Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Go Make Some Money For Your Dreams.

Go Make Some Money For Your Dreams Without Relying On a Job or a Bank To Make Them a Reality.

Now that we are clear that it is important to make money in order to fire your boss it is important that you work on that. Not everyone is going to have a service or product they can offer immediately. That is no reason to stop your journey.

You should not wait to invent something or have the funds to invest in an expensive business or franchise. You can start making money from home by selling other people’s products.

To do so profitably with little to no money when you begin you have a couple of viable options to explore. First you can be an affiliate of a product. That means that there are people who already have products to sell and they are willing to give you a portion of their profits for helping them sell it eg (Good network marketing company's) . Popular websites to become an affiliate includes konga, jumia etc.

You can make anywhere from a few cents to hundreds of dollars depending on the volume of units sold and their individual prices. Being an affiliate or network marketer is a great strategy for people who have the mind to succeed or have a great way to develop one.

To be continued.

#SmallBusinessCoach

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Focus On Your Profit Making Tools


Two weeks ago, i coached a group of entrepreneurs on "Small Business Profit Tips" i was amazed as 95% of them only focus on material interest without looking out for ways to maximize profits in their business which is one of the key reason of starting a business.

If you get an opportunity to get clients in personal training but feel that you truly want to be a chef you have a problem. You are not focusing on your opportunity to make money; you are focusing solely on what is fun for you. The most important part of being your own boss is being able to afford it. So if you want to fire your boss, you must be willing to work in areas that make you money whether you are thrilled about it or not.

Profit center are activities that provide you with the income you need to live the life you want. Let’s say you can successfully replace your income as a personal trainer. Doing so will allow you to quit your job and make more money in 20 hours than you normally make in 40 hours a week. Although you may prefer to be a chef, you now have an extra 20 hours a week that you did not have before. You are officially your own boss and can use that extra time however you want.

In that time you can explore how you are going to leverage the time and money you have now to work in a way that inspires you (such as being a chef).

Monday, 1 August 2016

The Power Of Focus In Small Business.


Focus on something- not everything. Some entrepreneurs are very multi-
faceted and have several talents and interests. Some people have the option to choose between being a life coach, a personal trainer, a chef, and even being a video marketer.

Having many talents is wonderful but it can hinder you from achieving success. If you do not choose something to focus on you will be a jack of all trades but an expert of none.

To be your own boss you must be great at something not everything.
Yes, you can be good in 2 or more different trade or skills but you have to devote your time to become a master in one. You need to be known in a particular trade or skill,this is the only way you can command respect and become a master.

Choose one particular trade or skills today and become a master.

Hope Uchemadu
Small Business Coach

Friday, 29 July 2016

Leaders With Extra-value


"Help others achieve their dreams and you will achieve yours." ~ Les Brown

Strong people help others to be strong. Good people help others to be good. And great people help others to make things work so they can be great too!

"Never look down on anybody unless you're helping them up." ~ Jesse Jackson

People don't always need advice. Sometimes all they need is a hand to hold, an ear to listen, and a heart to understand them.

To become valuable in the society, you need to create and give value to attract extra-value. Leaders knows the way,goes the way and shows the way.

Hope Uchemadu
Small Business Coach

Friday, 22 July 2016

Make Money With Other People' s Products and Services.

Speaking at a seminar organized by a group NYSC Corpers on " Small Business Startup Ideas" . I discovered that everybody want to own a business and be financially free but the strongest storm threatening to sink their ship is almighty FINANCE!

The simple truth is that you can start your business leveraging on other peoples products and services.
Although there are advantages to
selling your own products and services, there are also drawbacks. For example, the time and investment required to produce your own product or service or invention,
could bring a long delay in receiving
profits and cash flow which is essential to your business survival.

For this reason, instead of waiting for thy kingdom come to raise that huge amount to launch out,you may decide to sell other people`s
products and services, either exclusively, or to complement your own product line.

You can stock your retail store with products, buy a franchise or other business, or obtain a distributorship or dealership. However, this
could require a substantial financial investment. I have used this system and it worked for me.

Here, then, are just a few ways to profit from engaging and selling other people`s products and
services.

1. Commission Sales
2. Joint Venture
3. Become a Distributorship
4. Become and Independent Marketer.
5. Network Marketing
6. Work For Few Months

These are just few of number if ways you can jump the hurdles of finance and raise money and gain experience to start your own business. We invite you to like our facebook page at www.facebook.com/hopeuchemadu

Hope Uchemadu
Live & Small Business Coach

Personal Motivation For Success.

Stay Humble. When you're not humble you're closed minded, which stops you from profiting from the experiences, thoughts and wisdom of others.

Although you need personal confidence, you have to keep an open mind that there is always room
for improvement and learning. Otherwise you may find yourself standing still, instead of advancing.
Always be grateful for the blessings you have.

Be inspired with success whether it’s yours or others. Learn from others who are better than you
at something, and improve. We’re all born with our own personal talents and there are others who have talents that we’ll never possess.
But that’s okay. This will help motivate you to improve your
talents and skills so that you can make what you do best, even better.

Don't look down on yourself, always think positive and say positive affirmations to yourself morning and night. Don't get tired of pushing,you just need to push one more time and you will get over it. Stay focused and stay motivated.

