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How to Create an Online Store in Nigeria: Guide to Launch Your Own Shopping Site

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Do you want to create an affordable and profitable online store in Nigeria but don’t know how to get started with it? In this blog post, I will show you the easy way to launch your dream eCommerce website using a flexible CMS platform and reliable web hosting.

Oh…  are you thinking right now that what is CMS and web hosting? Well, I will explain that to you as well. 

But why create your own online store in the country?

In the last decade, the world has witnessed quite some changes in some of the ways people do things. One such change has been in terms of commerce. Before now, we had the physical stores with inventory scattered around, that we choose to shop from, today we have online stores all around the internet and they’re slowly taking over.

Recommended: Top Online Shopping Sites in Nigeria

Here’s a solid reason you need to launch your own store now;

Research done in 2017 has it that; “55 percent of commercial activities are carried out online worldwide”. In Nigeria, we’re all getting awakened to the idea of online shopping, and it’s expected to be a big industry in a few years to come.

With all these in mind, what stops you from owning your online store? Well, maybe you think that ‘to create or set up a profitable eCommerce website will cost you a fortune’, but that’s not true!

I’ll be showing you how to create an online store in Nigeria using some pretty cool platforms and tools, which are absolutely affordable – at least you don’t need to spend a million naira ($3,000) before you can get your own dream online shop!

Now, let start;

How to Create a Profitable Online Store in Nigeria – Complete Guide

Before heading to these platforms, you need to have certain things in place, in order to maximize your level of profitability in the e-commerce world. These are simple, yet often taken for granted, but they go a long way in growing your brand. 

To build a profitable online store in Nigeria, you should follow the following steps;

1. Define Your Niché

There’s no need to start diversifying, you’re probably on lean resources at the moment, and you’re pretty not sure if this business is going to be a success, you only hope it does.

Focusing on a Niché helps in channeling your resources on that Niché. This you should do because you’re starting up, you shouldn’t diversify because the top guns are doing it. You’re not yet at their level, as your business grows, you could make plans for expansion.

I mean, you shouldn’t copy the likes of Amazon, Aliexpress, or Jumia (for now). Start with one product and try to dominate that niche to an extent, then you can think of leveraging other products.

When choosing, make sure it’s viable, and products in such a field are in great demand. In an eCommerce business, your niche doesn’t necessarily have to be something you’re passionate about, you could learn the ropes of such a niche as you forge ahead.

2. Choose your form of inventory

Many e-commerce firms today have inventories in various places, but let me tell you an easy way – Dropshipping!

You’re going into this business to maximize as much profit as possible, both forms of inventory have their pros and cons. Although you get to pay certain fees for hosting and more online, they are less expensive than having a physical inventory.

If you’re a fashion designer, you can sell your clothes in your online store in Nigeria and make more money by dropshipping related products. This same method applies to those who sell Smartphones, computer gadgets, and their accessories etcetera.

To learn more about how dropshipping works in Nigeria, check this guide

Now. let’s talk about the next step.

3. Get a Brand Name

Another important step to abide by here is picking a brand name. Now, don’t just go about choosing any name, you wouldn’t want a situation where you’ll have to change your name often, it devalues your brand. Your name should be well thought out, it should also serve as your domain name and your social media usernames when you finally launch online.

A piece of advice on brand name choosing: Endeavor to choose an English word or phrase if you want to see real success. Not everyone will be able to write or pronounce your native name or phrase correctly, and this is bad for marketing. 

Since English is the official business language in Nigeria (offline and online), I think you should have this in mind. The key here is to use simple words or phrases that’ll be easier to recommend to someone from another region of the country. Additionally, you could integrate a native word with English to make it much better.

You may decide to register the unique brand name with the government, in order to avoid anybody using it. Click here to learn how to register a business name in Nigeria

Just make sure you get a unique and brandable business name! Now, let go into the practical steps in creating your (profitable) online store in Nigeria.

4. Choose a Good CMS Platform, then build

There are many CMS platforms available to help you create your online store in Nigeria. The word “build” might sound stressful but not to worry, it’s a simple process. 

Quick Tip: CMS means “Content Management System” – You can read this Wikipedia article to know more about it

Although, the level of simplicity varies depending on what platform you choose. In fact, some platforms are automated; you only have to make a few clicks on your PC. Some other platforms let you use your already existing site, you just have to install a few plugins and you’re done.

There are quite a lot of platforms to build eCommerce websites, but I recommend using either Woocommerce or  Magento. Because they’re both;

  • Affordable
  • Flexible to use even, if you’re a beginner
  • Very friendly and reliable
  • You take control of your stuff and many beautiful reasons.

Let me talk about these two amazing CMS platforms and how you can set up your dream online store in Nigeria with them;

How to Create an Online Store with Woocommerce (WordPress) in Nigeria

Woocommerce is one of the most used platforms for e-commerce, they have a huge percentage of users in the e-commerce world. This is due to WordPress dominance on the internet – over 30% of websites are powered by WordPress. 

