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My Experience After Working For About Five Years. by AltarBoy1: 11:58am On Dec 28, 2020
Greetings to you all. I don't know if the subject of this post suits its body content, but all the same I hope that the message am about to pass meets you well.

Pardon my typos.... Typing long post isn't my thing.

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Re: My Experience After Working For About Five Years. by AltarBoy1: 11:59am On Dec 28, 2020
What am about to explain is based on my own personal experience and that of those around me. What worked or didn't work for me doesn't mean its applicable to others. You might try and succeed. But am only here to give my own experience. Sorry, this post is gonna be long.

The lesson I want us to learn here is for us to know that working in a firm (esp banks or offices where you stay indoor from 8am-5pm) that pays you less than #120k-#150k per month with little or no assurance that after 2-3 years, you will be promoted or salary increased is a waste of your youthful age, better you start nurturing any form of legal business that you can start and manage. In view of this, I will be making some detailed Analysis and CALCULATION as I put down my experience. The analysis and calculation is to show you how "small small" business that we neglect and take not to be profitable is actually better than having a monthly paid job.
I started working in the bank around first quarter of 2016. I was excited that I got a job, hoping to start contributing financially to my family. But before I proceed, let me take us back a little for a better understanding.

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Re: My Experience After Working For About Five Years. by AltarBoy1: 12:01pm On Dec 28, 2020
I finished serving in the year 2013, job hunted for a while but no success. I always sleep on job site looking for new job advert, I walked the street of different cities going from company to company and dropping CVs. I attended lots of interviews and tests, all to no avail. The closest I got was during the 2014/2015 recruitment exercise for PTI Warri which was done in Abuja. I spent lots of money shuttling from my state of residence to Abuja for about three times. Computer based test was taken twice, then a final interview. In the position I applied for, I was among the 5 people that made it to the final interview stage, but I waited for call up/appointment letter but I didn't get any.(time, energy and resource that I could have channeled in starting a business, wasted)

After all these, I gave up on job hunting for a while. I stayed back with my parent, helping them out in the little business they do, their business isn't all that rosy, but it helps in the daily expense of the house. Thank God for my elder brothers who take care of the major expense as they are working.

While going for interview in Abuja, there was a biscuit I ate there which was very nice. One day I set out to look for the biscuit in my area but couldn't find it. So it occurred to me that since the city where I reside is a university town, maybe such biscuit could move market. I was able to ask my brother for a loan of #120k which he gave me... and through the help of a nairalander, I got the biscuit from Lagos to my state (God bless the lady. As at the time she helped me procure the biscuits, I haven't set my eyes on her, we just spoke on phone. I sent her the money, she took her time, used her husband car, went to the company's warehouse in Lagos, bought the biscuit and way-billed it to me). Later on, I made a friend with one of the bus drivers of PMT who was now helping me to pick it up and deliver to me while coming back from Lagos.

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Re: My Experience After Working For About Five Years. by RainOnMe: 12:03pm On Dec 28, 2020
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Re: My Experience After Working For About Five Years. by AltarBoy1: 12:05pm On Dec 28, 2020
I bought about 24 cartons at a cost of N4.5K/carton and way-billing it from Lagos cost me about N12k. I exhausted the N120k on purchase and carriage inwards(it could have been more if not for the lady that helped me purchase it). Therefore, the cost price of the biscuit/carton was N5k.

