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.
It's here again, Success Stories Africa. I'm specially inviting you to be a part of this edition.
Being successful is a habit. Being a mediocre is also a habit. Young Nigerians will be empowered to cultivate new habits and change history at the 2017 edition of the annual Success Stories Africa. Widely acclaimed as the most impacting gathering of young people in developing communities, Success Stories Africa is focused on increasing the number of empowered youths above the weaklings.
According to the convener, Isaac Oladipupo, “As a people, if we don’t meet needs in the society, we won’t be needed, let alone relevant. It’s high time we stopped consuming and started looking inward to create products and services that will be used globally. We must turn around from being a consumer oriented economy, to a producer oriented economy.
Barrier-breaking speakers who will reveal their success stories at this gathering include Bovi Ugboma [Ace Comedian], Olakunle Soriyan [CEO, Olakunle Soriyan Company], Toyin Abraham [Award-winning Actor], Dayo Adeneye [Commissioner for Information, Ogun State]. This illuminating event will also feature a special panel session with Shola Okubote [Founder, woman.ng], Evans Akanno [Founder, Cregital], Kemi Filani [Nigerian blogger], Azeez Makinde [Nigerian blogger] and John Obidi [Founder, SmartBCamp].
Date: November 11th 2017
Time: 9am to 3pm
Location: TLC Auditorium, 599 Lagos Abeokuta Expressway, U-Turn Bus-stop, Abule Egba, Lagos, Nigeria.
Inquiries: Please call 08027855262, 07059612290, 08039612164
Save the date! See you there!
Today is my birthday! yea...words can't explain how grateful I am to God for the gift of life. This year came with it's own challenges and high points but It's being a year that's being worth it for me because God always comes through for me and for this, I celebrate the goodness of God in my life. ....Happy birthday sis! So on this special day, I'll like to share a chapter of my life with you which prompted the book SET YOURSELF FREE, a life changing gift from me to you.
Growing up as a child, I had big dreams and still do. I wanted a quality of life that was beyond just having money. I wanted to live a wealthy life that was full of rich experiences, quality friendships and have an
authentic lifestyle that was enriching, purposeful, sold out to God, emulative and with financial
abundance to explore life and be the most awesome version of myself. That's not too much to ask from life I guess. My reality was to have a great and fulfilling life that reflected all that God wanted me to be
I remember few years ago, precisely 2014 as I sat in my cozy room at my apartment in Reading, UK. I wrote a letter to my self which I shared in the book. At that time, I felt I was held down by my fears, people’s opinion and everything within me that won’t let the eagle in me fly. To be honest, I cannot clearly remember the scenario but one thing I knew was that I was holding back and needed to release myself to manifest! I had taken a long stroll and silenced the things that mattered to me.
Three years after, I’m living the life I love with awesome relationships, an authentic life that I enjoy with God as my source, the love of my life, running my own business and loving my dream job. It all didn’t happen just like that. It started with me understanding the place of God being my source and most important in my life, one of the non–negotiable values that I would not trade for anything in this world and other things of which I would be sharing a bit in the book. I want you to start the journey just like I did years ago but it starts with you taking the time to access wisdom and taking that leap of faith to get to where God wants you to be.
So the book SET YOURSELF FREE was written with you in mind, so you can give yourself the permission to go after the things that matter to you, don’t be afraid to explore, don’t hold back to the possibilities of your gifts and who you can become.
I hope this book would be the gift that would inspire you to take responsibility for your life and give yourself a chance to not only dream big but experience the best of life. So let’s get started. I’ll be taking you
on a 28 day journey filled with advice on how to set yourself free as you truly follow your life’s calling
and prepare yourself to have and live the wealthy life. It’s going to be fun, intriguing and insightful!
Thanks to family, awesome friends and fans that have being here all the way! God bless you all.
How are you today? So yea! there is something new on the blog as I would be starting the series on Home Matters today. Few weeks ago, I went shopping at Prince Ebeano supermarket and I just felt like eating sharwama on my way out and as I thought about buying, I remembered that I was on a budget and couldn't spend beyond a particular amount for food for the month. So I decided that instead of buying sharwama for N1200, I would make it at home. So went back to the supermarket and bought some ingredients I felt would make a good mix. I tried it the first time with salad cream but didn't get the wow factor I needed until I tried it with Mayonese and I thought it was a simple but perfect mix.
