Meet our student entrepreneur of the week:
My name is Okediran Anuoluwa Opeyemi; A student of the University of Ibadan.
For Anuoluwa, passion about make up is what inspired her:
I’m a makeup artist and I’m passionate about my work, and I saw the struggle my fellow makeup artists and lovers had in getting original products. I decided to pick up the business as that was what my mentor was doing as well, starting was basically easy for me through that.
Owning a business, especially while still in school can have a lot of impacts on you; for Anu,
Starting my business while in school has made me see that there is more to life, I’ve met amazing people through my business; my social network expanded accordingly, it’s been a bliss. The only negative impact has been stress, I’ve had series of mental breakdowns, it’s really not easy.
Balancing school and work is no easy job, here’s how she did it:
Knowing my priority. It’s not as easy as it seems but everyday I sit to restrategize by reviewing how the previous week went and things to change.
Support is one of the benchmarks of a successful business; and Anu has that:
My mom is very supportive, and after God – I would dedicate my business to her. She’s ready to listen, to advice, to help. My mom would wake up early in the morning to drive me to the park for the day’s delivery. She’s awesome.
On how she was able to build a customer base;
Shout out to all ISI students and my friends. They were my first customers, they trusted me, referred their family members and friends as well. Gradually, my business started growing.
And yes, Instagram helped – at first it was so much hard work and wasn’t yielding anything but through the help of my mentor – Ajuwon Tolulope, Daizy. I was able to get customers from IG.
Her advice to budding student entrepreneurs like her is quite simple:
Let your passion for your work speak for you, don’t focus too much on money making, build a relationship, build trust and don’t forget the God factor.
On how Vasiti has helped shape her business, she had this to say:
Vasiti has helped channel customers and made things a lot easier.