I was able to use the small space left in my parent shop as my own shop, then I use my Mum's bike to go out for advert and supply.
I hit the market immediately and started advertising the biscuit. In a carton, there are 12 packs which contain 12 biscuits. Now, my selling price was N5.5k/carton and N500/pack. So the retail end of one biscuit was N50. I sell as both wholesale and retail, so if I sell a carton, I have a profit of N500. If I sell 12 packs at N500 each, I have a profit of N1000. Then if at my shop, I was able to sell the biscuits in pieces, I will make a profit of about N1700 after exhausting a carton. The first week I started, things didn't go so well, but as time goes on, business was picking up. Though there was a catch to it. The "end-eaters" are mostly students of the university and most shops don't buy in carton, they buy in packs. So when the school is on break, sales slows down but picks up when they resume. Later on, I added some little local biscuits and products so that I can be turning over my capital pending when my stock gets low before I can buy from Lagos. Profit from those local products are negligible. At the peak of my business, that's towards the end of 2015, I know I was making an average profit of about 700-1500 per day, which is roughly 30-40K per month. Things were going smoothly and I was happy, but then everything went south. By the end of 2015 and the beginning of 2016, the value of naira depreciated and since the biscuit was a foreign one, the carton price gradually went up from 4500 to 8000. The single biscuit which was sold at N50 also rose to N70. People no longer buy it, business came to a halt and I had stocks which I literally sold at almost the cost price some even less. The little money I had, I tried to diversify into a new product, but wasn't successful. The product that looks promising requires capital of 1M upwards which I cant access as at then I have about 250K with me.

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Re: My Experience After Working For About Five Years. by Villagemeat: 12:06pm On Dec 28, 2020
You want to advertise networking business,na so them dey start

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Re: My Experience After Working For About Five Years. by AltarBoy1: 12:09pm On Dec 28, 2020
Luckily for me, as the business flopped, around march of 2016 I got an offer for a bank job which I gladly accepted. Salary was 75k/month. Not much, but for me back then it was much.

I went for training and was posted to one of the states in North west. I have worked for about 5 years now, but I only got a promotion January this year, taking my salary to N115k/month.
Now the question to ask is, if I was into business for this period of 5 years, putting in the type of dedication that I did where I work, as at now, will my net revenue per month not be more than N115k.

Over the years, I have got to understand that business grows every single day. It might not reflect in your net income, but each day that a customer walk up to you to buy your product or pay for your services, your reputation and good will grows. This will amount in more revenue/income later on.

Secondly, we all know that salary remain stagnant while inflation grows. No organization will increase your salary cos of inflation, but unlike business, business grows with inflation. For example, if a product is been sold for N8 as cost price while retailers sell at N10. If there is inflation and cost price rises to N11, most retailers will end up selling at N15, thereby increasing their income relative to inflation.

I am in the banking sector, and it seems to me that am trapped in there even though I work tooth and nail to resign as soon as possible, but a lot of things that I have invested into, didn't turn out as I hope. Not giving up yet, as I look out for other opportunity. To grow a business, the owner need to be on ground to nurture it, but that time is what you don't have when you are working for someone esp as a banker. Its not all that easy leaving your job entirely to go and grow/nurture your business, at a time when you already have responsibility and expenses to carry, you might end up running down your capital. That's why I want to reiterate that the best time to start a business is when you are still in school or under your parent roof, that way you can do all the trial and error you needed to do without getting burnt. If the business fail, you still have roof over your head with your feeding and other basic necessities covered, all you need is time to regain more capital and start afresh.

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Re: My Experience After Working For About Five Years. by AltarBoy1: 12:20pm On Dec 28, 2020
Take for example those young lads who go to serve their oga as early as 12-15years of age. They learn the art of business right from teenage, they get to know customers and how the market fluctuate. Then after been settled 6-7 years later, finding their feet wont be difficult as they already have what is needed to succeed. They have the experience, the capital from settlement and the customer base(that's friends they made while serving)... then when the business is booming, their peers back home will think that they did blood money, but its just simple economics.

I have a friend that sale cloths in bales. From my findings, each bale cost 10k and he sells it between 11-13k depending on the quantity that you are buying. On the average he sells about 10 - 15 bales per day. Then during weekends, that's Friday and Saturday, he sells almost 20-25 bales. He has customers coming from Niger Republic, Chad and neighboring countries coming to buy in bulk. You can now estimate his monthly income. I can bet you that only a few multinationals in Nigeria will pay such amount for fresh graduates. And the funny thing is, when you enter this guy's shop, you wont even know that such income can come from that shop.

Take a time out and try to look out for wealthy business men around your area. Try to investigate how they all started, most of their business started very small and when they where young. Time is all its takes to grow a business beyond recognition. Believe me, if you can manage and maintain your business for 3 years plus, then you have crossed the red zone. All factors been favorable, the experience you have gained over the years will see you through to greater heights.

