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The journey of starting a business

AndrewNicko Ondoro – Shadoro Cyber Cafe – Ahero

Everyone dreams of having their own business, the idea of being your own boss, making your own rules and making tons and tons of money sounds like a dream that could potentially come true, but what people don’t know is the amount of work that goes into starting a business and the challenges of making it a success.

I was employed as a monitoring and evaluation officer in a health care institution and to reduce printing expenses I invested in a printer and would print the office paperwork at home. Over time my colleagues also started asking me to print for them and I would charge a fee.

By the time my contract was ending I had secured a lot of hospital file and card printing jobs in a number of hospitals hence when the contract was not renewed it was a cue to start the cyber business as my main hustle.

The main focus of my business today is screen printing of t-shirts and stationery with the aspiration to become the go to print center within my region. However, as my business was growing the need to have bigger capacity in terms of printing started becoming a reality but the cost of printers was too high, being in Ahero a lot of walk in customers would constantly also ask for e-government services like KRA tax returns or PIN retrieval but my skills were quite limited.

When I came across the dijITali facebook page, I felt that they had the ability to help in many ways since it is a network of cyber cafes in Kenya, the 1st of its kind I may say. Through the dijITali network, i have been able to acquire a printer at a reasonable price and in instalments, i have gained from capacity building through creative thinking and design skills, not forgetting the continuous mentorship we get from invited speakers on how best we can manage our business, marketing, ways of increasing our revenue and sharing of experience with other cyber owners. I have been a beneficiary of having an intern help me out in my cyber for 3 months courtesy of dijITali.

In under 2 years that I have been part of the network I can say that my business is on another level (thinking big) and my revenue has doubled. I would say that this is the best thing that has happened to me. As the saying goes; “an investment in knowledge pays the best interest”. The network has also taught me to become resilient and always do more when an opportunity arises.

For anyone who would like to start a business I would say; it’s all about passion and doing research on the business you want to venture in and what will make you excel in your field but most importantly, gather more knowledge to become better at what you do.

 

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