Archives for July 2015

#iHOPE (Hands on Parent while Earning) through Entrepreneurship

We all have hopes and dreams and one of the things that I hoped for exactly three years ago was to be a Hands-on-Parent. Why exactly three years ago? Because on July 2012, I found out out I was pregnant. It was a different feeling — a great and incomparable feeling to realize that you’re bringing in life to this world. I know that I have young readers and believe me, when you get to that point, you’ll remember this article and say, shucks, she was right! haha! You really can’t compare the feeling the you feel when you find out you’re pregnant and especially that feeling you feel when you see the baby for the first time to anything else.

When I found out I was pregnant, that was the time when I made the huge decision that I wanted to be a Hands on Parent while Earning (HOPE). I wanted to be there with my daughter during her formative years. I wanted her to grow up with the right values and these would be that values that we parents have shared. I used to think that the greatest fear I would have as a parent is not having enough to put her through school, but now, the greatest fear that I have is if she grows us to be a kind-hearted, independent and happy individual. Now, thinking about that is something that I’m scared about, because with money, you can find ways and means to solve that problem. When it comes to teaching values though, that I find to be more challenging. The question that ran through my mind during the time before I decided to take the leap was how can I teach her and be effective in sharing my values if most of the time, I’m not there with her? My  work before really required me to be out a lot of times. Plus, the stress that I got from it made me think that I would be so tired and won’t be mentally “present” when I talk to her at night.

Fast forward to today, after almost three years as a hands-on-parent while earning, I think I did the right thing and made the right decision. Now, I have a business (actually, businesses… haha!) and at the same time, I get to spend time with my daughter whenever I want to. When I was invited by Teresa, my good friend who came up with this idea of the HOPE summit to be one of the speakers, I immediately said yes. I said yes because jumping into being an entrepreneur is challenging and having a support system and having someone to talk to is crucial.

Hope

I said yes because I want to share how we, as a couple, made it work as hands-on-parents while earning as an entrepreneur and as an employee (for my husband). I also want to share the challenges that we faced. My talk will focus more though about being a hands-on-parent / entrepreneur.

I’d like to know more about what you want to hear from me, so please feel free to leave your comments below. I haven’t created my presentation for this because I wanted to answer real questions from real parents. Please let me know what you want to learn from this talk.

Hope 2

If you want to hear more from me and from other hands-on-parents, sign up for my friend, Teresa’s summit. You can check out the details in this link: http://www.fulllifecube.com/hope-summit-2015/

Please please let me know what your questions are and leave it at the comment section below! Thanks a lot!

Setting up a Blog or a Website using WordPress

When setting up a blog or a website, it’s good to know the basics of handling your content management system or CMS. The CMS is your window to everything that you want to do with your site. If you want to upload pictures, write an article, add a video, etc., you log into your content management system and you add them all there or edit or delete things from there. The content management system that I use for all of my blogs and website is WordPress.

I started using WordPress in 2008 and it was so convenient for me. Burn Gutierrez and I would like to share with you, through the Webinar Series called Enter Entrepreneurship, on how easy it is to start a blog or a website. We have invited Mr. Jerome Esperanza to help us demystify WordPress.

Jerome Esperanza

Who is Jerome Esperanza?

Jerome is an active freelance web developer and trainer for over a decade now and has built his web expertise from projects of various fields, specializations and areas, and has gained considerable web skills while working for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) funded Partnerships in the Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA), Accenture Philippines, American Recreation Club of the U.S. Embassy Manila, International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Department of Health (DOH) of the Philippines. He is also well versed in database management, search engine optimization and web analytics. Mr. Esperanza is a graduate of Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (University of the City of Manila) with a degree in public administration.

He has consistently given seminars, talks, special hands-on courses and training to different sectors of the field – from academics, government and non-profits, training outfits to businesses companies and organizations.

