Starting a business on the side requires a bulletproof strategy.
A good hedge against the risks of starting your own business is to begin working on building your company while you’re still employed with a full-time job that pays a regular salary and benefits.
Here’s why: If you’re in a position to start your business while you’re still employed, you’ll have the best of both worlds. A stable, dependable source of income will give you much more confidence in testing the waters with a new business that has a high likelihood of failure in the first year.
Here are some simple Do’s and Don’ts to guide you as you walk a sometimes fine line between keeping up a good standing at your full-time job and pursuing your interests with your own business.
The Do’s of Starting a Business While You’re Still Employed
1. Do consider running your business as a part-time operation alongside your current job. This is a great model because you’ll continue to have dependable income and benefits while you test your way into finding a way to drive consistent, reliable income with your side business. The last thing you need while trying to grow your own business is the added stress of unpaid bills stacking up or draining your savings account without a clear path to earning it back.
2. Do understand and follow your employment contract. This is particularly important if it makes reference to inventions and intellectual property (IP) that you develop as part of your job.
Almost always, anything developed on company time and using company property belongs to the company. If you do not have an employment contract, you’re still not in the clear. Check the company’s Employee Manual for references to ownership of inventions and IP. No manual? Ask your Human Resources manager or someone functioning in that role to explain the policy.
3. Do save your side income. Set aside cash reserves from the income your startup creates that can sustain you when and if you decide to leave your full-time job. On top of that, be sure to put into place clear spending and budgetary guidelines for your side business to make sure you’re not spending beyond your means. Saving or investing all of the profits from your side business will help you build a safety net for potential lean times in the future once you no longer have your day job.
4. Do thoughtfully prioritize your time. If you’re going to keep your day job and work on growing your part-time business at the same time, that doesn’t leave much time for non-essential activities. Decide what’s really important, consult with the other stakeholders and family in your life, then create a target list of all the responsibilities and activities you’ll be reducing or eliminating in order to make time for your business.
The Don’ts of Starting a Business While You’re Still Employed
1. Don’t use corporate computers or email systems to send any emails related to your side business.Even if you log into your webmail account to send email, you still have problems: you are using their property to further the goals of your own business, which could present a legal challenge later. They may have the right to read whatever keystrokes you’ve entered, even if your emails were not entered on the company’s email system.
2. Don’t feel pressured to leave your day job as your business starts to gain traction. New businesses go through life cycles and some early wins do not necessarily mean you have a sustainable enterprise. You should validate your business model with real, paying customers and then go through a period of several months with consistent growth in your customer base.
Your side income needs to get above that which your necessary expenses will require, before considering quitting your day job to focus full-time on your new business.
3. Don’t choose the wrong business. A business that doesn’t lend itself to part-time involvement won’t suit you very well if you can only do it part-time to start. For example, opening a retail food store can be an all-consuming endeavor. If you are not reachable, hands-on at the beginning stages or don’t have a partner who is there every day, you are setting yourself up for potential failure. If you’re looking for the right business to start while keeping your day job, check out this list featuring over one hundred realistic, attainable side business ideas.
4. Don’t talk about your part-time business to other employees around the proverbial water cooler. This could be construed as promoting your business on company time. Rub one co-worker the wrong way with the fact that you’re running a side business and that could bring up potential issues with your employer if they decide to tell management before you’re able to have that conversation yourself. The silence rule extends to discussions on company time with your employer’s clients and suppliers as well.
5. Don’t be afraid to take the leap to full-time entrepreneurship when the time is right. Running a business part-time can be partly successful, but unless you are going to be a passive investor, the business will grow only up to a certain point without your full-time commitment. Once you’ve identified a clear demand for your solution and you have a sustainable level of income from your growing customer base, it’s safe to start considering making the leap to self-employment.
You can clean your cell phone with a microfiber cloth and cotton swabs, compressed air, or a UV light device. It is important to keep your phone clean because recent studies have shown that there are about 25,000 germs per square inch on most cell phones. That means your phone has more germs than a public toilet.
Method One of Three:
Cleaning Your Phone Manually
Turn off your phone and disconnect any power supply. Remove the case and any screen protector. If you have cracks in your screen do not remove the protector.
Remove your battery if you are able to do so.This may, however, invalidate your warranty.
Clean your keypad, if you have one, with a dry cotton swab. Clean the interior of your phone very carefully with a clean, dry cotton swab.
