FROM OFW TO BUSINESS WOMAN: From a nurse abroad to a salon and spa owner.
VOL. 1 NO. 1 DECEMBER 2018
BY: FERNANNE JUDE GULAPA | PHOTOS BY: BUTCH GIOVANNI CAPOY
Trish Lotivio shares how she transitioned from an OFW to an entrepreneur back home. At 22, Trish began her journey as an OFW right after graduation. She finished her training as a nurse and found an opportunity to work in Saudi Arabia. For the past 10 years, she also worked in the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.
When the 10-year mark working overseas came, she had grown tired of working as a nurse even if her job and income were stable. She knew it was time to for a change. "Sabi ko, gusto ko nang umuwi. Gusto ko nang mag business." She didn't know what business she wanted to do at first. Her friend suggested for her to start her own salon and spa since it was a must that she pampers herself whenever she is home in Manila.
From a dream, Trish's salon became a reality. She started importing cosmetics and aesthetic tools from Europe for salons, spas and beauty clinics. Just this June, Paris Salon and Spa celebrated its first anniversary.
NOT AN EASY FEAT
As a former OFW, Trish had always known the difficulties and anxieties of transitioning from an employee to an employer. "Fear ng mga OFW na pag umuwi sila, yung paano sila magsa-start. Number one issue yan talaga sa kanila. Napakahirap to get used to having a salary on a monthly basis tapos uuwi ka and magsa-start ka from scratch." So from her own experience, Trish shared a few tips for other OFWs aspiring to start their own business back home.
TIP #1: HAVE A GOAL
It's important to have a goal. Know what you want and focus on achieving it. Once you've identified your goal, make the necessary steps and adjustments to reach it. "From there makakapagdecide ka kung ano kailangan mong gawin na mga minor steps. Kasi yun yung major e [yung goals mo]. So ano 'yun kailangan mong gawin para ma-achieve mo yung goal na 'yun. Kasi 'pag wala yung goal, walang direction." she says.
She adds that some OFWs tend to make the mistake of not having a goal and realize after 10 years, nothing has changed from where they started.
TIP #2 DON'T JUST SAVE, INVEST
Rather than saving your money in the bank which earns very little interest rates, Trish advises that it is best to invest your money in property like real estate. "Pag sinabi mo kasing savings, hindi rin umaakyat yung pera dun, e.' di ba mababa lang yung interest sa bank? 'yun it will be definitely higher than the amount when you purchased it."This is a good way of saving since you invest rather than buy unnecessary things.
TIP #3: LEARN THE BUSINESS
Trish shares that she consults with entrepreneurs. They help her decide on things that she is unsure of and lessens the chances of her making mistakes. At the same time, she also attended classes and seminars on how to manage a salon and spa and learned basic salon services herself.
TIP #4: BE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR STAFF
As a business owner, you must aim not only in helping yourself but others too. When you open a business, you become responsible for your employees. Lead properly and you'll be able to give opportunities to other people through your business.
Lastly, Trish advises to never forget to pray and ask for God's guidance. [K]