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;
- 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?
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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;
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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GIG Logistics Branches and Location (Addresses) in Nigeria
GIG Logistics by GIG Mobility is one of the leading logistics companies in Nigeria due to the company’s mode of operation. Delivery is fast and the fee is not as expensive as other competitors.
If you’re trying to ship your stuff across the country, or to other countries like in Africa, the USA, the UK, etc., GIG Logistics can be your sure plug.
But as a new customer, you may not know how to contact them. The good news is that you can do more with the company via their website (giglogistics.com).
But in case you need to visit one of their branches very close to you, and you don’t know where to go, I will be covering that in this blog post.
Important Notice: In case you don’t find your city on the list, don’t panic. GIG Logistics can still deliver to you but you may need to contact them via email or telephone call if you’re the one sending.
If you’re not sending but receiving, you don’t need to stress yourself, just be available when it’s time for delivery.
You can easily click on your state in the table of content below rather than scrolling and scrolling till you miss what you’re looking for.
Here are the locations;
GIG Logistics branches and location in Nigeria
GIG Logistics Head Office in Nigeria
GIG Logistics Digital Hub. No 1 Sunday Ogunyade Street, Gbagada Expressway, Beside Eterna Fuel Station, Gbagada Lagos, Nigeria.
SICCONS PLAZA, Opposite Unity House, Beside Lifemate Furniture, Garki Area 11
House 38, 3rd Avenue Gwarimpa, Opposite Union Bank Abuja.
No 10 Ajibade plaza beside okay Japan Electronics.Park Road Gwagwalada .
Block, 43, Gado Nasko way, opp 2/2 Court Kubwa.
Opposite Ignobis hotel plot 17 Gidin dutse layout, kubwa.
Abraham Plaza, Suite A13 Plot, 6 A.E. Ekukinam St, Utako Abuja
80 Aminu Kano crescents opposite Sherif plaza beside Wema Bank Banex wuse 2
Maraba Experience Center
No 132 GIZA PLAZA OPP CHRISGOLD PLAZA BESIDE MTN OFFICE MARARABA
Madalla by Mobil, along Abuja – Kaduna Express Road.
Plot 113 I.V.W. Osisiogu Street, beside Utako Police Station Utako Abuja.
206, Zuba Market, Opp. Lagos Line, Zuba
Cs1 Ground Floor Corner Stone Plaza By Dobbil Avenue Along Phone Village Road, Electronics Section Alaba International Market.
KM 25, Lekki-Epe Express way, Ajiwe-Ajah.
KM 22, Lekki-Epe Express way, Opp. Jeffrey’s Plaza, by Abraham Adesanya Roundabout, Ajah.
41 Shasha Road, Akowonjo Junction, Dopemu, Lagos.
Km 36, Lekki-Epe Express Way, by Ogunfayo Bus Stop, Eputu, Awoyaya Lagos.
103, Okota Road, Cele.
1st Avenue Road, Festac first gate, besides INEC office, Festac town, Lagos.
7, Hospital Rd, Ifako, Gbagada, Lagos.
Gbagada Express Center
GIG Logistics Digital Hub. No 1 Sunday Ogunyade Street, Gbagada Expressway,Beside Eterna Fuel Station, Gbagada Lagos
9, Medical Road, former Simbiat Abiola Way, Opp, Zenith Bank.
103 Awolowo road, Ikoyi Lagos.
16 Ikosi Road, Ketu Lagos.
Sabo Road Garage, Ikorodu.
29, Idimu Road, Opp. Local Govt, Council, Ikotun, Lagos.
13C Ilupeju Byepass, Ilupeju, Lagos.
International trade fair
Shop D77 & D78, Abia Plaza, BBA, Lagos Int’ Trade Fair Complex, Lagos.
164, Lagos Abeokuta Express Way, beside Diamond Bank, Lagos.
20 Ikorodu Express Road, Jibowu, Lagos.
No 1A, Wole Ariyo Street, Beside First Bank, Lekki Phase 1.
Lekki Admiralty 2
Jubilee Mall Admiralty Way, Lekki Phase One, Lekki.
Lekki (Fola Osibo)
Ground floor Legends Place Mall Plot 29 Fola Osibo Lekki Phase 1, Lagos.
Km 17 Scapular plaza Igbo efon.
Old Ojo Road
Old Ojo Road, by Police Station Lagos.
