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Wishful Thinking Time Is Over, Become The Next Great Entrepreneur

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There is so much time to execute the great ideas yet most sulk in complaints of lack of this or that, they end up procrastinating.

Have you not heard the phrase; ‘Kama si Sasa, ni Sasa Hivi! Loosely translated as ‘If not now, It is right now!’

Find any group of young people and ask them what their future goals are. Most of them will tell you very nice dreams including and not limited to academic goals, things they want to do for their parents, how they want to be the next prominent business men in Kenya.

They talk about how they will invest in agribusiness, real estate, the transport sector, mobile banking, and logistic services when they get cash in this case the starting capital. They have endless ideas of how to have cash flowing from their multiple streams of income.

If you turn to the same people and ask them the tangible steps they are taking to achieve their dreams, they scratch their heads look into your eyes and say “Sina lakini nikipata kazi mambo itakuwa sawa“.

The alleged ‘lack of money’ has been used as the reason for not investing or becoming entrepreneurs by most young people. Money has been the excuse why most ideas are not being executed.

The youth ought to come out of their complaining zones or the so called wish zone. For instance, if you want to invest in poultry in future, start by owning one chick. This chick goes for around Ksh.200.

The educated youth have forgotten the phrase “A journey of thousand miles begins with single step“. Most of them will complain that they have no access to the uwezo fund or the youth fund put aside by the government but ironically they have not even applied.

They will spend Ksh.2000 to Ksh 3000 on a night out. This money alone is enough to register a group and apply for funds. The Kenyan young people it is time we woke up from the wishing bed. It is time we use the little we have to bring more as we await the so-called better jobs.

It is what you do with what you have that makes you prosperous and successful. Let us stop dreaming! Let us stop using money as an excuse for not starting! Let us use the little we have and make more out of it.

If you want to do rabbit farming, start with a single one. If you want to own a green house, start farming on the little space you have. If you wish to invest in matatu business, start saving now. A motorbike might not be so far away. If you would love to be a tenderpreneur register a company now. If you want to be a politician start talking to people now. Want to be a motivational speaker start by motivating yourself and those around you. If you want to own a boutique in future, start by selling ‘mitumbas’.

No dream is too big to accomplish! Nothing is impossible! Waiting, complaining, day dreaming, and praying alone will not help. We must do something. We must step out of our comfort zones. We must dream big, start small, start now and with what we have. Let us be passionate about the future and most importantly lay our foundations today.

What happens if we do not start now? We start giving up on our dreams; we get into employment and realize the salary is not even enough to start an investment. Years on, a family brings more responsibilities .Energy and ideas start draining away and our entrepreneurship ideas are buried.

Nothing hurts most like a buried dream. We are at our best to make it; it only needs a little aggressiveness, a little sacrifice, a little more passion and the go-getter spirit. I would keep on writing but the bottom line is “our time is now

We have all the resources at hand. Our sharp brains, readily available internet, energy, ideas, technology. Starting small is advantageous because you learn from all mistakes and this will build you to handle bigger investments.

Most youth want to follow the easy route; to own smartphones costing Ksh.15,000 and yet complain there is no capital to start up our businesses. We save our pocket monies so that we can go hiking, swimming, clubbing, dates and yet complain we do not have capital. Most of us are living lives beyond our means and keep dreaming that one day they will become investors. Which investors squander the little they have and keep complaining, how ironical!

Ksh.50 spent on airtime daily in a week sums up to Ksh.350. This money is enough to buy a month old chick at Ksh.250 and 2kgs of feed enough to feed the chick for 2 months. Have we spared some time with the likes of George Wachiuri when we say we want to be successful persons in real estates?

On Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms and apart from getting information we sometimes use these platforms to for the wrong reasons. Why don’t we monetize our social media platforms by say, advertising some products? This is the new way of getting customers. Somebody once said that you either earn from the internet or the internet earns from you.

Why do we find it easier to contribute money to throw a party yet such a challenge to contribute even a lesser amount to invest? Don’t we want to become great millionaires in future? I have not reached where I intend to, but you will agree with me that this is not the right way to go. We the youth of Kenya ought to change our thinking if we have to create wealth for ourselves and future generations.

Let us embrace innovation and get aggressive. We must start somewhere and must utilize what we have. Let us stop wishing and start acting, we must wake up and stop living in dreams lest we die in them.

We must allow ourselves to get dirty, sacrifice somethings and change our mentality. Lastly most importantly if we remain focused, with time we shall achieve our dreams. If we all do these, we will have all the time for all the fun we ever wished for.

It is too early to give up!

 

 

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Step By Step Guide On How To Rear Broilers And Kienyeji Chicken

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In the modern day Kenyan, most young people are involved in technology related careers such that it would not be a wonder to see that in the five or ten years to come, we might have less people producing agricultural products for the country’s population.

It is for this reason that despite my background in a technology related Bachelor’s course, I developed interest in chicken rearing especially the ‘kienyeji’ chicken.

