The Worker Cum Entrepreneur

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Autonomy is simply a bit of the pie. Many people crave the whole banquet. Some dream of operating a agency of their very own, others dream of getting shops, and a few others wish to discover their yearning for artwork and craft.

Typically we wish to ditch the worker tag and typically we solely need a facet hustle. Both manner, or regardless of the discipline, there are some staple items that must not ever take as a right. These little bits of information make the distinction between success and failure in your entrepreneurial journey irrespective of how unbelievable you’re as an worker.

The primary query often is: ‘Ought to I dare to do that within the first place?’ Should you didn’t have a job many individuals would encourage you to provide it a strive, however the track adjustments if you end up employed. A enterprise enterprise might simply be seen as a waste of cash; when there are college charges to pay. So what’s the clever factor to do particularly on this financial local weather?

Koku Konu is an architect who builds excessive rise buildings throughout West Africa: banks, and skyscrapers. Then his father handed on leaving his accounting agency behind. Konu opted to take that up as nicely. This meant restructuring and constructing Island Nominees Ltd and for an architect that meant fairly a little bit of studying; from the scratch.

This made him the proper particular person to ask: Must you actually hassle?

Konu’s response is: “If anyone has a want to pursue self-employment; invariably that want does not go away till you check it. So if anyone looks like going into self -employment, no matter what’s going on with the economic system, go forward. However in fact that’s just the start; additionally, you will entry your dangers, calculate your publicity and your likelihood of success, however it’s your entrepreneurial spirit; the spirit that’s in these those that makes the distinction and they’re those that may battle in opposition to the percentages. They’re those folks look as much as; those who provide you with one thing.”

Trying on the variety of failed companies round us will be very discouraging for somebody pondering of taking the plunge. Konu says: “Statistics are a weird factor, I do not know the place these ones come from however in case you inform me that some folks fail, I would say sure. And sure failure does discourage folks. However once more the lure of success is all the time there. Failure can’t be discounted, it does put folks off. However the true entrepreneurs do have a knack to beat seemingly unattainable huddles. That’s the hallmark of an entrepreneur.” Then he provides: “Everyone knows entrepreneurs fail however it’s those that succeed that we are likely to look in direction of. So when you’ve got the entrepreneurial drive and wish to go into self employment, no matter the economic system you end up in, it is best to go forward and take your dangers.”

Now everyone knows that being an worker requires you to use your self to your individual duties, however being an entrepreneur is a distinct kettle of fish. The problems of management and administration come to the fore. Management mainly means climbing up the tallest Iroko tree along with your binoculars and guiding the troop: having the chicken’s eye view and making certain you’re all in the precise jungle going through the precise horizon. Management is extra concerning the imaginative and prescient and the general objectives. Administration alternatively brings it all the way down to the daily planning and actions. Konu, talking from his personal expertise says: “In my position as the primary son of my father, I ‘administer’ the corporate. It is a small title however a large position as a result of it begins from the minute eye of the processes and methods you set in place (administration) to the larger image and the way you develop the corporate (management) and the way you get to the audience, and so forth.

So that you begin from small issues like: ‘Do we now have sufficient pens?’ to the larger image like: ‘The place are we within the scheme of issues?’ that is what I do basically. I haven’t got any half within the technical dispensation or any engagements, nothing like that, however I do programme, I do plan, I do implement, I strategise, and I’m in contact with the highest stage of our shoppers on administrative foundation.”

If in case you have listened to some administration specialists then you will need to have heard at the very least one in all them discuss concerning the mindset of a businessman vis a vis the mindset of a ‘skilled’/worker.

Konu says this “It’s all the way down to stereotypes. If you end up an worker, your focus is executing your duties and the financial efficiency of the corporate is at greatest a secondary concern. However if you begin your enterprise; and you’re a enterprise the financial efficiency of the corporate is your main concern.”

Now, Konu was making all of it sound too simple; sitting on the convention desk of open workplace with a straightforward smile. We needed to ask about his private hurdles.

“Nicely, I wasn’t significantly geared up to take care of the challenges of management and administration. I did not have any formal coaching for it. I did not do an MBA, I hadn’t studied enterprise formally, I had by no means taken any enterprise programs, however I had all the time had an acute curiosity on how issues work. I suppose that has to do with my architectural background. As an architect you’re taught to design issues. The way in which you design one thing determines how it will work. The ideas of design apply not solely to merchandise, buildings, hairstyles, and vogue, they apply to processes; the right way to obtain a course of. It’s a must to design a course of to just remember to get the tip consequence. My problem was not being formally ready due to my background, however I used to be helped alongside.”