He is now currently a short term consultant for the World Bank Group involving a trust fund web project, and also presently focusing on launching a business company and expanding the consultancy services to include other web and digital solutions to include web hosting services and digital marketing.

What will Jerome talk about?

About WordPress
• Overview and Usage
• Difference between WordPress.Com and WordPress.Org platforms
• Showcase and Frontend Demo of both platforms

WordPress.ORG, the Content Management System (CMS)
• Getting to know WordPress.Org
• Navigating around the Administration Panel
• The Tool bar
• Screen Options

Pages and Posts
• Understanding the differences

Adding and Editing Content
• Creating your first post using the visual editor
• More on Posts
• Formatting text using the HTML editor
• Adding links to your posts / Opening a link in a new window vs. using the current window
• Adding images to your posts
• Adding a gallery of images
• Help, I changed themes and now my image sizes aren’t right!
• Adding video clips to your posts
• Setting posting and page options
• Post Formats
• Saving & publishing your post or page
• Post Locking/Unlocking Feature for Multi User Blogs
• Creating and managing your categories

Writing Pages and Structuring Them

Publishing Content Created by Other Contributors

Moderating Comments

Managing Links
• Creating link categories
• Creating links

Users and User Management
• Add and remove users
• Edit details of a user
• Manage the content created by a user
• Managing Options and Settings

Design and Themes
• Overview: Managing the Look & Feel of your website
• Appearance
• Theme Customiser
• Understanding and Using Widgets
• Custom Backgrounds
• Creating Custom Menus

Menus and Menu Management
• Defining a Menu
• Adding items to a Menu
• Deleting a menu item
• Customizing Menu Items
• Creating multi-level menus
• The Menu in Action

Great topics, right? I know that that two hour webinar will really be beneficial for you! And guess what? It only costs Php 500 per session. If you avail of all the 10 sessions, you get the 11th on Productivity and Time Management for free!  So hurry and sign up now at:

http://manilaworkshops.com/events/enter-entrepreneurship

Enter Entrepreneurship Poster v2

SME Interview with Albert Salvador, Owner of Sarap Mag Biyahe or SMB Travel and Tours

I think it’s unfair that I only get to interview women entrepreneurs in my blog, so I have decided that for the SME Interviews section, I will start interviewing and featuring stories of men, as well. Today’s interviewee is Albert Salvador. He is the General Manager of Sarap Mag Biyahe (SMB) Travel and Tours. He has been married for 3 years now but they have been together for more than a decade because they are childhood sweethearts. He is a father of two sweet and lovable kids.
Albert Salvador and Family

He used to work at a pharmaceutical company, Boehringer Ingelheim, as a Product Manager. Four years ago, he put up my own travel agency while working full time. A year after, he decided to be a hands-on entrepreneur because he has seen the huge potential of the business. “I am glad that I made the right choice because now I can spend more time with my family,” says Albert.

Albert Salvador and Wife 2

Albert Salvador and Wife

“My wife and I really love to travel, the ultimate reason why we ventured into the travel industry. We also enjoy bringing our kids with us whenever we explore different places. At the same time, we gain more knowledge about a certain destination, which is very beneficial to our business,” adds Albert.

One of his goals in life is to make traveling affordable to almost everyone so that Filipinos can experience the joy of traveling. They would also like to promote Philippine culture, that’s why they make it a point to visit different places in the country to familiarize themselves with different traditions and to immerse themselves with our culture so they can offer nice tour packages to their clients. “Recently, I have started mentoring aspiring entrepreneurs to put up their own travel agency, it’s our way of giving back and help aspiring entrepreneurs jumpstart their own business” says Albert.

Interview with General Manager of Sarap Mag Biyahe or SMB Travels and Tours, Albert Salvador

Ginger: Hi Albert! Do you know that this is the first time I’m interviewing a gentleman? All of the people I have interviewed are ladies, so I’m really excited to hear your story! So first of all, can you tell us more about your brand/business?

