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COVID 19: Making Facts Pandemic

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COVID19 is escalating in the Philippines!

The world has one of the crises in the first quarter of the year. A disease has silenced half of the world.

Countries have been locking down here and there to contain themselves and to avoid making the situation worse.

Now the Philippines is shaking. We were never prepared for such a crisis.

You may say that we have the least chance of being affected because we are working-at-home, but do not underestimate this disease. The World Health Organization has declared this disease PANDEMIC, which means that this is already widespread and continuously passes on to more and more people. 

With the panic that Pinoy has been experiencing, what do we really know about this virus? See this statements from World Health Organization:

What is a coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans.  In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19.

What is COVID-19?

COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.

Is COVID-19 the same as SARS?

No. The virus that causes COVID-19 and the one that caused the outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in 2003 are related to each other genetically, but the diseases they cause are quite different.

SARS was more deadly but much less infectious than COVID-19. There have been no outbreaks of SARS anywhere in the world since 2003.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who gets COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.

How does COVID-19 spread?

People can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. These droplets land on objects and surfaces around the person. Other people then catch COVID-19 by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. People can also catch COVID-19 if they breathe in droplets from a person with COVID-19 who coughs out or exhales droplets. This is why it is important to stay more than 1 meter (3 feet) away from a person who is sick.

WHO is assessing ongoing research on the ways COVID-19 is spread and will continue to share updated findings.    

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What can I do to protect myself and prevent the spread of disease?

Protection measures for everyone: Stay aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, available on the WHO website and through your national and local public health authority. Many countries around the world have seen cases of COVID-19 and several have seen outbreaks. Authorities in China and some other countries have succeeded in slowing or stopping their outbreaks. However, the situation is unpredictable so check regularly for the latest news.

Stay aware of the latest information on the COVID-19 outbreak, available on the WHO website and through your national and local public health authority. Many countries around the world have seen cases of COVID-19 and several have seen outbreaks. Authorities in China and some other countries have succeeded in slowing or stopping their outbreaks. However, the situation is unpredictable so check regularly for the latest news.

You can reduce your chances of being infected or spreading COVID-19 by taking some simple precautions:

  • Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.
  • Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
    Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
    Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
  • Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
    Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.
  • Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
    Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.
  • Keep up to date on the latest COVID-19 hotspots (cities or local areas where COVID-19 is spreading widely). If possible, avoid traveling to places  – especially if you are an older person or have diabetes, heart or lung disease.
    Why? You have a higher chance of catching COVID-19 in one of these areas.
Photo from World Health Organization
Photo from World Health Organization

 Protection measures for persons who are in or have recently visited (past 14 days) areas where COVID-19 is spreading

  • Follow the guidance outlined above (Protection measures for everyone)
  • Self-isolate by staying at home if you begin to feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache, low grade fever (37.3 C or above) and slight runny nose, until you recover. If it is essential for you to have someone bring you supplies or to go out, e.g. to buy food, then wear a mask to avoid infecting other people.
    Why? Avoiding contact with others and visits to medical facilities will allow these facilities to operate more effectively and help protect you and others from possible COVID-19 and other viruses.
  • If you develop fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical advice promptly as this may be due to a respiratory infection or other serious condition. Call in advance and tell your provider of any recent travel or contact with travelers.
    Why? Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also help to prevent possible spread of COVID-19 and other viruses.
Photo from World Health Organization

Are antibiotics effective in preventing or treating the COVID-19?

No. Antibiotics do not work against viruses, they only work on bacterial infections. COVID-19 is caused by a virus, so antibiotics do not work. Antibiotics should not be used as a means of prevention or treatment of COVID-19. They should only be used as directed by a physician to treat a bacterial infection. 

Are there any medicines or therapies that can prevent or cure COVID-19?

While some western, traditional or home remedies may provide comfort and alleviate symptoms of COVID-19, there is no evidence that current medicine can prevent or cure the disease. WHO does not recommend self-medication with any medicines, including antibiotics, as a prevention or cure for COVID-19. However, there are several ongoing clinical trials that include both western and traditional medicines. WHO will continue to provide updated information as soon as clinical findings are available.

