6:00 Wake up and prepare breakfast, lunch, merienda for Hubby
7:00 Back to sleep
9:00 Quiet time then life starts
By life starts, I mean browse on Facebook, check out new recipes, write on my blog, read a book or meet friends. Sometimes I have raket sometimes I don’t, so insert that in between.
Fast forward to when I became a mom…
Being a mom, we always want the best for our children, no wonder many moms invented products that, they thought, are very helpful and beneficial for other moms and their kids.
Indeed true in our lives, we are forever grateful to people who believed & supported our products.
When I was between 7 to 9 years old, every weekend naghuhugas ako ng plato as eatery ng mga tita ko during summer vacation and they give me 50 pesos as their “thank you for helping titas sweldo” and it made me happy.
When I was 14 years old, my uncle who’s working from a well-known Ice Cream Chain, offered me a summer job every weekend in a high-end resort “tiga scoop and tiga bigay ng free taste” pero doon ako nagstart mangarap that one day i will be the guest sa mga resort gaya nun..
Because I was exposed to hard work and earning at a very young age, I learned the value of saving and dreamt bigger dreams.. often times kapag sinasabi ko na gusto ko magkaroon ng building at gusto ko magkanegosyo.. sinasabihan pa ako “wag masyado mataas ang pangarap baka di matupad”
But I’m thankful that God has planted in my heart the desire to be in business. He is the giver of Dreams, Gifts and Passions.
“Great opportunities often disguise themselves in small tasks”
“Letting go of the things I cannot change, focusing on the things that I can control”
In a previous post, 7 Home-Based Business Ideas for Moms I shared a few business ideas that mommies could start right in their very home so that they can contribute to the family income while still being around the children.
But even with a solid concept in your head, it’s hard to figure everything out on your own, thus it’s important that you network and get in touch with the right people to help your business get started. You also need to be extremely organized and manage time well, and anyone who has ever worked from home understands the temptations of working from the bed or being distracted by other responsibilities, among other things.
Managing a business while being a mom is really not an easy job, there were days I felt stuck and hostaged by my son – days I felt sad, unproductive and depressed ,but I thank God for His daily grace and patience.
Are you a dreamer too? Do you have many goals, Kaso feeling mo hindi mo magagawa ngayon kasi andaming “mommy duties”?
Motherhood shouldn’t stop us from dreaming.. But dreaming doesn’t mean we have to forget about our family and pursue our own wants and passions.
She is tired, stressed, always have panic attack, rushing things and just exhausted. Sounds familiar? Sounds me sometimes.
Juggling two roles is not easy, running a business while raising a child is one of the toughest job description on earth.
Thank God for reminding me to look at the characteristics of my “Mompreneur Peg”, the Proverbs 31 Woman.
Who is she as a mompreneur, here are her characteristics that I’ve discovered and I want to imitate from her:
1. She wakes up early –
She gets up while it is still night;
she provides food for her family
and portions for her female servants. Proverbs 31: 15
A proverbs 31 mompreneur wakes up early and prepare food for her household.
This story is so popular, repeated not only twice or thrice, but as a mom and entrepreneur now.. I am viewing the story much bigger compared those times that my teacher uses it to illustrate and teach the word “fast” and “slow” haha!
Two characters :
The hare and the tortoise..
The hare, who hops fast.. and tend to go quicker than the tortoise… and has a competition mindset..
The tortoise, who take it slow.. the relaxed one but knows his direction and determined
“How motherhood can teach us to slow down”
When my husband and I have decided to close our day spa biz and our business office so I can be a hands-on mom to my son and by choice, we didn’t hire a yaya for him.. we didn’t know it will affect our business this much #thestruggleisreal
We lost 90% of our monthly sales because of my decision to operate from home. (Yes, a little lack of planning here ,I must admit)
I am not so aware, that I have to clean the dishes, clean the potty, give my son a bath.. breastfeed him every 4 hours… cook.. and those mommy tasks will already occupy my whole day and turned out I only have few minutes left for work or none at all.
I used to be a rabbit or the hare before.. hopping around without any clear direction.. Ano ba talaga? Saan ba talaga? I want to try almost everything in front of me.
Effective time management… that’s one of our regular prayer request.
Working at home with a toddler is not a joke. Cooking while answering emails, breastfeeding while talking to a client on the phone. Going back to our home twice because we left important documents or hubby’s driver’s license.
Those are some unseen stories that we have in our everyday journey.
I am always on search for ways that will help our family manage our time wisely so we’ll be better stewards of the gift of time, because we know that God doesn’t want us to always cram and rush. Time is a precious gift. That’s one of the things we cannot bring back right? Time.
Here are some of the ways we’re trying (yes, we are still in the process) to manage our time:
1. Planning ahead – having a calendar and/or a planner helps a lot, scheduling all field transactions so we can just work at home for atleast 3 days in a week and saves us gasoline expense, planning the menu for the week, by having a grocery list so we won’t have to go back to the store everyday.
Covey’s Time Management Grid
You may want to check The Time Management Grid here this help us in organizing our schedule.
For home-based and start-up businesses, cost cutting maybe one of your goals this year momma.
In order to keep our businesses growing, I guess we should treat it like managing our home finances. “Living below our means” or “Operating below our income”
Our expenses should be smaller than our sales to keep the business growing, proper allocation of funds and prioritizing purchases.
Sharing with you some of simple ways we’re planning to do this 2016 to save more this year:
1. Utilities- we are planning to switch to a better postpaid plan that suits our business need. I just realized that most of our clients are using this network provider, at the same time, they have a postpaid plan that offers unlimited calls and text to same network. So why should I pay extra fees from my current provider if I can just switch to other network. Some provider even have a complete business bundle with internet, landline number and mobile numbers for you and for your team.