Entrepreneurship made simple for youth

Business consultant and entrepreneur José Kahuma has written a book to make it easier for young entrepreneurs to launch their own ventures.

Kahuma says the book, ‘Entrepreneurship Made Easy: Getting Started’, is a how-to manual for starting a business.

It teaches aspiring business owners how to register a company, open the right accounts, decide what kind of funding to look for as a start-up, and place their products on Namibian shelves.

Kahuma, who has obtained a bachelor’s degree in business at the University of Pune in India, co-wrote the book with Frederick Shipipa, who penned the sections on financial management.

“The book is designed to help people have a fully operating legitimate business in no time. It is designed to help one stop wasting time by trial and error, but know what to do in all the beginning phases,” he says.

He says the book is also intended to assist business owners in reducing unneeded consulting fees by demonstrating how to complete tasks at a fraction of the cost.

“Our motivation is to help start-ups start quickly, without making some of the mistakes that significantly and unnecessarily slowed us down,” he says.

Kahuma says the book will be introduced to various schools, vocational training centres, and universities as a short course within the following five years.

“And by then, we would have published a few more volumes,” he says.

Over the years, Kahuma says he and his business partners have developed a number of programmes and trained over 10 enterprises and 50 employees.

“We have created this programme to show business owners how to concentrate just on their primary tasks and partner with other organisations to handle their additional responsibilities, such as marketing and logistics.

“This process is what we refer to as ‘plugging into existing ecosystems’.”

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