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Everybody loves chocolate. Hundreds of years ago, the Greeks referred to chocolate as the ‘food of the gods’. It’s a highly demanded luxury product and an impulsive treat for millions of people around the world. No wonder the global market for chocolate and cocoa beverages is now worth over $100 billion (and growing) every year. Although the developed and fast developing countries (especially in Europe, Asia and North America) consume over 90 percent of the chocolate produced every year, chocolate largely exists because of Africa. This is because up to 70 percent of cocoa, the major ingredient for making chocolate, is grown and harvested in Africa! Yes, you’re right; no Africa, no chocolate! Cote D’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Ghana, Nigeria and Cameroon are our continent’s largest producers but there is still unexploited potential in other West and Central African countries that are also well suited for cocoa production. This article explores the interesting opportunities for African entrepreneurs in cocoa production and trade which would benefit from the explosive global demand for chocolate in the near future.
I’m sure you would have heard the notorious statistic that nearly 80 percent of small businesses that start today may die within the first 18 months. This is both a sad reality and a mindblowing suicide rate by any measure. I call it ‘suicide’ because most small businesses actually kill themselves without knowing it. Entrepreneurs and small business owners often form bad habits and make harmful decisions that ensure their businesses don’t survive. Don’t get me wrong; a business can fail for several different reasons. Some of these reasons are external (like a bad economy) while many of them are internal (you and the way you run the business). Sadly, poor financial management is one of the biggest internal reasons for business failure. This article looks at five common finanical mistakes that small businesses make in Africa. If you already run a business, no matter how small, you may already be guilty of a few.  Let’s find out what these mistakes are…
I’ll be devoting this article to the most disgraced, overworked and unappreciated guy in the whole world. Failure has helped to build vast fortunes around the world and is the secret habit of many successful entrepreneurs, athletes, politicians and celebrities. For all the work he does, failure hardly gets as much media attention as success which totally steals the show. There appears to be a thick smoke of conspiracy that prevents us from truly appreciating the value of failure. Everybody thinks failure is that bad and evil guy to be feared and avoided. Interestingly, failure holds the golden keys to the success that many of us desperately wish for. Failure has been totally misunderstood for hundreds of years.  In this article, failure reveals 7 secrets about his personality that successful people do not often tell us. Hear him…
Africans have valued and used spices for centuries. Spices are a common ingredient in many dishes across our continent and we love them for the rich flavor, colour and taste they give our food. They play such an important role in our daily lives that it’s difficult to imagine our world without spices. The spice business is a multi-billion dollar global industry and a significant source of revenue for several countries in Africa. In 2012 for example, Ethiopia earned over $700 million from spices and related exports. Almost every country in Africa produces spices but most of it is consumed locally. This article features Senai Wolderufael, a successful African spice entrepreneur who was recently featured in Forbes Magazine. The rest of this article explores the spice industry and opportunities that entrepreneurs like you can exploit in this lucrative but often overlooked business.
Recent studies estimate that over 80 percent of African households (especially in rural areas) still depend on firewood and charcoal for cooking their daily meals. For those who can afford it, kerosene (also known as paraffin) and cooking gas are the next best options. However, due to rapid deforestation in many parts of Africa, firewood and charcoal are becoming increasingly scarce. The rising prices of kerosene and cooking gas make them less affordable every day. If this trend continues in the future, many people on our continent may be unable to afford fuels to cook their food.  In this article, you will learn about biogas; what it is and how it’s produced. You will also understand why it has such a huge potential in Africa and how entrepreneurs like you can take advantage of it.
Until the mobile telephone revolution in Africa, people on the continent had to visit a business café (or cybercafé) before they could access the World Wide Web. That was in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Today, millions of Africans are getting on the internet (many of them for the first time) through their mobile phones. Mobile penetration is growing at a staggering rate across the continent and the number of mobile phones in use in Africa is expected to reach 1.2 billion by 2017. Now that mobile phones have taken over, are business centres or cafés a dead or dying business? This article looks at how the model of the business café has changed since it took a knock from the mobile phone boom and the services that are still sustaining the business. We will also look at five things you must do if you plan to start and succeed in today’s business café market.
