I lost my dad when I was 14. My mum could barely take care of my sister and I.
When I was 15, she sent me to live with her brother.
It was at his place I started my first business.
You see, my uncle used to give me N100 every day as pocket money. I decided to save N50 from it.
After 2 months I had saved N3, 000. I thought of what to do with the money.
I spoke to my uncle about my savings. He advised me to start an airtime business with it.
He took me to a dealer who sold me recharge cards worth N2, 500.
I started off by selling airtime to my uncle and our neighbours. Then I told my friends and their families about it.
I started selling to some people on the street. To stay safe, my uncle asked his friend to let me sit with her at her road side shop. This way, someone always knew where I was and who I was talking to.
Selling on the street can be dangerous, I stayed safe by making sure I was never alone and when I was speaking to my customers, I always kept the conversation to my business and never gave my personal details like my number or where I lived even when some men asked for this.
I also sold cards at church and to some teachers and students at my school and used the same lessons my uncle taught me on how to stay safe.
After 6 months I had saved N5,000 from the business.
I was so excited. I never knew I could make so much money. It has now been a year since I started my airtime business.
I have been able to help my mother. I have also been able to save money for my future.
You too can start something today. You don’t need to have a lot of money, start with what you have.
Do you get pocket money from your parents/guardians? Save some of it.
Don’t get pocket money? There are still other options.
Do you have a skill or time to learn a new skill like household repairs, weaving hair, making beads/jewelry, wall painting etc. Trusted friends, classmates and family can pay you to use this skill to help them.
There are other safe ways to get money. For example, you can volunteer to run errands for neighbours, help them wash their cars or their clothes for money. Whatever you decide to do, always make sure you let someone know where you are at all times.
You too can become a young businesswoman. All it takes is discipline and hard work.
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