3 Ijaiye Road, Beside FCMB Ogba.
62 Opebi Road, Ikeja Lagos.
No 25 Otto Causeway Opp Iddo bus top, Iddo Ebute Metta Lagos.
3, Abeokuta – Lagos Expressway, Sango Ota, Opp. Sango Bridge.
26, Adeniran Ogunsanya, Surulere, Lagos.
169, Badagry Expressway, Volkswagen Bus Stop.
1436 Sanusi Fafunwa Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Tejuosho Ultra Modern Market, Ojuelegba Road, Yaba, Lagos.
Animashaun Plaza, Beside Petrocam fuel station, Near Epe T-junction, Epe.
43, Osolo Way, Ajao Estate, Ekwu Awolo House.
No 5 Asa Road Former/Old Nitel Building Aba
8 Mission Hill, Opposite Villaroy Hotel, Umuahia Main Town
No 60 Aba Road, Close to MTN Office at Aba Road, Umuahia.
Plot 2 Bekaji Plaza, Bekaji Karewa Road, By Fire Service Roundabout, Jimeta Yola.
Ado Ekiti Center
Soladola petrol station, beside Apc secretariat, opposite moferere junction, along ikere road, Ajilosun
Ogo Oluwa Bus Stop, Gbangan / Ibadan Road, NIPCO Petrol Station, Osogbo.
Plot C31, Relief Road, by Relief Junction, Off Egbu Road, Owerri.
Landmark: After Mr Biggs beside Nepa Office, Farm Center Area, Tunga, Minna – Niger State.
No 4 Old Otukpo Rd, Opposite Dester’s by Savannah Roundabout.
No 1 IBB Way, Adankolo, Lokoja, close to Federal Medical Cente
Shops 1 & 2 Police Officers Mess, Opposite Polaris Bank, Jos Road, Lafia.
Ahmadu Bello Way opp alhaji boye coca cola Depot Birnin Kebbi, kebbi state.
Shema Plaza Ground Floor, Mani Road, by W.T.C Round-About, Katsina State.
No 1 bompai road by Tarawa Balewa way, Opp Grand Central Hotel Kano.
Centro Plaza, Opposite Buk Old Site, Kabuga, Kano.
No 32 Zoo Road, Opposite Shoprite, Kano.
8 Ahmadu Bello Way, Off Kastina Roundabout, City Plaza, Kaduna State
Lagos Garage by Airforce Mami Mando, Kaduna State.
Nnamdi Azikiwe Expressway by Command Junction, close to Samrada Fuel Station (beside 911 bakery).
Dairu Garba Plaza, 18 Sokoto Road, MTD Junction By Nnpc Filling Station, Sabon Gari, Zaria.
Plaza 1080, Yakubu Gowon way, Dadin kowa second gate.
Angwan Soya Zaria Road bypass, Opposite Jankwano Bingham University Teaching Hospital.
Government House Round-About, Asamau House Block B, Number 8, by Airtel Office, Dutse, Jigawa State.
32 Hammaruwa way. Besides former Kashere Filling Station Jalingo.
Town Planning Complex, by Sumal Foods, Ring Road, Ibadan
Suite 5, Kamal memorial plaze, former iyalode complex, opposite funcktionals clothing, bodija – UI road, UI Ibadan.
No 76 Opposite Arisekola Mosque Iwo Road Ibadan.
NNPC Mega Station, Opposite Zenith Bank, Star Light, Ogbomosho, Oyo State.
190, Ibrahim Taiwo Road(Upper Taiwo), Opposite Primo Pizza / Chicken Republic, close to new Wema Bank, Ilorin.
No 1 Umar Audi road, Fate Road, Tanke GRA, besides Hotels Mirabilis. Ilorin.
7, Market Road, Holy Ghost Park, Opp. State Library, Ogui, Enugu.
67, Zik Avenue Uwani Enugu.
No 64 Owerrani, Enugu Road, Nsukka.
202, Uselu Lagos Road, Ugbowo Benin City.
112, Akpakpava Road, Benin City.
Shop 1, Omegatron Plaza, 47 Airport Road, Benin City.
42, Benin/Agbor Road, Oregbeni, Ramat Park Benin City, Edo State.
Okene Express Way, Opp Auchi Polytechnic, Auchi.
Ukpenu Road Opp. Grail Message Centre, Akahia, Ekpoma.