Replace your battery and reassemble your phone.Using a lint free microfiber cloth wipe off the back of your phone. You may need to dampen a portion of the cloth with a solution of 40 % alcohol to 60% distilled water to clean any stubborn spots.
Use the microfiber cloth to wipe your screen using long, vertical strokes. You may also use the dampened portion of the cloth on your screen if some smudges remain. Wipe your screen again with a dry microfiber cloth.
Clean the case, inside and out, with the dampened microfiber cloth. Use a cotton swab, lightly dampened with the alcohol mixture, for the corners and any crevices. Allow your case to dry completely before returning it to your phone,
- Use a high quality leather cleaner for a leather case. Allow your case to dry completely before putting it back on your phone.
Method Two of Three:
Cleaning Your Phone with Compressed Air
Turn off your phone and disconnect any power supply. Remove the case and any screen protector. If you have cracks in your screen do not remove the protector.
Clean the exterior of your phone including your screen and keypad. Holding the can several inches from your phone begin to blow over the keypad using rapid back and forth motions. Blow over your screen and the back of your phone.
Remove your battery if you are able to do so.This may invalidate your warranty.
Blow out the interior of your phone, if you have removed your battery. Keep the can moving at all times. Make sure the nozzle does not make contact with your phone to avoid any drips of moisture.
Replace your battery and reassemble your phone.
Blow off the inside and outside of your case. You may now return your phone to your case.
Method Three of Three:
Cleaning Your Phone with a UV-C Light Device
Plug the UV-C unit into a wall outlet. Lift the lid and place your phone inside.
Plug in your charging cord if you wish to charge your phone while it is cleaning. Certain UV-C devices are better designed for this than others
Close the lid and sanitizing will begin automatically. When the blue indicator light comes on, after about four minutes, the cleaning is complete
Lift the lid. When your phone is sufficiently charged, disconnect the phone charging cord and remove your phone from the unit. You now have a germ-free phone.
Always use a micro fiber cloth for cleaning
Don’t use a rag that is frequently exposed to basic chemicals like bleach.
Clean your phone at least once a week
If using a UV-C device you may want to clean your phone daily
Never use any chemical sprays or solvents (Windex etc.)
Replacing your battery may invalidate your warranty.
Keep all moisture away from openings.
Never use paper towels or rough cloths (only lint free microfiber cloths)
Never spray anything directly onto your phone
Supplies You Will Need
- Lint free microfiber cloths
- Cotton swabs
- Distilled water
- Rubbing alcohol
- Can of compressed air
- UV-C device
No one wants to get burned when buying a used computer. Deciding on a used system is a lot like picking out a new model: you’ve got to think about what you’ll be using it for, what computer parts you’ll have to buy to make the system work for you, and how long you’ll expect it to last. Think about how these things stack up against the price of a new computer.
What Will You Need This Computer For?
Before you buy any computer, no matter if it’s used or new, ask yourself what you plan on doing with it. If your regular computer use involves tons of apps and web services, a lightweight system will probably work for you. If you need more desktop horsepower for gaming, design, or video editing, make sure any used system you consider is up to the challenge. Here are a few other key issues to keep in mind:
Portability: Are you looking for a laptop that you can take with you wherever you go? Size and weight will be a concern, then. Look for a machine that is small enough that you can transport it comfortably. However, remember that portability often presents a tradeoff in features and power.
Power: When buying any laptop, especially a used one, find out how much it will cost to replace the battery or AC adapter. Depending on how the system was previously used, its battery might no longer hold a decent charge or it might be through its recharge cycles altogether. This is definitely a concern if you plan to use the computer in multiple locations.
Make Sure You Wouldn’t Be Better Off Buying New
Taking a “gently used” system off the hands of a well-meaning friend or seemingly decent Craigslist contact may make for a great deal, but make sure you do your homework before you hand over the cash.
Included Software and Peripherals: An original equipment manufacturer (OEM) will include an operating system (OS) and at least a 1 year warranty. If you’re buying refurbished system or from an authorized reseller, they will likely include the OEM license for the OS, and offer a service plan or warranty. Be aware of what is offered with yours, or how much it would cost you to get what you need. The same can be applied to peripherals.
