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Fixing My Family’s Finance (Family Finances Workshop)

I was telling a friend recently that having a vision board really helps a lot in achieving my financial goals. I have this vision board (more like a vision paper, since it’s just in one sheet of bond paper) that I taped to the wall in front of my bed. I did this so that when, I’m contemplating during the evenings, I can stare at it and become more motivated to save up so that I have enough to invest.

Recently, we have been reviewing our family’s finances and I think we’re doing pretty okay in that department (not excelling, but at least we’re okay). What we really want to eliminate are debts. We have a lot of credit card debts and of course, we have to pay off our mortgage. I say that we are pretty “okay” even with all of these debts, since we have a plan on how we could pay it off.

How about you? Do you have a plan for your our finances? How about your family’s finances? If you are still uncertain, join us for the Ready to be be Rich Family Finances Workshop. This will be on September 20, 2014 from 10am to 4pm. It will be at the vOffice Philippines Branch – 10th floor Fort Legend Tower in Bonifacio Global City!

Family Finances Workshop

Family Finances Workshop

This workshop is for:
• Couples who are finding it hard to budget their income to sustain the needs of their family.
• Breadwinners who are taking care of their parents, or involved in elder care at home.
• Single parents who are finding it hard to achieve work-life balance.
• Newlyweds who would like to know how to become financially independent from their parents.
• People who have relatives who depend on them financially.

Expect to get practical advice and real-life exercises that will teach you exactly how to achieve financial security for your family. After the workshop, you are expected to go home with a list of action items for your household and a concrete work plan that you can immediately apply.

Here are some questions that you’ll be able to answer after the workshop:
1. How can I save money if my income is just enough to support my family?
2. How do I teach my child to be financially smart?
3. How should I handle family members and relatives who constantly borrow money?
4. How do I manage my finances so it can support the medical expenses of my aging parents?
5. How can I invest if I’m too busy working and taking care of my children?
6. How do I secure the educational needs of my child?
7. How can I afford my dream house?
8. How should I prepare for retirement, so I won’t be dependent on my children when I grow old?

Instructor:

Fitz Gerard Villafuerte, RFP is a civil engineer who decided to quit the corporate world in 2003 to pursue entrepreneurship. In 2014, he became a registered financial planner.

His blog, entitled, Ready To Be Rich, has already received several recognitions including the Best Business and Finance Blog at the Philippine Blog Awards for two years in a row. Moreover, an international finance publication, Wise Bread, has likewise ranked his website as among the Top 100 Personal Finance blogs in the world. Fitz has also been recognized by Moneysense Magazine as among the top 12 most influential people in Personal Finance in the Philippines.

To sign up, please visit this link: FAMILY FINANCES WORKSHOP

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Ni-Qua Shop: For the Mommy Fashionista

I have always wondered how other moms can still look glamorous even with tons of things on their to-do-list. One of the things that I am really gearing up for is a mommy make-over. I really want to ‘always’ (operative word) go out of the house looking glamorous (as if I just stepped out from a salon). For some reason, I always fail to do so. I’m just too lazy! But learning of this fashion-forward site, Ni-Qua Shop (http://www.ni-qua.com/index.php) and its products, just inspired me to get on with the change.

I just had to go to the preview of the Holiday collection of Ni-Qua, so when Bunnie invited me, I could not say no!

Bunnie De Guzman of Ni-Qua with Mommy Ginger

Bunnie De Guzman of Ni-Qua with Mommy Ginger

What I like about Ni-QUA is that everything is crafted in the Philippines and it’s managed by a woman entrepreneur. What’s amazing about Bunnie is that she has comes up with these beautiful designs; she’s very creative. The market are working women, full time mothers, virtual working individuals who want to always look luxurious yet comfortable going their everyday task. Oh, I am definitely part of that market!

Natural Abaca Bags from Ni-Qua Shop

Natural Abaca Bags from Ni-Qua Shop

For example, check out these lovely Abaca Bags. With the bayong design, you can actually change the straps of the back. My sister likes these bags since this collection is very colorful! She has the mall bag (yellow in this picture) in blue and i’m asking it from her for Zeeka.

