Small Businesses in the Philippines: Is small really the new big?

%Franchising PhilippinesBeing an employee is good, but being an entrepreneur is better.

Let’s amend to the fact that an ordinary street vendor earns twice as much as a regular employee does. I once interviewed a typical street vendor, he declared that he’s earning minimum of one thousand pesos a day selling barbecue, isaw, quail eggs etc. Likewise to sari-sari store owner who never gets out of regular buyers every day.


Starting small for the big-time!

Most of entrepreneurs start with humble beginnings. Many start with one thousand pesos, more or less as a capital. In today’s business, the trendiest and hottest option for many entrepreneurs in the country is franchising. Franchising is a type of business wherein one is given the opportunity to make the small one big. The giant names in the market such as Jollibee, McDonald’s, Shell, Caltex, and others had started small. Jollibee, in fact, once started as a small ice cream parlor. Then, it grew big offering a variety of food items ideal for both children and adult.


Would you rather be a franchisee?

Aside from financial aspects, a deserving and interested franchisee may present a letter of intent detailing his initial business plan. This is absolutely required because many franchising companies screen their potential franchisees to ensure that the name and reputation of the business will not suffer. There are many benefits of franchising:

  1. Visibility and Branding. Visibility and popularity are emphasized in franchising. You don’t only operate in many locations, but also you build and represent the name of the franchising company.
  2. Rate of Return. When operating a franchise business, the franchisee would definitely earn much higher than from a conventional business.
  3. Expansion and Development Possibilities. A franchise business gives wider opportunities and substantial growth. It lends a hand to entrepreneurs in setting up new great locations rather than being restricted in your own capital.


Whether you will franchise your small biz or not, you can make your dream business come true. Here are the top small business ideas with big potentials and returns:

%Franchising Philippines–  Laundry shop
–  Gasoline station (new companies such as Total, Sea Oil, Flying V)
–  Water refilling station
–  Herbal soap manufacturing
–  Landscaping business
–  Bakery and eatery
–  Advertising and print shop
–  Computer and internet rentals
–  Accessories and clothing
–  Preserves (such as sandwich spread, Filipino food and delicacies), fruits, veggies and meat stalls
–  Beverages

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  2. Elsa says

    Gusto ko po sana mag start ng cart business like hotdog,, am 6mos jobless now,, mahirap may boss kasi ginawa mo na ang lahat hard to please him but anyway gusto ko kumita para maturuan ko din dalawang anak ko sa value ng pera,, OFW ako dati , am from Mindanao but in Manila for years now,, ayoko naman po umasa sa fiancee ko, gusto ko ipakita sa kanya na pwede din ako mabuhay na hindi umaasa sa kanya,, meron po bang cart business na tulad nung nabasa ko dito na 13,500php lang,, ano ano po ba mga requirements po para wag naman po masayang oras ko at habang hindi pa nag aaral sa college dalawang anak ko…hindi po kasi ako sanay na nasa bahay lang po,, ayoko naman po ma scam kasi honest to goodness na business gusto ko para sa family ko po,, more powers and waiting for your reply po, tnx

  3. james says

    We are interested in small business to start with, not everybody has a 100K for capital to start with, if 100K is small for you, it will be difficult for us to start a small scale business. can you give us an idea with a realistic capital for people like us in the average earner. Thanks

  4. jojo says

    the top small business ideas listed above still need a capital of more 100k,still that is big money for the average like me…what is for a small business for small capital.

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