Meet our student entrepreneur of the week: Miss Aruna Maryam:
My name is Aruna Maryam. A 400 level student of department of microbiology, University of Ibadan. I own stylehaven a fashion brand that specialise in selling classy and sophisticated bags making you slay on a budget.
Ideas that do become businesses are not that easy to come by; here’s what fueled Maryam:
It all started April 2019. I love playing dress up and one thing always lacking was a nice bag. At that time I didn’t know anyone selling so I felt this is a good way to start. Thanks to my family and friend who supported me then.
Still a student, Maryam highlights impacts having a business has had on her:
I have this new quest of wanting to learn more. I’m also more patient and I have to respect everyone you come across whether younger or older. Referral and customer service really goes a long way. No regret so far.
Running a business and ensuring you do not neglect school work can be exhausting some times; for Maryam:
It hasn’t been easy. I must confess but I always remind my self this school is my primary assignment and it must come first.
On how supportive her parents are:
Extremely supportive. They gave me my initial capital
On how she was able to build a customer base:
It was mainly through referral from friends. My friends were supportive always telling people about my business. I used student influencers at some point.
To upcoming student entrepreneurs, she had this advice:
I’m gonna be honest having a business while in school can sometimes be tiring. But you know why you started let that push be your focus.