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5 Lucrative Ways to Use Whatsapp for Business

5 LUCRATIVE WAYS TO USE WHATSAPP FOR BUSINESS

The simplicity of Whatsapp shouldn’t fool you into thinking its use is limited to mere casual chatter. Whatsapp can be a powerful and highly cost-effective business tool to those who know how to properly employ its features for business. Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency, shares 5 lucrative ways to use Whatsapp for business.

For Customer Engagement and Support

Whatsapp is a great tool for delivering customer service and a great platform for customer engagement and support. Whatsapp’s SMS features and its ability to send images, video clips, documents, media and audio files make it a great tool for customer engagement and support; it can be used to engage customers and help increase sales as well as garner a good reputation for your business. Whatsapp is also a great follow up tool for converting business leads into repeat orders, and is a platform for you to also share regular updates about your business at little or no cost rather than through email or SMS. It’s also an effective, convenient and cost-effective way for customers to reach out to you when they have complaints or feedback on your products or services, rather than customers wasting time and spending hundreds of Naira on-hold, waiting for their calls to be picked on a customer care line.

Hip Hop Lyrics And Business Sense!

Hip hop artists love flaunting their money – but can they teach us anything about how to make it?

Ben Horowitz, a leading Silicon Valley venture capitalist, certainly thinks so. He told the BBC World Service how listening to rap music had helped him to make critical business decisions.

“It’s mostly what I listen to, but it also turns out to be very relevant to business, in terms of the issues that come up.
“A lot of it is about business and about competition. A lot of it is about feelings, about how something might make you feel.”
Mr Horowitz, co-founder of Andreessen Horowitz, which has made a fortune from investments in firms such as Groupon and Skype, said that when it came to big strategic decisions feeling can be more important than logical thought.

Investment Guide Imo State of Nigeria

Imo State is one of the 36 States in the Federal Republic of Nigeria, with an administrative structure of 27 Local Government Areas (LGAs) and 36 Development Centers.

The State has a total land mass of 5289.49 sq. kilometers with an estimated population of about 4.8million people, who are generally enterprising and hospitable.

Imo State occupies a strategic location as the Heartland of the Eastern Region of Nigeria with Owerri as its capital. The State enjoys proximity to many of the neighboring states’ metropolitan markets including Port Harcourt, Onitsha, Enugu, Abakaliki, Yenagoa, Calabar and Uyo.

The governor of the of Imo state of Nigeria is  his excellency Owelle Rochas Okorocha.

The State has an International Cargo Airport in Owerri, and enjoys access to the seaports of Port Harcourt and Calabar. The Clean and Green Initiative of Governor Ohakim’s Administration has raised the investment potential of the State as a tourist center and investment haven within the South Eastern Region of Nigeria.

HOUSING

Housing and urban development is a priority area of Government, to provide affordable housing for the citizens. A Bureau of Housing and Urban Development was set up to liaise with reputable developers to partner with the State Government in the development of quality and affordable houses for Imo State citizens. Government thrust is to provide shelter for Imo citizens, stimulate wealth creation and develop the real estate market.

AGRICULTURE

Imo State is recognized as one of the rice and oil palm producing States in Nigeria, notwithstanding the fact that most farming practices in the State are done at subsistence levels.

The State has vast arable farm land located at Ideato, Oguta, Ihitte Uboma and Ohaji Egbema local government areas for rice and oil palm cultivation and production. Investors are being invited in the area of rice and Palm oil production and processing.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Imo State is one of the first States in Nigeria to wholly grab the new developments in the area of Information Technology. The Information Technology and telecommunication markets are fast growing making it one of the most attractive investment areas. Imo State welcomes investors in the area of information technology, and communication.

FREE TRADE ZONE

The State Government is anxious to attract investors interested in its general purpose free trade zone in the State to quicken the pace of industrial development and enhance employment opportunities. There is no free trade zone in the whole of South East Nigeria.

