Chigozie Anuchie 26, who is a nail technician at Garki market would prefer to trade the path of honour by working hard no matter how humble the starting point was than engage in thuggery. He explained how he started the business and how it paid him well. ADEOLA TUKURU reports.
Chigo, as popularly known by his customers is young and hard working man who is also an orphan resides in Mpape a surbub along Nicon Junction, FCT with his 3 siblings did not consider the way of degradation, taking poverty as an excuse.
While recounting to Business Starter, after fruitless efforts to find a job with his Ordinary National Diploma certificate (OND) , he went to learn manicure and pedicure.
How he started the business
He explained how he borrowed N3,000 from her friend as a start capital to keep the business floating.
“After one year training and apprentiship . I borrowed 3,000 to buy File, Polish, Bouffer and different kinds of paints.
First reaction of his customers
“At first my customers where afraid that I may not be able to fix their nails because am a man but when I started and they were satisfied , I started getting customers.
“Some don’t mind waiting for long hours just for me to handle their nails while some calls me for home service.
“I don’t regret doing the business because it has been able to make me live up my responsibilities as the oldest child of my late parents by taking care of my 3 siblings and assisting them through school.
Chigo had only several hours for sleep per day to ensure he meets up with his customers demand.
Regarding his earnings, the young hard worker managed to save up to N 20,000 monthly, which amount he deposited in a bank.
By saving money he ensured that his sibling didn’t miss school and also their welfare.
“I also wish to further my education but I will keep struggling till I achieve my goal, I won’t sit and wait for anybody to take advantage of me”
Advice for his peers
When asked to give advice to his peers experiencing hardships, he recommended them to understand the value of dignity in labour and create legal job opportunities for themselves.
How to start nail business
Once you’re ready to start your nail salon; follow these steps to ensure that your business is legally compliant and avoid wasting time and money as your business grows
Plan your business.
A clear plan is essential for success as an entrepreneur. A few important topics to consider are your initial costs, your target market, and how long it will take you to break even
Form a legal entity.
Establishing a legal business entity prevents you from being personally liable if your nail salon is sued.
Register for taxes.
You will need to register for a variety of state and federal taxes before you can open for business.
Open a business bank account
A dedicated checking account for your nail salon keeps your finances organized and makes your business appear more professional to your customers.
Set up business accounting
Recording your various expenses and sources of income is critical to understanding the financial performance of your business. Keeping accurate and detailed accounts also greatly simplifies your annual tax filing.
Obtain necessary permits and licenses
Failure to acquire necessary permits and licenses can result in hefty fines, or even cause your business to be shut down.
Get business insurance
Insurance is highly recommended for all business owners. If you hire employees, workers compensation insurance may be a legal requirement in your state.
Define your brand
Your brand is what your company stands for, as well as how your business is perceived by the public. A strong brand will help your business stand out from competitors.
Establish a web presence
A business website allows customers to learn more about your company and the products or services you offer. You can also use social media to attract new clients or customers.