Albert: Our travel agency offers both local and Asian packages which include hotel accommodation, air and land transfers as well as sightseeing tours. We have been in the business for four (4) years already. We also offer seminars and trainings on “how to put up your own travel agency” for aspiring travel entrepreneurs.

Ginger: That’s great, Albert! You may want to offer those trainings in ManilaWorkshops.com, too! Just let me know. But I’m curious about how you came up with this idea. Can you tell me more about it, please?

Albert: My wife and I are very much into traveling. Before we started this business, both of us are working full time. My wife used to work at the Philippine Senate while I was busy working in a multinational company. At some point, we realized we needed to take control of our decisions and find our own work/life balance because we do not want to spend the rest of our lives working for anyone else. Another motivating factor is the fact that we are starting a family and our earnings as employees may not be sufficient to support their education and daily needs given the inflation rate and other economic factors. That’s the time when we decided to invest a portion of our savings on starting a business. Before we knew it, we have turned our passion, traveling, into a profitable venture.

Ginger: Who is your market and why did you choose this market?

Albert: We cater to both the young professionals and budget travelers. We believe that traveling is not just for the rich and retirees. Everyone, whether be it a student or an ordinary employee, has the right to enjoy life and to take a breather once in a while.

Ginger: Albert, what are ways that you can do to raise capital for those who want or are interested to start a business?

Albert: For me, Teaching / sharing my knowledge is our best way to raise capital / investments. Currently, we have helped a total of 200 new travel agencies in starting their own business.

Ginger: How do you market your products?

Albert: I market my services through social media like Facebook and Instagram. We also make it a point to keep our clients in the loop about promos, etc through email or SMS.

Ginger: What are tech tools that you use for your business?

Albert: We use the latest ticketing systems from INDIA capable of booking both domestic and international airlines. We also invest of specialized systems like AMADEUS E-POWER which makes our booking a lot easier.

Ginger: Seems like you have got all your bases covered, but were there any obstacles that you faced when you decided to pursue becoming an Entrepreneur? What are these?

Albert: There’s always a risk in running your own business and we have prepared ourselves for failure and challenges because it’s a game of probability. There’s a 50-50 chance of either failing or succeeding. Just like any budding entrepreneurs, we have encountered challenges and stumbling blocks along the way. Some of these obstacles were hiring the wrong person, committing errors in booking, giving credit lines, among others.

Sarap Mag Biyahe Package

Ginger: What are three traits that you think an Entrepreneur should have when starting their own business?

Albert: a. He/she must be emotionally prepared (one should be good in managing risks); b. Focus and diligence and c. Innovative mind (competition is tough that’s why we need to constantly innovate and offer something new to our clients so that we won’t be left behind) d. Hard working (we usually cater inquiries until 1:00am)

Ginger: Any unforgettable moments or lessons that you learned as an Entrepreneur?

Albert: The most important lesson I’ve learned is that failures are part of the business operation because that’s how you will learn and gain more knowledge. What you have to do is to not commit the same mistakes again. Therefore, you have to avoid the things that will pull you down. Like for instance, I made the mistake of trusting too much. A high school classmate booked their tickets and land arrangements with us. Since I know the person, I allowed her to settle the payment after the booking has been made. To make it short, I spent more than Php100,000 for their booking and I did not get any payment from them. She cut her ties with us and her parents flew to the States already. Trust is really important in the business but be extra cautious in dealing with other people. Make sure to put your policies in place.

Albert of Sarap Mag Biyahe Travels and Tours

Ginger: What advice can you give to other Entrepreneurs?

Albert: Engage with your customers, get feedbacks from your clients, get the right people, be adaptable to change, continuous learning is very important (because we Filipinos were not raised as entrepreneurs so I always read books to supplement my knowledge), do not spend beyond your means (eg. investing too much on a fancy office is not necessary in a start-up phase); take risks and do you best to overcome obstacles.

