” I REALLY NEED TO START MY OWN BUSINESS”

This is you?

if yes? lets talk…

welcome back to ,my blog and i am Aderonke Olubanjo, the Principal instructor of a leading Fashion College in Nigeria, an EDI (Entrepreneurship Development Institute) for the Central Bank of Nigeria under the AGSMEIS scheme, i am also a Unisex Fashion Designer – cap with many feathers right? well, it all started one day and with just one step too.

MY NAME IS ADERONKE

I get asked a lot of times about how i started, well, i started with just 1 step. when people say they started from zero, i pause to think, really? nah… we just call zero like that, its not really zero, everyone of us started with one step, it could look like nothing to you, but you bet it, its 1.

it could be as small as a decision, an interest, a thought, a plan, a wish or even something you like about someone. That’s your step 1. I started with that step 1 too. if i did, you can too.

If you are thinking about starting your own business now, no matter what field it is, let me just drop some few tips for today.

What practical steps have you taken to analyze the problems in your field? the problems are there, and you will need to look at them critically. How can you solve them? if you only look at the juicy parts of the business, when the cloudy days come, they will shake your stand.

Have you also sat to ask yourself how much exactly you will need to start the business?

if you have a mapped out vision board, this is where it comes to play.

what does your dream business look like? I strongly believe in the “Big Picture” If you don’t have it, your focus might be shifting here and there.

The Big Picture guides your steps as you build the business from day one, it makes the navigation easier.

WHERE SHOULD I LOCATE MY BUSINESS?

let me just say – Where you are wanted / needed.

don’t put your business where the competition is too tight or choky and unhealthy.

You need a good plan that is practicable. not some adopted resources that works for someone abroad, can it work in our own business environment?

Don’t rely on resources alone, can it work where you are?

Are you ready to give it all it takes. the ride has not been smooth and jolly for me, nor any other business owner you know. It takes a lot to start and a lot more to run it.

to be continued………

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HOW TO GAIN AND RETAIN CUSTOMERS

Your customers are the currents driving the business. Without them, nothing is happening.

This is why you should take them as important as you take the business itself. Having them seems easier than maintaining them, in my years of experience.

They come with their differences, thus, you need to find a way around handling their differences, and not giving your business or yourself more problems. “As much as you try, you cannot keep or satisfy them all – just keep doing your best daily”

Let’s start with this question, if you can answer it, we’re good to go.

Do you know who your clients or customers are?

If you don’t, take a pause and define them first. You don’t want to be shooting at no targets.

Knowing who they are and where they are is one of the steps to growing a successful business.

Let’s assume you now know them, how do you retain them, maintain them and attract more? Let’s dig in….

What do your customers really want?

1. Do you know what they want or need?

What are they looking for?

Don’t sell what you want to sell, sell what they want to buy.

Many business owners are concerned about their plans alone, any plan you make towards making profits without considering your customers, will ne a hectic task. Your business centers around them, rememeber.

In your line of service or products, look around at what others are offering- which your customers have already seen, then look for what might be missing that you can add and attract them with.

If your business isn’t solving real problems for them, they will only keep looking, checking you out without results.

2. VALUE YOURSELF AND YOUR BUSINESS

Making your knowledge look cheap won’t attract customers that will help you add value to it. They will approach you and deal with you the way they see you.

If you dont value yourself, how do you expect them to?

Your confidence should speak with each step you take . Shaky confidence is what makes many good business owners hide their faces and the confident ones with lesser skills will keep showing up and cashing out.

Work on yourself!

3. INCREASE YOUR VISIBILITY

Get your business visible, clearly noticed and seen.

you can have great strategies, great products, not getting it out is like hiding under a canopy or an underground store.

Marketing is not an instant yeast. It grows with continuity and constant development.

Get your business noticed an many platforms – radio, social media, billboards, all search engines you can come by, networking etc.

4. BRANDING

Your brand identity plays a major role in your business growth. Many things add up to this.

Your name, colours, logo, office space, business card, so many. It depends on how you start it, just start somewhere.

Create some uniqueness for your brand that will get you noticed quickly when you appear.

And remember you are a walking billboard for that business. What messages or information are you passing on when you leave for work, meet people, when they walk into your office, when you post online, etc.