Advertising is one of the biggest challenges faced by small businesses in Africa. Placing adverts in newspapers, magazines, TV and radio is often too expensive for any small business. So, are there any cheap but effective advertising options available to small businesses? This article looks at how small businesses can use the amazing power of social networks (such as Facebook) to reach more potential customers than they ever dreamed of. In Part 1 of this article, we helped Janet, a young woman talented in making bead jewellery, to set up her business on Facebook. In this article, we shall explore the cheap, simple but very effective opportunities on Facebook to showcase her business to the world. If you’re having problems attracting customers to buy your products or services, this article would help you a lot.
Using your passions, hobbies and natural abilities to earn some extra income is one of the strategies we covered in our popular article: 3+ Guaranteed Ways to Find Profitable Business Ideas. The business idea I will share with you in this article concerns something you probably do everyday for fun. Mobile devices (like phones and tablets) make it very easy to use a camera these days. Whether you like to take photographs of yourself (selfies), cute dogs, mouthwatering foods or fancy cars, there exists an amazing opportunity for you to make money from all those beautiful photos sitting idly on the memory card of your camera or mobile phone. Gone are the days when only professional photographers could make money from their cameras; you too can now make money from photographs you take in your pastime. What exactly is this opportunity? It’s called microstock photography. Let’s find out what it is and how you can take advantage of this phenomenal idea.
How do businesses make money? It’s simple; they sell products or services to people (customers) at a profit. No matter how great your product or service, your business will not make any money unless customers are willing to buy them. No customers, no business. Period! However, most small businesses experience hard times or fail, not because customers do not want to buy their products, but because customers don’t even know their products/services exist in the first place. For many small businesses, marketing and advertising is a huge problem. This article looks at 10 cheap and interesting ways that small businesses can market and advertise their products and services. If this has been a challenge for your business, you will certainly learn a lot from this article.
If you’re reading this article, it is likely you would love to be an entrepreneur (that is, if you aren’t one already). Don’t be shy; more than ninety percent of people you know would love to be one too. Who wouldn’t? The name ‘entrepreneur’ sounds sassy, the lifestyle is a dream; it’s free and individualistic and there are no horrible bosses to hound you. As easy and elegant as it may sound, many of us will never have a taste of this world. This article takes a good look at five of the most popular reasons and excuses that millions of Africans use to avoid making the jump from our ordinary and often boring lives to the excitement that comes with starting your own business. Some of these excuses are reasonable and often coated with common sense and logic. However, they are usually smart ways to hide our deepest fears and doubts. Which of these excuses may be holding you back?
Maize (also known as ‘corn’ in some countries) is one of the most common and important food crops across Africa. Maize is widely eaten in various forms and more than 900 million Africans depend on maize every year because it is often cheaper than rice and wheat, two of the other most consumed cereals. In fact, many of our daily diets contain maize either directly or indirectly. Production of meat, eggs and dairy products (like milk and yoghurt) would be difficult without maize, which is a hugely important ingredient in animal feed. Although our continent produces over 50 million tons of maize every year, Africa still spends over $2 billion to import maize from abroad. As Africa’s population continues to grow, the demand and consumption of maize will increase rapidly over the coming years. This article explores the lucrative market for maize within and outside Africa. You will also learn the secrets of this business including FREE manuals and materials to guide you.
Especially in Africa, wisdom and intelligence are often wrongly correlated with age. The older, the wiser you are. This is certainly not true. This article focuses on three 20-something young African entrepreneurs who are working on different businesses and projects that are impacting hundreds of people in their communities.  In August last year (2013), Best Aiyorworth, Titus Mawano, Domitila Silayo and nine other finalists received a total of $75,000 in prize money from the Anzisha Award. Their stories are truly inspiring and remind us that we are never too young to dream, start a business or create life changing opportunities for other people. In this article, we will introduce you to the Anzisha Prize initiative and how it works. You will also have the pleasure of reading the interesting and inspiring profiles of its top three winners for 2013.
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