BY LORRAINE WOHI
THERE are 1000 ways to make money and finding a job is not the only alternative,” says Lucy, a young entrepreneur who is currently managing four jobs at the same time.
Lucy is a tour guide operator and coordinates a mentorship program for new graduates, does social media marketing for businesses and SMEs, and is a marketing consultant with a shipping agency in the country.
Lucy graduated with a Bachelor in Tropical Agriculture at the University of Natural Resources and Agriculture (UNRE) in East New Britain Province.
After looking for jobs and not being successful, she decided to start her own thing.
Lucy’s tour guide business is based in Lae, Morobe Province.
Being a tour guide operator, Lucy takes tourists out to the beach, waterfalls on day trips, weekend trips or public holiday trips touring beautiful sites in Morobe.
Lucy also started a social media marketing agency called the ELs Virtual Assistance Consultancy, which has been active for the last five years.
“I got my mum to do tailoring business, and my other mother has a facial scrub business and I do Facebook marketing for them,” she said.
The biggest highlight of Lucy’s job is signing the contract with the Unity Mall in Port Moresby as a social media marketing person for the group.
“The Creative Centre for Arts and Innovation and the Unity Mall are my two biggest clients apart from the small SMEs that I run their ads,” she said.
Lucy is also an active member in LinkedIn with around 2000 followers of fresh graduates following her.
Lucy mentors, coach and talk to graduates, giving them ideas on how to start their own businesses.
“I mentor them using my own experiences, including what I did, my failures, my mistakes and how I got up again and keep pushing,” she said.
“I talk to them on businesses that you can start from home, business that you can start in collage, business that your mum or family can start.
“There are 1000 ways to make money, finding a job is not the only alternative.
“There are other things you can do.”