If you feel disgusting, you just need some adjusting. This adjusting begins with changing your attitude about you. Extend the same courtesy you do to others and
don't be so hard on yourself. Remember how you felt about yourself when you realized you were
destined to do great things for others.

Hope Uchemadu
Small Business Coach

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Success Paradigm

A piece of cake from my mentor Jim Rohn. Goal setting is a fantastic skill to develop—knowing how to design your own future. A life best lived is a life by design. Not by accident, and not by just walking through the day careening from wall to wall and managing to survive. That’s OK.

But if you can start giving your life dimensions and design and color and objectives and purpose, the results can be absolutely staggering.
If you desire to dine with success, changing your mindset is one of the criteria needed. Think positive.

Hope Uchemadu
Small Business Coach

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Changing Lives With Your Story


Few years ago, in my public speaking jorney. I was helped out of this pot-hole in the middle of the road as i was moving without asking for direction and without a headlamp to see beyond my nose. It took me a year to bounce back to my feet as a motivational speaker,a gist for another day.

To become a motivational speaker,
brainstorm about experiences and
events that may intrigue a large or
small audience. The key to success is to have a STORY that will carry your MESSAGE that is valuable to the listeners.

Ask, why will people want to hear what I have to say? Another point is for you to make sure that the audience can relate to and
appreciate the message. If the message is UNIQUE and MOTIVATING, people will happily pay money to hear what you
have to say again and again.

Every speaking presentation FREE or PAID is a chance to establish yourself, to help you gain public
speaking experience which is crucial to your success.

Experience and feedback helps
fine tune the message and gives the
speaker the chance to figure out what is a hit and what isn’t.

Public speaking is all about the MESSAGE and changing lives with WORDS.

Let me ask you this...What’s your message going to be?

Hope Uchemadu
#IdeaStrategist
#SmallBusinessCoach

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Small Business Marketing Plan Ice-Breaker

Know your numbers How much profit do you make on each sale? Before you can allocate your marketing budget, get comfortable with how your business is currently performing and where potential growth opportunities are.

How big are these opportunities? This information (combined with your business goals) will help you allocate your marketing budget and significantly impact your success.

Remember that even a modest marketing investment can achieve great results if invested wisely.
You will succeed.
Hope Uchemadu
#IdeaStrategist
#SmallBusinessCoach

Friday, 3 June 2016

Small Business Marketing Ice-Breaker


Having a viable business idea is good but turning that idea into a business that magnets sales and increase in profit is big ICE-BERG you must break to succeed.

When you have a little clarity and vision about how you could get started making money your path is more directed, there’s more clarity and focus.

To break the small business marketing ice-berg, you need to know your audience, define, research and locate your target audience then stick to them.

Go beyond the usual demographics and really try and understand your target customers. What are their motivations, aspirations and needs?

How and where do they consume media and information about products and services?

As a small business owner, you need not to rush into launching a business if you have not broken these ice-berg if you don't then consider your ship sinking or heading for disaster.

What are other ice-berg to break to succeed in marketing your small business? Watch-out here.

#IdeaStrategist
#SmallBusinessCoach

Monday, 30 May 2016

Do You Need Marketing Plan For Your Small Business?

A marketing plan is the driving force behind sales. Marketing plan is like a pothole free express way that your products and services will ride on a smooth journey to your clients who will receive your products and service with joy and gladly pay for the value they get. Without a plan in place, your marketing activities will be inconsistent, generating ineffective and disappointing results. So,my answer to the above question is YES!

Not a good approach if budgets are tight! Ultimately. A well-thought out
marketing plan will keep your business on track to achieve defined
goals. It will ensure that your marketing activities are carried out in a controlled way within your budget and that your results are maximized.

For the fact that you are starting small does not mean you don't need a marketing plan except if business growth is not in your agenda. But i am sure every business want to grow big even more bigger and the only way to achieve business growth is when your output gives value to your customers who will then buy into it.

One of the goals of every business is to increase in sales and make

profits. You need to map out a genuine result oriented marketing plan for your small business to grow.
#IdeaStrategist
#SmallBusinessCoach

Friday, 27 May 2016

Positive Thinking Power

Your positive action combined with positive thinking results in success. – Shiv Khera

After dinning with that famous mentor, the guy of 48 Laws Of Power. Here is what i squeezed out from our little conversation.

The law of attraction is the name given to the belief that “like attracts like” and that by focusing on positive or negative thoughts, one can bring about positive or negative results. You get what you want,that is the mind power.

This belief is based upon the idea that people and their thoughts are both made from “pure energy”, and the belief that like energy attracts
like energy. One example used by a proponent of the law of attraction is that if a person opened an envelope expecting to see a bill, then the law of attraction would “confirm”
those thoughts and contain a bill when opened. Hmmmmm.

"The worst times can be the best if you think with positive energy."
– Domenico Dolce

A person who decided to instead expect a check might, under the same law, find a check instead of a bill. You have to train your brain to be positive just like you work out your body.

Why not learn to build a positive mind set to enable you achieve success. It's 101% riskier for not taking that risk to succeed. Change your mind set today,think positive and be smart.

