Mr James Achegba is a native of Owukpa in Ogbadibo Local Government Area of Benue State. He is an entrepreneur who barbs hair and also a hairstylist. In a chat with Deborah Ocheke, at his saloon (Jay Touch) located at Okwo Street, Otukpo, Benue State he talks about what is required to succeed in the business, what he achieved so far, and other issues.
How did you start your business?
I started learning how to barb from March 2018, though the ideal duration for the work is four months after that, you serve your boss for two months, all together six months, but I started with him for two years then I started looking for a shop of my own to start with, so October 2021 I started my business till date, this is my second year in the business and I am grateful to God that since then ,I have been able to pay my bills , house rent, feeding myself am setting other financial assistance, anytime I want to do anything I go ahead and do it with the support of the business
Do you have an apprentice?
I have about three apprentices, I am teaching them how to cut different hairstyles that are trending, which I do more of browsing regularly to check for latest hairstyle and I try testing them on my customers that request some recommendations from me.
How is the patronage so far?
Patronage is very good, people come in a lot, we hardly have time to rest, we thank God for that.
What are your challenges in the business?
The biggest challenge now is electricity, the transformer in my street has been faulty for some months and the cost of fuel is on the high side and very difficult to get and it is a daily necessity to get and light is a daily necessity at one of the basic needs in the business, which you can never do without electricity.
Have you registered your business?
In this business, it is mandatory to be registered under the Local Government for legal backing.
What makes you different from other barbers?
I always try to make my styles unique which are different from other barbing techniques always. Aside giving them what they always desire, I still go extra mile to build a strong bond, relationship with them, even if they don’t see me they can still wait for me or the customer will go and come back later despite other barbing salons around.
How will you advise the youths?
I will advise the youths who don’t have any job or skills that they should help themselves by engaging in any trade they are convenient with, because in our society now you do not have to depend on anyone. God has given us hands and knowledge to find something to do as a youth knowing your talent or the area of craft or trend youths are good at, identify that gap in the field or business to see if it is going to be a marketable business. I urge those idle out there to go out and look at something to do even if it is selling sachet water business, just start selling and believe that in the little you do, God will multiple it.
Where next do you see yourself in five years time?
By the grace of God, if things turn better than this surely, coming years will be fulfilled drams.