best write-up. The prizes will include a $25 Paypal credit, a business book for moms in business, and one (1) full year FREE hosting of a WordPress site.

We hope that you enjoy this activity! More power to us WAHMEOs! 🙂

Love lots,

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger

Creating a Business Plan for a Mompreneur Business or Venture

I have my business idea… Now, what? We, Mompreneurs or MomEOs or WAHMEOs value our time. We don’t want to waste our time. Sometimes, I personally think that there are not enough hours in a day. I hate wasting time and during those lull times (like waiting in the doctor’s clinic, or going through traffic) during the day, I get to review the checklist in my head and panic. I panic because instead of accomplishing these things, I’m stuck in this situation.

The same mindset is usually observed when one wants to start a mompreneur business. We just either, one, go ahead and start the business, by creating the products or marketing the service, or two, just set it aside since we have other things that we need to accomplish first in our checklist. For the former, it is great that we get the passion and the drive the start the business right away. The danger though is that we haven’t really sat down and thought about our plans for the business and its feasibility. For the latter, setting that business idea aside and just moving along with our daily tasks might lead us to never getting it done anytime soon or even anytime in the future.

Why is it that we never get to write business plans before we start a business? Here are several reasons that I could think of (and have thought of and used in the past *guilty*):
– Uhm, hello? This is just a hobby. I don’t plan on making this (whatever it is) big in the future.
– Business Plans? Gawd… those are just a bunch of papers that no one reads.
– I don’t know how to create a business plan -_-
– I’m not looking for investors or venture capitalists. Do I really need to make one?
– I’ll create it after I’ve launched my business.

Yes, I am guilty! I have used some of those reasons before. But, believe me, the best way to start a business is really to have concrete plans of how you want it to be set up now and how you see it to be in the future. Why do we need to create business plans? Here are some reasons I could think of:

– Think and make plans on how you would want to earn from this business or “hobby” (I’m sure that even if it is a hobby, you might very well want to earn back at least what you have spent for). This is what you call your business model.
– It helps you calculate and check on how much would you need to start the business and how much you would be able to earn and at what rate
– If your business flies and investors want to come in, you will have a document that you would be able to show them
– It will help you set the direction for your business, like answering your own personal concerns/issues on hiring additional manpower, when to expand the business, who to market to and who else to market to if target market is not responsive, etc.
– To help you create an effective marketing strategy and to guide you when you do actual implementation
– To remind you about your strengths and weaknesses versus the strengths and weaknesses of your competitors. To remind you about your competitors, period.
– To guide you on how to deal with potential problems in the future.

I know that there are tons of reasons why I think all of us Mompreneurs and MomEOs need to have business plans before we start our own businesses. Could you think of other reasons? Do you agree with me?

In my future blog posts, I will help you create your own business plan.

Bye for now!

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger

Galleon.ph: Online Shopping for Unique Items

Since I am still at home most of the time, I get to check out a lot of sites. I get to spend, too, which makes me the perfect customer for online stores, especially if they are selling stuff for babies. I get to see though that the items being sold for children, when I jump from one site to another, is most of the time the same stuff. There are only a few sites or online stores that sell unique items. One of the online shopping sites that I have recently discovered is Galleon.ph. Galleon.ph features products (well most of them) that are not available in the Philippines.

original logo Galleon

I, of course, went directly to the Categories tab and chose “baby products” (you guessed it right!). I looked at the things that they have online and these are the things that I found intriguing!

Potty Time Potty Watch

Potty Time Potty Watch

Potty Time Potty Watch

This watch is so cool! It plays music and lights up to help the child remember when to go potty. It also helps take the child’s mind off how long they have been on the toilet. The songs from this device helps the child relax. You can set the timer for 30, 60, or 90 minutes. This is only at Php 844 pesos!

Click HERE to go to the item at Galleon.ph.