I know you enjoyed this article. Be positive about your success, take that step now. Like our facebook page at www.facebook.com/hopeuchemadu and share this article. Thanks.

Hope Uchemadu
#IdeaStrategist
#SmallBusinessCoach

What is Your Identity? (2)

Still on the same issue about creating a USP that will give you an edge over others. In telecom industry here in Nigeria when a house is painted YELLOW what comes to mind is MTN, same thing with others. What is your own.......?

Think about the topic your business is about and what can you add to the mix , to make it more interesting and unique? Or better still you can combine two things you already know about to make it extra-ordinary. Here are tips to help you find your USP.

1. Narrow down your topic. You need to specialize in one particular aspect of your topic. Instead of being a general accountant, you can narrow it down to an auditor, tax consultant, financial intelligent etc. In relationship, you can focus on singles only or married couples or both if you no your onions.

2. Pinpoint your target audience.
This is another technique that’s much more easy. For example, as a motivational speaker and business coach my target audience are the teens and youth's generally and i know where to find them. As a mechanic instead of focusing on all cars, you can choose to focus on Japanese vehicles, as a health consultant you can narrow down to dentist, optician etc.

3. Branding and advert. Once you’ve developed a USP, your next task is to communicate it clearly to your audience.

4. Create A great name and tagline.
Choose a short and easy to pronounce name and a simple great tagline that your prospective customers can know you with. Your name and tagline should always ring bell in the mind of your audience.

5. Expand your horizon. Go get more knowledge, read books, attend seminars and workshops. Don't ever stop learning and upgrading.

You can build your knowledge on other subject's but make sure you choose one or two and master the subject very well. Okay, i'll stop here. Using a powerful USP is the driving force that will build and position your business for success.

I leave you with this question. What makes you more unique , more valuable , and more visible in the market that will compel you to buy your own product or services?


#IdeaStrategist.
#SmallBusinessCoach

What Is Your Identity

Speaker JC Samson said something on SWEC about some young speaker's asking him to feature them in one of his programs which he is still finding a space to fix the cube.

Hey, don't get him wrong. The truth is, anybody can be featured if only your real colour is clear (what you are known for). Now, your unique selling point is what makes your business stand out. It’s what makes you different , unique which guarantees you a special place in the minds of your potential clients come rain or sun.

If you can make your business stand away from the crowd, if people can identify you from the crowd then you have a USP . Customers and fans will gladly spread the word about what you do because they love it and know you for it. But if you don’t develop an effective USP, building an audience or getting any customers to pay attention to you will be a constant struggle.

Ponder on this issue, stop jumping into everything. Define your identity.

Your Idea Strategist
Small Business Coach

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Overcoming Fear

I have been writing about fear, do you know why? Because it has been the major reason why youth's fail to achieve success.

“The cave you fear to enter, holds the treasure that you seek.” - Joseph Campbell

My question is, what’s the treasure you’re seeking in your life right now?

- A new career?
- Starting your own business?
- Choosing your live partner?
- Starting that project etc?

It doesn’t matter what it is, but if you’re not pursuing dream with 100% of your energy… it’s because you are being paralyzed, and robbed of your full power by Mr Fear.

Fear is something ALL of us go through on our journey to greatness.
No doubt about it, stepping out of the 'herd' takes guts, i know what am talking about because i have been through it before.

- There will be haters.
- There will be times when you feel like throwing in the towel.

Don't worry, just remember…It’s not an absence of fear that will make you great, but your ability to overcome it. In one word, it’s about your levels of courage.

No wonder courage is a word that doesn’t get used a lot in the mainstream. you must overcome your fears so you can step into your greatness! Think positive and always dream big. Action and action is what you need to boost your courage to be able to punch fear directly in the face and knock it down.

Hope Uchemadu

Courage Attracts Success.

"Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen."
- Winston Churchill

Why courage to listen? Because we are opening up to alternative ideas and as a result our precious beliefs and fixed ideas may be threatened and our ego rightness put in question. But without genuine listening there is no chance of real progress being made. Great men and women - and our best leaders - are not afraid to speak from the heart nor to listen generously.

Being negative is easy. There will always be a downside to everything good, a hurdle to everything desirable, a con to every pro. The real courage is in finding the good in what you have, the opportunities in every hurdle, the pros in every con.

Fear of unknown was standing against me 5 years ago. I was dinning with Mr Fear thinking that is the only way out. I tried short cuts but they only lead me back to where i started from not until when i began to confront fear with a positive mindset. I stepped out with action because my comfort zone is no longer comfortable for me. I staged fear with confidence, knowing that i am going to win...my courage gave me confidence of winning. Not taking risk is more riskier than taking risk.

Fast forward to today. I defeated fear of public speaking, i started my company. I am the CEO of Hopat Consulting a small business coach and consulting firm,author of 3 books, founder of successpace development centre (spadec) an NGO to help youth's on entrepreneurship skills, personal and professional development. It took me more than 5 years to re-define my true self ,make 'U' turn and focus on the right qualities, it was not easy but the truth is, i am not doing bad.

You too can achieve extra- ordinary, all you need do is to re-define, re-establish your values and focus on the right qualities. Be courageous to start and be confidence in yourself. You will succeed.

