Jimi Osheidu

Jimi is a content developer and screenwriter. Bizarrely, he has never been seen in the same room with Batman, leading many to believe he is indeed the Dark Knight. He refuses to comment on these claims.

The real cost of getting an apartment in Lagos

My friend Gbolahan moved to Lagos last year, needing a place to stay. He set about looking for an apartment. His experience while searching for a new place inspired this post that looks at all the hidden costs and struggles of getting an apartment in Lagos. 1. Agents can be expensive Depending on the kind of real estate agent you use, you will sometimes pay a one-time fee or you would have to pay a fee every time you go over to check a place. Bigger real estate firms charge a one-time fee and are usually more committed to finding you a place. However, the downside with them is that they will sometimes have to split the agency fee with other agents and this often causes an increased agency fee. So, ask if the consultancy fee you are ...

Is Vconnect really for you?

VConnect has been in the Nigerian tech/business scene for a little over six years now. In this time, it has gone from trawling the streets of Lagos getting addresses of businesses to becoming the number 1 platform for business discovery and engagement. Interestingly, I still get asked “what does VConnect do?”. For users, VConnect makes it easy for you to find services, I mean very easy. I recently tried to get an apartment at Ago Palace way, the apartment is quite bare, so I knew I’ll be needing a lot of carpentry work ( I like good looking shelves), and since I wasn’t interested in lugging heavy furniture from Surulere to Ago Palace I knew I had to get a carpenter at Ago Palace. So off to vconnect.com I went to find nearby carpenters, ...

5 bad laundry habits and 5 secrets to help you

I had the chance to spend some time with Olumide Salvador of First Choice Cleaning Services last month. We spent some time talking about his laundry business and how they plan to make dry cleaning easier and cheaper for customers. During our conversation, he mentioned how he wants to create a community around dry cleaning where people can share useful information about dry cleaning and also how he likes to help out customers with tips that can help them get the best out of their clothes. So I asked him what tips he has for someone like me that knows next to nothing about dry cleaning. Since I am not one to hoard information, here are some of Olumide’s tips to help you do better laundry: Habit 1: Rubbing clothes too hard

Vconnect is not only giving small businesses websites, they get them to build it themselves!

In my line of work, I get to hang out with software developers often. A recurring joke is me pretending I know whether what is on their screen is C# (C-Sharp) or JavaScript. So the idea of creating a website by myself seems as far-fetched as me becoming an astronaut (really, if you know about any astronaut openings, let me know). When the guys in the product team talked about creating DIY (Do-It-Yourself) websites that would help small business owners customise their websites as they wish, I was skeptical as to how doable it would be. Fast forward to launch fo VConnect sites and I got to play around with the process, and it was as simple as promised. All you have to do is drag and drop images into the templates provided and ...

The kind of advertising customers REALLY want from you

The customer is king. Which is why businesses big or small, spend a lot on getting the customer’s attention. The internet is the frontier for advertising, whether you are actually spending the big bucks or using free VConnect online promotion tools, your goal is not just for customers to see you, but to ultimately patronise your business. So, as a smart businessman, you would naturally what to know what kind of advertising is most effective at the moment so you can tailor your campaign to suit these modern trends. Worry no more, the good people at Fast Company looked into the kind of content on the internet customers find most compelling, and we have the answers for you. What sticks? While more traditional advertising relies on repeating one main idea ...

6 steps to making your customers feel safe online

There is increasing business to be done online, Amazon is in the race to be a $1 Trillion company, while over here in Nigeria, CBN has reported an increase in online transactions. While this is all good, I mean Nigeria recorded about N64 trillion, in electronic transactions since the implementation of the cashless policy. The bad part, of that amount 2.19 billion Naira was lost to fraudsters within that period. So as a business owner conducting business online you understand the fears customers have about paying for goods or services online. As a customer, you also want to be assured that you will get what you paid for. So how do you as a small business owner make your customers safe online? You can start with these steps 1. Be reachable offline too Put your ...