The unemployment rate in the country seems to be influencing some of the youth to take up jobs they never thought would be how they would earn an income.

Some graduates land a job immediately after their national service, but for others, exploring as many odd jobs as possible is the only way they can survive.

Felika Mahama has tried her hands at different occupations to earn money. She studied Business Development Studies at the University of Development Studies (UDS).

UDS graduate ventures into mobile car washing business after years of job dissatisfaction

She first started work as a clerk for a company. However, due to their low salary and lack of job satisfaction, Felika quit.

Desperate times they say, call for desperate measures, so Felika turned to modelling. But, again, poor remuneration forced her to consider other options.

From there, the young graduate took every opportunity that came her way despite the meagre salaries. 

UDS graduate ventures into mobile car washing business after years of job dissatisfaction

“I worked with about four companies; one was an IT company, a shipping company and a start-up. After that, I joined the forestry commission’s Youth in Afforestation. I was with them for about three years,” she told Joy Prime’s Emmanuel Dzivenu.

Felika stated that she left the ‘Youth in Afforestation’ program in 2021 after many frustrations; she decided to be her own boss.

But to start a business, the young graduate needed an idea for a service and Covid-19 came to her rescue.

“When Covid came, I saw that everything was based on delivery services, so I thought to myself that ‘a lot of people are too tired or busy to go to the washing bays, so what don’t I take my services to them?’.”

Park and Bright, the mobile car washing service, was then born. Felika was determined to tailor her services to meet the needs of the working class, who may not have the time to visit washing bays.

UDS graduate ventures into mobile car washing business after years of job dissatisfaction

“So I informed my dad because this car was already parked (in their home). He agreed, got me the pressure washer and poly tank, and that was how we started,” she said.

Though her father had supported her, mixed reactions greeted Felika’s decision to venture into a car washing business.

Some people, she said, were not “nice” when she made the decision. But thankfully, the graduate said many others have welcomed her decision and even prayed for her business.

UDS graduate ventures into mobile car washing business after years of job dissatisfaction

Felika recruited her cousin Sidiq to drive her around town while she responded to customers’ requests.

She provides a host of maintenance services, from dashboard and console brightening, carpet washing, and upholstery cleaning to steering wheel disinfection, to mention but a few. 

“My charges range from ¢30 to ¢100 depending on your distance, size of a car and how dirty the car is,” she said.

UDS graduate ventures into mobile car washing business after years of job dissatisfaction

One customer told JoyPrime that he has been using the services of Park and Bright for about three months, and he does not regret it.

“I have lost my appetite for going to the washing bay. While sorting things out in my office, my car is also being sorted. The quality of service is A1,” he said.

Business so far is looking suitable for Park and Bright. Felika noted that she renders services within the catchment area of East Legon. However, she has been receiving calls from people outside East Legon.

On average, Felika Mahama can wash six cars in a day. But with the constant car breakdown and hikes in fuel prices, she fears the economy may soon constrict her out of business.

Despite those fears, the young graduate is fixated on her goal and hopes to take her business further.