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Have you ever heard about Drop Service or Drop Servicing Business?

It’s one of the hottest business to make money online these days, even without any special skill than what you already know. It somehow works like a referral or affiliate marketing business but kind of different.

In this blog post, I will show you the nitty-gritty of what you need to know about running a profitable drop servicing business in Nigeria or anywhere in the world.

But before we get into it, let’s me introduce you to the business.

What is Drop Service?

This is the act of getting a service offer or job, and you hire someone to do it while you earn your own profit or commission.

Simply as that!

Let’s say you get a job to design a flier or banner (that cost $50), and you don’t know how to design anything, you can simply look for a graphics designer to do and you pay him or her about $30.

Then you get the final project from the graphics designer and deliver to the client.

You’ve just made $20… congratulations!

That’s just the simple concept of drop servicing business.

How Does Drop Servicing Business Works?

As explained above, drop servicing is simply by bridging the gap between the client and the freelancer who will do the job.

Note: You don’t connect, but you bridge or cover the gap between them.

The client believe you know how to do the job, he gave you the task, then you turn yourself to project manager and you get someone to do and finish up the task.

If you are familiar with drop shipping, you will notice that they’re of the similar but not the same concept.

Let’s talk about it.

Drop Servicing Vs. Drop Shipping: The Difference

Drop servicing business work more like Drop Shipping.

The difference between them is that Drop servicing deal with “SERVICES” and Drop shipping deal with “PRODUCTS”.

PRODUCTS involves physical shipping etc., but SERVICE doesn’t require that.

Although, you can do the same business digitally (on the internet).

But Drop shipping is not as fast as Drop Servicing when it comes to its versatilities. Why?

Because drop servicing business deals with hot services that business owners need to push their business forward. While in drop shipping, people might not necessary be interested in the products.

RECOMMENDED: How to Start a Profitable Dropshipping Business

Now that we are understanding, let’s talk about top services you can sell in drop servicing, then we will talk about how you can start a profitable drop servicing business wherever you are.

Hot Services to Sell or Render in Drop Servicing Business

  • Web Design and Development
  • UI/UX Design
  • Graphics Design
  • SEO Management
  • Content Writing
  • Copy Writing
  • Social Media Management
  • Virtual Assistance

And so on.

You may like to check these 18 hot digital skills to be familiar with these services.

The question you may want to ask is;

Is Drop Servicing a lucrative business?

YES! Drop service or drop servicing business is a very lucrative business.

I would have said it’s a lazy way to make money online without any skill, but not really because you’re still going to do the job in getting clients who need the service.

The best thing about this business is that, you can run it on your smartphone even if you don’t have a laptop and it is 100% online. So you don’t need to quite your job or drop out of school (happy?).

Personally, I’ve done this business before and it really paid off.

Although, I have the skillset to get some projects done, but there are things I don’t know but that will never stop me from taking the job from a client.

For Instance, I’m a web developer.

If a client said he need a website, I can handle that but If he says he need a logo for the website, I will still take the job though I’m not a graphics designer.

But I will outsource the job somewhere and ensure I make my profit from it.

You as a person, you can do the same…

You don’t necessarily need to know much about the service, just get someone who can do it.

I know people who make millions from this simple drop servicing business model and yours will not be strange or difficult.

Someone asked a question about this business, he said;

Is Drop Servicing Business Legal?

What do you think?

Drop Servicing business is 100% legal. In fact, it’s going to become a big industry very soon.

It’s a skill on its own, because hiring a talent to handle a project is not easy at all, but for you to get a job from a client, and get it delivered to him, there’s nothing wrong in that.

All you need to do is to be honest, don’t be greedy.

Now, let’s talk about starting, shall we?

How to Start a Profitable Drop Servicing Business

·       Choose a niche

I’m not going to talk too much on this.

Choosing a niche is the first thing you need to do before you can delve into drop servicing business.

What is a niche?

Simply put, a niche is an area you want to focus on. Or a place you can be found anytime, any day.

In this case, a niche is a SERVICE you want to specialize on.

A SERVICE. Remember you’re just starting out, so I will recommend you choose a service that is hot in demand as your niche for now.

It can be web design, product design, graphics design, content writing or whatever service you know that people need the most. Please do your research on this.

Note again, you don’t necessarily need to know anything about the service for now, just ensure it is hot!

·       Do your research on the niche

Okay, you’ve chose a niche, right?