Lansinoh mOmma Straw Cup with Dual Handles

Lansinoh mOmma Straw Cup with Dual Handles

Lansinoh mOmma Straw Cup with Dual Handles

What I find unique about this cup is it’s design. It has an innovative in and out straw system. You can store the straw within the lid to keep it clean and to prevent leaks. It is microwavable, too! It’s BPA free and if you lose the strawm there are replacements sold separately.

Click HERE to go to this item at Galleon.ph

NEW Clic-It Smart Diaper Hand Travel Bag System

NEW Clic-It Smart Diaper Hand Travel Bag System

NEW Clic-It Smart Diaper Hand Travel Bag System

I love the design of this diaper bag! It has so many pockets, which I love: a large back pocket, 2 front pockets and 2 side bottle pockets. It had a Quick Release Clip System and stroller loops that makes it convenient to use while traveling. It has a large, removable changing pad and a Zip-off messenger flap.

Click HERE to go to this item at Galleon.ph

These are the three things that I found quite unique from Galleon.ph. There are things, too, that I actually already have. For those who are having a baby, I have these things at home already and you can actually purchase it from Galleon.ph.

*Just click on the images to go to its page on Galleon.ph

Medela Freestyle Breast Pump

Medela Freestyle Breast Pump

Philips AVENT 3-in-1 Electric Steam Sterilizer

Philips AVENT 3-in-1 Electric Steam Sterilizer

Philips AVENT Natural Exclusive Infant Starter Set

Philips AVENT Natural Exclusive Infant Starter Set

Have you seen this site before? What items have you bought? Please do share feedback on your purchases.

Happy Shopping!

Love lots,

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger

Momtrepreneur Mary Louise Moldez-Sandiko of Lil Miss Belle Hair Accessories

An Interview with MOMTREPRENEUR MARY LOUISE M. SANDIKO of LIL MISS BELLE HAIR ACCESSORIES

I’m a full time mom for a two year old girl. I’m five years married to Engr. Christopher Sandiko. I could say that I am an organized person. I love a little of photography, which I use for my hobby/business and scrapbooking. I was in a semiconductor company for 4 years as my first job then I transferred to a cable company, a very demanding yet exciting job since I was in marketing and advertising for almost another 4 years. My last corporate job was in Honda.

 

MOMTREPRENEUR MARY LOUISE M. SANDIKO of LIL MISS BELLE HAIR ACCESSORIES

 

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I had a hard time of becoming pregnant. My husband & I encountered many challenges of becoming pregnant and when the time I became pregnant; it was an ectopic one. But God is Good, because after 6 months God blessed us with another pregnancy. This time we put our full trust in HIM, and sure enough, HE never failed. My baby, Elliana Faith was born on February 13, 2011 via normal delivery and in all natural way with no medication involved in ‘The Birthing Clinic of The Cathedral of the King’ under the care of a very anointed woman, Sis. Charito Flores. I was gifted with a baby girl, which made me so excited to dress her up and to doll her up with hair accessories. But she was so fragile & I was afraid to try anything on her head. Each time we would go out, I always looked for something beautiful & elegant to put on her head to make her more prettier, but I couldn’t find one. I didn’t like some of the boutique displays, since their garters were not ‘baby-friendly’. What I did was I just grabbed only one headpiece which I thought was the best and most comfortable for her to wear on her baptism.

 

LIL MISS BELLE HAIR ACCESSORIES

LIL MISS BELLE HAIR ACCESSORIES

After that I became so interested in hair accessories for babies. I researched different designs on internet and I fell in-love with the couture baby designs— very elegant, very chic, just a little formal for babies but very stunning. Since I have been doing scrap-booking for a long time, I told myself that maybe I create ribbons, too.