Going by that’s it protected to infer that the way in which a banker would run a boutique could be totally different from the way in which an auto mechanic would run it? We might allow you to draw your individual conclusions on that however in going through the problem of restructuring and constructing Island Nominees Ltd, Konu did say: “Due to my background in design, I noticed it as a ‘design’ challenge and not likely a ‘administration or management’ challenge.

Out of each 5 entrepreneurs you meet three would announce to you that their greatest problem is the nation’s infrastructure or lack of it. Clara Okoro, CEO of Brandworld and Writer of Ice journal didn’t bat an eyelid when she introduced that her greatest problem was “NEPA”. Bringing this up with Konu, he clearly took all of it in his stride. However it was the way in which these infrastructural ‘failings’ affected workers welfare and productiveness that was extra distinguished on his thoughts. “The primary infrastructure downside that impacts companies is sparse electrical energy after which the roads and site visitors. It impacts the social wellbeing of your workers; in the event that they get harassed each day coming in. If they cannot get to work simply as a result of there are challenges each day it may very well be troublesome for them.”

Talking of workers, how do you construct the proper group? Donald Trump says he often hires folks he already is aware of; like folks on the opposite facet of a deal who had impressed him. In a latest interview Femi Aderibigbe (aka Kwame) CEO of Nigezie and a choose within the ‘Undertaking Fame’ actuality and expertise hunt TV present, identified the “mindset” of the folks it’s important to work with is the most important problem for him as an entrepreneur.

Konu for his personal half had this to say: “Getting the precise workers is an ongoing factor. I address the problem on a regular basis. You could have the precise folks in 2010 however your wants, developments, and programme could change by 2012 so you will have to regulate your group. The way in which I address it; the way in which I’d recommendation anyone to deal with it’s to craft the job description first after which discover the those that match into the job description and never the opposite manner spherical. Some folks create a place as a result of they know this particular person has some talent: ‘Oh! Let’s use him for that.’

That isn’t the way in which to construction your organization. You’ll want to have your construction in place first. Do you want a finance director, or do you want a bookkeeper? These are two totally different expertise. So have your construction in place. Know precisely what it’s you want?

Have an thought of your job description, after which search folks to fill that place. Strive to not do it the opposite manner spherical like all people does as a result of; often the particular person has talent ‘A’, which you’re selecting up on however does not have the commensurate expertise. That’s what I’d say for employees choice.”

Imagine it or not ‘quantity’ is a weighty issue. It will probably make the distinction between success and failure. Konu agrees with this: “Additionally I’d say irrespective of the way you begin, begin small. You do not wish to construct an organization with over 1,000,000 workers in a single day. Should you test all of the thriving firms out, you’ll discover that all of them began small. Each firm begins with an thought, and other people getting collectively. When it grows to over 10million workers in a single day, it did not begin that manner. These are an important issues. Outline your job descriptions and begin small.”

In each populated metropolis the folks get to spend hours in site visitors. We work lengthy hours and we get residence late. Time administration is already a serious challenge with us, so how can we oversee a budding enterprise ‘on the facet’?

Nicely listed here are Konu’s ideas: “Time administration challenges? In fact I face it. I face it on a regular basis. Now for individuals who have a job and are beginning up a enterprise on the facet and are going through time administration points, I’d inform you how I take care of my time administration points.

I exploit Outlook (MS Phrase Outlook).I are available in and I schedule all the roles I’ve to do when I’m desk certain within the workplace. Then I get on with it. Outlook helps me order my day. It’s the modern-day filer-fax. I even have a really refined methodology of recording my time utilization. I log within the variety of hours I spend on each job and I ascribe prices to them. On the finish of the month I see how a lot time I’ve spent and the way a lot it has price me. And if the consumer shouldn’t be value it and I’ve spent an excessive amount of time, then I’ve a purple alert: I’m spending an excessive amount of time on this, and it’s not paying.

That applies to all people within the agency. We collate that yearly and produce a report which exhibits the wasted time and the financial impact of that wasted time. Additionally there’s idle time. Coming to the workplace and doing nothing is idle time. The truth that you’re right here doesn’t imply that you’re productive. I’ve a complicated system which I developed over time. However I do not anticipate newbie to start out off like that however I do anticipate you to order your day. I all the time instruct my workers that the very first thing you do within the morning after you have got communicated along with your maker, if that’s your want, is to attract up your to-do record. You may’t beat it. You are able to do it manually; scribble it down or you are able to do it electronically.

In case you are an worker and trying to begin one thing on the facet, you do get pleasure from social media, and web and cellphones. Twelve years in the past you needed to go in every single place and depend on land strains.”

And for the world’s ‘oldest downside’: The difficulty of cash administration. Biodun Caston Dada is the CEO of Maverick and writer of Acada journal; a publication credited as being one of many longest operating soft-sells in addition to the widest distributed one – additionally reaching probably the most focused age group: 14yrs-30yrs. He has had fairly a bit of cash administration expertise and he has introduced that his watch phrase is “Reduce your coat in line with your material, not your measurement.”

