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Co-working Space Feature – Happy Hive

Entrepreneurship , Featured , Freelancing

Who run the world? GIRLS! 

This is specifically true with Happy Hive Solutions, Inc. Founded in June 2017, Happy Hive was created to help other professionals and startup companies who are having a hard time navigating through the rough waters of entrepreneurship, business formation, and administrative functions to sustain the business.

“Happy” embodies the culture and atmosphere that they want to foster both for employees and clients; while the term “Hive” was derived from the concept of a beehive where bees intrinsically work alongside to contribute to the survival of the colony.

We all know how awkward it is when to be outside and our child starts throwing tantrums. We just can’t control those judgmental stares, can we? What we love about Happy Hive is that it is parent-friendly. Yes, you read that right! You don’t have to worry about leaving your kids at home because you can tag them along. Isn’t that awesome?

We got to interview Mommy Reena Lebanan, one of the owners of the Happy Hive Solutions, to learn more about their space and why you should try them out.

1. What inspired you to start Happy Hive?

“The inspiration came from the idea that we, as mothers, shouldn’t be made to choose between career and family, simply because we could do both at the same time. It may be difficult, but it can be done with the right attitude and an understanding community, it is possible.

Another spark was the thought that other professionals and startup companies within our circle had no idea where to ask for help or how to sustain their businesses with regards to support services. Combining the two driving forces, the five women behind Happy Hive agreed to start a company where inclusivity, open-mindedness, and transparency will foster and grow.”

2. How did you get the background and skills necessary to run the Happy Hive?

“The combined skills, background, and experience of each team member of Happy Hive makes it easier to run the company. Architectural design and construction, financial management, research and library science, administrative management are some of the background of the women of Happy Hive.

But of course, we have the best teacher around – experience! Nothing beats doing something and knowing that you could do better this time around because you already have almost the same experience before.”

3. What are the biggest challenges you had when starting the Happy Hive?

“The most challenging part for us was wearing different hats to sustain the company. Aside from our main services, we are also the community managers of the coworking space. With limited resources, we sometimes have to do things on our own and this makes time management and organization tricky. Fortunately, having great team members makes everything easier.”

4. How many are you in the Happy Hive team?

“Happy Hive is composed of six women with different backgrounds and roles in the company. One is our consultant and has a full-time job as a financial manager of another company. There are two registered architects (Chief Executive Officer and Chief Creative Officer, two members who have a background in Library and Information Science (Chief Operating Officer and Administrative Officer), and one with a background in commerce and management (Chief Administrative Officer).”

5. In case of power outage and internet interruption, how do you keep your business running?

“In case of power outage, we set up a backup light source (candles, emergency lights) and we have a backup internet also. Most of the time, coworkers wait it out ‘til the electricity comes back so they could work comfortably with air-conditioning, proper lighting, and fast internet.”

6. Whom do you seek advice from for your business?

“We seek advice from different entities and people. For legal matters, we go to lawyer friends, for financial matters, we seek advice from relatives who have strong background in finance and investment. It depends on what information and advice we need. There are times we talk it out amongst ourselves to give each other advices within the team. We are avid readers so whenever we need some advice, we also refer to credible articles and books.”

7. Why do think your customers select you over your competitors?

“Customers select us because we have competitive pricing and we have created a culture of inclusion, open-mindedness, and transparency. They go back not only for the amenities, but also for the people in the community who have grown accustomed to working with each other harmoniously with a sense of camaraderie.”

Thank you, Mommy Reena for giving us more insight about Happy Hive Solutions! We are pleased to learn that there is a coworking space that is 100% mom and child-friendly. More power to you!

Visit www.happyhiveinc.com for more details about their contact info, pricing and location.

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FHMom’s Guide to Being Gentle on FHKids

Featured , Parenting

You've got a deadline to hit, piles of laundry are waiting, the entire house is a mess, you're left at home with the kids and to make things work, HE'S THROWING A TANTRUM! How on earth would you gently deal with such a scene?

Before you lose your sanity, here's a list of simple FHMom's tips on being gentle with our FHKiddos.

Stay calm

Easier said than done but we all know the importance of staying calm when our kids are making a scene. Pause. Breath. Drink water. Go to the restroom to compose yourself if you have to. Additionally, try turning your back at your kid and count to ten if you can’t leave for a little while. That can help you cool down a little bit.

As grown-ups, we already know how dangerous it is to confront a situation when angry, especially when it comes to our kids. Yelling at them might not be the best route to take as it can traumatize our youngsters.

Never give in to the demands

Public tantrums often cause the parents to give in to minimize embarrassment. However, it's not the best route to take. When we give in to what the child wants they will continue to use that behavior as their means of controlling us. When outside, forget about what others say. Stay firm and tell him, "you are not going to get what you want by doing that."

When the tantrum is done at home, lucky you! You can ignore him until he is no longer acting like a mad cartoon character. 😀 And then when he is calmer, you can talk about the cause of the uproar.

