5 Types of Business Solutions for Busy Mompreneurs

Being a mom and a successful entrepreneur at the same time is no easy feat. It can be difficult to balance the responsibilities of running a small business while also managing a household and taking care of kids. Because of how strenuous such a one-woman job can be, you’ll need the right strategies and the most efficient tools to have an easy, but more productive time as a mompreneur. 

Luckily enough, there are several business solutions available today that the modern mompreneur can use to her advantage. From banking and payment solutions to productivity tools, these resources can help a mom stay on top of her entrepreneurial duties by streamlining business operations, enhancing customer experience, and optimizing productivity for both Mom and her staff. 

Let’s take a look at the business solutions that can empower you as a Filipino mompreneur:

Online Business Banking for More Streamlined Finances

Managing finances is a crucial aspect of any business, and for a busy mompreneur like you, time is a precious commodity. Banking solutions like that of Maya Business will eliminate your need to visit a physical banking branch and do all your business banking online. Through today’s online commercial banking solutions, you’ll be able to do almost everything you’d do at a commercial bank, from accessing your account to paying all of your business suppliers in one go. Best of all, you can complete various business banking transactions anywhere and anytime, as long as you’re connected to the internet. 

Some examples of features you can expect on a modern online business banking platform include the following: 

  • Seamless integration with payment links to receive customers’ payments
  • A system for generating and managing invoice payments
  • Simplified and more accurate bookkeeping processes
  • Tighter security and privacy protocols, such as encryption and two-factor authentication, to protect both your funds and your financial data

With the ability to monitor and complete key transactions from your account using just your phone or computer, you’ll be able to attend to the financial needs of your business while still having enough time and energy for your family. 

Today, the business banking Philippines landscape features financial technology or fintech solutions for all types of businesses, which levels the playing field—online and off—for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). If you’re a mompreneur whose business falls under this category, it won’t be hard for you to find a wealth of up-to-the-minute business banking solutions. It will just be a matter of choosing the right one for your needs and the nature of your business. 

Time Management Solutions with Productivity Apps and Tools

Every mompreneur should become a master of time management given the many business- and family-related tasks she has to handle. Thankfully, there are numerous productivity apps and tools available to mompreneurs to help them optimize their hectic schedules. 

Task management and organization apps allow mompreneurs to create to-do lists, set reminders, and track progress efficiently. Meanwhile, calendar and scheduling apps like Google Calendar (which I personally use!), will be a tremendous help when it comes to planning and managing appointments, meetings, and deadlines. Also, one of the time wasters for a mompreneur is encoding receipts to compute and prepare their tax forms and falling in line to file and pay for Philippine taxes. I use Taxumo so that I can do all of these in the comfort of my own home.

Lastly, collaboration and communication tools like video conferencing apps and virtual boards will prove crucial to mompreneurs that manage teams, as these can foster good teamwork and efficient communication practices among team members.  

When you incorporate them into your workflow, these productivity apps and tools may prove to be a boon for both your business and your family life. On top of helping you efficiently manage your time, they’ll boost both your individual and collective productivity and reduce the day-to-day stresses of running your own business while being a parent.

Automated Solutions on E-commerce Platforms

If you’re looking to expand your reach and automate your operations, consider running your business from an e-commerce platform. These platforms will provide you with a user-friendly interface for setting up your own online store and automating the following, among others: 

  • Invoicing for customer payments
  • Inventory management for your existing stocks
  • Payment processing for a variety of payment methods
  • Customer relationship management (CRM) processes like tracking points for loyalty programs

As a mom running your own ecommerce business, pay special attention to the payment gateways and checkout plugins that you install on your website. Ensure that your checkout process is fast and simple and that your customers have lots of options for completing payments, which will surely entice them to return to your e-commerce store. 

Social Media and Content Strategy Solutions for Digital Marketing

Digital marketing plays a vital role in enhancing any brand’s visibility and engaging with the brand’s customers. The same goes for the business you now run as a mompreneur. Mastery over social media and content strategy tools will allow you to properly showcase your products or services, make your mark on your target audience, and build a community around your unique mompreneur brand.

Do remember, however, that it’s not as easy to make a name for yourself on social media as influencers make it seem. You have to be strategic about your content plan and create valuable and engaging content that truly resonates with your customers. 

That said, Filipino mompreneurs who have embraced digital marketing have seen remarkable growth in their businesses, thanks to the power of social media and well-executed content strategies that hit the right notes with followers.

Outsourcing Solutions with Virtual Assistants and Freelancers

A busy mompreneur should recognize that she doesn’t have to do it all alone. If you’re working solo and have found yourself overwhelmed with the number of things you need to do, remember that it’s an option to outsource your work to eligible individuals. Working with virtual assistants and freelancers can significantly lighten your workload and free up valuable time to spend with your family. From administrative tasks to content creation and customer support, there’s a wide range of tasks that you can entrust to skilled professionals. 

You can explore platforms like Upwork and Freelancer to tap a large pool of talented freelancers and virtual assistants and hire one who’s a good fit for your business. By outsourcing some of your tasks, you may find yourself better equipped to focus on your core business activities and achieve better work-life balance.

