Monday, October 10, 2016

5 THINGS I LEARNED FROM THE MUSTARD SEED BLOG

Admittedly, I am not a techie person.  But because my husband and my kids are, I try to gather as much info as I can to keep up with them.  I also value whatever digital information I can grasp, especially that I am seriously thinking of going into an online business.    Good thing, Mustard Seed Systems Corporation, extended their invitation to someone like me  :)



Mustard Seed Systems Corporation started its operations in September 1999.  The company was set up mainly to distribute and sell off-the-shelf accounting and POS software in the Philippines.  GIven its inherent advantage of lower cost plus fast and easy implementation as compared to customized systems, off-the-shelf accounting software became very popular among SMEs in the Philippines, thus helping Mustard Seed grow its install base to approximately 16,000 corporations today.


People from company jokingly said during the event "we are the 7-11 of everything you need in the office business.  From furniture, supplies to software and apps."  On its 16th year, Mustard Seed aims to be a one-stop-shop for business solutions catering to the various aspects of business operations.  These key areas include: Enterprise Solutions, SMEs Solutions, Education Technology Solutions, Fire Safety and Security Solutions, HR Management Solutions, IP Solutions, IT and Services, Retail Solutions and OFfice Design and Fit-Out Solutions. 





In the 4th quarter of 2016, Mustard Seed Systems Corp. will be moving to its new home at #47 ML Building Kamias Road, Brgy. Pinahan QC.

For more info http://mseedsystems.com/



But these are the 5 THINGS I LEARNED from the event that Mustard Seed Systems Corp. organized:


1.  VISUAL IS EVERYTHING!  - Ms. Chay Lazaro of www.gadgetmatch.com taught us that digital quality of your visuals is very important, especially for bloggers like me.  The quality of the pictures we post on IG, or in our website matters to our audience.  She also reiterated that gadgetmatch's audience in FB, IG, Twitter and the website are very different from each other, so they produce content for all of them.  They just don't repost whatever is present on one social media platform.  Makes sense  :)  




2. ACER TRAVELMATE FOR MY HIGHSCHOOLERS - my eldest will be a senior high student next year, and my youngest will be in grade 10.  School projects, reports, researches, powerpoint presentations are becoming tedious tasks.  I NEED a laptop that will answer these needs, as well as value for money without sacrificing quality and technology.  I am seriously considering the  ACER TRAVELMATE B117.  

Tough and sturdy, very ideal for students who commute, or simply energetic and always on the go.  This laptop is protected from bumps and drops with strong rubber strip, while the keyboards are resistant to accidental spills.  The hinges are designed to withstand up to 25,000 lid openings, really sturdy. The design allows the 11.6 inch display to lay flat, up to 180°, for group viewing. 

read my ACER post here




3. ACCOUNTING MADE EASY BY QUICKBOOKS - Being a freelance writer all my life, and considered in the taxation scheme of the Philippines, as a “professional”, I was asked by my past employer, ABS-CBN to take care of all my tax computations.  Unlike “regular employees”, whose tax computations are taken cared of the company and all they have to do is sign their tax forms and submit.  I literally studied, painstakingly, how to compute my own taxes... from collating my own receipts, maintaining a ledger, and memorizing all the tax deadlines all year long.  Whew!  But I survived for 20+ years.  But I know it will be quite complicated if you are a small-and-medium enterprise, with employees under your supervision.  A big thank you to technology – because “accounting” is made easier and less complicated – through INTUIT QUICKBOOKS ONLINE.


With INTUIT QUICKBOOKS ONLINE, you can track payments, revenue, accounts payable, and invoicing. It is a Cloud accounting solution that’s secure, accessible and easy to share with an accountant.  Built for mobility, you can access your account on your laptop or mobile phones, anywhere. 

read my Quickbooks Online article here




4.  DEPED and NCOMPUTING PARTNERSHIP FOR BETTER EDUCATION - Education is very important, especially for mothers like me.  Its good to know that the Department of Education targets to put up e-classroom in public schools nationwide.  Of course, this will entail a large budget to accomplish.  What if there is one solution, that could facilitate modernization of the learning environment nationwide, at a lesser cost.  This has been achieved, when DepEd partnered with NComputing Inc.

read more about NCOMPUTING here



5. BROWNOUTS CAN BE SOLVED - When category 5 typhoon Lawin hit Tuguegarao City, where most of my husband's relatives live... I thought of EPS, that produces electricity during brownouts and blackouts. Relatives told us that electricity will resume 1.5 months after... and with Christmas just around the corner... EPS is the perfect product for them.  If only I can send one to Tuguegarao ASAP....

EPS features include the following:  battery powered, noiseless, pure sinewave output, auto changeover, multi-function LCD readout and manual switch.




It was haf a day well pent with fellow bloggers.  Looking forward to more blogging events with Mustard Seed  Systems Corporation.