I'm Darlene, a young entrepreneur trying to explore what I can do with what I have with an aim of scaling globally. I started fighting this fear of survival thru school project during college with the help of 5 members in the group. We bidded to get our place for our feasibility study and unexpectedly, the income generated was thrice of what we have invested which was divided equally among the members of the group. We constructed the stall, designed our logo, created the menu from our very own recipes, up to the branding of our product. With the 1500US worth of investment, we were able to come up with 8000USD net profit for three months.
Then I started working as a Duty Manager of a restaurant right after college and have pieced together a career in the F&B industry. Ive worn white and blue collars, been a peon and a boss and learned variety of skills at every stop I never imagined I could. But every job always brought the laugh-sigh sound at me. A month ago, I decided to leave the company I'm working for even if its the only resource of my income. The reason behind this is no matter how well I perform, it never satisfied me. I felt lost and unhappy with my career. I always have this feeling that I can do more but never took the chance to step out of my comfort zone and explore what the world has in store for me.
Now that opportunity seems to pat my back, I just cant let it pass. With my background in the food and beverage industry along with my managerial and operational skills, I have decided to "take the leap" as many would say to start my own business. An owner of a space Iocated in Manila Waters near UP Town Center, Quezon City, Philippines surprisingly offered me a low cost of rental for a 4x8 space worth 200USD per month. The market would be the mass working community of blue and white collared jobs inside Manila Waters. Something shifted at that instant in my heart and I felt a ray of hope and clarity I had not known before. I have always enjoyed building everything from the ground up so probably, its time to feed my insatiable appetite to create a life on my own terms, building my own concept with my first stall, BUNTASTIC! --comfort food in a bun! I am taking my mom's very own patties, some recipes I picked up from our stall back in college. I am putting a modern twist on these to satisfy the taste bud of each and every customer.
However funding for the capital and operational expense for the first 3 months has become the hurdle that I cannot seem to get over and would make it extremely difficult to even get the equipments and tools in the door, let alone start generate income.
This project is just the begining of my journey and I can not wait to see how far I can reach. Your support means the world to me! In case you have anything to spare, I will use every penny that is thoughtfully given to me to put a professional wrap on my first business up to its expansion to several branches. Your generosity will not be forgotten. I pledge to pay it forward somehow, be a job provider, feed anyone who's in need of a meal and in any way I can help for the betterment of everyone. I don't take asking for this lightly and my promise to help someone else with their dream is my payment to you.
In advance, thank you for helping me in turning my dream into a reality. Thank you for your support, time and attention to this endeavor.