Posts by Mon


PM is not the Key: Why Putting The Price On Your Post Matters       A few days ago, the Philippine DTI (Department of Trade and Industry) reminded those who offer their products online to post the price on their announcements and offers.  The DTI cited Republic Act (RA) No. 7394 or the Consumer Act which mandates all sellers to display prices of products. Goods may also not be sold at a price higher than what is stated. This was a warning to a lot of online sellers (especially on Facebook) who hawk that “PM is the Key”. Sadly, PM (or Private Message) is NOT the key. When you, as the seller, neglect to include the price on your posts, the comment section will often be flooded by the infamous “HM po?” (How Much). That’s really bad for your business. Here are few reasons why: 1. You want the PM to be the closing part of your sales funnel process and NOT the inquiry stage. You don’t want to waste time trying to deal with people who will be turned off when you tell them the actual price and suddenly they can’t afford it or think it’s not reasonable (remember, price is relative. More on that later). 2. You actually turn off a lot of customers. Personally, when I try to look for a good deal, I only engage with sellers who put the price on their posts. A lot of people, like myself, don’t want to waste their time to send a PM and then wait for the response when all we ever wanted was to know the price. This places the decision-making process hanging. In sales or marketing, this isn’t professional nor is it an acceptable practice. There’s a reason why there are price tags in a grocery or supermarket –  you want the consumer to make a decision “there and then” versus other products of the same category. 3. PM is not automated. You’re not awake or doing business 24/7. The fact that you’re limited as a human is bad for the sales funnel already. As stated above, you want your potential buyer to make that decision (to buy or not to buy) as quickly as possible. If I see the price and I think it’s reasonable, then the PM that you will get will actually be a positive one as you will be dealing with CLOSING the sale rather than funneling them one by one. 4. PM for the price is a wrong way of engagement. A lot of sellers will try to defend not putting the price as “I want to engage the customers and every...

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VACANCY: Accounting Manager for chain of restaurants in the USA   THE OPPORTUNITY Join the team of a fast-growing chain of restaurants in the United States. As an Accounting Manager, you will be reporting directly to the Controller and be in charge of month-end closing, balance sheet reconciliations, cash flow management, tax preparations checking and other general accounting processes of the company. This is a full time, contractual freelancer position while working at home. We prefer someone with a CPA background and has experience doing executive accounting work for a similar company or industry. JOB DESCRIPTION The chosen candidate will be assisting the Controller in the many accounting processes and deliverables. Among your roles, will be: Month-end Close Process: Manage month-end close process, prepare journal entries related to accrued royalties, cash receipts and undeposited funds, accounts payable, cash disbursements, payroll, accrued expenses, aggregate customer billings, prepaid amortization, deferred rent, depreciation expenses, etc. Ensure an accurate and timely monthly and year-end close. Balance Sheet Accounts Reconciliation: Reconcile all balance sheet account balances and bank accounts on a monthly basis including all accrued revenues, fixed assets, cash, accrued expenses to ensure all accounting transactions are properly and accurately recorded. Cash Management: Assist Controller in daily banking requirements and prepare weekly cash forecast reports for cash planning and investment. Financial Reporting: Assist in the monthly and annual financial statements preparation and other compliance reports. Annual Financial Audit: Assist in annual financial audit process and prepare work papers and audit schedules as assigned Internal Control: Assist Controller in assessing financial internal controls including risk assessments and review of risk areas. Assist in documenting Accounting policies and procedures and implementing financial internal controls and best practices System Implementation: Assist the controller in the system selection process, implementation, and upgrade; perform data verification and migration as needed. Process Improvement: Monitor and analyze Accounting workflows to develop more efficient procedures and use of resources while maintaining a high level of accuracy. Budget and Forecast: Support the department’s budget and forecast activities and assist in monthly budget vs actual analysis Other Responsibilities: Support Controller with special projects and maintain capital fixed asset schedules and deferred rent schedules, and perform ad hoc accounting analysis and projects as assigned. JOB QUALIFICATION & REQUIREMENTS At least 5 or more years proven experience as an Accountant in a managerial capacity. CPA preferred but not mandatory Excellent written and verbal English communication skills Advanced Excel knowledge (Index-Match, SUMIFS, Pivot Tables, etc) Expert skills and experience in Quickbooks Must be able to do daily graveyard shift Must be VERY detail oriented and able to handle a large volume of transactions daily Must be organized...

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  ILAW NG TAHANAN: Local moms team up to brighten the light   (MANILA, Philippines 20 May 2020) – Local moms and a panel of experts, organized a free Facebook live webinar to share their thoughts and to help fellow mothers cope with the stress, anxiety and problems facing the household in these troubled times. Dubbed “Ilaw ng Tahanan: Keep Your Light Shining Amid The Pandemic”, the webinar was led by Louise F. Santos, our main speaker, a digital influencer, celebrity mom and owner of mommypracticality.com. The webinar was moderated by Jolina Kahn, co-founder of Kahndo Solutions and were joined by a panel of experts: Tina Jurado, a registered nurse and admin of Mommy Talk PH; teacher Nicole Inocencio of the Parenting Collective; Dr. Andrea Carag, Pediatrician of Solo Moms PH; and Dr. Nicole Tangco, resident psychiatrist of the NCMH. It’s okay to be not okay One of the key learnings shared by Louise and the other panelists was“It’s okay to be not okay”. With the current problems that moms are facing today, everyone in the panel agreed that mothers are not alone and they should talk about their problems with their husbands, kids and with family and friends. It’s also important to find support groups or “Find your tribe” as coined by Ms. Jolina via online chat groups, community pages or social media groups such Mommy Talk PH, The Parenting Collective or Solo Moms PH. In a poll conducted by Big Ideas, the top 5 main concerns from moms were the following: Staying safe from Covid-19 Child concerns such as education, etc. Health Concerns Budgeting and Money Fear and Anxiety And because of the poll submitted by our social media followers before the event, our main speaker and panelists were able to frame the discussions and answer questions and concerns from fellow moms throughout the webinar in view of audience needs. A pencil has an eraser because we’re allowed to make mistakes The quote above, shared by Dr. Nicole was one of the highlights. Dr. Tangco explained that mothers aren’t perfect and it’s alright sometimes to make mistakes and to acknowledge them. For those suffering from anxiety, one of the tips she shared was for them to acknowledge that fact and just talk about it with a confidant or someone you trust – your husband, for example. Just talking about it and communicating with someone is an important first step to feeling better and to recovery. There were also other tips shared by Louise and our panelists in the webinar on how to cope and make that light “shine brighter”. Some dads also watched and even shared their feedback and appreciation for their...

