Gladys Reyes Shares Tips On Starting A Business: ‘Maniwala Sa Sariling Diskarte’

Starting a business can be a daunting task, but with the right planning and execution, it can be a successful endeavor. Gladys Reyes and her husband are successful food entrepreneurs. They have a restaurant in San Pedro, Laguna called Antero’s; a catering business named Sommereux catering; and the actress also runs an acting workshop. At an event for Orabella’s skincare brand, she shared some of her tips on starting a business:

Image by Anteros by Estela via Facebook

1. Choose a business you’re passionate about

According to Gladys, it’s best to choose a business that’s close to your heart. But it’s also not enough to choose your passion, you also have to research whether there’s a market for it. There are many ways you can turn a hobby into a lucrative business if you do the right research. She was quoted on Push saying, “Mas okay kung yung papasukin mong negosyo, yun yung passion mo, hindi lang dahi uso lang yun. At alam dapat natin yung pasikot sikot ng megosyong papasukin natin. So importante maging masigasig tayo na matuto ng mga bagong kaalaman tungkol dun sa negosyo.”

[It’s better if you choose a business you’re passionate about, not because it’s popular. Also, it’s important to learn the ins and outs of the business you’re getting into. It’s important that you are diligent in learning new things about your chosen business.]

2. Surround yourself with people who will support you.

Entering into business is not for the faint-hearted, and disappointment and failure may come your way. So, it’s very important to surround yourself with people who will support you and believe in your skills. This holds true, as many celebrity entrepreneurs like Neri Naig found success with the support of her husband, Chito Miranda. Gladys explained, “Para sa mga oras na pinanghihinaan ka ng loob or kailangan mo ng tulong para mapalago ang negosyo mo, importante siyempre na meron tayong kakampi.” [So in times when you feel down or needs help to expand your business, it’s very important that you have someone by your side.]

3. Believe in yourself

Gladys highlighted how important it is to believe in yourself and your vision for your business. She said being a mother also helped her develop her business mindset because she learned how to be “madiskarte” or resourceful, in finding ways. “And ito ang pinakamahalaga sa lahat, maniwala sa sariling diskarte,” she added. [And most important, believe in your own hustle.]

She said in another article on Manila Bulletin, “Hindi pwede sa negosyo na konting failure, susuko na agad.” [You shouldn’t easily give up on small failures.]

These are just a few tips that you can keep in mind as you start your dream business. If you’re a first-time entrepreneur, there are also many tips you can read to get started.

Sally Mae
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