Upholsterer takes a worthy risk When you work for a company you are given an instruction to manufacture particular items and you end up doing the same thing every day “

2015-11-12 06:00
 Upholsterer Odwa Koyana shows off his products manufactured at Injabulo Upholstery.  PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

Upholsterer Odwa Koyana shows off his products manufactured at Injabulo Upholstery. PHOTO: Mandla Mahashe

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Leaving your job after eight months to start a business sounds like a crazy idea but for one young upholsterer it’s worth the risk.

For Odwa Koyana, 23, the freedom for artistic expression outweighs the certainty of a guaranteed salary. Three months ago Koyana opened his company, Injabulo Upholstery, currently situated at Furntech in Crossroads.

Born and raised in the notorious Mau Mau area in Nyanga township Koyana studied upholstery at the False Bay College.

“After graduating at the college I worked at an international company where I was making limited items. This frustrated me as I wanted to explore various other styles and experiment on various textures and items,” said Koyana.

He took the drastic step of dodging his job to start his business and manufactures ottomans, cushions and couches on order.

“When you work for a company you are given an instruction to manufacture particular items and you end up doing the same thing every day. You don’t have the freedom or the time to try new ideas.

After starting my own company I have had the opportunities to work on different materials and fabric, different styles as well as learn new things,” said Koyana.

He charges around R450 and R600 for Ottomans and says that the reason for such prices is that he uses quality material to make sure that his products are durable.

He said he gets the majority of his clients through word of mouth as well as social media. “The good thing about word of mouth is that it’s usually people that have seen your work and are impressed.

But it just isn’t enough and I am hoping to focus on marketing that more people can see my work,” he said.

He is hoping to open a store at the new launched Philippi Village where he can exhibit his products.

Among the key challenges he faces cash flow is the one that gives him endless headaches, he told City Vision.

“Clients often fail to settle their accounts and I end up having to chase them around to pay. And there just isn’t enough people coming to the door.

I do believe that the more people seeing my products the more this will change. It’s not easy but I don’t regret starting my own business,” he said.

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