There is a man I know that own a big pharmaceutical company in Lagos, the last time the man came to our branch, he just started gisting me stories of how he started. He started with a small chemist shop before he married his wife who read pharmacy in school, through the help of his wife and her licence, they started expanding. More than 20 years down the line, he is among the top pharmacy company in Lagos.

If you hear the story of how A A Rano started, you will be shocked. But now look at where he is now. This man isn't a graduate, but bank officials are always after him. And there are lots of rich men like him who are not really educated, but their net worth now is mind blowing.

My branch manager usually make reference to two of our biggest customers who use to come to the bank to make transaction of 300-500k back then when he was a junior staff, but now those guys deal in billions of naira. If the bank is sending delegation to see these customers, it's the senior officials that goes. This is to show you how big these guys have grown. That's the power of business. There are lots of people I would have used as examples to show how business grows over time, but that will mean divulging privileged information so I will have to keep that aside.

Look at this scenario, 3 days after I resumed at my branch, there was this sales rep of an FMCG that approached me and was pleading with me to help him count his cash as he was running out of time. That day, there was lots of cue in the banking hall. So I took him to our bulk counting room and connected him to someone who helped him to count the cash. Since that day, we became friends and started communicating. At about 3 months later, he told me that one of the major distributors of his company folded and so he is trying to take the distributors right and make purchases in the distributors name without the main company knowing because he is still under the company's payroll. He succeeded in becoming a distributor, supplying to some of the super stores in the state. During the lock-down, he told me that what he does mostly now is to order for a container of good from the company, costing around 20m. That after he finish selling it within 5-6wks, he makes a net profit of about 1.2m. Which firm will pay its staff such amount within 2 months. Right now, he has about 5 big shops around town and two ware house. He is married, has two cars a house in the north and in the east and from the little interaction I have had with him, his biz is worth about 45m. This is within the space of 4 years of becoming a distributor. You can imagine what his net worth will be after like 10-15 years of been in the business.

There is this corper lady that sells roasted cat fish around my area. She choose a good spot, right in front of a bear parlor. Her fish ranges from 1200-1500 per one. This lady sells roughly 15 fishes per day with an average profit of N200/fish, some even N300. Thats roughly 60k a month. THis is a biz she does between 4pm to 10pm. Compare that to some bank contract staffs that earn between 40k-70k a month while working 8am-5pm.

If you own a keke marwa and ply a very busy route with good road, you can be sure of making 5k in revenue per day, that like 100k a month. Or if you feel you want to give it out, the return is usually around 2k per day. I know that some people will be shy cos how can a graduate be driving keke. But in this our country, anything that will put money in your pocket shld be tried as long as it's legal. Now, if the keke is yours and you are driving it your self. Each day am sure your net income will be around 3k. That's an average of 80k per month, much more than what 60% of companies in Nigeria will pay fresh graduates.

Another scenario, during the interview stage for this job that I got, I made friend with a fellow candidate. Turns out that the guy didn't made it as he wasn't called to resume when they called us. Three months later when I called him, he told me that he's learning a trade from his uncle in Lagos. Around middle of 2017, he called me, telling me that he is now on his own and asked for my prayers so he would prosper well. As at Oct this year, he bought a land in his home state and already building on it.

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Re: My Experience After Working For About Five Years. by AltarBoy1: 12:22pm On Dec 28, 2020
99% of wealthy people are business men, you wont get to a greater height in wealth if you dedicate your entire life on a paid job. The average worker who is upright and doesn't involve in shady dealings ends up not been too wealthy or achieving much in life. Aside from multinational company's, most firms in Nigeria pay belwo 100k and when you factor in cost of leaving and daily expenses, how much can one save out of the salary in a month. Thats why I noted in the beginning of this write up that except you are working in a firm where your salary is above 100k and promotion/upward review of salary is certain within 3 years, then you are just wasting your youthful age when you work in such a place for long. If at the end of a year, you cant be able to save up to 1M, just try as much as you can to quit the job. Though its not easy, but its better you bear the heat and get out when you are strong and agile than wait when you get old.

