Versatile Fashion with a Heart from Aurelia & Amelia

It takes a certain type of personality to be able to start your own business and make it fly. From the minute I got to know this lady, I knew that she was a go-getter! I felt that she was someone who would make things happen. We met in a coffee shop and immediately and excitedly told me about versatile fashion. I loved the passion and the enthusiasm. Lo and behold, after a month, Katrina Manalo is now launching her own social enterprise business called Aurelia & Amelia.

Aurelia & Amelia is a social enterprise and a social-selling organization based in the Philippines that focuses on promoting versatile fashion while enabling Filipino women earn additional income, do something they love and contribute to social-change.

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This was the first time I hear about versatile fashion. I am one who dresses up simply (a shirt paired with jeans does it for me). It’s very difficult for me to spruce up outfits like these. Seeing the different products of A&A made me believe that I, too, can be a fashionista!

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*Image from Aurelia & Amelia

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*Image from Aurelia & Amelia

What I love about Aurelia & Amelia’s products is that there are a lot of details that Kat really thought about, which is present. And example are the little charms that symbolize these four seals. If the product represents some of these seals, the buyer will see charms representing the seals in the piece that she bought. The four seals are Eco-Friendly, Socially Responsible, Shop with a Heart and Made in the Philippines.

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Another thing that Aurelia & Amelia stands for, other than just versatile fashion, is versatile fashion with a heart. For every purchase of the product, a portion of it goes to the daily expenses and allowance of  a child under Project Pearl’s care. Project Pearl is a non-profit foundation that cares for abandoned children.

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This is the perfect gift for your mother, sister, tita, etc. These are fashion pieces that they can wear everyday. By giving them a piece from Aurelia & Amelia, you are also helping build a brighter future for a child.

Come and join me attend the launch of Aurelia & Amelia at BGC this coming Saturday. If you have the time, please sign up now www.aureliaamelia.com/invitation-for-launch/ See you there!

Christmas Gift Ideas for Family and Friends from Katsa Co.

Since Christmas is fast approaching, I know that you are all busy looking for gifts to give your loved ones. I shared with you my Christmas gift ideas for your mompreneur friends in this link: http://bit.ly/snrChristmasMompreneur. I will be sharing more Christmas Gift Ideas these coming days. For today, I feel so giddy sharing this product with you, since this brand was co-created and built by one of my good friends and event directors in Manila Workshops, Donna. She and her friend created Katsa Co., which I will tell you more about in this post.

Donna, one of the Co-Founders of Katsa Co. with son, Kib

Donna, one of the Co-Founders of Katsa Co. with son, Kib

I haven’t told Donna this, but I really admire her. She is a superwoman! She is a single mom, homeschooling mom, a work-from-home mom, a supportive mom to her busy 10 year old son who gets a lot of tv/print commercial gigs, a mom blogger, and now a budding entrepmom. She like travelling and shopping. She loves eating, but doesn’t like cooking (haha!).

Donna was a banker and a licensed teacher by profession. She started venturing into this business very recently (October 2106), which was co-founded with a friend. She met her friend and was her best friend during graduate school. “We complement each other,” Donna adds. They always get along and are patient with each other. “When one tends to be in a bad mood, the other one gives way. haha!”

They have always thought of starting a business, but what kept them from starting was because of the distance of their homes. Late last year, they decided to get serious and thought of Katsa Co. as their initial venture, being both kikays and who love bags. Her goal as a mom is to inspire other moms that you can homeschool and be a mompreneur at the same time through her blog and instagram posts.

When asked about other goals, she hilariously uttered, “Gusto ko magkaron pa din ng lovelife, haha! (I want to have a lovelife!).” But her main goal is really to raise her son to be a fine young man and to prepare for their future. This is the reason why she has several jobs. “Some of my friends say that they cannot do the things that I can do, because I juggle work, business, parenting, and home management. I just tell them, “mahirap talagang kumita ng pera.. haha! (Earning money is hard!).

