Is it possible for a WAHM to get rich?

Are we talking about rich in love and happiness? haha! If that’s it then, raise the roof! AMEN! Β We Work-at-Home-Moms (WAHMs) are rich in love and happiness. But for this particular post, I’ll be talking about financial wealth. We can all get rich, WAHMS!

I have been a work at home mom / entrepreneur since October 2012 and those who have been reading my blog would know about this journey. And I think a lot of you would see that every weekend (and weekdays, though just from my home), I work my ass off to have great and successful workshops — workshops that are painstakingly prepared by my awesome team, backed up by great sponsors and attended by beautiful people who prioritize learning.

Success didn’t come easy and until now, it’s just creeping in slowly, but I am proud that I know that I will have enough for Zeeka’s college tuition fee already. I am proud to say that even if we just live a simple life, we have enough to make us happy. We have enough to not to worry about the future. Of course, there are still things that we are saving up for and things that we still wish we could have, but we know that we are slowly getting there.

My husband is employed while I work on our business. We are simple folks with simple dreams. A lot of the couples that I meet are quite like us in many ways — very practical. We don’t splurge on things. A lot of the financial advice that I got early on was really by listening to my good friend, Fitz Villafuerte. I used to sit in a lot during his Ready to Be rich workshops with Manila Workshops and I really learned a lot.

I highly suggest that you attend his workshop on April 18 which is entitled Get Rich, WAHM: Work at Home and Achieve Wealth. This will be from 10AM to 4PM at O2 Space – Unit 330 Milelong Building, Amorsolo St., Bgy. Pio del Pilar, Makati City.

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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.

Learning Fee is at:
Regular rate: Php 2500
Early bird rate: Php 1800 (until April 8,2015)
Group rate: Php 4500 for a group of three

Participants will get a 2-months premium Raket account from raket.ph! πŸ™‚

For more information, email chinky.magtibay@manilaworkshops.com

To register, please go to this link:Β http://manilaworkshops.com/events/get-rich-wahm

Let’s all get rich WAHMs!

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The WAHMderful Life Community and The WAHM 101 Workshop

I just had a meeting with Sally of http://thebinondomommy.blogspot.com/ and i just learned that she just resigned from her job. I told her that I clearly remember the first few months that I resigned from my job to be a work-at-home-mom (WAHM as the online world calls me). I was really scared. I know that I have this aura that can fool a lot of people that I know what I’m doing and I always look as if I’m in control, but the truth was, I wasn’t. I wasn’t sure about what I leaped into. I wasn’t sure if I could bring in money to help my husband with the expenses. I wasn’t sure if my business would fly. I wasn’t sure about my capabilities and my skills. Every day, I doubted myself.

I always encourage others to try to make risk, but I really know that once your in THAT PARTICULAR SCENARIO, your knees would shake and you’d always feel like fainting just by thinking of that thought of not having a steady income when you go into business. It’s a tough world and venturing into business is a tough road, that’s why only a few take that path. But the rewards are great when you start seeing the fruits of your labor. The stakes are high, but once you stay on board, the benefits are numerous, too.

But during that time when I started, looking back, I know I couldn’t have done it without a group of people who supported me in each and every step of the way. Yes, I had my family, but more than that, I needed the support of individuals who could tell me that what I was going through was but normal and part of the big picture. I am thankful that I had the WAHMderful Life Community, a group of 1200+ (to date) ladies, mostly moms, who are all working from home or who have experienced how it is to work from home.

READ ABOUT ITS BEGINNINGS HERE…

No one really understands that invisible bond that this group has. We don’t all know each other personally. We don’t get to see each other often. We only get to see each other during workshops and events, but being a part of the group (even if we just get to interact through the Facebook group) made me stronger and assured me that I wasn’t alone… that I am not alone.

Aside from the support, I got to gain friends, business partners, really great suppliers, acquaintances, blog readers, etc. that helped me make my life and businesses easier. Yes, working from home doesn’t make you a loner (I think I even know more people and my network grew exponentially when I worked from home and had my own business).

For those thinking of working from home or starting your own business, whether married, married with children, or single, I highly recommend that you join us on June 28, 2014 for the WAHM 101. You will learn a lot of things from the speakers or even just from the people who will be attending as participants, too. You will get to network, get to validate your business idea or even share a tip or two to people who will become your friends (probably forever).

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So please do sign up and spread the word. BTW, we would like to thank Insular Life, 88DB.com and Unilab, our co-presentors for making this event possible!