Ginger: For my last question, Albert, do you believe that everyone should become entrepreneurs?

Albert: I believe everyone should be self-employed either as business owners or consultants in their respective fields. I believe you’re missing a lot of opportunities if you’re confined in a box.

Ginger: Thank you very much, Albert! I wish you more success in your business. For those who want to travel and who want to see the many gorgeous places in the Philippines, check out Sarap Mag Biyahe Travels and Tours contact details below.
Sarap Mag Biyahe Contact Information
Website: sarapmagbiyahe.com / smbtravel.com.ph (soon)
Email address: sarapmagbiyahe@hotmail.com
Mobile Number: 0999-9981535
Facebook Page: smbtravel
Instagram acount: @smbtravel

 

How to have an Amazing Mommy Tummy! (Giveaway Alert)

I’m in my 30’s and I admit that I don’t have a super model or even just an ordinary model’s figure. I have a few stretch marks on my tummy and I have this dark scar of my C-section that will always remind me that I bore a child. I have a body mass index or BMI that is normal, but of course, it could be better if I didn’t have any cravings for Lechon Kawali or Crispy Pata. I dream of having the waist line of Marian and the fabulous abs of Gisele Bundchen (http://www.shape.com/celebrities/celebrity-photos/25-female-celebrities-awesomely-toned-abs/) but I don’t know if it is still achievable. I think it still is, but women our age need to be more disciplined and more patient. Plus, we will need all the help we can get to have an amazing Mommy Tummy!

Beach Time

My Mommy Tummy now — Let’s see if I can do better in two months!

I got to talk to a few women on how they plan to achieve amazing mommy tummies and here are some of their tips:

1) Drink lots and lots of water!
One tactic of a friend is to drink a lot of water. Drinking a lot of water can help make you feel full. If you feel full, you avoid eating junk food. There are times at night, I don’t know if this is true with you, too, when you lay down on your bed and you feel like you finally have time for yourself. You look around and for some reason, you want to open a bag of chips! This has happened to me several times. Why not try to get a bottle of water and drink up!

2) Be conscious of having good posture.
When I underwent yoga teacher training, one of the things that I love doing is to instruct my students to feel the sides of their waist being pulled inside and upward. If you try to feel this, you will see that you are actually sitting up and standing up straighter. Also, people who have good postures tend to look thinner in pictures!

3) Avoid unwanted Stretch marks by realizing that prevention is better than cure!
I have this loose flab of fat around my tummy area and I know that when I drop three- five sizes smaller (yes, I am being optimistic about it already!), I know that I will have Stretch Marks if I don’t take care as early as now. As early as now, I am using Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Massage Lotion for Stretch marks. Palmers also has Cocoa Butter Massage Cream for Stretch marks, Cocoa Butter Formula Tummy Butter, Cocoa Butter Formula Soothing Oil for Dry Itchy Skin, Cocoa Butter Formula Firming Butter, Cocoa Butter Formula Post Natal Firming Lotion and Rose Hip Skin Therapy Oil (60mL). I love Palmer’s products because these are super effective and they have a lovely, yummy scent! The products also contain 100% pure Cocoa Butter and Vitamin E which all help in the process of skin repair, deep hydration and reduces the appearance of scars and stretch marks.

Here are the different products that I mentioned and a description of each:

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Massage Lotion for Stretch Marks

Cocoa Butter Massage Lotion for Stretch marks
– Helps improve the appearance of stretch marks with a special combination of Cocoa Butter, Vitamin E, Collagen, Elastin, and Shea Butter.
– It keeps the skin moisturized and relieves the dryness associated with stretched skin due to pregnancy and water loss.
SRP: P475

Cocoa Butter Massage Cream for Stretch marks
– A cream perfect for targeted problem areas such as the belly, buttocks and breasts.
– Formulated to improve elasticity and moisture content of the skin.
SRP: P495

