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‘Love what you’re doing; it shows in your offerings’ – Jenkin Daquil Reyes

Jenkin’s Cakes, Pastries and Desserts was established by Jenkin Daquil Reyes in 2016, with a startup capital of only PhP1,000. This has grown a lot… considering she just started selling ice candy.

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Jenkin’s Cakes, Pastries and Desserts was established by Jenkin Daquil Reyes in 2016, with a startup capital of only PhP1,000.

Yes, this business has grown big over time; particularly if you consider that when it started, “nagsimula lang ako magenta noon ng ice candy at mango Graham pastillas yema,” Jenkins said.

But growing was sort of expected.

Mabenta na noong panahon na yun ang ice candy ko so sa kakagawa ko naging lasang ice cream ang ice candy na ginagawa. Lalong naging mabenta,” Jenkin said. Eventually, “hinahanap-hanap na ng mga tao.”

The same thing happened to the mango Graham pastillas yema, which became an ice cream cake.

Admittedly, “sa simula, natuwa lang ako sa ginagawa ko; paubos oras at puros pagkakaperahan talaga ang iniisip ko. May mga times din na humihinto ako sa pag-gawa kasi may ‘pisonet’ din ako na binabantayan aside sa paggawa ng dessert. Pero lalong nagpahikayat sa akin na mag-aral pa ng mas malalim sa baking ay ang pinagdaanan ko na anxiety noong 2018 kasi nagka-problema ako sa anak ko na hindi na ipinakita sa akin ng biyenan at hipag ko. Dahil doon, naging malukungkutin ako; nagkaroon ako ng anxiety attacks at lagi akong umiiyak. Kaya ito ang naging daan para ubusin ko amg oras ko… sa pag-bi-bake.

Jenkin moved from cakes to also learn about baking bread.

Wala akong oras na hindi gumagawa; gusto kong mapagod sa pagkilos sa para malampasan ang kalungkutan na pinagdadaanan ko at masaya na din naman ako na ito ang naging outlet ko sa pinagdadaanan ko kasi kumikita pa ako at naalis sa isip ko ang mga bagay na nakakapagpalungkot sa akin.

Looking back, Jenkins said she never thought this would eventually be her line of making a living, having finished BS Biology.

Masaya lang ako noong una na nauubos ang mga ice candy na naging ice cream ice candy na may iba’t ibang flavors, hangggang sa naging cakes na nga,” she said. “Malayo ito sa course na kinuha ko.

There remain challenges.

To start, there was the nervousness with baking since it wasn’t her field at all.

At the start, “kapag natikman ko ang gawa ko at nasarapan ako, binebenta ko. Pero kapag di ko gusto ang lasa at need pa i-improve, pinapakain ko lang ito ng libre. Hindi lahat ng gawa ko ay perfect agad kasi noong una wala pa akong tiwala sa sarili ko.

There’s also the issue of pricing.

One time, “may isang nagtiwala na teacher ng anak ko na bumili sa akin.” She sold 50 pieces of cupcakes “at lugi ako kasi hindi ko pa alam kung magkano ang ipapatong ko. Basta sa sarili ko natuwa ako na may isang nagtiwala.”

Jenkin said that “sa mga pagkakamali… doon din ako natuto.

Looking back, “sa tingin ko nakuha ko naman na ang pinuhunan ko. Actually wala naman akong gaanong ginastos kasi ang oven ko ay bigay ng ate ko na nasa ibang bansa; nakikita niye kasi ang sipag at determinasyon ko kaya niregaluhan niya ako ng mga gamit.”

At times she also buys secondhand equipment.

And now for people who may want to also open their business, what tips can Jenkin give?

Sa mga gusto mag-balak na magtayo ng business… siguraduhin nila na masaya at mahal nila ang ginagawa nila. Hindi kasi maganda ang outcome kung napipilitan ka lang gawin ang isang bagay,” Jenkin said. “Pag-aralan din ng mas malalim kahit sa sarili mo lang need lang magbasa nang magbasa para matuto. Harapin din ang mga panahon na may paglubog yun din naman ang magtutulak sa atin para umahon.

Keen to try the offerings of Jenkin’s Cakes, Pastries and Desserts? Head to FB.

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Make time and go for it – Rankin Cailles

Like many, Rankin Cailles’ work was affected by Covid-19. This led to him opening By Chef Kin, an online bakery. He now says: “I say go for it even if you have a hectic schedule. It’s a continuous learning process.”

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By Chef Kin – an online bakery – was opened in May 2020, with a startup capital of approximately P100,000.

“I am a chef at an airline catering company,” said Rankin Cailles, who was ” used to (being) in the kitchen most of the time.” But then the lockdowns came, and “I was not used to being idle.” Itching to do something, “that’s when I started to bake breads and pastries at home.”

Cailles said that his family inspires him; ditto great chefs such as Alain Ducasse, Dominique Ansel and Gordon Ramsey.

But looking back now, “honestly, I was focused on being an employee for quite sometime,” said Cailles, who graduated from Enderun Colleges with a Bachelor’s degree in International Hospital Management major in Culinary Arts. But then “I had the time to bake and create new products.”

