While some entrepreneurs quit their jobs to start their businesses, others choose to straddle both worlds, running successful, impactful businesses without giving up their 9-5. Iretiogo Oke, a marketing professional who is also the CEO of Protouch Janitors, talks to me about being a career woman and an entrepreneur, and her passion for sanitation intervention in this interview.
Damilola Teidi is the CEO/Co-Founder of GoMyWay Africa, Nigeria’s leading ridesharing service connecting travellers with private car owners who have spare seats to share. She talked to me about GoMyWay Africa, her passion for using technology to solve problems, and her interest in the entire process involved in commercializing new technologies. Read the interview HERE.
If you’re considering starting a small business this year, you are not alone. More and more Nigerians are taking that step, some becoming full-time entrepreneurs and others starting their business as a side hustle. Whichever route you’re taking, it’s absolutely important that you ask yourself certain questions to help you prepare a bit more for this move. Here are just 7 of those questions.
Fabriscphere.com is an online fabric store providing a new shopping experience for fabrics, prints and textile lovers around Nigeria. I interviewed the Founder/CEO Ijomah Venn Oputa, a petroleum engineering graduate of the University of Lagos, and he talked about the joys of selling eye-popping, high-quality fabric, and the challenges of doing business online. Read the interview HERE.
Chidiadi Madumere is the MD/CEO of Black Purist Media Ltd, a fast growing integrated communications agency in Nigeria. She started her career with EbonyLife TV as the Head Writer for Season 3 of the Naija Diamonds documentary series before moving into full event, TV, stage & film production. Chidiadi, who studied Law at Abia State University, currently sits on the board of directors at Small Business Owners Initiative Limited. I interviewed her last week; read it HERE.
As a business owner (or someone managing a business), whether you’re meeting with a new client or an existing one, note-taking is one strategy that will accomplish more for you than most people realise. Here are 10 things you should keep in mind as you prepare for your next meeting:
1. If you’ve been given an appointment to meet with a prospective client, you’re better off listening to their past, present and anticipated needs, instead of talking about how great your product or service is. Pulling out your notepad and pen, and asking questions, is a great way to respond to “So, what can I do for you?”
2. By taking out your notepad and pen, you’re not just preparing to gather information. You’re sending a message to your client or prospective client: I am a professional, I am organized and your words are important to me.
Anyone who has ever started a small business knows that it can be quite a challenge. However, there are certain myths which, when shunned, open the door to profit and fulfilment.
1. I cannot afford to advertise, and I don’t really need it. Read more…
Eghe Osadolor is an entrepreneur whose business is making living and work spaces beautiful. There was nothing in her arts and social sciences background to suggest that she would one day run an interior décor business, but gifts and talents have their way of shining through. I interviewed her about about her journey to entrepreneurship and her interior decoration business. Click HERE to read it.
Medplus was not a dream Joke Bakare had always carried. Before she started Medplus, she was just another bright pharmacist who had interned at University College Hospital Ibadan, served the nation at Military Hospital on Awolowo Way, worked with Right Aid Pharmacy in New York after obtaining a New York license to practice Pharmacy, and had a brief part-time job at Cleanipharm Pharmacy on her return to Nigeria. At the time she started, the concept of pharmaceutical chains, where one could have a pharmacy in different locations, was not one people were used to.
Here are 6 key lessons from her transition into entrepreneurship. Continue reading…
Udo Okonjo is a woman with whom real estate enthusiasts, and women in business, are well acquainted.
One of Nigeria’s finest entrepreneurs, Udo Okonjo is the CEO of Fine & Country West Africa, an award-winning real estate firm. She’s also one of the most prominent and passionate speakers at WIMBIZ conferences. The story of how she started her real estate career with no capital has inspired and educated many an audience.
She is also the Chief Igniter of the business leadership and personal development brand, the Ignite Series, as well as the founder of i-WOW.
Here are 10 reasons why she is the successful businessperson that she is. Read more…