Why Every Aspiring Entrepreneur Must Be Self-Independent

Why Every Aspiring Entrepreneur Must Be Self-Independent
Why Every Aspiring Entrepreneur Must Be Self-Independent




 

Self-independent! The dream of every Nigerian youth out there, too bad only a few manage to ever achieve it. If you are thinking about starting your own business or acquiring  a skill that will change your live and financial status, you will need to stand tall like an iroko tree in the mist of other trees that is simply saying you will need to be self-independent from others.

Being self-independent is the dream of every one, then how come only a few ever achieve it? That is because there is more to it than most people think.




In this article, I will use the experience of my dear friend to show you that self-independent is a lot more different from what majority of us think it is.

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I will give an example using the experience of my very good friend Jane.

Jane is my friend who ventured into cosmetics business in her early years in the university. When she eventually graduated from the university and served her Father-Land. She continued leaving under her parents’ roof. Despite being a successful entrepreneur, she isn’t dependent on herself but has to live with parents.




Janes lives with her parents and siblings, to the outside world they think and feel that she is trying to cut down her cost of living and other expenses. When she told me how much she spends monthly plus other expenses she incur while living with her parent, I was surprised.

To everyone in the family, Jane is the bread winner. She pays the house rent, she feeds the family daily, pays her sibling’s school fees every 3 months, occasionally, she has to give monetary allowance to her parents and other external family too that include her elder siblings –since she is the third child out of five.




When she told me this, I was amazed and I further asked her “why does she still stay with her family, why not move out” her reply was shocking she told me that she since started her business while in her second year in the university everyone has been looking up to her for financial assistance. At first she was eager to help but suddenly “they (her family) made it a compulsory task” that she must pay for almost all the expenses in the house, since she was self-employed and earn big.

In the course of our discussion, I figured out that she has been the one sponsoring herself throughout her university period and her parents were against it but later gave in. Her dad who worked for a private firm quit his job for no just reason and never bother to seek another- I believed he didn’t bother to because her daughter was paying the bills.

The mother on the other hand was told by “a so called prophet” not to continue her super market business because they believe an evil force wanted her dead.




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Why Did I Include All This In This Article?

Most of you might be wondering why I am giving this example. Now, this is the main reason,  Jane makes approximately ₦90,000-₦120,000 monthly and most time more while other times less, what is more shocking is, according to her “she doesn’t have any saving”, she said she most time barely have any money left with her after deducting her family expenses.




Jane’s future is unclear, even to her, every kobo, penny and cent goes to feeding her dad who deliberately quit his job and mum who so much believe in the supernatural that she refused to work and her elder sibling and relatives who comes to her seeking for financial favour.

I offered her a solution, I told her to one day tell her family that her business has collapsed and she cannot continue to carry the family burden. At first she was reluctant to do so and when she finally did she came back crying.




What was wrong, I asked her and she disclosed to me that “when she told her family, that her business has collapsed and she cannot continue to carry the family burden” she mum yelled at her accusing her of spending lavishly on men and outsiders.

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According to Jane, few weeks later when her dad saw that indeed money was not pumping in as it used to before. He (Jane’s dad) coldly said that “she should prepare to park out in order to reduce the number of mouths he would feed”.

Too cut the story short, Jane finally moved out of the family house, established her business on different scale.

What’s is the moral of this story?

Though there are many lessons that can be gotten from this story of a friend I just shared I will focused on two, which are:

Get a Skill

Jane got a glimpse into the future by acquiring a high demanding skill which she turned into a high paying business. She didn’t quit just like other people who will complain of having no time or having too much lectures or assignments to do.




While her mate where going through newspaper every day searching for the latest job opening or thinking of what to start to where to start from, she was already well grounded, established and a business woman.

I always advise youth’s especially Nigerian youth to get a skill, master it and bring out the best in it.

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Plan for the Future




The future is the line drawn between today and tomorrow, the line is always there but you will not notice until it is too late. How many old people do you share the cab with daily, do you think those guys do not want to get their own private car but the problem is that they didn’t plan it out while they were still young.

Just like Jane who spent 3 years of her live living under her parent roof while wasting opportunities she would have used to develop herself further.

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Conclusion

Though many people might still feel that Jane took a wrong decision by living on her own but I can proudly say that Jane has achieved more than she would have because now she has 2 workers under her company.

She send a certain percentage of her monthly income to support her family, I am glad to say that her mum finally got rid of her superstitious believe and started her business back, her dad is thinking to open his own business pretty soon. Her elder siblings have now buckle up and ready to take responsibility of their own, I can confidently say that everything has turn out to be back to happily ever after.




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*for the sake of privacy issues I had to use a pseudo name with a little bit of touch to the story she told me and I do have her permission to share this story.




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