At the start of the year 2020, we hoped for a good year. A year to start our passion project / business. We upgraded our website and tried to look for products that we want to sell. We also started to flirt with the idea of making stuff on our own. It was a promising plan…but then, the pandemic happened. Everything came to a sudden halt.

Now, we are already in the middle of 2020 and still in quarantine, but we decided to push for it! We had to start somewhere if we want this passion project of ours to lift off. So, come July, I started to draft shirt designs that would attract certain demographics. I was brain storming when my youngest sister told me to create a shirt for medical technologists like herself and try to penetrate their market. It was a long shot since I am not familiar with her field. I prayed hard and started to draft away. To my surprise, I ended up with 3 designs. These designs took me almost 2 weeks. I finalized the design, created a mock up, set it up in my online shop and even created an ad in facebook. I was very excited and very positive about this! Days passed, and not one single sale. It was heart breaking. Then August 14 came.

It was around 11pm when my phone started notifying me of a new email. As I was about to open it, another email came! And another! And another! I was confused. Then, my sister messaged me, saying that she posted my shirt design to a group she was a part of. I was excited and anxious! I jumped out of bed, turned on my computer, and started counting all the orders that were pouring in! That night, I received a total of 34 orders of almost 50 shirts. It continued for 3 days until I surpassed 50 orders. This was the highlight of my week!

Now, why am I telling you this? Well…It’s not to brag, but to testify that business is not easy, but it is doable! Also, if profit is the only motivation you have for business, then you won’t last! My wife and I initially planned this to be our fallback and maybe, in the future, be our main source of income. Nothing is impossible, but we have to do a reality check. It will be a while before we can enjoy the return of our investment. That is why, we will be prepping our online store, Thrift and Novelty, to gear towards creating jobs and opportunities for other people. We want our business to be a source of blessing for others and not just profit for ourselves. Our business and our brand will also be a ministry where Jesus is known.

Looking back, I can say that this pandemic has shown us what is really important. For me, my family has a reasonable spot at the top of my priority list but should not be above what God has purposed for me to do. So I pray that as my wife and I continue to work on Thrift and Novelty, that we do not forget what is important.

So, if you are interested to look at unique shirt designs, head on to our online shop. You might find something worth your while!

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