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5 Awesome Tips To Help You Become A Successful Entrepreneur

Are you unhappy with your career? Tired of being unemployed or underemployed? Then I am sure you have wondered about starting your own business at some point. It’s true that becoming an entrepreneur can help you build a lucrative career, especially today when the global job market has become even more competitive.

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However, achieving success on your business might harder than you imagine as most of the new businesses barely manage to survive the initial few years. But if you are determined to start your own venture, then you need to focus on certain aspects that can boost your chances for success.

Here are a few ways you can prepare yourself as an entrepreneur before starting your own business –

Define Your Goals

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Until and unless you clearly know where you want to go, you will not be able to decide which path to take to get there. After you successfully define and analyse your goal, you will be better able to decide if your chosen path is the most effective way of achieving your set goals. You need start by asking yourself some difficult questions regarding why you want to be an entrepreneur and what you want to achieve by starting your business. This will give you a clearer idea about your business goals, responsibilities and roles.

Save Some Money

Let’s face it, you will need to have some capital to start, operate and sustain your business. Although in this modern era, the cost of managing a start-up has become more affordable, yet you will need to save some cash to get you through the initial years before your business can build a solid foundation. In case you don’t have adequate money on yourself, then you need to look for reliable investors who can provide you the required capital.

Gather Relevant Experience

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Before you start your business you need gather adequate managerial, leadership, administrative and negotiations skills. Moreover, you also need to develop a thorough understanding of your industry and stay updated on latest trends. You also need to gain a working knowledge about various business aspects like accounting, marketing, personnel management etc. Hence, irt is imperative that you work for a company in your preferred industry and gain the required experience.

Learn The Right Skills

Apart from gaining experience, you also need to acquire the necessary business skills and knowledge that will make you a better manager and entrepreneur. If you ask me, one of the best ways to gain these skills is to pursue an online undergraduate in management diploma. When you study online you will be able to work on your business and study simultaneously. As these courses are highly flexible and affordable, you can easily learn management skill and gain work experience without taking out a student loan.

Develop A Strong Network

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Building a successful business is not only about knowing how to run your company, but also about knowing the right people. By creating effective connections you can get helpful advice, financial professional support, industry information, beneficial terms and other services. Your online management diploma can prove to be highly helpful in this area as you will meet aspiring entrepreneurs and business leaders during your course.

By following these tips, you will be able to prepare yourself to face the challenges of the business world and guide your start-up towards success.

What do you think? Add to the discussion by sharing your own opinions and ideas below.

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Technology Helping To Solve Education Problems In Nigeria

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The education scenario in Nigeria has suffered many blows in the past and due socio-economic and political upheaval, the educational infrastructure in Nigeria never really got the opportunity to blossom. As an educator, I have been following the education trends in various countries around the world, but the Nigerian education scenario comes across as appalling at times. However, there are technology firms, who are taking great initiatives to better the education scenario in the country.

In 2013, Intel and Airtel took initiatives to solve a few of the educational problems in Nigeria. While Intel made an effort to provide low cost and free digital learning resources, Airtel Nigeria fulfilled its pledge for the ‘Goal for Education’ campaign and donated stationary to schools in Nigeria. In my eyes these were extremely meaning steps taken tech giants to help the country upgrade the sector.

However, another serious problem that the Nigerian education system faces is the dearth of capable educators. There are too many students in schools and colleges but there are hardly any teachers to hold class. This year, Mavis Computel, a technology firm, has taken its first steps to address this very problem with digital help. The head operations and corporate strategy at Mavis Computel, Chizaram Ucheaga, says that the company will start with Nigeria before addressing other nations.

On reading this piece of information, I was extremely delighted to see how technology is slowly being able to help the Nigerian education system in various ways.

“One of the main challenges we are trying to solve is the dearth of quality teachers – first in Nigeria and other countries.” – Chizaram Ucheaga, Head of Corporate Strategy and Operations, Mavis Computel

The company has on sale a product called a Smartpen. This product has audiobooks loaded on it with the help from distributors both within the country and abroad. The demand for these books, to hit the market, has already started pouring in. Chizaram Ucheaga, Head of Corporate Strategy and Operations, Mavis Computel, says that the product will soon be available at physical retail shops through resellers, across Nigeria and will also be made available in online channels and school bookstores. He also added that the solution was also quite affordable.

 “The solution is affordable when compared with the cost and effort involved in getting a language teacher for your private tutoring. Plus, unlike the teacher, it doesn’t get tired. Additionally, people can come together in groups to buy it to reduce the cost per person. Our goal is to get the solution to as many learners as possible. One Smartpen can be loaded with many talking books and talking posters. The Smartpen is NGN29,500 (US$185) and each talking book – about 60 pages – is NGN4,800 (US$30). So the basic pack is NGN34,300 (US$215), with volume discounts available for large orders.”- Chizaram Ucheaga, Head of Corporate Strategy and Operations, Mavis Computel

This product has been tested in Nigeria and has been demonstrated in other countries, like Kenya. These talking books may just be the solution to the dearth of quality teachers in Nigeria. In my perspective, this is just a mini step taken towards addressing the problem of fewer teachers, but it is definitely a strong step.

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