On my way to work this morning, while in traffic, I decided to read some of the mails I received in the past and I found this interesting one which I have decided to share with my followers and fans. It's a message from the founder of Lurn Incorporated which I believe it's a great advice you can apply to your business and your personal life.
Please do leave a comment below if you think it's an interesting piece that inspired you. Thanks! Cheers to your success!
Dear Business Owner,
You have to invest REAL time into your business or it'll die.
You know that, you can't afford to be stagnant.
Because with technology advancing as fast as it is, you're always one step away from the other guy taking you over.
Yes - the other guy!
He's the guy who's younger, smarter, hungrier, and gets up earlier!
The one who has you and your business in his sites...
...and wants to take you down!
Because with the knowledge available on Google to ANYONE with the internet, your competition is growing day by day.
And you have to change, evolve, and invest - or die.
Or, maybe worse, you'll become irrelevant.
Warren Buffet said:
"The most important investment you can make is in yourself."
And the same is true for your business.
I see it all the time.
Someone starts a business, they see TREMENDOUS success, they back off and stop investing, they shrink, become irrelevant, and die.
Because A LOT of business owners refuse to pivot, evolve, and change.
They build something GREAT but never take the TIME and MONEY to invest in something GREATER.
In other words, they plateau and settle.
And my advice to you today - don't do that!
If you have something great, make it greater!
If you're starting something new, don't shoot for "average," or "good enough," try to make it better than the best!
Because if you OVERSHOOT and fail, you'll be where you need to be.
But if you shoot for "average" and fail, you'll never get off the ground.
Because the businesses and entrepreneurs who REALLY make it invest in themselves and their business.
They can't afford NOT TO.
They know that it takes time and money to make it work.
Because what's comfortable is rarely profitable.
To make the other half of the year worthwhile- you've got to get out of your comfort zone, invest in your business, and never, ever, ever settle for average.
CEO Lurn Inc
The 919 Dance Video by UBA BANK -how it Inspired me to start the business & product reviews according to Onyinye.
Hello everyone, friends and fans. This is the day the Lord has made and I would rejoice and be glad in it! Anyways, I'm excited, surprised and amused as I write this blog post. For more than a year, it's being on my mind to start doing reviews on my blog and today is the day this dream of mine has come to pass. After watching the 919 Dance Video, I felt it was time as it inspired me to start. I am a very detailed person and I am huge on customer service and things done the right way. I walk into restaurants and I can easily pick one or two things that they need to correct. I don't want you to think that I always look out for what's wrong every time but it's just instincts. I also like to smell the roses before noticing the weeds. It has always been a dream of mine to own a restaurant in order to set a pace in the hospitality Industry. That's gist for another day. This happens when I visit other places as well or use some products, I just want to be able to share my experiences and reviews and guess what I found just one place to do this on TLWO. I hope you keep a date with me on the blog cause it's going to be an enriching time hanging out with me here! This new addition to my blog would be in the #businessmatters category. Enjoy!
So was chilling in my office....
when I decided to watch a Christian movie, and as I wanted to watch one very interesting movie, I saw the 919 video by UBA Bank playing on my screen. Frankly it did get my attention. I had to copy the url to play it over and over again. I stopped using UBA bank when I left school because my experience was not funny back in school. I remember long queues, long waiting hours and a congested banking hall. So I closed my account after school or stopped using it..can't remember. When I saw this video, I fell in love with the video! I thought they nailed the advert. So dope*...the song, lyrics, 919 dance. They simply got my attention. I just hope things have changed with UBA and the energy and brilliance of this video reflects in their service.
Wondering what the 919 dance Video by UBA is all about? Watch it below!
What do you think about the 737 Video by GT Bank
Some people felt that UBA Bank copied the 737 Video, I really doubt. GT Bank has done a really good job publicizing their magic number through various mediums but in my opinion the video was cool, but had some disconnected + repetitive scenes and didn't have as much energy and interest catching scenes like the 919 dance video. For a bank that's youth focused, I expected much more.
