Tila Iyambo, a 24 year old owner of Tila’s Investments, which includes a hair salon, car wash and catering business is Launch magazines feature.
Read the full feature to learn more about how she successfully does it all.
Q: What is the name of your business and what does it entail?
A: Tila`s Investment cc is a fully owned Namibian business. It offers a wide range in various sectors which include hair salon services, car wash services and catering services.
Tila`s hair creation’s and Salon- sells Brazilian hair, Indian hair, Peruvian hair 100% human hair and much more . We also sell all hair products to meet you hair needs. We want to make your salon experience as memorable as we can. Tila`s car wash provides quick, convenient and friendly car wash services. Enjoy a car that makes your car look brand new whenever you drive it with our cleaning service performed with tender and loving care. We operate 7 days a week. Saturday and Sunday’s being the best time to wash your car while enjoying the delicious plate of food and beverages from Tila`s catering and live music from local dj’s. Tila`s catering delivers high quality catering and services for all your catering needs, be it a corporate function , private dinner or wedding we got you covered.
Q: What challenges did you face when starting up this business?
A: Being the visionary: As the founder of my start up, I was expected to come up with the ideas. When a competitor emerges, it was my responsibility to come up with a response plan. When my team hits an impenetrable obstacle, my job was to come up with an alternative dealing with the unknown: How long will my business exist? How profitable will my business be? Will customers like my product/service? Will I be able to give myself a steady pay cheque? None of these questions have a solid, reliable answer, when you start up. Rule-making: It’s fun to be the boss until you have to enforce something. I had to come up with the rules for my business, from how many vacation days for my workers to what the proper protocol is when filing a complaint form about a co-worker. These details aren’t fun to create, and they aren’t fun to think about, but they are necessary for every business. Decision-making: Believe it or not, this is probably the most stressful challenge on this list. New entrepreneurship forces you to make hundreds of decisions a day, from big, company-impacting decisions, to tiny, hour-affecting ones.
Q: Do you find the industry that you are in competitive?
A: Yes, it is competitive! To stay on top, I constantly plan my strategies so that I can keep my customers satisfied, keeping tabs on your competition is a great strategy for growing your business.
Q: Final Motivation for people looking to start a business
A: Do not worry about failure, failure is not fatal. It’s the courage to start that counts. Be hard working, persistent and loyal.