Tummy Butter form Palmer's

Cocoa Butter Formula Tummy Butter
– Contains Bio C-Elaste which is widely recommended for stretch marks during and after pregnancy and weight loss.
– Bio C-Elaste is a powerful combination of Collagen, Elastin, Centella Asiatica, Sweet Almond Oil and Argan Oil.
– The addition of Lavender creates a soothing and relaxing night time treatment.
SRP: P595

Cocoa Butter Formula Soothing Oil for Dry Itchy Skin
– Moisturizes and softens dry, itchy skin associated with pregnancy.
– Maintains the skin’s elasticity and firmness.
– Comes in a convenient pump spray.
SRP: P475

Cocoa Butter Formula Post Natal Firming Lotion
– Helps firm and tone the skin
– Replenishes moisture loss in the skin, contains Collagen to help firm and tone and Elastin to give skin suppleness.
– Contain anti-oxidant properties such as Vitamin E smooth the skin.
SRP: P495

Cocoa Butter Formula Firming Butter
– Specifically designed to restore the body to its natural, original firmness any time, even after pregnancy or weight loss.
– Helps soothe and relieve the body.
SRP: P495

Rose Hip Skin Therapy Oil (60mL)
– Contains Rose Hip, Sesame & Canola oil.
– Rose Hip contains antioxidants that is good for dark spots and scars.
– Sesame & Canola oil: fatty acids that help protect and hydrate the skin.
– Helps combat scars, marks, dry and aging skin.
SRP: P495

So, how do you use these products?
Palmer's planogram
2-3 Months – Cocoa Butter Massage Lotion for Stretchmark (I actually use this as the lotion that I use on a dialy basis when I know that I’m planning to lose weight!)
4-5 Months – Cocoa Butter Massage Cream & Tummy Butter
6-7 Months – Cocoa Butter Soothing Oil for dry, itchy skin
Post pregnancy – Cocoa Butter Formula Firming Butter & Post Natal Firming Lotion

Lovely ladies, I have great news for you! Palmer’s and I have partners to help you achieve that Amazing Mommy Tummy! You will win the following products by just joining this giveaway.

This giveaway is open to participants from Metro Manila 🙂 I will choose one lucky winner on July 27, 2015 via Randomizer.org 🙂

Amazing Mommy Tummy with Palmer's

All you need to do to earn a raffle entry are these three simple steps:

1) Follow these two accounts on Instagram: @rustansthebeautysource and @mommyginj

2) Share the poster above using #AmazingMommyTummy on Facebook and tag Rustan’s The Beauty Source Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/RustansTheBeautySource) and Mommy Ginger (https://www.facebook.com/mommyginger) Be sure to set your status for public viewing so we can check your post.

3) Leave a comment in this blog post telling me more about your Mommy Tummy! It can be another tip that you would like to share, your struggles in achieving an amazing mommy tummy or just giving a shout-out or encouragement to other moms who want to achieve Amazing Mommy Tummies! Then leave your Full Name, email address (so that we can contact you), your Instagram account and your link to the shared poster 🙂

Good luck, Ladies! One winner will get to take home these amazing prizes from Palmer’s! Again, I will choose the winner on July 27, 2015.

I can’t wait to hear more from you about your #AmazingMommyTummy Journey!

Does Your Life Have Meaning?

It’s so tragic to see in the news that this Motel mogul and his pilot died yesterday. I hate seeing these kinds of things in the news, because I automatically think that they must be dear fathers to daughters and sons, and that their wives might be grieving or that they might have had some unfinished business to take care of. I continue to pray for the families of these two gentlemen and I continue to pray for those injured. I will also pray for their families, that they may stay strong.

News of this in this link: http://cnnphilippines.com/regional/2015/07/05/2-die-6-injured-in-helicopter-crash-in-Batangas.html

When you pass away, I know it’s a morbid topic, but oftentimes, these are the things that we fail to think about. These are even the things that will possibly and probably make us better individuals. A lot of us are content with what we have right now — but are these the things that you really want given this precious life? In my business coaching sessions, I ask people to list down dreams and wishes that they want to achieve within three years, and a lot of them have a hard time even listing them down. Have we become so jaded that even dreaming has become way too mechanical?