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Ginger: What is your Startup/brand/business? What is it about? How long have you been in business?

Donna: Our business name is Katsa Co. We thought of that name, because we wanted something that is catchy and easy to remember. Our bags and pouches are basically made of katsa, so having it as our business name is something that people can easily recall. We are into selling personalized bags and pouches. We ask our customers how they want their bags to be and what kind of print should be on the bags/pouches. We have our own line of bags, but we are also open to different customizations. As long as it is made of katsa, we can do it. We just started last October 2016.

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Ginger: Who is your target market? Why did you choose this market? Can you give us the insight behind this market?

Donna: We would love to tap everyone who is looking for something to use for their own or someone who would love to showcase their kids’ artwork or maybe someone who is looking for gift ideas or Christmas gift ideas (since it’s almost Christmas). We will serve every one who would love personalized bags and pouches! Our bags and pouches can also be used by men, too! My friend and I love ‘owning’ things so we thought of opening this idea to other people, too.

Ginger: How did you come up with this idea? What made you decide to start this kind of business?

Donna: My friend and I have already been thinking of a business that we can both work together despite of our proximity, and opening an online business is the most workable for both of us. We’ve thought of also buying a franchise, but the place to put the business is really a big challenge for both of us. It’ll be very difficult for us to physically manage a traditional business because aside from being business partners, we’re also mothers. We also need to find time for our kids.

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Ginger: Were there any obstacles that you faced when you decided to pursue becoming an Entrepreneur? What are these?

Donna: Choosing the right business, because we wanted to put up a business that we both like. Another one is the challenge of dividing the task. Proximity is a challenge for us so we need to really plan our strategy for us to make the business work. We need to put more time on this business so that It’ll prosper.

Ginger: What are the greatest challenges in putting up and maintaining a business in your country?

Donna: Our business is fairly new, and we are still finding the right ‘formula’ so that we will be able to last in the business. Online business is really a tough industry to be in, because there are thousands of online businesses out there. We need to really market the business double time and deliver in a timely fashion to our customers. We make sure that we answer all their inquiries on time.

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Ginger: What are three traits that you think an Entrepreneur/Startup Founder should have when starting their own business?

Donna: A start-up entrepreneur must put up a business that they think that they would love, and not just for the sake of earning. A start-up entrepreneur must be flexible to their customer’s needs. Like in our case, even if we have our own line of products, we also do welcome customizations and we really try to meet our customers’ needs. A start-up entrepreneur must be willing to learn. Just like what I’ve learned from the business talks that I’ve attended in the past, innovation is the key to last in the industry. Learning never stops.

Ginger: Any unforgettable moments or lessons that you learned as an Entrepreneur/Startup Founder?

Donna: My friend and I always have arguments, hahaha. But towards the end of the day, we’re still friends. Respect each other’s opinion and always consult each other for decisions.

Ginger: What advice can you give to other Entrepreneurs?

Donna: You don’t need to have a big capital to start a business! Start small, and from there, make your business grow ☺ Work on your capacity too, don’t get too excited whenever there are inquiries, just take it lightly. Learn to say no. Pray. Pray to the Lord for the right business opportunity for you, for sure there’s a tailor-fit business for you.

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Ginger: Do you believe that everyone should become entrepreneurs?

Donna: While being an entrepreneur is one way to achieve financial goals, I guess that being an entrepreneur also needs a lot of preparation and experience. While some can be entrepreneurs at young age, some people need a lot of learning and encouragement to be one. But then, the bottomline is do not be afraid to take risks. The risk that you would take depends on how much failure are you also willing to accept.

Ginger: What are ways that you can do to raise capital?

Donna: Save a portion of your regular pay by tagging it as business fund. Have a small home business like selling ice candy or ice or fishballs. If you are bolder, apply for a bank loan. Borrow money from family members (I say family members because family can be leaner on payment terms, hihi). Cut on luxury expenses.

Ginger: How do you market your products? Growth strategy?