Is there a vaccine, drug or treatment for COVID-19?

Not yet. To date, there is no vaccine and no specific antiviral medicine to prevent or treat COVID-2019. However, those affected should receive care to relieve symptoms. People with serious illness should be hospitalized. Most patients recover thanks to supportive care.

Possible vaccines and some specific drug treatments are under investigation. They are being tested through clinical trials. WHO is coordinating efforts to develop vaccines and medicines to prevent and treat COVID-19.

The most effective ways to protect yourself and others against COVID-19 are to frequently clean your hands, cover your cough with the bend of elbow or tissue, and maintain a distance of at least 1 meter (3 feet) from people who are coughing or sneezing. 

Can I catch COVID-19 from my pet?

While there has been one instance of a dog being infected in Hong Kong, to date, there is no evidence that a dog, cat or any pet can transmit COVID-19. COVID-19 is mainly spread through droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or speaks. To protect yourself, clean your hands frequently and thoroughly. 

WHO continues to monitor the latest research on this and other COVID-19 topics and will update as new findings are available.

(Reference: https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses )

Have you finished all that important information? Job well done!

That alone is a huge step already in preventing the disease. Knowing what we are fighting is a basic strategy to win the battle.

Share this article to the people you know and make more people informed. Let us be aware and take necessary precautions. 

Stay safe everyone!

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ENDING THE YEAR WITH A BLAST!

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2019 is a buzzing year for the FHMOMS community especially to the team behind each mileage.

FHMOMS was blessed with the unwavering support from the growing number of its members; the Facebook Page Group has over 165,000 members across the globe while the Facebook Community Page has more than 75,000 followers. With the tireless effort of its Founder, MK Bertulfo, FHMOMS achieved remarkable advancement in the following:

  • Media Mileage – recently, FHMOMS is being featured in various radio shows, podcasts, blogs and magazines, and TV shows. 
  • Networks and Collaborations – 2019 has brought the community opportunities to widen connections. Invites from different events and collaborations out-poured.
  • Engagement Activities – it was also observed that FHMOMS went an extra mile on engaging its community members to various nationwide events and activities. This includes but not limited to online training, face-to-face training, expos, conferences, talks, exhibits, charity works, meet-ups, online raffles, online polls, and many more. 
  • Technology – this year, FHMOMS also explored the possibility of developing apps and using tools to make our programs easier and better. This still on the process, it is good that we already have begun.
  • Funding and Business Partnerships – with the effort of our Founder, MK Bertulfo, FHMOMS participated in renowned competitions that support startup businesses. All these competitions, FHMOMS was a finalist.
  • Endorsements – with various products reaching out for endorsements, FHMOMS learned to screen the products that would reflect the community’s culture and perspective.

Having said all these achievements, Founder MK Bertulfo planned to culminate FHMOMS’ prosperous year with a productive yet fun event. With the help of volunteer mombers, FHMOMS’ core team, and the sponsors the party was a success!

FHMOMS Trainers with Founder and CEO, MK Bertulfo
Minor and Major Sponsors and event exhibitors

The celebration was held in Max’s Restaurant in Sucat, Parañaque City. It was attended by an overwhelming more than 700 people, which almost doubled the expected number of guests.

“No event is perfect.”

While the program included panel discussions, talks, games, raffles, exhibits, and activities for kids, FHMOMS encountered major mishaps. It seems impossible to accommodate all the attendees who conquered the terrible traffic that day just to share the celebration with the community. There were issues with registration, loot bags, seats, food, venue space, parking, etc. Despite all these, the organizing team carried on with the event and made everything even more fun with the appearance of Elsa and Anna, numerous raffle prizes, crazy games, informative talks, and inspiring panel discussions. 

Activities in FHMOMS’ Coachella Year End Party 2019.
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Activities in FHMOMS’ Coachella Year End Party 2019.
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One of the highlights of that day is when the CEO of MFT Group, Mica Tan, came and gave the community a tremendous gift of Php500,000 [read article here].

FHMOMS Received P500,000 Grant from MFT CEO Mica Tan.
Read article here.

