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BIE Entrepreneur of the week: Raufu Ayomide Ayishat.

I  am Raufu Ayomide Ayishat, a 24 years old young lady and I am a shoe maker. My sojourn began 6 years ago as a single speck of thought during one of those school vacations where you’re idle. My cousin sat me down and made me see the necessity of picking up a vocation thereby attending a skill acquisition program. My first consideration was make-up, seeing as it was all the rave at the time. However, pointing out the need to stand out, she suggested I go for something else and I ended up picking shoe making.     After 4 weeks of basic and advanced classes, it occurred to me that this is something I could actually do. So I started making slippers and sandals; I would make free shoes for people, usually my friends just to see how it fits. The major challenge I had was getting funds to buy materials and tools; all I had at the time was stipends, yet I would eke out some to successfully make a few pairs of slippers and sandals.   Sometimes, I would walk from Oshodi to Mushin just so I could have enough money to buy the needed materials. ...

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What If You Don’t Fail? – Zika Nwaise

So many times, I hear people say, ‘What if it doesn’t work?’, ‘What if I don’t get it right?’ or ‘What if it doesn’t come out right?’. But they hardly say, ‘What if it does work?’ or ‘What if it becomes the best?’. How would we know if we do not try. I was once in a state of dilemma about either taking a risk and going into a particular business or just keeping my money in a fixed deposit account and watch it grow gradually. After so much conflicting opinions from friends and family, a dear friend told me I had two options; either go after what I wanted or remain where I was, and that of these two options, only one could guarantee a different result. And then it struck me, I had never taken the risk of starting up anything but had always admired my friends whose businesses were blooming, so I decided to take a risk. Now what I’m trying to say is, let us not allow any pessimistic thought stop us from achieving our dreams, let’s make an effort to try the ‘other’ option, that is, do things a different way in order to get ...

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Losing To Win – Ayotunde Shado

This is a story of a young boy who wanted to be a rapper. He believed he was so awesome and he had a plan to break into super stardom by winning every and any competition he went for. Unfortunately, for some reason, people generally thought he wasn’t  good enough- he would go for competitions over and over again only to be laughed at and mocked by others.  This young boy loved music so much that he worked harder at improving  himself in every way. After months of preparation and lots of hard work, he went  for another competition but still lost. In utter depression he decided it was time to ‘drop the mic.  His huge moment of clarity came one evening during a discussion with his roommate. They discovered  that as a result of his persistence in trying to get better at rap, he had acquired great knowledge about rap music as a whole, including production and the business of entertainment.  ‘’Why don’t I try to manage, produce or write for people?’’ he thought to himself. Today, he is a respected writer, producer and also a rapper, he brought out a new style of rap- many musicians today still try to evolve into ...

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5 Skills To Get You Ahead In 2017

With competition for jobs at an all-time high, and requirements for skills on a constant rise, these are five skills to focus on to get you ahead in 2017. Technology Talented graduates from any of the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects are increasingly in demand. With more companies are entering into the digital world, a certain level of social media competency is desirable, with coding and data analytics experience being an added plus. Project Management One of the skills that will always be in vogue is being able to adequately manage yourself, your work and projects. The Alison Diploma in Project Management is unsurprisingly one of the most popular courses each year. Teamwork Being able to work as part of a team is one of those soft skills that will always be desirable. Bringing people and skills together effectively brings great results, and employers are always on the lookout for people who can work well with others. Communication If you have amazing ideas, but can’t communicate them effectively with your other team members or clients, they become more or less redundant. Connecting with people well and being able to communicate your ideas, desires and vision can make all ...

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Staying Relevant In An Ever Changing World

We have seen businesses come and go, companies start and fold up, empires rise and fall, in most cases, the reason for their failure is the simple fact that they ran out of clients or couldn’t meet the new demands of their clientele. One constant thing about life is its ever-changing nature. Consequently, people as well as their requirements, desires and ultimately their tastes for items/service will be dynamic. According to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, man’s basic needs of food, clothing and shelter have remained unchanged throughout the ages. Nevertheless, the needs of individuals vary across the spectrum of the hierarchy of needs. For example, the need for prestige and self actualization may not be important to most people struggling to meet daily needs of food and shelter, so the onus is on you as an entrepreneur to find out what your target clients choose not to do without. Like my husband often says, “Anywhere I go, the first thing I do is ask myself, what are the needs here? What can I do or how can I meet these needs?” This particular drive is what keeps you relevant. Meeting a ‘need’ is completely different from providing a ‘want’. When the stakes are high, people will shun their wants, but in every situation, every human will strive to have his/her needs ...

