As Covid-19 hits, entrepreneurs constantly look for innovative ways to densify their space, whether it be using trading robots, online food ordering or online check-in, innovation is a key driving force for preserving space and time. The mobile barbershop business is no different.
Sylda Shivolo, a fourth year Education student at the University of Namibia and the owner of SyldaTheBarber Barbershop, started his unique mobile barbershop business during the June & September lockdowns. Looking to balance his customer’s demands with the covid-19 social distancing rule, Sylda pulled out at all the stops, ensuring that despite the lockdown, his clients’ needs are catered for. Speaking to Biashara newspaper this afternoon, he stressed that covid-19 is the new normal; it’s just up to entrepreneurs to come up with initiatives to ensure that they provide full service to all their clients despite the pandemic.
“Initially, I use to cut hair from home in Wanahenda, but the lockdown changed everything; I had to reach out to customers because movements were restricted. To be honest, despite the Covid-19 pandemic and the lockdowns, I am grateful for the client base I have built. As a hairstylist, one needs to have so much passion for the work they do. To me, it’s the number of people I cut per day that gives me hope and that the highlights of the job far outshines the crisis brought by this pandemic” Sylda said.
To bring his mobile business to the next level, Sylda wants to buy a bicycle to ensure that he gets to his customers on time. He said that customers call him from different places, therefore, it was a good idea for him to go mobile. Most of them get his mobile number from his Instagram Page: https://www.instagram.com/syldathebarber95/ . He also gets most of his clients through referrals.