What Nigerian Businesses Can Learn From 2017’s World Changing Ideas

This week, FastCompany announced the winners of it’s 2017 World Changing Ideas Awards. The awards which crowned 12 winners from 192 finalists and an equally impressive pool of 1,000 applicants, recognises companies that, according to FastCompany have “best of social entrepreneurship, where innovation and impact are intersecting”. The ideas selected as finalists and eventual winners give some insight into what kind of ideas work in the world we live in now. Here’s what we learned: Eco-friendly ideas are in demand Four out of the ten winners (Flow Hive, Grid OS, Fair Value Commuting and Edible Six Pack Rings) are ideas that have a direct impact on the environment. As the debate continues about global warming and climate ...

13 Home service businesses you can start now

Got time to spare and space to work from at home? Become an entrepreneur from the convenience of your home with any of the 13 home based businesses below. These businesses are easy to start and require little or no capital. Home service businesses you can start 1. Information Marketing  People are always searching for information. Find your niche, leverage what you know, write a detailed Ebook and sell on Amazon. 2. Drop shipping Drop shipping means listing the products or merchandise of another for sale and only ordering from the supplier when you have gotten an order. With this method, you don’t need to have an inventory and you can start with Zero Capital. Just scour stores around, get the images and prices of products you want to sell to showcase, when you get orders, sell ...

Why your business needs a website and how you can get one for free on VConnect

For small businesses every little opportunity counts, one of the ways businesses are making sure they have a competitive advantage is the internet. A website for your business is not just a statement of intent, it also makes it easier for customers to find information about your business from the convenience of a mobile device or a computer. What are the benefits of having a website There are numerous benefits to be gained by having a website for your business no matter how small the size of the business. Here are some key advantages: 1. Business credibility Reputation is everything. A website lends significant credibility to your business. A professional looking website shows how committed you are to the business. 2. More customers Having a website opens you to a customer base that you were hitherto excluded ...

Why your fashion design business is overwhelmed by too many customers and what to do about it

Living in Nigeria, you most likely have heard the horror stories about events and appointment being ruined because the fashion designer did not hold up their end of the bargain. The experience is so common it has spawned numerous jokes about how unreliable tailors or fashion designers can be about delivering on promises. The common thread (see what we did there?) seems to be that fashion designers are overwhelmed with too many customers and can not meet up with the supply demanded. So what exactly is the problem here?  You are biting more than you can chew If you are getting more requests than you can manage, then you are probably taking on more work than you can really handle. You might not want to hear this, but you should ...

5 rules for a successful Nigerian e-commerce website

It is no longer a secret that are fewer risks running an e-commerce business rather than a physical store. Think about it, the advantages are numerous; there is no need to rent an office, you can work from your home; the number of staff you require is way smaller than running a physical store; you can work from wherever you please so long as you have access to the internet. All these make the idea of an e-commerce store appealing in Nigeria. Considering the lower cost of running this kind of business, it is no surprise that a number of entrepreneurs are willing to the plunge. However, before you get started, there some things to consider to get your Nigerian e-commerce website on the right footing Take your time and plan ...

How to use VConnect to find addresses of local businesses in Nigeria / Ghana

Here at VConnect, we refer to ourselves as the number 1 business discovery website, and this is not just empty boasting. VConnect has over 2 million businesses listed, this means you can find just about any business, product or service you are looking for easily. This ease of finding a local business on VConnect also means you can readily find the address of a business you are looking for, whether you are in Nigeria or Ghana. Here is how to go about finding addresses of local businesses in Nigeria or Ghana: The Search Bar The search bar on the welcome page of the helps visitors easily find queries. Below the search bar are a number of popular locations that you can limit your search location to. These locations ...