5. QUALITY CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE

In business, customer experience ranks your business. Word of mouth advertisement is one of the most effective ways of getting known, and this can only come as a result of quality customer experience.

It births good referral without you paying a dime.

How can they have that experience they want to share with the world with you?

It could also come in many forms. –

Reception- the way and manner you receive them and make them feel welcome.

Prices, Discounts, Pro Bonos, Extras, Gifts and a whole lot more.

Good customer experience is a win one win more strategy.

With these few tips, you can get some immediate results in few weeks. Give it a shot.

Principal Instructor- IBADANCITY FASHION COLLEGE

Ibadancity Fashion College is a leading fashion and Entrepreneurship college in Nigeria.

A CBN/NIRSAL certified Entrepreneurship Development Institute.

We offer all fashion related courses and Business development classes specially designed to suit each business. Either in group sessions or one on one consultancy sessions.

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DEAR SMB – (SMALL BUSINESS OWNERS) How Are You Planning For The New Decade

Everyone is up on their list for the new year, how to make more sales, develop their businesses better, have overall growth.

But, we all know it doesn’t happen easily as envisaged, especially when the surrounding circumstances are not in your power to control.

As a small business owner, you get yo face lots of challenges. You need to constantly keep your eyes out for improvements, if you do not want to be shaken out of the market.

If 100 people start a small business today, 80 makes it to the first year, the 20 will drop out on the way due to different factors. 50 or less will make first 5 years, and the journey goes on….
Invest quality and significant time now to ensure your business will not just stand out from the pack but also stand the test of time.

Find out more ways to do whatever you are doing presently. Don’t do it the same way all the time. There are stages, especially if you are at the peak of the business or market, to avoid a drop, re-PEAK. Find out more exciting things you can introduce to make it entice more people.

Be sure you are providing your customers with products or services that will keep them coming and bringing in referrals.

wishing you more wins and more success records in the new decade.

IBADANCITY FASHION COLLEGE is the Leading FASHION COLLEGE in Oyo State. We offer entrepreneurship and all fashion courses. We are a National Certified and Accredited EDI by the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN. We are affiliated to major foreign schools assisting you in pursuing your dreams. Register today and enjoy many benefits we have to offer you.

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AGSMEIS – ARE YOU AN ASPIRING OR EXISTING ENTREPRENEUR? HOW YOU CAN ACCESS THE CBN AGSMEIS NO-COLLATERAL LOAN.

as an exisiting entrepreneur or maybe you are still aspiring to be a business owner. if funding has been a major clog in the wheel of your goals, this information is just for you!

the Central Bank of Nigeria and Nirsal MFN came up with the scheme to assist you get your business starting and running. and the scheme is open to you!

how? you ask. not in any way difficult.

first let me give you the juicy details of this funding scheme.

  • it is a collateral free loan. meaning, you do not need to run helter skelter looking for house or land papers etc to present to your banker.
  • it comes with a moratorium of 6 to 18 months depending on your business type. (moratorium means the grace period of no pay-back)
  • you can repay for up to 7 years!
  • the interest rate is what you can only get here. it is 5-9%

now you see it is indeed a plan to boost your business.

WHO CAN APPLY?

Agricultural businesses, Manufacturing and production industry , Construction industry, Health sector, formal and informal Services (Hospitality, Restaurants, Catering, Services, etc), ICT, oil and gas/ Mining, Creative Industry (Fashion, Beauty, Media, photography, Entertainment, etc), Petrochemicals. And more…..

so how do i apply?……..

IBADANCITY FASHION COLLEGE is a leading fashion and entrepreneurship college in Nigeria. as a CBN certified EDI, you can apply for the loan with us.

  • call or contact us to verify if your business is covered.
  • register for the REQUIRED Entrepreneurship training with us. – the certificate is the major requirement to access the loan.
  • do the required post training projects.
  • thats all! as simple as 123.

Log on to http://www.nmfb.com.ng

Click on AGSMEIS and apply. Follow the necessary steps. At training location select Oyo. Trainer – select Ibadancity Fashion College.

And connect with us to start your processing.

take advantage of this opportunity now.

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