MyNanai: Virtual Babysitters

If asked what my main struggle is as a work from home parent, it’s probably juggling and maintaining a proper schedule for us and for our daughter. I recently stumbled upon a site that offers virtual babysitters that can help you out! I really thought it was such a cool business that I decided to check it out.

MyNanai

MyNanai is a recent startup that helps parents working from home to find virtual babysitters and interactive events to entertain their children. It’s meant to create brief breaks for us parents. From my personal experience, as much as we would love to be at our kid’s side 24/7, there are other responsibilities that we also have to do.

About MyNanai

Before I share my daughter’s experience, I asked the founder, Tom Yen, to tell us the story of MyNanai.

Tom: MyNanai is an idea that arose in response to the recent closure of daycare centers and schools. After my son’s daycare closed, my mom started using FaceTime each day to engage my son, read him books, put on puppet shows for him, and even played building games. When I shared that experience with some colleagues, we all got inspired to create MyNanai as a way to help out parents unexpectedly working from home.In a nutshell,

MyNanai is the daycare you need done in a social-distancing-friendly fashion! And that’s our chief mission—to provide kids and their parents with a “daycare” alternative amid this pandemic. But, beyond this, we at MyNanai also provide job opportunities to furloughed employees in the Philippines, who meet our “Nanai” requirements. This mission creates shared value, not just for our dear clients, but also for our employees as well during this trying time.

Zeeka’s First Session with Nanai Angeli

Ginger: Can you describe your business model, Tom? How do you earn?

Tom: MyNanai isn’t really meant to be a profitable business. Rather, it was created because we saw an opportunity to help parents and furloughed workers during a time of duress. It’s quite possible that MyNanai will simply disappear after the pandemic has ended, and as a group of folks, who just want to help, we’re totally fine with that.

Ginger: Now that you mentioned the pandemic, has it impacted your business in any way?

Tom: Personally, I’ve been very fortunate. I haven’t been impacted anywhere near as significantly as many others. That said, the elimination of daycare has definitely forced me to completely rethink how to juggle the responsibilities of work and family.

I would encourage people to give MyNanai a try and to give us feedback on how we can improve it. This was pulled together in a matter of weeks and we would welcome any suggestions that people are willing to share. For those with friends who may benefit from our service during these crazy times, please tell them about us.

Ginger: Because of the things happening now, what changes will you be implementing in your business?

Tom: At this point, MyNanai is so new that everything is changing! We’re trying to address feedback on the fly and we’re exploring ways to create more engaging and interactive experiences for families out there who are searching for sources of interaction.

To end our interview, Tom’s advice to all business owner is to “Never give up.”

My daughter’s experience

I recently tried MyNanai to keep Zeeka entertained while I was on a call. I was listening during the first few minutes of the call, and I like how Nanai Angeli was trying to get Zeeka to talk and communicate with her.

The part that Zeeka enjoyed the most was they had a trivia on Roblox. Nanai Angeli texted me before the session and asked me what Zeeka liked doing. I mentioned Roblox, and so I think she tried to incorporate it into her time with Zeeka.

All smiles when she heard “Roblox” from Nanai Angeli of MyNanai

I think I would book another session when I need time to focus on an important task.

GIVEAWAY / RAFFLE ALERT!

If you want to try it out, feel free to comment below on why you want to try out this service, and I will raffle off one free 2 hour session to three lucky parents!

For those who want to try a 30 minute session, just use the code GINGERxMYNANAI when booking their service.

To know more about MyNanai and to book virtual babysitters, please visit: https://www.mynanai.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThisIsMyNanai
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thisismynanai/

Love,

P.S. Here is an article that you may have missed 🙂

Effectively Managing a Remote Workforce

Many people, all over the world, are working remotely for the first time, as we try to stop the spread of COVID-19 so that our lives can return to normal. For some, the transition has been simple, but others are trying to work around children and other family members, homeschooling and other chores, uncertainly, mental health issues, and other factors. It’s tough. 

If you are responsible for a team, you might find that keeping them motivated, productive, and on the right track is much harder when we are all separate, and face to face contact is limited. But it’s crucial that you do. 

There are many benefits of remote working. With the right tools and resources, you could find that your team is more productive and creative than ever. Your business could thrive if you can manage to keep them motivated. Here are some tips to help. 

Improve Your Own Project Management Skills

Your own project management skills might need a brush up if you are working remotely. You might need some project management tips to help you to manage your own time, and organize your work. Only once you’ve got yourself in the right mindset, will you be able to effectively delegate, set goals and objectives, and practice constant quality assurance. Spend some time on yourself, and you’ll be better equipped to motivate others. 

Set Clear Expectations

The best way to get the most out of a team is always to set clear and attainable goals and expectations. They should have long-term targets, but also short-term, daily goals. Often, we feel like our employees let us down, but in reality, there was just a misalignment with expectations. Employees have no special abilities or knowing what’s on your mind, so speak up and clearly communicate goals with them.

This might be even more true right now, when they spend a lot of their time working on their own, without anyone standing over them to offer support and guidance. Set clear daily targets, and make sure that everyone understands what you want from them.