Asaba Onitsha Expressway, By Head Bridge.
445, Nnebisi Road, opposite Zenith Bank, Asaba.
SUIT 53/54 INDEPENDENCE MALL OKPANAM RD, ASABA.
138, Effurun-Sapele Rd, by Airport Junction Warri.
116, Effurun-Sapele Warri Road, Effurun Opp. Our Ladies High School.
29 Ndidem Usang Iso Road ( Aka Marian Road) Calabar.
Shop 7, Yandoka Road, Adjacent MTN office. Opposite First Baptist Church, Bauchi State
Kpansia Epia, Opposite Wema Bank by INEC Junction, Yenogoa
Pam House, Tamic Road and School Road, Okutukutu By Isaac Boro Expressway, Yenogoa
Elite Shopping Complex Opp Crunchies fries, Enugu/Onitsha Expressway, Awka
2 Awka Road, By DMGS Junction, Beside All Saints Anglican Cathedral, Onitsha
No 73 – Owerri Road, Martina Chukwuma Plaza (Innoson Plaza), Opposite The Salvation Army Church, Umudim Nnewi
Akwa Ibom State
3, Monsignor Akpan Avenue, Itam industrial layout, opp Timber Market, Itam.
No 108 Oron Road, beside the First bank, Uyo.
No 22 Oyemekun Road by Cathedral Junction Akure
LACFOG PLAZA Adjacent Choba Police Station East-west Road Choba PHC.
No 118 Off Woji GRA, Same Building with Miskay Boutique By Bodo Junction, Port Harcourt.
No 9 Stadium Road, Beside Benjack, Port Harcourt
Cocaine Village Junction, Off Aba Rd, opposite Genesis, Rumuogba, Port Harcourt.
PHC Peter Odili
No 89 Peter Odili Road Port Harcourt.
PHC Ada George
No 18 Ada George By Okilton Junction, Port Harcourt.
3/4 Maiduguri Road Gawon Nama Area
C 1, A A Master Plaza Canteen Road Gusau.
This is the complete list of GIG Logistics and their location in Nigeria. If you have any questions regarding GIG, kindly contact them directly. You can see how to contact them via their website at https://giglogistics.com
If you want to ship an item from the USA stores like Amazon, eBay, etc., to Nigeria, you can read my guide on how to ship with Heroshe Logistics.
7 Super Professional Tips to Build a Successful Business in 2022
It is a new year and you’ve been thinking of how you can build a successful business but don’t know how or where to start. Let’s talk about that and see if you’ll learn something, or be inspired.
Some businesses fail because they’re following old blueprints which no longer work effectively to build their startup.
We’ve learned a lot between 2020 and 2021, and we’ve seen how businesses are affected by the ongoing Corona Virus pandemic. But ideas to start or build a business are waxing stronger in us, how are we going to bring these ideas to reality?
But is 2022 the right time to start a business?
Yes, it’s never too late to start a business in 2022 and you are still going to see rapid growth if you put in all the efforts.
Regardless of the Coronavirus and its variants, you’ll agree with me that starting and building a business these days is easier compared to a few years ago as a result of technology and more investors who’re ready to provide capital for a futuristic business plan.
According to a report, investors spent more than $140 billion to support startups in 2017 and the figures have increased ever since then till date. This shows how people like you are creating something or a platform that solves a ‘problem’ and how people are ready to support it.
If you’re also planning to launch your startup, you’re welcome, it’s never too late to be phenomenal.
Aside from investors who’re ready to invest, you don’t necessarily need to build your business by renting a big hall or apartment for office use, thanks to COVID-19, you can gather your team and work remotely, while you’re saving a lot of money that will go into office setup.
If you have a good business plan or startup idea and you’re worried about what to do next, the following tips will help you get started;
7 Tips to Build a Business in 2022
#1. Do Your Research and Understand Your Mission
You see, a lot of people see other people building stuff and they got jealous to build something too – this is a wrong motivation to start a business.
You have to think clearly about what you want to do, you ask yourself: “In what way(s) can this idea or business help people?” – emphasize “help people”.
If you want to start a fashion design company, do your research thoroughly and understand that you’re about to build a type of business some people have built already. So, how are you planning to get better and beat your competitors?
For instance, can you think of a unique fashion trend and dominate it for the long term? If yes, what fashion trend and how can you hit the market with your idea?