It was such an exhausting day, yet it did not change the happiness and fun experience everyone has shared on that event. It is a celebration of effort, determination, love, and support, everyone has invested throughout the year. Sure it was not perfect, we learn from this event, and we promise to have a much bigger and better celebration next year!

FHMOMS is sending virtual hugs to the organizing team, to the sponsors, to the guests, to the attendees, and of course to our community Founder, MK Bertulfo. Let us wrap-up this year with a happy smile and a hopeful heart. 

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Happy holidays everyone!

ABOUT FHMOMS

https://fhmoms.com/
connect@fhmoms.com

Filipina Homebased Moms (FHMoms) is the first and the biggest parenting and freelancing group for Pinay moms in the Philippines. It is created by a Filipina mother with the mission to help fellow parents, mothers especially, to find jobs suitable to their lifestyle through freelancing.

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FHMOMS Received P500,000 Grant from MFT CEO Mica Tan

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It is the time of the year again, where all the people are busy and happy. It is indeed a fruitful year for FHMOMS, and this year deserved a roaring year-end party.

FHMOMS organized an event to culminate its year. With the help of the trainers, volunteers, and the core team, MK Bertulfo was able to pull off an event with an overwhelming more than 500 attendees. The event started as early as 7:00 am and wrapped up past 2:00 pm. It was a fun celebration full of activities, learning, giveaways, and prizes. But the biggest gift is yet to come.

FHMOMS’ Founder MK Bertulfo and the organizing team together with the attendees.
Activities in FHMOMS’ Coachella Year End Party 2019.
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Despite the bumper to bumper traffic situation on that day, one special lady still managed to drop by and shower blessings to FHMOMS. Mica Tan is the founder and CEO of MFT Group and one of the youngest entrepreneurs. She is also one of the core investors for the business show, The Final Pitch, wherein start-up businesses compete to the finals to get investors and potential funding. Mica Tan who is also much aware of the struggles of starting your own business chose to share wisdom with the TFP aspirants. She was especially inspired by the humble beginnings and story of the FHMOMS community.

Mica Tan, MFT Group CEO

Mica Tan conquered that buzzing day made it to the celebration of the year. The mommies who stayed few more minutes after the event witnessed Mica Tan coming over. The whole FHMOMS team was moved that the young CEO made time to drop by despite her busy schedule. She presented the gift to FHMOMS Founder, MK Bertulfo. It was a sponsored fund amounting to Php500,000.00! MK was more than thrilled to receive this present. This will go a long way for the FHMOMS community.

Watch the video in this link.

Also, sending gratitude and acknowledgment to The Final Pitch. If not for this show, MK will not be granted this awesome gift. MK is also well-deserved of the prize she got from winning the MFT business challenge. It is a vacation trip to Vietnam – all expenses covered!

More than anything, MK Bertulfo and her team was just glad and overwhelmed with all the support and love given by everybody. They promise to work harder for their mission and to make 2020 a more prosperous and wonderful year!

ABOUT FHMOMS

Filipina Homebased Moms (FHMoms) is the first and the biggest parenting and freelancing group for Pinay moms in the Philippines. It is created by a Filipina mother with the mission to help fellow parents, mothers especially, to find jobs suitable to their lifestyle through freelancing.

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Watsons gathers winners across the Philippines for a special trip to Boracay

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Watsons, one of Asia’s top health and beauty retailers, just gave away a 3-DAY / 2-NIGHT TRIP FOR 2 TO BORACAY to a total of 40 loyal card members!

As one of the most exciting highlights of the Share the Sun campaign last March, this promo had the simplest mechanics: all card members had to do was shop for their sun essentials at Watsons. Every P500 single-receipt purchase they made from one of Watsons’ participating products automatically got them e-raffle entries that qualified them for the promo!

This promo is aligned with Watsons’ effort to reward loyalty card members for trusting the retail chain for their health and beauty needs. Out of thousands of Watsons’ loyalty cardholders, twenty (20) lucky winners were drawn to share the sun with family and friends in no less than Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort and Spa, one of the most breathtaking getaways in the world.  It definitely was a luxurious way to reward shoppers’ loyalty.