TOURISM

Imo Wonder lake Resort and Conference Centre is one of the most ambitious projects embarked upon by the State government of Nigeria. Located around the blue Oguta lake, Imo Wonder lake Resort is intended to be a premier conference / events, tourist / recreational destination, with golf course, amusement parks and other Disney world class facilities.

INFRASTRUCTURE

one of the policy thrusts of the Imo State Government of Nigeria is rapid development of infrastructure, with particular emphasis on water, electricity, transportation, solar energy.

OIL & GAS

Imo State has large quantities of Crude Oil and Gas deposits, which have not been fully exploited. Indeed investment opportunities abound in the areas of crude oil prospecting/exploration and production, establishment of oil refineries and petrochemical industries, establishment of mid-stream gas and fertilizer plants.

MINERAL RAW MATERIALS

Imo State also has substantial quantities of diverse raw materials which have remained largely unexploited. Among the mineral resource endowments are crude oil, lime stone, clay, marble, lead, zinc, stone and coal. Most of the minerals have long lists of alternative industrial use. E.g.

1. Coal/Lignite-sources of generated energy.

2. Petroleum-oil and gas/petrochemicals, fuel

3. Limestone-cement, fertilizer, carbide

4. Silica-glass manufacturing

5. Granite stone-construction materials

6. Kaolin- clay cosmetics, pulp and paper

7. Gypsum- cement plaster of Paris, fertilizer

8. Marble-terrazzo/ceramics, cement

Source: ImoStateGov

FG to Reduce Cost of Starting Business – Aganga

The Federal Government of Nigeria on Tuesday said that it was working on modalities that would reduce the cost and procedures of starting a business as well as make it possible for both Nigerians and foreigners to start their businesses within 48 hours.

The Minister of Trade and Investment, Mr. Olusegun Aganga, disclosed this in Abuja at the maiden edition of the Doing Business Workshop.
He said that government was intensifying efforts at removing the bottlenecks associated with doing business in Nigeria by harmonizing taxes collected by both local and state governments in line with the Federal Government’s efforts to improve the ease of doing business in Nigeria.
He said, “We are working to improve the ease of doing business in the country. Our strategy to achieving this is by setting up implementation teams comprising the stakeholders and ensuring that these teams work on the sub indicators. We have started recording some success already.
“The Corporate Affairs Commission of Nigeria, an agency under my ministry, has started working on reducing the procedures, time and cost to start a business from an average of 36 days to less than five days, 77 per cent of income per capital to less than 10 per cent of income per capital and from nine processes to less than five processes in the medium term.
“Our long-term goal is to ensure that businesses can be started in this country within 48 hours. A number of state governments in Nigeria are also harmonizing taxes and levies among themselves and the Local Governments in their domain to avoid saddling companies.”
Aganga stated that the ministry had concluded plans to set up a competitiveness council in Nigeria, which would be driven by the private sector to improve the competitiveness of the nation’s business environment.
He said, “We are working on improving the competitiveness of our nation. To achieve this, we are working with the private sector to set up a Competitiveness Council which will be private sector-driven and made up of members from the public and private sectors in Nigeria.
Aganga added, “We are also working on enabling domestic, regional and international trade. We are in the process of re-invigorating the trade facilitation task force to improve its effectiveness.

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How To Start Mobile Phone Accessories Business in Nigeria

The introduction of Global System of Mobile of communication (GSM) in Nigeria as indeed created a lot of business opportunity for Nigerians. One of such money making opportunity is the sales of Mobile phone accessories. E.g (Battery, mobile phone repair parts, battery Charger, Memory Cards, Ear Piece and phone Jacket)Mobile phone accessories are components that enable GSM phones to work properly and also increase the life span of mobile phones. The Mobile phones accessories that sell most in Nigeria are those of Nokia, Samsung and Sony Ericsson products etc,

Powerful Quotes from 48 laws of Power by Robert Greene

Powerful Quotes for business and leadership is a collection of power full statements I discovered while reading the book the 48 laws of power written by Robert Greene.

