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Have you thought about the fact that one can create a steady income with insignificant household items? Everyone needs to have a cozy home environment where one can feel comfy. Look around, what is the one thing you find that you can make useful?
That’s how Ama Temaa started her business. Our business link for the month. She is into crafts.
She tells Next Job about her inspiration, how it started, the journey so far, and her aspirations.
Next Job Link is a platform that seeks to motivate the youth in Ghana to acquire skills and harness their talents for passive income rather than always chasing white color jobs which may be out of reach. Our target audience is predominately high school and college graduates.
With this introduction in mind, we hope that this interview would be an interesting one that would push our audience especially those interested in crafts to do more and make money.
NJL: Ama, tell us how By Temaa business journey began and its progress so far.
It started during the summer break of my master’s program when the pandemic was at an all-time high. By Temaa is about two years now. I’ve always had an interest in creating since I can remember from making bead bracelets for family and friends and other crafts. Back in high school, just like most kids who are fascinated by crochet crafts I took an interest and started some on my own, and to my amazement, I was good at it.
I love to create. The process of seeing work grow into something spectacular is amazing. I can boldly say I have an artistic eye (laughs). With my brand By Temaa, I started by watching YouTube videos and teaching myself little things like beanies, then I shifted to dresses for friends, and even graphing hands (images and designs made by crochet), and now I prioritize inking custom-made rugs.
NJL: Does this mean you no longer make crochet crafts?
Oh not really, I still make them but they’re strictly on a pre-order basis. One thing I also noticed was that it became too common and the smartest move was to switch to a new emerging craft Custom Rug Designing.
NJL: Keeping a full-time job alongside a side hustle seems to be a problem to many youths today. How have you been able to perfectly balance these two and still keep in shape?
Well, my business is my interest. One practical way around this is scheduling. I do what I have to when I have to. This is to prevent a clash in my triangle (my job, side hustle, and interest). I accept only pre-orders for custom rugs. Since this is a one-woman business, I try to give myself breaks when necessary. I also don’t forget to work out, that’s my passion.
NJL: Have you had any pressing challenges concerning By Temaa?
Not getting a variety of color hues of yarn easily is difficult. Since custom rug designs are fairly new to the Ghanaian market, the supplies for this business are not readily available. Some clients don’t understand that materials are scarce and costly. Making custom rugs take time. Quality is equivalent to time. Some clients don’t understand this. Many still expect the prices of custom rugs to be often similar to bulk-made rugs.
NJL: Share with us your business success
Earnings from making rugs help me cover my expenses and other necessities. So I’d say it sustains me in my low moments.
Another success not so long ago was crossing the Ghanaian border by making a rug for the hitmaker Davido. It is and will continue to be one of my favorite blissful moments.
NJL: What would you attribute your success to?
Nothing sells more than quality. Maintaining the quality and reliability of my brand has contributed significantly to my success. Social media has also been of great help. That’s one of the simplest ways to get publicized. I’d recommend it to every business owner.
NJL: Any plans for the future?
I’m looking at attending training courses that would allow me to better master my skill. I’m also open to train like minds interested in making rugs.
I envision expanding and getting more hands on deck.
NJL: How would I place an order?
Full payment or part payment is required before processing an order. Clients should note that it’s not one price for all. This could be attributed to design, size, and color hue. It’s that simple.
My customized rugs range from 12 inches to 48 inches. I’m currently in Accra but I have delivery services available for my lovely clients.
Thanks, Ama we loved your interview.
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Generally, students do not think outside their field of study. They forget that most companies we admire are the result of a person’s ideas that were developed over time.
Most of the time, students leave their skills to chase employment that may be nonexistent. This attitude kills initiative.
I have met students who would not explore their skills because their parents would not let them even though they have the desire to try. Others are grade/certificate conscious and would not want to explore anything apart from their course of study. Still, some desire to explore but do not know what to do or how to go about it. In this post, we are going to look at ideas that work.
What trends can you pursue?
Make a business out of your hobby
What are some hobbies that pay?
Do you enjoy the company of kids? Try babysitting some kids when you are less busy. If you do it well, in time, you’ll get many more kids. You can end up starting a school.
Cooking is one easy way of setting up a regular income stream. Start with something that people around need most. Advertise it sufficiently. Soon you will be managing a big brand like KFC.
If you draw, design, decorate, and paint take contracts by asking around for those who may need your services, teach others how to do it, produce artifacts for sale, design things and sell, and be a consultant in anything you’re good at. Start an online store. That will be your brand.
Are you interested in physical training? Then use the internet to your advantage. Or, why not create your course and promote it? Better yet start your blog or youtube channel. Offer to train children or groups. Perhaps you may not be in a position to start a physical gym but you can start an online gym with social media presence. In time it can happen.
What about selling photos you take on websites like Shutterstock, Adobe stock, Etsy, Getty Images, Stocksy, and a host of others?If you like photography, have you considered drone photography/videos, freelancing, or starting a photo book for sale? Building a personal brand as a photographer can be interesting if you showcase your work on social media platforms to build strong traffic.
