While Christmas is a season filled with festivities for everybody, it may be a different story for entrepreneurs.

There’s no doubt that it’s a busy season. Businesses go full steam ahead. Most entrepreneurs work long hours amidst the shopping rush, sacrificing time they could have spent with their families, friends, and loved ones.

However, the balance between your professional and personal lives does not have to suffer. Like everyone else, entrepreneurs like you also deserve some time off.

To help you enjoy the holidays, here are some tips on achieving work-life balance during the busiest time of the year.

Sync your events

Socializing runs deep among Filipinos during Christmas, you will most likely receive invitations to parties, reunions, fiestas, and get-togethers. While you may want to attend every single event, you still have a business to manage. In this situation, it’s important to have technology and time management skills on your side.

To manage all that, you can start by syncing your Facebook Events with Google Calendar. This way, you can monitor your Facebook friends’ invitations as well as your work schedule on the Calendar app. Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Log in to your Facebook account on a desktop computer.
  2. Go to Events.
  3. Scroll down the page and find the section where the site tells you to add your events to Google Calendar.
  4. Right-click on “Upcoming Events” and choose “Copy Link Address”
  5. Go to Google Calendar, then choose the “Add calendar” option on the lower left portion of the site
  6. Choose “From URL,” paste the link there, then click “Add calendar” below it.

Once done, you can now see your Facebook events on your Google Calendar. To add your Facebook friends’ birthdays, you can use the same process, just right-click on “Birthdays.”

Manage your work hours

Christmas is one of the best times for Filipinos to spend more time with their families and friends. Employees are allowed by their companies to take some time off, while children get to take a vacation as schools are closed.

Entrepreneurs, however, have a different working schedule compared to employees and students. While they are their own bosses, entrepreneurs still have to work to serve a huge population: busy shoppers.

But with the help of management apps like Microsoft OneNote and Trello, you are able to plan projects for your business and execute them ahead of deadlines. This way, you can leave work early and make more time for people who matter.

Create your travel plans

Not only is Christmas the season of giving, but also the season of leisure. It’s a time when you get to travel to amazing places with your family and friends.

However, managing a business at this time of year makes it harder for you to plan for your travels. This is why your mobile device can help you manage your trips on days when you can take a break from work.

Using various travel apps like Trivago, Airbnb, and Traveloka, your mobile device allows you to plan your itinerary and accommodation easily.

While you’re out of town, sometimes you have to tend to urgent matters to your business. But technology has given a wonderful gift—instant communication anytime and anywhere.

With your mobile device equipped with chat apps, you are able to stay up-to-date with the latest on your business at any time of the day.

Work anywhere

In a busy time like Christmas, entrepreneurs may find their plates full. Shoppers are everywhere, and business owners are on a daily grind to take advantage of all the holiday opportunities they can grasp.

But, as mentioned above, entrepreneurs are their own bosses. They are in charge of running their business and managing their schedules, but convenience and portability is essential.

That is why mobile devices like tablets can give you the power to work remotely—at the comfort of your own home, at a coffee shop, at a restaurant, or any place of your choosing.

Using a tablet, you are able to save money, balance your work and personal life, as well as celebrate this festive season with your loved ones.

Time is not a luxury everyone gets to enjoy, but with a strategic mindset, you can surely enjoy the jolly and cheery Christmas season.

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As a negosyante, running a business with maximum efficiency means making the most of the tools available to you. Digital tools can now help you manage every aspect of your business, and it’s time for you to embrace the transformation.

Embracing digitization means not only getting the device you need, but also getting the productivity tools that can help you manage your business.

Here’s how you can create value for money using mobile devices like phones and tablets equipped with fast Internet connection and essential productivity apps.

Social media as a marketplace

Facebook and Instagram are not just platforms to connect with people across the world. With a mindset of an entrepreneur, you can turn these social media platforms into your marketplace where opportunities are limitless.

For example, you can turn your Instagram profile into your personal apparel business. You can take and publish stunning photos of clothes and sell them on the platform. Strike deals with interested buyers via direct message and it’s up to you whether you’ll deliver the products by yourself or through a delivery service.

Likewise, you can also sell books, gadgets, food, and other products on Facebook through the app’s “marketplace” section. If you want to sell products in a specific category, you can join Facebook groups that are specific to a market niche.

Selling through other online marketplaces are also good alternatives such as Lazada, Shopee, Carousell, BeautyMNL or Zalora.

Google Workspace (previously known as G Suite) as a virtual office

Technology allows every business owner to use mobile devices to manage their businesses virtually anywhere. Using Google’s Google Workspace (previously known as G Suite), your team can run your business in an office, a coffee shop, or at home.

With the Google Workspace (previously known as G Suite), you can write and edit your business plans and contracts, as well as manage your inventory and ledgers on any device. You can also store your important files on Google Drive. With the Drive, you can access and share your files to any account as well as save space on your devices.

Chat apps as a business hotline

With free chat tools like Facebook Messenger, Google Hangouts, WhatsApp, Viber, WeChat or Telegram, your business can create its own free hotline where customers can communicate with your business.

Allow your customers to instantly send inquiries, requests, and feedback to your business. Make sure that you can promptly respond to their messages.

Likewise, you can also use these chat apps to collaborate with your team virtually anywhere, such as Slack or Google Hangouts. If your business runs more than one branch, you can create chat groups where your employees and managers from different locations provide updates on business operations.

Tablet devices as a personal computer

Convenience and portability are important when doing business today. This is why tablet devices have become powerful business tools for on-the-go negosyante.

Add a bluetooth keyboard or stylus to your tablet device and you’ll get a personal computer that you can easily tuck in your backpack or handbag. Complement it with a 4G LTE Sim card and you can use your tablet device to call your clients.

With all these work tools on a mobile device with Internet, you have the power to boost your business’ productivity and at the same time create value for money.

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