Find Effective Ways to Communicate

Photo by Andrew Neel from Pexels

Communication is crucial at the moment. Fortunately, we’ve entered lockdown in a highly connected world. Ten years ago, remote working would have been much more difficult. 

But, while there are plenty of communication options available, they might not all be right for you and your team all of the time. A daily, or weekly, group video chat may be useful, and one on one video calls to deal with specific issues can be a good idea. But, you can’t be video calling just to check-in throughout the day, you’d never get anything done. You may find that quick phone calls, messages, and emails are more efficient during the working day. 

You should also make sure your team knows that you are always reachable if they need help, and give them information about your preferred contact methods. 

Get Personal

This is a tough time, and having personal connections with your team will help you to support and motivate them. We’re all dealing with things differently, and some people are finding it harder than others. Check-in on a personal level, ask how they are and have an open chat. It could help a lot. 

Do you have more tips that you can share?

Watch out for more tips as I plan to share more this coming week!

Happy Labor Day!

Sincerely,

Bounce Back For Business: Manuel Music Project Inc.

Music is an important part of our lives, pandemic or no pandemic. We’ve been filling our home with music. It just relieves stress for all of us in the family — plus Zeeka loves singing. She would always tell me that she loves singing more than dancing.

Manuel Music Project Inc. (MMP) is a passion-based business, using music as a primary tool to impart values, disciplines and skills to its students. It is a home for talents. We help aspiring individuals discover, improve and develop their musical talents.We want musicians and talents to leave a legacy. It also provides music productions, renders live music on concert and events, and professional advisory and consultation.

The company is a legacy that Edison and Romelle Manuel envisioned to leave to their children.

For over 19 years, Edison has been conducting music training and workshops, locally and internationally. He motivates and inspires aspiring musicians to excel musically by incorporating the disciplines and values in music lessons, directing and crafting innovative programs to equip and enhance individuals and music groups.

His popular songs as a songwriter and music arranger include “Rumaragasang Pagpapala”, “I Promise”, “More Blessings”, “Shake The Heavens” and “I Want You More” from the album “I Promise” which was released in November 2003.

Edison, together with his wife who is also a musician, Romelle, launched Manuel Music Project Inc. on August 7, 2017, to provide an environment that will make learning and experiencing music a meaningful and fulfilling pursuit. The brand tagline “You Can Play” is a strong statement of the mission MMP has embraced in establishing the company.

Manuel Music Project believes that anyone who has the passion in music and desire to learn can play music, given the proper training and coaching. In MMP, the music instructors bear the qualities of an effective coach, one who has the heart and will to teach and develop a student to become the musician he/she wants to be.

MMP conducts individual and group, face to face music programs and workshops for all ages. It also provides entertainment music for all occasions, including corporate events. The business earns mainly from tuition and workshop fees from students.

Their services are delivered to students and clients face to face. With the risk and protocols implemented in light of the corona virus outbreak, their students were restricted to either come to our studio or music coaches had to go to their homes. Some clients had to cancel their bookings with them.

With this pandemic, they are now looking at going online/digitally. “We plan to aggressively obtain state-of-the-art equipment and online platforms available for our business. We also need professional help and necessary funds in implementing this,” said the couple.

Some of the changes that they will implement is that they would be gearing towards delivering online music lessons and partnering with online payment providers. Because of this, they will also train our coaches on how to effectively deliver their online services.

“It is important that there is a Business Continuity Plan in place. To be prudent and intentional in setting aside, not just working capital fund, but also contingency/emergency fund,” said the Manuels when asked what business lesson did they learn from the recent happenings.

Support local business and visit Manuel Music Project Inc. (MMP)!

Facebook: https://facebook.com/manuelmusicproject

Website: http://manuelmusicproject.wordpress.com

Spread the word!

Sincerely,

P.S. Please follow https://www.facebook.com/groups/BounceBackPH/ to see how you can support the Philippines.

P.P.S. Please follow #BounceBackforBusiness #GInspiration #GoLocalPH for more Local SME and Professional stories that we can support!

P.P.S. If you want to be featured next, please visit this link https://mommyginger.com/smes-and-professionals-unite-during-this-time-of-crisis.html and for Women Founders, please visit this website and sign up: http://startupwomenconnect.asia/

#BOUNCEBACKFORBUSINESS: 1PesoHosting.Com

Businesses, especially those with no online presence, have been reading a lot about establishing presence online and how to build a website. When your building a website, you’ll need a hosting provider. Today, the featured local business for my #BounceBackforBusiness Series is 1PesoHosting.com.

Ginger: Hi Herbert! Can you tell us more about your business?

Herbert: 1PesoHosting.Com is a small web and server hosting provider that started around year 2002. We have hosted more than 1,000 websites and have clients in the SMEs, large enterprises, government and non-profit organizations. We cater mostly to Philippines based companies but also have foreign clients.

We are one of the cheapest providers with web hosting plans that starts as low as Php 100/month for a 4GB space and Php 350/month for unlimited hosting and our support teams are purely local. Our servers are located in the US, Hongkong and Malaysia and we provide domain registration services, shared web hosting, virtual private servers (cloud servers), dedicated servers, SSL and server management services.

