How to Make Your First $1000 as a Freelance Writer Without Experience

Do you want to earn huge amount of money online in freelancing, and without experience? Experience is king! You can sell or use your experience to make money both online and offline. I know you have been seeing different type of people making money using their experience, knowledge. But the question here is that; have you ever asked yourself how to make money when you have no experience? Today, I’ll take you to that way you’re looking for, and am 100% sure you’ll love it.
I’ll be outlining the simple strategies and concepts for you to make your first $1,000 as a freelance writer when you have no experience. Don’t think $1,000 is too high, but ask me why. See reasons below:

    – Because you’re newbie

    – And you probably have no experience

    – And the most important thing is you’ll learn how making money in freelance writing is.

With these three reasons above, you’ll understand that you can make $100,000 when you have experience. Though, freelancing is a big field and one of the most popular ways to make money. But we’ll look on how you will make money as a “freelance writer” today without that experience.

Let me ask you, have you ever write an article yourself? Or any other content relating to stories or otherwise? Can you write an article on the categories below:

    – Fiction

    – Nonfiction

    – Poetry
If not any, I’ll be giving you some samples to help you learn better and write yours. Note that when you decides to create an article, you should think and write good content that attracts peoples’ attention. Content writing is a big deal and one of the top skills everyone need to be specialized in. I know you’ve been reading different types of textbooks and eBooks. This gives you the opportunity to learn from those books you’ve been reading. Yes, I mean to learn how those books had been published and to know their content length.

If you’re ready, let’s get started.


Writing a nonfiction article might be easier for you than fiction. Writing a nonfiction is all about the facts or real events. Find a pen and a book and start writing the true stories of yours. Let me give you some samples of nonfiction articles below:

Siography of King Elliot Musk

Genre: Biography
Author: Mohiddeen Ahmad

“The powerful king that lived for over 100 years in the 12th century was King Elliot Musk. He was one of the great and famous people in the history of the world. Musk was righteous to his people, as a result his kingdom remains the most powerful. Musk has a wife, Juliet and only one son Prince Deen Musk. But there was only one thing that his people doesn’t like with him and that was the prohibition of international business. Even though they feed their selves with the food they planted. At the end of the king’s life, he allows his people to import and export goods and services within their continent. He died after a brief illness.”

How to start an online business

Genre: Business
Author: Mohiddeen Ahmad

“Do you enjoy online business and wants to start yours today? I myself enjoy online business because you don’t have to spend your hours on transportation in other countries or busy with customers in your shop. To start online business, I’ll be mentioning the top 3 lucrative for you to start with, these are:
1. eCommerce
2. Flipping online services
3. Affiliate marketer
To start your ecommerce store, you have to get a computer, capital, website… It is not necessary for you to rent an office, just find a small one to store your products. Secondly, if you wants to be flipping online services, then you can definitely make more money. Domain name, website, premium theme or script are all example of online services. And lastly, affiliate marketing – you will just need to promote products online and get commission on any products bought through the link you shared.”

Welcome back. As you read the samples of the articles wrote above all in nonfiction category, you will notice that the first is a biography with 118 words, while the second for business with 148 words The first article shows the short story of the life of King Elliot Musk, while the second briefly describes what online business is and the lucrative online business fields. Here, I want you to understand that both biography and business are all nonfiction, with addition to health, travel, history, art and music, true crime, cooking and home, religion etc. Nonfiction is just involving in real things, real people and real events.
Now find a pen and a book and start writing your own nonfiction. Any article to write should be:

    – 1,000+ words length

    –Well punctuated and grammar

    –In English or any popular language

    –Attracts peoples’ attention

Your article should be 1,000+ words length. This is just because you’re newbie, but there are many bloggers and content writers that publishes 10,000+ words articles. You will be practicing how to write an article that should be 1,000 words. Your article should be well-punctuated and grammar, and make sure that the article you’re writing will attracts peoples’ attention, may be motivational, funny or inspirational.


