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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
99.99% of businesses sell a version of a product or service that already exists. This means that if you plan to start a new business or launch a new product, you will likely be facing a crowded or competitive market. Crowded markets can be a big advantage and a huge [...]
Other Podcast Episodes
Many small and mid-sized businesses are failing at customer service. This is a big opportunity for you because improving how you serve your customers can become a strong competitive advantage for your business. This episode is a mini-Masterclass in how you can achieve this. You’re going to unlearn some of the misconceptions you may have about your customers, and how [...]
You cannot build a successful business on your own. You will likely need the help of employees. But how can you tell the right kind of person to hire for your business? How much knowledge, skill, and experience should they have? What kind of personality should you be looking for? In this episode of the Smallstarter Business Podcast, I discuss [...]
How you be sure your business is in good hands while you’re away on travel, vacation, study, or just busy taking care of another business? In this episode, I’m going to introduce you to the interesting concept of “vital signs”. It’s an effective tactic that is used to great effect in hospitals around the world. And there is a lot [...]
It’s boom time for startups around the world. Last year alone (2021), startups on the African continent raised over $4 billion from local and international investors. But do you really have to raise money from investors? Or should you continue running as a self-funded business and ignore the temptations to raise money from banks and outside investors? In this interesting [...]
SBP 088: Insights and Strategies for Raising Money for A Business — with Kristin H. Wilson of Spurt!
Many entrepreneurs struggle with the challenge of raising capital to start, grow and scale their businesses. How to overcome this seemingly insurmountable obstacle? In this episode of the Smallstarter Business Podcast, Kristin H. Wilson of Spurt! shares some interesting insights and strategies for overcoming this problem. During this interview, we explored a range of subjects, from the power of strategic [...]
Why does it often seem that ‘nice’ people are easily taken advantage of in business? And does this suggest that we have to be mean, nasty, and brutal to win in business? The truth is, there are aggressive and domineering people out there who will take advantage of your “niceness”, generosity, and patience. These people could be your customers, employees, [...]
Some businesses are just deadends by design. They may look exciting on the surface, but the reality is much worse than your eyes can see. After investing your time, money, and efforts in them, you’re very likely to regret your decision down the road. But what if you could identify these kinds of businesses in advance? That’s exactly what this [...]
Surprises and change are a constant in business. If the ups and downs of the economy don’t shake you, your customers, employees, or suppliers may disappoint or destabilize your business. Unfortunately, you cannot plan for most of these surprises and changes before they happen. That’s why you need to build redundancies into your business. In this episode, you will learn [...]
SBP 084: How To Export Products From Africa To The World — Insights from Maxwell Adew, Founder @ Kuueza
In this interesting episode of the Smallstarter Business Podcast, Maxwell Adew of Kuueza shares his entrepreneurship story. You will learn how he stumbled on the painful problem that gave birth to the business idea that became his company, Kuueza. Maxwell also shares valuable advice and insights on starting a business, raising capital for business, and how to build a team [...]
Almost every entrepreneur wants to get to the next level of growth and success in their business. That next level could be to raise more capital, make more sales, build a bigger team, or expand into more locations and grow the business. But for every new level, there will be new devils. For every new level, there will be new [...]