Small Business Needs Net Neutrality

I’m not passionate about a lot of things, but I’m really passionate about business – specifically small business. I’m not going to fluff this piece with too many facts. In fact, I don’t know all the details about Net Neutrality. But what I do know that to repeal Net Neutrality would be devastating for small businesses. But hey, if you want to read more about it feel free to do your own research and formulate your own opinion. Today, I’m just going to tell you a story about how the internet was practically responsible for changing my business, and therefore, helped change my life.

I read this article from titled “Net Neutrality is an Assault on Entrepreneurship.” If you want to get the gist, I highly recommend reading it for yourself. It convicted me to speak out and share how the internet has played a major role in all the businesses I own.

Since the first business I started in 2005 until this day, Internet traffic was the number 1 source of new business. No matter which industry I owned a business, my first priority was a professional and presentable website. In 2008, my family started a business called Ninong’s Pastries & Cafe. We tried all kinds of advertising: print, trade shows, word of mouth, and online. At the time, Yelp and Google listings were relatively new but I decided to create an account. Despite how much we paid for print advertising and participating in trade shows what really turned it around for us was our website and the online listings I created. The fact that all the businesses in the area had the same opportunity to be found helped us, a small family-owned-no-reputation eatery could be found on the same page as a big business restaurant with tons of locations all over the country. In time, our business doubled, tripled, and so on. Thanks to our internet traffic, more people were able to see we existed.

Tomorrow, the FCC will vote to repeal Net Neutrality. Let me tell you what I do know about this:

  • If you don’t think it will change your life in any way because you’re not a business owner think again. Your Internet provider will own you. They will decide what you see and how you experience the internet from now on, and they’ll be able to charge you an arm and a leg for internet access if they want to.
  • In an age where cellular data and internet is a huge part of our lives and how we communicate, it’s become a basic necessity in the 21st century. Imagine your world without the internet because you simply can’t afford it. That’s not progress.
  • Ok, what you’re an entrepreneur but you’re not into politics? This isn’t just about politics, this is about your business’s future. If you have a competitor in your industry that is a big business, imagine a World Wide Web where you have to pay your internet service provider a premium for your website to even load. With the larger budgets of a big business vs. the non-existent budget of small business, small businesses will lose almost every time. 😪

We have 1 more day to make our voices heard, sign a petition to save Net Neutrality, go to the protest in DC, write and make calls to Congress, or use John Oliver’s which takes you directly to the FCC’s public comments area.

As citizens, we need to be worried about this. Not just entrepreneurs but everyone. We have the most to lose in this situation.


Goal Setting Series – Using Evernote and Todoist

Welcome to my 3rd and final post in my Goal Setting Series. I’m so glad that I was able to share this with you! It’s not only giving me an opportunity to put my thoughts somewhere but I’m really hoping that my thought process and workflow will help someone out there.

I was originally going to write a lengthy post about how I’m going to make a few tweaks on how I plan to use Evernote and Todoist, but I decided that instead I would doing a YouTube video about it. I think sometimes it’s just easier to walk through it and for you to visually see it than for me to take a bunch of screen shots and type it all out.

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I really hope this is useful for you! I’m always trying to up my productivity game so if you have any tips for me please do share in the comments!


Goal Setting Series – My Goals for 2018

2018 is right around the corner, I feel like time is flying by so quickly! Though I want to take advantage of every day and moment I have left this year, I’m really excited to start the new year.

Now that I’ve figured what I want for myself next year, it’s time to set some goals to accomplish. The objective is to cast a wide net in the beginning, then break the goals down into smaller steps. But before I get ahead of myself let’s talk about our goals for the year shall we? Be prepared, I always set out to accomplish a lot in 1 year. 😀

  • Ninongs
    • Have success at new location
    • Do more pop up events
    • Do more catering
    • Wholesale pastries and barako coffee
    • Improve offers and menu consistently
  • CO Creative Cartel
    • Rebrand and refocus
    • Create a regular blogging schedule
    • Create podcasts regularly
    • Create YouTube videos regularly
    • Create a product or service useful for my audience
    • Increase views on all platforms by 10%
  • Real Estate
    • Double amount of listings from last year
    • Increase overall business by 30%
    • Utilize social media to attract new business
    • Consistently keep in contact with my mom’s clients
    • Challenge myself to create conversations about real estate with more people
  • Good Bad Foodie
    • Create a consistent posting schedule
    • Plan more content in advance
    • Increase viewership by 30%
    • Create value on all social media platforms
  • Personal
    • Complete 3 home improvement projects
    • Travel at least 2x this year
    • Take my faith to the next level
    • Gain more self confidence
    • Cultivate more friendships

I set out goals to accomplish in each business I run as well as personal goals. Once I figure out what I want to accomplish in 12 months I break it down to monthly benchmark goals, weekly focuses, and daily tasks. Til the next planning session!