Yamaha is celebrating 50 years and spearheading the 3S (SSS) with Regina Victoria Y. De Ocampo

Gary A. Yupangco had finally fulfilled a once-sublimated desire and, with it, the musical desires of millions of Filipinos nationwide. Today, after 50 years, G. A. YUPANGCO & CO., INC., through its present complement of 31 stores and 35 music school centers across the Philippines, continues to serve the needs of the Filipino musician and music enthusiast, providing the state of the art in musical instruments and sound reinforcement technology and the finest in music education. Those are the amazing words written in the company website, but what is the new focus now in Yamaha after all those years?

In celebration of its golden year anniversary, the company is spearheading the 3S (SSS, Sustainability, Self-reliant and Service Oriented mindset to it’s team members. Headed by Regina Victoria Y. De Ocampo, the only daughter of Gary and the grand daughter of the former President of the Philippines, Jose P. Laurel, the management is focusing on its valuable asset, that is their manpower organization which has attributed to its success for 50 years.

According to Regina, “We have team members who are already 40 years in the company and this time, it’s about them, we would like to sustain them with good benefits, to become self reliant and of course to be a service oriented team member. If they are happy, the customers are happy and the company will
be happy thus we launched the SSS or 3S.”

Yamaha is an industry leader in the Philippines and around the globe for its technological innovation. To know more about the company, visit http://www.yupangco.com.

FREEdom in FREElancing…

I immensely enjoyed my almost 10 years of being an English and Creative Writing teacher, but there was something in me that tells me there is something more. So in 2012 up until today, I had been a happy go lucky Freelancer. I wore many hats from being an encoder, a wedding host, a home-based teacher and did several start up businesses. Looking back, there is no other way I wanted it to happen. I definitely wasn’t born for the 8-5.

Did you know that according to Upwork, a leading global online jobs platform, the Philippines is the third highest – earning country in the world when it comes to freelancing? In fact, more than 1.4 million Filipinos are registered in the platform alone!

If you are just like me or thinking of entering that 1.4M statistics, then what I’m gonna tell you is something you’d want to know. This is what Freelancing is…

  • F – lexibility and Autonomy

We live in the Digital Age, so it should come as no surprise the technologies that can allow us to work anytime and anywhere, and provide services to clients from anywhere in the globe! Say goodbye to long commutes and hello to telecommuting! Also, the nature of Freelancing can give you the flexibility and autonomy to work at your own pace and choose the clients and projects you want to work on.

  • R – ewarding Career

Who says that Freelancing can’t be a career or profession? For many who have gone this route, it has paved way for them to pursue their dream jobs without the constraints of a fixed job description or the frustration of being stuck in a mundane ‘9-5’ office job. As a self-employed professional, you are fully empowered to pursue projects that would nurture your skills and passions.

  • E – ndless possibilities

As a freelancer, there is no limit to the opportunities and possibilities you can pursue, now that you have full control of your career, profession and time. Whereas before, the most part of your day and energy would be spent in long energy-draining meetings and long commutes, Freelancing lets you color and fill each day with activities that you consider truly aligned in attaining your life goals.

  • E – nables you to design your own lifestyle

Are you a night owl who is most productive in the evenings? Dreamed of having your own 4-Hour Work Week? Or what about getting down to finally working on that business plan for your dream start-up? With Freelancing, you can get creative on how you design your typical week, that would specially cater to your unique personality, interests and quirks.

  • D – o things your way

Always had a need to be in full control of your work, surroundings and growth? Then Freelancing will definitely give you that! Being your own boss is one of the great perks of being a Freelancer, and that means getting things AND results done just the way you envisioned it.

  • O – wn your time

Ever wondered how it would be like to respond to emails in your swimwear, with your toes brushing the sand as it points towards a breathtaking view of the beach? Well, in the Freelancing Handbook, you are free to take a vacation in the middle of the week, just as long as you get the job done and your clients happy. Becoming a Freelancer means taking full control of your time and schedule.

