How pool table business made me poorer, I regret starting this business

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This man started pool business in Kenya with Ksh 150,000. He was making Ksh 1000 to Ksh 1,500 per day. But he now regrets why he started the business. Below is what happened to the business:

“Pool Business should be included in 1,000 ways to die weuh “Mkuu mimi this year january nimekua na ka 150k nikasema wacha nifungue pool table mbili.nikatafta location moja safi places kuna mabar lakini sikujua hio ndio itakua my main problem…doo nilikua naingiza kama 1000-1500 per day lakini masaibu ikaanza…mara sio makarao wanakuja unawaachia 200..mara tena wanatuma mwingine unampea 100…ikaendelea hivo but sasa siku moja hawa makarao waliamua kuniramba..walikuja na bangi zao wakaweka kwa table ndani nikiwa nimeenda lunch..mimi kurudi nimetulia kiasi naona makara kama 6 wamepiga full combat wanaingia kwa pool wakiulizia bangi…nikawacha watafte since nilikua sure hakuna kitu kama hio kwangu…weee sema kupigwa na butwaa wanapata rolls 18 wakankweka pingu…nikajaribu kujitetetea wakanikula 30k na ilikua karibu end month…masaibu ikaanzia hapo sasa…rent ikakuja sina pesa na rent ni 8k…rent ya nyumba place naishi 5k sina..nikaedea kaloan kwa shylock nikalipa both rents but masaibu ikaendelea…after kama a month tukashikwa 11pm wakanikula 10k…nikajam nikauza hizo meza na hasara sai nauza mtumba”

Pool business is one of the worst businesses to start in Kenya. If you are in bad books of police officers, you won’t survive.

The only way to survive is to relate well with the police. You should set aside Ksh 3,000 to bribe them every month. Let them pick the money once a month. You should talk with mkubwa wao so that he can instruct his juniors not to be harassing you.

Another way is to set up a pub or wines & spirits business and incorporate pool business within the business. You will get a joint license for the business.

Pool business is just like any form of gambling, it’s like wines and spirits business,it’s also like matatu business. Even if you follow all the rules, police will look for something to pin you down.To survive, just cooperate with them,usikae kichwa ngumu.

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