WEI 024: A Purely Pinoy e-Commerce Platform with Charlie Fong of BigBenta.com

February 6, 2018

Introduction

Charlie works in telecom industry all throughout his entire career here and abroad. When he noticed that the telecom opportunities in the Philippines are diluting, that’s where he started to think to start a serious business using his many years of experience and skills. That’s where Big Benta was born.

BigBenta Marketplace is the only e-commerce platform in the Philippines that features free classified ads (buy and sell), online stores, service bookings and prime properties. Through these platforms, it aims to help the Filipino entrepreneur and MSMEs (Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises) use the internet to grow their business.

Today, you will hear the story of Charlie Fong who is the founder of Big Benta and tell us how he built it.

In this episode, you will learn about:

  • Charlie’s career in Telecom industry and his working experiences in different countries abroad.
  • His entrepreneurial experience as a student selling disposable watches and others to his classmates.
  • Charlie’s father experience as an entrepreneur.
  • He shared his side businesses while working like soap, peeling solution and food carts.
  • He shared how he came up to build Big Benta eCommerce platform while buying stuff in Divisoria.
  • Charlie shared his deepest reason why he started Big Benta platform.
  • Big Benta eCommerce platform is one of a kind in the Philippines because it can offer Classified ads, Store, Services and Prime Properties in one place.
  • Their advantages and disadvantages from big companies like Lazada and OLX.
  • He shared their biggest challenge building Big Benta.
  • Their monetization model that you can learn from.
  • And much more…

Words of wisdom:

"Dream big, work hard and stay humble.”

Links and Resources:

War of Art by Sun Tzu

Elon Musk

Official website: www.bigbenta.com

 

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WEI 023: How to Become a Mommy Entrepreneur with Ginger Arboleda, Co-founder of Taxumo

December 19, 2017

Introduction

Have you ever got irritated or experienced difficulties in some of the things that you regularly do? Like experiencing traffic in your daily commute or not able to find affordable foods in the area where you work. Then, you try to find a solution yourself but you didn’t find any. The only way to solve it is to “scratch your own itch”.

 

This is what our guest for today did. She always got irritated in filing her taxes as an entrepreneur and freelancer until her husband helped her to create a tool that will save her a lot of time and headaches. Then, they found out that this problem is also the same problems encountered by other entrepreneurs, professionals, and freelancers. This is where they started Taxumo, an end-to-end online tax assistance platform for self-employed individuals & professionals that automates tax computation, submission, and payment.

 

Today, you will hear the entrepreneurial journey of our guest, Ginger Arboleda. She is a serial mommy entrepreneur, blogger at MommyGinger, start-up and marketing coach, and a speaker.

She is also the CEO of Manila Workshops, an events management service which conducts workshops like entrepreneurship and parenting.  Lastly, she is the COO of Taxumo.

 

In this episode, you will learn about:

  • Ginger shared her entrepreneurial experience when she was a child marketing what her younger sister is selling.
  • Her experience managing their family food franchise business.
  • She also shared her marketing and banking jobs experience before she got into starting her own business.
  • During her pregnancy in 2012, she started to contemplate with her life’s purpose and mission and this is where Manila Workshop was born.
  • Manila Workshop was built because she couldn’t find a weekend course or workshop and she later found out that it is also the needs of others.
  • She also shared on how she started Manila Workshop while having a day job that you can learn from.
  • Ginger shared how they “scratched their own itch” to start Taxumo.
  • She shared how they came up with the name “Taxumo”.
  • Their experience in pitching their idea to investors and BIR after they saw that there is big potential for Taxumo to solve the taxation pains in the Philippines.
  • She shared how they joined Idea Space Foundation program and the support that they’ve got after become the top finalist in Asia.
  • If you have a technology start up idea, you will learn on how you can pitch your idea to investors and join Idea Space Foundation program to get support.
  • She shared their experiences and difficulties in pitching to investors like in Singapore.
  • Ginger shared their biggest challenge in starting Taxumo.
  • She shared one of their rough times in building a technology startup like sharing lunch with her teams.
  • She walked us thru in registering your small or freelancing business and how you can use Taxumo to file taxes that will save you a lot of time and headaches.
  • And much more…

