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10 Skills Every Entrepreneur Needs For the Rest of 2017


We’re in the second half of 2017 already, time really went by fast! If you’ve been able to achieve some of your goals good for you, if you’re still on it, then keep reading. This blogpost will list 10 skills you need to have in you for the rest of the year.

Most entrepreneurs and motivated professionals know the importance of investing in themselves and improving their strengths over time. You should be looking to include growth targets, events to participate in, relationships to build and all. If you have these targets and you’re on the right path.

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How Networking Builds Confidence

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Networking builds confidence, it’s also a necessary part of self or business marketing. On the other hand and for some, it can be a real challenge. Feelings like fear, self – doubt and may leave some wanting nothing to do with networking.  Honestly speaking, to get ahead, you will need to get out there and work on these feelings and be confident in selling yourself, your products or services.

Networking opportunities are ripe for the picking and now is the perfect time to brush up on your skills, and give your confidence a boost.

Want to know how networking builds confidence level? Read below:

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21 Success Tips for Young and Aspiring Entrepreneurs

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Being successful often means learning from those who have already achieved their goals. Having a mentor is an amazing blessing to an entrepreneur, but not everyone can find one in person.

If you haven’t yet found your personal business guru, here are 21 success tips for every young or aspiring entrepreneur to help get you started.

1. Challenge yourself.
Richard Branson says his biggest motivation is to keep challenging himself. He treats life like one long university education, where he can learn more every day. You can too!

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What every Nigerian entrepreneur must know about personal development

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Personal development is an ongoing and lifelong process for those who choose to work on it. It allows for assessing and considering skills, behaviours, qualities etc in our personal lives which can improve the quality of our life. It also goes further to assist in the maximisation of our potential.

It pays to identify the skills you need to be ahead in life and those which can enhance your employability prospects, raise your confidence, and lead to a more fulfilling, higher quality life. It is then important to plan and make relevant, positive and effective life choices and decisions for your future to enable personal empowerment and then personal development.

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Protecting and Branding Your Service Business For Success

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According to the article “How To Protect Your Service Business and Brand It For Success” by contributor Chidike Samuelson,  “..if you have a product, your product is your brand and can sustain you. If you wholly deliver services, you become the brand, and then it becomes necessary for you to learn how to brand yourself for success”.

In other words, businesses that sell a product brand themselves through those products. As such, customer loyalty is a result of that product’s success. Product integrity is a bit easier to maintain than integrity of staff and the people who make up the business. Service businesses on the other hand asides from maintaining the integrity of their services also have to deal with maintaining the integrity of their employees.

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3 Ways Nigerian Entrepreneurs Can Succeed in Business

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When it comes to business, a number of Nigerian entrepreneurs are short on time, money and resources. We’ve taken little time out to bring together few quotes from top Nigerian business owners which should teach us all one or two things to adopt in our quest for all round success in life.

Below are 3 quotes from top Nigerian entrepreneurs we believe will guide you on how to achieve business success. These business owners have each achieved massive success in their various fields and what’s better than learning from them.

  1. Be Audacious –

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How to Make the Most of Networking Events in Lagos

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Networking can be and should be a positive experience. You just need to approach it with the right attitude and the proper mindset. If you live in Lagos, these events should be a vital part of your business or professional success. They allow you mingle and connect with forward thinking individuals and make important business connections. Another important benefit is they help connect you to a much-needed job or contract.

Practice and preparation will help you develop the skills it takes to be effective at a networking event. Nonetheless we have listed below a few things to help you make the most of attending networking events in Lagos.


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5 reasons business cards are still important in 2017

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Great networking is always about a connection. Your business card can be useful in ensuring you leave a real lasting impression to the contact you have just met. It could be by an interesting introduction, or even the design and quality of your business card. For example, give an awesome instance of how you or your business serves the need of others and hand your card over to whom you’re discussing with. Chances are that you’ve created a great impression which they’ll remember for long and handing over your business card gives them an opportunity to contact you in the near future.

With almost everything being done digitally nowadays, one can wonder if the need for business cards still exist but irrespective of all the technology in our daily life, there is still need to add a personal touch, such as a business card, to your networking strategy. Networking is about making meaningful connections, and sometimes technology—or the act of using it—can be impersonal.

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6 Tips to stay on top of Economic Recession this 2017


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There are a variety of ways in which you or your company can take the bad qualities of a recession and turn them into profitable ones. We thought of this and decided to put together a few tips to encourage you on how to thrive despite being in an economic recession and still be profitable.


1. Positive approach – Firstly it’s important to have a positive attitude and outlook on the recession. Don’t let fear take over you or your business as stability and growth are very much possible during tough times. Protect your mindset, if you don’t block negativity and focus on doing the few things that will generate profits and successful results, you could start experiencing a downhill movement. Take the circumstances of the recession and use them for your advantage. You may find growth and long-term prospects coming your way. Confront the economic recession into an opportunity for advancement.

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8 Tips for the Best Holiday Networking Experience

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This holiday season provides some of the best networking opportunities of the entire year. With all the parties, events, visits and what not to attend you can have fun and also use it for doing business, for networking, for connecting with as many prospects as possible.

Below are a few tips to help you have the best holiday networking experience and use them to your advantage:

1. Be present at as many parties and events as possible.

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5 Ways Your Startup is Losing Money and How You Can Fix It


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All businesses, especially startups should understand the importance of maintaining a profitable bottom line. Often times business owners make decisions that quickly depletes their available funds. To keep your business running, you’ve got to keep your eyes on certain aspects that can save you money.

It is widely known that small businesses are the backbone of the Nigerian economy and has the potential for inclusive growth. As an entrepreneur, you need to know how to maximize every penny and cut down on the amount of money you lose. Identifying areas where you’re prone to loss will help find ways to stop unnecessary loss and increase your profits.

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What To Learn From Introverts’ Networking Superpowers


One of the most common arguments when it comes to networking is that introverts struggle more than extroverts. This is not only false, but introverts have many qualities that actually make them more strategic networkers than extroverts!
While introverts have to work harder to break out of their shells, they have a few tricks up their sleeves too. Here are three advantages introverts have when it comes to networking. View more