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!  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! 🙂

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

To register, please go to this link: 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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How to Manage your Online Business and How to Handle Projects

This year is really exciting! I’m launching another online business together with 4 wonderful ladies (which includes my sister) and an advocacy that encourages people to achieve an active lifestyle. A lot of people ask me how do I do that — how do I get to manage and be part of all these exciting endeavors and still fulfill my obligations at home. So this Saturday, my husband and I have agreed to be the speakers for the topic How to Manage Projects for the Real Ways to be a WAHM (work-at-home-mom). Work-at-home-dads are also welcome to join (since hubby is speaking, too!) and even single people! Actually, anyone and everyone who wants to learn how to manage projects and how to manage an online business is free to join.

Here are the details of the workshop:

Real Ways to be a WAHM

Real Ways to be a WAHM

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This is the first time again since 2010 when me and my husband will be speaking as a team, so we are really excited for this. The both of us with Joy have really prepared a great workshop for you so we really hope that you can come and join us!

It’s not too late to sign up! Please register using this form.

We would like to thank Insular life and Swish for being our sponsors for this event. We would also like to thank Skinny Minis Cheesecake shop for being snack sponsors.

We can’t wait to see you on Saturday! Sign up now 🙂

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The Big Leap: My Story

It was a Sunday in the month of July 2012 when I found out that I was pregnant. It was the best day of my life… well, apart from my wedding day. I rushed to Ej, who was sitting at the ‘kabisera’ of our dining table. I remember that day vividly. I showed him the home pregnancy test result. He said “what’s this?”, then after a few seconds, I got a tight hug. We went to my OB that Wednesday just to be sure. I had my first trans-vaginal ultrasound and the doctor confirmed that I was pregnant. I was so happy! I called my mom and dad to tell them that they were going to be grandparents and they were all shouting with glee at the other end of the line.

TWO YEARS AGO…

For those who do not know, our story two years ago (May 2010) elicited a different reaction from all of us. It was February 2010 when I found out that I was pregnant. We thought everything was perfect. It was during the second ultrasound that we found out that I had a blighted ovum or an anembryonic pregnancy. This is when the fertilized egg clings to the uterine wall but does not develop further. It then needs to cleaned out of a woman’s system through D&C. I was emotionally affected, since I was really hoping to have a child, but 10 days after my D&C, I realized that this was not the end of our problems.

I was in a dinner at my ninang’s house when I suddenly bled profusely. I was rushed to the ER of Medical City and was advised to stay overnight. They had me undergo another ultrasound and found out that my placenta was still there and not completely cleaned. Early that morning, I was scheduled for another D&C. The findings came out after a few days and they were surprised again to see that they placenta was still there even with 2 D&C operations. At that time, I sought and explanation from 2 obstetricians. One of them mentioned to go to Dra. Diana Sarmiento in Asian Hospital as she would be an expert in Gestational Trophoblastic diseases. This was what doctors told me I may have had.

When I saw Dra. Sarmiento, she mentioned that I may have what they call Placenta Accreta. This is when the placenta deeply attaches to the uterus. In the States, the cure that they suggest and take always is an abdominal hysterectomy. Since I did not have any children yet, Dra. suggested that we try low dosages of chemotherapy until my HcG levels return to normal. I had to go to the doctor to be injected daily (one course was 5 consecutive days). I had the choice to stay at the hospital to have it through IV, but I chose injections. I had to wear a mask all the time. People had to take a bath and put alcohol before visiting me in my room. Even my husband went straight to the bathroom before he could see me, since my immune system was low.

After two courses with a 3 day gap in between, I was cured. I had to rest though from strenuous physical activities and from baby-making activities for at least 1 year. I was on the pill as recommended by doctora, since I could not risk getting pregnant. It was a traumatic experience for me. I thought I was dying. I really thought so. During that 12 month duration of resting and even afterwards, I was really scared of getting pregnant. I didn’t want that to happen again.

2012…

Baby at 5 Months...

Baby at 5 Months…

This was the year when I gathered enough courage and prepared myself physically, emotionally and spiritually. So, in July 2012, I got preggy! Yey! The minute I got pregnant, I knew that this was my priority. During the first trimester, I didn’t feel good. I had morning sickness and during my 10th week, I experienced spotting. I was working for a bank and I was actually in a Leadership Accelerated Development Program, which gave me the chance to be an AVP within a few years (probably around 5 years). It was already my third year into the program. I have been in the bank for almost 7 years and I enjoyed my job. I really enjoyed it! You can ask my husband on how he teases me that I love the bank more than him. 🙂 Everything was going well for me. I had big projects. I was producing results. But then, I decided to leave.

THE BIG LEAP
I really thought about it long and hard. It wasn’t an easy decision. I’m the workaholic type. I love being surrounded by people and loved filling in my calendar with things to do (yes, I’m a nerd). I knew that if I finally decide to resign, this will definitely be a big change. No steady income. No benefits. No meetings. No people to talk to on a daily basis. No deadlines. No presentations. No lunch breaks. No overtime. No title. No promotions. No bosses. Nothing of all these things. It will just be me, my baby in my belly, the maid and the condo unit… and my husband when he arrives. I’ve been so used to the corporate environment, that when EJ and I made the decision that I should quit for the baby, I was constantly crying. I didn’t know why. I didn’t know if it was a sign of relief that I didn’t have to go to work (happy cry). I didn’t know if it was the over-achiever in me who was crying — scared of not earning anything and contributing anything to the household budget. Maybe it was also because I knew that I will miss my friends and this life that I had in the corporate world — fear of letting go and fear of change.

But then again, I went back to priorities. My child, in this womb, was my number 1 priority. I had to let go of all stress and just concentrate on being a stay-at-home-mom. Our long term goal, too, as a couple was that I be in charge of starting a business that we can take care of in the future. EJ will be the source of the ‘steady income’ for our household. Ej encouraged me to follow my dreams. He said that I was the more ‘entrepreneurial’ one of the two of us. As to what business that is that I will build for the both of us, I still have no clue on what to do. Anyway, reflecting on what was important for us as a family was what made me decide. I took the big leap out from that world.

How has it been so far? Let me start by saying God is so good. Early 2012, I started helping people conduct their own workshops and seminars. I was sort of the logistics and the implementer. I enjoy these things since I get to help other people achieve their dreams of being an entrepreneur — since most of the workshops were skills on professions or businesses that they can do. The brand that I created was Manila Workshops.

Manila Workshops Logo

Manila Workshops Logo

I then realized that I enjoyed helping people achieve both their personal and professional goals in life. I resigned in October 2012 and in the two months that I have been ‘mostly’ at home, I have built my network and I have shared this passion I have with others. With this, my 2013 calendar is almost full, thus, requiring me to even think of hiring an intern for the month I will be indisposed due to my pregnancy. I have built partnerships with people and I have seen people happy and grateful for giving them the opportunity to learn.

I am excited for 2013! Now, all that doubt of leaving the life I was contented with is gone. I now have something to strive for and to work on (as a work-at-home-mom), and what makes me happy is that I get to help others in this journey.

This is my story.

 

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