Entrepreneur story: Zebra Bone


The dedication and passion shown by entrepreneurs is always inspirational to us. This week we're inspired by Jayson, 20-year-old founder of Zebra Bone, and beard oil and moustache wax innovator. This is the story behind his business and how Yoco helped him on his journey.

Entrepreneur story: Zebra Bone

Not many 20 year olds can say they’ve started their own business. Jayson comes from an equestrian background where he showcased his love for horses through riding and photography. However, after one of life’s notorious curve balls, he had to put down his horse in April this year. After a few more setbacks and working at a stud farm for a while, he decided to start his own business as a way of growing himself and creating something special.
Jayson Olivier Zebra Bone

Throughout his equestrian career he had always mixed different ingredients to create massage oils for keeping horses healthy and happy. Through some research he found that beard oils were becoming increasingly popular and the perfect match was made! With Diploma’s in Digital Marketing and professional Photography behind his name, he founded Zebra Bone 2 months ago – a store selling unique hand-blended beard oils and moustache waxes.

We asked Jayson a bit more about what’s it’s like being his own boss.

“I can create what I want, and in turn I create my own happiness.”

Jayson Olivier –

I have the freedom to experiment with different ingredients and create something that I enjoy. I am truly in my element making waxes and oils. All products are hand made by me, right down to each label being hand cut and glued onto each bottle. Because I make everything myself, I am confident about the quality of each product and I get to make sure that everything is done well.

Because Zebra Bone is a new business run by one person, Jayson needs as much time as he can get to hand craft his products. He can’t afford to waste time on setting up things such as payments. He also can’t afford to miss a sale because this means missing an opportunity to get his product into the market. He found Yoco and got set up in 4 days.

How has Yoco helped you get your business going?

My experience with Yoco has been absolutely amazing. Honestly, the biggest challenge for me was finding an easy and mobile way of accepting card payments. I lacked the confidence to go to markets and other events because I didn’t have a way of accepting cards.

It’s a bit disappointing when you have to turn a customer away because you can’t take cards.

Zebra Bone and Yoco

Yoco is helping my business in quite a big way, not only because I can accept card payments, but also because it’s completely mobile. I can go anywhere and not worry about cables and power points. I can go straight to a client’s house and do business there if they wish. It’s easy for me and makes my business even more convenient for my clients.

I’m really happy I found Yoco because now I have the freedom to go to markets with confidence, without worrying about whether people have enough cash.

Support surprises

What really impressed me was that I was fiddling with the app on a Monday night at about 10:00 and it didn’t connect to my card reader. What a surprise when I got a call from Yoco at that time of night to help me connect! I was absolutely amazed at the service I got.

Service like that can really boost someones confidence.

If I want to go to a night market I don’t have to worry about anything because even then Yoco can get hold of me and help me out if I have a problem.

yoco instagram screenshot

If you need help grooming your beard, check out Zebra Bone. The Instagram page also has some eye-catching images of the beard oils and moustache waxes on offer.
If you need help setting up your business, check out Yoco.

About the author: Robyn

RobynRobyn - Social media and community manager

When you’re engaging with Yoco on social media, Robyn is the girl you’re talking to. She loves learning from our community and seeing small businesses thrive. In her spare time you’ll find her off hiking in some forest, curled up with a book or singing karaoke (badly).

After graduating with a B.Bus Sci degree from UCT, she found Yoco and jumped in head first. She now manages Yoco’s social media profiles and online community, and writes an article or two for the blog.

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