Meir­ing finds his sales niche

The Citizen (KZN) - - Focus - Them­binkosi Sek­gaphane

Al­ton Meir­ing’s dis­like for small spa­ces, cou­pled with his love for houses saw him en­ter the prop­erty rental busi­ness when he left foot­ball. The for­mer Jomo Cos­mos striker was coach­ing Ger­mis­ton City FC which cam­paigns in the Cas­tle League, be­fore that he was em­ployed by Luso Africa FC but per­sonal prob­lems at home led to his exit from coach­ing.

“I love coach­ing be­cause it is part of foot­ball, which is some­thing big in my life, but my fam­ily needed my un­di­vided at­ten­tion at the time. I re­signed as a coach be­cause fam­ily comes first, be­fore foot­ball,” ex­plained Meir­ing (pic­tured). “Since I was a young boy liv­ing in a two bed­room house with four other fam­i­lies, it made me want to own a house so that is where my fas­ci­na­tion with own­ing prop­erty started. When I started get­ting money as a foot­baller I knew ex­actly what I would spend it on.”

The 43-year-old em­braces change and be­lieves in be­ing ahead of the curve so that one can face life’s chal­lenges with an open mind.

Meir­ing ad­mits that he misses coach­ing, hav­ing freed up his time now that his fam­ily has sur­vived stormy seas. While wait­ing for another coach­ing gig, Meir­ing learned about the grow­ing World Wide Web’s in­flu­ence in ev­ery­day life and spot­ted a busi­ness op­por­tu­nity.

“I thought I should teach my­self about the in­ter­net and Face­book and things of this na­ture a few years back be­cause I didn’t have them when I was younger.

“Then I found out that you could sell prod­ucts and have a shop on­line and I did re­search and got in touch with Nuskin, a com­pany based in the USA that sells skin and beauty prod­ucts and I now sell their prod­ucts on­line here in South Africa.”

The se­rial en­tre­pre­neur, he be­lieves it is eas­ier for him to chase his dream of coach­ing in the top flight league if there is fi­nan­cial se­cu­rity for him­self by hav­ing dif­fer­ent in­come streams. Meir­ing plans to start two more busi­nesses in the new year.

“When you are do­ing some­thing for money it some­times takes the fun out of it. Another thing is when the end goal is money it can be stress­ful when it doesn’t come to you. First, you need to do it for the love and the money will fol­low that. Some of the best play­ers in the world are not think­ing of the money – they play and be­come the very best and money fol­lows. I want to coach and work hard at it, de­velop play­ers and bring in changes and the money will come from there. Some­one will pay me for be­ing ded­i­cated to my work,” ex­plained Meir­ing.

Meir­ing re­vealed that each time he moved to a new club in a dif­fer­ent prov­ince he saw it as an op­por­tu­nity to buy a new house that he would later rent out. The for­mer Cos­mos for­ward be­lieves in team­work.

“Each player in the team needs to be re­spon­si­ble for some­thing and be ac­count­able for it. I was a striker and I had to score, if there are no goals it’s my fault.

“Play­ers need to also learn to feed off each other, know what the play­ers next to you need from you to be at their best.”

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