You have to plan all these, you just don’t voluntarily jump into the ocean without knowing if it’s safe or not. If it’s not safe, then how are you going to survive?
#2. Get a Team Members with Common Goals
The spirit of being the CEO and (sole) founder is part of what’s killing some businesses and startups to date. I’m not saying you can’t build a business alone, you can! But you can’t survive alone. If you survive alone, you won’t go far alone.
You have to understand this concept. If you read about big business builders in the world, you’ll notice one thing that’s very common to them – they don’t build alone!
Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, etc., will tell you that they called their friends when they were about to start their company. Why? It’s simply because they need teammates who can work with them to achieve their primary and respective goal(s).
The reason is simply that if one is falling, another person will lift him. And this boils down to you looking and calling the right people to join you or else if you fall, that’s the end of the business.
So look for the right people in your circle, during meetups, on social media, share the business idea with them and be patient to see those who’ll be ready to join you.
Getting team members here is different from hiring people. You have to look for someone or some people who’re ready to take ownership of the business and work diligently.
They can in turn be your co-founder, CTO, etc… Just make sure you’re careful and patient enough to see someone with the same common goal.
#3. Start Building with the Little You Have:
You know the type of business you want to build and you have someone or some people who are ready to work with you. The next thing is to start building that business with the little resources you have.
The mistake most people make is that they’re waiting for the “perfect time” and that time translate to when they have sufficient money to invest in the business. The truth is that that perfect time won’t come unless you start now.
And I will like to say this if you’re starting a new business but you don’t have money to invest personally, you’re still not going anywhere. It’s either you get a job, make money and come back to that idea or, you sell the business idea to someone else.
The bottom line is that you have to start from you, even if you will need investors to inject capital into your business, you have to show them something – your ideas + efforts.
#4. Create Good Information and Communication Flow
As part of what you’re starting with, is how you can bridge the communication gap between your business and your target audience (investors included). That’s why you need to invest in creating that information and communication flow.
This is not a big deal at all, you just need to create an online presence for your business by getting a website, getting on social media, and investing in Email marketing or CRM tools.
If you can’t build the website yourself, you can hire freelancers to get the job done for you, there are free email marketing tools like MailChimp that you can get started with. You can hire an expert to manage your business’s social media handles for you too. The person will be in charge of content creation, posting, and attending to comments.
Having a website is very important, if it’s just a landing page, do it and let people know about your business from there and use your social media handles to keep telling people about your mission, not that loudly tho.
#5. Start Expanding the Business
You’ve tried a lot, but it’s not the time to relax. It’s time to start thinking of expansion. I mean expansion at all lengths.
If you launch your business to focus on people in Canada and they accept it with open hands, it’s time to expand to New York, and then to Paris, to Africa, etc.
In your team as well, you need to have some people who will be in charge of marketing, human resources, engineering, international relation, legal, and many departments within your company.
With great power comes greater responsibility, the more you’re growing, the more you should expand.
But what if your company can’t afford to hire people you need to run the business as you’re thinking of expanding, is that the end? No, it’s not!
#6. It’s time to Seek Business Funding
This is not a must if your business can afford to finance itself, but I bet it can. As a startup that’s at the entry or expansion stage, you need money to take care of a lot of things and some people are ready to provide that money!
There are people called Angel investors and some are called Venture capitalists, these people are in the business of investing in other businesses to make a profit. No money is too big to invest for VCs as long as your company’s evaluation is also big.
If you think your business need funding, kindly check this blog post on how to get one for your business.
#7. Don’t Stop Expanding; Invest More in Your Business
You’re not there yet. Start investing more in advertising, your team members, think of innovation and, acquire other related small businesses.
Just don’t stop growing!
I hope these tips will help you start that business in 2022 and I believe you can conquer the world, don’t worry, start today!
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MTN’s IPO: How to Buy MTN Shares with less than N50,000
Here is your time to shine, you can now buy MTN shares and join the leagues of MTN shareholders in Nigeria.
Nigeria’s telecommunication giant, MTN Nigeria recently announced the selling of 575 million of its shares to the public on Tuesday, November 30th, 2021. Just in case you don’t know what “shares” is, let’s me quickly tell how it works;
What are Shares?
Share simply means a percentage of ownership in a company. Those who hold these shares are called “shareholders” and you can also call them “investors”.
