From White Coats to Writing: Follow Favour Martin’s Journey as a Medical Student and B2B SaaS Writer, Balancing Dreams, Education, and Entrepreneurship.
What was your first experience with money?
My first experience with money was returning to boarding secondary school with the N1,000 my parents gave me as pocket money.
And what did you do with the money?
Before then, I’d never gotten that much money, so I thought it was a lot. It was not until I started spending that I realised it was gone before half of the term.
What did you want to be as a child?
I’ve always wanted to be a Doctor or a Mathematician.
What are you studying currently?
I’m studying Medicine and surgery at the University of Nigeria, 600 Level. Lol. I just filled it in my Jamb form and got on the first list on my first try, so I didn’t have time to rethink my decision.
Wow! Do you regret your decision?
Not at all. It’s really stressful, but the prestige, impact and job prospects are worth it.
Enough about school. Let’s talk about your business. What is Favour doing to “secure the bag”?
I currently work as a B2B SaaS content writer. I write content for companies in this niche.
Interesting! What’s a day in your life like?
I wake up really early to check out my Slack updates and work on the previous day’s tasks. I write or edit my first drafts and send them to my editors for review.
After that, I dress up for school and go for my clinical postings. While in school, I reply to Slack messages, write if there’s a break or just read random stuff to help my writing.
When I return home, I write the blogs I’ve been assigned and edit anything else. I read as soon as I’m done or just sleep sometimes😂
All of these change during exams. I’m more study-focused, then.
What is it like juggling school and business?
Juggling school and business is a whole lot. I have to be more disciplined than my classmates, sometimes work late into the night and spend my free time writing instead of watching movies and gisting.
I also have to read ahead because I have less time than my classmates. It’s a lot, but it’s definitely more fulfilling, knowing that I have something else aside from school and can easily meet my needs without calling my parents all the time.
Have there been any challenges so far?
Yes, there have been challenges. For instance, sometimes, I have to work in the mornings before going to school, and I end up late. Also, there’s the challenge of figuring out what to do when exams come. I have to outsource my work or get overly stressed reading and working.
What’s your relationship with money?
I have enough to meet my needs, plus splurge at intervals. I also have some savings and investments, and working while schooling has shaped how I see earning and money.
Any advice for people who want to start a business or build a career?
Go for it. You’ll never know your strength or potential until you try. Learn all you can. This is the time to take risks because you still have the backing of your parents/sponsors. Plus, manage your time properly. Study hard and rest well too.
This life is your oyster; there’s so much you can do when you put your mind to it.
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