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Independent Woman: Starting A Small Business

Independent Woman: Starting A Small Business

This article is the first part of the first in a series that will focus on making you tap into every aspect of your femaleness in building a successful, complete, independent woman.

Starting anything new is often challenging, causes anxiety, and is riddled with uncertainty. The odds are much better when you plan out every stage of the process. This article provides practical guidelines for starting your own business. Go through it carefully and keep a copy handy for when you need to implement it.

  1. Write and Review Your Business Plan

a. Ask trusted friends or professional advisors to review your business plan to make sure that you are not overlooking anything critical or making inaccurate assumptions.

b. You could ask;

a friend who owns his or her own business

a loan officer at the bank where you do business

an accountant (ask for an estimate for reviewing your plan first)

2. Be Creative and Ingenious. Market Smartly

  • Starting a new business when the economy is in a downturn takes creativity and ingenuity. Marketing is vital to getting ahead of the game and your competitors.
    • Take your business plan and really flesh out the marketing components.
      • What exactly are you going to sell,
      • who are your targeted customers,
      • how will you price your products or services,
      • and what is your plan for promoting your business?

3.Start Small But With A Plan To Expand

  • Manage your expectations and your expenses by starting as small as possible. Then plan to expand when business takes off.
    • Review your business plan and reconsider what you need to start.
    • For example, could you start in a smaller and less expensive location, or stay virtual by eschewing a physical office completely?
    • After deciding the best, most affordable space for your business, think about your staffing needs.
    • Before hiring full-time employees think about filling needed positions with independent contractors, temporary workers or part-time staff.
    • Remember, save money but save smartly: Ensure they are still really good!

NB: Tailor each piece of advice here to your specific need.

Watch out for the second part of this article. And every article in the Independent Woman series.

Thank you for reading.

Have a lovely day.

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Happy International Women’s Day ❤

Yay 🥳💕

It’s International Women’s Day and the theme for this year is “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow”, recognizing the contribution of women and girls around the world.

“Here’s to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them”.

There’s something special about being a woman! A woman is an epitome of beauty, wisdom and care. We are nurturers, we are amazing, adorable, lovable, wonderful, powerful and phenomenal.

To all my Queens! Stand tall. Walk proud. Live in your truth. Be kind. Be yourself and don’t ever forget how wonderful you really are!

Happy International Women’s Day 💕

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Celebrating Women’s History Month!

March is Women’s History Month 🥳💕
Women’s History Month is a celebration of women’s contributions to history, culture, and  the society.

“Every woman’s success should be an inspiration to another. We’re strongest when we cheer each other on”. Serena Williams.

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We celebrate you Queens👏🏽❤👏🏽

I saw this beautiful article on http://www.bellanaija.com and thought to share with you guys. Thank you Bella Naija for putting this together.

On Wednesday, Guaranty Trust (GT) Bank announced the appointment of Miriam Olusanya as its Managing Director/CEO, the first woman to occupy the position since the bank was established in 1990. With the announcement, GT Bank joined the list of commercial banks in Nigeria who have women in charge of affairs.

Earlier this week, First City Monument Bank (FCMB) announced Yemisi Edun as its MD/CEO. On the 1st of January 2021, Nneka Onyeali-Ikpe assumed office as the MD/CEO of Fidelity Bank Plc.

Other women leading affairs at commercial banks in Nigeria include: Ireti Samuel-Ogbu(Citibank Nigeria), Halima Buba (SunTrust Bank), and Tomi Somefun (Unity Bank).

Wow, I love to see women doing great things and setting the pace for the young ones. This is just so beautiful to read and very inspiring.

We celebrate you all and every other woman doing amazing things out there. Well done and thank you for encouraging us.

These women are truly a source of inspiration!

Please go on http://www.bellanaija.com to read more about these Quintessential Women 💕

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Believe in yourself that you can do it and work towards it – Obiajulu Olabisi Ugboh

Today, we are talking to a woman of many ranks. Obiajulu Olabisi Ugboh is a personal development and career coach, educationist, entrepreneur, actor, singer and also a co-host of popular breakfast show- “Your View” aired on TV Continental. She speaks about her upbringing, her life as a career coach, an OAP, her source of motivation and more.

  1. What was your dream job as a young girl?

I dreamt of being many things from a teacher to a singer to a dancer to a school owner to a business tycoon to an actress to a TV host, to a model to a beauty queen etc. I was blessed with many gifts so it was difficult to settle into one thing even as a child because I could do almost all. I’m happy that I am everything I dreamt I would be. I was able to explore them, and grow into the ones that align with my purpose on earth now.

  • 2. What was growing up like for you? 

Growing up was pretty interesting! It was a roller coaster of experiences that was bitter sweet but helped shape the woman I am today.


3. It is interesting that you have two beautiful names, Olabisi Obiajulu, which are peculiar to two different tribes in Nigeria. Would you like to tell us more?

My names are a combination of my parent’s tribes. My mum is Yoruba from Ado-Ekiti and my dad is from Asaba, delta state. So the Olabisi in my name isn’t borrowed 😂 it’s mine and my favourite because it’s blessed me immensely.

4. You are a woman of many ranks. You are a musician, an educator, a co-host on ‘Your View’, a life coach and the list continues. What inspired you to go into all these?

My passions drive me. I’m passionate about helping people become the best version of themselves as I constantly develop myself. I like people to think deep and not just accept the status quo. I also love to entertain people, make them laugh and relaxed. Life is hard enough😂

5. How will you describe your experience being a co-host on ‘Your View’?

The experience being a co-host on your view is shaping me every day to be better, a fast thinker and have the ability to proffer solutions on the spot! It’s my BIGGEST training ground and I’m grateful 🙏🏾

6. Do you have mentors and how have they influenced you?

I only have one physical mentor and he’s been of immense help to my growth and the expansion of my capacities. I selected him specially because he’s a man of many talents and excels in all like me. It was important that I picked a multi-talented mentor like myself who understood me and gave me a template of success that worked for him. Any other mentor who believed in jack of all trades master of none would have just made me feel bad about my talents and try to put me in a box. I have other mentors from afar too😁

7. How are you able to combine all you do with other life responsibilities?

I do a lot of planning and delegation. I work with partners from time to time and I handle and focus on one task at a time. Everything has its place and time for it.

8. What woman inspires you and why? 

Oprah Winfrey and Mo Abudu because they are go getters and I want to be that forceful in achieving my set goals and building my empire😁

9. What’s your typical day like?

Work, eat, nap, read and sleep except I have a project to work on that day

10. How do you motivate yourself and stay motivated?

I’ve tasted poverty and I’ve tasted riches and I never want to go back to poverty. Anytime I remember that, I’m running 😂😂😂😂. I also want to help people grow and reach their potentials.

11. What word of advice will you give the young girls, women and every other person out there?

Every young girl out there, believe in yourself that you can do it and work towards it day by day because it will come and you must be able to see the opportunity and grab it.

Nikkyosblog specially appreciates Obiajulu Olabisi Ugboh for her time and for sharing a lot with us in this session.
You can follow her on Instagram @beeceeugboh 💕

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