Konu says: “What we advise people who find themselves beginning their very own enterprise is: Do not spend a penny till you know the way a lot you’ll spend on the finish of the day. It would not price you a kobo in case you took a day to consider it. It is extremely necessary. Entrepreneurs naturally don’t comply with that instruction as a result of the spirit of entrepreneurship itself takes you to the purpose the place you’ll not hearken to recommendation. Refusing to hearken to recommendation has led folks to realize feats that they had been as soon as advised had been unattainable. They defied the percentages. Now it’s important to have that doggedness in you as an entrepreneur. However the secret is to know which recommendation to not hearken to. Deciding which recommendation to take and which recommendation to discard may very well be very advanced however it might result in your success.

However there are some staple items all people would inform you. Considered one of which is that monetary administration is vital: You will need to merely document what you spend and what you earn. That’s the easiest way. You do not have to have any fancy accounting system. You arrange in your laptop computer on a regular basis what you spend and what you earn; log in your earnings and bills. It might provide you with an thought of how sensible your enterprise is.

Should you spent N400, 000 and solely acquired N50, 000, which suggests you have got a shortfall of N350, 000 and you realize it. Your thoughts is already keyed into that reality. You do not have to do something fancy like money flows or finances forecast or revenue & loss. It’s a easy document of what I spend and what I get in. On the finish of the month, I have a look at my books and say: I haven’t got sufficient cash. That instils monetary self-discipline from the beginning.”

Fact be advised; that’s simpler stated than performed. That is Lagos: we’re all the time shopping for gasoline. Our ‘miscellaneous bills’ are increased than the mounted bills. The truth is the ‘mounted’ bills stopped being mounted a very long time in the past. In addition to, beginning a enterprise is like setting sail within the open sea. Konu agrees having been there himself and admits this: “Entrepreneurs by their very nature are adventurous and so it’s a good suggestion to get somebody extra pedantic to deal with your accounts. In giant organisations they’re referred to as the account division; accountants however for a small enterprise you would need to discover any individual to do it for you. It is best to have somebody to ginger you up, and demand for all of your receipts; maybe a buddy, an affiliate or an assistant. You would need to instil monetary administration from the very starting. Report what you spend and what you earn.”

Steady studying is giving nice emphasis after we are on the job. Ought to that very same emphasis come to play after we are on the PP (non-public follow) beat? Konu says sure: “If you end up beginning up, the very first thing is the preliminary testing and analysis of the thought. Know your topic earlier than you get into it. However you will need to proceed. You can not say you realize all of it and even in case you did know all of it in 2010, by 2012 issues have modified. It’s the identical motive docs get re-certified. It’s no doubt essential.”

So the truth that you probably did a three-month course in catering when you awaited your JAMB consequence 25 years in the past doesn’t imply you’re prepared to start out a PP on small chops. One other three week brush-up course this month wouldn’t damage and it will not absolve you of the necessity to do a three-day course earlier than the Christmas rush.

One other query arises after we check out the competitors; largely people who find themselves already doing the issues we’re pondering of doing. Is it being overly shrewd to snoop out the competitors? We are saying ‘no’. You can not know an excessive amount of concerning the different gamers. You study from their accolades in addition to their errors. You find out about their strengths and challenges and their plans for the close to and distant future. The extra you realize, the higher geared up you’re to make knowledgeable choices. Nonetheless, we don’t suggest that you just ship a spy to steal their non-public paperwork; in case you strive that, you’re by yourself.

Konu for his personal half has this to say: “Why would you purchase a automobile with out testing it? The extra data you have got concerning the market and its gamers, the higher your determination making could be. You will need to take cognisance of the competitors. I all the time inform folks one factor; ‘respect however not concern’. Respect the those that had been there earlier than you, however don’t concern them.”

In conclusion let’s get a little bit ‘dreamy’. We requested Konu that if needs had been horses what’s the one factor (aside from ‘NEPA’) that if the federal government made out there would assist budding entrepreneurs and he stated: “Statistics.”

You’d most likely have your individual reply to that query, however Konu explains additional saying: “If statistics had been out there, it will assist in the choice making. Each time, an individual has a enterprise proposal she or he must conduct his or her personal survey. I feel the era of statistics would assist entrepreneurs so much. The seek for statistics is commonly defeatist. Individuals usually should not have the assets to conduct their very own statistics. It’s the authorities that may conduct surveys on how a lot energy or gasoline the nation consumes in a day. That informs my determination on whether or not I wish to open a petroleum station or a grocery store. Statistics is what I’ve discovered to be a serious problem from my private expertise.”

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