Filipino mompreneurs will weather all sorts of challenges in their lives, but they’ll also be able to harness some incredible opportunities. Mompreneurs will find a unique sense of fulfillment, for example, in providing not just for their families, but also for their employees. As an entrepreneur and not a rank-and-file employee, you can also take control of your time and choose to be with your family whenever you want to. 

Thanks to the innovative solutions listed above, you’ll be able to manage your time wisely, stay on top of various business- and family-related needs, and fulfill your calling as both a professional and as a parent. Thrive as a mompreneur in the digital age, and make good use of the business solutions currently available to you. 

Butter & Whisk Confection by Ann: Lessons on Whipping Up Courage

Let’s all welcome the month of May! I love this month, because it means that we get to honor all of the amazing moms out there. And I’m thankful that I have this blog and my vlog on Youtube, because I get to share their inspiring and heart-warming stories. So expect that this month, you’ll be getting to know mompreneurs with interesting stories, experiences and useful tips. Today, i’ll be sharing the story and my interview with Mompreneur Ann Sy-Solis of Butter & Whisk Confection by Ann.

All about Mompreneur Ann

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Cake from Butter & Whisk Confection by Ann

Recently, I’ve been drawn to pictures of food on social media. Ordering food and watching shows now have the same weight in my life and probably take up 80% of my time if I’m not working. So as I was mindless scrolling on social media, I came across pretty cakes from Butter & Whisk Confection by Ann.

Ann is a graduate of HRIM Major in Culinary Art from St Benilde. She’s an impressive mompreneur baker who is mom to a 5 year old boy. She started Butter & Whisk last quarter of 2017. She customizes cakes and specializes in buttercream icing cakes. She also makes yummy baked Lasagna.

Butter & Whisk Confection by Ann Lasagna
Lasagna from Butter & Whisk Confection by Ann

Interview with Mompreneur Ann of Butter & Whisk Confection by Ann

I asked Ann what was the intention behind creating the business. She says that she started her business to find her self-worth and of course, to have her own money. But even with a clear goal, there were a lot of challenges that mompreneur Ann encountered along the way.

One of the challenges is that as a mom and as an entrepreneur, responsibilities double up. Ann narrates that she has to do house chores, teach and take care of her son and take and fulfill orders on her own. This was especially true in 2020 since they didn’t have any house helper.

Another challenge, she recalls was having to manage time. “In 2019, I joined a Bazaar in North Vertis, and I needed to leave my son for three consecutive days. My son is used to being by my side,” Ann says. “I had to stay there from the bazaar’s opening to closing since I could not afford to hire extra man power that time. It was such a challenge since my son would cry every night.”

I can just imagine how stressful and how worried Ann might have been during that time. Speaking of stress, another challenge that Ann had was having difficult and super stingy customers.

“I had a customer before who requested for a customized cake. She had a lot of demands to the point that we were talking almost every day. When I gave her the final quotation, she started to complain and requested to lower the price. I actually already gave her a discounted price, because I was referred to her by my close friend. Di ko kinaya! (I couldn’t take it). What I did was I politely ask her to look for another baker, as I could not meet her (almost impossible) standards.”

Another challenge that Ann mentioned was that there were time that people close to her would bring her down. “They will tell you things you don’t want to hear, like you are not good enough or something like you are wasting your time. There were many times that people told me that my business will not succeed — that the things that I make where not delicious (hindi naman masarap, nothing special naman sa gingawa mo) and that what I made was nothing special.

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When the pandemic hit, Ann mentioned that luckily, her business was not affected. Last year was a really good year (best year) for her since she started her business.

Mompreneur Ann shares that the greatest learning that she picked up is to believe and listen to yourself more than to other people. “Don’t be afraid to try and fail, because it is better to fail than to think what if? This is an advice that my cousin shared with me. Walang mawawala sayo (You will lose nothing) when you try, especially when you do something you love. You will just gain experiences and new knowledge. So don’t be afraid; fear will only hold you back,” Ann shares.

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Ann is happy and proud of her accomplishment. She’s proud of being strong. “I never thought kaya ko (I could do it). I never thought that I could hack the pressures of being a mom, wife, entrepreneur, a teacher to my son, etc. It’s not an easy job running a business and taking care of my family. Tumaas ang tingin ko sa lahat ng mompreneurs (I look up now to all mompreneurs).

To all aspiring mompreneurs reading this, mompreneur Ann of Butter & Whisk Confection by Ann leave these inspiring words and tips. “Don’t be afraid to fail; it will only hold you back. Don’t be afraid of hardship. Hardships will only make you stronger. Don’t be afraid to try. Because when you don’t try, you will never know kung ano ang naghihintay sayo (what’s in store and waiting for you). And most importantly, believe and listen to yourself.

To order from mompreneur Ann of Butter & Whisk Confection by Ann, please visit the following links:

https://www.facebook.com/ButterandWhiskConfection

https://www.instagram.com/butterandwhiskbyann/

Thank you, Ann, for sharing your story and I wish you more success for years to come!

