From Janitor to Business Owner

Dream a better dream and work to make them real.

This is something that I’ve learned from my CPA friend, Karla Herrera, The Summa Cum Laude of our batch. She would always remind me to work for my dream.

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When I went to Baler last March, my goal is to learn from people that I will meet along the way. I have this eagerness to know and tell their story.

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Until I found Baler souvenir shirts, right in front of probably the best resort in Baler: Costa Pacifica.

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Being my usual self, I ask the owner Mike about his story and how did he came up with a business (that solved my problem). I was so inspired when He said that he was previously a Janitor of the said resort.

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Let’s talk about, D R E A M I N G.

I’m nothing against Janitors, they have a noble profession and I salute them. I’m just so amazed on how he was able to establish his own business at the age of 23, without a college degree and working as a Janitor.

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That’s something else.

He started selling few shirts for a very affordable amount. Then he eventually grew to 500 pcs shirt orders and now he is selling 3000 pcs shirt in just a span of 3 years in the business.

Mike shared that it was hard at first since he has no capital but then he had a vision. He saw something that no one else saw before.

A souvenir shop at the famous Baler.

Mr. Will is right after all, Capital is just a tool in the business, it is not the main thing. Click here for my interview with him

Here are my three takeaways from my Interview with Mike

1. Never be afraid to share where you came from

When success gets in your head, sometimes it’s hard for us to remember where we came from. Mike, through pointing his fingers to the resort in front of his business proudly told me,

Dati akong Janitor dyan (referring to Costa Pacifica)

2. Start Small, End Big

Never be afraid to start. It might be really hard to start but remember, you can never go to where you want to be if you remain in the same place.

As they say, the richest place in the world are in the cemetery, for in that place lies the best ideas that never happened. Don’t include yourself in that list.

3. Dream bigger

Cliche as it may seem but Mike just proved to us that Dreaming big pays off. He did not settle to where He is, He worked hard for what he wants to achieve and he eventually got it.

For those of you who would go to Baler, please support Baler souvenir shop. They offer very affordable shirts and other merchandises. Please take note that this is not a paid advertisement. Let’s support local! Yabang Pinoy!

 


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3 valuable lessons I learned from the CEO of Willy & Sons Corporation

Last April 25, 2018, I went to Bicol to deliver the string bags order of Willy & Son’s Corporation. I’m very fortunate to interview the CEO of the appliance business for 24 years now,  Mr. Will Qa.

He is a millennial CEO of the corporation and I’m very blessed to hear great lessons from him. For a young entrepreneur like me, hearing it straight from the CEO doesn’t happen everyday. In fact, it is the very reason why I established this channel, to learn and hear it straight from the owners of the company.

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Willy & Sons Calbayog branch

Allow me to share to you three valuable lessons I learned from Mr. Qa.

  1. Business isn’t all about the capital

Capital is not the prime answer to the problem of every business, it is only a tool of how can we expand it. The real thing is the efforts of individuals believing in your business – Mr. Will Qa

Having studied accounting for 5 years, I thought business is all about capital and money. That business will thrive if they have lots of it. However, I agree with what Mr. Will has shared, business is about the efforts of those people who believe in its vision.

Just like the story of Samsung, the Vice president of the company shared in public recently that Samsung Galaxy 7 hit their company big time. In fact, he did not receive his salary for 4 months and yet, the VP continued to serve the organization.

Capital is not everything. It’s a tool but it’s not the main part of the business.

2. Involve your Employees

When asked about his management secret, Mr. Qa shared this wonderful insight to me.

It is more of the involvement of the efforts of the employees in the business. The purpose of the business here is based on our collective efforts – Mr. Will Qa

The reason that I asked this question is because I am so amazed at how his employees work. They are so passionate and knows the direction of their company. They are the kind of employees who would want to serve the company for the rest of their lives and one of that is Mr. Chris Chan.

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(Photo taken at sir Wil Qa’s Facebook Account)

Meeting sir Chris was full of learning to me. He shared to me what’s the vision of their company and that he is so blessed to have a leader like Mr. Will. I can see in his eyes how happy he is working for the company and as if he is not working at all.

3. Be Humble

Although he didn’t say it to me directly, I learned this through observing Mr. Will in my interview with Him. I would like to quote him in this:

It’s not about me as a CEO but it’s about our story. It’s not the I, but the We. – Mr. Will Qa

For a millennial CEO like him, I’m amazed on how his feet remains to be grounded. He graduated economics from Bicol University and would supposedly study abroad but chose to focus on the business instead. He has heart for their employees and definitely for the next generation.

Your humility would take you to places.