Donna: Since it is an online business, sharing the website to several groups is a good way to make the people aware of the brand. I blogged about my business, haha. Asking friends to spread the love about the business. Keeping the site alive by posting a lot of updates.

Ginger: What are tech tools that you use for your business?
Donna: Our online shop is on Facebook and Instagram for now. Hopefully, we would evolve in the future by having our own e-commerce site.

Ginger: Thank you, Donna, for your time! For those who are looking for gifts to give out this holiday season, do check out these Christmas gift ideas from Katsa co.

Contact information:
Website: https://www.facebook.com/katsacoph/
Email address: katsacoph@gmail.com
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/katsacoph/
Instagram account: https://www.instagram.com/katsa_co/

P.S. This post is dedicated to Alex, the daughter of Donna’s Co-Founder Rowena, who passed away yesterday 🙁

 

Product Development with Young Entrepreneurs behind Tidy Heidy

I’m always blown away when I get to meet young entrepreneurs. It reminds me that creating a business and having that passion for solving daily problems that people face may come from anyone of any age! It’s no wonder that these three lovely ladies created their own brand of instant stain remover. Young entrepreneurs Page, Alyssa and Pebbles will teach us more about Product Development and how they came up with Tidy Heidy!

Tidy Heidy Instant Stain Remover is an on-the-go solution for your everyday food, beverage, and condiment stains on fabrics. What these young entrepreneurs did is that they really understood what the market needed and created a product that specifically addresses what their customers needed. Their initial market are moms with kids who stain their clothes with food, drinks, etc. This market needed it to be non-toxic.

Tidy Heidy uses milder chemicals that is safe to use around kids, plus it can be used on most everyday kinds of fabric like cotton, polyester, dry-fit, etc. It’s also color safe (won’t fade the color of the fabric). Tidy Heidy is also vey handy and portable. It’s in a 19 mL bottle so you can bring it in your bag or your pocket

I asked them about product development and they mentioned that they didn’t get it the first time around. Even if they wanted to remove all sorts of stains, they knew that they needed to focus on the kinds of stains that were most common, which were food and beverage stains Tidy Heidy can remove stains such as coffee, red wine, soy sauce, gravy, tomato ketchup and fruit stains.

To use the product, all you need to do is blot the excess stain, drop the product onto the stain and wipe it away with tissue. It works best with a piece of tissue paper underneath the stained area to catch the stain and to absorb the excess moisture. You can repeat the steps stated above if necessary, until no stain is left.

This locally made product has a shelf life is a year from manufacturing date. Tidy Heidy is sold at a selling price of Php 115. If you want a 5% DISCOUNT, please use the CODE: GINGERxTIDYHEIDY. This is nice Christmas Gift for your co-workers, friends and family members.

To purchase the product, just go to their facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/TidyHeidy/?fref=ts) and click on shop now or click on this link: http://bit.ly/mgxtidyheidy

For more information on the product, you can email them at tidyheidyinc@gmail.com.

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Online Software for Developers: Samebug’s Renata Irsai from Hungary Shares her Story

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From one of the largest cities in the European Union, Budapest (in Hungary), a very admirable lady named Renáta Tamási-Irsai runs a technology company. She is one of the women in power that I have met during my short visit to Israel. She is the CEO of Samebug, a technology company.

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Renata founded Samebug with her husband who she married 10 years ago. She is a mother of three young children. “I am raising a child who is different than other people, through this I develop an understanding of what it means not fitting in to society. Using this experience I am able to listen and help other mothers who are in the same situation,” Renata added.

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Renata also mentions that her Christian faith plays an important role in her life.

She is a very organized person and she love things to be in order in every aspect of her life. She’s a member of the Budapest Toastmaster Club: http://toastmasters.hu/. She is also very passionate about cooking. She loves inviting people either to cook together or eat what they have cooked. In fact, cooking is another shared interest with her husband. “I am an introvert, but if you know me deep and long enough, you would not tell. Reading is my favorite activity when I want be alone,” Renata says. “My goal in life is to get to know the purpose of my life and become the person who I was created to be.”