Do you like writing? Contemplate starting an ebook. You can sell on sites, like Amazon KDP, and other sites or you can create an online store to sell. If starting a store is too big an idea, start a social media page where excerpts of your work will be featured regularly to draw a following for your next ideas. What about taking a skill improvement course in content writing after which you can be a freelance writer? Starting a blog to express yourself is a good way to sell your brand.
Public speaking is an interesting way of creating a brand. Opt to be an MC for programs, lead discussions, and ceremonies. Get an online presence, engage with others, and get to where you want to get to.
Oh, what about becoming a social media influencer? You can become one in the comfort of your own home and make a passive income. So select a niche, improve your social media profiles, generate valuable content and post regularly, connect with your followers and collaborate with other brands. In time you’ll love your brand.
Do you enjoy fashion trends in any way? Perhaps you like to sew, do makeup, fix hair or nails, decorate, or do anything gorgeous. Don’t waste time, take your signature to another level just by letting others know.
There are other awesome hobbies that one can tap into. So commence by honing your skills, then optimize your social media profiles and enhance your following.
How to do it?
Just do what you love doing.
Take risks. Looking at the world currently, things are changing rapidly. Follow business trends that function. Avoid lazy get-rich-quick schemes that waste time as well as addictive enticements that waste resources.
Always have business cards or flyers handy to give out, you might never know your next client.
These are common things around us but our passion and how we deliver our services will always make us stand out from the rest.
So start by doing any one of the following.
Rent out things you possess- old books, and other items you do not use anymore
Invest your resources in creative skills. You can get some of these courses on Udemy and Coursera.
Join that extracurricular group that exposes you to problems that need immediate attention, that’s a good start.
Learn more about social media tools and invest in technology.
Benefits of starting now and not later
You stand to have gained experience in that skilled activity before you are out of school, therefore creating job opportunities for yourself.
Developing and using a skill enriches your resume.
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You can search for a job in that skill even if it is not your course of study.
You can be a consultant in that field should you discontinue that skill.
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This website is focused on the campaign to develop skills and harness our talents. We are also positive about having a side hustle. Thus, we have also explored areas where we can develop these skills.
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We are proud to host Lydia Kissiwaa, a chartered accountant who doubles as a hairstylist. We do hope you enjoy the interview.
Why wig making? You’re already a chartered account.
Honestly, I love to see people look good in their hair. The truth is, mine is sheer passion. I know this is funny but I do appreciate making people look and feel good.
How did your wig-making journey begin?
Well, the hub of knowledge to everyone today is YouTube. I started by continually viewing natural hairdos since I noticed most ladies keeping their hairs natural hardly style them differently but just stick to the usual. Then in time, I wanted a wig and the stylist I was introduced to had prices that continued to spike. So I decided to try making some myself and it worked. I practiced a lot too. I will continue to appreciate my family and friends who trusted me with their wigs back then. But I know for sure they miss the freestyling moments.
I have been making wigs for 7 years now but I monetized it just three and half years ago.
Have you had any challenges?
Combining my business with my regular 9-5 job hasn’t been easy.
Aside from that, it’s hard to delegate work fully to my assistants to help out, so in the long run, I end up taking up all their responsibilities which stresses me out.
Supplies for work are also hard to come by.
Familiarity has been a hindrance. Most clients due to our relationship fail to pay for services rendered to them. Some clients would place an order without a specific style in mind but would want you to style in any way you deem appropriate. Then would later come back annoyed that you didn’t style it the way they want. It sometimes makes you feel down.
After orders are placed and processed, the wigs are expected to reach clients; that is where another issue sets in – logistics. Transporting the hair around town is a big issue. Clients complain about dispatch riders and their rates. Dispatch riders also call to report rude clients, which is a headache.
Any high moments?
Oh yes. I have been able to teach 6 people so far and 3 are working full time as hairstylists and that makes me proud as a teacher.
I was jobless at one time but gains from making hair catered for my expenses and all other necessities. So I noticed my side hustle choice was a lifesaver during those hard times.
What’s your brand?
I’m Efya Blaq and I run Blaqs wigs. I make wigs and style hair. I offer quality services too.
Any plans for the future?
I’m looking to specialize in a specific area of hairstyling that will give me the time and allow me to master my skill. I’ll surely rely on my initial source, YouTube. Starting a salon that specifically cares for clients with natural hair is also one venture I would love to explore from styling to making natural hair products.
Any tips to help students or workers interested in this venture of hair making ?
I call them the essentials for starting a hair business. The right attitude is key for survival in this field, I would advise anyone who is interested, to be passionate about wig-making else the stress alone can crush you.
Remember that you can get free knowledge from YouTube which is relatively cheaper than enrolling in a school. But this is your decision to make.
You can start by purchasing cheap wigs and practicing. It’s a good start. Basic things you will need for starting the journey include a dummy head, a measuring tape since head shapes and sizes differ, stitching needles (specific ones for wigging are available), chalk, scissors, threads, and others.
Build your brand. Great packaging and branding are a plus, not to forget great customer relations and steady logistics.
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