Competitive Pricing: Buying used certainly does not always equal a bargain, even if the seller is tossing in pre-installed software or an external hard drive. Evaluate at the price of the used system, and compare it to the price of a comparable, new model. Would you spend the same amount buying new or refurbished, perhaps with that warranty?
Price of Upgrades: People often buy used systems and underestimate how much they’ll end up spending on upgrades. A $300 used laptop is a great deal…until you buy a $100 external hard drive, a $90 software license, and any other programs you need. Heaven forbid you have to upgrade the hardware anytime soon. The cost of a new solid-state drive alone, on top of the purchase price, could make buying a new computer a more attractive option.
Take It For A Test Drive
If you’re buying from a private seller, see if you can test out the system for a while. It could be pretty difficult to negotiate, but being able to use the system first, even for just a few hours, can provide you with valuable information and save you from buyer’s remorse. If the seller isn’t willing to offer you a free trial, at least take a moment to turn it on and give it a good inspection. Here are a few things to check on:
Look over the frame and body for cracks and surface damage.
Check the screen for dead pixels, haze, or discoloration.
Check for any broken or malfunctioning inputs and ports. Bring your preferred peripherals with you.
Assess the included software. If anything licensed is included, make sure you will have access to the necessary keys or media.
There are many bargains to be had by working with a private seller, just make sure you’re not throwing your hard-earned money out the window. Be cautious when shopping, do your homework, and be absolutely sure you wouldn’t actually get a better deal if you bought a new or refurbished system.
*Whats your name?
My name Onyema Amata, i am From Delta State, currently in Lagos state.
*Whats the name of your brand?
Thd name of my brand is Sweet Cilia Cakes N More it is Located in Surulere. Though we don’t have an office yet. We are working towards that. We bake and decorate different types of Cakes. We also make pastries.
* What inspired me to start up?
I always knew I was going to venture into business from my secondary school days. I wanted to own a business and be an employer of Labour though the dream was a huge one, baking was only a small part of it.
*Why should anyone use Sweet Cilia Cakes N More?
We offer beyond beautifully designed cakes. We give you delicious cakes made from quality products always. Our pastries and small chops are great.
We offer delivery services too which makes it more convenient for our customers.
Quality is our priority.
*Tell us about the journey so far.
It’s been really challenging. Getting a customer base as a start up is hard work. Being underpriced was another challenge as people were not sure about the quality but when they realized, that challenge became minimal.
*What are your future plans and aspirations?
To take Sweet Cilia Cakes N More to a world class standard while satisfying our customers.
To have branches in strategic places around the country. To create an empire with satisfied staff.
*What gives me the most satisfaction about being a Baker?
The ability to make delicious cakes using different flavors
*What advice can you give to the Nigerian youth looking to start up a brand?
I would advice Nigeria youths Make sure they have the training and funds sufficient enough to start up a business .They should also Invest in equipments because most business need a startup equipment.Be sociable, patient and persistent and above all always believe in yourself.
* Whats your name and were are you from?
My name is Victory Chimdimma Chijioke.l am from Abia State, but reside in the Lagos State
*Whats the name of your brand ?
My brand name is GRABETH FASHION HOUSE and it is located in Ajah-Sangotedo, Lekki Axis. Lagos.
*What does your company do?
We are a Bespoke fashion house and we take care of the clothing need of young and Vibrant Women aged 18-30, Mums and their daughters aged 28-50, & 3mth- 17yrs respectively.
*What inspired you to start up your brand?
The desire to impact the lives of women through taking proper care of their clothing needs, making sure they get Value for every money spent.
*Why should anyone use your products or services?
At GRABETH FASHION HOUSE we offer great services and deliver what we have promised and at the time promised.
*What are your future plans and aspiration?
My future aspirations are to inspire women like me using my Stories as a tool to motivate them into taking ACTIONS that will lead them to fulfilling their purposes.
*Share a little about your journey so far.
To be entirely Honest, I never thought I would find myself in the Fashion industry.
I have always been a Music Lover, so I thought that was were God was going to use me to impact lives.
But as I grew older, I noticed that I needed so much money to fund my music, so I joined an Engineering company and with my salary I enrolled in a Music school.
While I was it, My hubby convinced me into enrolling for Fashion classes. So I worked, and went to 2 Schools at the same time.
So that was when my journey into fashion began. And no, I couldn’t handle the pressure at all so I dropped out of my fashion school and tried to finish up music school. By then I had already gotten some basic knowledge on how to sew.