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Dream Big & Achieve It.

Monday, 9 May 2016

Aspire For Success,Take Action.

As you begin to take action toward the fulfillment of your goals and dreams, you must realize that not every action will be perfect. Not every action will produce the desired result. Not every action will work. Making mistakes, getting it almost right, and experimenting to see what happens are all part of the process of eventually getting it right.

"Life begins at the end of your comfort zone." ~ Neale Donald Walsch

If you could get the courage to begin, then you have the courage to succeed. It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome.

"There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning." ~ Louis L'Amour

After all that we have attained - or failed to attain - our perspective is different and a new vision appears. Life runs in cycles. The opportunity comes to transform our lives, but now we have the benefit of all we have learned.

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Thursday, 5 May 2016

3 Key Factors That Can Prevent You From Becoming Your Own Boss.


Starting a business of your own is never easy but with strong determination you can start your own business. Starting a business is easy once you know why you want to become your own boss. At SuccesPace Consult, we have discovered that even most people who know why they want to start a business of their own still find it difficult to launch out based on different reasons. And some of these factors that may stop you from starting your own business is what we are going to discuss below:

1. Fear Of Failure.
Most of would be entrepreneurs still dwell in the past, building up fear in their heart of their business failing and so will not want to start any. Everybody have that fear of one thing or the other but successful have recognized that without starting failure will not occur and that failure will serve as a motivation for them to wanting to succeed.

The fact is that no human being is perfect or an expert in anything except with the person tries and also learn and practice. What the world want to know is if you have succeeded? Thomas Edison failed thousand times but with determination to succeed he is a man of good history today. Cars, Electronic gadgets, mobile phones etc never came to be the way they are, the producers did some mistakes, trial and errors before they arrive at what we have today. You have that great potential in you and what you need to do is to bring it out and don't let it die inside of you. You have to nurture your ideas and dreams into reality.

Everybody have that fear even i have it too but i have learned how to turn this negative fear into positive fear. This positive fear will push you into action of starting that project. It is this positive fear that will remind you that if you are poor you will not achieve what you want in life, it is this positive fear that will inform you that if you don't start tat business now you may not have money to pay your bills and take care of the family so you need to get out there and start doing something positive. It is this positive fear that will motivate and inspire to think positive and act smartly.

2. Relaxing In Your Comfort Zone.
Nobody can become rich working for another man. Your boss will always pay you just a fraction from millions you generated for his company. And i see lots of people sitting comfortably in their comfort zone as they expect "Bank Alert" every month. Let me tell you the truth, if you don't plan for your retirement today, then you are enslaving and killing your future. I have a client who was working with a bank, he told me about his interest in owning his own business, that he needed a business that can give him freedom , and he can attend to some other issues and make money. I gave him small business ideas he can start while still working and when the business is stable he can quit his daily job. Today, his business is growing with 5 workers and he is raking in 6 figures monthly. This is a man that earns 60k monthly, he sacked his boss after 1 year of launching his business. So, don't relax in your comfort zone, always think out of the box.

3. Negative Friends And Family.
Some people today blame some members of their family and friends for business failures. Some friends and family are dream killers, they will try to talk you down from starting executing your idea. Nothing bad in discussing with your friends and family but don't buy into all their negative ideas. You have to know that, these people cant live your life and so you must do things that brings you joy. You have to know the type of friends you make, if your friends and family are not their to motivate you for success then get out from their group. I prefer having few friends that will inspire me for success than having bunch of them that will kill my dream. Just few years ago, when i discovered that some of my friends are not helping me to climb the ladder of success instead its always a drinking bar and nonchalant discussions that will not add value to my life,i decided to cut them off and stay far from them. This is because i want to create value for my life with my potential and resources available. So you need to change bad friends to good friends.

Have faith in God, and constantly picture yourself as a CEO or see yourself as that particular person you want to become. If you can see it then you can have it, you need to dream big. Have a vision and build your business around your passion, get a good business plan to help you actualize your goal. These are important factors you need to be aware of, so you don't let them stop you from moving ahead to start your own business.

Dream big & Achieve it.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

How To Generate Brilliant Ideas For Your Business.

An entrepreneur needs to be creative, constantly generating new ideas to move the business to next level. I will share with you the simple best methods that i ave used to generate effective business ideas.

Define The Problem. You want to solve a problem, you have to start by defining the problem to find out the actual course of the problem. Don't just move without ascertaining your location. It is imperative that you establish where you are before looking forward to progress. The best way to solve any problem is to find out what exactly is the cause so that you can be able to know what solution to provide. If you can get this done, you have found a business idea.

Another good way to generate business idea is through brainstorming. I am sure you must have heard of this method before? This is when a group of people come together to rub minds together, ask different questions to generate ideas. When you do this, forget to write down all the ideas that comes to mind. Lots of successful entrepreneurs have been able to move mountains after a successful group brainstorming. If everybody is at their in your mastermind class, you can get up to 10 good business ideas.

Day dream. Let your creative subconscious mind work for you. It's not strange that during the time you drive along the road staring at the screen, sleep on your bed, undertake your daily duties etc your sub-conscious continues to work for you, even though you may not be fully aware of this. Okay, how often have you been doing something and then suddenly an idea snaps into your mind? I want you to be conscious if this fact. Successful entrepreneurs generate good business ideas from this. Always try to identify a problem within and begin to think of a way to solve the problem.

