A look at Kenya's small businesses
After completing a course in hair-dressing, I worked with different salons within Nakuru town for a couple of years before venturing on my own.
The capital to start my salon was raised from family members' contributions with my life partner helping the most on seeing the zeal and passion I had for this job.
Taking the gamble to be my own boss did not translate to immediate success.
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Whereas I was well known and had a large client base at the place of my last employer, some of the clients I had struck rapport with didn’t immediately follow me.
The talk that every client has a preferred beautician held true.
This was a trying moment but I stayed put though I wondered if I had made a right decision to quit and seek self-employement.
Things did turn around eventually and I have been my own boss for the last three years.
The job is rewarding as well as challenging.
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Competition is an issue and many clients prefers male salonists.
However, treating customers well and giving them discounts is what will keeps them coming and referring others.
On a good day, I makes up to Sh5,000 and Sh3,000 on slow days.
Looking back, I can say being passionate in what you do is rewarding in the end.
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