  • M – ake room for the people and things that truly matter

And here’s the most important part. Freelancing enables you to spend more time with your family, and other things that truly make life meaningful. With Freelancing, it has paved way for the rise of thousands of hands-on mommies, who find fulfillment in being able to nurture both their families and careers. Whilst for many others, they found it in more time spent in pursuing volunteer work, or in endeavors which define their passions and values.

Well, if you’re itching to learn more about the boundless opportunities of being a Freelancer, then you’re in luck. This year, Manila Workshops, with the support of the Department of Information Communications and Technology (DICT), will be holding the 2nd Freelancer Fair on Sept. 2, 2017, to be held at the Bayanihan Center, Pioneer, Pasig City.  It is the country’s first and largest event for Freelancers, which would gather together freelancers, business owners and brands for a whole day of talks tackling the Freelancing Landscape and the different opportunities in store for both existing and aspiring freelancers.  The theme for this year’s full day event is Cultivating Relationships, as inspired by the mission to cultivate, nurture and help more people discover how Freelancing can help them achieve their professional and personal goals.

For more information about this year’s  The Freelancer Fair, visit their Event Page. Get your ticket and see you at the Fair!

To learn more about Manila Workshops, the organization behind this event, connect with them on Facebook and Twitter. You can also view their upcoming workshops by visiting their official website.

Here’s the thing …

As a bonus for being an avid reader of The Fulfilled Women, Manila Workshops is giving you a Php200 off on its ticket! How’s that for a deal?? Coupon Code: TFF17blog_Viv200off.

Don’t miss this out!

About The Freelancer Fair:
The Freelancer Fair is an annual event started last by Manila Workshops, headed by the team’s CEO – Ginger Arboleda, a former employee, freelancer and now a serial entrepreneur / technopreneur, and mom blogger. The Freelancer Fair was built especially for aspiring and existing freelancers, companies, brands and organizations who want to support the Philippines’ freelancing industry.

Hakab Na! 2017: Busting Out Soon!

Breastfeeding moms in the South, get ready to bust out! Join the South PiNanays as we break down the barriers to sustainable breastfeeding, at Hakab Na! 2017, on August 5 (Saturday), at the Ayala Malls South Park in Muntinlupa City, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Hakab Na! is the Philippines’ contribution to the Global Big Latch On, an international celebration of breastfeeding, held in line with World Breastfeeding Week (August 1-7). With this year’s global theme of “Sustaining Breastfeeding Together,” the goal for advocates worldwide is to forge multi-sectoral partnerships to help women sustain successful breastfeeding.

Why sustain breastfeeding? Science tells us that breastfeeding benefits not only babies, but also women, society, the economy, and the environment. Successful breastfeeding is not just a victory for the breastfeeding mother and child, but for sustainable development as well.

You might also like: Nursing Rooms in the City

This is South PiNanays’ third year at hosting Hakab Na! for families living south of Metro Manila. More than 200 mom and baby pairs are expected to join this year’s celebration. On the program: expert talks on breastfeeding and parenting, testimonials on overcoming breastfeeding challenges, a mompreneur fair, and the main event– a simultaneous latch- on at 10:30 a.m. Games and other fun activities await participants.

Bust out with us! For registration and more information, hop on over to https://spinhakab2017.eventbrite.com/

See you soon!

By Issa Ocaya-San Jose

SEO 101 for FREELANCERS

SEO has been a dreadful word for me since I have gone online. I don’t know much about it till  now. So when I met Roms at Boss Bellas a couple of weeks ago, I knew I had to interview her and ask about SEO 101!

Tell us about what you do?

Hello! I’m Romela Iane de Leon-Ortega, and you can call me Roms 🙂

I help brands (both local and international) optimize their websites for search. My goal is to enable businesses harness the power of user traffic from search engines to drive their bottom line.

I do SEO consultations, as well as implementations through the help of my team of experienced SEO professionals.

What is SEO in a nutshell?