After staying away from my fashion school, for a while I went back again to continue from where I stopped, and this was as a result of the consistent push I got from hubby.
And because I felt my heart was more with music than fashion I quit school again.
In 2014, I left the Engineering company as a result of some issues the company. So I had to pick up And started my fashion business.
By the end of 2015, I became so frustrated with the outcome of my clothes and the many complaints I got from customers, and I quit again.
Around October in 2016, I was fed up with the way I lived, I was totally dependent on hubby for everything, even to the point of waiting on him to come home before I could buy a match box to cook.
That was when I made up my mind to change my situation.
Abeg to cut the long story short. I went back to my fashion business, but this time, I prepared my mind to learn continually, Invest in myself continually and never give up no matter what.And so far, God has been Faithful.
* What gives you the most satisfaction about being a fashion designer?
I am Satisfied when I can see the Honest Smile of Satisfaction on the faces of my customers.
*What advice can you give to the Nigerian youth looking to start up a brand/Business/Company?
Be committed to constantly investing in yourself and business, Be determined to stand up even when you fall or fail. And always surround yourself with the people who believes in YOU.
Black men’s hair is very different from that of any other race. Black barbers are well aware of all the differences and know how to handle this type of hair. However, barbers of other races often do not know how to cut black mens hair, leading to major mistakes and extremely dissatisfied customers.
Fortunately, there are a few simple techniques that can be employed when working with the hair of an African-American. Learning and practicing these techniques will enable any barber to master the art of cutting this hair type and keep all of their clients happy with their service.
• The first step is to properly prepare the hair for cutting. Black men’s hair is naturally curly and tends to be easy to tangle. For this reason, it is critical to remove tangles before beginning. For longer hair, a pick is recommended while a brush can be used to straighten short hair. Brush with the grain of the hair.
• Next, one should determine the exact amount of hair he wants to cut off. Clippers come with a number of guards of various lengths. One can select the exact guard to use and adjust the clipper blades to get just the right length.
• Be certain to put a towel around the client’s shoulders to protect his shirt. Failure to do so will cause the person to have to wash his shirt immediately after getting a cut.
• Divide the hair into quadrants mentally. Finish one quadrant completely before moving on to the next. Jumping around at random will result in an uneven cut.
• If leaving the hair longer, it is necessary to cut with the grain of the hair. For a shorter cut, one should go against the grain of the hair. Afros can be cut in any direction. One should remove only a small amount of hair at a time when cutting an afro. This is because it is always possible to take more off if needed, but impossible to put it back if one cuts too closely.
• Any uneven or rough patches will need to be leveled out. It might require one to use a bit of additional pressure to achieve close cuts.
• Remove all guards from the clippers and set the blades to their lowest setting. Beginning on one side of the hairline, trim all the way around to the other. Give the hairline a rounded edge by following the curvature of the client’s head.
• Trim the temple hairline at a right angle to the top of the hairline. Create a smooth arc as you move back to the sideburns.
• Cut the sides of the back vertically and make them as even as possible. Gently edge the back hairline and make it even from side to side, parallel to the floor.
• As a final step, put a small amount of aftershave on the hands and pat down the edges of the client’s hair. This will help to prevent any skin irritation that might result from the close cutting in this area. Allow the client to view the finished cut in a mirror so that he can decide if this is acceptable or if more needs to be cut off.
Learning how to cut black mens hair is not difficult. However, one must learn these basic steps and procedures in order to properly serve African-American clientele. Their hair is very different in texture and moisture content from the hair of any other race. Using improper techniques with this hair type can result in completely unacceptable haircuts that can not be corrected short of shaving the head and allowing the hair to grow back out over time.
How to Become a Successful Fashion Designer
Many girls and young women dream of becoming fashion designers, but it doesn’t mean they’re cut out for the profession.
With this list, review the top skills needed to excel in the fashion world.
Highly Creative & Artistic
Are you known for being artistic? Do you have a unique sense of personal style or appreciate the fine arts, music and dance? An innate sense of creativity is extremely important in the fashion world. Together, artistry and imagination can give you the instincts necessary to turn raw materials into a beautiful finished product.
