On a less serious note: my wake up call to the world of entrepreneurship.
Hi Prosper (yes, get used to it, that’s my special name for you, because that’s Gods plan for you- to prosper in whatever you do )
So, how was your week? And how is your new week going to be? (I just stole my Pastor’s pick-up lines…hehehe). Anyway, that is to make you reflect on the blessings of this past week no matter how little they seem to you, and then ‘ginger’ you to create the week to come with the right words.
Now I have a lot I want to share with you, but chill first, I believe that some of you guys are still getting to know me , so I don’t want to be barging into your lives with all the abracadabra of how to build successful makeup or beauty businesses and stuff…even if that’s what I want to go on this walk with you. So I thought it would be nice to share a bit of my story with you especially from my first attempt at entrepreneurship. Who knows, someone might pick an inspiration from it, so fingers crossed.
I began my journey as an Entrepreneur somewhat unconsciously, but totally aware that I was going to end up being one all along. I knew I wasn’t cut out for a routine ‘office tins’ lifestyle. A friend said I thought that way because at least one of my parents was an entrepreneur.
I was 17 and I had lost my Daddy a year before, my Momma had all 5 of us to take care of, and we were all in the university at the same time! Mumsy was running a lace and asooke business that was doing very well prior to Daddy’s departure, but barely anything was left of it as she hadn’t gone to her store for about a year in order to attend to Daddy.
I was a bit young but not unaware of how hard it was becoming for her to meet up with demands from all 5 of us at the same time while in school. This was My wake-up call to the world of business . I thought it would be great for all 5 of us to find something good to do with our hands to reduce her burden. But being the youngest, I knew it wasn’t my place to tell my siblings what to do, but do what I thought was right by beginning myself.
My first uncertain steps involved learning to bake , but I thought I would either eat all my cakes or just make them for free because I didn’t know how to charge my friends for anything. (Believe me, that is not a challenge anymore, I will even charge you for popping your pimple, you know that’s a joke abi?) Next thing, I started teaching myself to make beads. I recall starting my bead business with a certain 4000 I had lied to my mother about as I thought she wasn’t going to support my move to begin a business while studying. Now, I knew I was only beading temporarily, but I needed to keep doing it till I was sure of exactly what I loved to do. I beaded jewelry for quite a long time and made quite some good amount of money before graduating and then service. Mission was accomplished, I had been able to reduce my money request calls to Mumsy by about 50%.
I want to finish this gist but my crazy but dear friend Tina called me last week to “warn” me sternly about how long my last post was for people like her who don’t like to read . She will kill me for this one if I don’t stop now, then she will kill me for mentioning her name, so that’s 2 killings!
But I won’t leave without reminding you of what you should be this week…Be Prosperous for surely you are!
Shalom ( SHALZMAKEUPGEEK)
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