BY FATUNMISE DAMILOLA AND
If you are one of those who assume that your passion or hobby cannot fetch you a comfortable and classy lifestyle that you ever dreamt off, then you need to reconsider your thoughts and grant your hobby the access to lead you to your rightful place among the stars. A lot of lucrative jobs born out from our hobbies and inclinations are in vogue now availing anyone who gives the adequate attention the opportunity of being their own boss within a short timeframe. The prospect of the business of bead making is mindblowing, as it requires little capital to set up, gives enormous creative potentials, financial benefits and is definitely one of the jobs or crafts people do as a hobby as most people who are into this business never acquired a formal training asides their passion.
With the evolving trends in the fashion industry, the bead making business is booming and numerous individuals are earning a living out of it. Probably, one of the reasons for its boom is that the bead jewellery is one fashion accessory that will always be in vogue and will be identified with an African woman especially; those fashion-oriented who would always want to stand out exquisitely at ceremonies.
One of those who has found their feat in bead business is Mrs Ayomipo – Abel Latunji. She is the CEO of Mo’cute beads, a proud entrepreneur who has proved that an ordinary hobby can give birth to a successful business venture and she has never regretted her chosen career for the past seven years that she began. Talking about exquisite touch in bead making in Nigeria today, Mo’ cute beads speak volume. Ayomipo has always believed in making her passion pay her bills even from her university days in Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife
And after she graduted, she has never applied for any white collar job because she loves what she’s doing.
The Ondo State indigene was led me into bead making by her general passion for handcrafts and hunger to promote African culture.
‘Beads come in different colours and shapes. Something that keeps me in love with bead making is my love for colour combination and creative designs,” she stated.
Well, this first born of a family of four is not just a beading maker. She is one-time president of Junior chamber Int’l (ACE chapter) and a former Deputy Director General of Centre for Black African Art& Civilization (CBAAC). She has always attended organised beads training and culture seminars.
In bead business, a lot of patience is needed to succeed. It is not a business that booms immediately after establishing it. Along the way, the bright light at the beginning of the business will turn bleak, which will cause the entrepreneur to have a second thought. At that point, “what is needed is to introduce new concept and improve on old ones,” Paul Akinola, a business consultant, stated.
While relating her own experience of the business, Ayomipo said that after she started bead-making about seven to eight years ago while in the university. She has no regrets “so far and there would never be by God’s grace. Bead making is a lucrative job and a mind-developing profession.”
On how she keeps her product distinct and unique in the crowded business, she said that her signature is distinct from others. “Yes, it is very much different from others, I play my patterns, I come up with exclusive designs which makes my work invariably distinct from others. Even when my client gives me some particular designs, I sometimes get creative and add my unique concept to it.
“My selling point is, I make use of quality materials. I do not do low quality work. I try to give you value for your money and this boosts my referral rate. That is my selling point,” she stated.
According to Mrs Ngozi Nwokoye, an expert in beading making, the business can be established with N5000 and make gain twice it per day. She also stated that it is a very tedious business which can take larger part of a woman’s time. Therefore, for a married woman like Ayomipo, she needs to have the support and understanding of her spouse to succeed in the business.
She said her husband helps in her business. “My husband is a blessing to my job. Before I got married, I was always scared of having to bury my dreams after marriage. But I prayed for a man who would support my dreams and help me attain the height I want to attain in my chosen career. God answered my prayers; my husband ( Mr Sola Latunji) fully supports my lucrative job and he believes so much in me to the point of assisting me when I have loads of deliveries to make,” she stated.
Saturday Sun gathered that people, who patronize bead making, always want something unique, classy and affordable. Ayomipo concurred that her clients are everybody because her works are affordable. “We have works for both young and old (male/female). My customers are highly esteemed. What you want is what I try to deliver. I do lots of advising, recommendations and always ensure I reach a consensus before making works for my customers I manage them as kings and queens that they are,” she stated.
Bead making is not that rosy as it comes with its thorns. It is a business that requires meeting with all the strata of the society. Sometimes, things go South with customers, which might leads to bad business for the entrepreneur.
According to Akinola, when there is a tendency of having a misunderstanding with a potential customer, “the best thing to do is hear the customer out first, satisfy his inquisition and later recommend alternatives.”
Bead making is business that only trusted individual can be given contracts. In the words of Ayomipo she said that she had had a few times that her potential clients had questioned her skills. “Some clients tend to understand me while others don’t. Meeting me one-on-one and seeing my stature, they always ask (a second time) if I can indeed deliver the job but of course eventual delivery of my job always confirm my consistent excellence and amazing works,” she stated.
Source : SunOnline