But, the best way to build a business is to look to look into your own talent. If you can do something with ease that others find difficult, you can build a business on it. Don't look down on your talents because you think they come naturally to you. God created every man with a unique gift that another man don't have. Don't forget that you have to be passionate about what you want to do. As you ponder, reflect and contemplate on what kind of business to build, make sure your business idea matches with your temperament.

Don't forget to go about with a pen and a notepad with you cause an idea may come up from a discussion with friends, listening to a program, or during anything. A notepad will help you not to forget about the ideas and you can refine it at your own convenient time. You can generate ideas from re-designing an existing product or services. These are few ways to brainstorm for business ideas.

Friday, 29 April 2016

Simple Qualities You Must Have Before You Can Start A Business

On my weekly (Thursdays) #SmallBizTalk Show, many questions was asked and among all, i did noticed some common ones and i think its better i treat them on this platform for others who have the mind of starting a business of their own can get answers to the same questions.

Starting a business is never an easy job, you have to put in your best with hard work and determination to make it work. Business is not something you start today and expect it to spill out millions into your account. You don't rush into starting a business simply because you've seen that your friend is riding a big car and you feel you can start same business like he does.

Starting a business of your own should be built on a solid passion which must be burning straight from your heart. You must love what you want to do with all your heart and not because of money, if you do it perfectly without focusing on money....your work will attract money to you. Don't ever go into any business with the motives of making fast money. If you do, your business may not survive up to 2 years because what motivates you is money and not the growth and success of your venture which should be your top priority.

Don't get me wrong, when i say money should not be your first motive in starting a business. But, you need to know that short cut to success will always cut your green opportunities short. You first need to set up a good shock-absorber and pillar which can carry and sustain your business, and you must be able to dish out valuable products and services to your customers. If your customers are happy with your business then be rest assured that money will start flowing in and your business will grow into a big corporations. Alhaji Dangote started small with a big dream and today that small dream has become a house hold name in Africa.

If you think you want to have a business, then think first if you can be able to sustain it. Here are few simple important personal qualities you need to find out before starting that business:

- What do i really want?
- Why do i want to start a business? - What is my passion?
- Am i ready face and handle the obstacles on the way?
- What value do i want to give out?
- Do i have the personality to run a business?
- Do i have the finance to get the business up or what resources do i need to start

These are few things you need to find out and provide answers to before you can say you want yo start a business. Entrepreneurs are risk takers, are ready to be your own boss? Whatever your decision may be, i want you to keep one thing in mind "Always dream big,think positive and have a proper plan"

Dream Big & Achieve It.

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Customers The King Of Business.


In today's #SmallBizTalk, lets talk about the king of business. Venturing into a business is good and anybody can do that, but if you fail to negotiate with the decision makers ( customers ) them you are not ready. If you have true customers who are willing to buy your products and services then you are really in business. I do tell my clients on small business consulting that before you launch what ideas you have into the market,you need to first identify those that needs your services or products, what value will you add to their lives that will get them attracted to you and approve your business. Customers as the king of business are the ones to determine your stay in business, so find them and offer them the best and in-return you get extra-value (Money).

In business, customers research takes long time and patience to find enough who are willing to talk. Market research consultancies would charge you high fees to the job for you, but as a new starterup with a clear vision of where you want your business to be with concrete plan, you would be better off doing it yourself, just spend more time and do some market research by yourself, ask questions, visit places, go the the environment and find out what your target audience want and are saying about similar businesses.

Some questions you need to ask yourself are:

* Who are my customers? Do they have that characteristics to fit into the type of customers that your product or services will benefit?

* What are their buying style? What, how much, and how often do they buy?

* Why do they buy? Are the reasons customers say they buy with same reasons why you say they? E.g some customers just buy label names and not prestige. Fined out why?

* How much do they pay based on what the market is offering? Okay, how much will they be willing to pay for my products and services?

* What do they like or dislike about the current products and services? Can i be able to fill this gap and provide them with what they like?

Now, if you can judiciously give answers to these questions, you will be dinning with the kings of the market all the time without problem. Customers will be willing to stay online for numbers of hours just because you offer them the best. If no value is derived from from your products and services, your business will not go far. Your customers are the king of your business, so treat them well and give them good values if you you want extra-value. In business, if you develop an idea the next thing to do is to find out those that needs it.

Dream Big & Achieve It

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Pursue a Passion Not Money.

Lots of people just want to go into business not because they have passion for what they want to do but because of the hype of entrepreneurs are millionaire. These set of people often end up crash landing within few months or a year of starting the business.

Have a passion and you will surely make money but thinking of making money only, you will not. That is simple. If you want to be your own boss ,you must think of providing solution thereby creating big business empire and when your solution can solve the problem of your target audience money will flow into your account. Entrepreneurs are not driven by money , but the love of what they do. They create value to the benefit of others and in return they receive extra-value.

