'Vulcanizing boy' aims high, sets up own shop


Posted at Jan 24 2016 03:38 AM | Updated as of May 09 2017 12:25 PM

A former employee of a vulcanizing shop on Saturday shared his inspiring story which saw him transform from being an employee to a boss.

In an interview on dzMM's "Radyo Negosyo," Jerito Baldano shared the story of how he managed to turn his P15,000 savings into a multi-million peso vulcanizing and computerized alignment shop.

He said it was not easy at first. When he first opened his shop, he didn't even own a vulcanizing air compressor, the machined used in pumping air into the tire.

But he said he always knew that treading the easy path won't make him succeed in life.

"Hindi ako tumigil. Alam ko sa pwesto ko, hindi talaga ako aasenso," he said.

Baldano was 17 when he left Bicol to try his luck in the country's capital.

He initially worked for a ceramic store for a year before he became a tire man at another vulcanizing shop. He was then paid P55 per day.

After the five years in his old job, he finally decided that it was time to take the leap.

Fifteen years later, his shop has grown and now employs nine people. Baldano was able to buy his own house and help his siblings open their own tire centers.

"Masarap sa pakiramdam. 'Yung mga tauhan ko, natutulungan ko silang magkatrabaho. 'Yung mga kapatid ko, may sarili na ring negosyo," he said.

For all those who wants to start their own business, Baldano's advice is to work on something they "know by heart."

"Maraming gustong magnegosyo. Mapera na sila, gusto rin sumubok. Pero hindi sapat yun e. Kapag magnegosyo dapat yung alam mo ang detalye. Kasi kahit gaano kalaki ang puhunan kung wala sa puso ang ininenegosyo, mawawala din," Baldano said.