Does Your Life Have Meaning

I love contemplating. It sometimes becomes a bad habit that I tend to defocus from what I am supposed to do for the day (case in point, I was about to go through my daily tasks, but the sad news made me deviate from it and now I’m writing this blog). Today, at this very minute, I decided to focus on writing a list of what I should ask myself if I feel like my life is losing meaning.

1. Are you genuinely happy with what’s going on in your life?
This question may be vague, but I should start by asking myself this. We can be fooled as to what “genuinely happy” means because of what society dictates. If society dictates that we should be happy if we have a mom and a dad, we automatically believe that you can’t be happy with having a single parent. We are then considered “broken”. If society dictates that we should be happy if we have a huge house with a swimming pool, we automatically believe that we can’t be happy when live in a rented apartment with water coming in once in a blue moon. If society dictates that we should only be happy if we had a waist line as small as Marian Rivera’s (Did you know that she had a 19-inch waist line?), we couldn’t be happy if ours was at 30 inches and beyond.

But looking at those scenarios, why do we let society dictate and tell us when and what should make us happy? I have a lot of friends who were raised or who are raising children by themselves and their families are genuinely happy. They have the sweetest kids and their relationships are amazing! Contemplating on what will make us genuinely happy is something that we need to do. Personally, the main thing that will make me genuinely happy is to see that my daughter grows up to me God-fearing, independent and a compassionate person. Nothing will make me prouder.

2. If you were a student preparing for an exam, what is your reason for procrastinating? It may be something that you need to do.
I got this idea from one of the students of the Win in Life Program . I asked the 11 year old boy what he wanted to be when he grows up and he said that we wanted to be a game developer. He said, “If it’s something that you do when you procrastinate, then it must be something that you should do.” Wise words from such a young lad! He did have a point. What we should do every day is something that excites us. It should be something that we are always willing to spend hours on; no questions asked. Our friends and family will have a hard time stopping us from doing this thing since they will see that we are so passionate about it.

People often tell me that I tire myself too much with all of the things that I’m doing, but most of the things that I do is something that excites me. These are things that keep me awake at night, because I’m raring and daring to go at it first thing in the morning.

3. Are you making the world a better place? How would you make it a better place?
In one of the trips that we had as a family recently, I got teary-eyed while looking at the different magnificent places in the Philippines. If there are so many undiscovered place in the country that I live in, I bet there are even more undiscovered places in the entire world. I got teary eyed because I was thinking that each one of us, if we just realize that we could actually change the world in our own little way, we will live in a better, safer and healthier world. And yet, it saddened me to see that we don’t see that.

We are all superheroes, and my wish for us all is that we see that. Maybe identifying what we can do for the world is jumping too far ahead, but I really wish that after reading this article is that you get to see that we can change the world by contributing a little “something” every day. Be it following garbage disposal rules in the village or the condo where we stay in, or just by picking up trash that we see on the street, or by just being kind to a stranger, we can be an important asset to our community and to the world.

Those are the three questions that I will always and consistently ask myself when I feel lost and confused. Feel free to follow me and ask yourself the same questions. Does your life have meaning? What do you do every day that will make this world a better place? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

 

Interview with Entrepreneur Sheryl Kiong of Curtsy

Good morning! Today is the first day of my Love the Leap Entrepreneurship Program and I am excited to meet these people who will, I know, be successful entrepreneurs in the future! It’s nice to see that there are a lot of young entrepreneurs who are going into business. What I like about these young people is that they have a lot of great, new and fresh ideas.

In this interview today, this young lass experienced how it was in the corporate world, but early on realized that she wanted to start her own business. Here is the story of Sheryl Kiong, the Proprietor of Curtsy.

