A Home-Based Business Using Talents and Interests

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Created on Tuesday, 25 September 2018

As part of the requirements for the subject Business Communication, the college Entrepreneurship students organized a seminar entitled How to Start a Home-Based Business Based on Your Talents and Interests, which was held last September 20, 2018 at the Business Simulation Room of the Blessed Jordan of the Saxony Building.  Its main objective was to get tips on how to create and manage a home-based business built on one’s talents and interests.

The class invited two speakers who have been in the sticker, comics, postcards, and poster business since 2007.  The first speaker was Mr. Alden Miguel S. Villar. He was a former Production Assistant in Batibot, a popular children’s television show and an official photographer in the Community of Learners (where he graduated in high school) and Mapua University (where he will soon graduate with a degree in AB Psychology).  His love for photography led him to showcase his pictures through photo-books and photography postcards which he sells, together with stickers which he also designs.  Alden shared that their business started small but is now getting bigger, opening doors for new opportunities as well as for meeting new people.  He also noted that it has become more than just a hobby. 

The second speaker was Mr. Amos Jan Fraser S. Villar who created, drew, and wrote the comic strips BUBU! Burger and Tita Badet for the Philippine Daily Inquirer. As a graphic artist (counting some congressmen as his clients), an animator, concept designer, visual artist, and now an entrepreneur, Amos has expanded his business, which now includes comic books, stickers, postcards, posters, among others, which he sells in comic conventions such as KOMIKON, KOMIKET, TOYCON, APCC, KPOPCON, and COLLECTICON.  He revealed that he is a big K-Pop fan, and this fascination with Korean artists paved the way for his business to be successful.  Using Instagram and Facebook to showcase his works added to his popularity.  Amos also does quick sketches, which he demonstrated during the seminar. 

Additional essential points discussed included:  doing something you love because it is not always about money, creating art is a form of therapy, giving time for everything, and making sure to plan everything out.

Tapped to host and officially open the event were Business Communication students Jay Divinagracia and Josiah Guinto, respectively.  After the talk, Dr. Maiden Grace Gan, Chair of the Business and TESDA Programs awarded the certificates and token to the speakers, followed by the closing remarks given by Maria Rita Pilar V. Ong, Professor of Business Communication. 

 

Article by:  Maria Rita Pilar V. Ong

Pictures by: Justin Emmanuel B. Belgica

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