|cleaning up the store|
|little mesh bags for chips|
|shelf for canned goods|
|shelf for candies|
|our neighbor Mel putting the chicken wires|
The chicken wires did wonders! I felt more confident to leave the store while I did other things in the house like clean up, wash clothes or even surf the net.
Business is booming! hehe not really. The sales are modest but Im doing good and Im very happy. Also I now have a couple of loyal customers that come by on a daily basis!
|my goddaughter EllenJoy|
|Murgit looks like she wants some goodies|
|squid begging for scraps|
The store has improved within the 2 weeks since I opened it. Hopefully by next month I can also sell cooked rice and viand to students who are on a budget. Hot coffee on a styrofoam cups seem like a good idea too. For now im focusing on selling what's in demand like soda, cigarettes, chips and canned goods. I have other stuff too but I have an idea now what people really buy most of the time.
|weighing scale and rice boxes|
I also have certain customers that buy the same thing every single day. There is a guy named Mang Romy who buys Fortune cigarette menthol by the stick. He consumes probably 3-4 per day. Then there is a kid named Charles who lives a few doors away who buys candies and chips. Charles Mom also buys laundry soap, shampoo, qtips,bath soap and noodles every day. Another neighbor buys 1-2 kilogram of rice daily as well. Then during school week, the kids that go to the same highschool I went to, buy chips, soda, candies around 3-4pm. So the store never really has any zero sales. Sometimes even when I decide I want to have a day off, people I run into still buy stuff from me so I have to make a quick dash to the house to get whatever it is they need.
|Charles and his crew (Tenten and Bembem)|
|Charles and crew|
|They love the chupa chups|
|Pop Cola Liter|
|Pop cola and Royal 8oz|
I have only 3 kinds of sodas. Namely Pop cola, Royal tru orange and Coke. Coke is not too popular since people are mostly on a budget over here. A liter of coke costs 26PHP whereas a liter of Pop Cola costs only 16PHP. Not everyone is willing to shell out that extra 10 bucks for quality though. Although I still have customers who dont compromise their soda and get the coke. I have tiny bottles of coke and pop cola too which is a hit among kids.
Most importantly I have also added a top up station for GLOBE and TOUCH MOBILE. Ill be adding SMART and maybe SUN by tomorrow.
The best part of this small business venture is that I have more time to do what I want to do like Read, paint and also even play with my baby girls Thumper and Dapper.
and i have also started running again. Yes I tend the store while I also run in front of the house during the afternoons. I get my exercise while I do business. Pretty neat huh? hehe
I actually didnt expect that Id have so much fun operating this small store. The investment is not much, I dont have to go out as often and I have time for myself, my pets and my family. Yes money is important and I may not be making much right now, but I am very happy and content.
I wont be staying long in the Philippines and will have to relocate to the USA by next year. For now, Id say Im so glad that I have found something I really love doing and Im making just enough money on the side for me to survive.
I really wish I have done this sooner. Welcome to Eddie's sari sari store! How may I help you? Time to apply my customer service skills ^_^