My interview with Start-up Founder, Renáta Tamási-Irsai, CEO of Samebug

Ginger: Hi Reni! Can you share with my readers what your start-up is about?

Renata: Samebug is an online software startup company that builds a platform to help developers to find solutions to software problems. Simply take a stack trace from a crash, plug it into Samebug (either via a browser or plugin to IntelliJ IDEA or Android Studio) and it will search across over 800,000 (and growing) solutions to determine if the problem causing the crash has been solved by another engineer or not. If it has, Samebug will present the solution, if the problem has not been solved, Samebug will connect you with experts who can help. Founded in 2015, Samebug is headquartered in Budapest, Hungary and owned by a Delaware Corp, Samebug, Inc. The three co-founders are full-time employed, two of them are computer scientists, the CEO has a MBA degree in Finance.

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Ginger: Your product is a bit technical. I was wondering who your target market is for your product/services?

Renata: 18.5 million developers all over the globe. Our software is a developer tool, the market is given. The technical founders who are developers are solving their own problem. Developers are spoiled all of over the world – they are in high demand as every company is becoming more and more digital. Good developers are expensive and rare. They are used to use development tools free, so it is hard to get them to pay for any tool.

Also in our market the user and the customer is two different person, and you have to find the ways to make both of them happy at the same time.

Ginger: Excellent! So how did you and your husband come up with this idea? What made you decide to start this kind of business?

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Renata: My husband, Árpád has been a developer for 25 years and an entrepreneur for 10 years, developing tailor-made softwares to a financial company. 3 years ago, when the business was struggling and he got his Master degree, we both felt that we need to change what we are doing. Samebug was one of the option out of the three we evaluated, things pointed towards Samebug and we took plunge, jumped and has been doing it for 3 years.

Ginger: Were there any obstacles that you faced when you decided to pursue becoming an Entrepreneur? What are these?

Renata: Lack of knowledge of startup world, funding.

Ginger: Yes, I have to agree. This is what we went through as well. How about anything specific to your country? What are the greatest challenges in putting up and maintaining a business in your country?

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Funding. Lack of understanding of the startup world, building a global company and lack of trust. Most of our family and friends do not understand what we are doing, what we are live on and why is it exciting.

Ginger: What are three traits that you think an Entrepreneur/Start-up founder should have when starting their own business?

Renata: Risk taking, commitment and willingness to be different and work hard.

Ginger: Do you have any unforgettable moments or lessons that you learned as an Entrepreneur/Startup Founder?

Renata: I rather let go of what I have worked for and sacrificed a lot rather than doing a bad deal or make compromises on my values.

Ginger: Oh, that’s great! I just read an article yesterday of one company that was looking to hire a CEO that would die working or would rather spend time working than spend time with his family, and I just thought it was so sad. So, what advice can you give to other Entrepreneurs?

Renata: Act as you don’t have Plan B, but have a Plan B to act on it when it is necessary. Be honest and transparent and stick to your values (if they are good) I also don’t believe tha everyone should be entrepreneurs. I believe there are many things that has to play in harmony for someone to be willing to take the risk.

Ginger: What are ways that you can do to raise capital?

Renata: Angel investors abroad and when the product gets to that stage later stage investors in abroad. There is very little chance to raise it in Hungary. The culture of building a global company is almost non-existent. We can provide services and from the money we can fund our startup.

Ginger: What is your growth strategy?

Renata: We are Software-as-a-Service company, selling online and later on targeting major enterprise corporations.

Ginger: Just to give others an ideay, what are tech tools that you use for your business?

