From the runway to the silver screen, Paolo Paraiso has become more than just an actor and model through his recent entrepreneurial undertakings. When Paolo isn’t in front of the camera filming for his next action film, or on the mat training for Jiu Jitsu, you can find him in one of his restaurants.
Paolo’s first venture into business was when he launched his T-shirt company, BrandX. “I wanted to get into it because it seemed like the perfect fit for my lifestyle; I always wore shirts and it was supposedly a lifestyle brand for Xtreme sports enthusiasts,” he tells ABS-CBN Lifestyle. But unfortunately, he had to close the company as he didn’t have that much time to look after the business.
However, this didn’t stop him from running his business game. A few years later, he and his friends invested in a restobar, Dillingers and Backyard Kitchen & Brew. Now, he also helps in operating Mimi & Bros in BGC, and TondoX Pomade, locally-produced organic hair care and skincare products bought on A-Listers.
How did he manage despite his busy sched? He tells us his tricks below!
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1. Pick a business that you would love doing every day.
As they say, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” Paolo couldn’t agree more when he was invited to invest in a restobar, “Since I was always out at that time, it felt like the natural way to go in terms of investing my money. So basically, it’s my passion that made me want to venture into business,” he says.
2. Get the right people.
You can have the best education, the talent, and the attitude, but you need other people’s knowledge and experience, too. "I try to learn from everybody and anybody. I try to absorb as much as I can so I can make proper decisions in business."
3. Work your ass off.
Undoubtedly, fame has its perks. But without a sound business plan and a quality product, no company can succeed. For Paolo, “Being a celebrity has its plus in business, but it is still equally hard. It can help with contacts and marketing, but that’s it. Good business sense is still key.”
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Photos from instagram.com/@paoloparaiso