Actually, I first came across this wonderful book while it was being advertised in a ferryboat I entered from Apapa to outer marina in Lagos Island Nigeria. I was persuaded and I bought a copy of the book based on some of the quotes read out by the book seller in the boat. Get copies of 48Laws of Power
I must say the knowledge I gained from reading the 48 laws of power by Rorbert Greene as indeed helped me to understand the intrigues and power play that goes on in the work place, business, society and life generally.

Below are some of the wisdom quotes I discovered while reading the book 48 laws of power.

This wisdom quotes have been very useful to me so, I believe you too will benefit from them as you read the entire pages of the book 48 Laws of power by Robert Greene.

Below are some of the powerful Quotes for Business and leadership (48 laws of Power by Robert 5Greene)

“NEVER OUTSHINE THE MASTER” 48 Laws of power by Rorbert Greene   get copies of   48Laws of Power
Always make those above you feel comfortably superior. In your desire to please and impress them, do not go too far in displaying your talents or you might accomplish the opportunity-inspire fear and insecurity. Make your master appear more brilliant than they are and you will attain the height of power.

“NEVER PUT TOO MUCH TRUST IN FRIENDS .LEARN HOW TO -USE ENEMIES” ….48 Laws of power by Rorbert Greene

Be wary of friends –they will betray you more quickly, for are easily aroused to envy. They also become and tyrannical. But hire a former enemy and he will be more loyal than a friend, because he has more to prove. In fact, you have more to fear from friends than from enemies. If you have no enemies, find a way to make them

“CONCEAL YOUR INTENTIONS”… 48 Laws of power by Rorbert Greene

Keep people off-balance and in the dark by never revealing the purpose behind your actions. If they have no clue what you are up to, they cannot prepare a defense. Guide them for enough down the wrong path envelop them in enough smoke, and by the time they realize your intentions, it will be too late.

“ALWAYS SAY LESS THAN NECESSARY” ….48 Laws of power by Rorbert Greene

When you are trying to impress people with words, the more you say, the more common you appear, and the less in control. Even if you are saying something banal, it will seem original if you make vague, open-ended sphinx like. Powerful people impress and intimidate by saying less. The more you say, the more likely you are to say something foolish.

“SO MUCH DEPENDS ON REPUTATION GUARD IT WITH YOUR LIFE”…. 48 Laws of power by Rorbert Greene

Reputation is the cornerstone of power. Through reputation alone you can intimidate and win; once it slips, however, you are vulnerable, and will be attacked on all sides. Make your reputation unassailable. Always be alert to potential attacks and thwart them before they happen. Meanwhile, learn to destroy your enemies by opening holes in their own reputations. Then stand aside and let public opinion hang them.

“Court attention at all cost”

“Make other people come to you use bait if necessary”

“Win through your actions, never through argument”

‘Infection: avoid the unhappy and unlucky”

“Learn to keep people dependent on you”

“Use selective honesty and generosity to disarm your victim”

“When asking for help appeal to people’s self-interest, never to their mercy or gratitude”

“Pose as a friend, work as spies”.

“Crush your enemy totally”

“Use absence to increase respect and honor”

“Keep others suspended terror cultivates an air of unpredictability”

“Do not build fortresses to protect yourself-isolation is dangerous”

“Know who you are dealing with- do not offend wrong person”

“Do not commit to anyone”

“Play a sucker to catch, a sucker-seem dumber than your mark”

“Use the surrender tactic: transform weakness in to power”

“Concentrate your forces”

“Play the perfect courtier”

“Re-create yourself”

Keep your hands clean

Play on peoples need to believe to create a cult like following

Enter action with boldness

Plan all the way to the end

Indeed this powerful quotes from the 48 laws of power by Robert Greene a must have book. I will recommend you order a copy of this book you will never regret owning one. You can order a copy Now through the Amazon stores 48Laws of Power.

Reading the 48 Laws of power by Rorbert Greene has improved my understanding on how to best handle my business and my human relationships for profit making.