Now ,think about this. If you don't genuinely enjoy or love what you are doing,how will you motivate yourself to keep on moving when the tide is high? The truth is any real entrepreneurs work based on their passion and can communicate it to their clients, the money will flow in without stress. Greed is not the same as passion, and if you don't have the passion and enthusiasm to run your business and deliver some unique ,you will run out of energy and will end up working for someone else.

Whatever you choose to do in your business,make sure you can get excited about it. Pursue your dream with passion and success will come.
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Dream Big & Achieve It.

Saturday, 23 April 2016

12 Inspiring & Successful Quotes for Small Business Entrepreneurs.

Just started your small business? Need some inspiration? Here are 12 inspiring quotes to help you focus and grow your small business. Success means never to give up most of the time. There are time to quit, only when we are on the wrong direction.

If there’s anything we know about small businesses, it’s that they are always focused on growth.

“Small businesses are investing in the future by buying new equipment and real estate, hiring new employees, and increasing inventory, as well as refinancing debt to get
lower payments.” – Evan Singer.

So, as you chose to start your small business, we want to give you this powerful motivation to ignite your desire for success in your venture.

This 12 selected quotes are some of our favorite inspirational quotes from successful small business owners and entrepreneur to help you inspire your workforce and jumpstart your business. Enjoy:

1. “Growth is never by mere chance; it is the result of forces working together.” -James Cash Penney, founder, JC Penney

2. “To be successful, you have to have your heart in your business, and your business in your heart.” – Thomas Watson, Sr.,
former CEO, IBM

3. “Employees want to feel inspired by their leaders…hire individuals who will lead by example.” – Jody Kohner, VP of Employee Marketing & Management, Salesforce

4. “Play by the rules, but be ferocious.” – Phil Knight, founder, Nike

5. “Every problem is a gift – without
problems, we would not grow.” – Anthony Robbins, motivational speaker and writer

6. “It’s very easy to be different but very difficult to be better.”
– Jonathan Ive, Chief Design Officer, Apple

7. “The only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.” – Mark Zuckerberg, founder, Facebook

8. “Almost everything worthwhile carries with it some sort of risk, whether it’s starting a new business, whether it’s leaving home, whether it’s getting married, or whether it’s flying in space.”
– Chris Hadfield, astronaut

9. “Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you’re going to do now and do it.” – William Durant, co-founder, General Motors

10. “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.” -Henry Ford, founder, Ford Motor Company

11. “Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.” – John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States of America

12. “Success isn’t a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.” – Arnold H. Glasgow, writer

Ok, i want you to read and re-read this motivational quotes again, let it sink down your subconscious mind. Let it help you reason and think success. Then match out their and do that thing. You will succeed.
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The Elephant Rope (Belief)

Running a small business can be a
difficult task. Even some of the biggest and the most profitable
businesses around the world have
faced hardship in their early years of foundation, but they achieved success because they were determined to follow up based on their believe for success. . Here are inspiring stories of businesses which had to overcome hurdles before establishing themselves as global brands. Get motivated with this inspiring story:

A gentleman was walking through an elephant camp, and he spotted that the elephants weren’t being kept in cages or held by the use of chains. All that was holding them back from escaping the camp, was a small piece of rope tied to one
of their legs. As the man gazed upon the elephants, he was completely confused as to why the elephants
didn’t just use their strength to break the rope and escape the camp. They could easily have done so, but instead they didn’t try to at all.

Curious and wanting to know the answer, he asked a trainer nearby why the elephants were just standing there and never tried to escape. The trainer replied;

"The only reason that the elephants weren’t breaking free and escaping from the camp was because over time they adopted the belief that it
just wasn’t possible".

Moral of the story: No matter how much the world tries to hold you back, always continue with the belief that what you want to achieve is
possible. Believing you can become successful is the most important step in actually achieving it.

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Friday, 22 April 2016

How Do I Turn My Ideas Into A Business?

Last week about 46 youths asked me a vital question after my one hour intensive online (whatsapp) small business class Mr Hope " How do i turn my ideas into business"?

Turning your ideas into a business can be a big step. You may be wondering where to get started and how to figure out all of the details.

As you are considering all that you
need to do in order to turn your ideas into a business, consider these 3 simple questions and answer them. Your answers will your business idea is within your answer.

1. What is my passion?
2. What is my talent?
3. What skills or knowledge do i have?

Write down your answers and find out what else you need to know about your answers.

Starting a business can be an expensive and time-consuming venture. A common error in
starting a new business is to start it too big. Starting small can increase your chances of success.

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SMALL BUSINESS STARTUPS.

Running a small business can be
tough and demanding at times.
What motivates you to open your
doors up to customers each day?
When things get tough, it is always
good to remember why you started
your business in the first place. To be successful, you have to have
your heart in your business, and
your business in your heart.

Every new business starts with a dream. While some entrepreneurs fantasize about becoming the next Dangote, others are content to imagine a steady income that pays the bills and offers the freedom of
life without a boss. Finding the path to success isn’t always easy and it requires the right combination of a great idea, dream,passion, determination and a bit of business acumen, a sprinkling of creativity and hard work.

For those of you seeking a bit of inspiration to finally launch that idea you believe in, i am packaging a simple informative,educative and eazy to understand short report in ebook format to help,teach and inspire you to be your own boss within 2 weeks. Don't worry, you will be notified through this medium when the manual is finally ready.

