Frequently Asked Questions
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If you’re looking for interesting business ideas and opportunities that have a very good chance of commercial success, check out these resources:
The 11 Big Business Opportunities in Africa to Watch in 2021 and beyond (Article) — Click here
The Art and Science of Business Ideas (Free Course) — Click here
101 Ways to Make Money in Africa: Lucrative opportunities & Success stories (Book) — Click here
After almost a decade of working with entrepreneurs, I know there are 4 key factors that influence an entrepreneur’s ability to successfully raise money for any business or project.
They are: the stage of your business, the amount of money you’re asking for, your state of investment readiness, and your ability to sell yourself to investors and financiers.
To learn more about how to raise money for any business, check out these resources:
How To Raise Capital for Any Business (Free Course) — Click here
Jackpot! The Top Secrets and Strategies for Raising Money for any Business, Project, or Cause (Book) — Click here
The Roadmap: Learn How To Get Your Business Investment Ready in 12 Weeks or Less (Membership Program) — Click here
John-Paul currently has two published books. Here’s how you can get both books:
101 Ways To Make Money in Africa: Lucrative business ideas & Inspiring success stories
- To buy the digital e-book copy (Instant Download), Click here
- To buy the hard copy book on Amazon, Click here
Jackpot! Top Secrets & Strategies for Raising Capital for Any Business, Project, or Cause
- Buy the digital e-book copy (Instant Download), Click here
It depends on the problem.
I can help with business problems that involve identifying and choosing the right business idea, startup strategy, fundraising for business or projects, attracting customers and growing sales, entering a new market, developing systems and structure in a business, building a solid team, and overcoming mindset obstacles that hold back entrepreneurs.
And there are 5 ways I can help you with your business problems.
Free courses: Take our amazing free courses that focus on specific business problems. — Click here
The Insiders: Join our private community of entrepreneurs who are building businesses in over 20 countries. You will get training, coaching, and access to exclusive opportunities, networking, and collaboration. — Click here
Quick Consult: Schedule a 90-minute one-on-one session with John-Paul to get specific advice and answers to your business problems.
Books: If you’re looking for lucrative business ideas or need to raise funds for your business, check out these books. — Click here
Podcast: Listen to the catalog of episodes on the Smallstarter Business Podcast that focus on specific business problems. — Click here
The Smallstarter Business Podcast is available on most podcast platforms, including Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Deezer, Podchaser, and dozens of others.
You can also listen to the podcast directly on this website.
Unless I personally know you and understand the business (or project) you’re trying to fund, I won’t risk my reputation and professional relationships.
However, my team and I have created a catalog of the top 100 investors that typically invest in businesses and projects on the African continent.
The catalog includes their contact information, the kinds of businesses and projects they invest in, their funding range, and examples of businesses they have actually invested in.
The “Africa Hot 100 Catalog“ is only available as a bonus to people who buy the fundraising book, Jackpot!
We currently do not accept guest posts or any offers for link exchange, link substitution, or link insertion/placement (paid or unpaid).
However, we are open to mutually-rewarding affiliate, joint venture, and partnership opportunities that align with our mission to serve entrepreneurs and help them build successful businesses.
If you wish to propose a mutually-rewarding opportunity, please use the contact form at the bottom of this page.
Yes. We have a catalog of standard courses and customized training programs for entrepreneurs who are trying to start, or grow, or turnaround a business.
Our courses cover both hard business skills (market analysis, sales, fundraising, strategy, systems, finance, etc.) and soft skills (leadership, mindset, communication, etc.).
Check out these resources to discover the course or training program that works best for you:
Free courses: Take our amazing free courses that focus on business opportunities, sales, startup, fundraising, business systems, building a team, and virtual (online) business. — Click here
Bespoke courses: We can design customized courses that are tailored to the learning needs and competency gaps you’re trying to close. This service is usually preferred by business owners and corporates that wish to invest in the development of their team or employees as part of a scheduled training plan, staff retreat, or activation program.
If you’re interested in a bespoke course or training program, please reach out using the contact form at the bottom of this page.
The Insiders: Join our private community of entrepreneurs who are building businesses in over 20 countries. Members get access to advanced business courses, a monthly customized training session, and the opportunity to learn from the insights and experiences of other entrepreneurs in the community. — Click here
The Podcast: Every week, we share unique business insights on the Smallstarter Business Podcast that will improve your abilities and skills as an entrepreneur. — Click here
I get a lot of requests from people who want me to mentor or coach them in business. Unfortunately, I can only work with a limited number of entrepreneurs.
That’s why we created The Insiders. It’s the only platform through which I coach and mentor entrepreneurs.
The Insiders is a private community of entrepreneurs who have direct access to me. They get on-demand coaching, one-on-one sessions, and access to networking and collaboration opportunities with other entrepreneurs.
If you have an enquiry or a question that’s not featured here, please use the contact box at the bottom of this page.
I will do my best to get back to you within 48 hours.
Note: We get a lot of emails and the response time may depend on the volume of emails to be answered. If you don’t hear back from me, please be patient or send a gentle reminder. 😊
These are the best ways to join my network, follow our latest work, and get updates on big business trends, events, news, breakthroughs, and releases.
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Join my email list.
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Questions, Feedback & Enquiries
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Note: We prioritize and only respond to serious emails. We don’t respond to spam or any questions that are already featured in the FAQs above. If you don’t hear back from me within 48 hours, please be patient or send a gentle reminder. 😊