One of the necessities for a new year is to have a new planner! I’m sure most of us already have planners that we can use. I always think of planners as a way to see the personality of a person, and I admire those who can actually decorate it well and write on it legibly. Today, I interviewed someone whose business is help you decorate and fix your planners! How cool is that! 🙂

About Ferry of Ferrywrites

Hi there! I’m Ferry, a blogger mom with a penchant for crafts. I am married to Raymond Ko for 6 years and counting, and we’re blessed with three (one on the way, yes I am 5 months pregnant now) children. I own a small online shop for planner needs, named Ferrywrites.

I started crafting at the tender age of seven. I started with creating scrapbooks, diaries, collecting stationeries and notepads until I discovered Filofax when I turned thirteen. From then on, I started using planners as if they were an extension of myself. Decorating planners and getting organized the way I like things to be makes me more productive and aware of the things I should prioritize and thing that I need to brush off. It goes hand in hand with my other passion, writing. I don’t see this as a hobby. I consider this as my life’s focal point.

Before I became a momtrepreneur, I was working in the corporate world at the age of eighteen. I would also do sideline jobs as a freelancer that involves writing, listing, calling clients to name a few, all while I was studying in College. Now, I am a full-time mom for almost four years and entrepreneur for a year.

My advocacy is simple, spread kindness. I was raised by a single father who taught me that whenever one can help, one should help. And living with his mantra, we (my husband and I) came up with the idea that part of our monthly sales, whether it’s coming from our partner merchant or online, will automatically go to our chosen charity of the year (World Vision Philippines).

Interview with Ferry:

Ginger: What is your Startup/brand/business? What is it about? How long have you been in business?

Ferry: I own a shop named Ferrywrites. It caters to planner needs such as weekly sticker kits, icons stickers, planner inserts, charms clips etc. I have been doing this for a year now.

Ginger: Who is your target market? Why did you choose this market? Can you give us the insight behind this market?

Ferry: Mainly, the Planner Community. Funny because only a few people really know that our community exists. We take planning and crafts seriously. It’s a very creative community where you will find girls who are willing to help the girls how to start up or hone their planning and all.

Ginger: Oh, I think I better join that community! I have a planning addiction! haha! So, how did you come up with this idea? What made you decide to start this kind of business?

Ferry: Making planner sticker kits is common in the community. I turned my passion into a small business, not only to gain profit, but to reach out to people too. Since I can doodle and I have a keen eye for what works, I’ve decided to give it a try.

Ginger: Were there any obstacles that you faced when you decided to pursue becoming an
Entrepreneur? What are these?

Ferry: Definitely! I used to get depressed whenever I cannot come up with cute or functional or unique design for my stickers. I would always compare my work to others who are doing this way longer than me. The profit was never an issue to me. It was more of how can I level up or get them to know my brand.

Ginger: What are the greatest challenges in putting up and maintaining a business in your country?

Ferry: Looking for materials. It’s been a challenge since day one to find a quality and affordable materials for the business. Of course, all business owners want good provisions at a low price that your clients will appreciate.

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

Ferry: Vision, Resilience, and Faith.

Ginger: Unforgettable moments or lessons that you learned as an Entrepreneur/Startup Founder

Ferry: Love what you do, have fun and do not compare with your competitors.

Ginger: What advice can you give to other Entrepreneurs?

Ferry: You change the path never the goal. If the process of what you are doing right now is not working that much, think of another way to achieve your goal.

Ginger: Do you believe that everyone should become entrepreneurs?

Ferry: YES! because I strongly agree with what Guy Kawasaki, the author of The Art of Start said: “Entrepreneur is not a job title, it’s a state of mind of people who want to alter the future.” After all, entrepreneurship doesn’t equate to just having a business.

Ginger: What are ways that you can do to raise capital?

Ferry: Stay alert of the new things in the market and always look for ways to improve your products.

Ginger: How do you market your products? Growth strategy?

Ferry: I network as much as possible and I do sponsor craft events. By doing these, they get to know my brand, what I do and my advocacy.

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

Ferry: Intuos Art, Procreate of Ipad Pro, Photoshop, Illustrator and Silhouette Software.