This is why Woocommerce tends to be a much popular choice. There are other reasons why Woocommerce remains at the top. It’s pretty easy to set up, it’s open-source which makes it easier for customization, SEO friendly, and it’s totally free – you only get to pay for other external features. 

Setting Up An Online Store with Woocommerce

It’s very easy to build an online store with Woocommerce, with your WordPress site, you’re good to go. Here are the steps to take.

  • Buy a Domain Name and Web Hosting

A domain name is an identification string that makes you unique on the web. 

I will not feed you with technical jargons, a domain name is like the house address that people can use to locate you easily. For example, Gbolamedia.com is a registered domain name.

To create a successful online store, you need to buy one! After the domain name, you need to buy web hosting as well.

Web hosting allows you to make your online store accessible via the World Wide Web. A web hosting stores your website files (the text, images, and anything you upload to your store). It is like your house where you can have your possessions stored.

There are a lot of web hosting companies out there, but I recommend buying from  LiquidWeb.

Why Liquidweb of all web hosting companies?

Liquid Web is a very effective and reliable web hosting provider that offers the best hosting services to consumers of various kinds. With Liquid Web, you get up to 99.9% server uptime, next-generation dedicated servers, and much more. 

The web hosting company is suitable for various professions, from freelancing to agencies, and businesses of every kind.

They’ve also got great customer support on various channels, with less than minute response time. These and many more you get to enjoy when you choose from any of their hosting plans below;

Here’s a deal: 

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  • or use SAVEBIG to get 50% when you buy a Dedicated or VPS Servers

  • Click here to Buy your web hosting now – the link will open in a new tab so that you can navigate back here.

After buying your domain and hosting, it’s time to build your site.

  • Install WordPress, then, Woocommerce plugin

After buying your domain and web hosting, you’ll be given a Cpanel. From your Cpanel (Control Panel), Install WordPress app.

Note: You can always ask for help from the Liquid web Customer care, they’re ready to assist you.

After installing the WordPress from the Cpanel, Login to your WordPress admin dashboard;

>> Then go to Plugin 

>> Click on “Add New” and search for Woocommerce

>> Finally Install and activate the Woocommerce plugin

The Woocommerce plugin was designed specifically for e-commerce, it tweaks your site to make it great for an online store you’re dreaming to launch. It’s mobile-friendly since most people access these platforms via their mobile. 

After installing Woocommerce, with just a few clicks, some sections of your site will be automatically created. These sections are pretty much mandatory on all e-commerce platforms; sections like Cart, Checkout, Store, My account, etc. You could further customize these, add other sections, and personalize your store.

The next step is to design your online store beautifully! 

  • Install and Custom a Good WordPress Themes

Remember I said “Domain name is your Address” while a “Web hosting is your house”? Don’t you think it will be cool to paint the house beautifully and do some decorations to make it stand out?

You think so? Great, this is why we need a “theme” to beautify your online store.

You can get a lot of free WordPress themes, as WordPress offers lots of themes for beautifying your site, you could choose from the wide variety of available themes – but be sure to use e-commerce friendly themes.

To get a free WordPress theme, follow the steps below;

>> Login to your WordPress dashboard

>> Click on “Appearance”, then “Theme”

>> Click on “Add New”, then search for “StoreFront”

>> Click on Install and finally Activate.

Note: I recommend StoreFront because it is the best free WordPress theme for Woocommerce.

But dear, I recommend buying your own theme! 

Premium themes are so blessed, you will have access to some features that you can’t get on the free themes and you will get premium support from the theme developer.

To buy a theme, go to Themeforest and search for any WordPress theme of your choice.

Quick Tip: If you are going to sell clothes, search for “Fashion eCommerce WordPress Theme”. If you want to sell Computer gadgets, search for “Computer eCommerce WordPress Theme” and so on.

After buying your theme (here), download it and upload it by following the steps you explained if you want to use a free theme. The only difference is that you will “UPLOAD” instead of searching for the theme in your WordPress admin dashboard.

  • Add Your Products + Details:

The next thing is to add your products. Click on “Products” in your WordPress Admin dashboard and flow with self-explanatory onboard screens. Then finally Publish and do this for all the products you will like to upload to your site.

If you need any help, kindly ask me in the comment box below.

  • Finally, we’re done! 

You’ve successfully created a Woocommerce powered and lucrative online store in Nigeria. It’s now time to start adding products to your store.

Okay, let talk about Magento;

About Magento

Magento is another wonderful platform for e-commerce, more and more users are getting to use this platform. It’s pretty new to the business and still has its quirks. Although released initially in 2008, it finally got a stable release early this year, and it’s still undergoing changes which we would see in the future. It’s a good platform for starting out your e-commerce business.