 

 

Words of wisdom:

“Success doesn’t come from what you do occasionally, it comes from what you do consistently.” - Marie Forleo

 

Links and Resources:

Automatic Millionaire by David Bach

Sheryl Sandberg’s Books: Lean In, Option B

Start Up plan

Mark Zuckerberg

Elon Musk

Oprah

Tyra Banks

Pat Flynn

Neil Patel

Taxumo’s official website: www.taxumo.com

Instagram: @gingerarboleda

 

 

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WEI 022: In Starting a Business, Should You Resign or Do it Part-time

December 5, 2017

Introduction

Should I resign and do it full-time or stay in my job and do it part-time? This question will come to mind if you want to start a business while having a day job. For me, there is no one-size-fits-all answer to this concern. In this episode, I will try to give my answer and advice on what approach should you choose if you want to pursue starting your own business.

 

In this episode, you will learn about:

  • What approach do you need to follow based on your current status in life?
  • The pros and cons of starting a business part-time while having a day job.
  • What are the benefits of starting a business part-time while having a day job?
  • What actions that you need to take to succeed in business while doing this part-time?
  • What are the barriers doing a part-time business and the steps that you need to take to overcome these?
  • Is resigning from your job and doing a business full-time suitable for you?
  • What are the preparations that you need to do if you choose this approach?
  • What are the things that you need to do to succeed in doing a business full-time?
  • What are the barriers that will prevent you to succeed in doing a business full-time?
  • And much more…

 

Words of wisdom:

"If there is a will, there is a way.”

 

Links and Resources:

Marv De Leon’s featured episode:  www.doitwais.com/4

Sha Nacino’s featured episode: www.doitwais.com/5

 

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WEI 021 How to Build an e-Commerce Platform with Chris Gutierrez of Stashtech

November 21, 2017

Introduction

Have you ever thought of starting a technology company? If your answer is yes, you have to listen to this episode and learn how you can start one too. Even if you are not a tech-savvy, you will learn so much wisdom from our guest for today on how you can build a successful business even if it’s a technology or not. 

Our guest for today is the founder of Stashtech Corporation. It is a technology startup which simplifying the seamless end-to-end process of eCommerce. From setting up a webpage or storefront to Inventory & Supply-chain, Logistics, and up to Analytics. His name is Chris Gutierrez. He is a regular guest on some Radio shows like Business Café, Radyo Inquirer, Talk Shop Asia and many others. He was one of the resource speakers in Seamless Tech Conference in Philippines and Indonesia.

In this episode, you will learn about:

  • Chris has started his interest in computer when he was a child playing video games.
  • He shared his side businesses during high school.
  • After college, he started working as a programmer and he is doing a side business which is web designing.
  • After working for many years, he started his headhunting firm company but eventually closed down after the financial recession in 2008.
  • He went back to employment for one year and started a web design company.
  • In years of running his web design company, he discovered a pattern in simplifying their service and that’s the birth of Stashtech.
  • Stashtech is now offering a fully customizable website to a do-it-yourself website.
  • He shared their advantages from other global CMS platforms like Wordpress and Shopify.
  • Chris walked out thru on how you can use their platform if you plan to build your own business if you are not a tech savvy.
  • He shared their biggest challenge running a technology startup.
  • He also shared his experience in speaking in technology conference, Seamless Asia.
  • And much more…

Words of wisdom:

"Bad things happen for a better reason.” Chris Gutierrez

Links and Resources:

Rich Dad Poor Dad and Cashflow Quadrant by Robert Kiyosaki

Elon Musk

Official Websitewww.stashtech.io

FB Page: www.facebook.com/stashtech.io/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/chris.stashtech

Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/chrisgutierrez/

 

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WEI 020 From Successful Buyout to Zero and Get Back Up Again with Karlo Alamares of My Divisoria PH

November 7, 2017

Introduction

Have you ever tried to visit Divisoria to buy cheap goods as a gift or stuff that you can use?  If yes, you have experienced to shop in a crowded area with so many stalls here and there.  You get soaked in sweat because of hot temperature under the sun. Despite all these inconveniences, you are happy going home because you saved lot money from shopping in Divisioria.

