This week we caught up with Kake Kashe, an entrepreneur with a eye for property renovation. His love for well designed spaces lead him into the industry that he is in currently.
To find out more on him, read below:
Tell us a little about yourself and how you started?
My name is Kake Kashe born and breed in the busy streets of Windhoek. I graduated from Unam with a double Major in Industrial Psychology and Political science. I’m currently pursuing my masters In International Relations and diplomacy. After graduating it was really difficult to find work and I have always had a fan fare with business. I ended up getting my first project from an aunt when I told her I want to do renovations, the tiler I got told me that he knew people who need their houses done and he know’s people with all the right skills and the rest was history as people say.
I’m a liker of everything nice, I love aesthetically pleasing spaces. They lighten up one’s mood. I honestly enjoy the process of changing an area the client sees as unpleasant to something the client loves and is satisfied with. Bringing your vision to life and have the client be happy with it is an amazing feeling. My interest in renovation originated from my own personal desire to always be in a nice and well-designed space. So, it got me thinking that maybe there are people out there who want to switch up their current space but don’t want to spend too much money on renovations but still have it look 10 times better than it did before.
What challenges did you face when starting?
In all honesty, finding clients was difficult. The start is always challenging because you’re still building up your portfolio, learning the do’s and don’ts, and charging your clients a reasonable price. Staying within the budget and getting quotations that are within the price range was also something new to learn. I needed to stay focused and not pick price over quality, when looking for material I always needed to keep longevity in mind.
What do you think is needed here in Namibia to drive entrepreneurs?
I personally feel that mentorship plays a vital role when it comes to entrepreneurship. People who are successful need to take time to mentor the younger generation and guide them in the right direction so they do not have to repeat the same mistakes the mentor did. We need to learn to build each other up, because teaching someone the ways of the industry will not degrade you or take away from your success. And finally, people need to step out of their comfort zone and just go for their dreams, its not going to be easy but it will definitely be worth it, nothing in life that’s worth having comes easy. The youth need to believe and empower each other more and definitely use social media to your advantage. We all should play our parts and leave this world a little better than what we found it.
What are the future aspirations for your business?
I would love to grow the company into a formidable business that can hire alot of graduates who are sitting at home without jobs. Kake’s Renovations needs to be echoed in the 3 corners of this country. Ideally I would love to go in the manufacturing industry of building material of which we import so much.
How can people contact you?
On my #0811405126 WhatsApp 0813041303 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Words of motivation?
The start is always the difficult part and never expect to be successful in your first year. That’s the year where you put in the most work building good client relationships,putting your company out there and getting to know the industry. Patience is key.