Setting Up An Online Store in Nigeria with Magento

Unlike Woocommerce, you would spend much time and effort in setting up your store, it is more like a manual process.

Note: We will not be talking about all the steps here, as we have discussed in the process of setting up a Woocommerce store. But notwithstanding, I’ll brief each step;

  • Using Liquidweb as our hosting provider for Magento, choose a suitable domain name. I noted some points you should pay attention to when choosing your brand name – this could also serve as your domain name.
  • Install Magento. It’s pretty easy if you follow the prompts, and select the suitable options. Since it’s open-source, you get to customize every single aspect to your taste
  • Styling: Like WordPress, Magento also offers a good number of themes for a much better looking online store. Pick from the available themes and customize your site. You can as well buy premium themes from ThemeForest
  • Add Products: It’s time to start selling, adding product images and description is pretty much easy and shouldn’t break a sweat.

That’s all about setting up a lucrative online store in Nigeria using WordPress or Magento. But that’s not the end, let me tell you a few things you need to do to make your store fetch you pretty income (or profits).

5. Marketing Your New Store

Marketing is the soul of any business. You are supposed to start marketing a little bit earlier before your store fully goes live. You’ve got to let people know what you’re up to, the products you offer, and many more about your brand. 

Marketing has been simplified these days, social media is one huge marketing platform you should take advantage of as the top brands use this to publicize their products. You’ll be saving some money while doing this, you could start paying for a much bigger audience as you grow your store.

Set up an Instagram account and Facebook page with your business name, connect them together (Google search for how to connect Facebook page and Instagram account), and finally, start promoting your products on social media platforms.

Conclusion – Creating an Online Store in Nigeria

These are pretty much what you need for a profitable online store in Nigeria. Setting up an eCommerce store in Nigeria is pretty much an easy task, it’s even much better if you fully utilize the platforms shared above. 

If you’re already using these platforms or will like to ask a few questions, kindly “CLICK TO COMMENT” and I’ll be happy to hear from you.

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Buycoins Review: Easiest Way to Buy, Sell, Store & Trade Cryptocurrency in Nigeria

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Is Buycoins legit and is it the easiest crypto exchange app in Nigeria?

Maybe at a point while surfing the internet for the best apps to buy or sell your Bitcoin and other crypto assets in Nigeria, you came across Buycoins and you’re wondering if the platform is legit or scam.

And if it’s legit, how can you buy and sell easily on Buycoins?

In this blog post, I’m going to answer these questions.

Not just that, I will also show you how you can make money on Buycoins by simply doing small tasks.

If this is the first time you’re hearing the name “Buycoins”, you may want to know what the platform is all about, isn’t it? Okay, let me give you short overview about the company.

About Buycoins

Buycoins (or Buycoins.africa) is a crypto exchange platform in Nigeria where you can buy, sell, store and even trade some cryptocurrencies such as the famous Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Ripple (XRP), Litecoin (LTC) and few others.

But Is Buycoins Legit or Scam?

Buycoins is 100% legit.

I’ve been using the platform for about 2 years and I can tell you that Buycoins is tested, and trusted.

Although before I got to know of Buycoins, I have been using Okex and Luno apps, but on getting to Buycoins, I have no choice than to fall in love with the platform.

What are the things that makes Buycoins stands out?

Pros of Buycoins: Why Should I Use Buycoins.Africa?

I’m going to make the points clear but simple. Below are the reasons why I’m using and vouching for Buycoins;

·         Clean and Easy to Navigate Website & Apps

Buycoins.Africa did a great job on the user interface (UI) and users’ experience (UX) of their products (the mobile apps and website). Everything is simple, clean and direct.

Buycoins Review

To be honest, other competitors are doing great jobs on UI/UX but the simplicity of Buycoins is on point. If you’re new to Crypto of things, you won’t get lost as the platform is self-explanatory and simple to use.

·         Easy ways of Funding Your Account

Funding your Buycoins account is very easy from day one, as you can send money from your bank account to your Buycoins generated account number (Providus).

But Remember that CBN ban banks in Nigeria against anything cryptocurrency. As a result of this ban, some exchange platforms who operates in Nigeria are faced with the issue of how their customers will be depositing funds in their account.

Fortunately, Buycoins is one of the first platforms that came with a solution. Now, you have multiple ways of funding account with Naira from your banks.

You can’t fund your account on some platform (like LUNO) till date because of that CBN ban, but that’s not the case on Buycoins.

·         Withdrawal is easy too

Just like it was easy to fund your account with Naira, you can withdraw your money in Naira on Buycoins to your Nigeria’s bank account without falling for P2P scams which frequently happen on Binance, Okex etc.

·         Customer Care Response is very Fast!

I once had issues on my account but I got them solved in the blink eyes just because of the fast customer care representative.

