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I've been my own boss for more than 2 years now, maybe you can say i'm a "mommager" (mom+manager, a.k.a. mompreneur). If you've seen my previous posts you'll know where am at and how it all began. But for those who don't have a clue - here's why I am my own boss. Here's the bit fact: "being your own boss" doesn't necessarily mean- my foot is up in the air and pointing fingers for chores to be done in the business. Being your own boss means you have to know how to "get your hands dirty". It means you have to know how to pick up the business when somebody else doesn't show up or can't seem to do it right.
As a start-up business (specially for those who literally manufacture/make/cook your product i.e baking, crafts) this readily appoints you as your own boss (i.e. CEO, PR, laborer, finance, accountant, driver, manufacturer, sales department, advertising dept, customer support, I.T., marketing manager, purchasing officer, even kargador) You see, it's unbelievably time consuming of time, money, and may i say powers?! OK should i dare continue what I'm about to say? Am I discouraging you? If you don't have the stomach for the next few lines then- maybe you're not for business. But if you're up for the challenge then read on...
Along your journey you'll encounter a lot of self doubts, fears (Which in time you need to learn to ignore) questions and tests that will make or break you. Here's a few that kept on nagging on my head the whole time. (In no particular order)
(1) Without any sign of rewards/ profit (this is very common because were still working for the ROI - return of investment) How will I go on?
(2) How will I motivate myself?
(3) When sales are bad- what will I you do?
(4) What if the market is not receptive to your product/s?
(5) Dementors - How do you deal with "dementors"?
(6) Trust or not to trust?
(8) What to do now?
(9) oh shit!
(10) YES! (with thunder clap!) I'm the boss!
Ok ill try to give a brief explanation to each moment. Try to stick around ok?
(1) Without profit, how will i go on? This is particular question is deal breaker. HOW is based on this. In my opinion. If you're NOT 100% sure of the business you'll go into- DONT BARROW or LOAN. Make sure what you'll be investing on will not incur interests (LOAN SHARKS are taboo). Working with small capital works fine, it just means you need to start small which is very good, in testing the waters before jumping in. DON'T gamble your entire savings in one business venture. As they say don't put your eggs in one basket! And another thing...If you have a job- Don't quit! Investing 101 is very tricky and different in every person.
On the side learn what is a "good debt" and "bad debt". (read up some financial guru article/ books about this one)
(2) How will I motivate myself? More than motivation, what you'll need is: dedication, persistence and consistency.
(3) When sales are bad-what will you do? When you first get your "first sale" what do you do? Do you "party" or "keep it"? If you say "keep it" then you don't have to worry about "low sales", lean months are inevitable. Keep on padding up your "security net" during the "good months". And you'll be ok. Also, remember to keep your "reward-to-self" inline with the actual profits you raked in.
(4) What if the market is not receptive to your product/s? First of all, it is very important to "test market" your product/service etc. before putting more money for investment and when the market is not receptive, maybe there is something you might have missed? Check the four P's of marketing (Product, Price, Place and Promotion), are you hitting the right market? Double check your product/business. Correct if you find something amiss, improve what needs to be improved on. And if its not doing good pull it out. Its easy as that. Cash in and cash out it right away so you can easily reinvent and continue to evolve. Don't stay in an "irrelevant" market.
(5) Dementors - How do you deal with "dementors"? Unfortunately, our world is like Harry Potter's. We're filled with such entities. Sometimes they hit us in our lowest point and crumbles us. But we can't be beaten by those kind of people right? As long as we're doing the right thing, Good karma will always be right by our side. Do good and always practice A.R.K. -Act of Random Kindness.
(6) Trust or not to trust? Its customary "NOT TO TRUST NO ONE", trust is earned PERIOD. If you happen to trust someone, do it sparingly and continue to build your relationship slowly.
(7) Instincts. Women have the best instincts of all FOLLOW THEM.
(8) What to do now? When things are slow, this is the best time to regroup. Develop more ideas, new products, experiment, READ, take a break and have FUN! Brilliant ideas comes in a relaxed mind.
