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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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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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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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