Till now, Kuda Bank is still ghosting me, I contacted them on Live chat, e-mail and Twitter, I’ve got no response.

Personally, I like a company who invests on their customer care team. That’s the reason I keep using JUMIA for shopping despite the frustration I’m personally facing with them.

RECOMMENDED: 5 Ways to Make Money on JUMIA

And because of fast and patient customer care support, that’s why I chose to Heroshe to ship from USA for me instead of ShopToMyDoor.

If you’re a curious person like me, and/or you want to get fast solution any issue you may face using a product or service, then you should look for a company with good and fast customer care team.

That’s why I choose Buycoins and I think you should do the same. (Click here to start)

·         The Founding Team

Well, maybe this is not necessary to you. But to me, it means a lot.

I’ve not met the founding team of Buycoins.africa face-to-face, but they’re quite famous especially on Tech twitter, Tech or Entrepreneurship News on Africa.

Timi Ajiboye, Tomiwa Lasebikan and Ire Aderinokun are the frontliner of Buycoins and other related companies. (you can google the names tho).

The founding team members are Nigerians, so they understand what we need better unlike some alien companies (other are trying too, but “Abinibi yato si Ability” – Naturality differs from Ability or artificial).

·         Ability to Trade on Buycoins

For years, we depend on using foreign platforms like Binance, Okex, Kukoin, Bitmex etc., to trade cryptocurrency.

That’s not really a problem. But the problem is “How to Easily Fund the Account”.

We know a way we use manual peer-to-peer exchange and then send to the foreign trading apps. The stress, the fees and the exuberant interface is a headache to, especially newbies.

But gladly, we can now Trade easily on Buycoins on the Buycoins Pro app.

And that’s also a milestone too. Buycoins is one of the first to Nigerian crypto’s company to achieve that. We may totally ditch the foreign apps and use Buycoins Pro to trade easily.

·         Zero Transaction Fees

If you’ve bought or made a transaction on Binance or LUNO or any other platform, you will understand what I mean. I mean the transaction fees on those apps are very high!

But on Buycoins, transactions are free!

You only pay the network fees.

I don’t need to explain too much, sign up for Buycoins and see these features yourself.

·         Reliable P2P Trading System

In cryptocurrency space, you’ll be dealing with 90% of people you don’t know if you want to buy or sell using Peer to Peer (P2P) which you can’t even escape.

While dealing with these anonymous people, you can be scammed easily. And once you’re scammed, that’s the end.

It’s unfortunate that, as big as Binance and Okex are, they haven’t curb scamming on their P2P system, which they can’t really because they can’t control the system totally (i.e. they’re decentralized).

But on Buycoins, you have nothing to worry.

Most of the buy and sell orders on Buycoins are P2P but you may not notice as everything will be taken care of, for you.

Cons of Buycoins: What are the Downsides of Buycoins?

As good as this platform is, we shouldn’t see any downside, right?

But I’m afraid to remind you that nothing is perfect in this our planet earth.

So, what are the downside of Buycoins? They are;

·         They Still Need to List Some Coins!

I don’t know the processes behind listing coins on both exchange or trading platforms. But whatever the processes are, I know they’re not easy.

Maybe that’s why there are not enough coins listed on Buycoins.

But popular coins like BTC, ETH, LTC, XRP, USD Coin and USDT are there. And recently, the likes of DOGE, Chainlink, Cardano, Stellar, Binance Coin are added.

I know as times goes on, Buycoins will have lot of listed coins like Binance.

·         Not all Nigerian Banks are supported

We have more than 20 banks in Nigeria, but you can only fund or withdraw to less than 10 banks.

Nigerian Banks available for Deposit and Withdrawal on Buycoins

  1. GT Bank
  2. Kuda Bank
  3. Access Bank
  4. FCMB
  5. ALAT (WEMA Bank)
  6. Abeg App
  7. Fidelity Bank
  8. Diamond Bank (Acquired by Diamond Bank tho)
  9. Zenith Bank

If you’re not using any of these banks, then you can’t fund or withdraw with Naira. ☹️

But the good news is that, you can easily join the Abeg App or Kuda Bank easily.

That’s it about Buycoins.

Now back to the previous question; is Buycoins the Best in Nigeria; Is it legit or scam?

Buycoins is the easiest exchange app in Nigeria, it is the best and it is 100% legit!

If by now you’re interested in using Buycoins, the next question you may want to find answers to is;

How to Get Started on Buycoins?

  1. Click here to sign up for FREE;
  2. Put a correct email address and click on “continue”;
  3. A verification link will be sent to that email address, to and verify;
  4. Login to your Buycoins account;
  5. Upgrade your account (Click on “Verify Identity”): Add Bank account, BVN and Phone Number;
  6. Set up 2-FA for security sake;
  7. You can now deposit and start using Buycoins!