Ginger: Other things that you want to mention which you think are important

Ferry: Be observant but do not copy. Do not believe in the saying that imitation is the highest form of flattery. I think that is disrespectful. Observe the hype and the new things in your field then come up with your own twist to it.

Ginger: Thank you so much for your insights and for sharing your experiences, Ferry! More power to you!

Contact information about your business:

Website – www.ferrywrites.com
Email address – ferrywrites@gmail.com
Mobile Number – 0916-622- 2812
Facebook Page – Ferrywrites
Twitter account – @ferrywrites
Instagram account – @ferrywrites and @ferrywrites.shop
Pinterest – ferrywrites

Yesterday, I shared with you an article about realigning your life. You can read this post: http://mommyginger.com/2017/11/realign-your-life.html. The thing is, for you to successfully achieve goals, I have experienced that writing it down was really helpful in achieving these dreams. Writing it down and constantly reviewing it turned me into a DOER and not just a DREAMER. One of the tools that I use to accomplish my goals is my mighty Belle de Jour Planner.

I have been using Belle De Jour since the year 2010. Every year, I write down my plans and goals. For next year (2018), I love that the Belle De Jour Planner comes in three kinds. By the way, the 2018 BDJ planner was just launched last October 21 and 22 at the Shangri-la Plaza East Atrium. I also love that this year’s theme was celebrating uniqueness — “Dare to be you.” It was probably why there were three choices. Check out the 2018 planner in this video!

Together with the Belle De Jour Planner, the 2018 edition of the Navi Journal, Everything is Possible Planner, Focus Journal and the Essentials notebook were also showcased at the event.

The samples of the different products!

The launch of the planners and the other products was a great way to kickstart on setting your 2018 goals. There were a series of talks from Goal Gurus. There were also different activities that you could do! It was definitely a fun event. If you haven’t been to one, I highly suggest that you go to the one next year!

But going to the most crucial question, since it’s November already! My question is do you have a copy of the 2018 Belle De Jour Planner? If you do, what do you like about it? What are things that they can improve on?

If you don’t have a copy yet, please go to http://www.ilovebdj.com and grab one! Happy goal setting!

A few days ago, I watched The Intern. I watched it because I read somewhere that it was the perfect movie for women entrepreneurs. When I learned that Anne Hathaway and Robert Di Niro were in it, I wanted to watch it even more. Well, after watching The Intern, I was super inspired to start this year on the right foot. These kinds of movies make you want to just get up, plan the year ahead and shout — GAME ON!

So the next thing that I did was just that. I stood up, got my planners and started making plans. I am such an OC person that I have 3 planners (one for work, one for the home and one to bring for anything urgent). Now, I even have an additional and unique planner for a very admirable mompreneur, Joy. It’s called Ploodle. Ploodle means PLAN and DOODLE.

Ploodle 2

Each page is wonderfully created by Joy and her friend, Reg. The hand drawn doodles are made by Reg, and the digital designs are by Joy. I love that you can even color the cover. It makes it more personal!

 

Ploodle 1

 

 

I realized recently how much I missed doodling. Do you know that doodling and coloring can decrease stress and cause higher level of creativity?  What I plan to do with this planner/coloring book is I will make it my own “I am Grateful for” Planner. For each day, I will write down things that I am grateful for.

My husband says that I am so negative when it comes to looking at myself.  haha! I always see my weaknesses and I seem not to care about my other many strengths. He suggested that I start writing down things that I am grateful for so that I can do away with my insecurities once and for all. I thank Joy for having such a beautifully made Ploodle that would be my tool to do just that — to see things in my life as blessings, to see the glass as half full and not half empty.

Grateful for this great find!

Thankful for this life,

Mommy Ginger

Mommy Ginger

 

 

 

 

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Information about Ploodle

Check out their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ploodle/ or website: http://www.misistagle.com/ploodle-planner-and-coloring-book/.

Price is at a discounted rate of Php 650 at Commune and Crafter’s Marketplace in EDSA Shangrila.

Bulk orders: If you are buying 10 Ploodles, use the coupon bulkorder to enjoy P50 off for each planner. Kindly get in touch with them for your shipping preference.  They also accept credit card and Paypal payments in their site above, but with additional charges.