Kiku Phillip, or rather Mr. Jeweller, is a Ugandan youth who started making jewelry during his form six/ S6 vacation, took a break for 1st semester of university, and then resumed later during his 2nd semester at the beginning of 2017 and hasn’t halted till date.
The Brand and company are called Mr. Jeweller; Whilst at the moment all business transactions are carried out online with product pick up in town (around Kampala), Mr. Jeweller’s plans to acquire a business location are in order.
In a mini interaction with the twenty-three-year-old youth, he reveals a few other things about his trade. Enjoy below!
YOUR JEWELRY LOOKS GOOD. WHAT DO YOU DO THAT MAKES YOU THAT OUTSTANDING?
I give it time; to research and learn to make the products, to network, to get excellent raw materials.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START YOUR BUSINESS?
“Something interesting yet simple, Ever since I was young I have been exposed to the art field, my parents are both artists in their own kind of way, I studied art all my school life and I tried to find a unique way I could keep doing art and expressing myself even as I continued with life. I am a class before my brother and when he was in S6 vacation, he used to make this jewelry and would bring it to school for me to sell to my friends and when I was done with my S6, I started learning how to make the jewelry infusing the skills I had obtained from my art classes. I got an opportunity to get a mentor who was already in this field who helped me sharpen my skills. What inspired me was PINTREST a simple day-to-day with a wealth of knowledge the 1st time I typed in bracelet DIY was the day it changed because I was able to see where I could take this small hobby of mine.”
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE BENEFITS YOU’VE HAD EVER SINCE YOU STARTED?
- I am growing my network through clients, business associates.
- I am able to give back through the skills and finances of the business.
- I am increasing my inventory, skills product, and business quality.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE CHALLENGES YOU’VE FACED AS AN ENTREPRENEUR?
- Limited access to excellent material, equipment, and if their available, the price is a bit hefty.
- A few clients have taken products and not paid up, though this has helped me revise my business strategy to ensure that both parties meet their ends.
- Optimal access to clients since I don’t have a business location to meet them.
- Improper handling of finances to keep them circulating and I am obtaining knowledge, skills on how to grow both personally and business-wise in order to move to the next level.
WHAT KEEPS YOU GOING DESPITE THE CHALLENGES?
I love what I do, I think, dream and see the distance I haven’t yet tapped into when it comes to jewelry. The satisfaction and appreciation I get from clients push me to surpass myself and deliver excellent products and services.
WHAT WORD OR ENCOURAGEMENT DO YOU HAVE FOR SOMEONE OUT THERE WHO WANTS TO START AN ENTERPRISE?
I would advise them to put in the work, RESEARCH a lot to grow their business because I have self-taught 90% of the things involved in this business, the information is readily available online, in fact, I could say it’s too much. Another thing is to NETWORK and not judge, to stay HUMBLE because the business is built by people, not you.
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