Important Notice:

  • First, your BVN is safe; It’s just to verify your information.
  • Make sure you add all your bank accounts (linked with your BVN)
  • Make sure you deposit ONLY from your bank accounts added.
  • If you mistakenly deposit from any other bank, your account will be locked and you’ll need to do another verification to unlock it. Hence, add all your account numbers and only deposit from your added account numbers.
  • You can only withdraw to your added accounts number too (if available for withdrawal).
  • For easily transactions, download and use the mobile apps

I told you earlier that I will show you how to make money on Buycoins right? Let me fulfil that promise now 😉

3 Ways to Make Money on Buycoins Africa

1.      P2P Trading

You can buy coins at low price and sell at higher price on Buycoins’ P2P trading platform.

Let’s say you have N100,000 in your bank and the current BTC price is $41,000. You can buy N100k worth of BTC and quickly sell on P2P maybe when BTC hit $42k.

That’s called swing trade. You might not make big money, but you will definitely see earn few bucks

2.      Coin Lock

Aside from quickly buying and selling coins on the P2P platform, you can also earn money by locking your coins for a certain period of time.

Let’s say you’re saving in Ethereum. Instead of just stacking Ethereum like that, you can lock it and earn money.

You’ll earn 12% interest of whatever you locked.

If you locked N100k, 12% interest on it is N12,000!

3.      Buycoins’ Refer and Earn Program

This is another sure way to make money on Buycoins, all you have to do is refer your friends to join Buycoins and when do they that, you’ll be paid N1,000 for each person.

Buycoins - Referral Apps to Make Money in Nigeria

If you’re able to refer like 20 people, that’s N20,000 for you.

NOTE: Those people you referred must complete their sign up, deposit at least N5,000 and trade up to N10,000 on Buycoins before the money can be released to you.

Conclusion: Buycoins is LEGIT and the Easiest Platform in Nigeria

So that’s all about Buycoins Review and how to Easily Buy, Sell, Store and Trade Cryptocurrency in Nigeria.

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HOG Furniture Review: Trusted Online Shopping Store?

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HOG Furniture

Few weeks ago, I was trying to get a particular office chair for my workspace, then I stumbled on HOG Furniture. Just like you, I was doubting if HOG Furniture is reliable or not; as I’m pretty much familiar with the likes of Jumia and some other shopping stores in Nigeria.

Finally, I took the risked, placed an order and pay for the office chair.

But with respect to my experience in online shopping, and with HOG Furniture, is the company really the best online shopping store for furniture or homewares in Nigeria as they claimed?

I will answer that question right in this blog post.

But kindly note that this is not a sponsored post and I’m not promoting HOG Furniture. I’m just sharing what I’ve personally experienced.

Now, let’s start!

About HOG Furniture

HOG Furniture website

HOG Furniture is an online shopping store in Nigeria, primarily dedicated to home and office wares.

In simple term, the company deal with selling of stuffs like chairs, table, desk, cabinets, wardrobe, rug, carpet etc. And one more thing;

They also deal with Auctioning, cleaning and maintenance services.

Benefits of Using HOG Furniture

  • Competitive and Affordable price
  • Fast shipping
  • Fast customer care response
  • Anyone can become a vendor
  • You can refer people and earn money
  • Flexible payment options
  • 7-days refund policy (too low tho)
  • You can get discount
  • etc.

Is HOG Furniture Legit or Scam?

HOG Furniture is legit. They are in business since 2009, that’s about 12 years (as at the time of writing this blog post). They have no record of scam.

If you’ve been scammed by HOG Furniture in one way or another, kindly use the comment box below to share your story with us and we will be glad to publicize it in order to save someone outside there.

But personally, I have no issue of scam with HOG Furniture.

How to Buy Stuffs on HOG Furniture

  1. Visit their website: https://hogfurniture.com.ng/
  2. Sign up and complete your profile
  3. Search for, and add your product to Cart
  4. Proceed to Pay
  5. After payment, wait for your items to be delivered to you.

That’s pretty eazzy, isn’t it?

But I will advise you to chat with them first before you place order. Before I placed my order, I had to chat with them on WhatsApp to know the shipping process and some other questions.

ALSO READ: How to Buy and Ship from USA Store to Nigeria

Now, let’s talk about HOG Furniture if they’re really the best online shopping store for furniture in Nigeria.

Is HOG Furniture the Best Online Shopping Store in Nigeria?

Well, I can’t categorically say YES or NO. But to be honest, they’re trying.

If they’re not the best, they should be among the top 5 in homeware or furniture store in Nigeria (as you know we have the likes of popular sites like Jumia, Konga and Jiji).

But notwithstanding, below are what I experienced with HOG Furniture;

Pros of HOG Furniture

1.      Good Customer Care Support:

I ask questions a lot, especially if we’re dealing for the first time. The response rate of the support team is fast. And you have a flexible way of chatting with them, which is through “WhatsApp”.

