A businessman from Bataan shared the inspiring story of building their food truck business. From making a dream in his mind, Janthrie Valencia couldn’t believe that he is now a successful food truck owner.
Opening a business amid the pandemic is truly risky. But for Janthrie and his partner, it was a risk they were willing to take. He thought of starting a small business that could help them make ends meet. Even while he was still young, Janthrie had always dreamed of opening up a business related to food. So, it was an easy choice that they wanted to sell chicken and burgers.
However, finding the right location for their business wasn’t as easy. Either the rent was too high or the location wasn’t what they wanted. Janthrie soon realized that building a food truck could be the answer to their needs. Not only is it cost-effective, it also allows them access to more locations.
With the help of a neighbor and a cousin, Janthrie started building their food truck out of an old multicab. He said he was thankful that everything just fell into place for his dream. He shared with Business News Philippines, “So, nakakatuwa kasi umaayon lahat ng bagay that time. Doon pa lang answered prayer na kami ng partner ko.”
Of course, aside from creating an attractive food truck, they also focused on coming up with a good menu. Janthrie and his partner created their own sauces and tested their own recipes to make sure customers would love it.
Soon, Eat and Roll Food Truck opened and their first day was beyond their expectations. According to Janthrie, he and his partner prepared 100 burger patties expecting it to be sold in a week. However, they were able to sell it all in just a day. Their success continued on as they were sold out for several days more.
Words of advice
Janthrie is indeed grateful that their food truck business is a hit even amid the pandemic. He admitted that there were those who doubted their plans in the beginning but he proved them all wrong.
He said, “Pero hindi ko pinansin ang mga yun, ginamit ko pa yung mga sinasabi nila para patunayan na kaya namin yun at hindi masasayang yung effort namin.”
In the end, Janthrie encourages other aspiring entrepreneurs to believe in their dreams and continue working hard to pursue it.
“Kung may pangarap ka pagsikapan mo para makamit mo, wag mo din kakalimutan magdasal at magpasalamat sa itaas kasi siya lang ang kakampi mo sa lahat ng bagay at oras. Hayaan mo yung mga sinasabi ng ibang tao basta ikaw sa sarili mo alam mo wala ka tinatapakan na tao,” he added.