 

This is the typical experience of our guest for today. His frequent visit to Divisoria led to a great business idea. At the start, he bought items from Divisoria and sells it online. Then, he decided to create an online platform that helped him to scale up this business which is the birth of My Divisoria PH.

 

Our guest for today is, Karlo Alamares.  He was the CEO of Equinox Virtual Solutions that was acquired by North American Company and eventually shut down. He was also the CEO of Mobile Lab Business Solutions. Finally, he is the co-founder of My Divisoria PH, a social commerce company that aims to decentralize e-commerce by using the power of the crowd for payments and distribution.

 

In this episode, you will learn about:

  • Karlo shared his employment experiences as customer service support and a writer in a big TV company.
  • He shared his bad experience in his first relationship that ended up sending him to jail.
  • Karlo has introduced to freelancing by her sister and eventually started his virtual assistant company.
  • He realized that he can scale up this virtual assistant business and that’s where he started Equinox Solution in Bicol with only 10 seats that grew to 300 seats.
  • Then, the North American company who invested in his business slowly taking control of it. That is where he decided to sell it to them but eventually, it was shut down for some management issue.
  • After that experience, he started to venture in startup technology company (a mobile app solution) which is MyLokalPH and Super Agent and some other businesses like diving shop and restaurant.
  • These companies didn’t gain traction and he lost everything that he profited from the buyout of his previous company.
  • He left Bicol and went to Manila to start a new life.
  • From a random visit to Divisoria and the internet marketing skills that he gained, this is where MyDivisoria PH was born.
  • It grew from 10 to 1,000 resellers now and has 12,000 members who are buying and selling in My Divisoria PH community.
  • He explained how the business model works that you can learn from.
  • He shared how they teach their resellers on how to build integrity online to avoid doubt from customers to purchase online.
  • He shared his experiences in speaking in some tech conferences like Seamless Asia.
  • And much more…

 

Words of wisdom:

"Serve the people.” Karlo Alamares

 

Links and Resources:

40 Laws of Power by Robert Greene

Email: mydivisoria.ph@gmail.com

Official website: www.mydivisoria.ph

 

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WEI 019: How to Start a Low Risk High Reward Business with Bobit Ebarle of Business Startup Blueprint

October 24, 2017

Introduction

Most aspiring entrepreneurs think that starting a business is risky because some authors, magazines or other media taught and influenced us with this mindset. It is a conventional way of thinking that you need a lot of capital to start a successful business. Nowadays it is easier to test your business idea than before because of the power of technology and internet.

 

This is what our guest for today will share. He always says that starting a business should not be risky. He is promoting the low risk high reward approach of starting a business. His name is Bobit Ebarle, the founder of Business Startup Blueprint which is an online business mentorship program that aims to teach aspiring individuals on how to become a successful entrepreneur. He is also the founder of Pinoy Investor which helps Filipinos to make smarter stock investment decisions by partnering with brokerage firms in the Philippines.

In this episode, you will learn about:

  • How Bobit got his interest in entrepreneurship when he saw a magazine which featured My Space a social media company back then.
  • How he grew up from a non-entrepreneur family and experienced hardships in life.
  • His experience in his first failure running a coco sugar exporting business and lost 11 Million Pesos in the process.
  • After that devastating failure, he will share how he put up a successful business with only 5 Thousand Pesos in capital which is the Pinoy Investor.
  • In Pinoy Investor, he will share how he did the research and cold calling the top and trusted brokerage firms in the Philippines to partner with.
  • After that successful business, he was able to build more successful businesses such a software and personal loans company.
  • He will share how they came up in starting the Business Startup Blueprint Program (a low risk high reward approach in starting a business.)
  • He will explain the 5 steps framework of Business Startup Blueprint Program:
    • Winning before you even start.
    • How to find your sweet spot and generating the best business idea.
    • Knowing your customers and eventually winning their money.
    • Formulate a product for your customers.
    • Launching your dream business.
  • He will share success stories of their enrollees who successfully built their businesses.
    • An OFW who successfully built a farm business.
    • Also, an OFW who successfully grow her jewelry business online.
    • Some students who built an apartment business, successful franchise business and much more.
  • Bobit will share how successful entrepreneurs overcame their biggest fears.
  • He will tackle the top questions to ask in choosing the perfect franchise.
  • And much more…

