In 2013, facing a pivotal decision between completing his degree at Moi University and pursuing his interest in graphic design and website creation, Stephen Otieno chose the path less traveled.
Little did he know that this decision would set him on a remarkable journey of self-discovery, entrepreneurship, and financial success.
Stephen’s foray into the world of graphic design began during his time working at a printing shop despite lacking formal training,
”My business journey starts back in 2012 when I used to work at a printing shop during the holidays as a hand help. The shop used to provide graphic design and printing services and most of my boss clients thought I was a graphic designer, but I wasn’t.” Stephen recalled
His boss’s clients believed in his abilities and urged him to apply for a graphic design position at a friend’s company.
”One day, one of my boss’s client encouraged me to apply for a job as a graphic designer at his friend’s company since he thought I had the necessary skills.”
”I went for the interview knowing deep down that I had no skill at all in graphic design and I failed terribly. I felt terrible and spent the all weekend learning graphic and designing.”
After persistent self-education and a couple more attempts, Stephen secured the position.
This marked the genesis of his entrepreneurial spirit.
Balancing work and studies, Stephen found himself increasingly drawn to graphic design on campus, where he faced a pivotal moment.
A friend offered him an opportunity to design a website for a lucrative sum of Sh40,000.
Recognizing the potential, Stephen dived into the world of website design, even utilizing the university library as his classroom.
The demand for his services and the allure of entrepreneurship led Stephen to make a bold decision – he dropped out of university in 2013 to dedicate himself entirely to his passion.
Thus, The Beldin Creations was born, specializing in graphic design and website creation.
”For a basic site, I charge Sh18,000 a package which includes the design, domain and hosting. The most expensive website I have created cost Sh110,000. I have so far designed 87 sites, and I have grown to over 200 clients both in graphic and web design. I make Sh80, 000-150,000 a month.” He said