The winners had an incredible stay in Boracay from October 25 – 27, 2019. Watsons gave away loot bags filled with island essentials which included, among others: a micellar cleanser for a smooth base, face masks for a glowing complexion, sunblock to keep skin protected, plus an after-sun spray to stay refreshed all day. 

While the winners were given ample time to explore the islands while being sun-protected from head to toe, the ultimate highlight of the entire experience was the thanksgiving dinner during the first night. To express their appreciation for the winners’ continuous loyalty, Watsons hosted an intimate buffet at Shangri-La’s magical Cielo Arena. Everyone had fun over good conversation and great food.

Want to get the chance to win exciting prizes too?

It’s easy! Just shop at Watsons with your Watsons Card.  The perks are awesome: lifetime membership, exclusive discounts, 2x more points on Watsons-branded products, 5x points on your first transaction during your birthday month, plus exclusive access to member events!

Indeed, Watsons members get more – not only in terms of points or perks, but products as well. Watsons has something for you and your family and friends – be it styling products for gorgeous locks, skin care treatments for a flawless glow or vitamins and supplements for a boost in energy. So whether you are planning for a getaway or you are simply curating a skin care set to address daily needs, Watsons’ health, beauty, and wellness ranges have you covered.

That’s why whatever the season you’re in, and whoever you’re spending it with, you can be sure that from head to toe and from inside and out, you can LOOK GOOD and FEEL GREAT with Watsons!

ABOUT WATSONS

Watsons is Asia’s leading health and beauty retailer, currently operating over 4,800 stores and more than 1,400 pharmacies in 11 Asian and European markets, including China (Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau), Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Turkey and Ukraine.

In 2002, A.S. Watson Group joined hands with SM Prime Holdings Inc., the Philippines’ leading shopping mall developer. Watsons caters to a variety of lifestyles with an unrivaled diversity of products, with a mission to help people around the world to look good, feel great.

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Jose Mari Chan joins Firefly LED in making Christmas in the Philippines even brighter

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Manila, Philippines, October 16, 2019 – Singer and songwriter Jose Mari Chan is not just a brand ambassador for Firefly LED Lights. He also collaborated with the Firefly team for the concept and making of the digital video unveiled on October 16, to launch its “Celebright Christmas” campaign for the holidays.

The digital video, which carries the theme and tagline “The spirit of Christmas made even brighter with Firefly LED Lights,” (the phrase coined by Jose Mari Chan himself) shows the singer in a Filipino home talking to each of the family members about Firefly LED lights and safety. In the video, two Christmas Icons come together with Santa Claus’ makes an appearance and amusingly mimics Jose Mari Chan.

The video, co-created by Firefly LED Brand Team, Gigil Ad Agency and Jose Mari Chan, was launched on October 16 on Firefly LED’s Facebook and YouTube accounts.

“The video is light and humorous but it will also remind Filipinos to have a safe and bright holiday season. What is Christmas without lights?” said Chan, whose song “Christmas in our Hearts” is the Filipino anthem for the season.

As Chan tells it, “Christmas in our Hearts” was the result of the efforts of a number of individuals, including himself, Bella Tan of Universal Records, lyricist Rina Caniza and even his daughter Lisa, who had to learn the song practically overnight.

The singer-songwriter did not hesitate to accept Firefly LED’s offer to be their brand ambassador. He liked the idea that it was going to be a Christmas campaign that would also remind the public about safety in using Christmas lights and lights in general.

“It’s a perfect product for Christmas. What is Christmas without lights? That only happens in the Philippines where people have Christmas trees and lights in their homes. On the streets, people from Pampanga sell parol. Lights and Christmas go together and Firefly exemplifies that. When they asked me, I immediately said yes. Firefly, Christmas lights, LED–that’s the in thing. LED is safe. It won’t cause fires,” said the singer-songwriter.

‘Song of the Firefly’

For the Chan family—Jose Mari, his wife Mary Ann and their children—trimming the tree is a big event. They have had the same tree for years. It is the same one that they brought from New York, where they lived for 11 years. Many of the three ornaments have stories to tell and the family has had them for years, too. Of course, the tree is lit up with Firefly LED Christmas Lights, the first Firefly-branded Christmas lights in the country.

