Skip to main content

The Chinese way to become an imaginative entrepreneur

How enterprising can one get?The Oxford Dictionary describes an entrepreneur as a person who sets up a business or businesses, taking on financial risks in the hope of profit. A very simple definition. Most of us aspire to make money in life, and to be our own bosses, hence we can safely assume that most of us aspire to be entrepreneurs.

However,most of us start off employed as we wait to kick off our entrepreneurship skills, skills which we never end up practising. Some of us, when employed, try out some form of entrepreneurship through small scale businesses, such as card making, drawing, cooking mandazis or chapos etc.

Well, you may argue that during creation, they may have forgotten to bestow you with a certain skill or talent that you can practise for some loose change. At the same time, you may also claim that you were not born with a silver spoon, be it a table or tea spoon, in your mouth hence your capabilities to try out any business are limited.

At the same time, you will read of how the Chinese , and a times the Indians, are very entrepreneurial and are now selling to the rest of the world resulting in a booming economy. At times, you may even wonder what the Chinese have that you do not.

For starters, imagination. To be a successful entrepreneur, you need to be quite imaginative, way imaginative than nature, like the Chinese are.

You see, the Chinese have discovered that you can process goods from crops, or even animal produce. Well, this has been happening for ages, so it is not something new. However, to get animal or crop produce, you need suitable climatic conditions to either rear the animals or grow the crops. This do not happen everywhere, and most of the times, demand in certain geographical areas for a product like milk, honey or wine may outstrip supply.

In such situations where demand outstrip supply, you can either bring the product in from other geographical locations where supply is higher , or you can modify climatic conditions to increase supply. Modifying climatic conditions can be done in ways such as greenhouses and irrigation.

Better yet, as an imaginative entrepreneur, you can actually create your own product. If milk, honey, wine and even eggs or flour are not sufficient enough where you live, you can emulate the Chinese and create artificial products, or modify the natural ones so that you have a higher quantity of a product under short supply.

Over the last two years, the Chinese have been caught adulterating powder milk, making artificial honey and recently making artificial wine.

In one instance, a farmer was sentenced to death for operating a training class in China which taught milk powder producers on how to add melamine to diluted milk so that it can appear to have more protein than it contained.

A second instance saw several wineries shut down over the Christmas period in China. One of the wineries was producing wine using filtered water, sugar, chemicals and grape flavouring. All I can do is pity those who were still sober after drinking bottles of this stuff.

In even another instance, the Chinese figured that they could do better than natural Chinese honey rejected in the USA due to high concentration of agricultural chemicals. The entrepreneurs went ahead to chemically manufacture some product that resembled honey. They even went ahead to ship the honey and repackage it in India , Indonesia and other countries so that it could appear that it came from those countries. The problem was that it was so cheap that the eventual buyer became suspicious and run lab tests on it. Well, it tasted like honey, looked like honey but was thinner than honey.

Well, at this point, am afraid of visiting China, and if I do, trust me to carry my own food and drink, or remain in a fast during my stay there.

Otherwise, these are important lessons on how we can be imaginative entrepreneurs, and make a killing while at it. A financial killing and kill several people who take toxic milk, honey or wine. Meanwhile, I am off to figure whether its possible to artificially produce cheaper eggs or whether de-colourised dirty water is a better short in arid areas.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

RE: Appointment as Ambassador of the Republic of Kenya to The United States of America

Image: South African marriage courtesy The Telegraph ( http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/southafrica/6237922/South-African-man-marries-4-women-at-same-ceremony.html  ) Dennis Kioko, Address Pending. President to-be-elect, Republic of Kenya, Address Pending, Again. Dear Sirs/Madams, RE: Appointment as Ambassador of the Republic of Kenya to The United States of America  I would like to draw your attention to news reported across various sections of the press (way behind your daily portraits on the front page) that several Missions to the country are equivalently vacant with the duty of appointed high commissioners having expired. This includes Kenya's High Commission to the United States of America. Among your first duties, having assumed duty as Kenya's president, duly elected or otherwise, will be to appoint commissioners to these missions. It is in this regard that I highly invoke you to consider me as a likely appointment to the

