Hello! My name is Jerry Ilao. Like most people, I came from a humble working class family. My mother was a teacher and my father was a government employee. When I was studying, I was told that I had to study hard so that I could get a good job with high salary.
So after I graduated from college in 1999 and passed the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) board exam, I immediately worked for Procter & Gamble (P&G). However, after just a year of working, I realized that I didn’t want to be an employee for the rest of my life…
I wanted more freedom and flexibility so I can bring my kids to school and play with them when I wanted to. I wanted to retire early, without having to worry where I will get the tuition fees for my kids. I felt the burning desire inside me to be an entrepreneur, even if nobody in our family had tried it before.
Because of this, I tried to engage in different part-time businesses while still working for P&G. I started with a boutique, moved to a mobile carwash, then after that, set up a weekend restaurant in Naga City (Bicol), my hometown. But all of those businesses closed within a year of operation, bringing with them my 4 years worth of personal savings amounting to P1M.
I was about to give up because I lost a lot already. But I knew that I had to be strong so I said to myself “Pasasan ba at tatamaan ko rin yan!”
So in 2005, I tried my luck again with my 4th venture, an ink refilling business I named Ink All-You-Can. It was during this time that I finally struck gold with business. Filipinos loved the savings and quality they got from using our products so the company quickly grew. From a home-based business, it became a full-fledged operation within just one year.
In 2007, after 2 years of doing the business part-time, I became a “certified leapreneur” when I finally took the leap of faith and resigned from my corporate job to focus on my growing business.
Ink All-You-Can was able to penetrate the key SM Supermalls such as SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, SM North Edsa, SM Fairview, SM Southmall, etc. offering quality inks and great service to its customers.
In 2010, Ink All-You-Can reached another milestone when we sought the help of Christian Bautista to be its Brand Ambassador.
Today, Ink All-You-Can is a major player in the alternative printer ink industry with 20 branches nationwide, employing a hundred people.
This 2015, I was also elected as the President of the Association of Filipino Franchisers, Inc. (AFFI), a non-profit organization that has been helping entrepreneurs since 1997. It is the same organization that is organizing the Filipino Franchise Show in World Trade Center in Gil Puyat for the last 14 years.
Last September 30, I was very honored to be featured in Manila Bulletin, in a full-page article entitled “Never say die Businessman.”