So looking to enjoy a sharwama with friends or family members, here is my simple but sweet recipe to get you started on that hand licking dinner.
1. Lebanese bread
5. Heinz Pepper ketchup
6. A pack of sausage
11. Groundnut Oil
N/B: Please use the quantity of ingredients as deem fit based on the number of people you're preparing it for.
HOW TO MAKE SAUSAGE SHARWAMA
1. Wash your carrot and shred with a shredding machine and set aside on a plate.
2. Wash your cabbage and cut it thinly. I prefer to cut the sharwama than shred it, so the sharwama can have that crunchy feel when eating it.
3. Slice your pepper into a plate. Sharwama is better with a lot of pepper, so you can slice enough for the size of filling you're looking to do.
4. Wash your sausage and boil for about 3 minutes so it's soft.
5. Cut your sausage into medium-sized chuncks. You can replace sausage with well garnished shreds of fried or roasted chicken.
6. Mix your mayonese, fresh pepper and pepper ketchup together in a plate until thoroughly mixed to form sharwama paste.
7. Put your pot on the fire and put in the shredded carrot, sliced cabbage, sausage chunks, sharwama paste, then add curry and thyme, half table spoon of groundnut oil and salt to taste then turn until thoroughly mixed. Leave for about 3 mins for it to heat up.
8. Put your Lebanese bread on a frying pan to heat up on both sides without any oil, but just enough to have both sides hot , then put on a plate.
9. Spread a portion of your sharwama mix on your lebanese bread positioning it in the middle.
10. Fold your bread from one side to the other and enjoy with a cup of cold juice.
Hope you'll love it when you try yours. Feel free to let me know what you think. Thanks.
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!
Hello awesome you,
It's few hours to the 1st of August and I really thank God on your behalf cause if you're reading this post, then you made it to the month of August. What a great privilege. In the month of August, I believe special things happen in August as August is celebrated as a month where we get to do some special things we haven't done in a while. In Igbo land, we usually have August meeting, where people from different places come back home to attend the meeting, connect with loved ones and commit to community advancement.
While I was praying, God wanted me to share In His steps with you for 31 days. I think it's also symbolic that He wants me to do this in the month of August, I want to believe God has something special for someone and He wants to begin special things in your life.
In His Steps was inspired by a road trip I took last year to a friend’s wedding. I realized that no matter how much we think we can find our destined path by ourselves, we can’t do it all on our own. We need to learn to follow the one who has walked the walk before us and who has been on the path ahead of us.
Following in His steps, guided by life changing truth daily is the only way we can be assured of our finishing well and fulfilling destiny at the end of times.
In His steps - is an audio book consisting of 70 chapters designed to inspire you to enjoy your walk with God daily. I have limited copies, if you would love to purchase your own copy, please send a message to etoniruonyinye@gmail,com or reach out to me through 08089361981 to book your copy.
Price: N2000.00 or $6.
I am also doing a 30 minutes true chat this month every Tuesday and Friday for those that purchase the audio book within 1st of August and 31st of August, 2017. If you would love to have a chat with me about anything that interests you; related to spiritual growth, business, career or personal success, then book for a 30 minutes true chat with Onyinye. You can also get your autographed copy when visiting but evidence you have paid for the audio book CD is a requisite.
Have a really jubilicious month of August.
Make your booking below. Thanks. Looking forward to having a live chat with you!
When I look at this picture, I took three years ago, it reminds me of a lot of things. After a very funny experience, sleeping in a sitting room of a cottage in UK with one of my sweet and amazing friend Omalicha...and our hustle and bustle mixed with favour the next morning at the university's gym as I got ready to travel to USA for my friend's wedding.
In the midst of your helpless times, God always sends angels. I really appreciate Ene and one of the families at Porter's house for their amazing support.
I just planned to enjoy the trip to Georgia, have as much food as I could and also watch a lot of movies. It was British Airways, you can imagine..it was one of my best trips ever...so loooved the BA experience, unforgettable it was.
It was not as cold as I thought it would be, that was relieving. This amazing friend of mine, Tolu was at the airport to pick me up. I met Tolu in church at one of our services back in Nigeria. On seeing her, I knew she was different. She had an aura of grace around her and she is frankly one of the most cultured, decent, intelligent and disciplined woman I know. She is also very God fearing. So we got talking and I invited her over to my house, we talked about God, faith, marriage and life in general as well as our future plans. It was like I had known her for five years. As the host, I gave her a treat of my favourite wine and fried turkey.