They also follow up by calling you.

2.      Affordable Shipping Fee:

Their shipping fee is not expensive, but I won’t tell you how much they charge as the fee is not fixed, it varies with respect to how heavy your item is, and how far your location is.

SO, I’ll advise you to talk to the customer care rep to know your standing here.

3.      Fast Delivery

This is what I really like the most of all the reasons why I like HOG furniture.

Let me confess this;

Before I ordered for my office chair on HOG Furniture, I have earlier ordered for the same chair on Jumia, I waited for about 11 days for it to be delivered. Unfortunately, Jumia cancelled the order without any reason given.

I mean, after waiting for 11 days!

Well, I went to HOG Furniture, placed order for the same office chair and after 4 days, I got my chair!

4.      Large Inventory of Items

You have thousands of items available for you.

Okay, let’s me also talk about the downside which I hate;

Cons of HOG Furniture

1.      Bad Delivery Handling

This really got me annoyed.

I expected HOG Furniture to be able to handle Delivery without stressing the customer (just like how Jumia and co does).

The day when they told me the items will be delivered to me elapsed without getting the item, that doesn’t annoy as I believe maybe something happened. So, I was expecting it another day.

Then suddenly one day, a man called me, telling me to come “immediately now” for my package because he’s going out.

And I was in the middle of an important meeting when he called.

He should have informed me in the morning before he got to my place. Well, I left the meeting and rushed to pick the items and I thought 30 minutes will be okay for me to take leave and return to the meeting later.

After getting to the pickup destination, the man asked me to pay for delivery before I pick the item.

I’ve paid for everything including the delivery fee, why do I need to pay again?

I had to call HOG Furniture to sort it out.

They delayed me for more than an hour there, before HOG Furniture send the delivery money to the driver.

Imagine what I lose that day because of poor delivery handling by HOG Furniture.

They should have:

  • Inform me earlier before the delivery agent got to my place
  • They should have paid the delivery fee and not waste my time with that.

I don’t know why they can entrust package worth N85,000 to a driver and can not entrust him with just N5,000 for delivery.

HOG furniture needs to fix this!

2.      Incomplete Package

Buying an office chair from HOG Furniture was not my first-time buying office chair. And I know what must be included in the package.

Maybe it was a mistake or intentional, I didn’t receive the Manual to install the chair, L and key screwdriver to assemble and tighten the chair.

With these two important items missing, I got annoyed too.

But they later send some DIY videos to replace manual, but I have to look for the “scarce” L and Key screwdriver myself.

HOG Furniture needs to be sure they package the complete items together before sending it out for shipping.

3.      Low ratings on products

You know rating is very important, that will help you make decision judiciously. But the products on HOG Furniture website has very low rating, and that may confuse you on knowing a trusted merchant or a scammer.

Maybe this is not HOG Furniture’s fault. Most people don’t care about dropping review unless the product come short of their expectation.

BUT they should try and get ratings and reviews, it builds trust!

So, Is HOG Furniture the Best in Nigeria When it comes to Furniture?

With the personal experience I shared above, I can’t really say.

And don’t be discourage, HOG Furniture is legit and their delivery is very fast. They just annoyed me slightly with the poor delivery handling stuff.

If you want to buy any item on HOG, go ahead.

If I were to rate them, I will give them 7/10. They should work on getting better.

In the future, I will still buy item(s) from HOG Furniture and see if they’ve improved or not; by then, I’ll update this blog post with my experience.

So here you go, HOG Furniture is still one of the top 5 online stores for Furniture in Nigeria!

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Heroshe Review: How to Buy and Ship from USA to Nigeria

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Heroshe Review - Buy and Ship from USA to Nigeria

Do you want to know if Heroshe is affordable, legit or scam?

Or maybe you want to know how you can buy (items) and ship from USA to Nigeria with ease using Heroshe to bridge the gap, then this blog post is for you.

Before we go into the review and how to buy/ship from USA to Nigeria, kindly note that I’m writing not from “mere” perspective or online reviews. But I’m writing out of my personal shopping experience from USA to Nigeria with Heroshe.

Heroshe, Heroshe… If this is your first time hearing that name, you may be wondering if it’s a name of person or company. And if it’s a company’s name, what to do they do in particular?

Okay, I got you! Let me use this opportunity introduce you to Heroshe;

About Heroshe

Heroshe is a logistics company that helps in procurement and shipping of items from USA to Nigeria.

To break it down, Heroshe can help you buy items from any USA stores like eBay, Amazon etc., and help you get the purchased items to Nigeria (Lagos state warehouse or your immediate city).

Heroshe - Get USA Address in Nigeria

If you have had trouble getting some items from USA before, Heroshe promises to make your next shipping a good and worthy experience.

