Ivy Akpotosu-Nartey is a third-year student of the University of Ghana, pursuing a bachelor of arts degree in Administration with Finance and Kiswahili, and a resident of Volta Hall.
While schools were closed during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, Ivy decided to make use of the free time she had to learn a new skill which enabled her to start a business.
“We had to leave school to come home. So it was boring at home. Fast forward, I heard these free courses online. But then, there were many courses but graphic design caught my attention. And I must say, I haven’t regretted it and I am really excited,” Ivy told Kuulpeeps.
After acquiring skills in graphic design, she started Nart Designz which provides graphic design services including logo designs, flyers, posters, as well as animations.
Recognising how good her graphic design skills are, Ivy was honoured as the Best Graphic Designer at the WAFPA Awards 2020.
Ivy also shared how she combines studies and business, and her experiences, so far, as a student entrepreneur:
Managing academic work and business simultaneously:
I won’t say it is very easy neither will I say it’s difficult. You just have to know how to use your time to study and time to attend to clients. I usually design on Saturdays but during weekdays, I design for some 2-3 hours and the rest is for studies. You really need to apportion your time very very well.
Her best and worst experience as a student entrepreneur:
My best experience as a student entrepreneur is the exposure to people and design works. Ermm I don’t know it’s the feeling. It’s just the feeling that makes me enjoy it the most.
My worst experience, however, is when the customer or person gives you all that you need to design for them but reject it upon completion and some people also want to make some changes when the thing is done.
Her advice to students who want to be entrepreneurs:
If you have the means and ability to do business in school, why not. I wouldn’t say time because obviously, time is not enough for anyone. And it’s about passion… I believe passion does everything… When you have the passion, you will find time to do your business on campus. At least, you won’t be depending mostly on your parents or the government. So if you can do it, why not it’s a very good idea.
If someone wants to become a student entrepreneur, one thing I will say is, we don’t just get up to be a student entrepreneur, we try to solve problems as people. So if the person has seen a particular problem and then will want to solve it or had solutions to it, fine. I want to say the person to follow passion, time management and get mentors especially those in that particular field. And you shouldn’t forget the God factor too. You are solving the problems of people so the God factor should also be considered as well.
Her plan for her business after school:
After school, I’m seeking to get sponsorship to put up a building where people will walk into my office to do anything graphics.
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