Most important requirement is the passion and the motivation. Poultry farming is not for the faint hearted. It has several requirements and requires devotion.

To start a poultry farming business, these are the must haves;

  1. Formulate a business plan with the intended goals and how to achieve them
  2. Have enough capital. This includes some space of land, electricity/lighting and equipment –feeders, drinkers, water storage
  3. Decide which type of poultry you wish to invest in say the broilers, layers or kienyeji chicken.
  4. Find a niche market
  5. Keep all accounting records accurately

Having achieved that, let us take a step by step guide on how to rear broilers and kienyeji chicken.

First and foremost have a good housing structure facing away from the winds direction. The house should always be dry to avoid infection (wood shavings are used to keep the house dry. It should have good lighting and proper ventilation. Before the chicken arrive, disinfect the house to avoid infection. Prepare brooding area (it should be well spaced, should be without corners and with proper lighting), spread newspapers on the floor of the brooding area and light up the heat jiko 30 minutes prior chicks arrival.

Feeding

Day 1 to day 11. Chicks are in the brooder are fed on starters mash and crumb. (They eat all the time; their rooms should be properly light). At night the heat jiko is lit to keep them warm.

After 11 days, the chicken are brought out of brooder and are still fed on starters mash and crumbs up to day 21. From day 21 to day 42 the chicken are fed on finisher’s marsh and pellets and are ready for sale.

An average broiler weighs 1.5kgs. Broilers should be kept where there is no noise to avoid stressing them. Broilers takes 6 six weeks to mature.

Kienyeji chicks assuming you have the right housing and equipment.

It is necessary to select the right breed. These include improved kari chicks, kuroiler chicks, rainbow rooster and kenbro. Kienyeji farming is cheap though it requires lots of patience. Kienyeji chick takes 5-6 months to lay eggs or have right weight for meat.

Feeding

Kienyeji chicks are fed on chick mash from day one for 8weeks. By the end of 8weeks a chick should have consumed 2kgs of feed that is 35g per day.

From 8th week to 18th week they are fed on growers mash. A chick should consume around 7kgs (100g per day).

From 18th week you can introduce layers mash if you want them for eggs or kienyeji mash.

Kienyeji chicks do not depend entirely on commercial feeds unlike broilers you can feed them with food leftovers greens spinach and worms this lowers cost on feeds.

Water: Clean water should be provided always

Vaccination

  • Day 10-Gumboro first dose
  • Day 15- Gumboro second dose
  • 3rd week- Newcastle
  • 6th week – fowl pox
  • 8th week- Newcastle 2nd dose and fowl typhoid
  • 18th week -Newcastle
  • 19th week –Deworm

Prevention is better than cure always vaccinate

Housing: Should be well ventilated and spaced. Have good lighting

There are various housing methods. eg free range, battery cage system.

It is that easy to raise a chick. Though it requires passion, patience and persistence it is indeed a worthy course. Do not just be a chicken lover be a chicken raiser increase chicks weight.

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You Can make Ksh 48,000 By Selling Smokies and Eggs: This Is How

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Self-employment is good. It is the only thing you can do day and night and feel contented, that you have done something meaningful. You cannot compare employment and business. This is because with business you are your own boss, but with employment, your boss is always on your neck regardless of the effort you put in. Business is however not for everyone, especially not for the faint hearted.

Small-scale businesses have been on the rise in our country, especially due to the high cases of unemployment. If you are thinking of starting something, then the smokies and eggs business is a choice you might want to consider.

First and foremost, you need capital, less than Ksh. 10,000. For starters, you need a smokie grilling equipment which goes for around Ksh. 5,000, a supply of smokies and eggs and of course a source of fire. For smokies you can get them at the nearest Farmer’s choice Shop, where a packet of smokies, containing 22 pieces goes for Ksh. 330. As for the eggs, you can get supply from your nearest shop or source from friends, where normally a tray goes for Ksh. 300 or Ksh. 280, depending on your supplier.

A strategic location to locate your business is also necessary. You need to place your business where people can easily access it. For instance; near bus stops and stages, around learning institutions, around bars and clubs, around places hosting social events, or generally any other place you think people can easily access.

The profit margins in this type of business are huge. Allow me to take you through.

When you buy a packet of smokies at Ksh. 330, with 22 pieces, that means each piece goes for Ksh. 15. So how about you sell a piece at Ksh. 25? You automatically get a profit of Ksh. 10. And if you are in a highly populated area where you can sell like five or more packets, you get very high returns.

If you manage to sell five packets a day, with each packet containing 22pieces, you will have sold 110 pieces. If you sell each at Ksh.25, you make Ksh. 2750. The expenses you will have used that day are averagely 330*5= 1650 Ksh. Plus kachumbari cost which is averagely Ksh. 100 for tomatoes, onions and dhania.  That adds up to Ksh. 1750. Total profits from that sale will add up to Ksh. 2750-1750=1000. Simply put, you will make a profit of Ksh. 1000 in a day.

