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Lack of funds can kill great ideas –Aina – Punch Newspapers


Daniel Aina is the Chief Executive Officer of G-Save Communications. In this interview with STANLEY OPARA, he says successful entrepreneurs are very patient and resourceful

What is the nature of your business?

I run an Information Technology outfit, with a bias for computer technology. For now, owing to the state of our technological advancement in the country, I do hardware and software. As the market continues to advance, I will be looking at specialising.

For hardware, I speacialise in the motherboard, the capacitor, the memory, the processor and some other things. For software, I install operating systems and other user applications which address an array of problems.

What is your academic qualification?

I am a public administration graduate. With my academic qualification, I felt the need to equip myself with contemporary 21st Century skills because it is obvious trends are hanging fast and new skills are needed to get things done. That inspired me to seek IT-related skills, since one can never go wrong with IT considering the huge role it is currently playing as an employer of labour.

How long have you been doing this?

I have been working for myself for eight years now.

Did you undergo further training to get to your level now?

In order to understand the business and explore the opportunities therein, I was under a mentorship (training) programme for over a year. After that, there were new developments in the industry as per technologies, and I had to be trained again for another six months. With this level of training, I have been able to do a lot for myself working as a solutions provider. The intensive trainings have really helped me. I do a lot of jobs now without getting complaints, and people I don’t really know refer others to me. In fact, I can’t remember the last time I was without a job. It’s been from one job to another over the years.

What are the key things needed to start up this business?

Any young entrepreneur nursing the desire to do this needs an office space and the basic work tools/instrument and relevant software packages. Don’t forget, the business must be registered because big deals can come from anywhere at any time. Some of the equipments needed are sets of screwdrivers, solding iron for motherboards, work-station, hard-drives, flash drives for OS installations, external hard-drives for application installation, and so on.

In terms of financing, what are the requirements?

Largely, l have been able to grow my business from charges I place on my services over time. I save money and ensure that the funds are properly managed. Prior to establishing my own business, I had money which I was able to save from the proceeds of the IT solutions I offered to people. I used this savings to establish my business.

But I can imagine what I would have done if I had access to good funding from the beginning. That is where government and other corporate organisations can come in. People have great ideas that are ‘killed’ by lack of funds. But for some of us that were able to manage, we still have fine stories to tell, no matter how small our achievements are.

What are the opportunities in this business?

For people who are level-headed, hard-working, focused and determined, doing the work will be easy because it requires patience. With all these in place, good jobs will be delivered, which will help grow the business and build a good clientele. In fact, one person that has continued to encourage us is the founder of Slot Systems. He started as a desktop and hard-drive expert, and now, he has gone global. This is what I see, and this and many more, have been my motivation.

I currently have three people I am mentoring, and with the kind of interest I see in them, the sky will be their starting point. Anybody can do this – whether the person is in school or not.

What are the major challenges you face as a business?

Electricity is one big set-back for me. Running on generator is really sapping my resources. With new technologies coming on board every time, requisite work tools are not made available that way. Most times, we lack some specific tools to do some  jobs. Sometimes, jobs are turned down because the needed work tools are not available. Also, unavailability of spare parts can delay jobs. Above all, there is the need for good financing, so that the industry can grow at the required pace.

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