Lovely Products from Ni-Qua Shop

Lovely Products from Ni-Qua Shop

My style is really very simple, so this Manico Medium Tote Bag really caught my attention. It’s made from genuine leather and has gun metal accents. I think this bag from Ni-Qua will be a good addition to my closet.

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I’d like to thank Ni-Qua for that afternoon of being pampered. I miss relaxing! haha! Thank you, too, for the refreshments and for the lovely gifts.

Refreshments served from Detoxify Bar

Refreshments served from Detoxify Bar

Thank you Ni-Qua Shop for these!

Thank you Ni-Qua Shop for these!

I really love this clutch bag with my initials.

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And I wasn’t the only one who found these things beautiful. Check out Zeeka! She wanted to wear the neon pink shoes.

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Do check out the other products from their store! Their store is www.ni-qua.com. Please do follow them in Facebook, too (CLICK HERE).  Stay tuned for other products that I will feature from Ni-Qua!

 

 

 

 

 

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Mompreneur Blessie Adlaon of Wish Philippines

This lady is really one of kind. I got to notice her online since she frequently answered questions regarding entrepreneurship in the WAHMderful Life Community. I am so blessed to have been given the chance to interview her and to get to know about her new venture. Let’s get to know mompreneur Blessie Adlaon.

Mompreneur Blessie Adlaon

Mompreneur Blessie Adlaon

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About Blessie…
I’ve been married for 12 years now and have been blessed with four kids. I’ve been a WAHM since 2010. Before that, I was senior editor at goFluent, an English-training company headquartered in France. I currently work from home as a freelance writer and editor under the trade name Escrive Writing and Editing. My website Wish Philippines is my hobby and my advocacy. My deepest desire is to retire from full-time work and be able to focus more on homeschooling my children.

Wish Philippines

Wish Philippines

Interview with Mompreneur Blessie Adlaon of Wish Philippines

Ginger: Hi Blessie! Can you tell our readers on what your brand is about?
Blessie: My primary business is freelance writing, and my primary company is Escrive Writing and Editing, which has been a government-registered business since 2011.

Escrive Writing and Editing owns and manages Wish Philippines, or WishPH.com, which was launched in June 2014. The goal of WishPH.com is to publish people’s wishlists so that their gift givers can know more easily what gifts their loved ones would truly love to get.

Ginger: Oh wow! That concept is amazing! That’s the first time that I have heard of such a service. Who is your market for this?

Blessie: Wish Philippines is targeted towards Filipino mothers with young children and mid-range incomes. We are proud to say we are the first localized wishlist publisher in the country.

Now why do we offer our service primarily to mothers? Because as gift givers, it is usually the moms who are in charge of buying gifts for their children and godchildren (and even her husband’s godchildren), her parents and siblings, and also her in-laws.

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As receivers, well, it may not be Mom who receives all the gifts – certainly, the bulk of it goes to her kids – but Mom is the one in charge of finding room to store them all! So Mom would be the one most interested in publishing her kids’ wishlists, so that grandparents and godparents can get the stuff the kids really need (and which Mom will be buying anyway) rather than just add to the pile of not-so-necessary stuff filling up all storage spaces in the house!

Ginger: How did you come up with this idea? What made you decide to start this kind of business?

Blessie: The idea came first. How to make it a business came afterwards.

This website was inspired by my own gift giving challenges. You see, I’m a terrible gift guesser. It’s torture for me to try to figure out what to give my loved ones every Christmas – and Christmas comes around every twelve months!

So every March, when I start trying to figure out what to Christmas gifts to give my family and in-laws, I get this aching wish that people would just TELL me what they want. But of course, nobody would ever tell you directly, face-to-face, what they want. So I thought, what if there was a way for them to tell me indirectly?

And that’s how I came up with this idea of wishlists that people could publish on the Internet, directed to nobody specific at all, but Google-searchable and Facebook-shareable, so that they can be accessed by the people who really care enough to want to find out what gifts their giftees would truly love to get!

