By Khomotso Skosana Nobantu Ndlovu is a Nelson Mandela University student studying Information Technology majoring in Software Development. The Durban-raised entrepreneur runs a business, Sturcob Connect which focuses on graphic design and marketing. She is definitely worth knowing more about.
Q: Tell us about yourself and what you are studying.
A: I was born and raised in Durban, KZN. Growing up I was fascinated by technology, art, and entrepreneurship which is why I study IT majoring in Software Development.
Q: What businesses you are involved in?
A: I run a business called Sturcob Connect which specializes in graphic design and marketing.
Q: What motivates you?
A: My future self is my biggest motivation. Imagining how far I’ll be, the goals I’d have achieved and the lives I would have changed gets me excited and motivates me to keep going and never give up on my goals.
Q: Being a student and an entrepreneur at the same time can be a bit challenging, how do spread your time evenly between the two?
A: In my first year of being a student entrepreneur I faced some difficulties especially when the business started growing and the business got more clients. I have since then learnt how to manage my time efficiently, I now have a notebook that is 9/10 times with me and I use it to list down any upcoming academic and business related events and deadlines, I compile a to-do list every day in accordance with events that are of top priority, and I utilise my phone alarm to notify me to move on to the next item on my to-do list.
Q: Who would you say inspires you?
A: My mother inspires me because she is the quintessential of superwoman in my eyes. She is very encouraging; she is the reason I am able to think and pursue my dreams so freely because she supports me 100% of the time, I get really inspired when I am with her or when I think of her because of her everlasting happiness and wisdom.
Q: What advice would give young females trying to embark on the same entrepreneurial journey?
· To stay true to themselves at all times, be respectful to others and feed their minds with healthy and rich content that will help them become more knowledgeable and skilled.
· Make YouTube and blogs their friends, there is a lot of free knowledge from experts from all over the globe- you don’t really need any formal education to start a new skill, start with what you have.
· Always do better than you did yesterday.