Unemployed man now an entrepreneur
Unemployment is hovering at twenty-three point five percent; that puts a large number of bread winners out of the work force. Meet Bryant Peters, who has discovered that there are opportunities if you can foster an entrepreneurial spirit. Along with a group of other jobless persons, he has started a business. News Five’s Jose Sanchez reports.
Jose Sanchez, Reporting
Job cuts are one sign of a struggling economy. But a group of unemployed men are using their skills to forge their own. In less than a month of unemployment, Bryant Peters has become an entrepreneur.
Bryant Peters, Dial Belize Dispatching and Repair
“About two to three weeks ago, I became unemployed and I sat with my wife and tried to decide what we could do. And I said well I know a lot about parts and we will go from them. I have my cycle so I said we can do courier service as well. So by talking over with my wife, I knew a couple other technicians—about four or five of them—that came along with me and said that they were willing to support me as I go along into this venture. So what I decided to do is create a dispatching and repair center. We basically go to the Central Prison once a week to deposit money—if you have money to deposit. We do the necessary run around just like the regular messenger that you may have. And the repairing part of it is to basically push the idea of repairs and parts at one location. So we basically repair treadmills, AC units, split units, computers, small appliances, blenders, microwaves—whatever can shut down within your home, business place, we have a replace it or fix it.”
So Peters has created a home office for the group at number 15 Curassow Street.
“In the past 3 weeks you are unemployed and you managed to put together a home office. Some people would find it very hard to say you had a lot of courage to do this.”
“Well it is. It has been trials and tribulations. I basically had to scrape the last of what we had and put together the finances to do it. If you look at it, it is not something grand, but it is something that you can call a place of business. And it has been very difficult to find another job, but I said instead of going and begging for job, I can create my own job because I know something and I can move from there. So that is the general reason why we decided to go ahead and create the business.”
“And a main part of what you basically have in terms of your asset base or your capital is actually the mind. What are the qualifications and skills of other people who are in this venture with you?”
“They are actually senior technicians. They have minimum of seven to eight years in the field of repairs. They are very good guys. They once worked for prominent businesses here in Belize and they themselves; some of them are unemployed. One of them comes all the way from Succotz in Benque to repair here in Belize City. So at the end of the day, these guys have extreme skills and the accessibility of getting the repairs done here in Belize City is very good. We’re looking forward to working throughout Belize District. So as long as we can get the jobs out there, we can send out a guy to get the job done.”
Reporting for News Five, Jose Sanchez.
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