This became my hobby; I create when my baby sleeps. During that time, I was not active on Facebook, because I was busy. I didn’t know that there were available shops of hair accessories, too. I didn’t have any plans of selling my creations on Facebook. I just loved making her different hair pieces. But every time we would go to the mall, sales ladies, mommies & children would notice my daughter’s headpiece. They would approach me and ask me on where I bought my daughter’s accessory, since they haven’t seen anything like that in dept stores. I told them that I made it myself. They would then ask me where my shop was. I would answer gracefully that this is just my hobby, and they would tell me that I should have one.
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With these kind words, I was encouraged and I started to buy some materials (P5,000.00 worth). I began making designs for babies. I launched LIL MISS BELLE HAIR ACCESSORIES on my private account first on Facebook last July of 2012. My brand “Belle” was derived from the French word which means beautiful, because for me, all little girls & all little misses are beautiful on their own special way, and they become prettier when accented with beautiful hair accessories. LIL MISS BELLE HAIR ACCESSORIES can make or create simple bows to elegant headpieces.

I was not ready to create an account or page because of my limited time. I just made few designs and after a week, all my stocks were sold-out, so I had to replicate them again, because many were still wanting to buy. I was really surprised because my target market were for infants only. The funny thing was, I didn’t have hard headbands or clips that time, because my thinking was infants do not wear clips or headbands because their heads are very delicate. Then I had my initial purchase of headbands & different clips to cater the little girls, teens & moms. And now, I’m into creating of formal headpieces for weddings, too! Currently, I have hats, maternity sashes & clips and headband organizers, but these are custom-made. I started supplying my creations to some boutiques here in the Philippines last November of 2012 and started accepting re-sellers in Facebook.

Right now, i’m a one-woman team. I wish I could have more time and more people to help me. If I have bulk and mall orders, I consign some people to help me. I have limited time to make creations because my baby is so active now & demands much of my time, so I make my creations and orders during the night. I always advise my clients of the delivery lead time because most of my creations are meticulously handmade so it takes time. I’m a very detailed person and I want to make sure that everything is in good condition.

I still need to do more improvements here in LIL MISS BELLE HAIR ACCESSORIES (LMB). Bigger plans & dreams are in store for my shop and clients in the near future, like I want to focus more on promoting my creations to some boutiques, joining bazaars & sourcing different materials. While my team is doing the production, I am still on the top of it. I just need to teach, trust and learn how to delegate work, so that I can focus more on marketing & advertising. I pray that God will grant the desires of my heart and guide me in everything I do. I just want to give GOD all the glory for giving me this new talent.

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If you want to start your own business, think of what makes you happy while doing it. When you love your work and become passionate, this “PASSION” can make you a successful mompreneur. You need also to have a good talk with your partner about your plans. Good communication with God is very important, too. Ask Him to give you wisdom in everything that you do. Keep your family intact and in good health while doing your own thing. Don’t forget that you’re a wife and a mom first.

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For the stay-at-home moms out there, taking care of our babies & family is our first priority. But doing our own thing that brings us into another form of happiness is what makes us complete and fulfilled as a person, too! We just need good time management, a cooperative and supportive hubby and put GOD at the center. Always be reminded that apart from GOD WE CAN DO NOTHING.

Facebook Page Account – www.facebook.com/LMBHairAccessories
Facebook Private Account – www.facebook.com/lilmiss.belle

Today was Better

Daddy Ej went to the States last Sunday to go on a business trip, and he’ll be gone for 1 week. I’m not a sentimental person, but last night (Tuesday), I found myself waiting for him. It was 6:00 pm and I was just sitting on our bed and realizing that he wasn’t coming home tonight. Then I found myself counting the days until Sunday, the day he arrives. As of today, I have to wait four more days.

I think Zeeka also feels that her daddy isn’t home. She usually doesn’t mind Ej, because daddy Ej always bugs her and she gets pissed off, but earlier today, when Ej called via Skype, she opened her eyes and awakened from her deep slumber.

I hate it that my husband is gone. I usually do all of my stuff with him. It’s hard when your partner-in-crime isn’t home. It gets boring, since you don’t have anyone to talk to. It’s a good thing that we had a few visitors today who came by to see Zeeka. Today was better.

