Negosyo Tips from Marian Rivera

Kapuso Primetime Queen Marian Rivera-Dantes is one of the few recognized successful entrepreneurs in showbiz.

She founded her online flower shop Flora Vida by Marian on April 18, 2017 and it has been very successful since.

Since its launch last year, all of her flower arrangements have been sold out – which is technically a good business problem.

Flora Vida’s perennial blooms are a instant hit among its customers because of Marian’s personal touch. She is very hands-on with creating each bouquet as she has creatively curated and designed these by herself.

Aside from being an actress and entrepreneur, Marian is also an advocate of women empowerment. As the brand endorser of Mega Prime, Marian is also the leader of the Prime Mom Club.

The Prime Mom Club holds regular events for moms, wherein Marian shares her personal lessons from raising her daughter Baby Zia, her secrets in the kitchen as she whips her own recipes, as well as other inspirational stories such as her amazing achievements from running her own business online.

At a recent event of the Club, the actress shares how her passion turned into profit.

“Everyone around me knows how much I love flowers. My husband always says that every time I see an amazing flower bouquet, I am so overjoyed as if I won a million bucks,” she said. “So he encouraged me to enroll in a flower arrangement class.”

In March 2017, the actress went to Kyoto, Japan with her young family. There, she enrolled in a floristry class under the artful guidance of a world-renowned flower arrangement artist, Dutch florist Nicolai Bergmann, as motivated by her husband Dingdong Dantes. The Kapuso star immersed herself in learning the contemporary and traditional styles of flower arrangement, wherein she later picked up the Oriental influence as seen in her floral craftsmanship.

This class opened the door for her Flora Vida flower shop.

Here are some tips from Marian on how to be a successful entrepreneur:

1. Be lead by passion.

Marian has listened to her passion and decided to pursue it. She said this way, no matter what challenges you face, it will be worth it.

“Based on my experience, number one lesson is you have to know what you really want (to do and pursue in business),” she shared.

“It is hard to do anything if you are not passionate about what you are doing. Because in business, there are times that you would get really tired, and you’ll go through struggles. But if you love what you are doing, you would not mind those tiring and difficult days,” she said.

Image Credit: @floravidabymarian on Instagram

2. Dont be afraid to try.
Marian admits she was scared at first because she is not confident with her business skills. But her husband inspired her and she decided to give it a try.

“There’s nothing wrong to try new things that you didn’t do or know about before. It is better if you will try. Try so you would know the results. If you won’t try, then how would you know what could happen?”

Image Credit: @floravidabymarian on Instagram

3. Establish personal relationships with your clients.

Marian takes pride in being very hands-on with her flower arrangements. She said she wants to pass on the happiness that flowers give her to anyone who orders Flora Vida.

“In every flower arrangement that I make, I write a letter to my customer so each of them can feel the joy I felt when I was creating it,” she said.

4.Better come prepared with your capital funds.

Aside from passion, Marian also shared snippets of being realistic. She shared that you got to have funds for your business to flourish.

“You need to prepare funds for what you really need for your business. It is hard to do business if you did not set aside enough funds to run it. Let us just be realistic,” she quipped.

Image Credit: @floravidabymarian on Instagram

5. Pursue your dreams with determination.
Marian has learned the value of determination early in life. It has translated in her flower shop business.

“In business, as long as you love what you are doing, you have enough funds, and you have strong determination, you can overcome anything and everything,” she concluded.