Gloria Otieno, a former Kenya airways employee quit her lucrative career to go home with only a laptop and a facebook page! This although seems to be unwise decision for most people, to her it was the beginning of a journey to making it big and reaping from her passion.
As an employee at Kenya Airways, she felt that the job was not her passion and thought that it was time to move on in search of her true passion. Gloria, a pharmacist by training is currently the owner of a top consulting firm in Kenya Recours Four Kenya Consultants Limited; a company that provides recruitment, selection, training and development of staff and design of corporate uniforms. It also offers training, helping to bridge the gap between education and employment by equipping participants with the required skills necessary for the workplace.
Gloria’s whose first deal was worth ksh. 200 says that it takes passion and commitment to get to where you want to be. Her first client was a 22 year old man who she did a CV for 200 shillings. After the young man landed an interview he referred her to his cousin and that is how the cycle began.
After the young man landed an interview he referred her to his cousin and that is how the cycle began. She asked happy clients to post their testimonials on her Facebook page and when she received more than 1,000 CVs in the first few months she knew she had business and she needed more people.
She however advices people that befor you quit your job, you must have a plan in place and be ready to work tirelessly towards it.
And her advice to young entrepreneurs? “An entrepreneur must have a plan. You must understand your business and the direction you want it to take. You should have a working knowledge about the business you plan to start before you start it. You also need common sense, appropriate experience, follow through and attention to detail,” she concludes.
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