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This Couple Started Burger Biz With P10K, Now Earns P300K A Month!
  • Roy Carlo Villegas had a simple dream: to launch a startup burger business.

    In the absence of gourmet burger shops in Calamba, Laguna back in 2015, Roy found an opportunity. "Sabi ng wife ko, 'Why not pursue it?'" Roy tells the OG team. "So she supported me. Goal namin at first [ay] makilala muna ang traditional naming recipe sa madla."

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    A rough start

    With just one staffer, Roy started Uncle Roy's in the city. But things were bleak in the beginning. "Nag-start kami na [ang gamit namin ay] mga upuan na natumba ng bagyo at ang kariton namin nasa kalsada lang, ni-repair lang. Gano'n talaga ang start ng burger [shop]," Roy recalls.


    "For three months, wala talaga kaming kita. Actually, parang tulak pa kami kasi walang naniniwala. Nagulat ang Calamba sa seventy pesos [na presyo ng] isang burger lang. Hindi nila maintindihan [kung] bakit ganyan ang presyo."


    With patience and determination, Roy's hard work paid off. People got to sample Uncle Roy's tasty burger recipe, which he inherited from his mom.

    In 2015, they started with the basics: Classic, Cheese, Bacon, Signature, and Hungarian burgers. Eventually, they added more menu items, such as fries, nachos, and salads.


    "There's no research, there's no special ingredient," Roy reveals. "Kamay ng pagmamahal ang tawag do'n."

    Booming burger business

    With an initial capital of just P10,000, Roy and his wife Jingle were able to earn as much as P37,000 a day.

    Today, Uncle Roy's earns P300,000 a month from its eight branches all over Luzon. There are two new branches in Batasan, Quezon City and Dasmariñas, Cavite.

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    "Siyempre, nadagdagan na lang namin 'yon along the way, pero do'n lang talaga nag-start," Roy says. "Now, siguro gross niya would be a million pesos mula sa eight stores."

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    Since May 2022, Uncle Roy's has been officially open for franchise. All you need is P170,000 as an initial investment.


    "'Yon ang objective namin: to share the food with everyone and to share the blessings or the system that we have para maranasan niyo rin what we have experienced," Roy says.

    Stepping backward to move forward

    Jingle owes their business' success to staying focused no matter what the circumstances.

    "Though there are challenges along the way, stay focused," Jingle advises aspiring business owners. "'Wag lang matakot gumawa ng mistakes 'cause 'yon ang mga lessons mo."

    "You have to move always forward and mali ang sinasabi nilang 'Huwag kang mag-move backward,'" Roy emphasizes. "In order to move forward, you have to realize kung ano ang mga naging past mali mo, so you have to move backward in order to move forward."

    For franchise inquiries, visit Uncle Roy's Facebook page.


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