The coronavirus crisis has affected a lot, particularly those from the airline industry. The suspension of flights has resulted to unpaid leaves and reduced flights, leaving a lot of employees like flight attendants with minimal income. For Saudia flight attendant Kris Enriquez, it became a window for her to become an entrepreneur.
She saw an opportunity to distribute Nopeet shades in the Philippines. Nopeet shades are not only stylish but they basically also work as face shields, a product much needed during this pandemic. "I needed to cope up financially because of minimal income due to lack of flights. I, my self really appreciated the product of Nopeet that's why I started offering or marketing it online. I've also seen the potential of the product because of it's uniqueness and protection that can provide on this Pandemic season," said Kris.
Being a flight attendant also strengthened Kris' resolve to become a flying entrepreneur. She knew that being a flight attendant has its own advantages too for those who want to put up a business. Kris shared, "I was able to shell out some money as a capital to start this business using the money that I kept from my salary as a Flight Attendant. Ever since I started working as a cabin crew, I've made it a point to always save. Also, being a flight attendant has given me access to a broader or wider network that bring us closer to various products all over the world. I always take advantage of every opportunity that comes my way."
Becoming an entrepreneur however was not as easy as it seemed, and she did have to face some challenges along the way. Kris continues, "at first, I was doing everything alone. These include answering multiple queries, processing orders, maintaining the page and our IG business account, doing the accounting job, tracking shipments, and updating clients. Then luckily my partner helped me to improve on some areas that needs an improvement in order for us to become more effective and efficient. Then we also expanded and hired staff to help us so we can provide a better service to our lovely clients.
"A lot of trial and error at first. We've had some losses when we were just starting. There are things that we forgot to consider like the import duties and taxes of the items coming from abroad. Right now, now everything is settled," shared Kris.
Nopeet products are quite unique. The concept is actually is simple, and that is to provide stylish "face shields" which double up as shades. That's the reason why they are larger than the usual sunglasses, they are meant to protect their users. Kris got interested and approached Nopeet if she can be recognized as one of their resellers and luckily they agreed. Kris' company resells in the Philippines and other countries as well and we offer free shipping worldwide.
According to Kris, her bestsellers are "Da Shields (clear ones) and the rest of Da Shields because it's very timely with the current situation. They can be protected while staying in fashion, PhP 4,600 each all inclusive (free shipping/import duties and taxes shouldered by Nopeet Philippines).
Indeed, anything is possible if you have a goal, you work hard, you don't give up, and you take advantage of every opportunity that may present itself. For Kris, it was also these, combined with finding the right product and the right market. You just have to spare time and love what you're doing then you will get positive results as she shared to us.
To all my fellow Cabin Crew, don't stop being creative and use all available resources that you have. Together we can survive this challenging year that we are facing. God bless us all, stay safe & healthy." -Kris Enriquez
To all interested in purchasing Nopeet products, you may message the Nopeetphilippines Facebook page and Instagram. Send your name, billing address, and contact number.