Strong Drawing Skills
Do you like to draw? If so, that’s good news because you’re going to need this skill as you pursue being a fashion designer. Strong drawing skills are a must in fashion, as designers need to be able to take a concept and get it down on paper. If you’re lacking in this area, you can take classes to practice drawing ball gowns, dresses, pants or whichever garments you envision yourself designing.
Good Eye for Detail
Fashion designers need not only the ability to draw but also a good eye for detail.
For example, how do you envision the pleats falling on a skirt or a blouse cinching at the waist? What about ruching, ruffles or embroidery? It is often the detail that makes a product unique, so this skill cannot be overlooked, even if you’re great at visualizing and drawing.
Understanding Texture, Color, and Fabric
Design requires a good sense of texture, color, and fabric.
For example, you’ll need to know whether a garment would work best in silk chiffon or another material. You’ll also need to know which combinations of colors will be most flattering on a piece of clothing. It is these differences that make a design stand out.
Strong Visualization Skills
Prior to the drawing phase, a good designer must have strong visualization skills. This enables her to translate ideas onto paper, so that her colleagues have a sense of the look she’s aiming for as they work toward a finished product.
Excellent Communication & Interpersonal Skills
Designing footwear, clothing, and accessories requires collaboration with colleagues. It also requires strong people skills. This not only helps designers encourage their teams but also enables them to effectively share their vision with colleagues.
A Good Sense for Business
A thorough understanding of the business world, including finance, sales, and marketing, is essential to becoming successful in the world of fashion. Creativity is the essence of fashion, but without a good understanding of business, it is difficult to sustain a fashion brand and make it profitable. Many talented fashion designers have ended up bankrupt because they had a poor understanding of fashion’s financial side.
A Competitive Spirit
To create innovative designs, a competitive spirit is necessary. You don’t want to lag behind the competition or follow their lead. You want to be a trendsetter, and having a thorough understanding of the economy and the fashion industry will keep your ideas fresh.
Ability to Work Well With a Team
A strong sense of collaboration and camaraderie between departments at a fashion house allows creativity to flourish and contributes to its overall success.
Interest in Current Fashion Trends
You’ll need to know whether everyone is wearing skinny jeans, boyfriend jeans or something else entirely. Knowing what’s on trend will let you know what the public is buying and what designers are creating.
Now that you’ve reviewed this list, ask yourself if you think you have what it takes to be a designer.
You may excel in some areas but need work in others. Don’t let that discourage you. Enroll in a fashion institute or take classes at a two- or four-year college to brush up on the skills you have and develop the ones you need to be a fashion designer
Your obsession with fashion may have you dreaming of a career designing clothes, but it takes more than a passion for red-carpet, fashion magazines and fashion design TV shows to that dream real. You need broad talents — such as artistic and creative skills, communications smarts and computer know-how — to get a job as a fashion designer.
Fashion designers need a flair for the artistic. A sense of how colors work together and an eye for complementary fabrics are musts. Designers also must be able to put their ideas on paper, either with hand-drawn sketches or with computer-aided design programs. In general, fashion designers need an aptitude for graphic art and design.
Fashion designers need creativity, or the ability to use their imagination to conjure original outfits and patterns. Designers work with diverse fabrics, shapes and colors to make outfits that are distinctive, practical and fashionable. Fashion designers should be able to visualize an outfit before sketching a single stitch, possess a sense of style and have the ability to constantly dream up fashion ideas. Creativity also means developing new designs from old trends.
Fashion designers rarely work alone. As team members who work with diverse groups of people, they must communicate well. From instructing the pattern makers who develop a garment’s blueprints to advising sewers on how to build clothing, designers have to explain details simply and effectively. Designers also must communicate with shipping departments to make sure garments get to the right markets.
Fashion designers don’t sketch only by hand. For large-scale presentations, they use computer-aided design programs and graphics editing software. Employers prefer designers who can use technology to illustrate fresh runway creations. Many fashion institutes and art and design schools offer computer-aided design certificates for clothing designers, with courses in computerized pattern design, design development and product data management.
Attention to detail is essential. Fashion designers must be able to spot subtle differences in color or other specifics that mean the difference between a popular design or a dud. A fashion designer should also be able to handle methodical, precise work during pattern preparation, garment fittings and other detail-heavy production phases.
Fashion designers should know how to build the garments they design. This requires skills in sewing, basic knitting and fabric draping, and an understanding of experimental fabric-manipulations, such as pleating, applique, layering or gathering.