The Business Lesson according to Onyinye
You probably run a business and hope to increase your sales. it's important that you ask yourself this question. What are you creating or what can your business do to get the attention of your current customers and prospective customers on a daily basis? The 919 dance video was published in march 2018 and the 737 video was published online in July 2017. You've got to understand that sometimes it's not the first person that starts but it's how you do what you do better than your competitors. Do what you do with so much originality, innovation, creativity, excellence and style that it gets the attention of even your competitors.
So let me know, please leave your comments below, let me know what you think about both videos. Thanks and Cheers. Keep thriving!
Yippeee! February was a little faster than January. Thank God for an amazing February to remember for good. Glad to welcome you into the month of march, if you're reading this post, happy new month in advance. It's no news that International Women's day is on the 8th of March. As I #pressforprogress, I want all my fans and friends to do the same. That's why as a big supporter of women-led businesses and programmes, I know these events would be of great value to you and that's why I'm sharing these amazing power events that you should not miss. It's for every woman who wants to advance in life, expand her network and grow her business.
Don't come to just learn, plan to attend with purpose in mind. To meet people, network, connect and build great relationships. Keep pressing for progress. To all the amazing women out there, living ON PURPOSE and FOR PURPOSE, I celebrate you all! Please leave a comment, so I'll know you visited my blog. Thanks!
1. WHEN WOMEN WIN CONFERENCE
2. THE MULTIWOMAN CONFERENCE 2018
3. EDC INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY CONFERENCE
Smash your wealth goals held recently at Radisson Blu Hotel in Victoria Island. Lagos. It was an awesome time sharing with these awesome people about how to smash their wealth goals and also held a bonus class for them on asset building.
This is an experience note form one of the participants!
Smash your Wealth Goals Session was great, I am happy I was a part of it.I learnt a whole lot from the talk to visualization exercise and asset building.
I will start small and take practical steps consistently to bring my dreams into reality. I will keep visualizing.
Thanks for yesterday!
Our special guest Julius Osimen, did not only share great wisdom at the session but also had a great time. Thanks for hanging out with us.
I already got so many messages about an online version of Smash your wealth goals. So would be giving you and your friends the opportunity to be a part of the online class of smash your wealth goals. I would also include the asset building as a bonus class, all for N3500.00 in the month of February.
I want you to start your journey early, so if you are interested in the online class, kindly send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with subject 'Smash your Wealth Goals Online Class' with your full name, whatsapp no, facebook name and location.
The most important factor in living on the wealthy lane is starting - Onyinye Etoniru
Have an amazing February in advance!
I attended Future Leadership conference last year and early this year, I got a mail about the event Thinkation organised by Ubong King Foundation. I just knew it was one conference I had to attend, although it was scheduled to hold on a week day; I made up my mind to at least attend for few hours and guess what! I attended not just for a few hours and more but waited to listen to Alibaba who was the last speaker. My first conference I attended this year and I would simply say it was worth it. My biggest take home was a statement made by Ini Abimbola, ''Critical thinking is important, learn to question people's analogies and basis; when you do so, you'll begin to see things from another perspective.'' I'll share with you nuggets from two of the speakers. Alibaba Akpobome- Comedian of the Federal Republic and Ini Abimbola M.D Thistle Praxis Consulting. Enjoy!
8 THINGS YOU NEED TO BE CLEAR ABOUT IF YOU WANT TO DISRUPT THE BUSINESS SPACE by ALIBABA AKPOBOME.
1. Know who you are.
2. Decide on what you want to do.
3. Decide on where you want to do it.
4. Why you want to do it.
5. When you want to do it.
6. What strategy you want to adopt.
7. Whom you are going to sell to.
8. How are you going to sell the value you intend to offer.
4 THINGS INI ABIMBOLA SHARED THAT HAS CONTRIBUTED TO HER SUCCESS.
1. Be selective of who you listen to.
2. Be strategic about life and what you want, don't forget that life is like an hour glass. The sand keeps dripping.
3. Be voracious about knowledge.
4. Stop dreaming, start thinking and start working.
Let me know what you think, share your thoughts and the things they mentioned you are in sync with. I'll love to hear from you.
Business Lessons I learnt from Ada Osakwe - Founder, Nuli Juice on building and evaluating the value chain of your business.