Renata: Evernote, Slack, Jira, Skype, Google Docs, Balsamiq Mockup, Sketch

Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us today, Renata. Again, it was great having one of the women in power from Hungary join us today! 🙂

If you want to know more about SameBug, here are the details:
Website: https://samebug.io
Email address: renata.tamasi@samebug.io
Mobile Number: +36 70 381 9619
Twitter account: @samebug

Hire Outsource Service Providers with Anytimes! (Interview with founder, Chika Tsunoda from Japan)

It’s Thursday! It’s another wonderful day to share insights and tips from founders and entrepreneurs from all over the globe. Today, we will talk to the CEO of Anytimes, a platform to hire outsource work from people who are in the neighborhood.

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Going to conferences and networking events is always a motivating and empowering experience for me. You get to meet women in power who manage businesses and who are influencers in the space that they are in! One of the women in power that I met during the DLD Festival in Israel and a women delegate for StartTelaviv was Chika Tsunoda (From Japan). She is the CEO of Anytimes.

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Chika graduated from Keio University, Faculty of Law in 2008. After graduation, she joined Nomura securities for their sales team. She worked for Cyber Agent Inc. after. In that company, she was a PR planner. In 2013, she founded Anytimes Inc., and launched a skill share service platform in Japan where you can hire outsource service providers called “ANYTIMES”. She is currently a director of the “Sharing Economy Association Japan” and auditor of “Adventure Inc.”.

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I had fun talking to Chika. Mind you! We didn’t talk about work all the time. This lovely lady also loves road bikes, dancing, yoga, climbing, diving, flower arrangement (IKEBANA) and other fun stuff! We also talked about love and relationships (but I am obviously not going to share our “girl talk” details here.. haha!).

But, let me share what I learned from Chika about her business!

Ginger: What is your Startup/brand/business? What is it about? How long have you been in business?

Chika: We provide a platform service called “ANYTIMES” which connect people who need help or those who are looking to hire outsource service providers to those who want to work in their neighborhood. Jobs and tasks include everyday household chores, pet care, assembling furniture, language lessons, and so on.

Ginger: Who is your target market? Why did you choose this market? Can you give us the insight behind this market?

Chika: In Japan, the total number of elderly/single/double income households reached 25million and government estimates continuous growth due to the aging population. This number also shows the growing demand for support services such as house cleaning, baby/dog sitting, any kinds of helps. People will look to hire outsource help more frequently. The demand for daily errands is increasing recently and this data shows the current market size is almost USD 60 Billion in Japan. Anytimes would like to grasp market share in the each field by providing a new skilled share platform We have confidence to achieve 5% market share initially.

Also, we are able to impose significant impacts on Japanese labor market by providing the platform. We estimate our platform can supply USD 9.6 Billion market value to the labor market if 5 Million users use Anytimes for 96 hours a year with USD20/hour. Given the tight labor market in Japan, the potential supply growth has meaningful impacts on Japanese economy.

 

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Women Founders, Chika of Anytimes and Ginger of Taxumo, talking about how life, business, love, yoga, exercise, LDRs, etc!

Ginger: How did you come up with this idea? What made you decide to start this kind of business?

Chika: I believe people should have options of how to work going forward. Working from 9-6 in the office every day is an old idea. We should be able to work anytime and anywhere and important factor is to maximize individuals skills and time. I am confident that Anytimes can impose positive impacts on economy, community, and peoples happiness by providing the limitless opportunities. In the future, I would like to penetrate this idea globally and that’s my final goal as an entrepreneur.

Ginger: That’s such a noble mission, Chika. What are the greatest challenges in putting up and maintaining a business in your country?

Chika: I would say that it would really be government regulation.

Ginger: What do you think are three traits that a Startup Founder should have?

Chika: They should be flexible, humble and faithful.

Ginger: Not all of my readers are familiar with this topic. For Anytimes, how do you raise money or what are ways that you can do to raise capital?

Chika: There are Venture Capitals, Companies and Angel investors that startups can approach.

Ginger: How do you market your products? Growth strategy?

Chika: We have a three year mid-term plan until CY 2019. We are targeting 10 Million users, which is 10 times our target for CY2017, and USD 60 Million transaction values (tenfold increase from our CY2017 target). In order to achieve this plan, we will focus on online and offline growth strategies.