To help you start ,run and be successful in your own business. I will be hosting weekly BE YOUR OWN BOSS SUCCESS CLASS starting from next month MAY 2016. It's going to be informative,educative and inspirational with success stories, interviews, business ideas, plan and strategies etc. You cant afford to miss it, more information soon. Till then, keep on pushing to achieve success.

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Wednesday, 20 April 2016

4 Common Questions Business Startups Ask!

As a small business coach and consultant which i have been doing for 10years. There are common questions which most of my client that want to start a small business of their own often ask. According to the research i conducted in 2010 which shows that more than 70% asked few common question. I believe that this is what happens to a lot of people who want to start a small business of their own.

I have decided to write this article to help answer four major questions most people have when it comes to new starting in business.
Here are the most commonly question asked:

1. Do I Start Big or Small?
My candid answer is, start any business requires that you gain enough knowledge about the said business. Starting big should not come in rather you should think of starting small, this will help you understand the business and its host environment well. Get your business steady and grow it big.

2. When Is The Best Time To
Start a Business?
The truth is, there is never a perfect time to start a business, except you want to venture into seasonal business that only last for some weeks or a month in a year,like festivals,raining season. Think about this; quite a lot of businesses flourished under the last economic
downturn and it can still happen in the future. So my answer is quite
simple. The best time to start a business is Today! Not tomorrow.
What i mean is that you should start now, start today with the decision that you are going to create your dream business. Start today with a
thought about the service you're going to provide. Start today by putting your ideas down on paper. Start today to study and research the business and it host environment. This is a step in the right direction. So dear friends, the best time to start a business is now and today.

3. What Type Of Business Can I Start?
This requires a lot of brainstorming but I'm going to give you simple tips that you can follow to decide on the type of business you should start. To generate a true business idea that you can start is from converting your hobby, passion , experiences and skill into a business. You can as well exploit an existing opportunity
which may requires little or no money to start. To start a business without capital then think of providing services. Therefore, it is easy for you to get clients, find a market, create a solution, and ultimately exploit opportunities the market presents. I must admit this is my favourite type of business
(providing and marketing service) of my small business coach/consulting services. Don't forget that any start-up business will go through tough times and without passion to overcome obstacles, most people will simply give up! My advice is for you to continue pushing and don't quit, all the big companies you know today started small. So what about exploiting an existing opportunity? Perhaps you're working in the place and have discovered that a particular service is missing or that an opportunity exists to deliver maybe a consultancy, particular product or a particular service. That is the kind of opportunity I'm talking about exploiting by taking action fast.


4. How Much money Do I Need To Start Up My Business And Some Will Say Where Am I Going To Get The Money To Start?
One of my mentor at an investors meeting said there is never a
shortage of money, there is just a shortage of well tested and well-presented ideas. This means anyone with a well-tested business idea
can actually raise the money they need for their business by way of investment. Another good way to get the money you need to start
your business is to ask the existing customers or potential customers to pay a deposit or pay in full before the service is delivered. This is very possible especially when your product or you're into service business, and your product must be
extremely useful to your target group. Are you seeing with these types of questions out of the way that there is no reason why you
should wait till December or January to start your small business?
Why not start acting today?
Why not take action today? Consider the first steps you can take towards starting your own business and don't wait any longer. The year is about to end. The sooner
you begin the sooner you achieve your dream of owning and running a successful business!

Hope Uchemadu is a Motivational Speaker, Live & Small Business Coach/Consultant with expertise to help you start and grow your businesses successfully. Are you thinking of going into business? Do you want to be your own boss and be financially free? Do you want us to deliver
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Tuesday, 19 April 2016

8 Key Qualities Of An Entrepreneur

A simple definition that comes to mind when it comes to entrepreneur is someone who is a risk taker. The definition of entrepreneur can’t be completed without identifying the key qualities that is seen in any true entrepreneur or whoever wants to become one. The skills aren’t the main difference between an ordinary person and an entrepreneur, there are qualities and traits involved too.
But i want to write about the main ones and here they are:

1. Contribution
A true entrepreneur makes a difference with the product/service he creates and offers. He finds out who his ideal customer is, a pain he has in his life and thinks of
something he can produce that will alleviate it, they are always searching for problems within or outside their immediate environments and they will make sure they provide solutions . Once he gets it done, such a client would
gladly pay for the right solution for his struggles in life. That’s when business and integrity go hand in hand.

2. Innovation
Entrepreneurs don't settle for the ordinary. They are always looking for the next big business idea out there or combine ordinary things from daily life in an unusual way to
create something useful and absolutely
fascinating and extra-ordinary. Or they just let their creative juices flow and hustle hard enough to make
something out of nothing and explain to people why they need to buy it,this is known as their unique selling proposition ( USP).

3. Vision
All true entrepreneurs see beyond their noses. Entrepreneurs are visionaries. They know what they want and have already achieved
their goals in their mind, before they pursue them in real life. They dream big, aim high and get fantastic results.