Ginger: Oh my! I’m also terrible at guessing what gift my loved ones would appreciate. I’m so glad that you came up with this site. Were there any obstacles that you faced when you decided to pursue becoming a Mompreneur? What are these?

Blessie: Wish Philippines is a Web-based and socially powered venture. So first, it needs a website, and second, it needs to be promoted on social media. And third, it all needs to be done by yours truly because I don’t have the funding to hire somebody else to do it all for me.

The thing is, I have no formal training in Web and graphics design. Worse, I am a reclusive introvert with less than a handful of close friends outside my family. (Seriously, I can count them on one hand with fingers to spare.) I didn’t have a Twitter account, no Pinterest, no Instagram, and I had a hundred people in my Facebook friends list.

My solution for the first obstacle was to leverage the power of Google and learn how to put up a website by myself. As for the second, well, I’ve received huge help from our Facebook WAHM group. My very first users came from there, and those who actually went on to submit wishlists to the site have been incredibly supportive. Then, there is also my husband, my total social opposite, who has thousands of Facebook friends. He promoted the site to HIS network and helped us reach our first 100 likes.

Why just 100? Oh, did I say three obstacles? There is a fourth, which is the biggest obstacle I’m facing and expect to be facing for a time longer: The concept of wishlisting is foreign to Filipinos. A survey we’ve made showed that many Filipinos have never used wishlists or gift registries, while those who have already used it to get gifts for others still felt uneasy using it for themselves. So our challenge now is to orient people on what a wishlist is, what it is for, and why it’s actually a very thoughtful and considerate gesture for them to publish one.

Ginger: I’m sure that you’ll do a good job in spreading the word about the concept of “wish lists”. With all of these obstacles, what are three traits that you think a Mompreneur should have when starting their own business?

Blessie: Resourcefulness has been the trait most helpful to me.

Energy is next, but that comes naturally when you’re following what your heart calls you to do. Even when you want to stop because you’re tired, sleepy, and hungry, you keep moving forward because something inside you forces you to keep going.

Third is naivete. You have to be a little ignorant about how hard it’s going to be, how many difficulties you’re going to face, and how impossible your task really is. Everything is impossible! – but only if you stop to think about it. So once in a while, stop thinking and just go for it.

Ginger: Any unforgettable moments or lessons that you learned as a Mompreneur?

Blessie: One thing I’ve learned while promoting Wish Philippines is that rejection won’t kill you. In fact, after a few noes, rejection doesn’t hurt so much anymore.

Yesses, on the other hand, are always delicious. Sometimes, somebody’s yes can even include an amazing amount of support you never even hoped for or dreamed of.

People can be surprisingly kind. I now have more faith in human kindness.

Ginger: Yes, we just have to have a little faith in people. What advice can you give to other Mompreneurs?

Blessie: Start by preparing your product. Forget the business plan and feasibility study. So many people come up with a cool business idea and then get inextricably stuck on the business plan. Such a shame.

When Mark Zuckerberg wrote the first line of Facebook, or even when he started promoting it, I doubt he had a business plan, or that he knew how to make one, or that he had the money to hire somebody to do it for him. And if those things stopped Mark Zuckerberg from making Facebook, imagine where we would all be today! Introverts like me would have no social life at all.

So again, start with your product and hang the business plan. If you’ve got a product that you yourself would buy, you’ll be in a better position to sell it to others. And when others are already buying, then you can write your business plan, not to start your business but to grow it.

Incidentally, Escrive Writing and Editing has been helping support our family in a major way since 2011, and I still have to write a business plan for it. Admittedly, a business plan might make my business more successful, but you see, unlike Wish Philippines, writing a business plan is just not something I’m passionate about.

Ginger: Or, I can help you create one! haha! 🙂 For the final question, do you believe that everyone should become entrepreneurs?

Blessie: Not everyone is cut out to be an entrepreneur – it can be a terribly scary, tiring, and lonely place to be in – but if something inside you calls you to do it, you should at least give it a try because the rewards are likewise great.

Ginger: Thank you, Blessie for that inspiring interview. From this interview, I hope a lot of moms with unique ideas just jump at it and go into creating their own businesses! BTW, I already sent my wishes in Wishph.com!