 

Words of wisdom:

"Aspiring entrepreneurs take on risks, established entrepreneurs avoid risks.” Bobit Ebarle

Links and Resources:

The Lean Startup by Eric Ries

Mark Cuban (owner of Dallas Mavericks and Shark Tan)

FREE e-Book 1 Download Link: How 10 Successful Entrepreneurs Overcame Their Biggest Fears in Starting a Business

FREE e-Book 2 Download Link: Top 10 Questions to Ask in Choosing the Perfect Franchise

 

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WEI 018: Growing up with Dad Entrepreneur leads to Success in Business with Abigail Lim

October 10, 2017

Introduction

Growing up in a Chinese family has a huge advantage if you want to succeed in business. As we all know, there are many Chinese people have their own businesses such as retail stores, factories, and many others. That is why their offspring will have a great chance of succeeding in business because they are learning the ins and outs of a business at an early age.

 

This is what our guest for today had experience. Her name is Abigail Lim. She is the owner of Alfox Printing Services, Founder, and CEO of brokerspaces.com and a Licensed Real Estate Broker. She remembered that her Dad always opens up the topic of business at the dining table during their mealtime with the family. Abby grew up learning and experience running a real business at an early age. This helps her to succeed in business today.

In this episode, you will learn about:

  • She shared how she overcame her inferiority complex.
  • The person who influences her to pursue entrepreneurship.
  • The advantage in the business of being part of a Chinese family.
  • Her experience in handling a business at an early age.
  • When she started several businesses before she builds a thriving business which is Alfox Printing Services.
  • How she started from a physical store and turned it into an e-commerce business.
  • Their biggest challenge that they encountered in their operation.
  • Their marketing efforts that they are doing that you can learn from.
  • Her new startup business which is BrokerSpaces.com (intends to help real estate broker here in the Philippines).
  • One of the traits of a successful entrepreneur is personal development.
  • Her advice in starting your own business based on her years of experience.
  • And much more…

Words of wisdom:

"Mind is your greatest asset.” Robert Kiyosaki

Links and Resources:

E-myth Revisited by Michael Gerber

Facebook: www.facebook.com/abbyongyanco.lim

Email: Abby@alfoxprinting.com

Special Coupon Code of 10% Discount: Go to http://www.alfoxprinting.com/ and enter coupon code “WAIS” upon checkout.

 

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WEI 017: What is the Best Business to Start Now?

September 26, 2017

Introduction

I had a chat with my friend and he noticed that I’m delving into entrepreneurship. He asked me this question: Marv, anu bang magandang negosyo ngayon? I told him that he can start with knowing himself and identify his skills and talents. Moreover, there are other things to consider because there is no single answer for that question.

This is a commonly asked question from aspiring entrepreneurs and this is a very crucial stage in going into the world of entrepreneurship. That is why I prepared this episode to give my insights and inputs about this topic.

 

In this episode, you will learn about:

  • 5 things to consider on what business you are going to pursue.

    • Skills or talents that you can offer.
    • Your past experiences.
    • Problems that you can solve.
    • What are you good at?
    • Benchmarking a business
  • I explained each of this in detail and suggested ways on how you can apply.
  • I provided a list of successful entrepreneurs who used these guidelines.
  • And much more…

 

Words of wisdom:

"Money will come naturally with the exchange of value that you give in serving people.”

