Trials in life are not meant to make one fail but to see how far one can fly. It is a measure of one’s faith when going through trials in life. Jonarose L. Remillosa, a Dubai-based entrepreneur, said that there is no struggle that is too big that she cannot move past.
Before starting a new life in Dubai, Jonarose worked as a VIP casino agent in the Philippines for seven years and as an LRT station teller for a year. There, she also opened a travel agency that caters to the needs of those who intend to travel locally and internationally.
One day, she woke up witnessing her life in shambles. She was drowning in debt because of her casino addiction.
She was over in her head and drowning in debt because of her casino addiction. It was the lowest point of her life.
Jonarose was constantly thinking about the mountain of debt she was facing daily; thus, she asked God to give her another chance to start a new life and become a better person.
“I wanted to start again for my family. I want to stand up again after all the mistakes and failures I have made in the Philippines,” she said.
A major life change
Jonarose arrived in Dubai in March 2016. Her father, who was working in the capital then, assister her arrival in the host country. Starting from scratch, she began to work as a junior cashier officer for an exchange center. Despite the struggle, he liked the idea of working and living independently.
Her love for doing business rekindled when she discovered online selling on Facebook. She sold beauty products online and sometimes to her colleagues at work and friends.
Although she had experience running a business, she faced multiple hurdles: lack of funds, few customers, and the ability to gain trust from clients.
When she met a cosmetic supplier in Korea whose product was still not widely used then, Jonarose thought of bringing it to UAE. Several years after, the same product is now her best-selling brand.
“When that brand became a hit in the market, that was the time I had big profits,” she said.
Since she was working alone, the orders were getting out of hand. Managing the business with little supervision was impossible. Due to bulk orders she regularly received, she was not getting enough sleep. She decided to finish her employment contract with her previous company and become a full-fledged businesswoman in 2018.
Today, her business, Flawless Beauty, has four branches in different malls while still serving her growing customers online.
“I want our customers to be satisfied with our products. I always prioritize quality over quantity because I believe that success in business follows when the customer is satisfied,” she added.
Jonarose considers herself a skin enthusiast.
“I love to try new things which help me grow,” she said.
Her heart is not only to promote clear and healthy skin. She also loves to help her fellow Filipinos. During the Covid-19 pandemic in the UAE, she was able to help at least 500 distressed expatriates in the UAE by sending them grocery packs.
“For me, that was the most satisfying yet heartbreaking moment because I don’t have enough means to help everyone, especially those who needed financial aid,” the Filipina entrepreneur said.
Looking back at her past, she is grateful that she was given a second chance.
“God is good, and he always makes everything possible for me. And, of course, to the overwhelming support of my family, especially my husband and my parents during those dark times,” Jonarose added.
Presently, she is adding more range of quality products to her Madame J brand. Once it’s settled, she aims to open more branches in the UAE and GCC countries soon.
“To my kababayan, always remember that no matter how hard your situation right now, God always has your back. If you think you’re alone and you can no longer find a solution to your problem, just give it all to the Lord. Nothing is impossible with God. Life is short so choose to be happy,” she said.
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