I’d love to meet you and talk to you! Feel free to approach me!

Love lots, your WAHMderful Life Sister,

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The WAHM Life and the WAHM Time

I am panting! I have done so many things today and yet why do I still have tons to do. I practically have more than half of a bond paper with all of my to do’s still uncrossed. I actually wanted to skip posting in my blog today, but since I have made a resolution to achieve all of my goals, I did not want to skip posting this article. In my action plans list, I have blogging at least twice a week as an entry.

I sometimes forget to do that so pictures and ideas pile up as files in my phone and laptop, but I don’t get to update any of my blogs. Why am I so busy? I think I’m even busier now that I’m not employed. When you meet my friends, they will say that it’s typical for me to be ‘always busy’, but I shun whatever they say since I think i’m not that busy. But today, alas! I myself am convinced that I am a ROBOT!

I have three planners all with list of things that I need to do. For those of you wondering, yes, I have three. One for my blogs, the other for my schedule and the other for my household checklist of to do’s. Aside from that, I have a desk calendar (as if three planners were not enough to remind me of where I should be or what to do at a particular moment) that tells me of all of my appointments. Also, to add to all of these things, I have my Google calendar reminding me through my phone and my email.

As work-at-home-moms and mompreneurs, people think that we handle our own time so we’re not that busy. I agree in the handling our own time part, but as for us not being busy, try juggling between breastfeeding a baby, to getting to a meeting on time, to blogging regularly, to handling inquiries in the website you own, to shipping orders, to inventory checking, to going to the bank, to running to the grocery, to giving the pay to the maids, to worrying about that aircon that needs to be cleaned, to worrying about the baby’s next doctor’s appointment, etc. I practically breeze through lunch and taking a shower. Sometimes, I don’t even want to get up just to go to the toilet.

But working at home made me closer to my baby and that was really the plan. I love being around her. When I need a break, all I do is go to the other room and play with her. I get to hear her say ‘bo’ (ball) or ‘bird’ (bi) or ‘mama’ often. I get to hug her every time she nurses and that’s at least 6 times a day.

My life isn’t perfect. There are times when I am so stressed because I feel like I don’t get things done, but the thought or being with my family and the thought that all of these things I am doing is for them, I am happy and contented. Although, at times, I know that I would need some tips on how to handle things more efficiently. I know that you would want some tips, too. The beauty of being in a community of women (WAHMderful Life sisterhood) who are almost in the exact situation as you are in is that you get to share best practices and tips with each other.

So for the start of the year, we’d like to invite you to the WAHMderful Year Starter Workshop 2014, where you will get so many useful tips on how to start your year right as a WAHM. We get so many inquiries on time management, so for this run, most of the day will be set aside for managing your time.

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This workshop is brought to you by Manila Workshops, the WAHMderful Life Sisterhood and Insular Life! Thank you Insular Life for being our sponsor.

You have until Friday to avail of the Early bird rate, but even if you don’t the regular rate is really worth it.

The speakers for this WAHM workshop will be Martine De Luna and Teresa Gumap-as Dumadag. Sign up now and I really hope to see you in this workshop!

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A Wonderful 1st Anniversary: WAHMderful Weekend!

I can’t believe that it has already been one year. Time flies so fast indeed. This year, October 27 was a red letter day for most work-at-home-moms. It was the day we celebrated the first year anniversary of the WAHMderful Workshops and of the community. We celebrated it at SMX Taguig Convention Center.

Have a WAHMderful Life!

Have a WAHMderful Life!

Yes, we, work-at-home-moms, have a ‘sisterhood’. We are part of a community of women who share the same interests and share the same goals and dreams. We are here to help one another. By definition (thank you Google), sisterhood means…

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Yes, we treat each other in this community like sisters. We have a strong bond that connects each one of us. Our goal is to help each other, even our ‘new siblings’. We started as a small group and now we are already at 900+ in our facebook group: Manila Work-at-home-moms. All of us are here because we have a common goal of making our own contribution to the world while raising our children well and keeping our husbands and family happy. We realize that at times, we need help Β from others, from business connections and partnerships or just a shoulder to lean on during difficult times. Each ‘sister’ understands the unwritten rule in the community that we need to pull each other up to achieve all our dreams and aspirations and that the success of one person is the success of everyone in the WAHM community.

We also know that the family of each one is important. We value time and we teach those in our community how to maximize it and spend it on things that matter the most.

Wacky Shot of the group at the WAHMderful Weekend!

Wacky Shot of the group at the WAHMderful Weekend!

