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Startup Tips

Start your own bar

The competition is stiff, but you\\\'ll get ahead if you offer something unique and choose your niche carefully.

Putting up and running your own bar sounds like a good business idea. One intrepid businessman, Ricky Velasco, had always dreamed of it, so he put up Jivaro on Bayani Road in Fort Bonifacio over a year ago, betting the area would ...

by Kia Ortiz-Luis  | August 28, 2013 02:00:00
Startup Tips

Her business is an open secret

Young entrepreneur rises to the challenge of bringing a foreign brand into the country

For Global LifeStyle Ventures Inc., the Philippine master franchisee of Secret Recipe, a Malaysian lifestyle cafe, everything happened because of a chance dining experience."My dad just happened to dine in a Secret Recipe restaurant in Malaysia in 2006 during a break from ...

by Louise M. Francisco  | November 14, 2012 01:00:00
Startup Tips

Sources of raw materials

A list of sources of raw materials for your business.

Are you thinking of starting a business? Getting a reliable and affordable supplier will make a difference whether your business takes off or not. Here\\\'s a list of places to source your raw materials from:1. RizalHogs, cutflower 2. CaviteVegetables, coffee, cattle, poultry3. LagunaCoconut, ...

October 25, 2012 01:00:00
Startup Tips

The package is the message

Make your product stand out and fly off the shelves with innovative packaging.

It\\\'s difficult to overstate the importance of packaging to a product or service. Especially for products like food, it\\\'s the packaging that gives the customer the first impression about the product. In fact, as most of us know, many people judge a ...

by Jimbo Owen B. Gulle  | August 15, 2012 02:00:00
Startup Tips

The qualities of a wise entrepreneur

Do you have what it takes to become an entrepreneur? Find out here.

A book has yet to come out describing in no uncertain terms the qualities of a successful entrepreneur. Neither has an authoritative figure come forward to say he can point to a person on the street who will one day be on ...

by Veronica Uy  | July 03, 2012 05:00:00
Startup Tips

How to make soy-based meat

Turn a tidy profit with this tasty, healthy substitute.

The current movement for healthy eating has led many to be sparing in their meat consumption. But for a meat lover, days or weeks without beef or pork in his diet is unthinkable. What will happen to kiddie parties without Filipino-style spaghetti ...

by Cindy Escobin  | June 08, 2012 01:00:00
Business Ideas

10 ways to tidy up your books

To keep tax issues at bay, remember these 10 things when doing your books of accounts.

Among the most complicated things entrepreneurs have to deal with are tax issues. Tax regulations, often very complex and very technical, usually boggle the mind of non-accountants. That’s why preparing the books of accounts—those records of financial transactions required of a business ...

by Kendrick S. Go  | June 08, 2012 10:00:00
Startup Tips

Going for the mid-market: Microtel Inns &Suites

Hotelier saw an opportunity in unmet mid-market lodging needs.

In recent years, the number of cost-conscious business and leisure travelers in the Philippineshas been growing, resulting in a great demand for economy lodgings and a glut in deluxe or five-star hotel accommodations. However, a good number of the economy lodgings—primarily because ...

by Roderick L. Abad  | June 07, 2012 10:00:00
Startup Tips

From beeswax to business

Fondness for pampering can be made into a good business

It had always been the goal of Adeline Ravana, who gives a lot of importance to primping, to have a business of her own. So what better business could she do than selling organic beauty products ?  None, really, so Ravana put ...

by Miki Espe  | May 30, 2012 10:00:00
Startup Tips

15 success tips from business veterans

A compilation of best business tips from successful businessmen.

Entrepreneurship is no walk in the park. While it can be lucrative, business entails hard work and perseverance.To help our entrepreneurs navigate their way from startup to success and expansion, compiled 14 success tips from business veterans:  1. "Be trustworthy""If you don\\\'t ...

by Maan D'Asis Pamaran, Rafael Santos, Lalah M. Varias, Elaine Ruzul Ramos, Jimbo Owen Gulle, Francis Menor, Anne Ruth Panes-Dela Cruz, Marie Anne Fajardo And Dave Llorito  | April 29, 2012 10:00:00
Startup Tips

Online payments for your startup

Online payment options for your web-based biz.

Q.  What’s a good way to receive payments from customers who transact online?   A. Collecting money from customers who transact over the internet depends on the target market. If your market is locally based you may consider using the following:a.  Direct deposit  ...

by Henry Ong  | April 27, 2012 06:00:00
Startup Tips

Affordable materials to buy for your biz in Divisoria

We give you a detailed map of where to get what in this bargain-hunting mecca for your business.

Since the Spanish Colonial period, Divisoria has remained the Philippine mecca for bargain-hunting consumers, buy-and-sell entrepreneurs, and small-and medium industry producers looking for finished goods or raw materials at rock-bottom prices.So many business fortunes have been made in this sprawling trading center ...

by Ross Mayor  | April 16, 2012 10:00:00

Getting customer feedback

Adhering to your company\\\'s standards is a reward in itself.

Q:  When I go out to eat at a certainly well-known fast food outlet near my office, I always wonder whether that branch is company owned or franchised.  Is there any way of knowing if an outlet is being operated by a ...

by Armando Bartolome  | April 14, 2012 09:00:00