A grant from the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) has helped young Pretoria young Marlon Morgan fulfill her dream of being your boss.
Morgan of Ersterust is the owner of Drip & Dry Deep Cleaning, an upholstery cleaning company.
He says he started the business after realizing that the area lacked affordable upholstery cleaning services.
Morgan is passionate about being an entrepreneur as it enables him to create jobs and contribute to economic growth. To increase his business knowledge, Morgan read a lot of books on entrepreneurship and after coming up with the idea to open drip and dry deep cleaning, he did an internet search to see where he could get help to get started. Is.
The NYDA website had the answers they were looking for. The government agency helps youth access information, career guidance services, mentorship, skill development, training and entrepreneurship development.
Morgan was assisted in his journey to start the business and after meeting the NYDA’s funding requirements, he received a grant of R50 000.
He says that during the process, he made frequent NYDA visits to the NYDA office to make sure he had provided all the documents needed to get his application approved.
He used the money to buy two deep cleaning extractor machines, two vacuum cleaners and a laptop.
Even though Morgan has only been around for two years, he has put in a lot of hard work and effort to make it a success. “I am now looking for funds to buy a bakki for my business,” Morgan says.
His business is run by word of mouth, but he is working towards creating marketing material.
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He says he started small, working only in his neighbourhood, but now works in nearby communities as well and is able to employ someone on a part-time basis.
Morgan is excited about the future and its growing business. “I recently did my first major industrial job, cleaning 350 square meters of office carpets.”
His advice to aspiring entrepreneurs is that it is a difficult venture that requires a lot of courage. “Don’t always look at the closed door, open the door and go through it. Follow your passion and your dreams.”
For more information about the NYDA, visit their website at http://www.nyda.gov.za/ or contact them on 087 158 6345/5738Alternatively you can send an email [email protected]
Written by Ursula Graff
This article was originally published in GCIS Vuk’uzenzele.