Posts Tagged ‘family business’
I woke up today and decided to do thirty minutes of hoola-hoop (as part of my daily exercise) and while doing so, I decided to turn on the TV and watch HBO. The featured film was Mona Lisa Smile starring one of my favorite actresses, Julia Roberts. She plays a free-thinking art professor who teaches conservative 50′s Wellesley girls to question their traditional societal roles. She encourages her students strive for a more enlightened future and not be stuck with the stereo-type stay-at-home housewives. Not that I have anything against being a SAHM, cause I am a SAHM myself. But during those days, it was okay for female college students to get married while in school as if their only role is to get a husband to take care of.
I am so glad not to be part of that era. It will be very hard for a free-spirited, fun-loving person like me to conform with the norms during those days.
But the movie inspired me some more to look beyond just like the book that I just finished. It’s by Bo Sanchez, it’s called 8 Secrets of the Truly Rich which I find very moving… encourages me to achieve more.
“Don’t limit yourself. You’re bigger than you think you are. I believe that love is limitless. It has no boundaries. I do what I do because I want to love people…. Wake up each morning and ask, “How can I bless the world more?”– Bo Sanchez, 8 Secrets of the Truly Rich
The thing is ever since I became a stay-at-home mom, I have limited myself to what I can do, depending on my husband so much. Good thing the Lord has blessed me with a very supportive husband. (Thank you Lord!)
Your life is your choice, whatever you want to become, you can achieve and you should not be afraid to fail. Most people blame others — their parents, their poverty, their lack of college education for their failure to be successful. Wrong! Bill Gates was a college drop out, and most of the Chinese tycoons here in the Philippines were not born with a silver spoon, they had to work hard for the empire they own right now.
All I am saying is if your stuck with your eight to five job, Pediatrician Jobs, clerical jobs, you can succeed if you want to.
As for me, this year is a milestone in my entrepreneurial life — I am going to start anew. And as long as I put my best foot forward and the Lord is there to guide me, I know I will succeed.
It’s our third exhibit for our bazaar business and we can already feel the Christmas rush… sales are peaking up and I am so happy. As we countdown the days towards Christmas, more and more shoppers will look for Christmas gifts and of course, to buy things for themselves that means more sales for our bazaar.
We have learned a lot from this experience, and now we are confident about our market and the items that we need to sell as well as the items that are saleable. It was a trial and error thing for us to know what the market wants, but we have learned.
Joining bazaars is a preparation for us to have our own store. I hope that this Christmas season, we will be able to save enough money to fund our rent for own store, that is our ultimate goal. Soon, we’ll have our POS and well be using thermal printers like Epson TM-T88V. I can only dream
Yes, I have ventured into another business, the bazaar business! Together with my sis-in-law, we decided to take the risk knowing that everybody will be rushing to buy stuff for Christmas gift-giving. This is the business I was talking about in my other blog. I couldn’t hush up because of the excitement and finally we are operational. So far, so good! We are expecting sales to peak up some more come December.
As I observe the saleable items, I am amazed. I refuse to think that I am not a trendsetter, it’s just that I have my own fashion statement. But I guess as entrepreneurs, we need to adjust to what the market dictates and not be stubborn about what we thing will sell — that is the first lesson we have learned.
Going around, I am surprised to see items that sell like the trend now are “Angry Birds”, anything about it. I have also funny shirts that spoof brands, couple shirts, and of course, accessories. However, people who have been in the bazaar business tells me that come December, everything sells. Since people love to give during Christmas.
I am praying that this venture will prosper and that even if it’s not Christmas, we will still find the right location to sell our goods.
Three years after I said goodbye to the corporate world, I still find myself doing sales and financial reports for my small business. Although it is not that complicated that it would require a software like inetsoft reporting tools, it is however detailed enough for me to see where my business stands right now. And the entrepreneur in me keeps telling me that I should invest more for more returns… and that is precisely what me and my hubby is looking at right now.
I saw myself doing business ever since I was old enough to hold money. I remember in college, I would talk to my Chinese classmates, who owns a manufacturing, and sell their goods so I could have additional money for my allowance. When I was working, I would sell different stuff just for additional income. I guess that’s my destiny. It took a lot of years for me to realize and accept that I am not cut out for the corporate world.
With each baby step, we are investing for our old age so that we can retire in peace without bothering our children for support. In God’s grace plus the hard work, I know it will be realized soon.
Just three weeks ago, we opened another small business venture … finally! It was actually long overdue, the delay caused me a lot of stress.
The first week was quite a dull in terms of sales. The banners and tarpaulin signages announcing our opening came on the second week, and sales shoot up. I guess those signages worked. However, the store still short of the sales target I have set for it. Hmmmm? I need some more marketing strategy…
I thought marketing strategies only applies to big corporations but even how small your business is… you need to have a marketing plan. In my other store, I tried giving out business flyers to announce and let people know where we are located, and it helped boost the sales. I am wondering if it will do the same for this store. There’s only one way to find out…. I shall design the flyers in a while.
