Having a day job can be challenging for many of us, but having to run a business at the same time may be even more so. However, some people find a way to make it work. Being able to balance your professional life by making extra money from something you are passionate about isn’t just about nailing down the art of work-life (or in this case, work-side-hustle-life balance) down to a T. It takes a certain level of grit, hard work, and a drive to see things through to the finish.

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If you’ve ever played around with the idea of starting your own side-hustle without quitting your day job, take it from these Pinays.

Heidi Franco, Logistics Manager/Baker, Eat Me Cookies by H.

Female Network: Hi, Heidi! Tell us about your day job.

Heidi Franco: I’m a logistics manager for an ad agency. That means I execute event plans, oversee rentals, and fabrication as well.

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FN: What is your current side-hustle?

HF: I’m a baker! I bake cookies, cupcakes, and cakes. I’m a fan of Mom’s Cake, our current bestseller, which is a classic carrot cake with cream cheese frosting.

FN: How much was your initial capital for starting your business?

HF: Approximately P15,000. I was fortunate my oven was a gift, but it was worth P5,000. I spent another P5,000 on an electric mixer, and P3,000 for various utensils as well as the first batch of ingredients!

FN: How do you balance your day job commitments with your side-hustle?

HF: Logistics is still very much involved. I just set the customers’ expectations for the lead time it takes to bake their orders. I usually bake after I get home from work and sometimes on the weekends.

FN: Any words of advice you can share with aspiring entrepreneurs?

HF: If you really want it, you can make it work.

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Anna Vecin, Stylist/Business Owner, Las Aves and Bi.Local

FN: Hi, Anna! Tell us about your day job.

Anna Vecin: I currently work as a stylist/buyer for an American clothing and accessories subscription service.

FN: What is your current side-hustle?

AV: I have been running a small accessories brand, Las Aves, since 2014. I have also been helping run Bi.Local, designing and producing products using local weaves by artisans in the Northern Philippines, since 2018.

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FN: How much was your initial capital for starting your business?

AV: Approximately P10,000.

FN: How do you balance your day job commitments with your side-hustle?

AV: I’m very fortunate to work from home, and that a lot of my daily functions in my two businesses can be done online. This gives me ample room to create a schedule (along with my business partners) that allows me to accomplish my tasks and responsibilities. I’d say time management and open communication between me, my business partners, suppliers, and clients are key to achieving that balance.

FN: Any words of advice you can share with aspiring entrepreneurs?

AV: Make the most of the freedom online communications affords you, a lot can be accomplished with messaging tools and online delivery! Also, if you work with partners, don’t be afraid to ask for help when you’re overwhelmed, but also be adaptable to switching roles. Juggling a day job and side ventures can be confusing at times, but a positive outlook and a willingness to find flexible solutions will often clear the path to success!

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Jasmine Mediola, PR and Communications Manager/Managing Partner, Quento Barber Coffee Laundry

FN: Hi, Jasmine! Tell us about your day job.

Jasmine Mediola: I’m a PR and communications manager for a cosmetics company.

FN: What is your current side-hustle?

JM: I’m one of the Managing Partners of Quento Barber Coffee Laundry.

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FN: How do you balance your day job commitments with your side-hustle?

JM: I was a freelancer for 15 years before I decided to commit to a day job. Freelancing was something both my husband and I did before we met. As our family grew, while we enjoyed the creative freedom and time on our hands for executing ideas, we realized that we had to secure our future in a more tangible way, as well as stabilize our regular cash flow. It was clear that as I took on a more proactive role with a company, I had to step back from hands-on operations and delegate day-to-day management to my husband, our partners, and staff. To rightfully commit 100% of my productivity to my employer, anything I had to personally do for the business is done entirely during my personal time, such as evenings or weekends.

FN: Any words of advice you can share with aspiring entrepreneurs?

JM: If anybody ever feels like dipping their toes in having a day job and a business, here’s what I think:

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  • For as long as you’re ready to take on more work, your commitment should be 100% for both.
  • There is full transparency with your employer and business partners.
  • You set clear boundaries or expectations on your time and energy between work, business, and yourself, most importantly, trust the people you choose to do business with.

Fatima Potenciano, Senior Content Strategist/Co-owner, Nawa

FN: Hi, Fatima! Tell us about your day job.

Fatima Potenciano: I’m a senior content strategist at a publishing house. I basically come up with ways for potential advertisers to advertise with our digital magazine titles, and it’s my job to come up with ideas to make the ads more creative, relevant, and engaging.

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FN: What is your current side-hustle?

FP: I co-own a social enterprise with my friend Jopie Sanchez called Nawa. We sell brass jewelry hand-crafted by brass casters from the T’Boli tribe in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato. Every piece of jewelry we sell, a portion of the profits goes back to the community via our partner NGO, the Lake Sebu School of Living Traditions.

FN: How much was your initial capital for starting your business?

FP: My partner and I spent P10,000 to start Nawa.

FN: How do you balance your day job commitments with your side-hustle?

FP: It all boils down to time management, which I admittedly haven’t mastered yet. Luckily, my responsibilities can mostly be done online, so I don’t have a problem talking to clients or updating our forms when I need to.

FN: Any words of advice you can share with aspiring entrepreneurs?

FP: Hard work and kindness will get you far in life. Trust me.

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