VConnect is not only giving small businesses websites, they get them to build it themselves!

In my line of work, I get to hang out with software developers often. A recurring joke is me pretending I know whether what is on their screen is C# (C-Sharp) or JavaScript. So the idea of creating a website by myself seems as far-fetched as me becoming an astronaut (really, if you know about any astronaut openings, let me know). When the guys in the product team talked about creating DIY (Do-It-Yourself) websites that would help small business owners customise their websites as they wish, I was skeptical as to how doable it would be. Fast forward to launch fo VConnect sites and I got to play around with the process, and it was as simple as promised. All you have to do is drag and drop images into the templates provided and ...

The kind of advertising customers REALLY want from you

The customer is king. Which is why businesses big or small, spend a lot on getting the customer’s attention. The internet is the frontier for advertising, whether you are actually spending the big bucks or using free VConnect online promotion tools, your goal is not just for customers to see you, but to ultimately patronise your business. So, as a smart businessman, you would naturally what to know what kind of advertising is most effective at the moment so you can tailor your campaign to suit these modern trends. Worry no more, the good people at Fast Company looked into the kind of content on the internet customers find most compelling, and we have the answers for you. What sticks? While more traditional advertising relies on repeating one main idea ...

SME Conference 2.0 was rewarding (Just ask these businesses that won premium listings)

We kicked off 2017 with SME Conference 1.0 on the 19th of January, that first meeting of SMEs organised by VConnect and Facebook brought together industry leaders like Oluyomi Ojo of Prinitvo, Marek Zmylowski HotelOGA CEO, Airtel Director of Enterprise Business, Tawa Bolarin and many more. Six months later, we decided to do it again, this time around, SME Conference 2.0 was held on the 8th of June 2017, at NECA house at Ikeja, Lagos. The theme for this year's event was "Empowering the service sector". The Presentations With about 100 enthusiastic SMEs in attendance, the session started off with a keynote address by Chukuwuemeka Fred Agbata, he talked in detail about why your business needs to be online. [caption id="attachment_19409" align="alignnone" width="750"] Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata during his keynote ...

6 advantages of being a small business in Nigeria

Running your own small business means being an underdog, most of the time, but being small has its advantages, just look at Antman from the Avengers, he can crawl into spaces the bigger guys can not get to, wrecking all so awesome damage there. Okay, maybe that isn’t an ideal analogy, but what I am saying is there are some great benefits to being tiny that provide small businesses with huge advantages compared to bigger businesses. These advantages can provide you with effective tools to compete against bigger rivals. So here, just to remind you, are six great reasons why being a small business is an amazing thing.  1. Lower overhead By being small, your business requires fewer resources to operate and maintain. Your lower overhead costs can allow you to offer a cheaper ...

HOW TO EASILY PAY YOUR TAXES IN NIGERIA

Taxes are an important avenue of revenue generation for the government, as individuals and business owners paying taxes help give back to the government and contribute to development. All business registered in Nigeria are expected to pay the Companies Income Tax (CIT). Partnerships and ventures are expected to pay the Personal Income Tax (PIT) which is administered either as – PAYE (Pay-As-You-Earn) taxes from employment (employees) or Taxes from a self-employed person. Say what you will about Nigerian government organisations, but you have to admit that there is an attempt to automate a lot of government processes, reducing the time and rigor involved in doing things as simple as registering your business with the CAC or filing taxes. Following that trend, the Federal Inland Revenue Service FIRS has introduced ...

How to write business plan in Nigeria (and make it stand out)

A business plan is a document that shows, clearly, what your company’s plans are for the future and how it plans to achieve these objectives. Now, if you are the sole owner of your business (as is common with small companies), you might be tempted to think you already know all these things and not be bothered with creating a business plan. You are wrong, you still need a business plan. Why do you need a business plan? If you are starting a business, a business plan is essential to help determine the direction for the venture in the coming years. This document is necessary to show that your brilliant idea is indeed viable and help prospective investors understand your vision. You can refer to it regularly to ensure the business is on course with the goals ...