Get Paid to Make People Laugh through Standup Comedy business In Nigeria

The entertainment industry in Nigeria is one sector of the economy that is fast growing.

Through music and moving making some young Nigerians like Tuface, Dbang, omotola and Genevieve have become self employed, rich and famous.

Also, one other branch of the Nigerian entertainment industry that is equally becoming very lucrative is the standup comedy business.

With standup comedy in Nigeria, popular comedians like Alibaba, basket mouth, Julius Agwu, I go dye, Teju baby and many too numerous to mention have become millionaires.

These popular comedians organizes comedy shows on regular basis, where they charge gate fee of N5,000 for regular, N50, 000 for VIP guests (Very Important Personalities) and some times N100, 000 for V.VIP Guests (Very. Very Important Personalities).

If you have ever attended any of the comedy shows organized in Lagos or Abuja, you will know that indeed comedy business in Nigeria is very lucrative. With the large number of people that attend comedy shows to laugh out their stress and sorrows some Nigeria comedian make millions from comedy shows.

Therefore; Are you funny and can crack jokes to make people laugh?

If yes then, you too can make money and become popular like those comedians whose names I mentioned above.

I will like to let you know that most of the Nigeria comedian did not get to stardom one day, they all started comedy from a very humble beginning. So didn’t think when I will ever become like them. You can become a successful comedian if you believe you can achieve your dream.

However, I will advice you not to stop at believing alone but take steps to actualize your dream of become a successful comedian.

To become a sort after comedian in Nigeria below are what you must do.

Discover your talent.

Read books, watch films, listen to comedy tapes and study what is going on your environment and draw inspiration to write jokes.

Write and document your jokes.

Your jokes must be original, not recycled jokes.

Attends comedy shows to learn how other comedians are performing.

Learn from the successes and failures of those big comedians in Nigeria.

To get people to know, start by offering free service at birthday parties, weddings and other social function.

Go for talent hunts show to show case your talent; you may lucky get sponsors/promoters if you perform well.

To Read the Suns interviews with Mr Opa William the promoter of a night of a thousand laughter comedy show in Nigeria.

Also, read about Julius Agwu one of the leading comedian in the country.

How to Start A Business In spite Of Obstacles

On daily basis a lot of people come up with brilliant ideas and plans for setting up great businesses, but most of these ideas and plans die natural death due to either lack of finance, poor planning, poor execution, procrastination and lack of skill.
Do you have a plan to set up businesses of your own and don’t know how to go about it because of certain challenges? If so, don’t worry because in this article you will be motivated and also discover how to setup a business with ease (in spite of obstacles).
There are three levels of businesses one can setup (small, medium and large scale). But these businesses also have different setup requirements in terms of financing, equipment needed, space and project time execution etc.
Which ever level of business you desire to start you must take into consideration all that is needed to actualize it.
For example to start a medium or large scale business; the first thing you need do is ask yourself.
Do I have the financial resource and skills needed to execute this project?
And if I don’t have enough resources, how then I can get them?
Once you are able to provide answers to the above questions then you can go ahead to execute the plan for your medium or large scale business setup. But failing to get that done, means you have to change your plans to suit the resources you have at hand.
How to Start a Business in spite of obstacles (start on a small scale).
So stop complaining of your inability to start that business due to lack of capital. You can achieve your desired goal, if you choose to start a small scale enterprise with the little capital you have and watch it grow to become a big company.
How to Start a Business In spite of obstacles (Don’t give up make a move).
Martin Luther king once said “if can’t fly, run, if you can’t run, walk and if you can’t walk, crawl but by all means keep moving”  
Only when you take steps no matter how little they are that you can get to your destination. Know that most of those big businesses you see around in your environment were once small business concern destination.  
Start small now; you will one day become an industrialist of grate repute.
How To Start A Business in spite of obstacles (Quality thinking)
 “Good thinking, good product” A popular Japanese proverbs that emphases possibility thinking.
Even with a positive mind set towards rendering quality products and rendering quality service, I’m very sure you will make lots of money from customers.
See you at the top.