If you haven’t sent in your wishes, I suggest that you try out the service now!

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Wishph Contact Details:
Website: http://www.wishph.com
Email address: wishph@escrive.com
Mobile Number: 0917-5351201
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/wishphilippines
Twitter account: http://www.twitter.com/wishph

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The Pregnant Pinay

It was my mom’s birthday last week and I would like to take this opportunity to greet my Mommy a  belated happy birthday! 🙂 I wish you happiness, good health and peace of mind for the many many more years to come!

Receiving the news that her "apo" has been born!

#TBT: Receiving the news that her “apo” has been born!

I really appreciate all the help and advice that you have been giving me with regard to raising Zeeka. I now know how it feels like to be a mom and why is it that you constantly “worry”. Thank you very much for always being there for me and for my family, especially for being there for Zeeka.

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It’s true that when you are going through pregnancy, having mom by your side is really very comforting. There are a lot of things that we don’t know, especially if we’re first time parents. We would like to help you out, too, by inviting you to this workshop presented by Manila Workshops, Unilab, Palmer’s and Insular Life.  The workshop is called The Pregnant Pinay workshop.

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* Image from Manila Workshops’ site

These are the topics that will be discussed:
• Proper Pregnancy Nutrition
• What to Expect during Pregnancy Check-Ups
• Breastfeeding Basics
• Essential Newborn Care

The guest speakers for this workshop are Dr. Patricia Malay Kho and Dr. Aurora Gloria Inguillo-Libadia.

Dr. Patricia Malay Kho studied Medicine and underwent Residency Training in the UP College of Medicine – Philippine General Hospital. She is an Obstetrician-Gynecologist with Subspecialty Training in OB-Gyne Infectious Diseases. She is also an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant. She is affiliated with Makati Medical Center and St. Luke’s Global. She has two children, and both were breastfed.

Dr. Aurora Gloria Inguillo-Libadia is currently an attending pediatrician and neonatologist at the UP-PGH. She holds important positions in the UP-PGH such as being Co-Chair of the Breastfeeding Committee and the Head of the Human Milk Bank. She is also an associate professor in the Section of Newborn Medicine in the UP-PGH College of Medicine. She received her Observership trainings in Human Milk Bank Operations in Italy and in Neonatology in the United States. Various hospitals around Metro Manila and Cavite also have her as the head of their neonatal intensive care units (NICU’s). She is a board member of the Philippine Society of Newborn Medicine and is a part of the National Committee on Human Milk Banking of the Department of Health.

The Pregnant Pinay is on Saturday, August 30, 2014, from 1:00 PM to 5:30 PM at the Insular Life Multi-Purpose Hall, 12th Floor Insular Life Makati Building, Ayala Avenue corner Paseo de Roxas Street, Makati City. Workshop participation is free but pre-registration is required at ManilaWorkshops.com. This workshop is the sixth installment for 2014 of the Parenting Pals Workshop Series and is co-presented by Unilab, Palmer’s, and Insular Life.

If you want to sign up for this workshop, just fill out the form below:

See you there!

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All About Entrepreneurship and the New Rich Society Program

Being an entrepreneur this day and age seems so difficult. Most of the complaints that I hear from people who want to start their own businesses are of the following topics — How to get started, Concerns on Business Registration, Where to get Capital and Unfamiliar with technology and online tools. And then, most of those who want to delve into entrepreneurship want to start on implementing different businesses all at the same time.

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Although it’s true that you need multiple sources of income, please don’t create various businesses and set it up all at the same time (unless you can come up with efficient processes in a day and implement it on that same week or if you’re just a silent partner for the other businesses). I have been an avid follower of Timothy Ferris. I have read his book the Four – Hour workweek and Four – hour body and in reading his book, I had a lot of realizations. One realization was that no matter how efficient you have build your processes for a certain period in time, you may need to change that after a few years in order to become more competitive and in order to adapt to your audience.

