Being jobless and poor working environment are two horrifying situations that most Kenyans have to deal with on a daily basis. There are those who hold on for a long time while there is the other lot who decide that enough is enough and plunge themselves into other ventures.
The latter situation is what one Victor Rasugu had to embrace after several years of workplace frustrations. According to a story published on Business Daily, Mr Rasugu now owns Ahadi Movers, a moving company in Kenya that also operates in Rwanda, with prospects of expanding to Tanzania. What is most interesting about Rasugu’s story is how the business started.
The whole idea was wrapped up into a simple Facebook post that later grew into a large business. He had first developed a website to gain traffic for his services, but that idea flopped leading him to Facebook.
“The website did not attract the desired traffic so when a friend advised me to post my services on Kilimani Mums Marketplace on Facebook, I simply obliged,” Mr Rasugu told Business Daily.
He said that he had invested 3K, advanced by a friend to develop a business website, but this had done little to advertise his startup to potential clients. He also went ahead to suffer stiff competition from more established moving firms and also encountered many losses that were occasioned by lack of proper planning.
Ahadi Movers, which now targets 200 jobs a month has grown to help move staff of leading corporations such as Multichoice Kenya, Kenya Airways, cement firm Lafarge and micro-lender Real People.
Life was however not a bed of roses for the 29-year old who graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Kenya. Before he started his company, he worked at a cement factory as a Technician but decide to quit after suffering inadequate pay and lack of rest time.
Mr Rasugu now says that he wants to retire at the age of 45, “to enjoy the fruits of his work’.
3 Lessons Job seekers Can Borrow From Mr Rasugu
Mr Rasugu is not just one of the success stories you come by that only leaves you amazed and nothing more to it. This one goes ahead to offer invaluable lessons to job seekers that can see them realize their dreams.
1. Take advantage of the online media to succeed
Many people are making it big in different fields by taking advantage of all the online media they can lay their hands on. Take Mr Rasugu’s story for instance. Was it not for a simple Facebook post, he would still be languishing in a terrible working environment.
The world has actually become a small village that connects entrepreneurs with the potential market, recruiters and job seekers and so on. Take advantage of these platforms to succeed. Find also the inspiring story of Tuskys CEO Dan Githua in this article.
2. Forget about your qualifications for once
Many job seekers stick too much on their academic qualifications that they let otherwise juicy opportunities pass by. When you are looking for a job, forget that you graduated with a first class and plunge yourself into available jobs even if it means starting with an internship. Most job seekers would not hear anything of the sort but surprisingly, it is true.
Engineering is regarded as one of the most expensive courses to study in Kenya. Here is a list of other marketable courses in Kenya. Therefore you would not expect anyone with a degree in the same to start so humbly. But Mr Rasugu just did.
3. Learn to balance your job and personal life
Mr Rasugu cites lack of rest time as one of the two reasons he decided to quit employment. How many of you would take such a bold move, even when you feel your whole personal life is falling apart because of your career? Most people would rather hold on to their jobs. This is wrong. Your personal life is as important as your job. In fact, holding other factors constant, one’s personal life is weightier than their job.
As you struggle to keep your job, know that there are other things that demand your attention too. Like your family, your friends, your happiness, rest and so on. This article will help you in striking such a balance.
Learnt something from Mr Rasugu? Well, I hope you did. His is a story of a bold personality and someone who does everything to achieve success alongside happiness.
Source: Business Daily