Ginger: Why did you start your business and what was the mission behind it? 

Herbert: We started 1pesohosting.com because back in the days, web hosting in the Philippines was very expensive. We realized that by offering a US based server, would be able to help SMEs build and host their website at a fraction of the cost of doing it locally. Our mission is to enable companies bring their businesses online with the least cost and effort as possible. This starts with having an affordable domain and email/web hosting service.

Ginger: Can you describe your business model? How do you earn?

Herbert: All our services are availed via subscription and we accept credit cards, paypal and bank transfers/deposits.

Ginger: How were you impacted by this pandemic? How were you impacted by the Enhanced Community Quarantine? 

Herbert: Majority of our customers prefer bank deposits since their companies would issue checks to pay. Payments have been delayed and some potential leads/projects were put on hold therefore cashflow is very much affected. We pay our data centers and support staff monthly regardless of the situation so even if customers are unable to settle their bills on time, we still have to pay our bills.

Ginger: After this lockdown and pandemic is resolved, how can people help you moving forward?

Herbert: We are looking for more companies who are in need of our services. Some changes that we will be implementing for our business is that we will be promoting online payments more compared to bank payments. However, since majority of our clients are businesses who does not usually pay via credit card, we need to find ways to have businesses settle bills online that would be acceptable as per their accounting policy.

Ginger: What are the business lessons that you have learned from this? 

Herbert: Maintain better cashflow for situations where revenue will be delayed

Thank you so much, Herbert for sharing with us the story of 1PesoHosting.com.

Please visit them at http:/www.1pesohosting.com / and on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/1pesohosting

Stay Safe!

P.S. Please follow https://www.facebook.com/groups/BounceBackPH/ to see how you can support the Philippines.

P.P.S. Please follow #BounceBackforBusiness #GInspiration #GoLocalPH for more Local SME and Professional stories that we can support!

P.P.S. If you want to be featured next, please visit this link https://mommyginger.com/smes-and-professionals-unite-during-this-time-of-crisis.html and for Women Founders, please visit this website and sign up: http://startupwomenconnect.asia/

#BOUNCEBACKFORBUSINESS: Forest School Philippines

We’ve been inside our homes for a month now. Lately, I’ve been feeling the effects of staying indoors. It’s mostly affecting my mood. I can’t wait for the time when we can go outdoors and explore again.

Speaking of exploring, our children will need this, too. So today, for the local business that I want to feature, I interviewed Forest School Philippines. Honestly, this is the first time that I have heard of them and what they do is quite interesting.

Ginger: What is your Business? Can you tell readers more about it?

Forest School Philippines: Forest school is an approach that takes place outdoors where children are in charge of their learning through unstructured free play. As a result, children can think for themselves, speak their minds, and keep on getting up every time they make a mistake.

Ginger: Interesting! Why did you start your business? And what is your mission? 

Forest School Philippines: It started as a personal mission because I was stuck for the most part of my life. I was in a career that did not give me joy and meaning. Finding forest school was marrying the 3 things I loved–education, nature, and children. At the same time, we want children joining forest school to discover and unlock their own genius so that they can share their gift to the world.

Ginger: So how do you earn? Can you describe your business model?

Forest School Philippines: Profit-first. Zero capital (except for the UK training I invested in myself). I earn through weekly sessions, private coaching sessions, special events (birthday or summer camps) and speaking engagements.

Ginger: I know it has been tough for schools lately. How about your business? How were you impacted by this pandemic?

Forest School Philippines: Despite the fact that nature is good to boost children’s immune system, the children’s safety is utmost concern. All sessions were postponed to a later date.

Ginger: How can people help you moving forward? What kind of help are you looking for? 

Forest School Philippines: I need help in creating awareness about Forest School or forest kindergarten as an option alongside the other progressive or non-traditional schools. If Scandinavian countries have been practicing this for years, and they have the highest literacy rate, then they must be doing something right. I am also looking for forest school assistants and volunteers from different parts of the country whom I can train, so we can spread this movement fast.

Ginger: Because of the things happening now, what changes will you be implementing in your business? 

Forest School Philippines: Teaching people how they can do it themselves, as long as they have access to space and nature.

Ginger: Oh nice! Since a lot of business owners will be reading this, what are the business lessons that you have learned from this? 

Forest School Philippines: This is a season for planting. It’s a time to work on our marketing, revisit the processes, and strengthen the connection with potential clients.

Thank you so much for sharing your story.

If you all want to learn more about Forest School Philippines, please visit the links below.

http://forestschoolphilippines.com

https://facebook.com/forestschoolph

https://instagram.com/forestschoolph

P.S. Please follow https://www.facebook.com/groups/BounceBackPH/ to see how you can support the Philippines.

P.P.S. Please follow #BounceBackforBusiness #GInspiration #GoLocalPH for more Local SME and Professional stories that we can support!

P.P.S. If you want to be featured next, please visit this link https://mommyginger.com/smes-and-professionals-unite-during-this-time-of-crisis.html and for Women Founders, please visit this website and sign up: http://startupwomenconnect.asia/