SEO is a set of processes that you apply on a website to help it rank better for relevant search terms (keywords, i.e. “online school supplies shopping philippines”) typed in by people in search engines. The goal is to drive traffic to your site from search users who are ready-to-buy or to-decide.

SEO is a marketing discipline under online or digital marketing. Unlike with social media marketing, SEO is focused on search queries or keywords that signal the intent of people to make a decision and opt-in to your offer. I would say that SEO fits a wide spectrum of people. It suits creatives, marketers, coders/developers. Part of the SEO process involves technical applications, content marketing, and relationship-building.

Why do entrepreneurs or bloggers like me need to know the basics of SEO?

Entrepreneurs can make use of SEO in meeting their business goals. People using search engines are deliberately looking for something to buy or research about (i.e restaurant reviews). As I’ve mentioned earlier, SEO is a discipline that focuses on user-intent. And that is reflected in their use of keywords or search queries. While having a social media presence is equally important to drive awareness, the social channel uses audience targeting, which in my opinion quite misses out in the spur-of-the-moment intent or need of a user when looking for something. That’s the opportunity for brands. By implementing SEO, you have greater chance to reach to a market that’s ready to buy or opt-in for you. Also, SEO yields long-term results. It is not a growth hack technique where one day you win, the next day you lose or you’re not sure if you’ll get the same results. With SEO, you can power in long-term traffic to your website once you do it right, and continue with marketing your brand or content

For bloggers on the other hand, of course it’s important that you are found on Google when people look for an authority figure in your niche. If you are a life coach for WAHMs, for example, then it’s a must that you rank for keywords that relate to your service. Like I said, SEO is not a one-time win. It usually needs six months of time/work investment, so you can continually drive traffic to your site from search engines in the long-term.

Do you do coaching or seminars regarding SEO?

Yes! I specialize in one-on-one SEO coaching, workshops, e-book courses, and video courses (to be launched very soon!) targeted for SEO beginners and freelancers. I teach the basic course because I believe there’s a need for aspiring SEOs to start on the right track. There’s a lot of misconception about SEO. Some people are mislead to believe in black hat or unethical SEO techniques. These sort of things I believe are very short-term. They can hurt your brand, and does not always add value to the search user.

What’s your advocacy for your SEO business?

Apart from helping our local brands, I’m opening up a new market to meet my advocacy goals. I want to encourage WAHMs (work at home moms) to learn SEO and try their hand in this highly dynamic, and creative marketing technique. I really think moms make the best marketers because they handle the economic and lifestyle choices of our families, right? They are mostly the ones you find in supermarkets, schools, churches, etc. So I think moms are a natural fit for SEO. Plus, I am happy to say that SEO is not usually tied to an hourly pay. You can charge better rates because SEO work is normally project-based. So there goes your time and location freedom!

Tell us about your upcoming SEO workshop for beginners.

I partner with Manila Workshops in all my SEO workshops and seminars. This coming June 24th, we will be having our 2nd run of SEO for beginners. It’s a whole day event so you can expect that we pack it with helpful information + activities to get you started in your SEO 101 career. For more details, please visit: http://manilaworkshops.com/events/seo-for-freelancers-second-run

 

Romela is a 10-year SEO Veteran and WAHM. She has handled various optimization projects, spanning several industries both local and global. Her usual freelance projects involve small to medium range businesses.

Aside from her own search marketing consultancy business at romeladeleon.com , she’s also working side by side with her husband in running their creative design agency: getsomecola.com

Mompreneur 101: How to Pursue Your Entrepreneurial Goals

It has been 2 years and 8 months since I took on the hat of being a mom. In that span of time, I also became a businesswoman. Being a mompreneur taught me many things but at this point in time, I know I still need to learn a whole lot more! Thankfully, mom groups and workshops for moms abound these days. No longer are moms seen as a “homemaker” perse. We aren’t just a mother cooking, doing the laundry or dishes, generally running the house. We are pretty much more than that.  Now, we are seen as women who can juggle motherhood with purpose outside the home.

