“Success is not counted in rands and cents, success is counted in how much have I achieved”

( From left, Kwanele, Emelang Moyo, Martine Solomon, and Noluthando Nkosi )

Soweto—On Friday, August 09, Mzansi Financial Education and Media in partnership with Vatika Afro Naturals and Organic Root Stimulator (ORS) hosted Beauty, Bubbles and Business seminar at 7166 Vilakazi Street in Orlando West.

The event was centred on business advice and tips on maintaining growth and consistency within the business. Unpacking the pros and cons in the business industry was the award-winning financial broker, Martine Solomon, the hair care expert and stylist to the stars, Emelang Moyo and the body positivity activist and entrepreneur, Noluthando Nkosi. Unpacking the takes into getting in the business, Martine Solomon shared that
I make a decision, and once you make the decision it then takes an action because making a decision is not good enough. So if you’re not going to put the action behind that decision, it’s not going to happen.


Solomon’s sentiments were echoed by Noluthando Nkosi who demanded that
There is no formula that one can follow in order for a business to happen, you just need to work at it. With everything that I’ve done, I never thought I would be on television or radio. All these things that I am doing now are based on the decisions I made and ran with.


Nkosi also proceeded to emphasise the inaccuracy of the perception many people have with regards to business ownership and entrepreneurship being for certain individuals. Haircare expert and stylist, Emelang Moyo, on the other hand, chronicled her journey to the current state of her career, emphasising the importance of following your calling more than anything else.

( Beauty enthusiasts and business owners came out in numbers to take notes and absorb some tips to make it in the business industry. )

“I noticed my talent at a very young age, I then told my parents that I wanted to become a hairstylist and they were like ‘you are not going to embarrass us, do teaching, do nursing’ and I used to hide application forms to those professions because nursing is not my calling, hairdressing is my calling and that’s why I made it thus far” said Moyo.

After an exciting journey of her learning about hair and obtaining a qualification which then classified her as a qualified stylist, she opened her first salon called ‘Success’ in Botswana. That achievement saw her working with brands such as Destiny Magazine, Truelove, Dark n Lovely and so many prominent brands in South Africa. This was all because she embraced and followed her calling and that she made a decision which she acted on it. The beauty industry is currently in demand and lucrative, so it is key to have a conversation with those who are already established and thriving, to share tips and advises to those who want to start businesses on beauty. Another pivotal aspect of business that Solomon stressed is the importance of social media.

 

If you’re in the beauty industry you have got to know what’s trending, what’s making people tic? You’ve got to be close to your consumer and a lot of times I find that we often tell our customers what they want not listening to what they actually want. We are very bad listeners in business and that is why a lot of times we fail.”

The three ladies also advised on the imperativeness of not giving up after you’ve failed because business is all about taking risks and learning from those countless mistakes and failures.
Success is not counted in rands and cents, success is counted in how much have I achieved,” advised Solomon.

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By: Lwando Mqhokweni

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