My advice is that as early as possible, one should start looking for a business to start, irrespective of the nature of the business, as long as its legal and pays your bill just dedicate yourself to it and nurture it to growth/maturity. Business is easier to manage and nurture when your personal expense and responsibility is still very low, thats why its good to start when you are still under your parent, as a student or during NYSC. That way, even when the business fail, you have your family to fall back on until you gather the necessary resource to start again.

On a last note, when you have a striving business, by the time your kids grow up, one or two of them can you in the business and probably be on their own by having an offshoot of your business. That way they wont have to be looking for a job after school especially in this period of unavailability of jobs. But if you retire as a worker, you have nothing to pass to your kids to help them kick start their life. They will have to search for job or establish their own business.

I will also advice that if you have the opportunity of picking up a job as a sales rep of a company, please do not hesitate to accept it as this type of job gives you first hand experience of how businesses of buying and selling works. You will get to know how the market moves, the season when some certain goods are in high demand and with this experience, starting your own business in same line wont be difficult for you as you can even get some capital and purchase goods in the name of your customer and if you have a good relationship with him or with those around, selling the goods wont be much difficult through their help pending when you get your own shop/warehouse.

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My own rule of thumb is... IF YOUR JOB IS YOUR ONLY SOURCE OF INCOME, DONT QUIT YOUR JOB FOR A SIDE BIZ UNTIL THE BIZ IS A "GOING CONCERN" AND IS GIVING YOU MORE THAN HALF OF YOUR MONTHLY SALARY.

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Re: My Experience After Working For About Five Years. by AltarBoy1: 12:56pm On Dec 28, 2020
I will have to stop here for now. I welcome any form of question or criticism. But no insults plz.

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Re: My Experience After Working For About Five Years. by AltarBoy1: 12:57pm On Dec 28, 2020
Villagemeat:
You want to advertise networking business,na so them dey start

YOur own personal opinion.

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Re: My Experience After Working For About Five Years. by AltarBoy1: 12:59pm On Dec 28, 2020
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Re: My Experience After Working For About Five Years. by Karleb(m): 1:10pm On Dec 28, 2020
I guess this is what they call the rat race.
OP, so why are you not taking the leap of faith of quitting your job?

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Re: My Experience After Working For About Five Years. by AsapKen(m): 1:11pm On Dec 28, 2020
To be honest, this is a very informative right up. Take your time and read it

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Re: My Experience After Working For About Five Years. by AltarBoy1: 1:15pm On Dec 28, 2020
Karleb:
I guess this is what they call the rat race.

OP, so why are you not taking the leap of faith of quitting your job?

Well, I dont really know. I really want to have another source of income before leaping out. So far, the little investment that I have made didnt stand. And the capital burnt out. Hopefully this coming year if the country remain fairly stable, I will leap out cos there is another investment that am targeting. Just trying to raise the capital required.

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Re: My Experience After Working For About Five Years. by AltarBoy1: 1:19pm On Dec 28, 2020
AsapKen:
To be honest, this is a very informative right up. Take your time and read it
Thanks for the heads up.

If our govt got the back of the citizens, then one can comfortable relax and enjoy the work that you are doing even if the salary is 50k per month.
But knowing fully well that during your retirement age, our govt will assist you with kobo, one have to be a step ahead by ensuring that proper investment are in place before he or she gets old.

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Re: My Experience After Working For About Five Years. by zera(m): 1:23pm On Dec 28, 2020
Karleb:
I guess this is what they call the rat race.

OP, so why are you not taking the leap of faith of quitting your job?

Bro it isn't easy....quitting a job with this present economy situation without first securing a better paid job is like shooting one's self in the foot...

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Re: My Experience After Working For About Five Years. by AltarBoy1: 1:30pm On Dec 28, 2020
zera:


Bro it isn't easy....quitting a job with this present economy situation without first securing a better paid job is like shooting one's self in the foot...
Thats the truth bro. Once you start working and already having expense on your head, quitting your job without an immediate source of income to fall back on can lead to depression.

