Sunday, June 23, 2013

I want to be a WAHM and a CEO!

That's why I'm going to this workshop:

It was around 2008 that I decided I wanted to work from home. I liked my job then—I loved it!—but at the same time, I knew I didn't want to be a magazine editor forever. I didn't want a more glamorous job. I actually wanted to teach. There's a language school for Koreans in the condo where I live and every time I passed it, I thought to myself, "I could teach English to Koreans. I can also teach Creative Writing from my house." That was actually my first job—I worked for an online school for Koreans. Then in my second job as a preschool teacher in Ingenium School in Marikina, I taught Creative Writing for Kids during the summer. So teaching is something I do well.

Then in mid 2011, I accidentally started a satchel business that became too successful. My supplier couldn't keep up with the demand, I got overwhelmed, I didn't have a business plan, I didn't know what to do! So that business survived just a few months. Too bad. I could've been rich by now had I only known how to run a business!

So now that I'm working from home, I have big plans for Topaz Mommy. I want it to be the platform for my planned ventures—speaking engagements, brand ambassadorships, product lines, and of course, a writing school. Except that I'm scared stiff to even start anything because of what happened to the satchel business.

I'm really hoping the "WAHMeo Workshop Series: Brand and Build Your Online Biz!" will finally make me stop dreaming and start doing! I've attended a Manila Workshop just before I quit the corporate world. I went to "It's a WAHMderful Life: Real Ways to be a WAHM" because I was scared to quit my office job. Well, look at me now. I'm living the WAHMderful life! I even got featured in a magazine because I'm a fab WAHM! The workshops work!
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Click here for more details and to register. Hope to see you at the workshop!

7 comments:

  1. Yay! Thanks for posting about this, Frances. We're very excited about this particular workshop! :)

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  2. Yay! I'm going too. :) Hope I really get to introduce myself to you this time around. Was so shy to do so during the first WAHM workshop last year. See you!

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    1. I'm shy, too, so just come up and say hi =)

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  3. hi Frances, am eager to attend the seminar on the 27th of july... would it be alright to bring my hubby too and share the info we will learn from there...

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    1. As long as you're both paying, diba? But I dunno. Maybe you can ask Martine =)

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  4. Hi Frances!

    I've been a long-time reader of your blogs. Am just curious, what are the pros and cons of being a full-time writer as opposed to going freelance? Since you came from a magazine, I'm interested to know your thoughts about this. I am a writer too, but I am torn between freelancing and applying for a company. I like the free time that comes with freelance, but having an office-based writing job gives me financial stability (in the sense that I can look forward to income each month). Hope you could share your thoughts about this in any of your blogs. God bless!

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    1. It depends really on how you are as a writer. Freelance means freedom to manage your time, freedom to choose your projects. But that also means you have to be more aggressive with getting projects and be very responsible, mostly because you're on your own and you have no one else to blame if you fuck up. Oh, and you have to do your own admin tasks like accounting and paying taxes. A company-employed writer means you follow someone else's everything—ideas, execution, deadlines, etc. Plus you'll always depend on the company re: your income so if they don't like you, you'll never get that raise haha! But you're free from the utterly brain-killing work of taxes, etc. And relatively free from the fear of no income. Plus, you get employee benefits.

      So you decide your career path depending on your needs =) I decided mine based on my ambition first and then, when the kids came, my career was decided by my kids =)

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This is all pretty new to me so please feel free to share your mommy wisdom!