Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Mailing and Marketing List

When I was young I always wanted to be a business owner and then I did and some point in my life.  Or should I say I did become an entrepreneur first, when I was 9 years old I started to sell bread (pandesal in the Philippines) every morning in our neighborhoods, I used to wake up before the crack of dawn to make sure I can sell a lot of pandesal.  And in the afternoon me and my friends will walk around the neighborhood to sell donuts.  For us its not a hardwork, its fun for us we really enjoyed doing it. We have a neighbor before that used to have a bakery business and they hire us kids to sell their goods and we get one peso in every bag of bread we sell, so if we sold five bags we earned five pesos also, that's a lot of money back then.  I can even give my brother and sister money so that they can buy lunch in school.  I was a responsible kid, I don't ask money from my parents for my lunch at school.  I guess I got it from my mother, she used to have  as we call it in the Philippines a "sari-sari store, its like a convenience store but more cheaper, sari-sari in tagalog means variety.  My mom sells basic commodities from rice, canned goods, fresh fish to vegetables.  It was a good business before but not so anymore these days, as every street in our country there is a sari-sari store, funny but its true.

When I married my husband in 2007, we planned to open a real convenience store thought its more like a mini grocery because the building was big.  And so we did open our first business in Feb. 2008 the "VnL Store", to me its like a supermarket and grocery in one.  We used to sell rice, softdrinks and beer, fresh produce, and cigarettes.  It was doing great at the first 2 years but I must admit I get so tired of handling it.  I get so tired of dealing with the government in the Philippines, they want you to get a permit with everything, tax you to death plus all the people who doesn't pay their tabs. And when I finally got my visa to the US last Nov. 2011, I handed my store to my parents which they decided to closed last 2012.  That was the end of my business, it was fun and a lot of hardwork but I think its not enough of hardwork that I did maybe that's why it was not successful.

Now that I am in the US, even though we a full-time job(thanks to God), we can't help but think of how nice to have a small business overhere.  I know its not easy compare in our country, here in the US there's a lot of competition, so business owner do a lot of things just to lure their customers.  One thing I notice here in the US is they always send you weekly ads or deals in the mail.  I think its a good idea.  But if you have just started your business and you are new to the market you need a lot of help from the professional like this website that I found online. List Giant can you help with your targeted mailing list, your business will surely experience huge benefits when ordering direct mailing list from List giant.

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