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Thursday, 27 November 2014

Bruno Oaikhinan of Bruno’s Place - The Male Banker Turned Hairstylist

This entrepreneur chose to pitch his tent in a business usually dominated by females and has become one of those entrepreneurs to look out for. Meet Bruno Oaikhinan, CEO of Bruno's Place, a hairstyling business that provides a platform for stylists to express their creativity.

The 45 year old who quit his well paying banking job to start his business shared some of his thoughts in an interview with Spreadmedia, read excerpts below:

What are the Initial Challenges you faced when you started your Business? 
Connecting with staff. They are the Major key success factor.

Who is your Main Inspiration: Business/Personal? 
I love testimonies. Bobby Eke’s testimony of how he started out as a hair stylist really inspired me.

What makes you different from your Competitors? 
They build their businesses around people’s Needs but I build mine around what people Want. There is a big difference between needs and want. Needs are a means to an end. The end is what people want.

What does it take to start a Business like yours?
Have an idea first, be sacrificial and be passionate. These are what real investors look out for.

In what ways have you given back to the Society?
Being a Platform for stylists to express themselves and also being a role model to them. I presently have 24 hairstylists working with me.

What would you like to tell the person who is scared for one reason or the other to start a Business?
Start by acquiring knowledge about the business you would love to venture into. When that cup is full, it will overflow, in other words, what you know will set you free from fear.

Message to other Entrepreneurs
Learn how to sell yourself. People buy you first before they buy what you are selling.

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