My BIG Cactus!

13 09 2009

A Cactus on Bidding

The Cactus Model for Business

The Cactus Model for Business

Yeah I know… That cactus is bigger than what you have planted in your backyard. Hehehe. Anyway, I took this photo during the 2008 Baguio Panagbenga festival at Session Rd. This cactus was the darling of the crown and has proven itself as a show stopper. Hundreds of visitors stop to look at the proud and  good looking cactus and for every stop, the owner of the booth offers them some products for sale. His cactus is definitely helping him sell.  The owner of the booth made their small space stand out on the crowd, it was funny but helpful.

The Big And Long Cactus

The Big And Long Cactus

As you can see, it is a majestic piece of art. If you have something that will draw attention to your booth in a trade fair event, capitalize on it, do not be ashamed, be proud of your “marketing material”. It is your prize possession, every smile it brings to a person could mean income on your part. You may not have something like this majestic cactus to attract people, but if you will think of something that will stir the mind of the viewer, then you’re  a winner.  Create something that will make people smile or laugh. If you do this right, your idea or creation will lead you to have more sales than before.


A Fishy Restaurant / Eat All You Can!

13 09 2009
Something Fishy Over Here

Something Fishy Over Here

Mmmmmmnnn! This is one good restaurant with one good promotion… EAT ALL YOU CAN!

This Restaurant located in Libis, Quezon city, offers one of the best eat all you can packages i have ever seen. For a minimum package of  P250, you can feast yourself like there is no other day. From appetizers to main dish to desserts, its all quality and superb. But this is not the only restaurant in that area. With competition rising, each establishment must have its promotional packages to lure customers in. That is what I saw with this restaurant. Although it specializes on Tuna and other seafoods, its eat all you can offer stands out. From employees to executives, this place is full of hungry people.

Indeed, to be able to stand out from the competition, you must have an edge. Something that others do not have or something that you started will remain under your name. To me, trend setters are actually creating a “silent” marketing arm. For example, if you create a menu where you offer unlimited rice, people will actually visit your establishment because of the offer. Other restaurants will follow the trend, however, the trend setter will enjoy the “silent promotion” because everytime unlimited rice is discussed, the trendsetter will always be mentioned. Look at Tokyo Tokyo Food Chains and Mang Inasal Restaurants. Di ba?


13 09 2009

Divisoria, shopper’s haven on the streets.

Divisoria, a shopping haven for the masses

Divisoria, a shopping haven for the masses

You will notice the  big difference in mall prices once you have been to divisoria. Looking at the right places and location, you could find a nice looking bag sold for P100 and has a mall price of P500! Same design, same factory, different marketing techniques. I am really fond in going to Divisoria, even if I will only purchase a pair of socks because I discover something new every time I visit that place.

For businessmen and traders, Divisoria is a convenient and cheap place to look for raw materials and even ready made products good to sell. Aspiring entrepreneurs with the vision of creating their own niche products (specialty products) should also find sometime to visit Divisoria.

The Ever Famous Binondo Church

The Ever Famous Binondo Church

Ongpin Street, right after Binondo Church is a good place to buy wholesale shirts of all colors, sizes, and shapes.  The election fever is on the way so it is good to visit this area if you intend to purchase quality and cheap campaign shirts. Just imagine, you can buy a black XXL soft cotton t-shirt for only P70! Saan ka pa! Just put some print on it, label and brand it then you can sell at your desired price! During the past 2007  elections, I saw so many individuals buying wholesale shirts for their respective candidates. I waited in line just to buy 24 plain white t-shirts to use for my hand painted t-shirts.

Remember this, you can find almost anything in Divisoria, from thumbtacks to furniture but you must be prepared if you intend to “stroll” because its sticky hot and people are everywhere.

China Town Ching chi chi ching ching ching ching chiiinnng :)

China Town Ching chi chi ching ching ching ching chiiinnng 🙂

China Town is located just beside Divisoria. It is actually a 3 in 1 visit for a local or foreign tourist. This is because the ever famous Quiapo church is near China Town and Divisoria. Within China town you could find various “unreadable” products. Why unreadable? Because only Chinese people can read it. When I bought some herbs and spices, I had to rely on the interpretation given by the saleslady. I made some kung-fu hand moves and the saleslady gave me Ginseng and said “use it at night” then  gave me a sweet smile. It made my day!

We will discuss Divisoria, Quiapo and China Town under a magnifying glass  in our succeeding articles.

Filipino Cash Flow ( Ang Katotohanan )

13 09 2009


A reality check among all Filipinos

Mga Bayani ng Pilipinas

Mga Bayani ng Pilipinas

The basic is. What pattern do you see if you will get a P100.00 bill  and monitor where and how it is transferred from 1 possessor to the  other? How does it flow? The pattern for a typical Pinoy is.
You earn from your work, you spend it on food, gadgets,  clothing and  other basic needs. Before you reach the next payday, paubos na yung  pera mo. But that’s ok paydayis just a few days ahead and it doesn’t matter if I run out of money, I am expecting money again any time  soon.
This cycle goes on and on and you make some sidelines or create other  ways to earn but it seems that money was never enough.  (I am tempted  to explain further pero usapan… basics lang).
So you can’t leave the job that you have because a week without work would affect the cash flow you have  to support your family and needs.  As much as you wanted to accept another job, the gap would make you   pay less for a couple of days, which makes you a slave to your boss.  At least, you have a job to support your needs.
So to illustrate.. .Cash is flowing inside your pocket.  Years have gone by doing your monotonous routine.

