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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…
Mushrooms are an excellent food and delicacy in many cultures across the world. They are a good source of protein, low in calories, fat-free, cholesterol-free, gluten-free, and contain several important nutrients. Three sisters found an opportunity in satisfying the growing demand for mushrooms in their home country and have built a thriving business that supplies fresh and dried mushrooms to supermarket chains, restaurants and hotels in Harare, Zimbabwe. Raised on a farm, Kundai, Eleanor and Rumbidzai have combined their skills, experiences, passion and love for farming and entrepreneurship to create an enviable partnership. This happens to be the very first guest post on smallstarter.com and I am super-excited to share it with you! Agribusiness is creating a formidable breed of successful entrepreneurs across Africa. This is one success story that will surely leave you inspired…
The quality and standard of education in many parts of Africa is in a terrible situation. The sector is inadequately funded, school (tuition) fees have become too expensive for most people and text books are often outdated, insufficient or highly priced. To make matters worse, governments across the continent are not very serious about transforming and modernising education. Those who can afford it spend thousands of dollars to study in foreign colleges and universities. Sadly, if nothing is done soon, a whole generation of Africans may miss out on life-changing opportunities that can only come from high quality learning. Thankfully, the internet will allow us to avoid such a dark future. What if I told you that there are places on the internet where you can learn any subject or skill from some of the world’s top schools for FREE ? Would you believe me ? This article shares my top 10 selection of places on the internet to find free courses. Whatever you want to learn ; business skills, computer programming or even how to play the piano, you will find this article very valuable. Students, entrepreneurs and people who like to learn new things will love this too...
I was bragging to a friend a couple of weeks ago about a report which revealed that Nigeria spends up to $50 million on imported Champagne every year. I also took pride in the new facts that Africa is now one of the fastest growing markets in the world for imported wine. He looked at me for a moment, shook his head and asked: “When will Africa export its own wines?” This question shattered my ego as I immediately realized that I should be ashamed we were spending and losing money on other peoples’ wines when we could be making money selling our own. But then, I thought to myself: Does Africa have its own wines and beverages that could be transformed into successful global brands? Are there any African businesses already producing or exporting indigenous African wines and beers? The information I found will amaze you. This article reveals the top five African local wine and beer brands with the highest lucrative potentials. I’ll also share with you three businesses I found that are already building promising brands from our local wines and beers. It’s a very detailed and eye-opening article. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it!
Every business exists to sell something and without sales, all businesses would certainly die. Whether you’re selling goods, products or services, the whole idea of succeeding in business is to find customers who will gladly give you their money in exchange for that thing you’re selling. Every year, hundreds of businesses close down around the world because they couldn’t make enough sales to keep the business going. Although there are several reasons why businesses fail, this article reveals 5 of the most common reasons why customers may not be buying enough of your products or services. It is my intention that you will find something in this article that will change the way you sell your products and attract more customers to your business. These 5 reasons you’re about to find out were first revealed by Zig Ziglar, the great American sales and motivation guru. With some common sense, I have adapted them to the context of doing business in Africa. If your business suffers from poor sales, I have no doubt you’ll find this article very useful.
In November 2006, Alexander Litvinenko, a former Russian spy, suddenly fell ill and died three weeks later from the deadly effects of a slow-acting poison. In the weeks before his death, doctors in London did everything they could to diagnose the cause of his disease but failed. It was only after Alexander’s death did autopsy tests reveal he had been poisoned with a very rare and extremely deadly substance. Polonium is a radioactive poison and a deadly slow killer with no cure. While most poisons kill instantly or after a few minutes, Polonium takes its time and could take several months before it finally kills its victim. In all the time it remains in the body, it destroys it slowly often without giving any major signs. This is exactly how procrastination slowly kills the business dreams of entrepreneurs around the world. This article reveals five simple but effective steps that anyone can use to recover from procrastination if and when it poisons your dreams!
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