She later told me, she would be travelling for her masters and kinda heard too she would be getting married soon. We kept in touch while she travelled to US and while I traveled to UK. I told her, I would come for her wedding. Little did I know that the words we speak have a way of being tangible and by God's grace, I was there.
She took really good care of me during my short stay at Georgia and went the extra mile before I traveled to Maryland.The family I stayed with and her husband, awesome people...plus giving me the opportunity to listen to their love story. This picture was taken on the first Sunday after her wedding. Thanks Tolu for being an amazing person and God bless your family. Keep shining!
We are still friends till today but most importantly I learnt that when we connect with the right people and make an effort to reach out to people we admire and invest in true friendship as well as be a true friend. It has a way of changing your life in a positive way and bringing you bigger, better and awesome opportunities plus sweet memories you never ever imagined.
So was just in my office this morning o...and all of a sudden, Google sent me a notification.
I was reluctant at first to check it but I kinda changed my mind in a split second and what did I see ....a picture I took four years ago on the 13th of July, 2013 at an event organized by Sam O Salau. It was my third or so speaking engagement after my NYSC. Guess how I felt when I saw the pic.. I was surprised, I smiled and then I laughed...a laughter of gratitude and as usual said what people would normally say 'how time flies'.
I must say thank God for my journey so far. It's been so enjoyable and worthwhile and it can only get better.
Thanks Sam O. Salau for this opportunity you gave me four years ago. I'm grateful. Thanks to all the amazing people that have influenced my life positively and contributed to where I am today and thanks to those who will also contribute to my tomorrow. Thanks and God bless you all.
If you know me too well, I don't take gratitude for granted. Its one of the values that have traveled with me through life and is one of my success secret. I even keep a gratitude diary.
So feel free to check out your own history and picture gallery, find out what you were doing on the 13th of July, 2013 and post your own #throwbackstory.
Enjoy your day!
Hiya my awesome people, how are y'all doing? Before I forget, want to wish you a very beautiful new month of June. May this month be filled with things to jubilate about. This post should have been published few days back, but all the same I'm glad I am doing this now cause part of the reason why you get to read this post would be shared in the principle that I have applied over few months now and the results have been simply amazing. Forgive me eh, I know I was supposed to use a personal photo but I found this photo I took yesterday at the stage play in MUSON Centre quite intriguing and that's why I decided to use it. They say, a picture speaks a thousand words. ''It didn't matter who was in front of us, we were more focused on what we wanted to give attention to.'' 'I think a lady beside us, was trying to tell us something' The point is if you want to say YES to the life of your dreams, it requires extreme focus. Your focus in life determines what you give your attention to. Anything you don't focus on can never grow. Thanks to my amazing friend Somotochukwu for the free ticket. Back to the juice of the story, I'll share with you what I call CONFRONTATIONAL FOCUS, it's the simplest way to improving any area of your life.
As you go along life's journey, when you notice that any part of your life is not working or you're not getting the results you want to, or you're facing a recurrent challenge, never take a decision to neglect that challenge but make a decision to face it. Anything you neglect would most times go bad or grow worse. This principle of confrontational focus inspires focused attention and determined effort to a particular thing per time in order to get your desired result. I remember buying a biro one time, and I noticed that all of a sudden the tip became loosed and it was a little uncomfortable writing with the biro. The cover was always on top so I didn't bother to check it. In my mind, I was like this biro is obviously not good. It came to a point where I was greatly dissatisfied and I decided to take charge and solve this problem once and for all. And I removed the cover and checked and realized that the connecting screw gap was loose and all I needed to do was screw it so it becomes tight and yea..that was it, coming to a place of confrontational focus and concentrated release of energy on a particular thing.