I was in my office few weeks back, when I received a mail from ImpactHER, that I was selected to attend the training for women entrepreneurs, I was so glad and excited to be chosen to be a part of the training. Although because of my work schedule, I could only attend for some hours. I found the training useful and impactful to my business as the facilitators were very real and practical and shared from their own business experience plus lunch time was awesomely awesome! Thanks to Grace Okoli for the connect and I deeply respect and appreciate the founder of ImpactHER, Efe Ukala for selflessly putting this together to support a new generation of women entrepreneurs.
So here are my lessons from ImpactHER training. Hope you learn a few things that you can apply to your own business.
1 .Take time to understand the Ecosystem of your business.
What does it take to open the doors to others in your business. Do your research and do things right. Build a business to leave a lasting impact and to be the first consideration in your business category. It’s important that you understand your competition and supply chain and don’t be afraid to change paths and adjust along the way where necessary.
2 .Build an operational engine room
It’s important to start early and start well. Pay yourself a salary to avoid taking out money meant to be invested into your business to build a sound operations engine room. Don’t be afraid to connect with people and tell people you need them but can’t pay them. Having people you can count on is key as you walk your journey. Don’t be shy about taking on great talents to work with you so they can help you build your operations engine room. Be ready to bootstrap as well in order to get things done even if you don’t have the money.
3 . Focus on ultimate customer experience
You need to focus on creating a great experience for your customers in order to get them speaking for you. In your business, you need to daily find ways to make your customers happy. Learn to also accommodate customers' demands and constructive feedback. Be concerned about their feelings and how you can get them to come back to you. Never look down on one customer. Customer is king. In your customer relationship value chain, attend to customers on the platform which they connect with you whether is WhatsApp or Facebook. Don’t send them to another platform of your company e.g your website to make the same inquiry or purchase. Respond to them on the platform in which they reach out to you. In picking your calls and responding to messages, be professional and friendly and do things to nurture the relationships you have with your customers like giving them special gifts this Christmas season. If you would like to send gifts to your customers, please speak to a gifts expert at O’lavanda Signature or call +234 808 936 1981.
4 .Be consistent in your service
Represent your product right. Consistently reinforce what you believe in as a brand through what you do consistently. Pay attention to those recipes, manuals, activities that have worked for you. Create policies and Institutionalize major processes in your company for sustainability purposes.
5 .Branding and Culture
Build a brand that is consistent in standards and customer experience. Don’t focus on instant gratification. Build a financially responsible company and hire an accountant on a part-time basis to audit your business account monthly. Don’t spend all your profit. It's essential to have residual profit as investors look out for a well audited account and your residual profit before investing. Build a culture and a business that is not just profitable but leaves a lasting impact in the lives of other people and the community at large.
If you enjoyed reading these lessons, then please take out time to leave a comment below and let me know what you'll do differently in your business moving forward. Thanks and have a happy weekend in advance.
What I learnt from Mayokun Fadeyibi -Head of Business and Strategy OLX, Kunle Adeojo- MD Toyota Nigeria and Ralph Tamuni-Co-founder WAKANOW
Last week, I had a great time at the sales and profitability seminar at Harvesters International Christian Centre. I thought it was a great one and of course learnt more about starting an e-commerce business in Nigeria after I had a close up session with Mr Ralph Tamuni, the Co-founder of WAKANOW as I got to ask questions relating to my bespoke gifts business, O'lavanda Signature as we prepare to launch later in the year.
So here are some things I felt I should share with you that the speakers spoke about, which is peculiar to their business but which you can also apply to your own business. Enjoy the piece and please do leave a comment as well. Thanks.
Mayokun Fadeyibi-Head of Business and Strategy OLX
Kunle Adeojo- MD Toyota Nigeria
Ralph Tamuni-Co-founder WAKANOW
Hope you learnt something new on Business Matters With Onyinye. Please leave a comment and let me know what you learnt or your thoughts on what I shared. Nagode!
About the Author
Onyinye Etoniru is an author, lover of God and entrepreneur. She teaches life and home management from God's perspective. True Lessons With Onyinye is a mixture of true inspiration, true stories and true lessons on #WealthMatters #LifeMatters #SoulMatters #BusinessMatters #HomeMatters.
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