Firefly LED is not the only brand that offered Chan an endorsement but he accepted it because the company manufactures products that he believes in. Trivia: Chan has a Christmas song called “Song of the Firefly.”

“The campaign aims to inform the public that Firefly has lights for every household need, and its standard LED bulbs range is safe for the eyes, as certified by TÜV-SÜD, a world-renowned German testing institute. We are very happy to be working with Jose Mari Chan, who is a revered Christmas icon in the Philippines,” said Erik Riola, Marketing Director of Firefly Electric and Lighting Corporation.

The Filipino-owned Firefly Lighting brand has been in business for close to two (2) decades, but only began selling Christmas lights three years ago. The company mainly sells various lighting and electrical products.

Last year, Firefly also lit up trees at SM Mall of Asia, SM City North Edsa and Ayala Cebu, the Christmas installations at Tiendesitas (Ortigas East), Bradco Avenue, Aseana City and Ayala Circuit Makati.

The brand is once again lighting-up the 70-foot tree at Central Park, SM by the BAY, Mall of Asia Complex on November 9, in partnership with SM by the BAY, and to be graced by Firefly LED’s celebrity ambassador, Jose Mari Chan.

Firefly LED Bright Christmas lights is the first Firefly-branded Christmas lights in the market today. These lights are tested safe as the product has a built-in safety fuse and made of  high-grade materials such as copper wire, instead of aluminum. All Firefly Christmas lights  are approved by the Department of Trade and Industry.

“Firefly’s Christmas lights come in warm white, white and RGB (red, green and blue). The Christmas lights prices range from P439 for the 90 LED bulbs, 6-meter, steady-on string lights, to P2,499 for the curtain lights with 400 LED bulbs and with a blinking night sky effect” said Christine Reyes, Assistant Brand Manager of Firefly LED.

Visit Firefly’s official Facebook page: facebook.com/FireflyLightingPH, or click this LINK to know what Jose Mari Chan and Firefly LED has in store for you this holiday season.

About Firefly Electric & Lighting Corp. (FELCO)

Firefly LED is owned and distributed by Firefly Electric and Lighting Corporation (FELCO), a lighting and electrical solutions company established in 2001, that aims to provide Filipinos with  high quality and affordable products.   For more information, visit www.fireflyelectric.com.

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Management Tips for Work at Home Mom

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Working at home offers many benefits over working outside the home, but it doesn’t eliminate the need to use time efficiently.

In fact, because working at home has more distractions, time management strategies are essential to success.

Here are a few tips that help me manage my time while working from home with little ones.

Know Your Family’s Rhythms

When designing your day, consider both your peak work hours and your children’s needs to find a focused work time. My peak work hours are before lunch. Once I eat lunch, I’m ready for a nap. So, I schedule the work that requires the most mental energy before lunch and saves the work that doesn’t require too much focus for the afternoon. Fortunately, when my kids were little, they were in sync with me because they could entertain themselves well in the mornings, but by afternoon, they needed more attention.

Schedule time to work, and then really work.

While one of the benefits of working at home is flexibility, the reality is that routine is crucial to working effectively and efficiently. 

Yes, you can take time away from work to care for a sick child when needed, but you can’t expect to earn a full-time home-based income during nap time.

Schedules give you and your children structure and routine. Everyone knows what’s going on and what will happen next. 

Unlike traditional jobs, working at home situations allow you to design a schedule around the family, so you can work an hour or two before the kids are up, an hour at nap time and two hours after bedtime if that works best for your family. In my case, I worked until 1 p.m. and then I spent the afternoon with the kids, returning to work in the evening by 9 pm while the kids are asleep.

Identify daily time wasters; try to eliminate. Shut off social media, emails, and texts. We all have them. Maybe it’s the TV, the cell phone, or email. What do you get distracted by? Identify these items and make sure to eliminate them as best as you can.

I have learned that if I want to get anything done, I need to turn my phone into silent mode or turn off the television and just play music on my Spotify account. 

Use Systems and Tools

Streamline your work by finding ways to limit the time they take. For example, schedule social media posts, so you can set it and forget it.