The next thing is to sharpen your cutlass a little bit.

Let’s say you chose “Web Design” as a preferred service you want to render, you need to take a book and go to Google.com to do some research on “How to get web design job”.

Although the results might be a little bit tense or technical but don’t worry, you just need the theory, someone will do the actual job.

The reason for the research is to be aware of possible questions clients may ask from you.

Let me give you a clear template of the research you need to do;

  1. What are the requirements to do this (website, logo etc.)?
  2. How many days will it take me to do this…?
  3. What’s the minimum cost of completing this project?
  4. Do the requirements involve payment? If yes, how much?

Those are the basic thing you need to research on.

Let me take web design again.

Web design will require something that you must buy before you can build any website. This includes the hosting, domain, theme and logo.

Just do you research to know how much those thing cost, because this will help you to charge your client wisely.

In case you don’t really get it, the next point will help you.

·       Look for talents

This is the most crucial part of drop service and you need to be careful and smart at this, if you really want to launch a profitable drop servicing business.

Go online and look for those who are selling that service and make friend with them.

Maybe you want to be rendering Graphics design as a drop service, look for graphics designers.

Talk to them, ask them about the charges to make different designs and note them down.

If they tell you they charge N50,000 for a logo, note it down and you can tell your client that you charge N70,000 for a logo.

You’ll negotiate for sure and maybe agreed of N65,000.

You can now go back and hire that graphics designer, pay him N50k and you hold the N15k profit.

I was just using that as an example though.

What I’m saying is that you should make sure you have those skilled people who will handle the job at hard.

Even if a client asks you a difficult question, just copy the question and ask the talents.

So, look for talents either on social media or anywhere you can find them.

Note: Tell them you’re going to be giving them projects, so they should give you discount.

Important Information: You can refer any client that needs website to me and I will give you 10% of what the client pays. If this is a nice deal for you, here is where to contact me.

·       Join freelance websites

This will ultimately serve two purposes; to get jobs and hire talents.

There are tons of freelancing websites outside there to help you make your drop servicing business a success. I will not write too much on this as I have few blog posts on this topic.

Check here for the top 10 freelance websites to get jobs and hire talents.

Create your profile on these freelance websites and whenever you get a job, quickly check on another person on the same website or another one just to do the job.

Ensure you bargain the price with them.

For instance, it is possible to get a project for N150,000 and get someone to do it for N50,000.

I’ve seen someone who get a job for N2.5m and get it done with just N100,000.

So, it depends on how smart you are.

You may want to know the best freelance website, right? Well currently we have Upwork and Fiverr at the top, but Fiverr is the easiest to get approved.

Check the blog post on how to start your freelance career on Fiverr.

·       Start Acting It

You need to start acting according to your new business now.

Update your Facebook, WhatsApp, and other social media platform. Tell people that you can help them get their website, or graphics design do.

Tell your friends to recommend you to those who need related service you’re drop servicing. But you don’t necessarily need to tell them you are into drop servicing business.

Do banners on Canva.com to advertise your new business.

·       Learn negotiation skill

In everything you’re doing in life, negotiation is important.

If you’re trying to ask a lady out and you’re serious about it, you need to convince here why she should accept your offer.

Same thing applies to businesses.

Remember that you’re still new in this drop servicing business, you don’t know how much this or that cost. That’s the reason I said you should do your research before fully delving into this.

And you need to send counter-offer to your clients.

What do I mean?

If you’re sure that $50 will complete the task the client gave to you, and the client said he will pay $70, you will make $20 profit, right?

Well, that’s cool.

But there’s a rule in business that you should never accept the first offer. Negotiate!

Tell the client to pay $100 and you will get the job done, and gladly the client might agree to pay $80.

Also, if the normal price to get the job done is $50, tell the person you want to hire to $40 from you and negotiate till he/she give you discount.

If you’re good at negotiation, you will make lot of money from drop service business.

·       Step up your game: Learn the skills

By now, you have known how to get projects and outsource it somewhere else.

And probably, the coming is coming is coming like “breeze” now. The next thing to do is to expand and grow.

If you’re been drop servicing web design and it really pay, why not learn how to design website and get the full payment instead of paying someone almost 70% of the money?

That is a great idea, don’t you think so?

Aside from learning the skill you’ve been drop servicing, you can learn the basics of other services too.

Maybe you’ve been doing web design, you can add graphics design to it and so on.

In everything you’re doing, look for a way to step up your game!

