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Freebies for Femalepreneurs as VConnect turns Six

VConnect turned 6 on the 8th of March 2017, what this means is that it has been 6 years of making it easier for you to connect with other businesses. Over the years there have been changes, what has remained constant is VConnect’s desire to help small businesses compete favourably. In that similar vein, to commemorate the sixth anniversary, VConnect seeks to reward six women-owned businesses by offering up to 250,000 naira worth of freebies. These include: 1st place = 6 months basic package subscription 2nd place = 3 months basic package subscription 3rd place = 1 month basic package subscription 4th place = 3,000 units of Email marketing & 1,000 units of SMS marketing 5th place = 1,500 units of Email ...

Business plan templates to help start your SME on the right footing

Starting your own business is so stressful, with so many things to be done, it’s easy to convince yourself that doing the bare minimum for a business plan is enough. There are a ton of business-plan templates out there, so you could always just dump your own information into one of them and run with it. After all, you just need it to get funding, and then you’ll never look at it again. Right? Well, you could do that, but your business plan can actually be a living document you use often, to ensure your performance and growth are on track. Updating and referring to your plan on a regular basis can drive

How to beat procrastination for good

You often hear someone say ‘the best way to beat procrastination is to stop procrastinating’ however, it is never that easy. Procrastination has stopped many people from achieving set goals simply because they refuse to take decisive action. In this wonderfully insightful article, James Clear of jamesclear.com takes us through an effective strategy to beat procrastination for good. By the summer of 1830, Victor Hugo was facing an impossible deadline. Twelve months earlier, the famous French author had made an agreement with his publisher that he would write a new book titled, The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Instead of writing the book, Hugo spent the next year pursuing other projects, entertaining guests, and delaying his work on the text. Hugo’s publisher had become frustrated by his repeated procrastination and ...

SME Conference 1.0: all the presentations you really want to see

On 19th of January, VConnect and Freebasics for Facebook brought together SMEs to interact on ways to best use technology to improve their business. If you were fortunate to be there, bet you were enlightened, and if you weren’t, fret not. Here are highlights from some presentations at the event: Oluyomi’s keynote address We kicked off with an introduction by VConnect’s own Deepankar Rustagi who is the Managing Director, after which the first keynote speaker, Oluyomi Ojo CEO of Printivo.com took the stage. In a colourful presentation (we wouldn’t expect less from Prinitvo) Oluyomi postulated that in 2017 every business is a technology business. He illustrated this by showing business owners who sold different products like Ewa Agoyin via Instagram, showing that you can scale almost any form of business using technology. However, he cautioned ...

Last week was the SME Conference 1.0 and this is everything that happened

Two months ago, the official email kicking off the SME Conference came in from the management. Many months before, Facebook had told us of their intention to partner with us. After many days of hard-work and preparation by our team, the SME Conference 1.0 happened on Thursday, 19th, January, 2017. Over the last six years, VConnect has hosted knowledge transfer sessions for small businesses, but the SME Conference was going to be our biggest outing yet. We pulled all the stops on this one. With the help of Facebook, Diamond Bank, Airtel and our other partners, it turned out exactly how we hoped. Here’s what happened: Early arrivals. We admitted 200 entrepreneurs for the SME Conference and people turned up early.

You won’t believe what happened when this company started a 5-hour work day

You have probably fantasized about it, getting off from work early so you can pursue other interests you have, or just having more time to spend with your family and friends. However, having more time to spend outside work is very difficult when running a business or working for a business, heck, you hardly have a weekend to yourself. A  California company Tower Paddles, decided to turn conventions on it’s head by instituting a 5-day work day, rather than the regular 9-hour work day, hear from the CEO Stephan Aarstol how things turned out:   In every office, I've often felt, there are just a few people who do three times the work of everyone else, yet their reward is only marginally higher. As an entrepreneur, I've been managing my own productivity time—not on-the-clock-time—pretty effectively ...