Curtsy logo-1

I’m Sheryl, 25, graduated from De La Salle, College of Saint Benilde AB Production Design. After graduation, I took short courses in the Fashion Institute of the Philippines (FIP) then worked in the corporate world the following year. After leaving the corporate life, I started to build Curtsy. I started by making baby headbands, but then eventually, I created ladies apparel. I hope to make it a lifestyle brand in the future. Every year, before the school starts, a portion of my sales buys school supplies for the the children in Payatas. This is my way in giving back and a reminder that I am blessed that I was able to study in a good school and now I’m chasing my own dreams.

Interview with Sheryl Kiong of Curtsy

Ginger: Good morning, Sheryl! Can you tell me more about what your brand is, what is it about and how long have you been in business?

Sheryl: Curtsy is a phonological change from “courtesy” which means a gesture marked by polished manners. Inspired by whimsical-romantic aesthetics with a strong influence of Japanese and Korean fashion. It is an online boutique that tells a contemporary fairytale. It caters to modern girls who are naturally feminine and confident yet retains a delicate innocence. Fresh and classic styles that symbolizes a romantic and playful world where anything is possible.

The business started on July 2013 selling handmade baby headbands and made to order hair accessories then eventually evolved to clothing for ladies. Our merchandise are personally hand picked by me through various suppliers around the world.

Curtsy Denim

Ginger: Thank you for this information, Sheryl! And really, that’s true. Sometimes, we start a business as something and then we eventually evolve and change it into something else, and I think this is a pretty normal occurrence. So with these new products, who is your market and why did you choose this market?

Sheryl: My market is from 16-35 years old who loves classic and trendy fashion. Since I have a wide range of selection of apparel and novelties. This age bracket starts from self explorations and discovery of their style reference.

Ginger: How do you market your products?
Sheryl: E-commerce needs good photos to attract customer visually.

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

Sheryl: It’s my dream to have my own clothing line. Just like any other girls, I love to shop. I have my spurge and save moments when it comes to shopping but most of the time I’m on the “save” side. That’s why Curtsy serves premium quality clothes at an afforable price.

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Ginger: Were there any obstacles that you faced when you decided to pursue becoming an Entrepreneur? What are these?
Sheryl: Yes of course. After working for corporate companies, I decided to venture my own business. Since I’m just a newbie, I was very overwhelmed with everything that I forgot to focus. I did a lot of trial and error and the true identity of Curtsy as a brand starts to grow.

Curtsy Pink Dress

Ginger: What are three traits that you think an Entrepreneur should have when starting their own business?
Sheryl: Hardworking, Positive and Focus.

Ginger: Any unforgettable moments or lessons that you learned as an Entrepreneur?
Sheryl: Everyday is a new learning experiece for me because I get to experience the entire process. From branding to marketing to finance and so on. And of course the people you meet along the way in this business.

Curtsy Skirt

Ginger: Do you believe that everyone should become entrepreneurs?
Sheryl: Everything is possible but it depends on the person if he/she wants to be a team leader or just a role player.

Ginger: What advice can you give to other young Entrepreneurs?
Sheryl: Don’t lose hope when you feel like it’s not working out. Everything has its own perfect timing. Be open minded about other people’s advice and other entrepreneurs successful and downfall stories. Most of all, never stop yourself from learning.

Ginger: Thank you so much for your time, Sheryl! 🙂 For those who want to check out the products of Curtsy, the contact details are indicated below!

Curtsy Contact Information:
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/curtsyph
Email address: curtsy.hq@gmail.com
Mobile Number: +639273475511
Twitter account: @curtsyprgirl
Instagram acount: @curtsyprgirl

Why you should Enter Entrepreneurship? Check out this Webinar Series

The buzz word nowadays is Entrepreneurship. It seems like everyone is going that route. Everyone wants to get into it. Everyone’s starting their own businesses. Every one wants to be called an Entrepreneur.