Mompreneurs: Tip For Creating A Better Work-Life Balance

Mompreneurs, such amazing people! Seriously though. Imaging juggling all of these tasks and responsibilities. Mompreneurs always come up to me asking for better ways to manage their time. There are always things you can do to enhance the way you juggle your life as a mompreneur. Time management is oftentimes our struggle. This is the reason why we chose this as a topic for our Lean In PH Circle session for this month.

Whether you’re a new mom in business, or you’ve been managing a company for years, here are some tips that may help you improve your work-life balance, and perhaps even free up some time for you!

Give Kids Responsibilities

You don’t have to, and you shouldn’t have to do everything alone. While your partner should be doing their share of housework, your kids can help, too. This is the best time to teach them different values that you want to pass on — from a sense of ownership, commitment to responsibilities, etc.

Giving kids chores helps them to start having respect for their home environment. Tasks to give to your children can range from feeding the dog to emptying the bins. The fact is, every little thing helps, particularly when you’re trying to make your home life and business more functional. 

Nightly Prep 

Struggling to find something you need just before you need to leave the house becomes a routine part of most mom’s lives every morning. Actually, now that we are always at home, the entire household runs to you and assumes that you know where everything is.

Whether trying to find your daughter’s missing notebook for school or locating the shirt that your husband wants to wear for an important call, there’s always “something” that goes missing when you need it most. 

To save yourself the stress, why not prep everything you need the night. This means shirts, notebooks, bills, shoes, etc. Having everything prepared and ready will make your mornings go much more smoothly.

Start With The Most Important Tasks First

Picture by Jopwell from Pexels

When you’re tackling business issues during the day, try not to drift off and deal with tasks that have little to no impact on your company. Instead, start with the to-do’s that are difficult or you’ve been putting off for a while. In doing so, you’ll feel accomplished, and it’ll give you the motivation to handle the next priority in line with confidence. 

Do the hard jobs first. The easy jobs will take care of themselves. – Dale Carnegie, American writer.

Simplify and Streamline Processes

To streamline and automate processes that consume a lot of your time, look for software to take care of areas of your business for you. 

For instance, hr software from Elmosoftware assists you in consolidating numerous HR processes onto one system. A few of the areas they can take care of include talent acquisition, payroll, and maximizing employee performance. 

With everything HR-related in one space, available for you to access 24/7 online, managing your employees will be easier and less time-consuming. Meaning you can concentrate on the areas of the company you love most.

Increase Productivity at Work

To maximize the time you have available to complete work projects, try using an application, such as Pomodoro. 

Pomodoro enables you to complete tasks in short bursts, with mini intervals to rest and make yourself a hot drink. Apps like Pomodoro are perfect for mompreneurs who are limited on time and need to improve productivity while working.

To ensure your life and business can thrive, consider including the small changes mentioned above into your existing routine.

Do you have other tips for mompreneurs that you want to share? Share it with me in comment section below!

Discounted Price for Co-Working Mompreneurs at Impact Hub Manila

I’m so uninspired to write today. I feel like I need to go out and talk to people. For some reason, my mind is blank. These are the moments when I feel I need to work at a coworking space. To add to that, it’s so hot here in the house. I feel like it’s a waste to open the aircon (but I think I will do that in a while), since i’m leaving for a meeting soon anyway. A lot of moms, especially mompreneurs, were asking me if they should sign up for membership at coworking spaces and my answer would always be, it really depends if you’re the type, like me, who easily gets bored at home and of course, if you have the resources to sign up for membership.

Impact Hub Manila

Impact Hub Manila along Chino Roces Extension

Here’s good news from my friends at Impact Hub. They are giving two moms the chance to Cowork with them! Get access to a great ‘Get Inspired’ packages, worth P20,000, for 6 Months so you can cowork and share your ideas with the hubbers!

All you have to do is answer this form: http://goo.gl/forms/PjjbJAl4lz and wait for the results after December 5, 2015

Impact Hub for Mompreneurs

What is Impact Hub Manila?
Impact Hub Manila is an incubator, coworking and events space for a membership community of entrepreneurs, activists, creatives, and professionals taking action to drive positive social and environmental change. Since their opening on June 1, 2015 they welcomed more than 3000 innovators, held over 50 events and count 100+ Hubbers. With 11,000+ members in 73+ Impact Hubs across the world and 30 in the making, the Impact Hub Network has become the center of gravity for people innovating a new kind of economy. Locally rooted and globally connected. Now, they are taking the next step to foster sustainable innovation and empower entrepreneurs. The Fellowship in Innovation in Mobility with LBC will be the first in a series of annual innovation and incubation programs.

What is Coworking @Impact Hub?
Coworking is an open work space that fosters collaboration among individuals and groups of people who wants to create positive change, world class furniture, high speed Internet and free flowing coffee included.

For more information, you can visit them on www.impacthub.ph and follow Impact Hub Manila (Facebook, Twitter and Youtube). They are located at: Impact Hub Manila, 5th Floor Green Sun, 2285 Chino Roces Avenue Extension, 1231 Makati, Philippines