Borne from her desire to have sustainable clothes in her style, the owner of Callelily shares how she started her business with capital that she borrowed from her mom.

How much do you think you’ll need to start your own clothing brand? Given how much money you'll need to allocate for inventory, overhead, and other operational expenses, some entrepreneurs would say you need capital in the thousands—possibly even in the six-digit range. And this can be daunting for any aspiring entrepreneur.

However, it is possible to start a clothing brand, even with a small amount of capital. Case in point: Laarni Tadeo, an entrepreneur who started Callelily with just PHP 1,500 she borrowed from her mom. Since then, Laarni has managed to grow her business, hired her own staff, and opened her very own sewing workshop. 

In this exclusive interview with The Business Manual, Laarni shares how she was able to turn her small capital into a full-fledged, thriving business that she can proudly call her own.

No Prior Business Experience

Believe it or not, Laarni did not have experience running a business—prior to starting Callelily. What's more, she wasn't a fashion design graduate either. Instead, her story starts with her working as a regular employee in a corporate setting.

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