For example, a lot of you know that I built Manila Workshops almost two years ago. When I built that business, I already had set processes in place. I designed it in a way that I could step out of the daily grind of things and just oversee things and manage people, and that the only thing that I had to worry about was to look for good people to guide and concentrate on building relationships. But then, now, with the entry of competitors and the ever changing digital landscape, I am pressured to strengthen the brand and develop new processes (so watch out for that! Lol!).

Another realization was I should already be gearing up to earn passive income. Passive income means that even if you are not physically there, you’re earning big bucks from your business. Now that’s the hard part since events management requires you to really “be there” (or does it?). Again, another challenge or thing to think about!

So for entrepreneurs, you have to be constantly changing your tactics, processes and even the roles and responsibilities of your people. And you have to have that goal of earning more passive income. This lead me to agree to be one of the speakers of the New Rich Society Program.

First and foremost, what is this term? Who are the New Rich? Timothy Ferris actually mentions this in his book. The New Rich are people who make money even when they’re sleeping because they have passive income. Yes, they work hard for the money; but more importantly, they also make their money work hard for them. These are the people who work SMART rather than work HARD. How do they do this? They do this by building networks, creating systems, putting up businesses and investing in instruments that eventually become an automatic income source, making money for them year after year.

I have a secret to share. Although I keep on telling people in my mentoring sessions or even in my speaking engagements to create vision boards, I only got to create mine last month. Lol! But it has really worked for me and I keep on telling people that because I was actually amazed on how great it has worked for me. With my vision board, everything is clearer. I know where exactly I would get that passive income. The “how’s” became clearer. I don’t consider myself a part of the new rich yet (technically), but I know that I will eventually get there in 5 years.

Now, in the Philippines, a group of gentlemen (Jon Oraña, Burn Gutierrez and Fitz Villafuerte) founded the New Rich Society. The New Rich Society is an online learning series about creating multiple sources of income. Its focus is to help Filipinos discover and learn different ways to make money, so they won’t have to rely on just their job salary.

Jon Oraña is a business coach who teaches people how to become entrepreneurs at his blog, Eskapology. He is a successful internet marketer who has been helping Filipinos shift from being employees, to business owners.

Meanwhile, Burn Gutierrez is a financial education advocate and Chairman for the Angat Pilipinas Coalition for Financial Literacy, Inc. (OFW UsapangPiso Seminars and Online Forum).

Lastly, Fitz Villafuerte is a Registered Financial Planner (RFP) who is best known as the founder of business and finance blog, Ready To Be Rich. He is an author and a speaker-trainer for various companies and non-profit organizations.

I agreed to be a speaker because my personal goal is to really help people find ways to augment their income. I always had a lot of “rackets” and I’d like to share strategies on how I personally built all my businesses. Check out my interview for the New Rich Society by leaving your email on this link (CLICK HERE) and subscribe to the New Rich Society newsletter.

I am so honored to be one of the mentors for this program. The course will be comprised of these topics that I’m sure will be highly beneficial for those curious on having multiple streams of income:

• Making money in the stock market by Floi Wycoco
• Putting up a business and becoming an entrepreneur by Chal Lontoc
• Earning online from blogging by Ben Francia
• Investing in pooled funds by Randell Tiongson
• Building a real estate empire by Jay Castillo
• Starting an online store business by Ginger Arboleda
• Selling e-Books as a business by a “Secret Expert”
• Fast profits from forex trading by Fitz Villafuerte

So feel free to join the New Rich Society. There is a FREE video training currently ongoing. Click and learn from the New Rich Society HERE

Do you have questions that you want to raise which is related to my topic? Please do leave comments here so that I can include answering them during the program.

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Mompreneur Reena Alcantara of CMDA Home & Office Cleaning Services

One of my personal goals is really to help the other entrepreneurs in the Philippines become successful at what they do. I’ve always believed that those who really want to be entrepreneurs need to be given the same opportunities given to huge companies. In this blog, I intend to help entrepreneurs, especially mompreneurs, by promoting their services. I recently made a shout out on my instagram account (follow me at http://instagram.com/mommyginj) that I am looking for more entrepreneurs that I could interview and whose services I can write about.

