If you think being a working student is tough, try juggling being a young entrepreneur and you’ll realize how even more challenging it is. Yes, it may seem difficult, but John Lester Tolentino from Puerto Princesa, Palawan proved that it can be done!
Despite the hardship, John Lester shared that he was able to build his successful ukay-ukay business with his hardwork and perseverance. The former working student shared his inspiring success story on Chinkee Tan’s Facebook page. The post went viral as many admired John Lester’s success story.
According to John Lester’s post to Sir Chinkee, he started his selling ukay-ukay with a P500 capital. He wrote, “Isa po akong dating working student na ngayon ay isa na pong young entrepreneur dito sa Puerto Princesa City, Palawan. Nagstart lang po ako sa puhunan ko dati na 500 pesos, Nagre-retail lang po ako ng mga ukay-ukay at nabebenta ko siya sa presyo na gusto ko.”
Like any budding entrepreneur, John Lester admitted failing and going through several challenges. But what kept him going was his dream of giving his family a better future. He wrote, “Nalugi din po ako, pero nagpatuloy pa din ako. Mahirap sa umpisa, dahil ang dami ko pong mga napagdaanan bago ko marating kung anong katayuan ko ngayon.”
“Pero ang alam ko lang, kapag may pangarap ka sa buhay at pangarap para sa pamilya mo gagawin mo ang lahat,” he added.
Now, John Lester is enjoying the fruits of his hard work. From being an ukay-ukay reseller, he is now a supplier of ‘bales’ to many other ukay-ukay business owners. He was also able to build his own ukay-ukay shop with a warehouse to keep his supplies. Even more, John Lester is now slowly reaching the dream he has for his family. He bought his family cars, lot and is building their dream house.
John Lester wrote, “Kaya po ngayon isa na po akong supplier ng mga ukay bales at may sariling bodega dito sa palawan at nagsu-supply ng mga ukay bales sa iba’t ibang lugar. Meron na din po akong physical shop at mga sasakyan na binigay ko sa aking ama at sariling mga lupa at ngayon po ay uumpisahan na din namin ang aming dream house.”
In the end, John Lester thanked Sir Chinkee for also guiding him in his business venture. If you’re interested in venturing into ukay-ukay business, it’s best to learn its pros and cons first. Then, like other successful entrepreneurs would advice, just work extra hard!