“Necessity is the mother of invention”, the popular saying goes. This statement accurately describes the phase of life I am in at the moment. I’ve been pushed to the entrepreneur route. Pushed is actually too mild; I’ve been forced. You see I always knew that I was going to be an entrepreneur but that was meant to happen in 2016.
Here is the back story. I finished NYSC (a compulsory programme for graduates in Nigeria for those who don’t know) in June and I had a very promising job waiting for me. I had my plan sorted. Work for a year, complete my Masters and then launch the business I have been building gradually for some years now. With the salary I was to earn plus my commission, my plan was going to work just great. Well, little did I know that God had other plans for me.
When I was returning back to Ibadan at the end of June, God gave me a word that is a combination of two Scriptures; Psalms 37:7 and Proverbs 18:16. I held on to those two Scriptures but I didn’t fully hold on to God’s plan. I thought to myself, “Ok, I can start this business by the side while I get a regular 9-5 job”. I mean it made sense as the bills weren’t going to pay themselves. July came and went, no job and no client. At the beginning of August, while praying one morning, I just told God that I surrendered to His plan and I was ready to embark fully on my journey as an entrepreneur. He reminded me of the two Scriptures He gave me and we have a nice conversation. The vision was clear. I knew what I had to do.
It’s been 20 days now and I am pleased to announce the unofficial birth of ‘LRouge Media’. I say unofficial because some formalities have not yet been taken care of but it’s a work in progress. I’m really excited about being my own boss and I’m a bit scared at the same time because the vision God gave me is not a small one. I’m confident though because God is my foundation; He is the driver of LRouge Media. I just said yes to His plan and suddenly, a flood of clients came my way. I couldn’t believe it really. And I know greater things lie ahead of me.
Being an entrepreneur is great but just be ready to pay your dues. Be ready to work hard and give it your best shot. If you are in Nigeria, be ready to deal with peculiar problems like erratic power supply, inefficient internet providers and the like. Oh did I forget to mention clients that want a Ferrari on a Peugeot 504 budget? Let’s even ignore those that just want free services. All this notwithstanding, if you stick with it and do the right thing, it will be a rewarding process. Take it a day at a time. Dream big but be realistic with your daily expectations. We all know that Rome wasn’t built in a day. Likewise, your business will not become a big name overnight. There is a process you have to go through.
If you are an entrepreneur yourself, please get in touch with me (Email – firstname.lastname@example.org; Twitter – @msdoyeen), I would love to hear your story. You can also get in touch to know more about LRouge Media and the services we offer. Hey! It’s my blog…I can advertise my business as I like.hehe.
Stay blessed and stay connected to God.
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