Ice Business is doing well, I think....

Philippines
October 20, 2009 11:31pm CST
Hello People, I've been months since I've started this Small venture on Ice selling business, first i was a bit skeptic because of the troubles with the Electric bill, freezer can consume so much electricity. But after a few days, i decided to do it anyways, and so far so good but not that profitable. there are others, but we have the advantage because we sell our ice at least 25% cheaper. I've planned sent out fliers with my cell phone number so that people would start inquiring and hopefully steal that slice of the market most specially those legal vendors who are in the market every after noon, they sell beverages. i did offer to one of the carts i used to buy food but i don't they like my inquiry since some of the sales ladies there might have their contacts with other ice sellers, guess they don't me selling mine there..probably i should stop buying food hmmmmmp! [i] but, there are several problems that I might. first, my buyers might increase and am only using the fridge and not the freezer because it has holes it doesn't get cold. then, my mobile phone is screwed for weeks now, haven't use it since. third, if i put the number some people might fool around or might have the wrong impression that we deliver ICE...not..[/i] Thank God there's no snow here...only Rain...
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14 responses
• Philippines
21 Oct 09
Well i wish there was snow. I really want to experience snow some day. And there will be a more opportunity for business if we have snow here. Just like an ice-skating rink that you can let people hire per hour plus the shoes and some home-made sleighs *or caritons*. Or some knitted scarfs or jackets or mittens which are very profitable in winter. Anyway, good luck to that business of yours. You could also try selling some lemonades or ice water. I remember myself purchasing one way back when i was a kid. Every after playing outside, we need something that would quench our thirst. So we buy ice-tubig in a nearby store. Hope you could try that suggestion.
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• Philippines
21 Oct 09
hello koala, then i would have indefinitely run out of business, yes i know what you're talking about. and it seems that there are skating business in the malls, i believe with innovation and investment, we can have our own snow in other establishments. like the ones made in china or japan i think, they created a place for ski like dome\
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• Philippines
22 Oct 09
:D hehe.. try ice tubig! I think it will really increase your profit!
@robert19ph (4584)
• Philippines
21 Oct 09
hello LetranKnight25, wow! i am so happy for you for you have your own business already. just don't let anybody manage it for you. this way, you can monitor and know everything that is happening in your business. you can even make a better plan to make it profitable. just do what you think will help you so the market will recognized you. just fine if you have a lesser income for now for you are still starting, for you are 25% cheaper. as days go by, that small profit will become big for you sale cheaper. good luck to you.
• Philippines
21 Oct 09
hello robert, Thanks for congratulating me, although i may have to correct myself about the cheap word, it's the price that is actually 25% cheap and not the quality. for now, am still in the micro stage and hasn't been knowing by all markets. i hope it does result a good thing once my ice had been known popular through out the neighborhood. if that happens, that would be an accomplishment on my part
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• Philippines
25 Oct 09
@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
21 Oct 09
Any business venture has good potential if it is well planned. When there is demand there is supply so what you are doing now in the ice business has good growth potential as ice cubes are in high demand especially in our tropical climate. When I was still running my restaurant my daily requirement for ice cubes was 7 bags of a 10 kg bag ice. Sometimes I need more. The overhead cost of making ice cubes is not too high but the profit margin is good. So do stick with it and surely one day you will be the king of iceman.
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• Philippines
21 Oct 09
Hello Zandhi, I agree with you that it should be planned very well instead of just charging with out assurance of earning that big. by the way, what happened to your restaurant? It seemed like a good business you're having there. well, it's nice to have this kind of business, it really wakes my boredome
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
21 Oct 09
I ceased operating my restaurant cause I have to relocate myself to another place when my dad passed away to take care of the ongoing business here. I am now continuing the running of the pub/keroke and a resthouse. I may start again my cafe business in this new place if I have enough manpower.
@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
21 Oct 09
My mother is also selling ice... and it is quite profitable... most of her customers are coconut juice vendors... and there are times when she can't keep up with the demands... she is actully planning to buy a freezers just so she can make more ice... she usually makes around 300 php every other day... and that would have been everyday if only she can produce more ice... i hope your business prospers...
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• Philippines
21 Oct 09
hello aseretdd, Wow! how long she's been selling ice lately? that is so darn lucky of her, she must have been selling ice for a long time. too bad for me i could barely make it a hundred, and even if i do i would used it to buy more plastic for making ice. i wish i could make around five hundred a day but we only use refrigerator and we can only store for at least less than thirty ice, how much does she sells it? each is only 2.50Php. but am glad people are getting to know us and thanks to those who had also informed them about us here
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@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
21 Oct 09
I think my mother has been selling ice for less than a year... and each ice cost 2.20 php... buko juice vendors like that kind of ice rather than the block type because they don't melt that easily... i suggest you try to get juice vendors as your customers... that will surely perk up your business...
@irene3184 (900)
• Philippines
21 Oct 09
Really? My mother did mention about the selling of ice and it's not that hassle because someone mention it with her with this kind of business and it flows good.Well, good luck to you.
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• Philippines
21 Oct 09
hello Irene, yup, it's been months now since we started this thing. why don't you guys try it there so that you will have another source of income.i just hope it grows and becomes a good earn living. for now, am just being noticed but trouble i still have a few glitch to fix in this business and i think I've mentioned it above.
