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Getting Down to Business: Turning My Passion into Profit

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Following Kiyosaki

I have been quite busy trying to build my business lately. I talk to a lot of medical practitioners, particularly dermatologists, as well as salon and spa owners. That’s only natural, of course, since I am a distributor of anti-aging products. I supply them skin care products that do not just target the signs of aging, but the sources of aging. I introduce them to the latest innovation that can erase up to 10 years’ worth of wrinkles in just 10 minutes. And that’s done painlessly, without the use of needles, by the way! Today, I’m supposed to meet two more dermatologists at different hospitals, but I opted to stay home and rest. I’m not sure if this is the best decision for me, since time is of the essence, not to mention time is gold (money). However, I haven’t had some “me time” lately, and later this evening, I have to be out again to meet an old friend who needs help in managing his weight. Well, you’ve got it right: I also distribute …

Slowing down

Lately, I’ve been very preoccupied with my roles as a mother and though I am guilty of not being able to submit new articles both for my blog and part-time job, I have become less severe with myself, thinking that I could only do so much. No, not a good excuse for not working hard, but I guess I’ve come to a point where I no longer want to do so many things at a time. I’ve come to realize that there’s no need for me to prove anything to anyone. I just have to embrace my duties now as a mother, wife–even if my husband is abroad–and full-time homemaker, and until I do so, I don’t think I’ll be able to perform other roles effectively. Moreover, if I manage our finances well, there’s really no need for me to work at all, or at least for financial reasons. At first, I thought that I would experience boredom if I focus on my children and other household concerns alone. On the contrary, I still always …

Remembering my role

I don’t have much experience in declining a job offer, but I’m starting to gain now fast. As soon as I have completed my profile in oDesk recently and started applying for jobs that are really suitable to my skills, I started getting good responses, even invitations to an interview that include messages saying how much they’d like to have me apply for the job they’re posting. Honestly, I never thought that could happen to me–certainly not on oDesk where many freelancers who are just starting out get easily frustrated either because no one would hire them (being new, maybe) or the compensation offerred is just too low that it’s insulting. (Yes, it happened to me too.) When I think about money, I’d like to take on their offers. But I have to be realistic. I don’t have much time to work on numerous projects. In fact, I have just turned down the job I was so excited about the past few weeks because the training did not take place immediately as expected and my schedule has also unexpectedly changed recently. …

Full-time mommy gets a new full-time home-based job

I got a phone call at around 6 am today, inviting me to a virtual conference with prospective clients/employers. Two hours later, I found myself online at Skype, sharing things about my employment background, etc. To make it short, I just got hired. I’ll be working on a new account starting next week. I was thrilled to hear it, especially that I did not expect it at all. In fact, all I could think of during the call was to go back to bed. But, as always, I’m open to both new challenges and the idea of getting an extra income. However, a nagging voice tells me that it might not work out again, like my last job, for the same reason: although it’s home-based, it’s still a full-time job and I might get so cranky again, put my health in line, and miss spending time with my girls so much. Not to mention lose focus on my graduate studies. Since God brought me to it, however, I’d like to think that every thing will turn out well. After all, I’ve been …

New Year shopping woes

Today is the last day of year 2010, and I spent half of the morning in the markets. Not because I was doing some last minute holiday feast shopping, but because I realized that we still have to eat for a few days or so after the new year celebration and before my much-awaited moolah arrives. The cupboards are well-stocked for the holidays, but most of their contents will be used up tonight. I started hoarding goods as early as  November, but since I couldn’t keep meat and veggies for long, I have to go out from time to time to get fresh supplies. Too bad though that one of those times happened to be to-day! My first stop was the wet market near us to buy some rice and eggs. This particular market is usually empty since the goods sold there are usually higher than the market 30 minutes farther, but it was very crowded this morning. After getting what I needed, I transferred to the biggest supermarket in the village. It’s near the …

Wedding Planning 101

I was on my way to building my new business, something that I have long been wanting to do: wedding planning. I would no longer be the wedding reception host, someone helping out in the registration, the bridesmaid, or even the bride, but the coordinator behind someone else’s wedding.  However, just when I thought I’ve already got it and my very first client, who also happened to be a good college buddy, and I have already started making some progress, she suddenly called things off. She said she couldn’t refuse her mother who insisted on organizing the whole wedding herself and threatened to disown her if she would not allow her to plan her big day. At first, I was very sympathetic. After all, her siblings were already married and she’s the youngest child. My feelings of sympathy for her turned to bewilderment then disappointment, however, as reality hit me. I tried not to let disappointment get the better of me. And I think, I somehow succeeded in doing that after a lot of praying. There are …