Beers in Kenya: A sober opinion

Note: This is a dated post and has since been mostly passed by events. SAB Miller beers including Castle and Peroni are no longer widely available in Kenya after their exist. Sirville Brewery was bought out by Brew Bistro before being permanently shut in a tax dispute. Kenya is a land of milk, honey, beaches and taxes. I have penned, or is typed, a newer post here .  Peroni - One of the best beers in Kenya. Did a taste of canned and bottled Italian, and bottled Tanzanian I like the tangy flavour and body in Tanzanian Peroni. The can is close. Heineken drinkers will like the Italian one.  I have had a short beer swigging stint in my life. It has however been long enough for me to share my opinion of Kenyan beer. Interestingly, over the course of sharing such opinions with other drunkards connoisseurs,  I have found that we all have different views as to what beer is the best, which one makes you too drunk, or which one gives one free, extra hangover for every hangover you get

Nairobi's Top 4 Texas Brisket Places Reviewed and Ranked

Brisket on a bed of roast vegetables with barbecue sauce at Texas Brisket, Kikuyu  This review has been updated after a number of you suggested I try the brisket at County2County.  What's the best place to have Brisket in Nairobi? What's even brisket?  Brisket is one of the toughest cuts in a cow, from around the belly. It is so tough that it has to be smoked for about 16 hours to tenderise. But that there, is the catch.  12 to 16 hours later, it is the most flavourful and softest cut you will ever have. So full of flavour and so soft you can pick it apart with your fingers.  However, due to the long cooking time involved, only a few places offer brisket in Nairobi.  The best so far is Texas Brisket which is located within Kikuyu Railway station.  They do the meat for a proper 16 hours, and will usually have a fatty or non-fatty portion. The fatty portions are more tasty. A 500 gram serving goes for KSh. 900 and a 1 KG order comes with a serving of free fries. Their brisket has

A to Z of Girl Pick-up Lines

Girl,  You are like a breath of fresh air , like an outstanding piece of Art in an art gallery  There are many things you and me can be, but it puts a smile of satisfaction on my face and a smile of envy on my buddies faces that you both beautiful and bootyfull  E ither your creator must have taken the greatest care creating you or your cheated your way around heaven, 'coz you clearly the prettiest girl on earth  D on't ask why my breathing quickens every time I see you; setting my eyes on you makes me feel like I am drowning in your beauty, I have to catch my breath   Exciting, Exotic, Elegant, Electrifying ; so many definitions in english , but when it comes to the human race, girl, you are the one and only definition of all the above  W hen I say you are fly , it may be due to the sensation of flying off the ground that I get when I am around you. Some girls are beautiful, a few are decent, even fewer got class; I didn't know I could find all this qualities in one gir

Counterfeit alcohol hits Nairobi

Counterfeit The Famous Grouse    bought at a shop along Nairobi's Dubois road, note the packaging. Dishonest dealers in Kenya are now repackaging various alcohols and selling them off to unsuspecting buyers. The scam appears to target a broad range of popular spirits, including Smirnoff Vodka and The Famous Grouse Whiskey. Various residents have reported that the drinks are sold in shops in down-town Nairobi and cheap clubs. Popular drinks are either substituted with similar looking forms of alcohol or blended with them. Vodka is substituted with chang'aa , a local moonshine drink while brandies are used to dilute, or wholly sold off as more expensive whiskies. There is suspicion that some of the alcohol used in this drinks is diluted industrial alcohol. Industrial alcohol is normally cleared, with tricks such as food colouring and perfume deployed to have the counterfeit alcohol look like the genuine one. The syndicate appears to be recycling bottles which are colle