Today, I am proud to publish this interview with my friend Renz Alcantara who is also a member of the WAHMderful Life community. She is the proprietor of CMDA Home & Office Cleaning Services, which I think will be useful for busy moms like us who plan to outsource these household work. One of the tips that I always say during my talks is that we should accept the fact that we need help — from our husbands, from parents and from people around us. Even if we want to do everything by ourselves, it’s just humanly impossible! 🙂 These cleaning services of Renz will be a huge help. But, let’s start by getting to know this lady.

Renz Alcantara, the mompreneur behind CMDA Cleaning Services

Renz Alcantara, the mompreneur behind CMDA Cleaning Services

About Reena or Renz…
My family and friends are fond of calling me Renz. I’m a Mom of 2 beautiful girls and 2 feline boys. My girls are Peaches, 6 years old, and Luzy who just turned 2 months old. My rowdy furry sons are Ted, adopted from PAWS and Peanut, who Troy and Peaches rescued from the streets. Before CMDA, I have been working online since 2008. While my forte is Search Engine Optimization, I have honed different skills being a virtual assistant. I am a proud WAHM (work at home mom) and everyday I am thankful for being one. My ultimate goal, together with my equally hardworking and supportive husband, is to provide a stable work for honest and hard working Filipinos and give them and their family opportunities of a better quality of life. The good people who are working for us are treated as family and partners in providing quality service to our clients.

Interview with Mompreneur Reena Alcantara of CMDA Home and Office Cleaning Services

Ginger: Hi Renz! Thank you for agreeing to be interviewed for Mommy Ginger. First of all, can you tell us what your business is about and how long have you been doing it?

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Renz: CMDA cleaning service is about the people we work with and maintaining the quality of service that we provide to our clients. The concept came from my Mom and then my husband and I decided to start and try it out. We offer deep cleaning services on homes and offices, post construction cleaning, restaurant kitchen sanitation, stay out cleaning service, and post event cleaning services. In less than a year, we’ve managed to grow the business with help from both sides of our family and amazing people who came to work with us.

Ginger: Who is your target market?
Renz: We cater to commercial offices, condominium owners, houses, schools, restaurants and any other spaces that our clients want to be cleaned and sanitized without the hassle of buying industry grade solutions and cleaning equipment.

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Ginger: How did you come up with this idea? What made you decide to start this kind of business?
Renz: My Mom first thought of the concept and I decided to move it forward. Being a clean freak myself, I have set high standards of cleaning on both residential and commercial spaces. I am easily turned off with even a small smudge of dirt in our wall.

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Ginger: As a mompreneur, were there any obstacles that you faced when you decided to pursue this business? 
Renz: The biggest obstacle was hiring trustworthy and hard working cleaners for the business. But with God’s grace, we were given the perfect partners who love the business like we do. Second obstacle was the money to start the business. Being young parents, we were concerned about risking whatever savings we had in starting a new business but again, support from our families poured in and their confidence in us gave the final push.

Ginger: What are three traits that you think a Mompreneur should have when starting their own business?
Renz: Be a know-it-all. When it comes to starting up your business, make sure you know everything there is to know. Read, learn, ask, those were the most important things I did when I was just starting the business.

– Be ready to multi-task. As a business owner, a mother, a wife all rolled into one you are bound to wear two or three hats all at the same time. Keep your sanity by mastering the art of multi-tasking. I would also want to mention, know when to asking for help and delegate to maximize your time and potential.

– Dream big- the realization of your dreams and your visions start with having one. And then make baby steps to attain the dream.

Ginger: Any unforgettable moments or lessons that you learned as a Mompreneur?
Renz: There were plenty of lessons I learned the hard way like when a client didn’t pay for the service claiming they were not satisfied of the service even though they saw their place a week after our cleaning service was rendered and her helper and driver were there to check our cleaners and even signed a waiver saying all is well and satisfactory.

There was also this one time we had to do a repeat cleaning to a small condo because the owner complained and again, her helpers were there watching over our cleaners and again signed the waiver. The helper even made up stories about how our cleaners were when it really didn’t happen. But what can you do when you want your clients to be happy?