(9) Oh shit! Let me share a line from the movie The Robinson's "Keep Moving FORWARD"! This is where starting small is "good". When you started small, it means your mistakes are smaller. Small mistakes can be easily remedied compared to big mistakes. BIG MISTAKES = BIG LOSSES. AND when you regroup (like suggested in number 8) you most likely catch those little fires and put them out right away. Being a boss also means owning up to those mistakes and acting upon it. LEARNING from mistakes are called LESSONS and never quit.
(10) YES! (with thunder clap!) I'm the boss! With all the work you put into your business, it will always be a feather in your cap. Doing it solo will also give you a boost of confidence. Every bit of gratitude from a HAPPY/ SATISFIED customer is a like a trophy already and when a customers becomes a friend- it's a gem on its own. AND lastly, Yes! with a thunder clap is when you know you've learned a lot and was able to write these 10 moments on paper (digipaper) and share it. I hope you had fun reading it :) Now let's go back to work!
***Everything noted here are purely from my experience and in context "IN MY OPINION ONLY" If you feel i've helped you-im glad you picked up a few pointers, you may comment for your thoughts below and if you're a business mama as well and want to share a few pointers feel free to chime in :) BUT if you have violent reactions-please keep it to yourself negativity is not welcome in this happy blog- thank you***
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Yesterday - June 22 (Sunday 5-6pm) was "sort of" another day to conquer my fear of public speaking... I was invited to be interviewed by Teacher ng bayan Tina Zamora" and Ms. Roselle Manahan (sitting in for Mommy Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan) of DZMM 630. The Topic was about "Bakit Magaling sa negosyo si mommy?"
Ok before anybody raise their eyebrows...I too question my authority over the matter. But as Tr. Tina suggests, ordinary moms sharing their stories will help inspiring moms to go into business (so to speak, this is a public service). The program is called "Kapamilya Konek" and our segment "Kabuhayan Konek" lasted for 12minutes. The topic was "Bakit pwedeng magaling sa negosyo ang nanay" I was one of the two guests interviewed. Paola Loot of Mommy Treats was interviewed via phone patch (i think she's down with something).
The experience was different, compared with the other "makalaglag puso" TV5 Segment with Good Morning Club which I also took part last March. Over all it was still nerve wrecking! While im seated behind the microphone, the fixed camera (as seen in the upper right part of this photo) was focused on me the whole time! So whenever i speak my image will be switched on and broadcasted LIVE at DZMM teleradyo feed in local cable TVnetwork.
So for those who were able to listen in or view me during the DZMM TeleRadyo feed my apologies for my lack of expertise in Public speaking. Tao lang po :)
The rattling nerves are there, but the presence of my husband and daughter in the same room as I am helps a lot. Hayyy in this crazy world I'm in right now - they are my rock. Every time I get to do this thing- they are always there to support me. Honestly speaking the pressure to do good in this task is more of a good example to my daughter Nina - "that you can conquer anything!". Nina is very much aware of my fear in public speaking, so by example - Im demonstrating to her "how to face your fear".
TAKE THE CHALLENGE - YOLO! You Only Live Once!
June 22, 2014 At DZZM TeleRadyo 630: TeleRadyo Program, Kapamilya Konnect
A few more days and Cebuano moms will get to have the comfort of availing their Snug-a-hug and UDON in CEBU!
YES! You read it right! Baobao Babies and Happy Mama's would be carrying our brand! No more waiting game! This is because we aspire to reach more and more mommy to be and provide them with quality products such as Snug-a-hug and UDON.
Baobao Babies and Happy Mamas are responsible in bringing in well loved brands to CEBU! So do check them out for other products they carry. Just visit them at: Baobao Babies at Unit 5 Oakridge Business Park 880 AS Fortuna Street Banilad, Mandaue City Cebu and Happy Mamas at the MAZE at the Hip Zone 3rd Level Ayala Center Cebu, Cebu Business Park Archbishop Reyes Avenue Cebu City with tel. no. (032) 318-3215
Im so excited for you all CEBUANO MOMS. There's so much in store for you.