Hope you’ve learnt how to write a nonfiction article above? And do you wants to move to learning the steps to write a fiction story? Fictions are types of literary writing that focus on imaginative writings, instead of real facts. A writer based on his imagination creates fiction, like imaginary things, imaginary people or imaginary events. I’ve mentioned above that nonfiction involves in real facts and writings, which means a story or biography that have ever happened or facts is nonfiction. While fiction writings is just imagination, like novels, films, science fiction or crime thriller. An example of a fictional novel is “A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens”, and “Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe”

Below are the sample of two fiction stories:

The Sunday Morning

Genre: Novel
Author: Mohiddeen Ahmad

“It was around 7:00am when I wake up. I knew I had to take bath and brush my teeth before eating my breakfast. I came back to my room after taking bath to dress up. The only thing going round in my head was the dream I had that night. I laughed whenever I thought it. “I know this is impossible.” I muttered while trying to wear my shirt. And without noticing her or hearing her footsteps, she asked me with her shaky voice “What is it brother?”
“It is my cup of tea” I replied without looking at her and briskly went out. The day was bright, I just felt very happy without knowing a reason that day. I looked up the sky where I noticed the big clouds would bring rain. I then moved my legs to dining table to eat my breakfast. As I entered, I heard the sound of thunder and again noticed that the rain was ready.
“Moses” I heard a call. I knew it was daddy, so I left the dining table and moved my legs to upstairs where his room is. I knocked the door and without waiting for responds I entered.
“Good morning, daddy” I greeted respectfully
“Morning how are you son?
“I am fine daddy”
“I’ll send you to my friend’s house after the raindrops”
“OK daddy..” my phone beeped when trying to stand up, then, I quickly picked trying to read the text message.. I couldn’t explain how I felt after reading it, but just sat on the sofa when I get into my room. Smile raced all over my face, I kept reading the text message again and again. “Why am I so happy?” I asked myself twice but no answer.
“Because of the text message you recently read” my heart suggested.
“No” I muttered “I was so happy today even before I received the text”
I took my phone and decided to reply the text I received. My head started spinning when I saw the ‘Reply message’ phrase in my phone because I don’t even know what to write.
“Just thank her” my heart suggested again
“No” I rejected, “..this is not what I deserved to reply”
“Ok what of praising her?”
“Yes!” I dragged my laptop and sat down properly. I knew I Installed a new software called ‘1000 Love SMS’ last week. So I switched on the system trying to drag the arrow on ‘Search bar’. I searched the software and luckily found it. I then dragged my cursor and clicked on the topic entitled ‘Special love SMS’. As I started reading it, I collapsed, shouting “WOW!”
I took my phone and started copying and typing in my phone “Your texts and sweets talks impresses me – this is because I love you. I know if the sky should tremble, and the mountains should crumble and fall into the seas, I won’t be afraid as long you are with me. I LOVE YOU”
As I finished, I tapped on ‘Reply’ and in seconds the message have successfully sent.”

The Heart Know the Truth

Genre: Film
Author/Screenwriter: Mohiddeen Ahmad

“The film opens with an angry Jalal, narrating the story of his love life to a business tycoon, Dr. Kazeem. Aliyah, an intelligent girl from a rich family studies in the same university as Jalal. He accidentally falls in madly love with her at her first sight, although she is unaware of his existence. Meanwhile, Jalal is afraid to express his feelings to Aliyah. One day he decides to send her a text message as he cannot reveal his love to her face to face. This makes Aliyah feels disappointed even though she don’t know who is he. Jalal tries various tantrums to impress her, but in vain. His attempts are always thwarted by his friend, Adewale, who also loves her.
One day, Jalal decides to express his feelings to Aliyah, but teases him in fronts of his colleagues and leaves him with heartbroken. This makes him fell in lovesickness, as his heart is full of worries.. Things become complicated when Jalal finds out that his friend, Adewale is secretly in love with Aliyah. They both vie with each other to impress Aliyah, leading to a cold war between them. Jalal is able to convince Aliyah at the second time, while her friends forces her to tease him again but rejects their offers and begins to show affection to him.
Aliyah promises to love Jalal but on the condition that he should let her think. While Jalal is eager to get a respond from her, he receives no reply for over a month and he is able to talk to her. Suddenly, Aliyah expresses her feelings to Jalal – she loves him. Their love life is full of joy and happiness.”

Welcome back. You’ve now seen the examples of fiction writings. The first is a novel entitled “The Sunday Morning” contained 511 words while the second is a film genre entitled “The Heart Knows the Truth” contained 280 words length. You should learn that the first novel narrates the story of Moses and what happened to him on that Sunday morning. While the last is a sample of a script, i.e film genre fiction. It briefly narrates how Jalal kept confessing his love to Aliyah which was later accepted and their love life begins.
As you read all the four (4) samples of fiction and nonfiction writings, I’m hoping you too can learn and write yours. Just take a pen and write how you enjoyed or spent your last weekend (nonfiction) or write on your own imagination (fiction), like a novel, romance, film etc..