For online marketing, we will mainly invest in SNS and listing advertisement in order to grow our users. We will focus our offline strategy on building alliance with government, connecting with local communities, and corporations. These will all build brand recognition. We have successfully reached an alliance with local governments and some corporations, such as Airbnb.

Ginger: What are tech tools that you use for your business?

Chika: We use Github, Google Cloud platform, Slack, Waffle, Zendesk and Mailchimp.

Ginger: Thank you so much, Chika, for your time! So there you have it! These are insights for a woman in power who is the CEO of a Start-up company who let’s your hire outsource service providers within your neighborhood in Japan! Read more interesting stories every Thursday for my BE INSPIRED blog series!

 

More information about ANYTIMES!

Website: https://www.any-times.com/en/
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/anytimes.co.jp/
Twitter account: anytimes_info
Instagram account: anytimesjp

Businesses for Couples to Start: An Interview with Jeff & Ingrid of Stationer Extraordinaire

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I met up with a couple who wanted to to share with me what their business was. It was perfect! I get a lot of inquiries about what types of businesses for couples to start that can give them financial success and happiness (awww…). I was truly inspired by this couple that I met. They made me thing about making my interviews with new businesses as regular as possible. I dub Thursdays to be the BE INSPIRED DAY! haha!

Every Thursday (hopefully), I plan to continue the tradition of interviewing startups and small businesses all around the globe! Yes, I definitely said ALL AROUND THE WORLD! I will interview single people, who found it challenging to uproot themselves from their current mindset. These people launched a successful business. We will learn from married couples who have amazing tips on businesses for couples to start. I will meet and interview tech start-up founders. Interviewing these tech-y peeps is so cool. Every Thursday will be such a happy and inspiring day!

So going back, today’s topic is a classic example of one of the businesses for couples to start. Jeff and Ingrid have been married for 10 years. They decided to put up a retail business called Stationer Extraordinaire. With only a few months into it, this lovely and cute couple share their experience as a couple in running a business together — a business that is in its early stages.

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Jeff and Ingrid of Stationer Extraordinaire

Check out this interview with Jeff and Ingrid if you are interested in getting into a retail business or to know what happens when couples go into business together. By the way, this interview is a part of the Pay it Forward Facebook Live sessions brought to you by Payoneer Philippines and the Work in Freedom community. We, at the work in Freedom community, will be doing this on a monthly basis!

Sharing this video interview which I uploaded on GTV (wooohooo! It’s alive again!).

It was one of the most fun interviews I had. We really had a great time laughing and sharing thoughts! Hope you learned a lot! Share with us what new insights or realizations you had after watching this video. Feel free to comment on the video in Youtube!

For more information about Yumi Journals and Kaweco Fountain Pens:

Website: https://www.stationerextraordinaire.com/

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Interview with Entrepreneur Cheryl Serafico of Cheri Handicrafts

I haven’t personally met Cheryl, the entrepreneur behind Cheri Handicrafts, but I wanted to share with you my interview with her. She is one of those entrepreneurs whom you know will inspire a lot of people, because she just speaks from the heart. When the heart talks, it’s different — it just hits you and inspires you.

About Cheryl

Cheryl is a mother of two little angels and a wife to husband Carlo whom she met in high school. “My inspiration for my crafts is my eldest Child (Czy) who is hearing impaired. We discovered it when she was 3. Akala namin huli na ang lahat para sa kanya (We thought that we couldn’t do anything about it). During the first year after we discovered her condition, we were always thinking of the challenges and trials that she will have to encounter. But from that experience, we trusted God more and realized that you just need to accept what He has given to you.”

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Cheryl started making scrap materials into beautiful, useful things in high school. “In 2010, when I gave birth to Czy, I also started planning for her christening and 1st Birthday. I started creating handmade cupcake towels as souvenir to lessen the expenses since my husband was the only one who was working at that time. I posted it online and that was the start of my small business, but at that time, we it wasn’t something that I would do constantly.”

