Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Mailing and Marketing List

When I was young I always wanted to be a business owner and then I did and some point in my life.  Or should I say I did become an entrepreneur first, when I was 9 years old I started to sell bread (pandesal in the Philippines) every morning in our neighborhoods, I used to wake up before the crack of dawn to make sure I can sell a lot of pandesal.  And in the afternoon me and my friends will walk around the neighborhood to sell donuts.  For us its not a hardwork, its fun for us we really enjoyed doing it. We have a neighbor before that used to have a bakery business and they hire us kids to sell their goods and we get one peso in every bag of bread we sell, so if we sold five bags we earned five pesos also, that's a lot of money back then.  I can even give my brother and sister money so that they can buy lunch in school.  I was a responsible kid, I don't ask money from my parents for my lunch at school.  I guess I got it from my mother, she used to have  as we call it in the Philippines a "sari-sari store, its like a convenience store but more cheaper, sari-sari in tagalog means variety.  My mom sells basic commodities from rice, canned goods, fresh fish to vegetables.  It was a good business before but not so anymore these days, as every street in our country there is a sari-sari store, funny but its true.

When I married my husband in 2007, we planned to open a real convenience store thought its more like a mini grocery because the building was big.  And so we did open our first business in Feb. 2008 the "VnL Store", to me its like a supermarket and grocery in one.  We used to sell rice, softdrinks and beer, fresh produce, and cigarettes.  It was doing great at the first 2 years but I must admit I get so tired of handling it.  I get so tired of dealing with the government in the Philippines, they want you to get a permit with everything, tax you to death plus all the people who doesn't pay their tabs. And when I finally got my visa to the US last Nov. 2011, I handed my store to my parents which they decided to closed last 2012.  That was the end of my business, it was fun and a lot of hardwork but I think its not enough of hardwork that I did maybe that's why it was not successful.

Now that I am in the US, even though we a full-time job(thanks to God), we can't help but think of how nice to have a small business overhere.  I know its not easy compare in our country, here in the US there's a lot of competition, so business owner do a lot of things just to lure their customers.  One thing I notice here in the US is they always send you weekly ads or deals in the mail.  I think its a good idea.  But if you have just started your business and you are new to the market you need a lot of help from the professional like this website that I found online. List Giant can you help with your targeted mailing list, your business will surely experience huge benefits when ordering direct mailing list from List giant.

Big Update

Its been so long since I have written in this blog I know,  I apologized for abandoning my blog for such a long time.  But I have so many things that happen in my life, our life and some changes that keep me pretty occupied.  I was thinking the other night if I will still continue this blog or just let it float in limbo.  But I made up my mind that I will not give up and will try my best to write an article at least  two times a week since I am working Full-time now.  Yes! After working as part-time for so many years (barely 2 years) I finally got a full-time position. 
Okay I want to give my readers an update and the happenings and changes of my life last year.  I was lucky I got an unemployment after I lost my job on Feb. 23 last year, though its just small but it helps a lot when you don't have income coming in.  In mid July I found a part time job at the beach, even though I have to take 3 buses everyday to get to work, I did endure the pain of commuting because I really need a job so bad that time.  Luckily I got a call from one of the biggest home improvement here in Jacksonville for a job interview, and to cut the story short I got hired as a part-time Cashier.  I know its just part-time but they are paying way above the minimum wage and sometimes they give me more than 30 hrs. per week, so I was very happy.  After almost six months working, my managers ask me if I want to apply for a full-time position, at first I was hesitant to apply because I was thinking I don't have any chance with the other applicants (my co-workers) because they've been working there longer than me and of course they are better than me, but my managers encouraged me to give it a try and if I don't get the job at least I tried.  So comes the interview day, I was so nervous I don't know why but it turn out good.  After that day my managers told me I got the job, man I was so happy I was jumping lol.  But before all of this happen last October we moved to another apartment closer to our work,(we used to live 30 miles away from  work) it took us a while to find an apartment that we like and that close to where we work, especially for me because I have to ride the bus to get to work and public transportation here in Jacksonville is no fun and not good seriously!

Image not mine.

