Questions to Kitchen Designer John Mwansa Kasongo

Making a living as a kitchen designer, cupboard maker and granite supplier and installer John Kasongo is a young, confident and optimistic entrepreneur. Here is what he has to answer to a few questions posed

 

  1. What made you choose this business?

I chose this business because it is profitable and I am very good at it.

  1. What kind of training did you get?

I am a mechanical engineer by professional but I also did a course in kitchen designing which was a great help to me starting this business.

  1. What has changed over time for you in this business?

Experience! I have more experience than when I first started over 10 years ago (2006).

I also own a workshop now, and I have a lot more clients than I did a few years back.

Another change is that I am now ranking high my customer relationships, my time management is better and I am principled when it comes to my finances.

  1. What problems do you face?

Getting Paid! It is a recurring problem with some clients.

At the start of a project the client and I agree on a deposit of 50 per cent and the remaining 50 after finishing but…Suffice it to say it’s a challenge collecting the balance with some clients.

  1. What do you regret not having done?

I regret not advertising my business more in the past; I am sure I would have more clients than I do now.

  1. What is your advice to your peers feeling they maybe made the wrong choice and want to quit?

My advice is this; never give up, because every business is challenging but with perseverance and determination you can reach your goal.

  1. What are your plans for the next 5 years?

Expansion, expansion, expansion; I really want to expand my business by, opening more workshops around the country.

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A prolific writer covering work, money and lifestyle that passed through university coming away with a very good grasp of public administration, money and banking, international relations. She was a civil servant that quickly opted for self-employment. And as a trained and published writer she has been freelance feature writing for several decades but has also published fiction in Drum and The BBC Focus on Africa Magazine. Now settled and living in Lusaka after many years of living in several cities in Africa and Europe; Balekile is also an avid bird watcher, is married with 3 adult children and has an extraordinary fondness for chikanda ( the Zambian delicatessen that vegans and non-vegans world-wide are putting on their bucket list!)

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