Vinod Kaurani of Mayfair Travels on the secret to staying relevant as a Nigerian SME

Vinod Kaurani has been in Nigeria for as about as long as I have been alive and I have been around for a fair bit of time. With a primary school education in Ibadan, secondary school and tertiary education in India and the UK respectively, Vinod, the Managing Director of Mayfair Travels Nigeria Ltd has been involved in business in Nigeria for over three decades. We sat with Mr. Kaurani to talk about the beauty, motivation and challenges of running a  small business in Nigeria. Even though the travel and tours company has been in operation for about 31 years, and consider themselves an SME, they have kept with the times, launching  Tripberry an online ticketing website in 2016. We started our talk by delving into their latest development.

Why you should subscribe for the VConnect newsletter

Lately, I have become a huge fan of newsletters, they are a great way for getting condensed, relevant information easily. You know, instead of trawling your countless sites looking for the information you want, you can have it come to you. Here at VConnect, we understand the importance of relevant information, which is why we have various tools to help you engage with your target customers. We also have a weekly newsletter to keep you informed on what’s happening at VConnect and in Nigerian business. Here’s why you should subscribe for the VConnect newsletter. All the key VConnect blog articles in one place As a business owner in Nigeria, the VConnect blog newsletter collates all the articles that you need from the blog in one place. Articles that can help you make your business better ...

4 ways to use Facebook for your business

Facebook launched 13 years ago and the way we interact with friends online hasn’t remained the same ever since. The same can be said about Facebook itself and how users use the site. While initially, the primary focus has and still remains to keep in touch with friends and family, much more than that is done these days on Facebook. Nowadays users (individuals and businesses) are using the social media platform for making important business interactions. Most especially through adverts about whatever product or service they offer. The VConnect for business Facebook page offers a different way of using Facebook as just another social media platform. Here is how it is doing this. 1. Instant messaging The page dedicated to businesses takes advantage of chat feature in Facebook to answer enquiries very quickly. So ...

How to register a small business in Nigeria using these 5 steps

We originally posted this blog in September last year, since then a lot has changed, most especially, the links to the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) website are different. What we know remains important is getting your business registered properly so your investment is legally covered by law. So, here is an updated version of how to register a small business in Nigeria in 5 steps.   1. Choose your business name Choose a name that will embody both your values and your company's distinguishing characteristics. In other words, your name should convey the expertise, value and uniqueness of the product or service you intend to sell. Choose your business name wisely and try as much as possible to make sure it’s different from every other name out there. Try choosing at least two set of names that’ll be submitted for the ...

How to add images to your VConnect profile

A picture is worth a thousand words is a common saying, and there is a lot of truth in the statement. Any opportunity to show what you do- especially to potential customers- should be grabbed with both hands. We are visual creatures, therefore,“show and tell”. Images help show visual proof of what you offer, and can also be used to present a behind-the-scenes look into your operations. How to get started VConnect’s Business Owner Dashboard provides you with an all-in-one online reputation and transaction management system. Your Business Profile lets you personalize your business page and include pictures of your business location and products. To add pictures to your business page, go to your business dashboard and click on business profile, this avails you the option to edit many things ...

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 ...