Special Workshop

On May 20 (just a week after Mother’s Day), there will be a special workshop for mommies like you and me: mommies who want to make a difference by merging passion and purpose to motherhood. With the help of My Globe Business and Manila Workshops, they will hold this event entitled: Boss Bellas: Mompreneurship 101 – How to Pursue Your Entrepreneurial Goals.

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What will I learn?

There will be lots of topics to be covered like turning your passion into business, building your brand, juggling business and family life and one of the most dreaded part of any start-up entrepreneur, taxation! My Globe Business will also share how they can help any mompreneur advance in their business. Gifts and surprises will also be given by Alfox Printing, Cheri Handicrafts and Raw Bites.

The main speaker will be Frances Amper Sales who has been a big name in the writing industry for decades. Among the panelists will be Ginger Arboleda (CEO of Manila Workshops and COO of Taxumo), Monique Granada – Morales (CEO of Klaseko) and Angelica Dimayuga (Founder of LD Design).

Here’s the good news, there is an Early Bird Discount (tickets at P1000) until May 13. After that, the price go back to regular price (P1500). If I were you, catch the discount while they last!

Are you ready to give mompreneurship a chance? 

Find Success In Areas Of Your Strength

Some people stay frustrated at the workplace they hate. They hate their boss. They hate morning traffic. They hate the office. They hate just about anything. However, some people stay frustrated for a while and find their way out. They find ways to be more positive while creating ways to find success in areas of their strength.

The question is, which are you?

If you are feeling frustrated, purposeless and directionless, this ecourse, The Roadmap to a Fulfilled Life, Live the Life God Designed You to Have, is what you need to get some clarity, support and encouragement.

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This ecourse contains a video series that will help you identify your core strength, fight your chronic excuses and finally enable you to create a roadmap to a more fulfilled life.

Included in this ecourse are the following:
-The Roadmap to a Fulfilled Life Ecourse (4 videos)
-The Roadmap to a Fulfilled Life Workbook
-FREE Ebooks (Goal Achievement: 6 Step Guide To Thrive and Have Personal Success; The Roadmap to a Fulfilled Life Ebook)
-FREE Weekly Planner Printable
-Access to a Private Community (where you can have support and accountability)

Enrollment opens on April 28 and ends on May 15. But if you enroll between April 28 to May 3, you get:

-Additional Free Ebook (Passive Income)
-40% off the enrollment fee

Here’s more: If you enroll on the opening date (April 28 ONLY), you get an hour of “Ask Me Anything” Session with the course creator herself. You can ask about Blogging, Starting an Online Business, Writing your First Book, Mindset Reset, Find Success in your Business, etc. Whatever you can think of.

Ready to have a more fulfilled life?

Find out more about the ecourse here: www.thefulfilledwomen.com/fulfilled-life

If you have any questions, please feel free to send me an email at viviene@thefulfilledwomen.com. I would be more than happy to answer any of your inquiries.

How To Become A Hands-On Parent While Earning

I had the privilege of attending this year’s H.O.P.E. Summit (Hands-On Parent While Earning) and I absolutely had a blast! Special thanks to Dulce and Kenny of Kansis Made for bringing me to the event!!

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Dulce and Kenny of Kansis Made

In the morning, the main speaker, Teresa Dumadag, talked about Time Management and gave us some worksheets that identified our “real time use” of our most abused commodity as a mother — time. Her talk helped us identify how we are actually using our time and how we can move those time wasters to more productive hours. It is just about intentions. If I intend for my daughter to remember me as a mother who had undivided time for her, then I would not Facebook while we play (which is something I am guilty of doing).

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Teresa Dumadag, Founder of H.O.P.E. Summit

I felt inspired that even if she has 3 children all under 10 years old without a yaya (!) she still manages to pursue her passion like training and coaching. I can relate to her in many levels. I also do not have a helper at home. I bring the whole gang when I need to attend a meeting. When I was still hosting weddings, my husband and daughter would be with me in all my meetings and hosting gigs.