Also, unforgettable moments were when we started getting calls from celebrities and high end condominiums! I remember thinking of going myself so I can see the celebrity and her/his home. Teeheee.

Ginger: haha! But, yes, as mompreneurs, sometimes you have to learn these things the hard way. Not all days are bright and sunny. So what advice can you give to other Mompreneurs?
Renz: There are no small or big dreams, the most important thing is you have one and you’re working hard to achieve it. Believe and you shall see. Treat your employees well, they are your front-liners and always remember that they represent you and your business.

Ginger: Yes, I agree. Employees should be treated well, especially if they really show that they care for the company. As a company in this day and age, what are the tools that you use for your business?

Renz: The most important tools in my marketing my business are my laptop, my mobile phones and the Internet. Most of my clients know about our business through websites.

Ginger: So, what we can pick up here from Renz is that even if you business is a traditional service like cleaning services, digital marketing still plays an important role in growing your business. Thank you Renz for being our guest today. I hope a lot of our readers here get to avail of your services.

CMDA Home & Office Cleaning Services
Website: http://cmdacleaningservices.vaprostaff.com/ (temporary URL)
Email address: cmdacleaning@gmail.com
Mobile Number: 0917-5092768
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/CMDACleaningServices
Landline Number: 994-4688 | 470-0415

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vOffice Philippines: Have your Own Office at BGC

As a work-at-home-mom or dad or single, sometimes, it’s just nice to have your own workplace out of your home. It’s so funny that during the time I was working in an office, I would wish to go home so that i could work without distractions (to avoid meetings). Now that I work from home, I want to look for a place that I could call my own office. I know that I really opted to work from home so that I could be with my daughter. But sometimes, you have to realize that you need some “me” time, too, or at least time to catch up on deadlines!

There’s this work concept that emerged a few years ago. It’s called co-working. Co-working is basically paying for shared space for your business. You could think of it as the co-working company subletting the space to various small businesses. Why do they do this? It’s to help ease the burden of paying capital or operating expenses.

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Various coworking spaces have sprouted in the Philippines. I signed recently signed up with vOffice Philippines. vOffice has 25 locations in Asia. They have 3 locations in the Philippines and 2 of them are in Bonifacio Global City (which I love) since it’s near my home.

These are the pictures of their office at One Global Place at Bonifacio Global City (across Mini-Cooper showroom; building has a UnionBank branch at the Ground Floor).

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The Conference Area

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The Pantry

Waiting Area (1)

Seats on the left are seats that you can use anytime to meet with people. The room on the right is the conference room which you can book. That other room to the left of the conference room are private spaces that you can rent out per month for your own company.

EntranceThat meeting room with the blue door is where I took this photo…

Some Me-time!

Some Me-time!

The VOffice Philippines locations are really very impressive! What i like about it too is that they have 4 AFFORDABLE PACKAGES that entrepreneurs and small businesses can choose from. They have the silver, gold, gold plus and platinum packages for their Virtual Office Plans.

The Silver Package is at Php 1200 per month, Gold is at Php 2640 per month, Gold+ is at Php 2880 per month and Platinum is at Php 3320 per month for their Mavenue Building – Penthouse Level location (7844 Makati Avenue, Makati). For the locations at Bonifacio Global City, the rate are: Silver Package is at Php 1400 per month, Gold is at Php 2960 per month, Gold+ is at Php 3200 per month and Platinum is at Php 3600 per month. Still not bad, right?

Screenshot from the vOffice Philippines Website

Screenshot from the vOffice Philippines Website

FULL DETAILS of the package: CLICK HERE

I’ve been to other virtual offices and co-working spaces and what I love about vOffice is that:

– They are located in places where it’s easy for your guests to find. If you plan to meet with business partners and prospects, you won’t have a hard time telling them where the location is.

– The buildingswhere vOffice are located are very safe and secure. In both places in BGC, the reception area of the building requires you to present your id when entering the building. Since this will be my office, obviously, I want where I work to be a safe place.

– When you enter vOffice, you are always warmly greeted by the receptionist.

