I just came across Precious’ status and I want to share with you or even discuss. Precious is my very good friend and junior course mate in KNUST. Anyone who knows this girl can confirm how smart and dedicated she is business-wise. She started marketing during uni days and now, she owns two business entities…Blvck luxury home and Blvck Express Delivery, all in Accra.
Precious is obviously a business minded young lady looking at how quick she seems to succeed in whatever she chooses to market.
However, I asked myself these few questions after reading Precious’ advice for us.
i. Can everyone succeed as an entrepreneur/ are we all born as one?
ii. Is there a capital limit for various kinds of businesses?
iii. Is entrepreneurship the only alternative for someone who has completed school and hasn’t been employed yet? Let me take time and analyze something with you:
In order to be more precise, I will use myself for this illustration;
Upon seeing how my sisters were doing well with their shops, I also decided to open a grocery shop last year.
Frankly speaking, I had more capital than what my sisters had to kickstart their shops. Nonetheless, my shop went down just after a few months. I tried another one and it did worst. That’s when started to think more about the causes of my failure. I was everything an entrepreneur needs to succeed but a ”SOFTHEARTED”
I began to reminisce how strict and poised my ‘mentors’ were in their dealings with their customers.
Always bold enough to make sure things were in order but that was me. Acting unnecessarily friendly to my customers and even thinking ‘they’re less privileged so let me be considerate’.
That brought my downfall my good heart. That is not to say that successful business owners are not good hearted, NO! They are overly diligent. Therefore, I cannot expect to be like these ones in any way.
I went ahead to buy a fufu pounding machine. Yes! That only involved rendering services and people having to pay for them, so I opted for it. I am proud to tell you that I have two machines now and for the past six months, I don’t actively use it anymore because I have two people working for me. I am in charge of all the big chop bars in my neighborhood!!! So guess how much sales I make in a day.
Almost everyone was amazed at how dedicated and carefree I was pounding fufu for people why because I am a UNIVERSITY GRADUATE.
Yes I am a FIRST CLASS graduate but what has that got to do with what I choose to do?
So ,with regards to Precious’ advice, I think it is rather more apt for the youth especially graduates to forgo the ‘I am too big for this work’ fallacy.
So what Precious actually means is that, regardless of how little your capital may be, or what certificate you’ve been awarded, can start something.
Only that, my little advice is; YOU CANT DO EVERYTHING SOMEONE IS DOING. YOU SIMPLY CANT BE LIKE EVERYONE!!!
You can’t be like everyone because you may not have the same capital they have, neither do you have the capabilities they possess.
So my dear, sit down, study yourself, analyze your potentials and decide what you can do BEST.
And for my final question; if you are a graduate with no government work, and if you can’t do any business, please humble yourself and work for/under someone.
So many doors open for such people but a lot of us don’t know this.
Whoever often listens to Hon. Kennedy Agyapong will realize how important it can be to work WELL for someone. Cos by so doing, who knows? You may end up being like them one day!
Rosemond Yaa Ntiriwaah
PNT I 9/9