I turned a small idea....

Into a business.

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Ideas change the world. Think about everything that you love or use, like Facebook. When it started it was only for students at Harvard University in America. Now more than 1 billion people use it.

That’s how ideas work. Even a small one can change your life.

Kananelo is the girl behind Eye_M. She makes bracelets and necklaces from beads and African print fabric.

“I was struggling to find beaded necklaces and bracelets that appealed to me. After looking around for a while I realised that I could start making what I was looking for.”

Her idea turned into a business when her friends started asking her where she bought her jewellery.

To start a business you need capital. This is the money you will use to get started by buying your stock and supplies.

“To raise my capital, I saved my pocket money and limited going out,” she explains, adding, “Whenever I make money, I put it back into the business.”

She uses Facebook to reach more customers.

“I use hashtags that relate to my business like #handmadeaccessories and #beads so people who search for these can still find me even if they don’t follow me online.” She also sells her products at markets.

“Running my own business has shown me the importance of being my own boss. I determine my future and would love for every girl to feel the same way I do: powerful and full of potential.”

Her tips for success? - Make sure your prices cover the cost of labour and materials - Invest the money you make back in the business - Research your market and products as often possible to keep up with trends.

That’s it. That’s how you can turn a small idea into something big in your life.

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Chido

Cooking is in my blood but I don't know how to start even a small restaurant

Aug. 1, 2022, 5:21 p.m.

Ncumisa

I Also want to make business 👩‍⚖️👩‍⚖️ please ❤️❣️🥺🧸🤞

July 23, 2022, 5:18 p.m.

Lucy

I want to make business 😁😁👚🛍️👗👞👘👑👢👕👔🧣🎒👒🎩🧦🧥

July 21, 2022, 4:27 p.m.

Alwande

I also want to open an arts n crafts busi

July 1, 2022, 7:19 p.m.

I've always wanted to be an entrepreneur but the problems is I don't know what kind of business I want to own ,but I'd love to work in a corporate world .I also wanna open my own shisa nyama in my hometown town ..plz help ur option are much appreciated.

March 20, 2022, 9 p.m.

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Hi Sprigster. I think you know what you want to do. You said you would like to work in the corporate world. You should focus on completing school and decide which field you want to work in then get that job in the corporate world and save money to open your own Shisa Nyama. You can do it!

WOW..I also wanna open my business(fashion)..BT I don't even know where to start

March 20, 2022, 9 p.m.

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Hi Springster. It's great that you want to start your own business. You said you'd like it to be in fashion? Research the demand in your community regarding clothes and see how you can fulfill it. Maybe start small like selling cool socks and see how much profit you make and you can grow your business from there. Good luck!

that's such a great idea and a good investment

March 20, 2022, 8:57 p.m.

That is a great idea,you go girl.

March 20, 2022, 8:56 p.m.

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Thanks Springster. High five!

That's a great , awesome idea....I also want to start my own business, looking up to you and keep on inspiring other girls

March 20, 2022, 8:56 p.m.

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Me too. We can do it 😊

Lol crc

March 20, 2022, 8:55 p.m.

I'm very proud of you 😊👏

March 20, 2022, 8:55 p.m.

👏👏

March 20, 2022, 8:55 p.m.

I like that spirit.

March 20, 2022, 8:54 p.m.