– Whenever you book meetings in the conference room or the meeting room, the staff always offers if you want coffee. Coffee is also free flowing! You need not spend money for coffee every time you have meetings.

– They can handle your calls and messages are forwarded to you. I have yet to try this service but my friend who is also a member tells me that he enjoys this service.

– They have Wifi!

Entrepreneurs, like moi, will love a place like this. Honestly, they have one of the most affordable packages that I have seen plus they are in a really, really good location.

For inquiries, just visit their site by clicking on the banner below! Let me know if you’ve already joined, so that we can have a “working day meet up” at vOffice Philippines.

PS: Get two months FREE Membership when you tell vOffice that Mommy Ginger (Ginger Arboleda) referred you 🙂 Click on the banner below to get the FREE  MONTHS!

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Zeeka Stars in Videos! (Personalized See-Mee Video)

There are more and more personalized products released right now in the market. Coming out with personalized products make your customers feel that they are special and that you really thought about them. A personalized approach is effective especially if you want to build a relationship with your audience. See, even Coke came out with the personalized bottles!

Personalized Coke Bottles

Speaking of personalizing things, my daughter now loves to watch herself on this personalized videos that I play on our TV screen (sometimes on my laptop). I am at awe on how people can be so creative and how they came up with an idea like this. This service, which I recently got to know about is about creating personalized cartoon videos with your baby as the “star” of the show, with the goal of educating your child with each episode. This is something like the greetings that they have in Baby TV (if you do get to watch that channel). This service is from www.See-Mee.com. I received a copy of my daughter, Zeeka’s videos and these videos are so cute! Check these out!

*Click on “Playlist” to see more episodes.

What I like about the videos is that it teaches my daughter different lessons per episode: finding shapes, spotting the differences, making choices, etc. The graphics are very colorful and vibrant that it really holds the attention of Zeeka (my daughter). She always giggles and laughs when she watches herself.

See-Mee

For international buyers, meaning if you have Paypal or a Credit Card, you can go to this site (SEE-MEE.COM) and you can order there. The packages are at:

You Tube/Watch Online Package $9.95
Download Package $19.95
Customized DVD/DVD Label $49.95

The good news is that the videos are also available for those who are here in the Philippines without Paypal or credit card. For Philippines Buyers (which was how I got the videos), all you have to do is email a clear photo of your child (preferably a close-up shot) and they will send you the videos once done. You can choose from these packages:

YouTube/Watch Online Package
Price: P700.00
This includes…
– 12 personalized episodes starring your child!
– Total duration: 60 minutes (5 min. per episode)
– Specially designed with educational experts to entertain and teach pre-schoolers
– Get instantly a personal web link to watch all episodes on the See-Mee site
– This link will be available for two years. During this time, it can be accessed without limits.
– Personal hyperlink to share movies on Facebook, Twitter, blogs…
– Access your movies on any device that is connected to the internet
– No registration required!

Download Package
Price: P1,000.00
This includes…
– 12 personalized downloadable MPEG movies (1024×576) starring your child!
– Total duration: 60 minutes (5 min. per episode) / Total filesize: 1.2GB (100MB per episode)
– Movie files will be ready after 5 working days
– Specially designed with educational experts to entertain and teach pre-schoolers
– Watch the episodes on any device: PC, tablet, smartphone, …
– Upload very easily your MPEG files to streaming video sites like YouTube
– Extra: a personal web link to watch all episodes online on the See-Mee site

Other Additional Services:
Burning of Video to DVD (with plain label) — +P200.00
Additional DVD copy — +P100
Shipping fee — +P60 for MM, provincial rates for outside MM
Personalized DVD (coming soon) – with Personalized Cover and Disk Label

For orders from the Philippines, you can visit the Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/personalizedbabyvids

You can also send an email to: info@tweenselmom.com

For more details, check out this blog post from TweenselMom.

I’m thinking that this service will be great to be given as giveaways during birthday parties or to be played during these events. I wonder if they can eventually make a video with various characters. It will be fun to make if you have more than one child.

Let me know if you have videos made, too!

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