Aside from offering funny vlogs, YouTuber Viy Cortez is using her influence to push others into growing their own fortune.
Viy has been documenting her journey as an entrepreneur, and many of her subscribers have been inspired to follow her example.
She told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) in an exclusive interview, "Simula nung nag-business din talaga ako, maraming naglakas loob na kagaya ko na mag-negosyo din.
"Simula nung nagbi-business ako, isa sa achievement ko is yung ang dami nagme-message na, ‘Ate, 14 years old lang ako, nag-start na ako mag-business dahil sa iyo.’
"Dun ko mas na-feel na nakaka-impluwensiya ako ng magaganda sa mga nanonood sa akin."
On top of her business activities online, Viy is also an endorser for Ever Bilena.
PEP.ph interviewed Viy via Zoom on September 16, 2020.
Her success story began when she decided to quit her corporate job to focus on vlogging in early 2016.
Before long, her followers on Instagram grew to 1.5 million. Her YouTube channel to date has 3.93 million followers.
Using her earnings and savings as a vlogger, Viy kick-started her own company.
At 24, she now has her own clothing, beauty, cosmetics, and personal care company called Viy Line.
In addition, Viy also has her own franchise of Tea Talk, a milk-tea shop, in San Pedro, Laguna. She has plans to open another one in Parañaque City.
She is driven by the need to make her savings work for her. "Mas gusto kong nakikita yung pera kong umiikot kesa nasa bangko lang siya," she said.
"Kung meron akong 100 pesos, yung 30 pesos itatabi ko yun. Yung 70 pesos, gagawin ko lahat para maging 140 pesos, ganun."
Although real-estate properties are generally good investments, Viy has opted to put her money into businesses first.
Explaining her move, she said, "Yung mga properties kasi, puwedeng saka na, ang uunahin mo talaga is business.
"Kasi ang pagnenegosyo… sa totoo lang, yung pera ko na naipon ko sa YouTube, sa pagiging vlogger ko, iyan yung ginamit ko pandagdag na mapalaki yung mga business ko.
"Yung [kinita ko from my business] din yung napambili ko ng bahay. Kasi kung ang iipunin ko lang is yung kinita ko sa pagva-vlog, hindi pa ako makakabili ng bahay pa.
"Pero since diniskartehan ko yung kinikita ko sa vlog ko, pinag-invest ko sa business, mas mabilis yung pagbili ko ng bahay."
If there's one advice she can give others about being an entrepreneur, it's to start a business as early as possible.
As she put it, "Kasi habang bata ka, lagi kong sinasabi, mas okay na mag-start ng business, kasi kapag nagkamali ka, may chance ka pang bumangon.
"Unlike mag-start ka ng late, di ba? Alam mo yung bata ka, kaya mo kasing mag-back to zero nang mag-back to zero, habang bata ka."