March 19 at around 9am i received a call from "Jonathan". It wasn't new to me to receive phone calls from "unknown" number since I entertain a lot of inquiries about Snug-a-hug all the time. So there I was talking to "Jonathan", what came afterwards was a blur that prompted me to say "can i give you answer later today after lunch?" My next step is to talk to my husband and sisters to know what they have to say. They we're all excited and told me "to go for it".
So what's the commotion all about? I received an invitation for a TV guesting for Goodmorning club of ABC5! The invitation came the day before the slot was given to me. Barely 24hrs to prepare myself to face my greatest phobia of all- PUBLIC SPEAKING!
After getting the cheat code the same day as the invitation (a.k.a basic question Miss Cristine Babao will ask me) I think i didnt have the luxury of time to get nervous the day before- because what I have in mind is "I have nothing to wear!" YES, ladies and gentlemen i too have the sickness of every woman in the planet- with a closet full of clothes - I STILL HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR. So off I went to the nearest mall with my fashion consultant/ daughter Nina. (She's an 11yo with a good sense of style).
It took the rest of the day to scout for a decent dress and shoes for the TV appearance :) and the whole night to fix what we have to bring for the guesting, and the rest of hours in between the appointed time was spent being rattled and praying not to "suck!" during the interview/segment. I only texted those people who would love me even if I make a fool out of myself during the guesting. No announcement on FB, IG or whatever because I'm overwhelmed. Sleep wasn't on my mind that night but as the hours, minutes and seconds passed by- it was time. It helps that my make-up finished only a few minutes before the segment so i didn't really get to see what was happening before hand. I was in the zone. I had an alone time in the make-up room (apparently it was Patrick Paez's office) with a very quiet make-up artist who honored my moment of peace.
While I'm being dolled-up My hubby, Jason was in charge of setting up our products on stage for the segment and keeping me in check. Nina of course was beside me giving me the thumbs up. Im not sure if my hands are freezing because I'm nervous or the cold temperature of the studio did just that for me. My jaw was hurting as well, again I'm not sure if its because of smiling or from the cold temperature.
"Jonathan" was very accommodating, he always checks up on me and doing the time check. The lapel mic was attached and then I'm off. There was no introduction made to me and Miss Cristine Babao but she was sunny and warm, we just went on with the interview. It was pleasant. It was the longest 7-8 blurry minutes of my life. Im not aware what we talked about, (maybe because i'm simply running on coffee and adrenalin) but i knew everything about Snug-a-hug by heart so why would I worry right?
Over all the experience was great! It helps a lot to have my cheering squad beside me the whole time (and i was armed with a prayer brigade c/o my family). I know "public speaking" is not my greatest "strength" but opportunity like this - you just can't simply let go.
Carpe Diem - Seize the Day!
The segment host Ms. Cristine Babao (a.k.a. Mamu Tin) is known to be cheerful. I'm so thankful she was very easy with the interview. The Morning girls even chimed in during the segment (Ms. Grace Lee and Ms. Cheryl Cosim).
It was definitely a definitive milestone for Snug-a-hug and Udon. Imagine! First TV appearance and a launch of my latest baby UDON on TV!
Product development is slow-growing passion for me. And seeing how people appreciate my products give me such an accomplishment! A testament that we don't have to depend on American brands for quality products or be at the mercy of China made products. - LETS SUPPORT FILIPINO MADE PRODUCTS!
February 11,2013 was the day i bought my little space in the world wide web. Just like any home or office... we take our time making it "nice" for our visitors. In the first 6mos of being "home" i was still trying to learn how to run it :) little by little I added things to make my site worthy of visting and with all the effort, I'm glad that this week we've managed to have 21,108 Unique Visitors and 22,602 Page Views to our site by the end of our first year! Wow!
I'm not into statistics, but im glad we're being noticed and the marketing ploys I've been doing made a difference. (Tough task specially in this digital age!)
Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and I hope you'll share us with your friends. Please continue spreading the love for snug-a-hug :)
Im a simple mom, trying to make peace with herself. Finding simple pleasures in ordinary days with her family.