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@LordOzz (204)
• Philippines
21 Oct 09
Wow! Good job brother! i hope your business will hit the market. :) well i guess you need to bring your phone for repair and clarify things with your contacts. if you move to slowly you might loose them, opportunities are hard to find. :) goodluck Letran!
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• Philippines
21 Oct 09
hello LOrdOzz, you mean mobile phone repair, since i can't use the Land line, some one might prank call us here. well, i don't want to loose things fast, i don't want to compete either i still have to solve these two problems that i have right now. thanks a lot, and good luck on your banner business as well, hey has any one taken orders for you yet
• Philippines
21 Oct 09
u are an enterprising young man. selling ice is a good thriving business. they do not have their "season" and u can sell it the whole year around. it would mean non-stop business for u the whole year round. all businesses started small and u will eventually grow big. as it is picking up now, ur market will surely grow. i think u might consider saving money so that u can purchase a bigger freezer to answer the eventual growing market of ur ice business. good luck
• Philippines
21 Oct 09
hello monermakingtoday, not really but i did took Entrepreneur as my course, but i think am more of a late boomer or starter since i did other things before i get the chance to start these kind of business. actually, i have to correct the season part, in these rainy season, there isn't much for a sale since it's cold. probably it's different in summer. but thanks for the advice. have a great day.
@thea09 (18327)
• Greece
21 Oct 09
Hi Letran, I have never heard of an actual ice selling business before so good luck with your venture but don't build up good contacts on this until you are able to promise a regular supply. Be sure to reinvest all profits towards an adequate freezer first and then you will be ready for expansion. I would suggest if you have them that you target food outlets such as cafenions or places where people gather and the owners are too busy to constantly make ice. Plus it is a big drawback I would think if you can't deliver which you could simply by investing in those cheap freezer bags and delivering locally. Good luck.
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• Philippines
21 Oct 09
hello thea, this is just more of a livelihood thing, there isn't even a proper documents for a legitimize ice business, probably if the market goes higher and i am earning like fifty thousand a month then i would register for a permit. this isn't the big Ice that are used for preserving fish and other meat produced,it's just a micro sized, and almost every one's doing it. besides what i said there was just plan, the City Hall Extension is nearby so it's alright and easy to register.for now, am just still in trial stage.
@dekada80 (388)
• Philippines
21 Oct 09
yes it is, specially here in the philippines, filipinos want all their kind of drinks served cold, my family also has this small business of selling ice like those made in the a regular size fridge and is doing good at the moment, i was surprised that whatever the weather is, people still come and buys ice and your correct, if you want more buyers, keep your price lower than your neighbors.. :)
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• Philippines
21 Oct 09
hello decade, Yes, they want their drinks to be cold and refreshed, when ever they have occasion or a party. last time, one of the news-paper vendors bought a lot of ice from us since it was his baby's baptism, so they were throwing in a party but they needed ice, so they bought a lot from us. i think i should have freezer repaired to accommodate more customers.
@manong05 (5029)
• Philippines
21 Oct 09
We used to have a convenient store before and part of what we sell are home made ice. They sell like hotcakes especially we have a captive market, the store is inside a subdivision. Later on we have to cut the volume since making ice occupies too much space in the refrigerator. The neighbors realizing the potential and success of selling ice decided to make their own ice business so eventually we gave up. But certainly there is money in ice selling. Good luck! cheers!
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• Philippines
21 Oct 09
hello manong, why did you stop? you can still sell ice and made the price lower than the others. probably decreased the volume or number of back up ice so that it can fill for your foods that hasn't cooked yet. i did recall selling ice before but i wasn't sure when, we used to have a comic stand that sells comics, it's a long gone now
@love_all (308)
• India
21 Oct 09
it's really nice to hear this from you.. congrats buddy that your business is growing well.. and good luck for future too... it's really a profitable business with a huge amount of profit and rarely a loss..only when a power failure i presume
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• Philippines
21 Oct 09
hello love_all, Well, i have already start this business more than a few months ago but i didn't think it would be that demanding. i agree, it's a rare-loss, for now it's a loss that we can't use the freezer since it's broken and not in a good condition. well, it's not that profitable yet since it's been raining lately, but am doing good, so far i got stocks just waiting for customers to by.
@repented (80)
• Maldives
21 Oct 09
Hello friend.. Hello friend I read your discussion with much care...but why are you trying to set up your small and homely business when you are not really ready..My advice is you should wait for sometime and get everything fixed and then you can go for the fliers.Why I am saying like this is because if you fail and your reputation goes down to your feet is will be really difficult for you to bring it up and may be the people around you will mock you as you pass by Friend in a business small or big it should be dealt very seriously if your aim is to make money. And it will be better for you not to say in the fliers that your ice is cheaper than others as this will make others angry...so keep it as secret and when people come to you just give them some discount so you will be free from blames..
@mspitot (3833)
• Philippines
29 Oct 10
I hope yoor business grows even more. We also sell ice. I calculated the average sell from our sideline and it is profitable as long how to manage it.
@bing28 (3798)
• Philippines
23 Oct 09
Nice business, it's much in demand even it's raining people still need ice, considering our temperature that even it rains heat still around. The more your business will prosper this coming summer. I wish you success with your business, Letran.