Gently discuss the cause of the outburst

Do not underestimate a child's capability to understand an adult talk. Sit with him and let him explain the reason for the tantrum. Look at him in the eye as he talks, hear him out and explain your side later on. Then assure him with your love by giving him warm hugs and kisses.

Being gentle on our kids is our job. Being gentle on their hair and skin, on the other hand, isn't. When it comes to the gentle cleansing, we can trust Johnson's and Johnson's products to do the work. We may have used Johnson’s products as babies and toddlers which is why it's not surprising why most moms choose Johnson's and Johnson's. Be it lotion, shampoo, soap & bath soap, and oil, we trust that Johnson's products are gentle for our little ones.

Learn more about all the Johnson’s Baby Care Products by visiting www.johnsonsbaby.com.ph.

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FHMoms 2018 Year-end Achievements

Featured , Freelancing

2018 was another year of outstanding achievements, big and small, for Filipina Homebased Moms. These accomplishments are not going down the drain as they all give great impact to FHMoms as a whole. So, without further ado, let's look back at our main achievements last year:

1. Winner - Best Beginner Hack Award in DevelopHer Challenge

In September 2018, TEAM FHMOMS joined Accenture PH's DevelopHER : All-Female Hackathon and they were in it to win it! Mommies MK, Belle A., Kessa, Belle P., & Katrina were the team FHMOMS during Accenture PH's DevelopHER event. 

2. The Freelance Fair Community of the Year

The Filipina Homebased Moms was also chosen as the community of the year during The Freelance Fair 2018! Thanks to our group Admins, Moderators, Team Members, Trainers, Guest Speakers, Live Broadcasters, Event Organizers, Volunteers, Bloggers, STV Vlog Contributors, Encouragers, Sponsors, Partners, and most of all, the active members who diligently any questions in the group discussion. If not for all of you, FHMoms would never be possible! 

3. FHMoms and Pampers on Mother’s Day

Since FHMoms was created by a mom for moms, it was our joy to have celebrated Mother's Day 2018 together. Thanks to our generous sponsor, Pampers, "Celebrating Motherhood" started and ended with a smile on everyone's faces.

During the event, the speakers talked about healthy baby food ideas, turning your passion in a purpose, paano mapagod sa pagiging wifey, homeschooling, and freelancing. It was an event to remember! 

4. More moms became WAHMs through our courses!

With the help of our mommy trainers, we got to hear a lot of amazing success stories every day! And that’s what makes it so rewarding: seeing more moms getting home-based jobs with the help of our online courses.

We are rapidly growing and in 2019, we continue to move forward and give back! This is what our community is all about after all!

101,497 Members in Filipina Homebased Moms Community Group

2787 Students in Fhmoms Online University

83,000 Active Members according to group insights

34,219 Likes in Filipina Homebased Moms Page

501 5-star reviews in Fhmoms Page

180 Online and Onsite Events

15 Provincial Events

103 Videos in Fhmoms Youtube Channel

3253 Subscribers in Fhmoms Youtube Channel

 Thank you for all your the love and support, fellow FHMoms!

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Meet the FHMOMS Babies

Featured , Parenting

​We all heard about virtual friends, virtual lovers, and virtual jobs. But virtual siblings? Um, is that even possible? Wait 'til you hear this story:

​Meet the FHMoms babies! Aren't they adorable? These cuties are the first FHMoms babies.

What made them virtual siblings? Their moms, Mommy Mary, Mommy April, and Mommy Nin. They were classmates during the FHMom's first-ever Hands-On Training. They got pregnant and got employed consecutively. Now talk about coincidence!

​FHMoms Hands-On Training

​With its goal to help determined Filipina moms land a home-based job, FHMoms started training aspiring freelancers in July 2017. Among the first students were Mary, April, and Nin.

Putting what they learned from the training into good use, these moms started updating their resumes and cover letters, and submitted their online applications. Their intense desire to get an online job plus the tips they got from the training gave them an edge from the all other applicants. Hence, they were hired just a few days after the training. 2017 must be a blessed year for them because they didn't just get one but two major life blessings - their babies and their jobs. Congratulations, Mommies!

​How are They After a Year of Working Home-based?

​Mommy Mary:
  1. How are you after a year of working-from-home? I feel great! Mas naging closer kami as a family since both of us are working from home, natututukan namin pareho ang mga bata at nasusubaybayan namin ang mga little milestones nila.
  2. How are you coping with WAHM-with-a-newborn life? It's hard at first, madaming adjustments especially sa time management at may 2 pang toddlers. Pero ngayon medyo umookey na ang set up namin ni hubby sa bahay. Nakakatuwa kasi super hands on kami sa kids since yayaless kami.
​Mommy April:
  1. How are you after a year of working-from-home? 
    So.. How am I after a year?? Well, I am great that I decided to leave the corporate world it may not be a happy story everyday since I still struggle from time to time wether it is about work or about family. But the good thing about it is I can work and at the same time I have plenty of time to spend with my family. I got to see my sons milestones and have quality time with my husband.

