How to Apply for a China Visa – Requirements and Instructions for Nigerians

With a population of 1.379 Billion people and the second largest economy in the world, China stands head and shoulders above most of the countries around the world in terms of ancient culture meeting modern technology. A land so majestic and a people so ingenious, China is truly a sight to behold and wonder at. The Land of Kung fu, stir fried rice and an endless entrepreneurial flair, China is a place also rich in business opportunities. It is common knowledge now that many Nigerians have flocked there over the years, mostly in search of a economic fortune. Nigerian’s love to travel but have found getting visa’s an often scary process, however we believe that with proper understanding, success is not only possible but highly probable. You’ve ...

4 Easy Ways To Get New Customers

If you own a business, I’m sure you would have noticed that you get customers in waves. On some days, there’s an influx of customers and on some other days, well, there isn’t. I have recently, been wondering if this is where the saying “every day isn’t Christmas” originated from. What then can you do to make sure there are more days with plenty customers? Well you can try some of these methods ( I bet you haven’t tried number 4) 1. Ask For Referrals Always ask your current customers for referrals. Remember, your best source of new business is referrals from happy customers or clients.This shouldn’t be difficult if you offered an excellent service or you’re known for offering excellent services. Some customers however, may be happy to refer you but don’t ...

Kehinde Oyeleke on Nigeria’s recession and how small businesses should raise capital

Kehinde Oyeleke, former Arthur Andersen executive, now runs Seedvest, an SME funding and advisory firm in Nigeria. He speaks on how Nigeria’s recession has made a bad situation worse for small businesses. ___ Kehinde Oyeleke is as unpretentious as they come. When we finally made it to his Ikeja office, stray pieces of paper covered his desk. Some of them were scrunched up. Others were lying there like lost tourists in a city center - no direction or intent. He asked that we excuse the mess. “You know, it’s all in a bid to look busy,” he smiled rounding up a few of the stray papers and stacking them on one side of the desk. The office seemed airless; not stuffy, but as though an independent air control center paused the air molecules. A ...

What is the best social media management tool of 2016?

Editor's Note: This guest post is by Lilach Bullock of lilachbullock.com.  Want to find the best social media management tool and get better results from social media for your small business? There are so many different tools out there that it’s quite difficult to find the one that fits your needs best. Ian Anderson Gray of the Seriously Social blog has teamed up with G2Crowd to create an infographic rating the five social media management tools of the year, based on customer reviews. The results are quite surprising – from the inclusion of Buffer, which is more of a publishing tool, to the clear win of Agorapulse and the fact that Hootsuite often got last or second to the last place. Customer opinions are quite different from what is probably ...

5 essential steps to starting a side business in Nigeria without quitting your job

Your work is not safe. There’s always an uncertainty around your employment wherever you’re working. That's only worse in Nigeria of 2016 where some companies have been forced to fire over 50% of their staff. In an economy such as the one we now have, having a bit of insurance is never a bad form. The insecurity is only one reason to start a side business. Some people stay so long in jobs they really don’t love, all because the chances of getting a new one is slim. Launching a side business based on your own creativity, passion and experience can help you move from a place of frustration to one of self-assured satisfaction. Want to learn how? 1. Venture into a business that centers around your passion Starting a business will ...

6 ways a website is important for your Nigerian small business

If your business is not online in this era, the only thing you can be certain of is its sure demise. There are more than 55,000 searches on Google every second. In the time it took you to take in the opening paragraph of this article, there were more than 1 million searches on Google. Everyone reaches first for the internet when searching for information. And if they can't find you there, again, it's to the gibbet with your business. We are yet to find that business who will survive without customers. Nigerians, like the rest of the world, search for information online prior to making a purchase. Your online footprint in the form of a website may be the first chance you have at making a good first impression. Below are what owning a website of your own can fetch your business: 1. ...