So I will share with you a client’s story of progress.Like usual am sharing this story with the full permission and consent of the client but I will still keep them anonymous to protect their business and privacy.
The reason I do this every once in a while is inspire some one, to encourage some one to keep pushing on even when giving up seems to be the logical thing to do. I also do so to change the mentality of most of our young people that feel nothing good can come out of this country any more. I know many have lost hope, but there’s still some light at the end of the tunnel no need to despair.
The last story I shared, the client reached out to me after reading the post on NBS TV ( I write for the Nile Post as a business columnist) facebook page and he was wondering why people are so negative, why people think no one can succeed in this country unless it’s thanks of corruption, ties with those in power, fraud and so on. I told them I don’t know why, l also get left speechless most of the times but it’s our job to change this perception with real life stories of those who have built with sheer sweat and persistence.
Anyway will continue to share for those that believe in possibilities with hard work and dedication. In 2018 I had a client who came to us with with a problem. They were contemplating closing their saloon in Kamwokya a Kampala suburb, it wasn’t working. The land lord had just increased rent to almost 2.5M, the sales were dwindling and retaining workers was becoming a hustle. It was all frustrating and painful to go through.

After listening to them, it became so clear to me that it was time to move rather than close shop. Let’s relocate the saloon I suggested. The current location wasn’t the best to me, the clientele (quality) wasn’t that great plus her operational costs were so high and draining the business. We agreed to move the saloon to a much more residential neighborhood since most people do saloon over the weekend and wouldn’t want to drive to town just for that.

The saloon was later moved to Kiira with too much convincing. Let’s take our last gamble with Kiira I tried to sell my position. Why have a saloon in town your paying 2.5M in rent for and your making about 5M-7M a month yet you can find better space for 1.5M in Kiira around where you stay. Your rent alone can’t take up 50% of your total revenues. So they agreed to move and since then, they say it’s one of the best decisions they ever made in their life. They set up a new saloon and I was so impressed looking into their books recently, from 5M a month to 20M a month that’s tremendous progress.

The saloon was running with the structures we suggested, hires about 12 staff parmanently and 3 staff on commission. They are now looking at growing it and making it the biggest saloon brand around and that was the reason for our consultation yesterday. Moving to the next step and also handling a few challenges that come with growth.After our discussions we agreed on our next action points and off they went to work with a review of progress to be carried out in 4-5 months from now.

I feel so full filled when I see such cases, it’s the reason I ask the clients that I share their story so it can inspire some one else out there. Some one who may never consider coming to us for help, this could be another way of helping them. Letting them know it’s possible, if you do the right thing the right way, the right results are always a matter of when rather than if .

Jaluum Herberts Luwizza is a Speaker,Writer, Columnist with the C.E.O Magazine and Contributor with the Nile Post.He is also a Business Consultant with YOUNG TREP East Africa’s No.1 Business Management and Consultancy firm that helps people start and grow profitable businesses.
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