 

Links and Resources:

Episode 11 with J3 Patino: www.doitwais.com/11

Episode 15 with Ruel Nopal: www.doitwais.com/15

Episode 16 with Jerry Ilao: www.doitwais.com/16

 

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WEI 016 A Social Entrepreneur Aiming to Build a Nation with Direction with Archie Dasal of Team Aguhon

September 12, 2017

Introduction

When you were in elementary or high school, did you know what course you will take when you step in college? How about the career or profession that you want to pursue after finishing college? Is it your parents’ choice or you just wanted to join your friends with their chosen career? You are lucky if you knew already what you wanted to pursue in life when you were young. However, most of us don’t have the idea what we will pursue during our young adults days that we ended in the career or profession that we didn’t really like or passionate about.

This is where the group of friends has started Team Aguhon, a Social Enterprise aiming to build a nation with direction by helping students help themselves. The idea has started when they are working in the same company and asked each other why they ended up in that job. They couldn’t find the exact answer and realized that because no one has guided them during their young adult days. They decided to create the group even no one believes in their idea at the start. But they continue to persevere until some schools trusted them to get their service.

You will hear the story behind Team Aguhon with our today’s guest Archie Dasal. He is heading the Mission of Aguhon Corporation or Team Aguhon. Archie is also the Sales and Corporate Evangelist of this group.

 

In this episode, you will learn about:

  • His experiences after leaving the seminary and joined various social entrepreneurship activities.
  • His side businesses he ventured in like street food and many others.
  • How Team Aguhon got started (a social enterprise and a professional training company working with students.)
  • The main mission of Team Aguhon and how it helps students find the right direction in their future’s career and life.
  • Archie’s role as mission evangelist of Team Aguhon.
  • The moment that no one believes in their idea and mission until they got the approval of one school.
  • The workshops like Direction Management that they teach to students.
  • What is Inspirational Selling all about and how you can apply it in your business.
  • And much more…

 

Words of wisdom:

“Let’s build a nation with direction.”

 

Links and Resources:

Selling the Dream by Guy Kawasaki

Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/aguhoneducation/

Twitter: www.twitter.com/teamaguhon

 

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WEI 015: How to Build a Technology Start-up in the Philippines with Ruel Nopal of RaketHost PH

August 29, 2017

Introduction

Living in a province is really difficult and a lot of challenges that you may face. For some people use their hardships to persevere to help their family to live a comfortable life and achieve success.  However, the reality in achieving this goal is not a smooth sailing journey.  You need to put a lot of hard work, guts and non-stop personal development to achieve what you want in life.

 

This is what our guest for today did. Ruel Nopal studied in school very hard to get a good job someday. But he didn’t stop learning until he became a self-taught programmer that led him to become a full-time freelance programmer up to starting his own start-up technology company which is RaketHost PH.  Their company offers services such as “a website as a service” and “IT admin as service”.  They are serving many local small and medium businesses in the Philippines and it is growing every year.

 

In this episode, you will learn about:

  • Ruel shared his experience as an OFW in Qatar.
  • The reason why he pursues freelancing while working abroad.
  • His freelancing journey before he became an entrepreneur.
  • His first exposure to programming was tampering the code of their programmer while he is away.
  • The best investment that you can do to achieve success.
  • Why he decided to jump as a full-time freelancer and left his day job even his wife had a doubt.
  • He shared his childhood’s entrepreneurial spirit selling candies in their province and other hustling activities to earn extra money like applying for a CAFGU officer and as a janitor.
  • How he started his first technology company Racket Host PH.
  • Ruel’s strategies in getting customers to his company that you can learn from.
  • What services Racket Host PH are offering and catering to their customers.
  • Startup capital he invested in his technology company.
  • His biggest challenge when he was starting out.
  • Why a startup entrepreneur and small business needs a website.
  • And much more…

 

Words of wisdom:

"Perseverance will help you to succeed.”

 

Links and Resources:

Fail Fast, Fail Often by Ryan Babineaux  and John D. Krumboltz

Website: www.rakethost.ph

Email: raket@rakethost.com

 

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