Thursday, June 26, 2008

Sense&Style feature August 2008

I was pretty excited about the shoot / feature today. And just my luck because I have recovered from my short brush with "dengue" last week (more about that later).

I arrived at Fashion Art at 12:45 noon, and Margaux was already waiting. I was happy about this shoot because a) I am always comfortable shooting in Fashion Art,  b) I've met Margaux previously at the Rockwell Summerlicious bazaar and c) Margaux is a fellow Scholastican. How cool is that?!

Anyway, we talked on and on about fashion, our favorite designers and other stuff (some stuff I couldn't remember). Anyone who's had a [non]decent conversation with me will realize that sometimes I ramble on and on. Tee-hee sorry!

I am happy with how the pics turned out and I hope I get a [hi-res] copy of them for posting here. I just realized once again how shy my real personality is, especially when Sherwin asked for candid wacky pics and it took me a long time to warm up to the camera. Eep!

My heartfelt thanks to Fashion Assistant Margaux Salazar for the feature and Sherwin Pineda for the photos. Of course, with special thanks to Happy Andrada for allowing us to shoot at Fashion Art :)

Please grab a copy of Sense&Style's August issue and check out the Indie-signers section :)

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Being in a hamster wheel

After years of being employed in a corporate setting, I've decided to break off from the norm and try out having my own business. 

I've been making stuff, selling online and consigning in stores for a year now, and I am happy with the outcome. This is a repost from my old i.Ph blog. It was first posted March of 2005 when I was a Recruiter at ContactPoint, at the time when I felt like I was in a hamster wheel -- forever running and running without having a clear vision of where I was headed.
7 Keys That Helped Me Leave the "Rat Race" for Cyberspace by Marty Foley  

On Friday, Aug. 28th, 1998, I finally achieved what I had dreamed about and worked toward for some time.
No, cashing that week's paycheck wasn't what I had been keenly anticipating... Leaving a job I hated in order to work for myself full-time in cyberspace was the dream goal I had finally achieved!

The goal of leaving the "rat race" and calling the shots in one's own profitable business - online or off - is common to many people. At times it even reaches the point of desperation. Some waste thousands of dollars in an elusive attempt to reach it.

If running your own successful online business is a goal you'd also like to reach, I empathize with your situation. I'll share some tips in this article that helped me "leave the rat race" for my own online business, which may also help you.

Even if you've already achieved self-employment, maybe some tips I share can help increase the profitability of your existing business, online or off.

Keys To Leaving The Rat Race

1) Being a doer, not just a dreamer.

One of my favorite sayings is: "When all is said than done, more is said than done." It's easy to dream and talk about our goals, but we won't get anywhere until we take decisive action.

Before I built a successful online business, I did more dreaming and telling others about my goal than I took action toward reaching it. Finally combining my dreams with action, however, was the only thing that worked.
Caution: Don't confuse taking decisive action with making rash decisions. Temper your willingness to act with sound reasoning and knowledgeable decisions, based on sufficient research. 

2) Effective time management.

Time certainly means money in the business world. The ability to manage your time effectively is an asset that can repay you many times over, in both your business and personal life. Getting maximum productivity from your time is even more crucial if you're working a full-time job at the same time you're building your own business.

Back when I worked for an employer, workdays usually dragged by. Now I find that working for myself, time just breezes by and I often wonder where the time went! At one point, I was making money in my own business while holding down my full-time regular job, but not enough to live on. Moreover, I needed more time than I had available in my spare hours to pursue things I felt would increase profits.

I then decided to cut back on the hours at my regular job, which my employer agreed to because he didn't want me to quit. This allowed time to expand my business faster and made the transition to going full-time in it easier. If you can't or don't want to quit your job "cold turkey," consider a similar strategy.