Benefits of Using Heroshe

  • Free USA address where to can use as delivery address on any store
  • Free $2 or N1,000 when you sign up
  • Fast shipping
  • Affordable shipping
  • Good tracking system
  • Back-to-Back follow-up via email

But is Heroshe Scam or Legit?

Without mincing a word, Heroshe is legit!

Hey… hey, you’re thinking that the answer should be “maybe” just like other reviews about Heroshe says. I’m not going to follow that trend, I’ll just say the truth because I’ve used tested Heroshe and I now trust them.

This is not a sponsored post, but speaking from my experience with them.

Before I start using Heroshe, I have tried different logistics companies to help me procure and ship my items from USA to Nigeria, but in one way or another, I regret because they lack something, which Heroshe doesn’t.

If you’re thinking of using Heroshe for your next shipping from USA to Nigeria and you don’t know how, I highlight 11 simple steps to use Heroshe; either for the Buy for Me service, Ship for me service or BOTH. But now, let’s talk about why think Heroshe is the best so far;

Heroshe Review: features that make Heroshe Stands Out?

When I compare Heroshe with other companies have used or tried to use, I found out the Heroshe is best and here is why;

1.      UI/UX: Clean and Easy to Navigate Website

Heroshe’s website is clean, easy to navigate and very responsive.

Unlike a logistics website I visited, they are showing desktop view on mobile, which is annoying. Imagine how you will need to use you fingers to enlarge before you can see the texts on the website.

And some websites have annoying pop ups.

While another has lot of information squeezed on the homepage (and in smaller font sizes).

On Heroshe’s, you won’t miss your way as everything on their website are perfectly worded and arranged. No long text or confusing pages. The website is just straight forward.

2.      Live Chat Support

I’m a kind of someone who ask questions a lot and my curiosity must be satisfied before I proceed on doing something.

Some companies use email or phone call for their customer support service but they forget to realize that live chat option is very powerful!

Heroshe got a win here.

I’m not guaranteeing that you will get quick response like within 5 minutes because the time zone of the available customer care or sales rep may be different from yours, but I know they replies as soon as possible.

3.      Responsive Customer Care Service

I was eventually thinking of using ShopToMyDoor (ShipToNaija) to procure and ship my items from USA to Nigeria, but to be honest, their customer care service is horrible.

I don’t know maybe they thought I was joking or not serious, but they snubbed me for weeks even though I was chatting with them on WhatsApp (as that’s their official place to converse with customer).

The snubbing hit me hard to be sincere.

I immediate get to Heroshe, asked my questions on Live Chat and I receive responses which was onboarded till I finally agree to go with Heroshe.

For customer care service, Heroshe is your best plug if you need a company to help you buy and ship from USA to Nigeria.

4.      Affordable Shipping Fee

When I say affordable, I don’t mean Heroshe is the “cheapest” but their price is reasonable.

And that raise the question;

How much does Heroshe Charge for Shipping?

Heroshe charge $2 (or its equivalent in NAIRA) per Lbs. to ship from USA to in Nigeria.

But that’s just shipping fee from their USA warehouse to Nigeria warehouse which is in Lagos state. If you reside in Lagos, you can visit Heroshe warehouse to pick up your items for FREE.

If you’re not in Lagos state and you want to pick your items in your town or city, you will pay additional $10 for that. And your items will be waybill from Lagos to your place (either Ekiti or Kaduna).

But note that the $2 shipping fee from USA to Nigeria is not fixed as some items may attract additional fee (They’ll let you know if you need to pay more).

How many days does Heroshe Shipping takes?

According to Heroshe, it will take 8-14 days after items has been delivered to their USA warehouse and your shipping payment.

But hey, it’s not so!

My items got to their USA’s warehouse on June 28th and I pay for the shipping on the same day but received them on July 22nd. Well, that’s about 24 days.

Well, I don’t know the reason why it was like that, but I can guess maybe weekends and holidays are not included in their “8-14 days”.

But anyways, I got my items intact 👌

Now, the last reason feature;

5.      Flexible Payment Options

If you want to pay for your items and shipping fee with your ATM card, you can easily do that on Heroshe’s website using the Paystack payment gateway.

You can also pay using PayPal which is a great deal for people like me.

Note that you can’t pay for your items on Amazon directly with PayPal, but if you use “Heroshe: Buy for Me” service, you’ll just pay Heroshe with PayPal and they’ll help you sort it out.

Which one is “Heroshe: Buy for Me”? okay, let’s talk about it

Heroshe Services

Kindly note that Heroshe offers two different services which you need to be aware of, they are;

  1. Heroshe: Buy for Me
  2. Heroshe: Ship for Me

Although the services are self-explanatory, but let me say something about them just in case you need clarification.

·         Heroshe: Buy for Me

Let’s say your card is declined when you tried to checkout or complete payment on any USA store (which happens), or you want to pay using other method such as PayPal, you can use the Heroshe “Buy for Me” service and Heroshe will help you procure the items on your behalf.

