Meet our first #Under30entrepreneur for the 12 months 2023, and our fifth on this inspiring collection.
Olayinka T.Hannah, who likes to be known as Thiana, is a 22-year-old LinkedIn skilled, who has learnt to make lemonade of the lemons life throws at her. Her dedication, as a Gen Z, to create a reputation for herself on a platform that even the older era is reluctant to take advantage of, ought to encourage you.
PT: Thiana, you’re so open about your previous on social media, about having to fend for your self at a really younger age. You dropped out of college in 2020. How did your dad and mom’ divorce have an effect on you? Particularly your training?
Thiana: Although I used to be born in Lagos State, I’m an Indigene of Kwara State. My father was a soldier and my mom was and continues to be a businesswoman.
On account of my mother or father’s divorce, I needed to change colleges incessantly resulting from monetary constraints. And was raised by my mum, alone.
I completed secondary college 12 months 2015 and gained admission into Kwara State Faculty of Well being Know-how, Offa in 2018. I dropped out in 2020, simply earlier than COVID hit.
PT: How did you turn out to be a LinkedIn Tutor? When and the way did you get the eagerness to pursue this?
Thiana: Turning into a LinkedIn Tutor was one thing I chanced on whereas brushing up on my writing abilities.
After dropping out of college, I moved to Lagos to pursue journalism as a result of, after I was at school, I labored as a co-anchor at a radio station. So, it was a path I actually love as a result of I believe I’m a born speaker.
On attending to Lagos, I couldn’t afford the price, so I needed to discover a job to save lots of up. This job was at a photo voltaic firm and I used to be an intern. The wage was simply 15k however how do I survive with that? So I evaluated my abilities and found I used to be good at writing and I used to be instructed that I might earn nicely as a author.
The impediment was I wanted to brush it as much as earn. I couldn’t afford to pay anybody to show me. I consumed each free useful resource I might lay my palms on and I used to be writing on Fb, however I felt misplaced within the crowd and that was how I discovered LinkedIn.
I began writing on LinkedIn in January 2021 and in April 2021; I obtained a writing job. Seven months down the road, I had over 5000 audiences and obtained my first award.
Many individuals began asking me to show them how LinkedIn works and I made a decision to have a category. 30 individuals signed, and I stated to myself, “I can truly make this one thing I do constantly, and earn from it,” and right here we’re.
PT: That’s nice to know, and you’ve got actually come a good distance. Had been your loved ones members in help of your determination?
Thiana: Members of the family weren’t actually conscious of what I used to be doing as a result of I keep alone, and I barely ask for recommendation as a result of I’ve this hyper-independence trait due to shouldering tasks at an early age.
PT: So, Thiana, how would you say the journey has been?
Thiana: Effectively, I at the moment have 17,000 followers on LinkedIn. I’ve spoken at varied tertiary establishments, invited to occasions and obtained social capital.
It has been thrilling, difficult, and unsure, however I really like what I do.
PT: Contemplating the truth that you’re fairly younger, do you assume this has been a minus in your dealings with the various individuals you’ve labored with?
Thiana: I labored with a consumer just lately and whereas we have been on a discovery name, she instructed me she graduated from medical college within the 12 months 2000 and I will likely be 23 by June.
When she instructed me, we each laughed for over two minutes. More often than not, I work with older individuals who wish to arrange their LinkedIn profile and they’re all the time shocked after I inform them my age. It’s a privilege to be this younger and self-aware, I believe.
PT: Do you assume most Nigerians perceive your job description? Are you able to spotlight some belongings you do, so individuals can have a clearer perspective of who a LinkedIn Tutor is?
Thiana: Many individuals don’t. In truth, some individuals ask how I survive doing this as a result of they assume I don’t earn sufficient from this, however this pays my payments. However that’s by the best way.
I’m a LinkedIn Tutor and what I do as a tutor is train methods to optimise your LinkedIn Profile, and develop your LinkedIn from scratch to turn out to be an authority.
As a LinkedIn influencer, I assist manufacturers create consciousness for his or her merchandise, service, and campaigns utilizing my platform and good content material writing abilities.
PT: Do you assume Nigerians take their presence on LinkedIn severely or understand how vital it’s to have a presence there?
Thiana: No! Each time you hear them say “That place is just too severe”.
“Everyone seems to be all the time posting an achievement or the opposite, or a couple of new job,” some even say “it’s for these doing 9 to five or have a PhD.”
Effectively, I don’t fall into that class. I’m a dropout, and I don’t do 9 to five, so what does that say?
PT: So, how do you assume we, as Nigerians, can enhance on this? What do individuals stand to realize by taking the platform severely?
Thiana: LinkedIn has given me entry to individuals I gained’t meet on a traditional day. LinkedIn gave me a voice, it gave me a robust community; it gave me jobs; it gave me a gradual supply of earnings, too.
In case you are studying this and also you care about how individuals understand you on-line, then it is best to take your LinkedIn presence severely.
PT: Are you able to communicate on the opposite belongings you do, aside from tutoring?
Thiana: Truly, all I do is linked to LinkedIn.
I’m a LinkedIn Influencer, a Content material author, a public speaker and a Gen-Z. Does that rely too?
PT: After all. How do you handle public engagements, tutoring, volunteering, and so forth? How do you strike a stability along with your time?
Thiana: I plan. I study to say no and focus my power on what issues, provides me pleasure, and can yield important outcomes, and this is applicable to all areas of my life.
PT: What recommendation do you’ve for younger individuals who search to be tutors and budding entrepreneurs?
Thiana: If you wish to be somebody who teaches individuals, both by gained information and/or expertise or possibly as an entrepreneur, play the long-term sport. It pays! Be an individual of integrity and worth.
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PT: Being an entrepreneur in a novel subject, and never the common shopping for and promoting, what have the challenges been? How have you ever been in a position to sort out them?
Thiana: I’m not instructing individuals methods to generate profits immediately and that, I have to let you know, is difficult! As a result of everybody now needs to generate profits however constructing your on-line presence or private model fetches cash in the long term, nevertheless it takes time! A very long time, nevertheless it pays!
I inform individuals each time, “I’m not instructing you methods to generate profits, however I’m instructing you methods to create a model that might pay you for all times and it’s the reality.”
I don’t actually have challenges, as a result of after I need one thing I’m going for it! Ain’t nothing stopping me.
PT: How do you retain updated in your subject?
Thiana: I earn on-line so I’m all the time on-line, I comply with trending business information, I learn, and I additionally collaborate.
PT: The place do you hope to be in 5 years?
Thiana: I wish to be within the media. I really like presenting and public talking. It’s one thing I believe I’m made for.
Within the subsequent 5 years, I might be a well known model that preaches – ‘you possibly can all the time select how your life seems.’
PT: Should you have been to get a grant, what’s going to you make investments it in?
Thiana: I might make investments it in training, and my private improvement! As a result of I’m my very own biggest funding.
PT: After such a demanding schedule, how do you chill out? What’s your passion?
Thiana: I see films and eat Ofada. You may name me a film freak.
PT: Thanks for sharing what you do with us.
Thiana: Thanks too.
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