Watch my full interview here:

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Rebenta PH: The future of e-commerce

Do you want to monetize everything you post on your social media account in the most fastest and legit way? If you do, please read on.

What if you could resell products even without you buying it?

What if you could get commission by just referring a particular product that you used?

And What if you were able to use your influence to have money?

Your questions all have answers. And that is Rebenta PH.

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Rebenta is the newest e-commerce platform in the Philippines. The goal of the app is to give opportunities to people who uses social media. There are more than 40 million Filipino Social Media users, but the question is, how many get money from it?

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I had the enviable task of interviewing the man behind it, sir JD, he also is the man behind The Blackmarket Marketing, the one who handles Philippines’ most famous social media accounts like Basilio, Tee radio, So lit and many more.

 

Watch this video to learn about Rebenta:

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If you still can’t understand the concept of Rebenta PH, think of it this way.

In this set up, we have three major characters. Let’s call them si Aida, si Lorna at si Fe.

To put it simply, think of the story of this three friends who have combined their efforts and skills to make something out of nothing. This is their background:

Aida is good in managing a business. She always makes sure that the buyers could receive the products on time, she provides extra service to the buyers and is the manager of the business. However, she doesn’t have the influence and the products to sell.

Lorna, on the other hand, have a capital and would like to sell its own products. She sells different products and would love to have more sales. However, she doesn’t have the influence and management skills to sell it.

Fe, the last girl in the team is the most influential of the three, people follow whatever she does. She is like the celebrity of the group.

Until one unfortunate day, Fe’s mother was diagnosed with a leukemia and she has to be treated as soon as possible. She doesn’t have anything and she has consulted her friends if what they should do and they decided to combine their efforts to save Fe’s mom.

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Aida represents the Rebenta platform. The task of Aida is to make sure that the business is doing well. She receive and remits the sales to Lorna and make sure that Fe would get her commission. She make sure that the website is working and that the products are being delivered.

Lorna represents the Merchants. The task of Lorna is to produce products and sell it through Aida and Fe’s help. Lorna’s goal is to deliver the products straight to the customers through various services provided by Aida.

Who could be Lorna? It could be any business that would want to have more sales for their business.

Fe represents the Resellers,  The task of Fe is to help Lorna sell. She would use her influence to make a sale. She doesn’t have to do anything aside from posting in the social media that she has to save her mom from Leukemia and sell products made by Lorna and that Aida would oversee the transactions.

 

Who could be Fe? Anyone who has an influence in the social media.  Perfect for this are Influencers, Sellers, OFW who needs extra income, Facebook page owners, Student Leaders and etc.

 

 

Bottom line is: This e-commerce system fits our culture of Bayanihan. If for example this  case was really true, I bet everyone would buy the products being sold by Fe. Finally, there is a worldclass e-commerce system that is Filipino made.

 

For inquiries just comment your email below or message us at Rebenta PH Facebook Page.

What I saw in Baler

I’m a bit hesitant going to Baler. I will be missing our Lifegroup and possibly Sunday Celebration. The day before the trip, I haven’t really decided of whether we will be going or not. Our team have no plans at all.

I then prayed and meditate His word. His instruction was clear: SEE MY BEAUTIFUL CREATIONS.

By creation, I thought that God is telling me that He wants me to see the beauty of baler’s nature. But God has other things in mind.

For quick background: Our team will go there to cover Bond’s fitness camp which Emgo sponsored. It was a really nice fitness camp

So going back to the topic “creations”, I was mesmerized not just by the beauty of Baler but by the people living in it. It was the creation that God has been telling me and it was just wonderful.

Imagine seeing people through God’s eyes? It is His creations, It is something that He cares and loves about. Imagine my feeling of meeting them and getting to know them?

Look at the fire in my eyes meeting locals. Knowing their stories and what can I learn from them. Don’t get me wrong, I used to meet a lot of people but this is the first time that I got see people as God’s wonderful creation.

I had a great moment with God that night. I felt undeserving and not worthy but still He loves me. In my entire lifetime, this was the first time I have experienced to look to everyone I meet as God’s art.

Starting Vlogpreneur and documenting my journey as a businessman and other people’s journey is surely not my plan. Althrough out my life, I would like to be a successful businessman and servant of God. But this journey is worth-taking.

People may not learn from me but I’m sure they could learn from the people that I’ll be meeting. The failures that they have experienced and how were they able to cope up with it. For me, that’s amazing.

Honestly, Nasa point ako ng buhay ko na kahit 3 years old iinterviewihin ko.For those people who would like to be featured in this platform, please email us @ emmanllego@gmail.com

For the readers of this blog who will be travelling to places, I have one tip: Do not just see the view in the places you go to. See people that is in it.

Because that is what I saw in Baler.