The afternoon session started with a short talk by Cathy Bautista, an equally inspiring woman! She is a mom of 3 who left the banking world and became a successful freelance Finance Advisor. I love her story, her personality and her courage. One thing I want to emulate is how positive she is about life. She has a gratitude attitude that I believe brought her to success. No matter what adversity, stay thankful!

Cathy’s talk was followed by Teresa sharing with us her talk on Freelancing. She gave straight-forward and doable tips on how you can make money by doing what you love. It gave me even more courage. You just gotta start somewhere. Be an expert. Build your name. Help people. And it’s going to be a non stop business. Ultimately, work around the kind of lifestyle you want which is the very reason you went out of the 8-5 — to spend more time with the family.

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Some of the mommies I met at the event. (left to right) Jem, one of the panelists, Amelia, Anna and Dulce (and her daughter)

The panel discussion that came after was inspiring in that they are real life stories of courage and overcoming challenges. I love hearing their stories. One of my favorites was Mom & Milly’s humble beginnings. Kat, the Mom behind this wooden toys business, particularly inspired me when she shared their biggest hurdle and their courageous response of moving forward.

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(extreme right) Kat, also one of the panelists, is the mom behind Mom & Milly

The whole day seminar ended with an engaging talk by Mariel Uyquiengco of The Learning Basket. She talked about Positive Discipline. I must admit my husband and I are in the opposing extreme side of the spectrum. He is very permissive and says yes to everything while I am very authoritative that I command and run my daughter’s life around my rules. I realized there is balance and being a total disciplinarian won’t work long term and would actually strain our relationship which is not something I want to happen! I can write an entire blog post series on what I learned from her short talk but I would leave you with her website: The Learning Basket and learn even more from there!

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The talk left me inspired that it can be done! The people I have met are just like me. They have children that need their attention but they did not see this as a hurdle but as a driving force to work towards their passion, earn and spend quality time with our family.

Do you also want to be a hands-on parent while earning?
Any tips you have for work at home moms?

How to Turn Your Passion to Profit

Even as a kid, I had always wanted to be an entrepreneur. I knew an 8 to 5 work is not going to keep me sane. So after working for a few years in different schools (I used to work as an English teacher), I did freelance work as an English teacher and later on as a wedding host. It worked very well for me because I didn’t want to have to wake up early in the morning fighting traffic and having time ins and time outs, asking for a leave or having forced overtimes. Not the life I want!

Even when I was still working, I already had many different rakets and have started different businesses (mostly retail/buy and sell, which I still do now). I am fortunately brought up in a home where business or freelancing was something my parents were open to doing.

Fast forward to where I am now, I am running an online shop called Kezi Baby. It’s a fashion brand for kids where we provide baby headbands, shoes and apparel to little girls. I also have a coaching business. You can find me at The Fulfilled Women where I help women find and pursue God’s calling in their lives.

I wholeheartedly believe that we should not just work for the money but the other way around. We are supposed to turn our passion into profit (in most cases). We are supposed to wake up happy and excited to work in the morning and in that way, it won’t seem like we are actually working!

But here’s the thing….. Where do we start???

It took me a long journey praying and searching, what is my real passion and how can I turn my passion into profit. Well fortunately, there will be a seminar happening next week to help you sort this out. Manila Workshops will be conducting a workshop called Let’s Get Down to Business where you will find out how exactly you can make your passion be income generating and turn your idea into a real business!

Here’s more…

First 30 registrants will earn one(1) raffle entry for a chance to win the FREE STARTUP PACKAGE (logo, business card template & Facebook page cover photo) for that business you’ve been wanting to start.

There is still an early bird rate for the Alabang Venue. So make sure you sign up before it goes back up to the regular rate!

Find out more info here: http://manilaworkshops.com/events/letsgetdowntobusiness

See you there!