My big announcement to you is that don't expect everything to go according to plan, don't also expect that when you get married, start that business or go into ministry or take that huge step, you would not face challenges; you sure will but the big difference would be how you handle that challenge, you can have a right perspective so that the problem leaves you better and not bitter. So the first thing, I want you to know is don't think it's strange when you're faced with diverse things that you didn't bargain for because according to the divine plan, you have already overcome. You're supposed to be a problem solver anyways., that's how value is created and that's how growth occurs. The challenge some people have is that they try to solve a predicament instead of a problem. The difference is that a problem is solvable and you can do something about it cause you have control over it but a predicament, you don't have control over it and you're not in the position to solve it. If you try to, you would end up being frustrated, because it can only be coped with. So I have been having network challenges with my GLO line for some days, I couldn't call out or go online and it was really frustrating. I'm glad that this was a problem and I could do something about it. For few days, I just complained about the issue and tried to fix it the way I could but on Sunday, I had to really pray about it and God reminded me of the principle of confrontational focus. Here is what I did:
This may sound quite usual but if you're serious about saying yes to your dreams, this principle should travel with you as you take steps to fulfill destiny. Take a good look at your life right now, is there any area of your life; personal, spiritual, financial, academics, marital or business life or even your relationships, that you're having challenges with; then it's time to face it one at a time. Don't be in a habit of overlooking or neglecting problems but learn to face those problems, if you want total victory. John Foster was right when he said 'The measure of success is not weather you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it is the same problem you had last year' What you think about a problem and how you feel about a problem determines what you do about the problem and all this is dependent on your own personal choice. Some of you are living your yesterday and living last year because the things you should have dealt with from your past have been left unattended to and neglected and they are taking a stroll with you into your future to hold you back from fulfilling destiny or moving to your next level in your personal life, spiritual, career or marital life. This is the time to take a stand and face those challenges no matter how little they are and don't stop confronting it with knowledgeable focus until the challenge is solved cause you can only conquer what you confront. Wish you the best on your path to destiny. Gracias.a Dios.
Hiya, how are you doing out there? So excited to know you're back again on the blog. Guess you watched out for the post yesterday. Apologies, was so so busy so had to postpone posting to today. Oh yeah! this is the third out of four of the Saying Yes to the life of your dreams series. Today I'll be sharing one important principle I use in most of my relationships. Some people I have met over time have paved a way and have been instrumental to my success and have helped me along my journey. I want to say a big thanks to all of them. Some I have learnt from, while some have been my lesson.
If you're reading this post and you really want to say yes to the life of your dreams, then you have to intentionally increase your network. If the same people you know last year or last month are the same people you know now, there hasn't been any addition or multiplication of your network, then you really need to wake up. You must constantly be in the business of meeting great people and connecting with them as well as building quality relationships with these people.
The secret of connecting with great people is not to present yourself as a liability but an asset. Your first contact with them shouldn't be always about seeking for a favour, collecting their numbers to ask them for money later on or just being parasitic. Trust me, these people are very busy. If you want to gain their attention, present yourself to them as an asset, present a value proposition that benefits them first before seeking to get them involved in your business.
This is all dependent on what you hope to achieve or the reason for the relationship you intend to build with them. This may differ, if you're meeting your pastor for counselling or approaching someone for mentoring or coaching. In all, it starts with being someone that has a reputation for something positive and invaluable which could be your contributions to society or your professional reputation. Great people connect with other great people who have a defined identity and are respectful and humble in the way they present themselves. In the words of Mike Murdock, you should pay any price to be in the midst of extraordinary people. You become more like the people that you surround yourself with. So if you want to be wealthy, make friends with wealthy people. If you want to be influential, surround yourself with influential people.
Talking about relationship, as you travel along life's road. You would meet three kinds of people, people at your level, people above your level and those below your level. It's essential that you find a balance to connect with these three kinds of people. With the first set, you can sharpen each other to be more. With those above your level, you can learn from them and most times if you're lucky, they would hold your hands and lift you up to their level. For those below you, you shouldn't look down on them but do unto others as you want them to do unto you. Lend a helping hand and help them go higher if you have the capacity to do so.
I remember few years ago I made a mistake with a relationship I so valued. I had to go the extra mile to ensure the relationship was restored because I valued the person as a mentor and a father. The reward of the relationship was greater than the cost of losing the person in my life. You would agree with me that some relationships are worth keeping for a life time. When I look back, I am also grateful for some relationships I lost because the cost of the relationship was greater then the reward and I am happy that I took responsibility for my life and happiness to leave those relationships (friendship and marital). For me personally especially when it comes to marital relationship; I learnt to weigh the cost of being in the relationship. If the cost is greater than the reward, I'm so out. My principle on relationship is gotten from the Bible in Luke 18:28-34. I know following Jesus may be costly, but it is worth it, because the reward of giving my life to Christ and living wholly for Him is greater than any cost I can imagine. If you don't have a relationship with Christ, you're really missing. This is your opportunity to make right your relationship with Him before it's too late. Stay blessed always and be courageous enough to let go of relationships that kill instead of build.
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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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