Question… what if you get fired? Or you were forced  to retire because there are new and younger people ready to take your place.  What would you do?

As an OFW, Makati Executive, Top Salesman, Engineer,  Attorney,  Teacher, etc…  What if it all ends? The sweet cash that enters your  pocket every 15 th and 30th suddenly comes to a halt.

There are two things you can buy with your money…   An asset and a  liability. To describe each… An asset brings money inside your  pocket;  a liability takes money out of your pocket.
Another way to  see, it is that an asset if you buy one, will bring the money you  spent for it back to you 2 or 3 folds.  A liability, when you buy it  will not give your money back at all.

Sa ilocano… idjay ti kwa… djak maawatan…
(joke lang po, seryoso  na kayo eh…)
Sa madaling salita… kapag asset,
maibabalik ang pera , pag  liability, goodbye sa pera…

Ang problema kay JUAN DE LA CRUZ, habang may trabaho
ipon ng ipon at  bili ng bili ng liability!

I have seen OFWs get back to the country with gold chains at kung  pwede lang limang shades ang isuot ng sabay-sabay gagawin nya eh…  dvd, component, jackets, clothes, inuman, pulutan, party, pabango…   hindi na makalakad sa dami ng bitbit…

At s’yempre mga empleyado natin dito sa bansa na lingo-lingo bago cell  phone at mags ng kotse.. hindi na nga magkasya ang damit sa aparador,  tapos pag umaga sasabihin… . wala na akong maisuot.

Guys, esep-esep… what you bought… will it bring money back to  you?
I know what you have in mind… you have to enjoy what  you worked  hard  for. That’s right, but think of something that will last… think of   your future.

I have seen the worst of people who were  abogado de kampanilya,  executive secretaries of top rank business men, people who worked for  big companies,  earned a fortune and got a big retirement pay by the   millions… Now…. Wala na.

Why? Because of their cash flow… went in… went out.   I need not to mention basketball players, actors, singers, etc…   Check what is their career path… next after acting, singing and  playing… POLITICS. Kasi, ‘yung million na kinita nila, puro  liability ang binili.

Going back… all the liability they bought, ibinenta ng mura! I’m  wearing a gold chain now, which I got from a seaman… he bought it  for P35,000  and sold it for 8,000 to me.  Hindi po asset ang alahas!   Bakit? Totoo na tumataas ang value n’ya pero kapag gutom ka na, kahit palugi ibebenta mo! (wala bang aaray?) Cell phones…  dvd players etc.  pati bahay at kotse… that’s the cash flow of most OFWs…

The question is … ” WHAT IF THE INCOME STOPS?”

Sa Pinoy, ganito: anak… mag-aral kang maigi, at pag tanda namin…  ikaw na bahala sa amin ha….  Hindi po ba maling-mali. ..  You have to establish something today that  will take care of your  future.

Teka, teka… eh ano ang dapat gawin para hindi mangyari yan?

You must create a source of income that will  continually make money  flow inside your pocket.
Start a business! While you are working as an executive or an OFW, or a professional. ..
START A BUSINESS and  MASTER  that business till you get out of that company. Para kapag tumigil ang  income mo sa kanila… may susuporta pa din sa iyo  hanggang pag-tanda  mo!

Now don’t tell me to invest my money on pensions and plans…  NO WAY !
Narinig n’yo na siguro yung …. Naku ayaw ko na magbanggit..  .. ‘yung  mga nagbayad at hindi nakapag-claim. .. sila pa ang dinimanda at  nag-piyansa! !! HUWAG MO I-ASA ANG PAGTANDA MO SA IBA! GUMAWA KA NG  SARILI MONG BALON NG PERA!  KAHIT MALIIT PA ‘YAN, SARILI MO AT HINDI  KA AASA SA IBANG TAO…

Imagine yourself when you reach an older age…  (aruy ko,,, baka yung  iba sa inyo about that age…  tabi tabi po…Ako po sa mga  nagtatanong. .. I’m 37 years old. Naabutan ko pa si Michael Jackson at  hinele po ako ng nanay ko sa mga kanta ng hagibis…).

You have money that the company gave you as your retirement pay… what will you do?

You can consume the money till your old… eh kung hindi umabot?   Masamang damo ka pala…
at hindi ka kaagad kinuha ni Lord. Eh pang  age 65 lang yung naipon mo na budget.

Or maybe, you can start a business and use  the money for capital…  Kapatid…  9 out of 10 businesses, FAILED… yung isang magsa-succeed,  gagayahin pa ng kapitbahay mo instead na mag-franchise sa ‘yo…   think! At age 50, you are struggling trying to make a business work! What if it fails?!

Eh ano nga ba ang sagot?