During noon, Angelo, Zeeka’s godfather-to-be (since the baptism will still be on May), dropped by. He and his wife Gretchen have such a cutiepie 9-month-old son named Matteo. Our conversation was about Matteo and Zeeka, mostly about their “baby milestones”. I had fun talking about our pregnancy and the sleepless nights that we had to go through, which they too experienced.

In the afternoon, I was excited to meet little Colin, the son of my friends, Candice and Chris. Who wouldn’t be excited to meet this little guy?!

Baby Colin in his Bumble Bee attire

Baby Colin in his Bumble Bee attire

Zeeka's first "baby-date" with Colin

Zeeka’s first “baby-date” with Colin

Aside from seeing this little stunner, I had fun exchanging stories with my friend Candice. Both of us are exclusively breastfeeding our babies. It was so nice to have a ‘kabarkada’ who is also in the same situation as you are. You can easily exchange notes and help each other out.

We, Chris and Candice and I, also talked about baby milestones. Colin is already four months old and can already carry his head without support and hold on to things. He’s really cute, too, when he talks to stickers on the wall and when he attempts to talk to adults. He has a cute laugh, too! Zeeka, who is only 1 month old, also attempts to carry her head, by our yaya and I are scared to have her do whatever she wants since she’s still too young. She sleeps and eats, but has this really endearing smile that I know will break hearts in the future. She’s a strong girl, and loves kicking people and things. She’s really tall, too, and had really long legs. The only sound I hear from her right now are “eeehs”.

Our fun day had to end when both our babies had to sleep already.

Today was really better. It helps to keep yourself busy and preoccupied when you feel a bit down, lonely and restless.

But, I still miss Ej.

Love lots,

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger

Babiators: Mini Aviators for Babies

Baby Z is still a little jaundiced. During her last check up, her pediatrician suggested that we have her blood tested just to be sure. In that blood test, you will be able to find out if its direct or indirect. If it’s direct, it’s the liver causing it and that’s a problem. If it’s indirect, then, we do not have to worry and we just have to keep on feeding the baby (continue breastfeeding). Thankfully, although her bilirubin levels were still high, it was not caused by any liver problems. All we need to do now is continue breastfeeding and exposing her to sunlight.

I came across this mini aviators for babies. They are called Babiators. I saw this first in the facebook page of a friend and I immediately thought of Zeeka and her sunbathing escapades to the the 5th floor of our condominium building.

Check out these Babiators!
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beach baby blue 3-7

nighthawk navy 3-7

limelight lime 3-7

blue angels blue 3-7

black ops black 3-7

princess pink 3-7

rockstar red 3-7

sneak attack pink black 3-7

superstar silver 3-7

wicked white 3-7

I wanted so much to buy her something to protect her eyes. What our yaya does is she covers Baby Z’s eyes, but I know that this isn’t enough. These Babiators offer 100% protection against UVA and UVB rays. These mini sunglasses are also very durable and are made out of pliable rubber and shatter-resistant lenses. The Babiators do not contain any BPA, phthalates or lead-based paint.

These are perfect for babies in the Philippines, since we are a tropical country and the sun is almost always out. According to Dr. Mark S. Borchert, Pediatric Neuro Ophthalmologist at CHLA, “the lens of a child allows 70% more UV rays to reach the delicate retina than in an adult.” As moms, we need to see that their eyes are protected from UV rays and these shades are great for both protecting their sight and for fashionably dressing our babies up!

The Babiators come in these colors: Black Ops Black, Blue Angels Blue, Rockstar Red and Princess Pink, Limelight Lime, Sneak Attack Pink, Beach Baby Blue, Nighthawk Navy & Wicket White. These are available in size 0-3 and 3+ with a retail price of P950 (0-3 years old) and P995 (3-7 years old).

To get your Babiators, the are available in Nurture Nook, Quirks, Rustan’s, ROX and Taste Central. I have already included this in our gift registry for Zeeka’s baptism!