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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...