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“Next Level Definition” Egbutu Nnamdi (Sponsored)

Egbutu Nnamdi manages the business “Next level definition “  a business basically born out of the passion for producing visually stimulating designs and meeting the needs of people around  in that aspect. Nnamdi is also into branding and graphics design which includes logo designs, complimentary cards, wedding cards, customized greeting cards, flyers, newsletters, banners, letter heads,stickers, calendars   portrait drawing and others He had his primary and secondary school in Lagos. He attended Covenant University in Ota Ogun state and obtained a Bsc and Masters in Architecture While he was an undergraduate, he discovered more about himself including his love for graphics, creative designs and artistic drawings. He then began to do handmade greeting cards for Christmas, Valentine and birthdays for interested clients in school and others  during the holidays Graphics designing has become a part and parcel of him, because he does it now reglarly using different softwares on the computer to produce required designs for interested clients such as churches, small and private businesses, hotels etc Next level definition company has done works for different companies including: Dellarch Ltd, Zacchi and Chrome promotions, Azerty Consulting, Twinkly toes photography, Chinaeva ventures, Olive and Almonds (Weaves wigs and more), Honeysuckle cakes,Beij ...

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An Extra Touch – Zika Nwaise

Hello beautiful BIE readers, happy holiday to you all. I know we’re all in the holiday mood and I trust some of us have already started travelling, going for parties, making our Christmas hair and buying new clothes…lol. Please remember my Christmas gift o!…and do not forget to show some love this season, yes! Show some love. You must be wondering what I mean by that since it’s a season of love and everybody already has that notion;so I’m going to break it down – how we can show love this season. I know we have entrepreneurs in the house; it doesn’t hurt to give discounts or freebies this season. I know someone who did that last year and guess what happened?There was an overflow of customers and clients this year. Try it out and you may be shocked at the response you get. For those that offer services either in an organization or own businesses, please try to be extra polite, smile a little bit more, say ‘Compliments of the Season’ to customers and go the extra mile to put a smile on someone’s face – even if it’s just one person a day. *smiles* I know we can! ...

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Goal Setting and Getting Things Done e-Learning Course

Register now for Goal setting and getting things done e-learning course. Course details as follows OBJECTIVES • Overcome procrastination • Manage time effectively • Accomplish important tasks • Self-motivate • Create SMART goals COURSE OUTLINE • Module One: Getting Started • Module Two: Overcoming Procrastination (I) • Module Three: Overcoming Procrastination (II) • Module Four: Four P’s of Goal Setting • Module Five: Improving Motivation • Module Six: Wise Time Management • Module Seven: Tips for Completing Tasks • Module Eight: Increase Your Productivity • Module Nine: “To Do” List Characteristics • Module Ten: Smart Goals • Module Eleven: Mistakes Will Happen • Module Twelve: Wrapping Up For more information, contact Zika on 012930183 or send an email to zika.n@bisolutionsng.com Or Visit: www.dexlearn.com Payments should be made to: Account name: Bold Image solutions (UBA) Account Number: 1019120437 Share on: WhatsApp Post Views: 22

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Personal Goal Setting for 2017 (Part 2) – Tokunbo Fasoro

Talking about setting goals, if you missed part 1 of this, click here to view it. Today we will discuss a few tips that can help you set your goals for 2017. Make your goals SMART Specific: What exactly do you want to do? Ensure that it is well defined. Have specific reasons, purpose or benefits of accomplishing the goals. Measurable: This simply means that you identify exactly what you will see, hear and/or feel, when you reach those goals. It means breaking your goals down into measurable elements. Defining the objectives of your goal makes it clearer and easier to read. Attainable: What needs to happen to achieve the goals? Are the goal achievable, considering the circumstances around you such as environment, resources, time etc.? Realistic: There are some goals that are simply not realistic; a goal has to be something that isreasonable and can become a reality in our lives. Time Oriented: Every goal must have a time frame attached to it. It must have an end i.e. a definite time in which it is planned to be accomplished. With no time frame attached to it, there is no sense of urgency. Additional Tips State your goal as ...

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“All you need is someone to believe in you” – The Jimi Tewe Story

Jimi Tewe is a mentor and someone I always look forward to learning from. Thank you Jimi Tewe for letting us share this amazing story on this platform. Be Inspired… I’m a man of many parts. From a professional point of view, I run an organisation called Inspiro Consulting. It’s an HR and career services organisation and has been running for 6 years. Prior to that, I had worked with different organisations in consulting and banking at senior management levels. Today, I do a lot of career coaching, counselling, and public speaking. I also pastor the Lekki arm of my church, Kingsword International Church. I’m an author of 5 published books. The truth is, I wasn’t always like this. I remember some time ago, my mum called me and said there was a friend of hers that wanted to speak with me. So the woman was given the phone. I knew her when I was in Secondary school. This is how the conversation went: Mum’s friend: “Hello, is this Jimi?” Me: “Good afternoon ma. How are you ma?” Mum’s friend: “My children have been telling me about one Jimi Tewe that is going around talking everywhere and I was like ...

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