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The Smallstarter Business Podcast
Tune in to John-Paul Iwuoha’s unique weekly podcasts for practical tips, advice, and insights that’ll improve your chances of starting, growing, or turning around your business.
If you’re an African entrepreneur, or you do business (or plan to do business) in Africa, you’ll love how John-Paul thinks and talks about strategy, market entry, sales and customer acquisition, growth, expansion, raising capital, developing strong business systems, leadership, and hiring capable and loyal people on your team.
You can listen, stream, or download the weekly podcasts on this page. The podcasts are also available on all podcast platforms, including Spotify, Apple Podcasts and Google Podcasts.
Latest Podcast Episode
There are only 3 ways a business can make money in this world. It can sell products. It can sell services. Or it can sell both. But is there any advantage in selling a product instead of a service? Or is it easier and more profitable to sell services instead [...]
Other Podcast Episodes
There are two things that can kill a business. The first is capital or funds. Many businesses die early because they can’t access the funds they need to grow or scale the business. But when you have the funds you need, the problem is solved. The second thing that kills businesses is a much more stubborn problem. That thing is [...]
Should you give credit to your customers? I was training a group of entrepreneurs recently when this question came up. Credit is a very divisive topic for business owners. Some entrepreneurs love giving credit because it has helped to build their businesses. Some have lost money to customers who never paid back. And some others have a strong policy against [...]
Knowledge is money. People will pay for what you know. People will pay for what you can do. And that’s why most of the highest earners in today’s world make their money from knowledge. Lawyers, doctors, investment bankers, consultants, computer programmers, sales professionals, etc. All these people make money from specialised knowledge. But not all knowledge is valuable enough to [...]
Can you hate a company and still give them your money? It happens all the time. Take Facebook for example. Some people don’t use Facebook. They prefer Instagram or WhatsApp instead. But Facebook doesn’t care. It owns both Instagram and WhatsApp and will still get your time and money. Another example. Some people don’t like Coke because of its high [...]
What kind of business do you want to build? The Indians and Lebanese, for example, are famous for building legacy businesses. The father builds a business that his kids can inherit and continue after he’s gone. As a result, they start getting their kids involved in the business from an early age. In America and Europe, the taste is different. [...]
I know some businesses that have never spent a single $$ on marketing. Still, they keep getting more customers. How’s that even possible? How do they do it? It’s the oldest marketing strategy ever created by entrepreneurs, but it still works very well even till today. It’s a marketing strategy your competitors will find hard to copy. And even if [...]
It's a wonderful feeling. After working so hard on your business, you have finally raised money from an investor. It feels so good to have big money in the bank. Now, you can stop worrying about paying rent and salaries, and focus on growing the business. But there is a problem. There's a contract you signed with the investor. It [...]
“I will give you a better price.” This is what many entrepreneurs say when they want to convince a customer to buy. By offering a lower price, you can beat the competition, right? But there’s a problem. Pricing is easy to copy. Most of your competitors can see what you’re doing and lowering their prices to attract customers too. And [...]
Good things take time. But we now live in a generation that sees patience as weakness and stupidity. We now live in an age of fast food, fast money, and fast results. Most people don't want to wait. We want the rewards right now. But building a valuable business takes time. It takes discipline, consistency, and patience. And for entrepreneurs [...]
What do you do when your business owes a lot of money? You took money from people close to you. And you also borrowed money from the bank. You asked for that money because of the belief and confidence you had in the potential of your business. But then, some things went wrong. The market changed. The product didn't sell [...]