If you decide to sell eggs as well, your profit will be elevated. Take for instance you sell averagely 2 trays of eggs per day. That is Ksh.60, with every egg costing Ksh.20, thus making Ksh. 1200 a day. The expenses involved for eggs per day are Ksh. 600 for two trays of eggs.  That means, the profit you will make in a day for eggs is Ksh. 600

The best part is here… If you decide to do both eggs and smokies, your monthly income estimates will be Ksh. 48000 in a month. How awesome.

And just in case you do not have time to run the business due to other engagements, you can hire someone for the day at Ksh. 200 per day. Now that, is convenience, don’t you think?

Most people do not want to venture into this kind of business because they feel it is of those who are not educated. How about you give that a second thought now? You can actually do this as a side hustle. For instance, if you are a regular student in college, you might need an extra penny at the end of the day and this might be a good idea for you. After classes, you can do this in the evening till late in the night. Even if you are already employed you can do this alongside your full time job.

Roasting and selling smokies is also stress free. It only requires basic culinary skills, and of course marketing and communication skills to keep your customers and get new ones. You can do it on a part time basis or even consider full time.

If you are there and wondering what to do with the little capital you have, here’s an option for you.  You can try this out and see how it turns out. All the best I as you endeavor to get in this new exciting your venture.

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Here’s How You Can Your Talent Into a Viable Business

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What’s your talent? How are you going to build it into a successful business?

When you talk about talent, I am 100% sure the first thing that pops in your mind is singing, dancing, drawing etc.

It’s very hard to find people thinking that talent is everywhere, from the tech world, people who are very active on social media, computer buffs, someone who has amazing people skills; you will find talent everywhere you look.

Most individuals have a talents that can be leveraged into pioneering a new business.

Perhaps, you are known for making the best cupcakes in town, or maybe all your neighbors knock on your door when they need help fixing their appliances and sound systems. You may also have a hobby at which you excel.

By turning your talent into a business, not only do you get to be your own boss, but you invite others to benefit from your passion and eventually will hopefully be able to provide new jobs in your community as your venture grows.

For example, did you know that the founder of Instagram has no formal engineering training, but rather was a marketer who taught himself to program and code at night?

Kevin Systrom was passionate about photography and wanted to create a new, social-media-oriented way for people to exchange photos with friends and family. He taught himself programming so that he could share his passion for photography with others.

Another example of an entrepreneur who has learnt a new skill in order to create a successful business is Shawn O’Connor founder of Stratus Prep. He explains in Forbes magazine that his own experience offered another example of honing one’s skills and putting them to use in launching a business.

After obtaining his JD/MBA from Harvard, Shawn had opportunities to work at leading financial institutions and global law firms, but his true passion lay not in the corporate world, but in education and mentoring.

“I relished my time at Harvard and founded Stratus Prep as a means of helping other students win acceptance into the schools of their dreams. The psychological payoff was unparalleled. I utilized my teaching, test-taking, and admissions counseling skills and experience and eventually attracted countless qualified experts to my team to establish Stratus Prep as leading boutique test prep and admissions counseling firm,” Shawn explains.

He has leveraged his love for counseling to serve on the boards of and advise numerous successful startups. And these are just among many people who have succeeded in using their talents.

Unlike ‘traditional’ businesses whose real assets might be the factories they own and the goods they produce, a startup’s real wealth is the talent it attracts and produces ss seen with so many one-time startups that have become household names over the years.

Having a great vision, belief, and skills makes it possible for a small business with not much cash reserves to take on giants with billion-dollar valuations. That makes it virtually essential in fact, perhaps the most important focus point of any startup.

As you can see, businesses are most successful when they stem from a talent, even if you have to adjust it slightly to meet consumer desires, and then do it.

Even if your passion does not seem profitable at first glance, such as enjoying browsing through your friends’ photographs.

First, take time and know your talent, see how you can make it grow either by attending conferences, exhibitions, expositions, workshops, soft skills training, just take time to learn how to grow your talent.

Look around in your community and try to see where there is a gap that you can fill using your talent (people buy or pay for goods or services for things that they value), do your research well.

You can start small and learn to grow, have a vision and mission. Also yearn to grow through exploring and learning new things don’t be tied down to one idea, the world is evolving so evolve with it. Settle for understanding and commitment to the vision.

You now have the few steps to start your own business and begin revolutionizing not only your economic future but also that of your community and the nation!

While many Kenyans would love to own a business, they are often dissuaded because they do not believe that their passion will reap sufficient profit to sustain them financially.

While it is critically important to plan your finances carefully before launching a new business, do not be discouraged, many entrepreneurs have been in the very same position, and they have found a solution in developing a new talent to complement their passion for the freedom and opportunity that comes with entrepreneurship.

Go on, be encouraged to use your imagination and make your talent as attractive as can be!

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