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There are two myths that are often associated with success in business. One is that you need a considerable amount of capital. The other is that it could take you many years to beat the odds of success when you start with nothing much in hand.   Because of these myths, many people have become paralyzed and as a result, too many never start. If you are one of them, let me today introduce you to five entrepreneurs who made it BIG in Africa with about $100 or less in hand and who now earn a considerable amount after just having started a few years ago. I am telling their stories here so you can start believing it’s possible to achieve anything in Africa! Let’s meet them…
Uncollected trash is a very big problem in developing regions of the world, especially Africa. According to a World Bank Urban Development Series report, Africa currently produces just about 70 million tons of waste every year. With its rapid urbanization and growing economies, waste production in Africa will exceed 160 million tons by the year 2025.   Waste is a problem because it causes pollution, disease and environmental crisis when it’s not properly disposed. The good news is, most of the waste produced in Africa can be recycled and reused to create new products. Sadly, only about 10 percent of the waste generated every day in Africa is collected. The rest usually ends up in illegal dump sites, gutters and drainages in Africa’s cities.   Did you know that in the USA and Europe, waste collection and recycling is a multi-billion dollar industry? In this article, I’ll introduce you to five amazing African entrepreneurs who are building successful businesses in the waste recycling business. They are the young men and women who are creating jobs, building wealth and saving Africa’s natural environment. Let’s meet them...
Last month, a new gym opened in my neigbourhood. I always have my antennas up for interesting business ideas and this one surely caught my attention. The entrepreneur behind this new gym must have discovered a significant potential for the gym business in my neighborhood. In fact, I’m not surprised. Every morning and evening, it’s common to see young and not-so-young men and women taking a brisk walk, jogging or indulging in some form of physical exercise.   I decided to do some research into the fitness business in Africa. Is there a trend and growing demand for physical fitness and weight loss services in Africa? How large is the market? Who are the best potential customers to target? And what are the important things to consider in order to succeed in the fitness business in Africa? In this article, I’ll introduce you to this interesting industry and its amazing business potentials in Africa.
Are you looking for capital to start a new business or grow an already established company in Africa? Have you tried other alternatives and sources of funding but failed? Is capital your biggest headache and obstacle right now? Smile, we’ve got good news for you.   As part of the research for our new book, 101 Ways To Make Money in Africa, Dr. Harnet Bokrezion and I have put together the largest and most detailed information on 50 Organisations that focus on and provide millions of dollars of funding to entrepreneurs and businesses in Africa every year. The problem is, not many people know about this.   Whether you’re looking for a grant, loan or investment in your business idea or company, you will surely find several organisations within this list that are willing to help you. However, it’s not automatic. There are a couple of things you’ll need to know in order to successfully apply and get the funding you want from these organisations. All of these are covered in the book.   Let’s meet these amazing organisations…  
This is my first article in the new year and I’m very excited about it! Last year, there were several inspiring success stories of African entrepreneurs who built successful businesses out of simple everyday needs, problems and challenges. 2015 will be a lot better. I can feel it already!   It’s true there are lots of amazing business opportunities in Africa. However, it can get very confusing if you don’t know where to look. In this article, I’ll show you ten of the hottest business opportunities in  Africa that will create more successful entrepreneurs and millionaires in 2015.   ‘The best place to find gold is to look where it has been found before.’ The opportunities in this article have created some of the biggest successes Africa has ever seen. If you want to increase your chances of building a successful business in 2015, these opportunities could make your dream come true.   Let’s meet them…  
I am an avid follower of the TED movement. Since 2009 when I first stumbled on it, I have watched more TED Talks than I can actively remember. If you’re reading this and don’t know what TED is, here’s the simplest way to explain it: "TED is a forum where smart people share interesting perspectives and ideas." If you’ve never watched a TED Talk before, you should after reading this article! You’ll definitely encounter something that’ll change your life.   Back to the topic of today’s article…   A few weeks ago, I stumbled on a TED Talk by a young African. His name is Fred Swaniker. Over the years, I have watched several TED Talks that share ideas and perspectives about Africa but none has amazed and inspired me like this one. His message is so powerful that I have played Fred’s Talk over and over again. I have lost count of how many times I hit the replay button.   In this article, I’ll introduce you to this inspiring young African and the way Africa’s leadership has evolved through the years. I have also included some of my research and personal insights. It’s quite a revealing article. I’m…
