Sam is a 30-year-old man who has broken the fences of limitation by paving a path for himself in the entrepreneurial world. The hard-working man shared his story with Briefly.co.za from his business spot in Nigeria.
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The young man admitted that he was ashamed when he started the business considering the fact that he had worked with big companies in the past. Running into people he knew at the beginning made him hide as he felt he was going to be judged. However, he got past that and braced up.
Sam’s nickname is Puff-Puff. He had worked as a chef at Sheraton, Fine Coat and other big brands. He also worked at UBA before he decided to start his business. He told the correspondent of Briefly.co.za that baking and cooking are things he enjoys doing. Before he made up his mind to leave his job, he had tested the waters and was sure it was a passion that would go far.
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The vibrant young man acknowledged that he seldom believes it when he hears stories about street hustlers building houses of their own and becoming property owners with their legit businesses, until he joined them. He started selling vetkoek on the street.
Within a short period of starting, he had three branches with young boys training under him. They were managing the venture for him while learning the art of baking as well. Some of these guys have started their own businesses, according to him. They are doing well too.
The correspondent of Briefly.co.za also got to know that Sam met his wife while working as a chef during the course of the interview. As at the time of their meeting, she was working for a financial firm.
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They started dating not long after that and ended up getting married. Both of them run the snack business together now. Apart from vetkoek, they sell doughnuts, egg rolls, meat pie and fish roll.
Business is booming for the duo; they have become popular and have people trooping to buy the snacks they make. There is nothing to be ashamed of as their needs are being met and life is looking desirable.
Sam also revealed that he makes twice his former salary. What he made at the end of the month is what he makes in two weeks now. Being his own boss has paved ways for him; he had endured working for others in the past.
Sam said that he had learned much in his experiences in the food profession while working under bosses, one of whom did not treat him right after he worked very hard.
When it was time for him to leave, his boss gave him R880 for his services. He felt embarrassed and cheated. He knew he should have been paid more than that but the man was rude and sounded like he did him a favour. This encounter made him make up his mind about working for others. He started his business not long after that.
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In essence, he had mixed experiences working for people as some were incredibly nice to him while a few cheated him while belittling his effort. He has started building his own house. He is looking forward to completing it and being a house owner in Lagos.
At the moment, Sam buys ten bags of flour, four gallons of oil and fifty crates of eggs weekly to run his business. His wife described him as a hard-working and focused man. She is proud of him and says she is not ashamed of what they do in as much as they are not stealing or selling their bodies for money.
The young entrepreneur believes in days of humble beginnings as he urged people toeing the same path not to despise them. Legit hustle will always pay at the end of the day.
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