You will send the money to them, they’ll help you buy the items.

How much do Heroshe charge for procurement or “Buy for me” service?

Heroshe charge 20% of whatever you’re paying for the items.

Let’s say the total item you want to buy cost $200, you’ll pay them additional 20% of $200 which is $40. Which mean, you’ll pay the total of $240.

Or let’s say you’re dealing with Naira, your total items cost N100,000, you’ll pay additional N20,000 (20% of 100k), and that totaled to N120,000.

Pretty cool for me tho.

Contact the customer care rep before you use this service, because in my own case, it was slightly different.

·         Heroshe: Ship for Me

This is another service which you’ll need to pay for.

They’ll help you ship your items from USA to Nigeria and it cost $5 per pound or $5 per 0.545Kg.

heroshe pricing

Kindly note that Heroshe round up number(s) to the nearest whole number. For instance, 6.3kg will be 7kg, 12.7kg will be 13kg and so on.

Also note that the shipping fee you’re paying cover VAT, Custom duties, clearing fees and taxes.

Which to me it’s affordable.

After your package is delivered to Nigeria, you can go and pick it up for free in Lagos or pay additional $10 for Home (Door to door delivery).

Now, let’s talk about how to get your items from USA to Nigeria with Heroshe!

Heroshe: How to Buy and Ship from USA to Nigeria

  1. Sign up here: https://myheroshe.com/Auth/Signup

(Note: You can sign up with Google, it’s very fast and easy).

  1. Verify your account; you’ll receive an email from Heroshe to this effect
  2. After verifying your account, sign in to your dashboard or click here: https://myheroshe.com/auth/signin
  3. Update your personal data: Go to “Settings” >> “Profile”
  4. Then enter your house address: Go to “Settings” >> “Delivery Address”

(You have a USA address when you sign up successfully, all you have to do is copy the address and save it somewhere)

  1. Buy your items:

Go to any USA store you like, such as Amazon and sign up (or login), then on your profile settings, change the address to the one on your Heroshe dashboard.

Note: You need to use your REAL name on the USA store, only the address will change to the one given to you by Heroshe.

After you’ve bought your items and pay, the store will send those items to your USA address (Heroshe warehouse in USA) and you’ll follow up with the tracking ID and your dashboard.

  1. If you can’t pay for the items on the USA store, use Heroshe Buy for Me service

Note that, you’ll pay additional 20% of what you’re buying as explained above.

(NOTE: Contact the customer care rep before you use this service)

  1. Be patient for the USA store

After placing your order(s) successfully on the USA store (let’s say AMAZON.com), you will have to wait till they deliver the items to Heroshe warehouse.

You can track the items using the tracking ID giving to you. (In my own case, I didn’t track)

  1. Verify if the items reach Heroshe

Go to your Heroshe dashboard after 48hrs of placing the order on the USA store, click on “Shipment” to see the items you ordered for, are there. If they’re there, go to the next step;

  1. Pay for your shipping;

Heroshe will help you calculate the weight and cost, then you’ll pay for the shipping.

To pay, go to Heroshe Dashboard, then to “Wallet”, click on “Add money” to pay with your ATM card (powered by Paystack), or with PayPal.

After you pay for the shipping, Heroshe will send an invoice to you immediately which you’ll see in the email address registered with Heroshe.

  1. Start counting days;

Wait for your items to be shipped to Nigeria and pick it up at Heroshe Lagos warehouse for FREE or, if you’re not in Lagos, don’t forget to pay for additional $10 (Home delivery) while paying for the shipping (at Number 8).

  1. If you pay for home delivery, someone (which can be DHL or FedEx agent) will call you when you item get to your area (town or city). Go and pick it up
  2. Happy shopping!!!

So, that’s simply the steps to Buy and Ship form USA to Nigeria using Heroshe.

Other things You Need to Know About Heroshe

Heroshe is against fraud.

So, if you’re thinking of scamming someone maybe by luring someone to use his/her credit card to buy items in a USA store for you, and Heroshe will ship to you here in Nigeria, then you’ve got the wrong idea as you’ll be arrested.

So, that’s all about Heroshe and its Review

Will you try Heroshe on your next shopping? If yes, then you’ve made a wise decision.

And if No, can you tell me if there’s any other company better than Heroshe. Use the comment box to share the company with us and we’ll check it out.

If you have used Heroshe, kindly share your experience with us using the comment box. And don’t worry, you can share your negative experience too, it might help someone.

If you need more information, kindly check out Heroshe.com, check the about page, contact page, FAQs and if you still need help, use the live chat to contact them.

REMEMBER: This post is not sponsored by Heroshe or used to promote Heroshe, but this blog post is as a result of the service I enjoyed from Heroshe.

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