Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Teaching others make me work harder – Ani of Esperanza Cakes

Chika Eunice Ani is the CEO of Esperanza Cakes and Bakes, a business outfit that was established in 2009. Since then, the entrepreneur who first trained at Lavina Concept before proceeding for further training at the Cake Mastery Institute and PME, both in the UK, has grown and expanded her business into Osogbo and Enugu, with Port Harcourt and Abuja, soon to join her branches. In this interview with UZEZI ADESITE, she talks about her motivation, challenges and strategy for success. Excerpts:

What motivated you to setup your business?
I have always loved being creative. So after school, I decided to look for what to do on my own. I then decided to go for what gives me pleasure; doing it not for the money but the fulfillment I get in doing it. Today, we thank God, it’s a success story and it's now yielding profit.
Between 2009 and now, you have definitely come a long way. What types of challenges did you have to cope with?
Yes, it's been a long way.  Initially the challenge was about starting small. The competitions were major cake designers in big offices and all, and I am just starting from the house. Most clients will come and seeing I am still working from home will look down and underestimate what I can do; because I was still building my company name. The ones that will want me to do the job finally will price it so low because they believe I am still working from home. If they wanted the high priced cakes they can go to the already established cake houses to pick one. And having to compete with that was my major challenge then.

Friday, February 06, 2015

I started my business with N50, 000 – Agusto

Folayemi Agusto is the Chief Executive Officer of The Artisan Gift Company, an establishment that was registered in January 2014 to provide services to celebrants and event makers. As an entrepreneur, Agusto who was featured in the premier edition of GT Bank SME Market Hub ‘Merchant Monday’ programme, said her expectation when beginning her business is very different from the reality she has gotten. In this interview with UZEZI ADESITE, the graduate from University of Virginia, USA, discusses her business and issues in the event management industry.

Tell us about The Artisans Gift Company?
The Artisans Gift Company is a gift and favour business based in Lagos Nigeria. We sell a range of gifts and favours for all sorts of events like baby showers, bridal showers, weddings, birthday parties and also package corporate gifts.
Why did you set up this business?
I started this business because I am very into event management and planning. I have attended lots of events in Lagos over the years and I never liked the gifts that were given out. I have seen vegetable oil as gift, I have seen garri. My cousin received bleaching cream last year. I have seen so many buckets and trays; so many odd things that people might not really need at home. So I wanted to change this industry I guess and change the gifts that were given out to things that are more practical, more useful and functional.

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

How to start an event and catering business


Are you unemployed, browsing the web and looking for vacancy adverts with email alerts of new openings from Jobberman and co flooding your mail box on a daily basis? Or, maybe you have a job that pays your bills but you are restless because you want to be somewhere else, doing something else that gives you joy. Perhaps, you are a super working mother (wife, mother and career woman), hoping for a change that will offer you more stay at home time with your family.

What do you love doing and where lies your passion? Almost any hobby can be turned into a business once you identify those who have a need for such services. Some event or catering businesses were started out of passion of the owners, to help someone they know organize an event or handle the catering of an event.
Do you love cooking? Is making an event venue look beautiful your thing? Or have you been to some events and wished the planner had done this or that with the arrangement of the decoration?

Pattyclues Events and Decor

Perhaps, you have given starting a business in event management or catering a thought before but feel discouraged for reasons such as:

·        too many people already doing the business
      ·        no fund for startup
      ·        no idea of the needed skills and tools etc.

Well, two professionals are here to give us tips on these.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

How to earn money through writing


What the public believes is that you cannot survive on the income you make as a writer. What I believe is that as long as there is a possibility of getting an income through writing, then anything is possible. The experience of the public does not have to be my experience; and same goes for you.

Ever since I started working, writing is the only thing I know I am good at, and that skill is what has gotten me employment in the few places I have worked. So what about you?

Are you unemployed and wondering when an employment letter will be addressed to you? Or, are you looking for an extra source of income? Do you love reading and writing and wondering what your prospects are in the job market? Once you have the right skills, the opportunities open to a writer are endless. These skills include:

Monday, January 26, 2015

Amina Adefala talks about Gidan Nodza, makers of handcraft fashion goods

Amina Adefala is the Head of Design and Chief Executive Officer of  Gidan Nodza, a business venture that is into the creation of bags and other fashion accessories. Her business, which was set up in 2004 celebrates and promotes the African identity in a way that blends with trending fashion. SMEMarkethub, an initiative of GT Bank, describes Adefala as 'a designer with an eye for meticulous detail and a vision to provide her customers with unique and well-crafted fashion accessories'. Products of Gidan Nodza are mostly made of dyed fabrics and leather to cater to men and women alike. In this interview with UZEZI ADESITE, she sheds light on her business operations as well as other issues associated with the fashion industry. Excerpts:


Before Gidan Nodza, were you employed?
No, I was fresh out of Law school when we started Gidan Nodza.
How long did you nurse the dream of establishing Gidan Nodza, and when did you finally decide it was time?
I had always dreamt of having my own business as far back as I can remember but also felt the time would be right as soon as I left school.
Did you have any kind of training that prepared you for embarking on your own business?
l had to teach myself how to make bags.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Tales of the Heart: I'm scared I would cheat!

No, my life is not threatened but my marriage is! My husband has told me categorically that he can never lay his hands on me again. I don’t mean domestic violence but sex. My husband will not engage in sexual intercourse with me anymore.
I thought it was a joke when he said it, but eleven months later, he is standing firm that he can never do it.

We are in our third year of marriage and have an eleven month old daughter. At this stage in our lives, everything is supposed to be super fine with us because we are this successful young and beautiful family – we are both under 30 and work in big multinationals and live in our own house that we both pooled our resources together to purchase last year.

Everyone who sees us on the outside, even our friends and families believe everything is super terrific with us because that is what we show them, but this is far from the truth.

Monday, January 19, 2015

She’s 21, an entrepreneur and trains others to start businesses

Though 21 and a Business Administration/Management undergraduate of the Yaba Colleges of Technology, Lagos, Nwafor Victoria Peace is a youth with a purpose and an author. She is the CEO of NVP Fashion World. The young entrepreneur, who started her business in 2013 is a future fashion magnate that will dominate the industry. Passionate about people development, she is constantly thinking about the youths and what more she can do to add value to their lives and reduce unemployment. In this interview with UZEZI ADESITE, she talks about her business, the challenges of being a young CEO, her future plans amongst others. Excerpts:


Where did you acquire the skill to make Ankara accessories?
Well I will say it’s a 100% divine creativity because it is all God's grace working in me. I actually did not go to learn like others. I just desired to do it and suddenly the idea came on and ever since, I have been working and even better than some who learnt. I boldly tell people that I learnt from the master himself, so they should not expect less from me.