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Wais Investment: Couple Takes P500 Course, Now Earns Up To P170K Monthly From Their Cafe
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  • If there's anything the pandemic has taught us, it's that we can learn almost anything online.

    In fact, attending classes may just be your ticket to your next business venture. Take for example the story of couple Ram Lopez, 26, and Cray Velasco, 30, who put up a cafe after taking an online course.

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    "Initial investment talaga [namin] is the time I decided kumuha ng digital course," Ram tells the OG team. "I read everything about coffee, which cost me P500 lang."

    The birth of Coffee Code

    Like many entrepreneurs, Ram thought of setting up her own business after musing about life as an employee. "Forever ba tayong employee? Sabi ko, 'Why don't we run a milk tea shop?'"

    That's when Cray pointed out that it might be more practical to set up a coffee business, as people drink the beverage more frequently. Soon, they launched Coffee Code. Cray handled the design, while Ram focused on the products.

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    At first, Ram and Cray thought of attaching a cart to a motorcycle, but Ram realized she didn't want to drill holes into the vehicle. That's when Cray proposed a "coffee box," a wooden contraption placed on top of the motorcycle that, when opened, resembles a coffee cart.

    READ ALSO: Negosyo Idea: Mobile Cafe Started with P6K Capital Now Earns P200K Monthly

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    Soon, people took notice of them and were fascinated by how they would prepare cold brew coffee pour-over style. "Kaya ang mga tao, "Wow, ang cute! Ang galing,'" Ram recalls. "Although medyo matagal gawin. Pero worth it kasi na-extract talaga 'yong coffee."

    Earning six figures a month

    Ram and Cray's initial investment was P6,000 to P7,000, which they spent on coffee beans, syrups, and the coffee box. On the first day that they opened their business, they already achieved a return on investment.

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    From there, they invested additional capital and now operate two branches in Guiguinto, Bulacan: one in Tabang and another in Rocka. Today, they earn between P160,000 to P170,000 per month, depending on the season.

    READ ALSO: This Couple Started Burger Biz With P10K, Now Earns P300K A Month!

    At their local branch, they receive royalties that range from P10,000 to P15,000, and also earn at least P10,000 for each event booking.

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    Know your business

    Just like any business owner, Ram and Cray have had their share of naysayers.

    "Most of them [would] tell you, 'Bakit kailangan mo pang sumabak sa ganyan? Mapapagod lang kayo. Puwede ka namang mag-timpla ng three-in-one.'

    "People [would] say that, pero at the end of the day, ikaw ang magsasabi sa sarili mo na 'Hindi. Try natin.' Kasi the worst thing na puwede mong gawin ay ang hindi mo subukan."

    "Ang pagbi-business, honestly, 'di siya gano'n kadali," Cray adds. "Mag-invest ka [sa] knowledge mo. You can't start a business without knowing your business."

    While there may be days when sales are low, Ram and Cray know they have to be strong, especially for their employees. And while the couple may have disagreements about the business, it's nothing that a relaxing cup of coffee can't fix.

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    "Hindi ka puwedeng magsabi, 'Anong nangyari?'" Ram says. "Hindi araw-araw Pasko, pero after the rain, mayro'ng rainbows."

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    With the success of their business, Ram and Cray are now offering Coffee Code for franchise. The packages, which cost P90,000 to P120,000, are already inclusive of what you see in their coffee store, from the coffee beans, flavoring, syrups, sauces, to employee training. For inquiries, send them a message on Facebook.

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