Many of us out there question our purpose and missions on earth without ever really having a concrete and certain answer. That’s simply because we don’t always have control over life and the future. But that’s fine! I believe one doesn’t necessarily have to be certain about things before making moves. Taking risks, trying new things and getting out of your comfort zones are three essentials that contribute to making things happen.
In the pursuit of independence and financial stability, I always worry about how to get any inch of independence and stability (in all aspects). I tried on so many occasions to think about what I could possibly do and how I could carry them out. My ideas were big, they were futuristic and they were gigantic. I was very interested in those and I still am.
THE ONLY BUG WAS FINANCES. I HAD NO SUCH CAPITAL AND I WOULDN’T ASK MY PARENTS ANY CAPITAL AND AID.
I wanted something for myself, something I could say my parents did not sponsor. Something that came from me and whose capital I raised with my own hustle. So I decided to start with something small and keep my other ideas for the future. I started looking for something I would be interested in, a business I would see myself doing for a long run and something that could contribute to my growth and personal development. This took me two years since August 2015 when I started actively thinking about what I could do and behold August 2017, I launched my business.
In the mean time, I had decided to save and work. Before summer 2017, the work experiences I undertook were either casual or not paid well enough but I was still grateful for that and saved the little I earned. I also started selling my old clothes (things I had worn once or never) and got money out of it. I also obtained a well paid internship over summer 2017 and all together, managed save enough to start. I sometimes thought it was not enough but I convinced myself I had to start from somewhere.
During those two years, I considered so many business options. I even thought I could start-up a YT channel, become a professional blogger or buy a car to start a taxi company back home. I know, very crazy isn’t it. Everything literally crossed my mind at that point. However, despite having interests (apart from the taxi company) in these things, i still didn’t feel any special. There was just something about these options that didn’t make me feel some kind of way.
You know, it’s like having a crush on someone; you get butterflies and feel some kind of way. That was the sensation I was looking for.
One night, at about 3 am when those post-midnight meditations came, I thought to myself; girl what exactly do you love doing. What’s that thing you’ll do everyday that will make you happy and which you will want to repeat the experience, again and again, every moment, every second if you could. That night I didn’t have to think for a long time, I thought about my favourite activity besides cooking, reading, cycling, and photography … and the immediate thing that came to my mind was shopping. From that moment, I knew that was what I would invest my savings on.
I finally started operations. It’s own an online shopping platform solely managed virtually that operates in my home country. For a start, I would say, business is doing good. I am so thankful to God for making this possible. I try an accentuate on excellent customer service, product quality and timeliness in delivery. My expectations for the future is to expand geographically across all countries in Central and West Africa.
LINK TO MY SHOPPING PLATFORM. BECOME A CUSTOMER TODAY
Entering the shopping, retail and e-commerce market right now doesn’t necessarily mean these are the only things I want to do in my life. I also have carreer aspirations directly related to my academic pattern and I pray that God guides my steps so I can achieve those too. Owning this business today is an achievement down the bucket list which I would honestly say, I am proud of myself. I never studied shopping or marketing at University but I am currently using the skills I acquired from my academic and work experiences. I learnt about management, multitasking, entrepreneurship, accounting, finance, strategy, consumers, economics, modelling and today I am using every bit in my business.
I was once told, ‘You need to start somewhere and be flexible’. To all the auto-entrepreneurs out there, to all the ambitious and talented people out there, to all of you who are thinking a starting something for yourself, be motivated, be encouraged and be bold. It only takes a step forward to make things happen. Somedays I think of my other plans and projects and I will work hard to make those happen as well by God’s grace.
To winning women and men,