How to Start a Sari-Sari Store with Small Capital in the Philippines

Every country has its own convenience store. The US has “7-Eleven”; Japan has “Family Mart”, “Lawson” and “Ministop” while the Netherlands has “SPAR Express”. The Philippines has “Treats” and “Select” in every Petron and Shell gas station respectively and “All Day” from the Villar group of companies. But perhaps no retail unit is more identified

How to Become a PCSO Lotto Agent in the Philippines

In times of economic hardship, it is human nature to explore other avenues to improve our financial situation. Hard work, extra shifts, a sideline; these are all the usual courses of action we take to earn a higher income. And then there are the unconventional routes where your chances of making money are left purely

How to Start a Carinderia with Small Capital in the Philippines

When I was a student at U.P. Diliman in the 1980’s, my friends and I hardly ate at the canteens or cafeterias around the campus. We would prefer to take the jeepney ride to Katipunan Avenue and eat at “Katips.” Our every day viand was “Grilled Liempo” with unlimited rice for 50 Pesos. It was

How to Start a Small Food Business in the Philippines

For ten years I was in the food business. From 1998 to 2008, my family and I operated a chain of hamburger stores that were franchised from the United States. Like many Filipinos, I wanted to start a small food business in the Philippines. Seeing the long queues and over-worked cash registers made the food

How to Start a Buy-and-Sell Business in the Philippines

Filipinos love to shop! Shopping is an activity that knows no season in the Philippines. Traffic, bad weather, credit crunch, or tight cash flow—all these don’t matter. Filipinos always find the best bargains for their hard-earned money. That’s why it’s a good idea to start a buy-and-sell business in the Philippines. Here are a few