4. Trial and Error
The reason why they are risk taker is because they never quit from trying new things until they gets it righy. You can’t get it right from the very
beginning. Many people quit after a failure or a few. Others, stay around a bit longer but eventually lose hope, have invested too much in all this but don’t see it going anywhere, or lose confidence in their abilities. That’s why the top is never crowded but the bottom do. So, if you want to be an entrepreneur. You must have a strong spirit to continue pushing forward.

5. Resourcefulness
They never get tired. They know that success is never a day job. They don't go for short cuts. Entrepreneurs work with what they have to build stuff, but they also make the most of their connections, creativity, productivity and environment, while forming new
relationships, thinking of new ways to do things and finding new solutions to existing problems.

6. Opportunities
Entrepreneurs are opportunists. The average person, however, doesn’t keep his eyes open so that when opportunities come he can grab them and make the most of them.
Instead, he blames life for not giving him enough chances. But, Entrepreneurs always keep their eyes wide open for any opportunity.

7. Value
Entrepreneurship is about creating value, offering more than others expect and that’s exactly why the people who do it receive
more in return in terms of financial
rewards, praise, satisfaction in life and happiness.

8. Networking
That’s an important skill in the
entrepreneurial world these days.
If you’re running digital businesses, that shouldn’t stop you from reaching out to influencers, personally contacting your
users/clients to ask for feedback, making friends in your field, seeking guidance from those who are ahead of you in the same line.

But once you become a real entrepreneur, you’ll start traveling for work too. You’ll go to conferences – just to attend, and after some time maybe even speak – and meet
with people in person, you’ll get interviewed and go to special events. But it’s about people.
Entrepreneurs are thus great
communicators, most of whom started from nothing, but were motivated enough to put
themselves out there even if it means knocking on a few doors in your neighborhood asking people whether your potential product is something they will need. We are in the era of social media, so go out their and take advantage of all these platforms and get your business up in the sky. Be a risk taker, a solution provider,create and add value to peoples lives and you will get double in return.

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Monday, 18 April 2016

Believe In Yourself. Be a Winner.

You will achieve success this week. It is only a loser that always say " I will believe it when i see" when you hear somebody making this statement, that means he/she is already planning to fail. He/she has no clear vision of the future to achieve purpose in life and live happily.

But, successful people always have the believe that success is certain. They proclaim " I will believe it without seeing it, because i know all things are possible." With these strong affirmation, they are determined to pursue their passion with strong burning desire to succeed in whatever they are doing.

If you have a dream, you must believe in your dream, you must believe in yourself, you must see yourself achieving your heart desire. You will not allow self limitation to set in your way. You need to surround yourself with successful people. If where you are is not comfortable to agree with your success, change your position and move out of your comfort zone.

The first step in achieving the impossible is refusing to believe that anything is impossible and that is where faith comes in. Your faith must be strong enough to move mountains of obstacles. Faith is believing without proof.

Do you want to write your promotional exam? Have faith that you are already promoted. Do you want embark on a project? Have faith that it is already done. Do you want to start a business? Have faith that it will be successful. Do you want to go into marriage? Have faith that your marriage will be successful and fruitful. Always aim high. Don't settle for less, you are not a failure.

Map out plans to be a WINNER. take responsibility for your actions. Don't blame fate for failures or credit luck for success. Think positive and act smartly. Be who you want to be and live a fulfilled life.

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Saturday, 16 April 2016

5 Ways Small Businesses Can Survive In Any Harsh Economy

According to research, i believe that small business can still grow and survive an economy that is some how hard. No matter how bad the economy is small businesses can survive a crazy economy by taking some proactive steps in the right direction.

I have received some couples of emails and calls from my clients asking me on what they can do to stay in business considering the present economy that we are experiencing presently in Nigeria. I have some few important key point that can help you maintain your customers, sales and also attract new customers and increase sales. Follow this simple steps and get your small business rocking:

1. Provide a Unique Customer
Service All The Time.
Have a friend or colleague visit your business and provide feedback from a customer's perspective. This
person should be unknown by your staff and willing to provide a candid assessment , and you should use the advice as a yard stick to know what your small business is lacking and provide more benefit for your customers.

2. Make Sure Your Front And Back Office Work Are Efficient.
Are the front line and the back office telling your customers the same
thing? If not, then you must train and have a common slogan or message that all that is involved in your business must carry along. Your message and that of your staffs or your products and services must not contradict.

3. Manage Your Customer Relationships. They are the live blood of every business. They are the king and you must carry them along with respect and always put yourself in their shoes. If you treat them well, they will always come back and also introduce your business to their friends and family all because they were happy doing business with you. Keep in touch
often.

4. Review Your Strategic plan Monthly. Make sure you're doing the
things that will get you where you want to go. Your plans must be realistic and must go along with your vision and objective of business. If things are not going the way you want, then review and change your plan. Adjust your strategic plan as necessary.
Your "smallness" makes you more flexible.

5. Communicate Positively And Effectively.
Your employees and your customers need to be carried along in your business. Give them new directives and let them know in time if anything is changing for good in your business. Your employees should be the first to know your plans, benefits and strategies so that they can help fast communicate the message to your customers.
Nurture those relationships and always ask for feedback. Communication in business is a key to success.

Use this tips here to keep your small business alive and inform. I love to get feedbacks from you, so don't forget to share on tips using the comment box below.