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Re: My Experience After Working For About Five Years. by Ikjosh04: 1:31pm On Dec 28, 2020
This is insightful!
Thanks for sharing!!

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Re: My Experience After Working For About Five Years. by Elsueno: 1:37pm On Dec 28, 2020
This is excellent, my brother's please listen to this bros of mine, He is telling what only a few will.


My advice, it's ok to fail, especially when you are young, Cause you can always start again, Try different business ideas

Even if you decide to be an employee make some investment Before you retire! . don't go rushing to invest when you are about to retire, 90% of people who do that end up loosing everything and by then it might break you.

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Re: My Experience After Working For About Five Years. by rhodman: 1:39pm On Dec 28, 2020
Thanks for this piece OP

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Re: My Experience After Working For About Five Years. by Nicklaus619(m): 1:40pm On Dec 28, 2020
Thanks op, I have written and printed, my business plan, next is to register my company and kick off, I have worked for close to 8 years now after graduation, nothing very serious to show for it, I need to start my own business and nurture it to grow cool
Procrastination is what i have been entangled with over the years, but come 2021. I ain't doing that sh!t no more, I am taking a leap of faith come January, 2021 and hoping and praying things fall in place smiley

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Re: My Experience After Working For About Five Years. by CapodeCapouti(m): 1:41pm On Dec 28, 2020
Nice write-up, we need more of this on Nairaland. In life, always remember that they're two sides to a coin.

You keep talking about those who started business and are doing well now.

You should also know that there are thousands out there who towed that line and got their fingers burnt.

If you were married, and you started a business, someone like your wife could be the person on ground while you keep your job.

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Re: My Experience After Working For About Five Years. by zera(m): 1:43pm On Dec 28, 2020
AltarBoy1:

Thats the truth bro. Once you start working and already having expense on your head, quitting your job without an immediate source of income to fall back on can lead to depression.

I sent you a PM

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Re: My Experience After Working For About Five Years. by AltarBoy1: 1:44pm On Dec 28, 2020
Nicklaus619:
Thanks op, I have written and printed, my business plan, next is to register my company and kick off, I have worked for close to 8 years now after graduation, nothing very serious to show for it, I need to start my own business and nurture it to grow cool
Procrastination is what i have been entangled with over the years, but come 2021. I ain't doing that sh!t no more, I am taking a leap of faith come January, 2021 and hoping and praying things fall in place smiley
Same thing with me. Aside from the shop I bought in an outskirt city in FCT, I cant really say I have made progress over the past 5 years. But one will keep pushing ahead. As long as you are doing it now that you are yound and probably with a young family, you will make it.

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Re: My Experience After Working For About Five Years. by Nicklaus619(m): 1:50pm On Dec 28, 2020
AltarBoy1:
Same thing with me. Aside from the shop I bought in an outskirt city in FCT, I cant really say I have made progress over the past 5 years. But one will keep pushing ahead. As long as you are doing it now that you are yound and probably with a young family, you will make it.

Amen bro, let keep on keeping on. cool

My prayers is to be employer of labours in the nearest future not the other way around

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Re: My Experience After Working For About Five Years. by LikeAking: 1:52pm On Dec 28, 2020
Story,story.

U no go manage wetin u don see.

Keep dreaming.

Go into biz after retirement.

Best advice to any worker.

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Re: My Experience After Working For About Five Years. by LIVINGICON: 1:52pm On Dec 28, 2020
You really elaborately explain this.

To the over-zealous ones, don't get too over motivated to quit your 9-5 and delve into the harsh terrains of owning a business, without
having a roper knowledge of the intended business as well as personal capital.

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Re: My Experience After Working For About Five Years. by AltarBoy1: 2:03pm On Dec 28, 2020
CapodeCapouti:
Nice write-up, we need more of this on Nairaland. In life, always remember that they're two sides to a coin.

You keep talking about those who started business and are doing well now.

You should also know that there are thousands out there who towed that line and got their fingers burnt.

If you were married, and you started a business, someone like your wife could be the person on ground while you keep your job.