The next point will add some salt to this.

·       Start your own agency

What are you waiting for?

Start your full-fledge agency or company since you’ve known how the business work and you’ve built your reputation online or on the freelancing websites, you should expect more jobs.

As more jobs flow in, you will not be able to handle everything, so you need some people to help you.

And these people are no longer the talents you pay per project, but talents that collects salary or wage.

Let say you have five (5) people working for you in your agency, what you will be paying them per month will still at profit to you compare to those you previously pay per project.

You will although need to do more research on starting a consulting agency.

But note that you must been making money off that service you want to be selling before you transit to an agency owner.

Since you’re now serious with this, ensure you register business in your country. If you’re in Nigeria, you can register your business with Corporate Affairs Commission, CAC.

Starting an agency will really expand your business and open many doors to you. For instance, business owners in your area, city or country will trust to give their project to you.

You can check out the top 10 digital agencies in your country to see if they’re really doing well 😉

·       Don’t forget branding and marketing

You need to get people’s attention to be successful in consulting or drop servicing business.

And the best approach to this, is in two phases;

Branding and marketing.

Branding simply mean to great good online presence for your business. And this starts from your logo, website, social media handles and the type of contents you share.

Your branding needs to be unique, in the sense that when someone see it for the first time, it will create a patronizing impression on your business.

Branding is very important but often take for granted by some startups. So, go and do your research on creating the best brand identity for your business.

The next one is marketing.

Marketing will help drive sales and from that is where you can make money.

Learn how to run Facebook and Instagram ads. Then be relevant on other social media platforms.

Make money and invest on other business, maybe one day your name will enter Forbes list of rich men. Who knows?

That’s it – How to Start Drop Servicing Business and Make Money Online

If you’re reading this, you have read over 2,300 words which most people would have bounced off even before they get to 1,500 words.

I’m telling you this to remind you of your patience and tolerance.

Now, it’s time to take action.

Start today, start with your WhatsApp, Facebook account, Twitter etc.

Tell people you can help them get their website done. Start your drop servicing business with that smart phone.

Don’t forget that you just need to look for clients either on social media or freelance website and hire talents to get it done for you. And also, do your research on a niche before you delve into it.

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GIG Logistics Branches and Location (Addresses) in Nigeria

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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.

RELATED: How to Start A Successful Logistics Business

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.

GIG Logistics Delivery Vans

GIG Logistics Delivery Vans

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.

  • Abuja (FCT)

Garki

SICCONS PLAZA, Opposite Unity House, Beside Lifemate Furniture, Garki Area 11

Gwarimpa

House 38, 3rd Avenue Gwarimpa, Opposite Union Bank Abuja.

Gwagwalada

No 10 Ajibade plaza beside okay Japan Electronics.Park Road Gwagwalada .

Kubwa 1

Block, 43, Gado Nasko way, opp 2/2 Court Kubwa.

Kubwa 2

Opposite Ignobis hotel plot 17 Gidin dutse layout, kubwa.

Utako 2

Abraham Plaza, Suite A13 Plot, 6 A.E. Ekukinam St, Utako Abuja

Wuse 2

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

Madalla by Mobil, along Abuja – Kaduna Express Road.

Utako 1

Plot 113 I.V.W. Osisiogu Street, beside Utako Police Station Utako Abuja.

Zuba

206, Zuba Market, Opp. Lagos Line, Zuba

  • Lagos State

Alaba International

Cs1 Ground Floor Corner Stone Plaza By Dobbil Avenue Along Phone Village Road, Electronics Section Alaba International Market.

Ajah 1

KM 25, Lekki-Epe Express way, Ajiwe-Ajah.

Ajah 2

KM 22, Lekki-Epe Express way, Opp. Jeffrey’s Plaza, by Abraham Adesanya Roundabout, Ajah.

Akowonjo

41 Shasha Road, Akowonjo Junction, Dopemu, Lagos.

Awoyaya

Km 36, Lekki-Epe Express Way, by Ogunfayo Bus Stop, Eputu, Awoyaya Lagos.

Cele Okota

103, Okota Road, Cele.

Festac

1st Avenue Road, Festac first gate, besides INEC office, Festac town, Lagos.

Gbagada

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

Ikeja

9, Medical Road, former Simbiat Abiola Way, Opp, Zenith Bank.

Ikoyi

103 Awolowo road, Ikoyi Lagos.

Ikosi

16 Ikosi Road, Ketu Lagos.

Ikorodu

Sabo Road Garage, Ikorodu.

