About Me: My name is Solarin Yetunde, a native of Ogun State, Sagamu Local government and I am the last born of Solarin family. I attended Remo Secondary School and did my SSCE at Topmost College. I bagged my first degree at Olabisi Onabanjo University in the department of Business Administration and I graduated with Second Class Upper Division (Hons). I have a certification in Project Management, a member of the Association of Accounting Technicians and a student of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria. I did my NYSC in Oyo State at the Ministry of Trade, Investment and Co-operative. I am single but engaged to my best friend who has been a source of unlimited courage and backing to me.
Yetoonz Touch deals in interior paintings and designs such as painting of houses, shops, hotels, studios, schools; we also make wall canvas with abstract artwork, children paper crafts and so much more.
How It Began: The whole idea evolved three years ago but I didn’t see any form of a big deal in it. I just discovered that I ceased from being comfortable with plain walls. I would cut out pictures in magazines and paste them on the wall. Gradually, I extended to nail polish to draw polka dots. The idea developed further while I was serving as I experimented with the four walls of my room by cutting different shapes with cardboard such as ballerina, cobweb and snowflakes. I then graduated to glass, plastic materials, wall canvass and stickers. Since then, with the inspiration from God, I knew I was heading somewhere and that is my great future.
After I completed my youth corps program, I did some job hunting and also hoped on some friends and families who had promised getting me a job. However, till this day, no offer letter has carried my name on it. I summoned courage in December, 2015 with the backing of my best friend to venture fully into interior painting and design without any capital. In order to foster my progress in the business, I was on the lookout for professionals to help and mentor me and I ran into the works of Mabel Makun (the wife of Makun Ayo – the Nigerian Comedian) who is the CEO of Midas Interior and that gave me further inspiration. In January, 2016 I met Ilori and his team on social media who taught me how to give my work much needed professionalism.
The Business: The painting business doesn’t have a high start-up cost; all you need are the basic tools such as ladder, roller, drop cloths, brushes, etc. so I didn’t need much. I advertise my work on social media, yearbooks, family and friends and on a one-on-one basis encouraging people to substitute their walls for the modern walls which Yetoonz Touch creates. I work closely with my professional mentor who he has been of a great assistance to me. In this business as others, customers are always right and no matter how obstinate and hard some customers are we do our best to make them happy. Some may bargain to the minimum price possible without even patronizing you, some prefer to get the paints themselves even when we encourage them to give the total job to us as a low quality paint can destroy our work and most of them can’t recognize good paints. In all this, we try to be patient and convince them to embrace the quality work of ours.
Future Plans: My plan in the next three years is to have my own Art Gallery where people can visit and see the uniqueness and styles of Yetoonz Touch and to own an interior design company. Furthermore, I hope to have learnt more artistic techniques from professional artists and assisted uprising artists in attaining their dreams in my own humble way and I would love to be an ambassador for a company that produces paints.
I am a woman and I am doing the job that is obviously meant for the men. People like my work and how I do it.
Last Words: My advice to upcoming entrepreneurs is to believe in God and serve him wholeheartedly; be humble and keep doing what you love doing without being intimidated. You will be thrown into limelight one day. Rome wasn’t built in a day, don’t be afraid to take risks.
To Contact Yetoonz Touch
WhatsApp or Call 07038321815
Instagram – @yetoonz touch
Facebook- Yetunde Solarin Mild
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