 

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Any one and every one who has been to a WAHMderful Life event knows that each one is valued. Each one is welcomed with open arms and we are all ready to listen and help you out. We hope that each one gets to learn and apply these things in their work-at-home careers. We hope that each one feels loved and valued. We hope that by feeling loved and valued, we hope that this inspires you to reach for your goals and we hope that we give you that boost to accomplish things!

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The Speakers and the Huddle Up Mentors

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PLDT, one of our Sponsors explaining Cyberya πŸ™‚ Thank you very much!

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The Icebreaker sponsored by DSM πŸ™‚ Thank you, DSM!

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The DSM Team πŸ™‚

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FREE Fitflops from Alta for the participants! Thank you Alta! πŸ™‚

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Insular Life explaining the Gift of Dreams πŸ™‚ Thank you Insular Life!

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Teresa launched her Breastfeeding book during the WAHMderful Weekend πŸ™‚

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Our Panelists! Thank you Ladies! πŸ™‚

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Registration being manned by Event Director, Patty Cuyugan from Manila Workshops

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We are so excited to share with you the things that we have lined up for all of you WAHMs/WAHDs and even work-at-home-singles (we had a few during the WAHMderful Weekend!) for 2014. We would like to thank all of the sponsors of the WAHMderful Weekend. If it weren’t for these brands, our event wouldn’t have been possible.

Thank you to our Co-presentors, DSM with Quali-A, Quali-D, Quali-C, Quali-Blends brands under them. We would also like to thank Unilab (as always), who have been continuously supporting us all throughout the year.

Thank you to our Major Sponsors: Alta, Calchews, Tocarre Spa and Insular Life.

Thank you to our other sponsors: Xend Business Solutions, Mamachows, Sitting Pretty Crafts Studio, MRLightworkz Photography and Memory Crafters.

We would also like to thank SMX Taguig Convention Center and Josiah’s Catering for their excellent service πŸ™‚

Thank you to everyone who attended the WAHMderful Weekend and we are looking forward to meet more ‘sisters’ (and brothers) in the future!

P.S. Visit the http://wahmderfullife.com/ for more tips on how to be a WAHM/WAHD πŸ™‚ Subscribe to the Manilaworkshops.com Newsletter, too, to receive updates on our schedule for 2014!

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It’s a WAHMderful Life Workshop: Real Ways to be a WAHM

Hurray! This is my first workshop for the year and it’s looking to be a successful one, too! After the first workshop that we organized last October 2012 for the WAHMderful Life Workshop Series, we are bringing you yet another educational and very useful workshop this coming January 26, 2013. This is the It’s a WAHMderful Life Workshop: Real Ways to be a WAHM! This will be held at the Studio SnR at the 3rd Floor, Millenium Place, 17 Meralco Avenue, Ortigas Center
Pasig City. The venue is not hard to find. It’s the building with the Office Warehouse and the Brother’s Burger store at the ground floor. Just take the elevator to bring you to the 3rd floor.

It's a WAHMderfil Life: Real Ways to be a WAHM!

We will have breakout sessions in the afternoon. Group one will discuss Freelance writing while group two will tackle virtual assistance.

If you haven’t signed up yet, here is the registration form:

Sharing with you the schedule of the workshop:
9:00 AM: Registration
9:30 AM: Welcome Remarks (Ginger Arboleda)
9:45 AM: Intro to the Workshop Program and Intro to Guest Speaker (Martine de Luna)
10:00 AM: WAHM Tips: Starting Small as an Investor (Gus Cosio)
10:15 AM: Q & As on Gus Cosio’s talk
10: 40 AM: WAHMderful Life: Support Through the WAHM Sisterhood (Martine de Luna) and then Q & As/Open Discussion
11:30 AM: Lunch Break
12:30 PM: Intro to Break out Sessions: Real Ways to Be a WAHM (Martine de Luna)
01:00 PM: BREAK OUT SESSIONS
– Break out One Option: Virtual Assistance (Marge Aberasturi and Jenn Tan)
– Break out Two Option: Freelance Writing / Editing / Proofreading (Martine de Luna)
03:00 PM: Merienda Break
03:30 PM WAHM Case Study: The Story of Indigo Baby (Featuring: Denise Gonzales – Bernardo, owner, Indigo Baby)
04:00 PM: Open Forum
04:30 PM: Wrap Up, Picture-Taking, Certificates

We would like to thank those who have signed up and paid for their attendance. For more information on the workshop, please go to ManilaWorkshops.com or to DaintyMom.com.

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