Stay Positive! That is one learning I have put into practice in my every day life. No matter how difficult the situation is, I always seek out the positive things. I am determined to be cheerful and happy … It’s a great way to live life.
Remember the Law of Attraction? People who are efficient in attracting positives have trained their minds to focus on their desires. Abundance comes to them naturally. See? You are what you attract!
“Set it and Get it!” That is according to Ankur Sancheti. It does makes sense. In my last post, I have mentioned how I always dreamed of a simple life… but in the span of 10 years, I have learned to dream big. I say, “Dreaming is free! So why limit what your mind can conceive.” With hard work coupled with lots and lots of prayers, we have gone a long way.
Our prospects for New Year are filled with great expectations. Hubs started out designing residential houses, then retail spaces, now residential buildings and townships. I am the one excited as he draws the houses and buildings on his drafting table, especially when he explains what materials he will use — although I have yet to see him design steel buildings.
And the opportunities keep on coming … that includes some business opportunities on my end. . . hope it all materializes.
I am looking forward to 2011 with a lot of optimism!
2010 was a year of ups and downs especially on the business side. I remember starting the year full of excitement with the opening of a small business venture. However, it failed to deliver the expected target until the last quarter of the year. Almost giving up on it due to a lot of contributing factors, it did end the year with a bang! This was quite a blessing and I pray that the business will continue to pick up this 2011.
On the leisure part, hubs and I kept our promise to travel once a year and 2010 was an exceptional one. It was truly a milestone for us as we were given the opportunity to travel to the US and visit our relatives and friends whom we have not seen for years. Truly a significant achievement on our part.
On career choices, Hubs have made one of the most difficult decisions in his career, and that is to leave the corporate world. With much hope, we are welcoming all the opportunities that are coming his way and as for me, I can only give him the support and prayers that he needs.
With alternating periods of good and bad fortune, 2010 gave us a lot of learnings. Learnings that are very important in our family and married life. Looking back not only in the year that was, I can proudly say that we have gone a long way. With hard work and the grace of God, I am positive that we can reach whatever goals we have set.
Indeed along way from where we have first started! I remember a time when my son noticed that I am not wearing any engagement ring …
Son: “Mom, did Papa give you any engagement ring?”
Me: “Nope.” (with a smile)
Son looking at his Papa : “Why didn’t you give mom any ring?”
His Papa only looked at him with a smile and said, “I cannot afford it back then…”
Yes, no engagement ring on my finger but it didn’t matter. I dreamed of a simple life and God has given me more than I have dreamed of and I am thankful for that. Back then, I would have refused if he insisted on me having a ring even if the choices are simply cubic zirconia engagement rings because I know that we cannot afford it. I am not the type to demand any material things just so I can have one. What matter most is that I am blessed with a very responsible husband, two talented kids and a wonderful family. These are my real treasure.
Trials are given test somebody’s ability to endure life. A few years back, our family business experienced some setback which led both of us to go back to the corporate world to sustain our everyday expenditure. I thank the Lord for giving us the opportunity to bounce back and the learnings we have learned from this episode in our life, have benefited us in a lot of ways, especially in our marriage.
Through the hardships, we have tested the strength of our relationship and I can proudly say that our marriage have blossomed into a stronger bond this amidst a high percentage of marriage getting broken. I just hope and pray for strength that no matter how hard our trials become, we’ll come out victorious.
Now, we are in the process of rebuilding not only our lives but mostly our family business. One baby step at a time, I know we will be able to do it. The physical office will soon take its shape and I am slowly saving up for the office furniture and equipment. Probably, in no time hubs will be finding himself canvassing for an Industrial pc to service the needs of his clients.
Thank you Lord for this blessing!
Being a WAHM, I tend to take my time on things. However, when you are operating a business, no matter how small it is, you do not have time to slack off! Even when you have your own predicament to deal with, life does not stop and wait for you. That is the reality of living in the fast lane. You need to catch up or else…
For the past couple of weeks, I have been extremely busy, so I was inclined to take things easier this week but “no”, circumstances did not permit me to do so. Pushing myself a little more is what I do. The outcome now reflects on my physical health.
I am now feeling a little slow. An achy throat and muscle, yikes! I think I know what’s next! I think I need to gulp in some more vitamins, especially vitamin C. I just hope that this will work (just like the other times.) I can’t afford to be sick.
Once in awhile I find myself talking business with my kids. Yeah, I believe it’s never too early for them to realize the value of working hard and how to earn your own money. These kinds of talks are the things I missed when I was growing up. Oh how I wish some one inspired me on how to invest, although it’s never too late but I wish I have started early. With my kids, I am hoping that they will start early.
What I try to imbibe in my children is that we, their parents, work hard to give them a comfortable life. That soon, what we have invested should be working for us even when we are not strong enough to manage them because we will then reap the fruits of our hard work.
Having your own business is really the way to go however I encourage them to be employed and learn more about the corporate discipline probably land some management jobs in one of the more popular multi-national companies. That would be amazing.
But since they are still young, we are taking it slow… soon, they will learn.