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A business and a full-time job? We know, right? Adulting alone already takes so much of our time. Work, friends, travelling, a relaxing alone time, paying your bills—all of this already sounds so challenging. It’s easy to see why the idea of running a business while having a full-time job might be too daunting for some. But as we spoke to six incredible leaders from Demand Science, it turns out that it’s actually not so impossible.

The secret? Passion and time management.


An Ounce of Inspiration

Ixie Torres, the Director for Email Marketing based in our Makati Office, runs TEAL (Torres, Encomienda, Alberto, Laconico) Services Group of Companies Inc. They offer end-to-end travel services from airline, hotel, and tour bookings to create a travel experience that’s tailor-fit to their client’s preferences.

When asked about her inspiration for starting this business, she said, “As a single mom, making both ends meet has always been a challenge. I realized that it was time for me to invest on something that will secure not just mine but my family’s future.”


Just like Ixie, Marife Serenio, a Data Researcher from Demand Science Davao, also cited family as her main inspiration in starting a personal business. She narrated, “The only inspiration I have for working hard is my family. My father is disabled. He suffered from mild stroke. My mother is a stroke patient. She can’t move her right arm and leg for 2 years now. She’s receiving therapy once a month until now. One of my elder sisters has vision disability. She underwent into a major operation last 2011 and got cataract due to side effects of the medicine she took during her operation (as doctors said) which affected her two eyes and made her temporarily blind.”

Marife runs multiple shops from random items to appliances, and even memorial lots. She also works as a Korean Language Instructor.

Truly, for people like Ixie and Marife, family is the number one motivation and inspiration to do something more.


For Charlemagne Carabuena, being part of the Honesty Store in the Cebu office is about being of service to others, saying, “My inspiration for being part of the honesty store is very simple, to provide quality eats to my colleagues and to myself, as well. I eat what I sell and I don’t ever want to compromise quality over profit. I always make sure that I see people happy with their purchase.”


A Can-Do Attitude

Glenda Quicho, Glenn Gaviola, and Jewel Marie Alinsug are the three women behind the Honesty Store in Cebu. Driven by their passion, curiosity, and a general interest in serving others, they are able to run their business successfully.


“Time management is my ultimate secret. I set a specific time everyday for my business probably 2-3 hours after shift and a few minutes before shift while making sure I can still have at least 6 hours rest. Sometimes I need to give up a little time from my social life. But the good thing is that since I created a business and expanded in parts of the city, I am able to make sure I can still catch up with my friends, or even at work. I know the business is still up and running,” Jewel said.


For Glenda, it’s all about commitment. She shared, “Do not allow your job to suffer as a result of your trying to grow your business, you made a commitment to your employer that you will work full time for them and you need to honor that commitment.”

Glenda runs Bubbles’ closet at iba pa, an online store that primary sells clothes, but also sells other stuff like biscuits, chips, milk, choco drink and coffee. Jewel, on the other hand, sells skin care and beauty products through the Fairy Beauty Potion hub.


Time management and efficiency

Finding the time to live two lives has always been the biggest challenge. While not everyone can be a Hannah Montana and manage two roles perfectly, these entrepreneurs admit that it’s not easy, but it’s possible and worth it. Their secret? Time management.

“Finding balance in keeping my daily job while running a growing business and also juggling my role as a mom, a shipper, a home keeper, a colleague, a daughter, and a lover can be hard. I admit it takes a lot of sacrifice. But as long as I understand what is going on, I know I can make it work,” Jewel shared.


For Glenn and Glenda, knowing your priorities is key, “Work is always the priority, I always make sure that I have performed to the best of my capabilities and still have enough rest. That’s why this honesty store is the best avenue for my business because it will lessen the time waiting for buyers.”

“I make sure I do not compromise work over selling. There has to be balance, enough rest to get rid of stress, and proper compartmentalization so that you won’t mix up both at once,” Charlemagne added.


Michelle Bandasan from our Telemarketing team based in Pampanga said that it’s all about efficiency. She runs Euresian Spa. She is driven by her burning passion to leave a legacy and her dream to provide the best future for her loved ones.

She said, “Running a successful small business depends on one’s ability to think about what lies ahead and not get mired down in day-to-day operations. I should say, I am blessed to have an employees that I can trust and rely on. I have trained them to duplicate the output I expect. I believe that it’s not enough for an entrepreneur to talk about vision or just frame it in the office. You need to repeat and proselytize your vision to your team for you to make sure that it still goes on-even without you being there all the time.”


If you’re entrepreneurial and would also want to have a full-time job, make sure you’re with a company that will support you. Visit our Careers Page and check out our job openings. #TakeTheLeap

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