Young businesswoman wants to inspire youth

2020-02-05 06:01
PHOTO: suppliedUKZN student Vanessa Sibisi, who has started a baking business.

PHOTO: suppliedUKZN student Vanessa Sibisi, who has started a baking business.

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“Young people need to forget about what people say and focus on doing something that will add value to their lives.”

These are the words of young businesswoman Vanessa Sibisi from Fairfield.

The 22-year-old, who is doing her third year BSC at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, started a baking business in 2016.

Speaking to Echo, she said her business has since grown and she wants to inspire other youth do something for themselves instead of waiting to be employed.

She said she decided to start the business because she wanted to keep herself busy and make an income at the same time.

“I took a gap year in 2016 because I wanted to upgrade my mathematics marks, I then realised that I had so much time that I spend at home doing nothing. I started baking for people I knew and they would come back and ask me to bake for them again and pay me.

“They would go and tell other people about my job and I got new customers. I eventually started making it a proper business and charging accordingly and since then I never stopped. If I am not at school, I am at home baking and I love what I do,” she said.

Sibisi said while growing up she enjoyed baking more than cooking.

“I was so scared of baking but when I used to see my mother do it, I then started to do it as well.”

Sibisi said she wants other youngsters to start small businesses that will bring them income while they are still waiting for their dream jobs.

“We know that the unemployment rate is so high. We have so many graduates who are sitting at home doing nothing but they have talents that they can use to generate an income.

“I want them to stand up and use their talents and skills while they are still waiting for employment. I believe that you can make money out of anything. If you do not have a skill, go out there and learn new skills that will help you in the future. We all have talented people in our communities that can help us,” she said.

She said graduates are always scared of what will people say if they start selling from the streets or at their homes.

“It is time that we forget about what people say and do something that will give us money.

“When I was in high school I used to bake and sell cakes at school; people started to talk but I decided to ignore their negative comments because I knew what I wanted and I knew why I was selling cakes in the first place.

“It is time for us now to stop depending on being employed and use our talents to make money,” she said.

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