Web-based tools such as Dropbox make information, idea, and document storage fast, easy and accessible from several digital devices.

Voice recognition software (standard with Windows) can allow you to give voice commands such as “Open Word” and dictate documents, email, and even online search. You may use Lastpass for Passwords

Google Calendar for the schedule of appointments, reminders, meetings or events of kid’s school activities

Create a designated area for work and play. 

This is so important. I used to work from the dining room table but found I was disorganized and would get more distracted.

Find a place in your home where you can create a workplace. It could be as simple as a small corner tucked away in your bedroom {like I have} or maybe one room dedicated to your work.

Make time for the kids. 

It’s so easy when you work from home to always be thinking about deadlines, emails you need to respond to, posts that need to be written and calls that need to be made.

Trying to work with little kids around is not easy, especially if they feel they are being ignored. I always try to set aside time in my day {morning, mid-day and after dinner} to turn everything off and just be with the kids.

We play, color, read books, and even dance around the kitchen. Then when it’s time to work, they’ve usually had their “mom” fill and are happy to play by themselves.

Set up a time to review their lessons or homework or review them before the examination. 

Most importantly spend time with kids outside the home like buying groceries and spend little time to eat together or go to church on Sundays.

Get Help

No rule says children, spouses or hired hands can’t help a mom out. Hire a student or older woman to watch your kids a few hours a day to get focused uninterrupted work time. 

Ask the kids and your spouse to help with housework or hire someone to come in a clean.  Schedule your laundry and have them done in laundry shops. 

If you don’t have time to cook, you can call and have your favorite foods delivered at your doorstep.  Or you can get a virtual assistant to take care of busy work like social media, email, and PR. 

Reward yourself! 

Mothers have a hard job, no matter if you work out of the house, in the home or do a little of both. We need to stop every once in a while, step back and realize all that we accomplish in a day. It’s pretty incredible if you think about it.

We deserve a nice reward every once in a while to help relax and rejuvenate ourselves. It can be simply picking up a book we’ve been meaning to read, getting a nice pedicure, taking a long hot bath or maybe buying ourselves a new outfit. 

Whatever it is, don’t forget to pamper yourself.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Joan Layson is a Virtual Assistant and a mom from Iloilo. She’s been helping clients from Australia and UK with Bookkeeping and other admin task.

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10 Tips on How to Ace Your Online Interviews

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Like every job seeker, online freelancers also go through the process of interviews. I, as a work at home mom, have been into countless of online interviews over the past 5 years. Thanks to technology, home-based jobs Philippines have been booming. Whether it’s a video or a chat type of online interview, preparation is the key to nail it. I know you’re looking for ways on how to ace your online interviews. Here, let me share with you my ten easy tips.

1. Tech Check

Test all your equipment before your online interview. Secure your internet’s reliability as well as your microphone and camera. Ready these things to avoid troubles.

2. Be Yourself

Clients want to know the real you before advancing you to the next round. Be natural and be yourself. Stay calm, listen carefully and focus on your goal.

3. Do your Homework

To ace your online interviews, you must be confident with your answers. Research about the job and you will surely be ready for any questions you might get.

4. Make a Script

Interviewers like to ask about yourself and reasons you should be hired, practice answering these potential online interview questions and make a script so you will be guided. You can memorize your script or post it in front of your computer to simply glance at it during your online interview.

5. Be Punctual

Don’t be late. You should all be set thirty minutes before the actual interview. Punctuality makes a good impression since this also determines if the person is really responsible enough to commit on time.

6. Grammar is Life

Wrong grammar is a big NO for all kinds of interviews and that includes your online interview for a job. There are thousands of home-based jobs Philippines’ opportunities and having good grammar can be your edge.

7. Do Mock Interview

Have someone to do an online interview practice with you. Seek help from people who you trust and record the mock interview to evaluate yourself.

8. Posture

Sit straight, maintain eye contact by looking at the webcam. Don’t slouch, yawn, or fidget.

9. Dress for Success

Wear appropriate attire. Most of the time, a smart casual look is okay for a video interview.