The answer is, stop buying liabilities and instead buy assets now. I  don’t care if it is a banana-Q store, balot, ice candy or a sari-sari store, etc… start now! Because, your experience here will teach you  what to do in the future.  It’s so hard to struggle in business when  you are 60 yrs old.

You have to create a source of income separated from the source of   income from your work. That when the time comes that you have to stop working, you will have your own source
of money! Create assets, start   a business that will be there to support you and your family.
I AM  NOT   TELLING YOU TO QUIT YOUR JOB!  I’m telling you to start a business  while you’re working and stop spending your money on liabilities and  start putting  them on assets!

* Ang pera kapag pinambili mo ng LIABILITY… hindi na babalik… ang  ASSET… BABALIK.

Teka… masama ba bumili ng mga magagandang gamit? Hindi! Siguraduhin  mo lang na ang pambili mo nun ay galing sa asset mo. The business has  to be prioritized! Mawalan ka man ng trabaho, may negosyo kang  palalaguin.

If before, nabubuhay ka naman ng iisa sapatos mo, huwag mo baguhin  ‘yun… dati, nagdyi-jeep ka lang… ‘wag ka na munang mag-FX…

Create assets and lessen liabilities. Invest and learn now…   mag-negosyo!

Eh anong negosyo? Any, as long as you think it is work and doable!

I started all my businesses with a very small capital. If I used that  money to buy a gadget,  new shoes or any liability…  baka wala lahat  ng negosyo ko at wala na akong makain ngayon.

Again, I hope that this BASIC CASH FLOW article helps….  I wish all  of us become financially free!

This article is from the owner of car magic… butch Salvador.

Walang imposible kung kakayanin

11 09 2009

If he can… then we can!

Food Of The Modern Ancients

11 09 2009

One of the most nutritious delicacy ever formulated is the soup we call MODERN ANCIENTS. The recipe was passed on to us by a 93 year old china man ( Apac ) and we added some of the worlds most nutritious herbs making it modern but ancient. Although the ingredients may be available commercially, the mixture and formula that we developed for almost a decade remains a family recipe but soon everybody can have a taste of this mysterious soup.

The Modern Ancient

The Modern Ancient

In the commercial market, some of the ingredients are found in the prepared soup pack called sibot. Our soup however is composed of 12 herbs and with the right mixture and ratio could produce a taste unknown to man. If you have some secret recipies  in your possession… share!

The Modern Ancient

The Modern Ancient

Sealed packs of this nutritious herbs and spices will soon be available for sale. Just boil beef or chicken meat until tender and add the herbs and spices. You will feel more energized and healthy throughout the day.

In small start up businesses, food business always stand out and they last longer. If you have something that makes your recipe different and stand out from the competition, capitalize on it.

Coming Soon…

Magandang Negosyo Is Born

8 09 2009

At long last, our concept of creating a blog for good businesses is now running. After years studying Philippine market as an entrepreneur, trainer and coach, I saw the big potential of fellow Filipinos in the field of business, big or small.

Seminar Attendees on Basic Entrepreneurship

Seminar Attendees on Basic Entrepreneurship

Indeed, almost all of us would like to establish his or her own business. We see business as a life saver, a long term investment, a money tree. However, putting up a business is not that easy. We must know the basics from conceptualizing to government permits to selling and marketing.  One good example why we should know the basics of business is our friend Juan Dela Cruz. Our friend Juan is a Civil Engineer who got employed at Saudi. He was earning big and his family in the Philippines was enjoying the fruit of his labor. His eldest son, however, is  irresponsible. His wife is always at the majong table, to make the long story short, his family in the Philippine had no savings. Juan, being optimistic, was thinking of putting up a business  after his contract expires. So after four years, he was back at his hometown. But as we all know, an OFW going back home after years of hard work will always experience the usual “tradition”. So he bought “pasalubongs” for his family, relatives and friends. For one week, it was a “fiesta” in their house.

Two weeks after Juan Dela Cruz arrived in his hometown, he is now thinking of putting up a business. His wife wants to put up a parlor, his son a computer shop, his relatives and friends have countless suggestions. He tried the computer shop, it failed. He tried numerous promising  network marketing companies, he lost more than what he invested. He tried investing on agricultural crops, heavy rains destroyed the crops.

In ten months, his hard earned “Saudi money” is almost depleted, gone. He tried  so many businesses and entertained so many income opportunities.  His wife started to nag him and his friends and “uplines” are nowhere to be found. He was sad and feeling down.

After one year, he was already thinking of going back abroad, earn more money and come back to establish business again. And so the story goes on. Coming to realize, Juan Dela Cruz entered into a venture where he has little knowledge. Business is not just about having a product and selling it or investing in something and wait for the interest. It takes time and effort to learn the basics of business. It is not that hard and it takes time to plan. If you ask OFW’s  their future plans when they come back to the Philippines, almost 99% of them will tell you, ” i want to put up a business “. Then again, how?

This website will help you put up that business. We will learn from the success as well as failures of businessmen and entrepreneurs, big or small. Business ideas, products and services will be entertained and discussions on government permits will also be featured.

Whatever challenges we encounter, we just DON’T  QUIT!