In January 2012, Cheryl and Carlo decided to get married. When they both searched for suppliers, the lack of funds drew them to consider creating some items by themselves for their wedding. Cheryl read from a forum that handmade bouquets are easy to do, so she started creating her entourage flowers out of felt fabric. After finishing it, she posted it on Facebook and a friend of hers ask if she could make her Bridal and Entourage flowers, too. Without any hesitation, Cheryl said yes, and she was her first customer. The rest was history.

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The interview with Entrepreneur Cheryl of Chery Handicrafts

Ginger: What is your brand/business?
Cheryl: Cheri Handicrafts offers fabric bouquets, wedding accessories and event styling. We started making handmade products since Nov. 2010, while we started making handmade flowers in 2012. We use different types of fabric materials like felt fabric, satin, chiffon, lace, brooch, paper, clay, rubber and wood.

Ginger: Who is your market? Why did you choose this market?
Cheryl: Our market are those who are Newly-Engaged and clients who want to style their events based on a particular chosen theme. Since the time we started this business during our own wedding preparation, we just kept at it and continued doing the business. We really think God lead us to this field.

Ginger: How did you come up with this idea? What made you decide to start this kind of business?
Cheryl: Since I am a crafter by heart, I want to show to other crafters that we can also build a good business out of crafting. Sa panahon ngayon specially homebased-moms hirap maghanap ng extra income to fulfill the needs of the family. Parang ang laking factor ng merong pinagkakaabalahan tayong mom’s while taking care of our children.

Ginger: Were there any obstacles that you faced when you decided to pursue becoming an Entrepreneur? What are these?
Cheryl: Yes. Nung mas pinili kong maging fulltime mom and crafter kesa maging isang empleyado. It was really hard at first pero God lead me to the right path.

Ginger: What are three traits that you think an Entrepreneur should have when starting their own business?
Cheryl: Patience, love your passion and don’t stop learning.

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Ginger: Unforgettable moments or lessons that you learned as an Entrepreneur
Cheryl: Well, one thing I learned from being an Entrepreneur is to build good relationships with all your clients. If they feel important and genuinely cared for, they will refer you to other people.

Ginger: What advice can you give to other Entrepreneurs?
Cheryl: Use the skills and the talent that God has given you. Be patient. Learn from all your mistakes; these are the things that will help succeed.

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Ginger: Do you believe that everyone should become entrepreneurs?
Cheryl: Yes. Strongly agree.

Ginger: How do you market your products?
Cheryl: I promote through my Facebook page. I also offer budget package and freebies to confirmed clients. I post photos of my finish products everyday so that people will see that i’m hands-on.

Ginger: Thank you Cheryl for agreeing to be interviewed! I wish you all the best. I know one of your dreams is to have your own workshop. Don’t worry, Cheryl! Fate must have brought us together! Cheers!

Contact information of Cheri Handicrafts

Email address: cherihandicrafts@gmail.com
Mobile Number: 09255524374
Facebook Page: Cheri Handicrafts
Twitter account: cherihandicraft
Instagram account: Cherihandicrafts
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Interview with Entrepreneur Vida Lim

Today, in my blog, I’m interviewing a very inspiring lady. I actually talked to her years ago but I didn’t get to ask if she still remembers me. I have seen her products a long time ago. For today, I’ll be interviewing a lady named Vida to tell us more about her brand Vida Lim.

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About Vida…
I love being hands-on—in business, but most especially, at home. When my kids wake up, I should be the one by their side. My husband brings them to school and I fetch them. There was never a time that we let our help fetch our kids. I have a lot of help at home but I just give instructions on what needs to be prepared. I make sure to have time to unwind, though. I love music! I sing and sometimes play the piano. I love watching TV series, reading books, and shopping online, even while I’m pumping milk for my youngest. As a born-again Christian, I have devotional everyday. I also have a D-Group; we’ll be meeting again every Monday when school starts for the kids. At the end of the day, I make sure everything I do is to please God.