Ikotun

29, Idimu Road, Opp. Local Govt, Council, Ikotun, Lagos.

Ilupeju

13C Ilupeju Byepass, Ilupeju, Lagos.

International trade fair

Shop D77 & D78, Abia Plaza, BBA, Lagos Int’ Trade Fair Complex, Lagos.

Ipaja

164, Lagos Abeokuta Express Way, beside Diamond Bank, Lagos.

Jibowu

20 Ikorodu Express Road, Jibowu, Lagos.

Lekki Admiralty

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.

Igbo Efon

Km 17 Scapular plaza Igbo efon.

Old Ojo Road

Old Ojo Road, by Police Station Lagos.

Ogba

3 Ijaiye Road, Beside FCMB Ogba.

Opebi

62 Opebi Road, Ikeja Lagos.

Oyingbo

No 25 Otto Causeway Opp Iddo bus top, Iddo Ebute Metta Lagos.

Sango

3, Abeokuta – Lagos Expressway, Sango Ota, Opp. Sango Bridge.

Surulere

26, Adeniran Ogunsanya, Surulere, Lagos.

Volks

169, Badagry Expressway, Volkswagen Bus Stop.

Victoria Island

1436 Sanusi Fafunwa Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Yaba

Tejuosho Ultra Modern Market, Ojuelegba Road, Yaba, Lagos.

Epe

Animashaun Plaza, Beside Petrocam fuel station, Near Epe T-junction, Epe.

Isolo

43, Osolo Way, Ajao Estate, Ekwu Awolo House.

  • Abia State

Aba

No 5 Asa Road Former/Old Nitel Building Aba

Umahia-1

8 Mission Hill, Opposite Villaroy Hotel, Umuahia Main Town

Umahia-2

No 60 Aba Road, Close to MTN Office at Aba Road, Umuahia.

  • Adamawa State

Yola

Plot 2 Bekaji Plaza, Bekaji Karewa Road, By Fire Service Roundabout, Jimeta Yola.

  • Ekiti State

Ado Ekiti Center

Soladola petrol station, beside Apc secretariat, opposite moferere junction, along ikere road, Ajilosun

  • Osun State

Osogbo

Ogo Oluwa Bus Stop, Gbangan / Ibadan Road, NIPCO Petrol Station, Osogbo.

  • Imo State

Owerri

Plot C31, Relief Road, by Relief Junction, Off Egbu Road, Owerri.

  • Niger State

Minna

Landmark: After Mr Biggs beside Nepa Office, Farm Center Area, Tunga, Minna – Niger State.

  • Benue State

Makurdi

No 4 Old Otukpo Rd, Opposite Dester’s by Savannah Roundabout.

  • Kogi State

Lokoja

No 1 IBB Way, Adankolo, Lokoja, close to Federal Medical Cente

  • Nassarawa State

Lafia

Shops 1 & 2 Police Officers Mess, Opposite Polaris Bank, Jos Road, Lafia.

  • Kebbi State

Birnin Kebbi

Ahmadu Bello Way opp alhaji boye coca cola Depot Birnin Kebbi, kebbi state.

  • Katsina State

Katsina

Shema Plaza Ground Floor, Mani Road, by W.T.C Round-About, Katsina State.

  • Kano State

Kano 1

No 1 bompai road by Tarawa Balewa way, Opp Grand Central Hotel Kano.

Kano 2

Centro Plaza, Opposite Buk Old Site, Kabuga, Kano.

Kano 3

No 32 Zoo Road, Opposite Shoprite, Kano.

  • Kaduna State

Kaduna 1

8 Ahmadu Bello Way, Off Kastina Roundabout, City Plaza, Kaduna State

Kaduna 2

Lagos Garage by Airforce Mami Mando, Kaduna State.

Kaduna 3

Nnamdi Azikiwe Expressway by Command Junction, close to Samrada Fuel Station (beside 911 bakery).

Zaria

Dairu Garba Plaza, 18 Sokoto Road, MTD Junction By Nnpc Filling Station, Sabon Gari, Zaria.

  • Plateau State

Jos 1

Plaza 1080, Yakubu Gowon way, Dadin kowa second gate.

Jos 2

Angwan Soya Zaria Road bypass, Opposite Jankwano Bingham University Teaching Hospital.

