Jaycee Faminialagao, 28, literally started his business with zero experience and capital.
In fact, he even had to borrow P500 in order to have a meeting with his first client.
Despite the initial challenges he had to face as a budding entrepreneur, Jaycee didn’t let these things hinder him from establishing Cutton Garments, a complete Tshirt and Poloshirt Specialist serving reputable clients like Cebu Pacific, Toyota, Ayala Land, Megaworld, Western Union, Petron, University of Sto. Tomas and even the Philippine National Red Cross.
In his interview with Karen Davila in the ABS-CBN TV show My Puhunan, Jaycee revealed why he decided to venture on garments business despite having zero knowledge and experience in the industry.
“Kasi practically when it comes to business, yung market may need, may demand, yun yung importante. Regardless of what’s happening in your own passion, since may umoorder at nangangailangan, I took a risk din,” Jaycee.
Luckily, his first client ordered 1,200 pieces of polo shirts, which Jaycee outsourced since he didn’t have employees and equipment. He simply used the downpayment of his client to pay the subcontractors. This opportunity gave him the chance to save enough money to buy equipment and hire manpower.
Eventually, Jaycee earned the trust of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP), which ordered 16,000 pieces of P.E. uniforms. Because of the huge amount of order, Jaycee had to personally supervise and even make some of the garments.
“Ang hirap. Hanggang madaling araw, ako mismo ang nagti-trim niyan. Ako mismo nag-o-oversee. Siyempre, sinasamahan natin ang ating mga mananahi para magpursige rin sila,” Jaycee explained.
From then on, clients from several companies and schools have started ordering from Cutton Garments.
While Jaycee’s journey as an entrepreneur may seem like a bed of roses, the young entrepreneur revealed that there had been months in the past when he couldn’t afford to pay his employees. Lucky for him, his employees never left his side.
“Sa mga usapan, kailangang makatao at patas, sa pagpapasuweldo nang tama, pagpapasuweldo nang husto, pagpapasuweldo sa tamang oras. Huwag din silang tratuhin na parang alipin,” Jayce adviced aspiring businessmen.