KZN Woman Drops Out of University To Become Successful Business Owner, TikTok Video Inspires

KZN Woman Drops Out of University To Become Successful Business Owner, TikTok Video Inspires

  • A woman from KwaZulu-Natal shared her journey on TikTok of becoming a successful business owner after dropping out of university
  • The inspiring video is a testament to determination and hard work, encouraging others to pursue their dreams
  • Speaking to Briefly News, Andile Mtolo says venturing into entrepreneurship and taking risks has unquestionably proven to be a worthwhile endeavour

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A woman has shared her journey of becoming an entrepreneur.
A woman from KwaZulu-Natal shared a video about her journey of becoming a successful entrepreneur after dropping out of university. Images: @andiile_mtolo
Source: TikTok

A KZN woman shared her story in a TikTok video of dropping out of university to become a successful business owner.

Uni dropout to business owner

Andile Mtolo decided to share her journey on TikTok, highlighting how her journey started. The entrepreneur started with just R5,000 from money she saved from online teaching. Even though she had little experience, she was determined to learn and grow. Now, after 12 months, she reflected on how far she came in a video.

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Mtolo faced slow progress, unmet expectations, and the harsh realities of business. In December, she contemplated closing her business but decided to open BossUp Academy instead. Her goal was clear: she wanted to create a safe space for aspiring entrepreneurs to get help starting their businesses.

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Her coaching business was scary, but her faith was stronger than her fear. In just seven months, her coaching significantly impacted Mzansi.

In an exclusive comment to Briefly News, Mtolo says:

"I knew that entrepreneurship would allow me my creative freedom without any limitations. Looking back now, I remember that even as a child I’d always say when I grow up, I want to become a business woman”.
"The risk has definitely started to pay off. Right after dropping out of my accounting course, the take off was very very slow.

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"The beauty of entrepreneurship is that you can pivot as and when you see best. My pivot to helping others start their dream businesses is what has got me to where I am right now.
"The beauty of it all is that I’m working on relaunching my makeup line and also expanding to a new division with my coaching business. So yes, the risk has definitely started paying off!"

Watch the video below:

KZN woman inspires Mzansi

The entrepreneur is inspiring people across Mzansi with her remarkable journey. From a university dropout to a thriving business owner, her story is a beacon of hope and motivation for many.

People flocked to the comment section with questions and well wishes:

@Nelisiwe Sibiya shared:

"So proud of you my baby."

@RoyalRefiloe commented:

"Very inspiring."

@Melokuhle Makhaye applauded:

"I am so inspired."

@Lebo_fit2 praised:

"So grateful I purchased the program and I’m still learning."

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@Aaliyah Tzur said:

"I’m so proud of you and I don’t even know you!"

@Ivy Pule | YouTuber commented:

"Crazy faith! I love that, you are doing amazing babe can't wait to use your services."

Entrepreneur flexes independence

In a similar story, Briefly News reported about a single mom-turned-entrepreneur showcasing independence in a TikTok video, encouraging women to believe in themselves.

The clip captures her confidently dropping her kids off at school, free from worries and reporting to a boss.

Mzansi was encouraged by her story, a powerful reminder that dreams are achievable, even as a single parent.

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Source: Briefly News

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Trisha Pillay (Weekend current affairs editor) Trisha Pillay is a Current Affairs writer at Briefly News. She has a degree in Journalism from the University of Johannesburg and an Honours degree in International Politics from UNISA. She joined ENCA straight out of varsity and completed an internship at the channel. Pillay later went on to cover politics, crime, entertainment, and current affairs at the Citizen Newspaper. She joined Newzroom Afrika in 2019 and became a senior bulletin editor for shows focused on politics and current affairs on the channel. She joined Briefly News in 2023. You can contact her at

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