  • Jigawa State

Dutse

Government House Round-About, Asamau House Block B, Number 8, by Airtel Office, Dutse, Jigawa State.

  • Taraba State

Jalingo

32 Hammaruwa way. Besides former Kashere Filling Station Jalingo.

  • Oyo state

Ibadan 1

Town Planning Complex, by Sumal Foods, Ring Road, Ibadan

Ibadan 2

Suite 5, Kamal memorial plaze, former iyalode complex, opposite funcktionals clothing, bodija – UI road, UI Ibadan.

Ibadan 3

No 76 Opposite Arisekola Mosque Iwo Road Ibadan.

Ogbomosho

NNPC Mega Station, Opposite Zenith Bank, Star Light, Ogbomosho, Oyo State.

  • Kwara State

Ilorin 1

190, Ibrahim Taiwo Road(Upper Taiwo), Opposite Primo Pizza / Chicken Republic, close to new Wema Bank, Ilorin.

Ilorin 2

No 1 Umar Audi road, Fate Road, Tanke GRA, besides Hotels Mirabilis. Ilorin.

  • Enugu State

Enugu 1

7, Market Road, Holy Ghost Park, Opp. State Library, Ogui, Enugu.

Enugu 2

67, Zik Avenue Uwani Enugu.

Nsukka

No 64 Owerrani, Enugu Road, Nsukka.

  • Edo State

Uselu

202, Uselu Lagos Road, Ugbowo Benin City.

Akpakpava

112, Akpakpava Road, Benin City.

Airport Road

Shop 1, Omegatron Plaza, 47 Airport Road, Benin City.

Ramat Park

42, Benin/Agbor Road, Oregbeni, Ramat Park Benin City, Edo State.

Auchi

Okene Express Way, Opp Auchi Polytechnic, Auchi.

Ekpoma

Ukpenu Road Opp. Grail Message Centre, Akahia, Ekpoma.

  • Delta State

Asaba 1

Asaba Onitsha Expressway, By Head Bridge.

Asaba 2

445, Nnebisi Road, opposite Zenith Bank, Asaba.

Asaba 3

SUIT 53/54 INDEPENDENCE MALL OKPANAM RD, ASABA.

Warri 1

138, Effurun-Sapele Rd, by Airport Junction Warri.

Warri 2

116, Effurun-Sapele Warri Road, Effurun Opp. Our Ladies High School.

  • CrossRiver State

Calabar

29 Ndidem Usang Iso Road ( Aka Marian Road) Calabar.

  • Bauchi State

Bauchi

Shop 7, Yandoka Road, Adjacent MTN office. Opposite First Baptist Church, Bauchi State

  • Bayelsa State

Yenagoa 1

Kpansia Epia, Opposite Wema Bank by INEC Junction, Yenogoa

Yenagoa 2

Pam House, Tamic Road and School Road, Okutukutu By Isaac Boro Expressway, Yenogoa

  • Anambra State

Awka

Elite Shopping Complex Opp Crunchies fries, Enugu/Onitsha Expressway, Awka

Onitsha

2 Awka Road, By DMGS Junction, Beside All Saints Anglican Cathedral, Onitsha

Nnewi

No 73 – Owerri Road, Martina Chukwuma Plaza (Innoson Plaza), Opposite The Salvation Army Church, Umudim Nnewi

  • Akwa Ibom State

Uyo 1

3, Monsignor Akpan Avenue, Itam industrial layout, opp Timber Market, Itam.

Uyo 2

No 108 Oron Road, beside the First bank, Uyo.

  • Ondo State

Akure Center

No 22 Oyemekun Road by Cathedral Junction Akure

  • Rivers State

PHC Choba

LACFOG PLAZA Adjacent Choba Police Station East-west Road Choba PHC.

PHC Woji

No 118 Off Woji GRA, Same Building with Miskay Boutique By Bodo Junction, Port Harcourt.

PHC Stadium

No 9 Stadium Road, Beside Benjack, Port Harcourt

PHC Artillery

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.

  • Sokoto State

Sokoto

3/4 Maiduguri Road Gawon Nama Area

  • Zamfara State

Zamfara

C 1, A A Master Plaza Canteen Road Gusau.

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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.

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7 Super Professional Tips to Build a Successful Business in 2022

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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.

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People (Team) Working Together – Credit: Pexels.com

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

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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;

1. PrimaryOffer
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.

ALSO CHECK: How to Invest in Treasury Bills in Nigeria

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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