“Despite the challenges I keep going because if you are ready to be a successful business person it’s guaranteed to face challenges… So am not so moved by challenges as even though you face terrible days, in time to come you meet better days. This happens in business as well. So you just have to keep going no matter what.” – Manisa Lawrence, – Business Owner, Kampala Uganda
You Just Have to Keep Going No matter what!
Dear Entrepreneurebels, Manisa Lawrence is a twenty-five-year-old business Owner in Uganda. He offers sales services such as fixing mosquito nets, awesome beddings, and other necessities in homes. As you’re aware, our ‘joy’ is to expose you to as many inspiring youths with interesting entrepreneurship and community development stories that leave no option but nudge you to get out of your comfort zone and do better. We know you can. Alright, let’s get into Manisa’s story, tighten that belt, you’re going to love this.
On the COVID-19 situation, Manisa says,
“During the lockdown, the business has been so low because people are not in good condition as you know. For example in my business, clients have been postponing orders to after lockdown and for the few who have been ordering, I faced a problem of transport majorly. This is partly why I added the free delivery offer.
Then for the ones that have been postponing orders; still like I told you, patience and time are the keys, then the issue of transport for clients who are near I’ve been using my bicycle for delivery then those in far areas have been sending there trusted boda-bodas to pick up goods and also safe Boda has been an option.”
“Actually I was working for someone in a beddings shop after my high school, he had been encouraging and inspiring me with kind words as I was gaining experience in the business… So I was inspired to start it as I realized starting a business is the most reliable thing to do. ” – he adds
How have you been able to overcome the challenges faced as a business owner this Lockdown?
The key to overcoming most of the challenges in this business has been time, if you’re to tackle your challenges so well you just have to be patient and take your time then also pray because God is above all.
What benefits have you had since you started operating?
As a business essential worker, I’ve learnt to take risks no matter how big they may be. If you fear to risk in business, then it may be hard for you to make it, trust me.
“The advice I would like to give to youths out there is; business is all about trying your luck always if you feel you have the capacity to start up one go ahead, there is no business that doesn’t have challenges and also, stay focused!” Manisa Concludes.
Manisa started his business in 2017 and ten years from now, he envisions his it to have expanded. Some of the benefits he has had since starting include moving out of his parent’s house to rent for himself, paying his bills, including some at his home occasionally, taking care of his little sister while at school and at home, and Manisa looks forward to purchasing a huge chunk of land if God allows.
See? Manisa did it. He moves out of his way to still make it as a business owner, you too Can!
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