​Looking back on the years that I worked in the office where most of my times are spent on traveling to and from work, I am really grateful that I've learned about home base work because I still earn while staying at home and I can focus on our photography business.​

2. How are you coping with WAHM-with-a-newborn life? It is really a challenge having a newborn, specially it has been 10 years since my first born. I have to set a sleeping pattern for my baby since I am working night shift. I also have to adjust since I am breastfeeding my baby. Most days I only have few hours of sleep since my baby is awake during day time, I would be lucky to sleep 4hours straight in a day. It is a good thing that my husband is a hands-on Dad and he supports me in what I do. We also hire a help that would assist us in our day to day task specially if my husband and I have to tend to our business.

​Mommy Nin:
  1. How was your journey to becoming a WAHM?
    Just like most moms, galing din po ako sa pagiging call center night shift agent from different companies. Everytime na manganganak ako I have to resign problema kasi yung magaalaga ng bata. Last last year ko pa talaga binabalak o hoping na sana one day hindi ko na kelangan umalis ng bahay para magtrabaho o kumita ng pera. Ang sakit sa puso diba pag sinasabihan ka ng anak mo na wag ka ng pumasok alagaan nalang sya. Kaso nga kelangan mo kumita e.

Silent reader lang ako nung una e hanggang sa nakita ko yung post tungkol sa magic cover letter ni Madam MK, dun ako mas naging interesado, kasi kahit cover letter wala talaga akong ideya. Luckily nagprepare sila ng training (HOT SERIES 1) na timing ang place isang tricycle lang ang layo from me. Sinabi ko talaga sa sarili ko kelangan makaattend ako. Time na para gumawa ako ng paraan pano ko malalaman o masasagot lahat ng katanungan ko about working from home.

Until now, ang dami kong pending na interview. Apply lang ng apply mommies. Laking pasasalamat ko talaga at nameet ko yung mga tao na di nagdadalawang isip na tumulong.

​FHMoms Trainings Now

​Still true to its mission and vision, FHMoms just got better and better as time goes by! Currently, FHMoms now conduct online courses and on-site events such as Hands-On Training, Workshop, Meet up, Playdates, Fair, Bazaar and Parties. Along with that, we also have online training, apprenticeship programs, and live sessions.

​If you are looking for a group to help you jumpstart your work-at-home career, join our Filipina Homebased Moms group or visit our page to learn more about our advocacy!

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How to Survive Working at Home with a Toddler

How to Survive Working at Home with a Toddler

Featured , Freelancing , Parenting

With the rise of virtual opportunities, more and more parents are embracing the bliss of earning without having to leave their family. You just can’t deny the many perks you can get from working at home!

Nonetheless, along with its advantages is the undeniable truth that it’s not always easy to work with kids around. Our little tots sometimes test our patience every time we sit to try to complete an important task. They don’t mean any harm, they just love us so much, they want our attention all the time. However, they also need to understand why we work.

It’s easy to hand them that phone or tablet to keep them company while you complete your deadline but there are other things you can do to turn your little ones into busy bees and give you that time to do your tasks. It’s a win-win for you and your kiddos!

FHMoms gives you a list of what you can do to survive working at home with a toddler:

1. Create an Indoor Activity Area

Our kids learn through play. Even though it looks like they are just making a mess, they benefit a lot from it. Create a little activity area at home where your child can play with his Lego and ClayDoh or do some coloring and writing. This will buy you time to do your job as you watch him from a distance.

2. Ask for help

As much as possible, we want to do things on our own. However, we must remember that there are people who care and are willing to help us. Do not be afraid to ask for help from your family to look after your little ones while you do your tasks.

If no one is around to help you out, see if you can hire a stay-out nanny to help you with your toddlers for a few hours. Nowadays, it’s easier to hire a stay-out than stay-in helpers.

3. Talk to your kids

Let’s not underestimate our toddlers – they can understand as long as we explain things to them. Tell them why you need to work and why you need to stay focused while you do your job. It will not happen overnight but with constant friendly reminders, they will soon get used to the set-up.

4. Make a fun deal

A little incentive offer won’t hurt! Have an activity set for your kids to complete and agree on an award if they finish their assignment. Talk to them about a prize they want to have – perhaps a toy or a happy meal?

5. Have your own “workplace”

Not to completely isolate yourself from the kids but the dining table is not a good area to work during the day! Designate a working space at home so when they see you sitting there, they know right off the bat that you need some time alone to finish your tasks.

Working from home is both a blessing and a challenge. It may not go smoothly right away but you’ll get there. Soon enough, you and your kids will get used to the work-at-home setting. After all, moms always find a way!

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