Interview with Jaron Castro


Hello Jaron, thank you for sparing some of your time today to let me interview you. Could you please let us know a little more about yourself? Location, entrepreneurial experiences, education....

Yes thank you, I am 22 years old currently studying Management & Entrepreneurship in the Philippines. Regarding entrepreneurial experiences, I have set up a couple of campaigns, such as t-shirt selling. I'm currently trying to explore ecommerce as of now while finishing my degree.

That's great. Do you consider yourself an entrepreneur at the moment?

Yes, I believe as long as someone is putting out their ideas into reality they may consider themselves as an entrepreneur

I understand.

How long have you been an entrepreneur, Jaron?

2 years, ever since I shifted to a business course, before I was studying Physical therapy and haven't really been exposed to entrepreneurship/business before.

Great.

As an aspiring entrepreneur, If you had one tip to encourage want-to-be entrepreneurs, what would it be?

Not to be cliché, but don't let your failures be the reason you quit. Your first great success may be right after a recent failure. From personal experience, I wasn't able to sell anything until after a couple of ventures

Those are some wise words.

What have been some of the highs and lows for you and your business ventures?

The first time I was able to create a successful campaign that reached the minimum amount of sales needed, is my favorite personal high. It gave me the momentum to create more successful ones. Some lows were when I first began being an "entrepreneur" I know a lot of people can relate. I felt my ideas weren't good and everything was already created haha.

Interesting, thanks for the input.

Do you think you have become a better entrepreneur over time? We talk about learning from mistakes, is that true?

Yes, the only way to get better is through experience. Learning from mistakes is essential for entrepreneurs. As long as you use what you learned to prevent it from happening again.

What kind of a life do you want to have for yourself by becoming an entrepreneur?

Honestly I just want to be financially independent sometime in my life through entrepreneurship

Like most of us.

How do you think about being generous to others because of being an entrepreneur?

Being generous is very important. To be an entrepreneur you need to create something that serves others so being generous builds around that.

I also believe in universal karma so it will come back to you.

Is there anything else you would like to say about your particular business and your future as an entrepreneur?

Well, studying here in the Philippines I see a lot of opportunity a lot won't see, such as the booming economy. Many see this as an underdeveloped area, but I see different. Hopefully I can use this to my advantage and strive here.

Alright. I would like to thank you again for the interview.

I wish you luck in your future entrepreneurial endeavors.

Yes thank you for the time!

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