Last night, I walked into my bedroom and turned on the light switch. No light. Just out of curiosity, I continued flipping the switch, on and off, but still the light didn’t come on. The light would never come on because the light bulb was dead. And until I changed the bulb, there would be no light. Period! No matter the amount of time and effort I dedicated to turning the switch on and off, nothing would change until I changed the old bulb and replaced it with a new one.   Albert Einstein, a great scientist, once said: “[Madness] is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” My experience that night with the switch gave me the inspiration for this article.   From year to year, we cross over with our old habits and somehow still expect our lives to change. The sad truth is, no matter how hard we work, it will be impossible to achieve success if we don’t change the old light bulbs in our lives. As we approach the new year 2015, it’s important that we reflect on all your habits and change the ones that worked against you in…
Africa is a land of amazing business opportunities. Sometimes I wonder why Africa is classified as a poor continent. How can it be? Everywhere you look, there are opportunities to make money that don’t even exist or are easily overlooked in other parts of the world. However, it’s still surprising how many people are blind to the goldmine of opportunities in Africa, including Africans themselves.   Fortunately, there is a growing number of entrepreneurs who are already exploiting the lucrative business opportunities on the continent. The key to their success is that they see things quite differently from the rest of us. Where there are problems, these entrepreneurs see potential and opportunities. While we complain about the challenges we face everyday, these entrepreneurs are creating solutions that make money.   In this article, I’ll share with you a few success stories of entrepreneurs and businesses in Africa that started from scratch and have achieved remarkable success. These inspiring success stories prove that there are many ways to make money in Africa, and if you’re determined enough, you too can write your own life-changing success story!   Let’s meet them…
Rabbit meat may not be as common as chicken, beef or pork but there’s no doubt it’s a very lucrative business. Every year, over one million tons of rabbit meat is consumed worldwide. The world’s four biggest producers and consumers of rabbit meat are: China, Italy, Spain and France. In Africa, the consumption of rabbit meat is gradually taking off and a few farmers on the continent are already enjoying the benefits of this niche business.   In this article, I’ll share the success stories of three farmers in Ghana and Kenya who have achieved remarkable success with their rabbit farms. For those of you reading this who don’t know, rabbit meat contains the highest amounts of digestible proteins and the lowest cholesterol and fat of all types of meat. Rabbits are also easy to raise; they’re clean and require little capital, labour, time and space to manage. This article will open your eyes to the amazing benefits of the rabbit business and offers some valuable and free resources you can use to get started. I had fun doing the research for this article. I hope you have fun reading it!
Six months ago, I had a brilliant idea to develop a new food product that could be very successful if I can bring it to the market. It was one of those possessive ideas that made me lose sleep for days. I couldn’t sleep because I was excited and afraid. I was excited because I had stumbled on an amazing business idea, but I was also afraid because I wasn’t sure how to make the product and bring it to market. The other more serious reason I was afraid was capital; I didn’t have enough capital and resources to transform this brilliant idea into a lucrative business.   What could I do to make this dream come true? After considering several options, I finally decided to find a good business partner to work with me on the business. Today, I am very happy to let you know that my business idea is gradually inching towards reality. In fact, I can totally admit that this business idea could have died and been forgotten if I didn’t find a good person to partner with. In this article, I’ll share five reasons why, in my experience, you need a business partner and the…
In South Africa, one young business is doing the unthinkable. AgriProtein is breeding billions of flies on a farm to mate, lay eggs and produce maggots. Yes, maggots, those horrible looking creatures that are likely to make you want to vomit. These maggots are fed on organic waste material - producing a nutrient-rich fertilizer in the process - before being harvested and dried into a natural and sustainable animal feed. AgriProtein’s maggot-based animal feed is more than 15 percent cheaper than other alternatives and has been proven to be highly nutritious for livestock, especially chickens (poultry), fish and pigs. The company recently attracted more than $10 million in capital to build more fly farms in South Africa. This article reveals the lucrative aspects of this business and why it’s a multi-million-dollar idea. I’ll also show you how AgriProtein successfully grows its maggots and three key lessons you should learn from the success of this business.
The human mind behaves like a muscle. Like every muscle in the body, it develops and expands with frequent exercise. Learning is one of the best forms of exercise for the mind. It’s an investment in your life and future. There is no investment on earth that pays more interest than an investment in knowledge because the lessons you learn from a good book will serve you for a lifetime with incredible results. Every day, we consume all sorts of information: TV, radio, blogs, social media, gossip, noise etc. But how much of this information develops your mind and makes you a better entrepreneur? If you’re like most people, it’s less than 1 percent. The books I’ll be sharing with you in this article are all-time classics and my personal favourites. A few of them were written more than 70 years ago and all of them have sold millions of copies across the world. These books hold the key to unlocking something great inside you. If they worked for me, I see no reason why they shouldn’t work for you. And if one of your excuses is that you don’t have time to read, create time! What could be more…
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