What that simply means is that, let’s say you buy MTN shares, you have a percentage of every percentage of the company. If the stock rises, your share rises and vise versa.
How Shares Work?
The more shares of a company you’re holding, the more decision-making power you have in that company and the more your profit if the company is performing well.
Let’s say you buy 250 units of MTN shares at the rate of N169 each, which is N42,250.
And luckily, MTN stocks jump to x10, that’s also N42,250 x 10 for you. You’ve made N422,500!
That’s just the simple idea, if you know how FOREX, stocks, or cryptocurrency work, you have the idea of how Shares work also.
But you don’t need to panic because MTN Nigeria is leading and doing well in Nigeria, investing your money to buy from their shares will be a good return on investment (ROI) for you.
…and this is a golden opportunity if you’ve been looking for where to invest your money.
Right in this blog post, I’m going to share with you how can buy these MTN shares easily and answer a few things you may want to know. But let’s start with the eligibility and requirements;
Eligibility and Requirements to Buy MTN Shares
1. You must be 18 years old and above – No minors *(-_-)*
2. You need a Bank Verification Number, BVN
3. You need a CSCS (Central Securities and Clearing System) account
4. You must behold the shares for at least 12 months, if you can’t let your money work for you in 12 months, don’t even try buying.
5. You must be able to buy a minimum of 20 unit shares, while the maximum is 250 units.
Buying MTN Shares: Other things you need to know
- The general public can buy the MTN shares from December 1 to December 14, 2021 (just 2 weeks)
The MTN share offer will be priced at N169 per one unit
- The minimum amount you’ll invest (for 20 units) is N3,380 and the maximum (250 units) is N42,250
Your stockbroker or a certified Momo Agent can help you
- Visit https://mtnoline.com/PO in case you need help
Now, let’s talk about how you can buy MTN shares before the deadline!
How to Buy MTN Shares in Nigeria
There are two ways to buy the shares, you can buy through;
2. MTN MoMo agents
Buy MTN Shares with PrimaryOffer
PrimaryOffer is a service (or product) by NGX exchange where you can buy new public offers like this MTN share. Here is how to buy your MTN shares on PrimaryOffer:
– Visit www.primaryofferng.com and click on “Get Started”
– Click on “I am an individual investor” if you’re buying for yourself
– You’ll land on a page with MTN branded banner at the top, but click on “Create an Account” to get a PO account
– Put your BVN number and correct date of birth
– Click on “Continue”
– On the next page, your primary data would have been generated from your BVN, fill out the remaining data such as “email address”, “your mother’s maiden name” etc.
– Click on “continue”
– Verify your OTP: check your email address to get the code
– If you do that correctly, your account will be verified and the next thing is to login
– Login with your email address and password
Finally, buy the MTN shares!
After you log in to your PrimaryOffer account, you will see the only shares available (MTN shares), click on the MTN logo, it will load to open a new page.
– Scroll down and put in the unit of shares you want to buy. Note that the minimum is 20 and the maximum is 250
– Check the agreement and conditions, and
– Click on “continue”
– CSCS account will be created for you, but you need to complete it manually on the next page by filling in one of your bank details
– Click on “update Bank”
– Continue to complete all necessary stuff such as uploading a proof of address, your national ID card, and your signature.
– You can as well complete your social profile
– If you’re done with that part, go back to offerings to buy the MTN shares.
Important Notice: You can also use the PrimaryOffer mobile app to do all these things.
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That’s the first method of buying MTN shares in Nigeria.
Buying MTN Shares with Receiving Agents
Just in case the steps above are too technical for you to do, you can use a receiving agent and the person will do all the hard work for you.
Receiving Agents you can use:
1. MTN MoMo Agents
MoMo agents have received training on how to help people buy MTN shares. So you can visit any MoMo agent close to you and they’ll help you out.
2. A Stockbroker
Stockbrokers are professional, if you see one, ask them for help but be careful and make sure you use a trusted broker.
So, that’s how to buy MTN shares in Nigeria.
Summary: How to Buy MTN Shares in Nigeria
– You can buy MTN shares for as low as N3,380 and the highest you can buy is N42,250
– The best way to buy MTN Shares is through the PrimaryOffer’s website or mobile app
– The public sale of MTN Shares will end on December 14, 2021 (Maybe this will be extended, I don’t know)
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