Here’s the thing, though: work re-started already for Cailles.

And so, he said, “right now, my biggest challenge is time. Since work resumed, I usually bake when I get home.” His wife – who also looks after their kid – helps out, along with her brother who is also studying culinary.

Rankin Cailles with his wife
The sous chef of Rankin Cailles

Cailles said that “in our less than a year operation, I can say it’s a profitable venture.” In fact, “yes, we already reached ROI; but we’re planning to purchase new equipment for efficiency.”

This is why – he stressed – going into business should be considered by people.

“I say go for it even if you have a hectic schedule. Make time because I learned a lot from starting By Chef Kin,” Cailles said. “It’s a continuous learning process for me.”

Interested to try the offerings of By Chef Kin? Head to FB: https://www.facebook.com/bychefkin or IG: https://www.instagram.com/bychefkin/.

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Explore things aligned to your passion – Lloyd Jeremy Matias

“Find your passion. Try exploring things aligned to your passion. Seek for business opportunities that is linked to that passion because nothing beats the feeling of doing what you really love and gaining something from it than doing things just for the sake of money,” said Lloyd Jeremy Matias of Mad Pastry PH.

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Mad Pastry PH – a small and local food brand located at Santa Rosa City, Laguna – was started in the last quarter of 2020, with initial capital of around PhP70,000 to PhP100,000 to cover the equipment, baking tools, kitchen renovation and packaging materials.

It may just be new (since the business started selling on December 10), but Lloyd Jeremy Matias can say in hindsight that “during this time of pandemic, I discovered a lot of things about myself, and that includes the talent of baking. At first, it was just a hobby – baking cookies and brownies – and then sharing them only to my family and friends.” 

Lloyd is a graduate of Bachelor’s Degree in Electronic Engineering, which is really not aligned with baking; and “I came from a typical Filipino family, raised by parents who always inspires us to study, do well in school in order to find good paying jobs and the thought of business was really not taught,” he said. So “I was afraid to take risks.”

But then “there were a lot of positive feedbacks about my cookies.” It helped that his sister started giving out cookies – without Lloyd knowing of this – and these random people like what they got.

“I realized (that) maybe I should start trying online business, since it is trending nowadays. That is my trigger point on why I started this business,” Lloyd said.

Choosing this industry in particular, he added, was easy. “Food is essential and everyone loves food,” Lloyd said.

It’s only been weeks since the business started, so ROI has yet to be attained.

But “I am really hoping that this will be profitable. The reception of people is really overwhelming and I hope this continues since we will also continue improving our products and services,” Lloyd said.

So far, the only challenge for Lloyd is time. 

“I didn’t quite expect the number of orders coming our way on our first week of selling. We are overwhelmed by the acceptance of our customers and we do not have the right system and the right approach yet,” he said. “But of course, with extra brain and extra hands, nothing is impossible. I will commend my family for really helping me overcome… challenges.”

And for people who may want to also open their business, what tips can Lloyd give?

“Find your passion. Try exploring things aligned to your passion. Seek for business opportunities that is linked to that passion because nothing beats the feeling of doing what you really love and gaining something from it than doing things just for the sake of money,” Lloyd said. “Do whatever makes you happy.”

For more information or to order from Mad Pastry PH, head to Facebook or Instagram @madpastryph; call/text 09338649797; or email madpastry.ph@gmail.com.

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Love and be confident about your products – Marianne Rose Valera

Marianne Rose Valera established Yuna’s in 2019; and the biz has been growing. “Focus on something that you are passionate about when starting a business,” she said. “You’ve got to love and be confident about your products.”

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Yuna’s was started around October 2019, with an initial capital of around PhP2,000, and only with baked mac and Korean chicken wings in the menu, recalled Marianne Rose Valera. 

But it was a field she was bound to enter. 

Marianne Rose noted that online businesses have been trending, and “I’ve been wanting to have a business but can’t think of a product to sell… until I got the idea of selling comfort foods.”

It helps, of course, that “aside from cooking, I love feeding people. I grew up cooking with my mom (who) taught me the basics of cooking. And I am a housewife with a two year old daughter. I am a nurse by profession but chose to be a hands-on mom, putting aside my career for a moment. I thought of using my extra time on this food business,” she said.

Now, her family inspires her to do good. “In this time of crisis, I thought I’m still lucky having this business. My husband works abroad but due to the pandemic, work has been temporarily halted leaving him with no salary for three months. This business helped us through financially.”

There remain challenges.

For instance, “I am running my business alone. Prep work and cooking are tiring especially if you work alone,” she said. 

Also, “I have a two-year-old daughter who’s being looked after by my older sister if I have to cook or go to the grocery store to get supplies.”

All the same, “it is just a matter of time management.”

But yes, Marianne Rose already reached ROI; and she said this is a “profitable venture.”

And for people who may want to also open their business, what tips can Marianne Rose give?

“Focus on something that you are passionate about when starting a business,” she said. “You’ve got to love and be confident about your products.”

Wanna grab the offerings of Yuna’s? Head to Yuna’s Facebook page.

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