Anyhow I started my full-time position this week, finally I can have health insurance though its still expensive thanks to Obamacare.  But at least I have the benefits of having a full time job and not to mention our company has a lot of good benefits and they do really take care of their employees.  I am very much thankful to God, for all of these blessings I know I don't deserve all of this because I seldom go to church and sometimes I even forgot to pray but God still blessed me, us me and my husband.  I am also thankful to my mother in the Philippines, she's the one who prays a lot for me, she even pray the rosary everyday.  One person that was very happy when I got the full-time position at work is my mom, its like an answered prayer for her.  Finally I can help my husband with all our credit card debts and also I can help my family in the Philippines.  And of course I would like to thank my dear husband for being always there for me thru my ups and down, he never abandoned me though sometimes I make him insane lol. Thank you mahal for driving me and picking me up to work when your off.  Thanks for all your patience  I love you with all my heart and soul!  And to our Lord God Almighty thank You, we owe it all to You...

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Help The People Affected By Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda)


Hello my avid friends and followers of this blog, I know its been a long time since I wrote something, my apology, we were just so busy between working and moving.  Speaking of moving, yes we finally found an apartment that is closer to our works, it really a big help for me since I don't have a car (and a license) yet.  I used to ride the bus to get to work everyday and I didn't miss commuting/taking the bus for 4 hrs. back and forth just to get to work. And also my husband doesn't have to drive 60 miles everyday to get to his work.  Thank God for my new job, we were able to find a nicer apartment though its just a one bedroom apartment, but me and my husband were so glad we found this apartment.


Anyhow, I know all of you are already aware or have watch the news lately that my country the Philippines has been hit with another typhoon and this time the strongest typhoon worldwide since 1969 (category 5), they say stronger than Katrina.  So you can only imagine the cause and the destruction it made, 10,000 people are feared dead and 700,000 of homes had vanished or badly damage cause by the storm surge. Tacloban City in Leyte where the typhoon made a landfall has the worse damages, a lot of people died, drown, some still missing, some buried alive under their houses. Cebu, Samar, Iloilo and the rest of Visayas are also affected.  It's just so sad we didn't expect the damages is gonna be like this bad, but I'm still thankful to God that Davao City were I came from and where my family lives was not affected though they are experiencing a lot of rain now due to the tropical depression Zoraida.

Swagbucks and GlobalGiving has put together a fund that will go toward recovery efforts in all areas impacted by the storm.  This money provides food, fuel, shelter, and more for victims of the storm.  The Swag Bucks you donate will be turned into a cash donation, given directly to the GlobalGiving Foundation-Super Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund project.

Philippines needs your help, if you are a member of Swagbucks like me you can help by donating your SB (swag bucks points) every 1 sb  you donate is equal to $ 0. 01. And every bit can help save a life, feed and help shelter someone who lost their home or help rebuild badly damage-damage infrastructure.  And for all the people that doesn't have Swag Bucks you can still donate thru Philippine Red Cross website just google it and make sure its the real and not bogus website.



Friday, May 31, 2013

Moving to a Small Town

Guest post from: Constance Rodgers
I’m not sure about this moving to a smaller town thing. When my husband and I first met it was at work and we both lived within the Dallas city limits. When we got married we moved into a condo in downtown and I absolutely loved it – I could walk to two coffee shops and the dry cleaner was in our building! Now that I’m pregnant my husband told me we had to move out to the suburbs because he was not going to raise a kid in the city. It was the kind of thing I wish I had thought about before we’d gotten married because I would have liked to have had a really serious discussion about it but we’re in the situation now and there’s not a lot I can do about it. Anyway, he wants to move to Hamilton because that’s where his family is so I’ve found myself searching Zillow for homes there and looking up things like Electric companies in Hamilton. I guess I just didn’t realize it was going to upend our life so much to move out here to the burbs but I know in the long run it’s the right thing to do for our unborn son. Especially since I want to have at least 2 more kids I know it’s going to be hard for me to give a good reason for us to live in a high rise! I loved being in Dallas and I’m going to miss the restaurants and the night life and all that. But I know that being a mom is going to change all that anyway so it’s not the worst thing in the world…hopefully I’ll be able to meet more people in my stage of life in our new neighborhood and start a whole new life. I’m going to work from home 3 days a week so I can stay home with our son and we’ll see if I get bored sooner rather than later!
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