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E-Commerce Marketing and Data Analyst


Posted By on May 18, 2020 in Jobs

VACANCY: E-Commerce Marketer and Business Data Analyst for a US-Based Business   THE OPPORTUNITY You will work closely with the owner of a consulting business focused on e-Commerce based in Los Angeles, California. The team is in the early stages of identifying opportunities in the e-Commerce space and seeking a skilled business analyst to support the organization in evaluating data, preparing and reviewing business intelligence reporting, and developing analysis of opportunities. This is an opportunity to develop an understanding of online retail businesses through data analysis. This is a work-from-home, contractual, freelancer full-time job. JOB DESCRIPTION You will serve as the analytical and marketing consultant to founders and owners. Your analysis of information will be used in making key decisions. Among your roles, will be: Develop, build and distribute business analysis and models to key stakeholders. Create a Marketing Plan for the E-commerce startup Collect and analyze data from a variety of data sources to support business intelligence and decisions on a regular basis. Create repeatable instructions and document important processes for developing business intelligence reporting. Creating, refining and executing marketing campaigns for E-commerce JOB QUALIFICATION & REQUIREMENTS Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, Business, Finance (or similar field) 3 or more years proven experience in Marketing, Digital Marketing or E-Commerce Prepare (and adjust) an extensive Marketing Plan for e-commerce as well as financial forecasting and data analysis or analytics Key functional skills and work experience on: Experience in eCommerce required Experience in digital marketing required Experience in financial accounting preferred Experience in retail preferred Preferred experience in in US marketplaces such as Amazon or Walmart and platforms such as Shopify or Magento Fluent in English (spoken and written) Must be able to supervise the E-commerce associate who will be the admin and manage US marketplaces such as Amazon, Walmart and platforms such as Shopify or Magento. Strong multi-tasking and prioritization ability – must work closely with owner to evaluate data and analysis frequently. Diligent and detail oriented High integrity – you will be working with sensitive business data Team player and collaborative Highly dependable and available Available to work California business hours (9 AM to 6 PM). Operations data collection (Analytics) and reporting in a timely manner Stable internet connection, own laptop or PC. Work from home. WORK HOURS Full-time job, USA Mondays to Fridays (Los Angeles Time: 9 AM to 6 PM) Philippine Time: 12AM to 9AM Tuesdays to Saturdays 1 hour break allowed on shift Weekends off and US Holidays off, unpaid. Work from Home. COMPENSATION Php 30,000 to 40,000++  (or more) per month depending on experience and skill levels Initial contract (evaluation period) is 6 months, subject to renewal if...

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WHY DO I FEEL MORE TIRED WORKING FROM HOME? (And ways to cope) – By Mon Macutay, CEO of Big Ideas Philippines     (Manila, Philippines. 6 May 2020) – – Because of the nature of my job and my businesses, I’ve been working from home for about 7 years now. My team, who are all freelancers doing outsourced work for our clients, are all working from home too. Which means, the ECQ (Enhanced Community Quarantine) here in the Philippines did not affect us drastically. Some pundits have called these past few months of 2020 “The Great Pause”. And a lot of people were suddenly thrust into a planet-wide experiment to see if working from home was a viable alternative to the “butts in seats” way of thinking in the corporate world. Will it succeed? Well, we have to wait a few more months to find out. Meanwhile, a lot of my friends – who suddenly found themselves working on their boxers or “pambahay” (Filipino for ‘house clothes’) seem to wonder why they’re more stressed or more tired working from home rather than office? The answer, from my personal experience, is that those who are new to this work arrangement have failed to set up both physical and mental boundaries between “work time”, “me time” and “family time”. Let me explain;   1. ROUTINES AND HOW TO TRICK YOUR MIND There are certain “triggers” or “flags” that send signals to your body and brain that “Hey, I am no longer at home and this is the start of my work schedule”. For most of us, it could be as simple as getting into your uniform or business attire and heading off onto the dreaded commute. Our bodies (and mind) will instantly recognize the boundaries and condition ourselves that we will be focusing on work and I will be leaving all personal and family things at home. Working from a home environment may not set up the proper triggers, which means both your body and brain get confused as to when “work time” begins and “home time” ends. There are several ways to adjust and there are ways to condition ourselves for this. One of the easiest is to stick to a routine, get up on the same time you would on any other work day, take your shower, put on clothes (even if it’s just a nice shirt for your Zoom calls later), have the same routine for breakfast and get ready to “leave the house”. Of course, you CANNOT leave the house due to the Pandemic, so you just have to pretend (and allot some productive time) during your “digital...

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