10. Location Matters

Have a  plain white background. If that’s not possible, use a plain white cloth to cover it. Avoid any noise, plus your camera should see from your waist up.

Now that you know how to ace your online interviews, all you need to do is relax and trust yourself that you can do it. I know you got this! Home-based jobs Philippines will continue to rise and I’m hoping that more Filipinos will take the opportunity to work from home to be with their families. Continue honing your skills and the opportunity will find its way to you. Make sure to combine it with confidence, then you’re all set! It works for me, it shall work for you, too! Best of luck!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

After earning her Bachelors Degree in Broadcast Communication, Nica Chesca Soriano received a crash-course in motherhood. She is a Wondermom to her two beloved kids. It certainly isn’t always easy, she couldn’t be more in love with her job as a WAHM (Work at Home Mom), working as a Social Media Manager and Virtual Assistant to foreign and local clients while taking care of the lil ones. Somehow, she managed to do some DIY stuff and finds time to read and write!

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6 Ways on How to Improve your Visibility on LinkedIn

Entrepreneurship , Freelancing , Uncategorized

Over the past years, home-based jobs Philippines’ opportunities continue to rise, making more Filipinos want to work from home and be with their families. But, what can you do to be found by clients? Where do you start looking for freelancing jobs online? Well, LinkedIn is the answer. 

LinkedIn is a social network for professionals where you can find jobs and be found by your skills. Do you know that by getting more profile views on LinkedIn, you can land your dream home based job? But how can you do this? How do you improve your visibility on Linked so hiring companies and clients will find you? 

Let me share with you my 6 proven ways on how to improve your visibility on LinkedIn based on my own experience.

1. Use a Professional Headshot

Did you know that using a professional photo makes you nine times more likely to receive a connection request and your profile 21 times more likely to be viewed according to LinkedIn?

Your photo is the first thing that other users will see and that makes your LinkedIn headshot matters. Use a non-distracting background as much as possible – white background never goes wrong. Set your profile photo visibility to ‘public’.

2. Add your Skills

Are you highly skilled in digital marketing or social media? Show it off! The more skills you list on your LinkedIn profile, the more chances you are to get “found” by other users that are searching for the particular skills you have.

3. Endorse connections for Skills they have

When you endorse your friends, you are already doing them a favor, and most likely they will reciprocate it. This makes you get skills endorsement in the process. This will make your profile more attractive and improve your visibility on LinkedIn based on your particular skills.

4. Ask for Recommendations

To increase your Linkedin profile views, seek recommendations from your trusted colleagues that know you and are familiar with your work. Message them and ask recommendations directly. This adds credibility to your profile and lets you improve your visibility on Linkedin knowing that people have some good things to say about you and your work.

5. Craft your Professional Summary

Keep it short and sweet. Home-based jobs the Philippines is booming, and your profile summary can give you an edge if done correctly. Make sure to write in the first person and be conversational yet professional since you are talking to your target clients or audience. This section should tell something about what you do and what you are looking for. Carefully doing this adds to your Linkedin visibility too.

6. Browse the ‘People You May Know’ list

To have more connections and be visible to target clients, it would be helpful to browse the ‘People You May Know’ list. This is LinkedIn’s search engine where you can see people whom you already know or have mutual connections. Browse this daily and add as many people that you have mutual connections with. The more your connections increases, the more you appear to a higher number of people. This is one of the best ways to get more views on LinkedIn.

LinkedIn is a helpful and powerful tool for professionals, we just need to know how to use it to its full potential. So, stop ignoring your profile. Follow these proven ways on how to improve your visibility on LinkedIn, and you will surely be one of those freelancers to enjoy home-based jobs Philippines’ opportunities in no time. Start attracting opportunities and use LinkedIn now. You can do it!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

After earning her Bachelors Degree in Broadcast Communication, Nica Chesca Soriano received a crash-course in motherhood. She is a Wondermom to her two beloved kids. It certainly isn’t always easy, she couldn’t be more in love with her job as a WAHM (Work at Home Mom), working as a Social Media Manager and Virtual Assistant to foreign and local clients while taking care of the lil ones. Somehow, she managed to do some DIY stuff and finds time to read and write!

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