Yes of course, there are always two side to a business. But let me talk a bit about businesses that failed. Over the years, there is something I have get to understand. Business grow small small and bit by bit. In my little experience, some business fail as a result govt policies or external factors. If you look at my write up, my own business failed when the exchange rate became unfriendly to NGN. Then my mistake was that I based solely on a particular product that I perceived gave me higher rate of return. If I had invested part of my capital in locally made biscuit with little return, probably that would have kept me going.

Another reason why business fail is lack of patience. Some people start up business with a projection that in the next 6 month they will be making millions. Then after 6 months and their profit is low, they quit. Business needs patience, thats why I talked about business growing via goodwill and reputation which will translate into profit later on in the future. Thats why your start up business shldnt be your source of survival.

Also, some people think that starting a business is all about having huge capital. Thats not always the reality; its more of having information and allies than capital. . Lets take for example... Buying and selling. You will need to understand that goods and commodity have season. If you are dealing on babies accessories, you need to knw that baby pampers for instance have season where the sales is more and profit is high. Am talking about whole sale. During the hot season, some mothers dont like wearing pampers for their babies due to rashes, but during cold season, its not the case. A lot of examples abound. One need to fully understand the business he or she is going into in other to avoid unexpected failure and mostly importantly dont go into any business with greed. Chasing high profit is one of the major reason why some business fail.

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Re: My Experience After Working For About Five Years. by AltarBoy1: 2:05pm On Dec 28, 2020
Ikjosh04:
This is insightful!

Thanks for sharing!!
You welcome.

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Re: My Experience After Working For About Five Years. by AltarBoy1: 2:09pm On Dec 28, 2020
LIVINGICON:
You really elaborately explain this.

To the over-zealous ones, don't get too over motivated to quit your 9-5 and delve into the harsh terrains of owning a business, without
having a roper knowledge of the intended business as well as personal capital.

That is the reality, you dont just quit your job when you dont have a reasonable source of income.

My own rule of thumb is.... dont quit your job until your side business is giving you at least more than half of your monthly salary.

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Re: My Experience After Working For About Five Years. by 400billionman: 2:23pm On Dec 28, 2020
AltarBoy1:
I bought about 24 cartons at a cost of N4.5K/carton and way-billing it from Lagos cost me about N12k. I exhausted the N120k on purchase and carriage inwards(it could have been more if not for the lady that helped me purchase it). Therefore, the cost price of the biscuit/carton was N5k.

I was able to use the small space left in my parent shop as my own shop, then I use my Mum's bike to go out for advert and supply.
I hit the market immediately and started advertising the biscuit. In a carton, there are 12 packs which contain 12 biscuits. Now, my selling price was N5.5k/carton and N500/pack. So the retail end of one biscuit was N50. I sell as both wholesale and retail, so if I sell a carton, I have a profit of N500. If I sell 12 packs at N500 each, I have a profit of N1000. Then if at my shop, I was able to sell the biscuits in pieces, I will make a profit of about N1700 after exhausting a carton. The first week I started, things didn't go so well, but as time goes on, business was picking up. Though there was a catch to it. The "end-eaters" are mostly students of the university and most shops don't buy in carton, they buy in packs. So when the school is on break, sales slows down but picks up when they resume. Later on, I added some little local biscuits and products so that I can be turning over my capital pending when my stock gets low before I can buy from Lagos. Profit from those local products are negligible. At the peak of my business, that's towards the end of 2015, I know I was making an average profit of about 700-1500 per day, which is roughly 30-40K per month. Things were going smoothly and I was happy, but then everything went south. By the end of 2015 and the beginning of 2016, the value of naira depreciated and since the biscuit was a foreign one, the carton price gradually went up from 4500 to 8000. The single biscuit which was sold at N50 also rose to N70. People no longer buy it, business came to a halt and I had stocks which I literally sold at almost the cost price some even less. The little money I had, I tried to diversify into a new product, but wasn't successful. The product that looks promising requires capital of 1M upwards which I cant access as at then I have about 250K with me.

The bolded portion is the problem associated with every business in Nigeria.

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