Interview with Vida Lim
Ginger: Hi Vida! Can you tell us more about your brand. What is it about and how long have you been in business?

Vida: My jewelry line, Vida Lim, started as a hobby around 2004. I was working with my dad in the family’s hardware business but I really couldn’t work in an industry that doesn’t have anything to do with art! I studied interior design in college but pursuing it as a career would definitely have to be full-time—meaning less time for the family—so I took a jewelry design course at the Fashion Institute of the Philippines. I just tried designing jewelry, creating big, bold, vintage-looking pieces I loved that weren’t available in the market. To my surprise, it did very well! I consigned pieces with stores like Firma and AC+632 around 2010 and eventually launched my website, Facebook page, and Instagram account, where I now sell my collections.

The Vida Lim brand is all about bold, dramatic, and glamorous conversation pieces.

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Ginger: Who is your market? Why did you choose this market?

Vida: I cater to a wide market—from yuppies to socialites, from twentysomethings to senior citizens. Perhaps it’s because I have a variety of designs and different price points as well. I have pieces under 3,000 pesos that even those in their 20s can afford, then I have the more expensive, intricate pieces with semi-precious stones.

Ginger: What are ways that you can do to raise capital?

Vida: Less expenses. There are risks in spending that are not worth it. There are companies that spend millions to market their products even before they’ve really established the company, and sometimes, the money just goes to waste because the campaign doesn’t work. Start small.

 

Ginger: Were there any obstacles that you faced when you decided to pursue becoming an entrepreneur? What are these?

Vida: Clients who don’t pay.

Ginger: What?! Really, there are clients who don’t pay!

Vida: Yes, and another would be training the workers on how to achieve the level of quality you want for your products. There must be symmetry, the stones need to be protected—and so they need to follow a certain process. It’s tough when your instructions aren’t followed and the quality suffers, and sometimes the materials get ruined.

Those losses are part of the business, though. To be successful, you have to be patient, hardworking, and creative. You also need PR skills. Plus, you need to have faith so that any obstacle wouldn’t hinder you from achieving success.

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Ginger: What are three traits that you think an entrepreneur should have when starting their own business?

Vida: An entrepreneur should be hardworking. Being proactive is key in success because if not, the business could be stable, sales may come in, but there may not be significant growth.

There’s also the need for creativity. You do not want your clients to get tired of the products you are offering. You always need to give the clients something different, something to look forward to. That’s why I continue to do my research on different materials and techniques.

Finally, you need to have faith in your business. You need to believe in your product. If you do not believe in your product, how are you going to sell it?

Ginger: Are there any unforgettable moments or lessons that you learned as an entrepreneur?

Vida: It was amazing to see my creations featured in magazines and newspapers for the first time! The first magazine to feature my work was Preview, and for newspapers, I’ll never forget the entire spread about my jewelry line in the Philippine STAR’s YStyle section. I was also thrilled when I first spotted celebrities wearing my pieces.

Ginger: What advice can you give to other entrepreneurs?

Vida: You just have to believe in your product, your brand. You should be able to highlight its benefits. If you really believe in your product, you’ll have faith that you will become successful as long as you are hardworking and patient. You also need to be creative, and you need to be good in dealing with clients.

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Ginger: Do you believe that everyone should become entrepreneurs?

Vida: No. We each have our own strengths and weaknesses, and the qualities and skills required of an entrepreneur may not be among somebody’s strengths. It is important to know what you’re good at and focus on honing those skills—whether in putting up your own business or pursuing another career. Stick to your strengths.

Ginger: Thank you so much Vida for taking time out for this interview. I hope that a lot of people will be inspired after reading this!

To contact Vida or to purchase from Vida Lim, here are the contact details:

ww.vidalim.com
Email address: vidalimjewelry@gmail.com
Mobile number: 0917-656-5615
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/vidalimjewelry
Twitter account @vidalim
Instagram account @vidalim