I’ve thought about why people should try to “enter entrepreneurship” and here are some of the reasons why:

1) Control your one time — control your own life!
Being an entrepreneur doesn’t mean that you will have less work. In fact, during the first year of business, you might be the busiest that you’ll ever be. But the nice thing about being an entrepreneur is that you actually have more control over your time. You can move schedules around. This is what I actually love about my life now. If I don’t feel like working, I don’t get up. I just see to it though, that I accomplish things and that I always see results.

2) Unlimited Opportunities to Earn and to Learn
I used to think (especially when I was about to resign from my job) that I would be a bored individual, just going through the daily grind of creating workshops and writing for my blog and other entities. I used to think that I wouldn’t be able to meet a lot of people as the way I did when I was employed. I’m a people person so I love going out and conversing with others. But when I became an entrepreneur, I got to widen my network four-fold. Almost every day, I get to meet a new person, in person or virtually. I receive at least two to three emails from people I don’t know every day. If you multiply that, that’s at least 1095 new people a year!

But what I genuinely love about meeting new people is that I get to learn new things! I see meetings as an opportunity to learn and to widen my knowledge about different things. Being an entrepreneur allowed me to go out there and look for new acquaintances and learn more new stuff!

3) Allow you to do the things that you want so you can leave a Legacy!

I don’t know if you saw this episode for GTV: Love the Leap recently.

I talked about leaving a legacy, which I realized after reading Stephen Covey’s 8th habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness. I honestly believe that all of us are meant for greatness. When we pass away, I’m sure that each one of us want to be remembered for something — a loving mom, a great educator, an admirable social entrepreneur, but all of these things stem from the fact that we had a goal of making the world a better place and we helped by using our talents. Everyday, we help make the world a better place the best we know how. Being an entrepreneur makes you think about this every day. With the business that I have, how can I add value?

These three things are just a few reasons why I think people should try to enter entrepreneurship. For those who are already entrepreneurs, they know that there are a lot of things that you need to learn in order to sustain the business that you have. For skills and things that you don’t know about, it’s good to know at least the basics so that even if you decide to outsource in the end, you still have a good understanding on how things work.

With this, Burn Gutierrez and I decided to come up with a Webinar Series called Enter Entrepreneurship with topics that we know you would love to learn about!

Enter Entrepreneurship

Enter Entrepreneurship

This webinar series is composed of 10 topics:

Understanding WordPress – July 18, 2015 with Jerome Esperanza
Basics of Photoshop – July 25, 2015 with Amanda De Ocampo
Setting up an Online Store – August 1, 2015 with Fitz Villafuerte
Product Shots with a Purpose – August 8, 2015 with Shiela Catilo
Basics of Shooting a Video – August 15, 2015 with Dennis Abad
Basics of Video Editing – August 22, 2015 with Jeo Paz
Facebook Marketing – August 29, 2015 with Peter Juan
Digital Marketing – Sept. 5, 2015 with Ros Juan
Content Planning – Sept. 12, 2015 with Rey Baguio
Blog and Creative Writing – Sept. 19, 2015 with Martine De Luna

The cost of all the 10 workshops is at Php 10,000, but if you opt to choose just some, each session is at Php 1999. If you avail of the 10 sessions, you will get access to my Love the Leap Checklist and a free 11th session on Productivity and Management from Sonny Del Rosario.

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I really hope that you could sign up for this very beneficial webinar series! You can sign up by clicking on this link:

http://manilaworkshops.com/events/enter-entrepreneurship

For those who want to know more about our speakers, here are their profiles!

Amanda De Ocampo

Dennis Abad Fitz Villafuerte Jeo Paz Jerome Esperanza Martine De Luna Rey Baguio Sheila Catilo Sonny Del Rosario

Sign up now at http://manilaworkshops.com/events/enter-entrepreneurship