POETRY – Play a significant role

Do you enjoy writing poems? And have you ever write it yourself? What you might don’t know is you can also make money writing poems. The one you’ve been taught in primary school will be a source of income for you today. Poem is simply a literary piece written in verse. When it comes to making money as a freelance writer, writing poetry play a significant role. It helps article writers to boosts their career. The only thing you need to start is to learn how poetries are written. I’ll be giving some samples for you to start:

           1. Sonnet 98 – By William Shakespeare

           From you have I been absent in the spring,

           When proud-pied April, dressed in all his trim,

           Hath put a spirit of youth in everything,

           That heavy Saturn laughed and leaped with him.

          Yet nor the lays of birds, nor the sweet smell

           Of different flowers in odour and in hue

           Could make me any summer’s story tell,

           Or from their proud lap pluck them where they grew.

           Nor did I wonder at the lily’s white,

           Nor praise the deep vermillion in the rose;

           They were but sweet, but figures of delight,

           Drawn after you, you pattern of all those.

           Yet seemed it winter still, and you away,

           As with your shadow I with these did play.

             2. Fire and ice – By Robert Frost

             Some say the world will end in fire,

             Some say in ice.

             From what I’ve tasted of desire

             I hold with those who favor fire.

             But if it had to perish twice,

             I think I know enough of hate

             To say that for destruction ice

             Is also great

             And would suffice.

             3. As I Grew Older – By Langston Hughes

             It was a long time ago.

             I have almost forgotten my dream.

             But it was there then,

             In front of me,

             Bright like sun – my dream.

             And then the wall rose,

             Rose slowly,


             Between me and my dream.

             Rose until it touched the sky – The wall.


             I am back.

             I lie down in the shadow.

             No longer the light of my dream

             before me,

             Above me.

             Only the thick wall.

             Only the shadow.

             My hands!

             My dark hands!

             Break through the wall!

             Find my dream!

             Help me to shatter this darkness,

             To smash this night,

             To break this shadow

             Into a thousand lights of sun,

             Into a thousand whirling dreams

             Of sun!

Welcome back. I am not a poetry writer, but I do try and brought you some samples to help you write a better one. When starting to write some poems, you should note the following:

     – Minimum length of poem is 30 verses

     – Get a name of your poetry first

     – Learn from others

     – Edit, edit, edit..

Article writing, eBook publishing and blogging all required or focuses on quality content. You must firstly know that “Content is king”, the length of content is your price. So when you decide to write an article, expand its length, ask people to help you edit it better and put it in your mind that you are going to create quality content. Don’t consider how long time it would take you to write an article, weather nonfiction, fiction, or poetry. The only thing to look is to focus on quality content. It drives you to where you’ve never been. Just relax and write your work no matter how many weeks it would take.

Its time to make your first earning as a freelance writer..

When you finish your writings, I know the only thing you will keep thinking of is how you are going to make your first earnings. This is not a problem, I’ll show you the way.

What I’ll firstly ask you is what sort of your writing is:

    – Fiction

    – Nonfiction or

    – Poetry
And how long length is your article? Don’t worry I will explain. Below are the list of high-paying places to summit your article:

Submit Your Articles to Magazines

Submitting to online magazines means to submit your articles to different websites online and get paid after reviewing the work. Here are few those websites to submit your article to:

1. The Sun Magazine
The Sun Magazine, founded since 1974, one of the most popular online magazines based in United States, accepts premium articles based on fiction, nonfiction and poetry. The Sun Magazine is

How much do they pay?
The Sun Magazine pays writers based on sort of the article and depending on the content length:

   Nonfiction – From $300 to $2,000

   Fiction – From $300 to $2,000

   Poetry – From $100 to $250
 You can learn more here

2. VQR Online
Virginia Quarterly Review (VQR) strives to publish the best writing they can find. After “The Sun Magazine”, the second best place to submit your article and get paid is VQR. They pay a minimum of $200 for a single poem, just depends on content length.

How much do they pay?
Here is the list of VQR payment on each genre:

   Fiction – minimum of $1,000 for short fiction

   Nonfiction – minimum of $1,000 for other prose, such as personal essays and literary criticism.

   Poetry – $200 per poem, up to 4 poems; for a suite of 5 or more poems, usually pays $1,000 and above.
 You can learn more here

Sell Your Articles to Other People

Do you prefer selling your articles to other people than to online magazines? You can sell your articles online on any price you wish. The most interesting benefit of selling your articles to different type of people is; it helps you build your own brand. Here are the top ways to sell your works online:

1. Sell on Fiverr
Fiverr is a good place to sell your poems to everyone online. All you need is to create an account and edit your profile. You can create a listing offering to write a custom poem. Be sure to include some images and examples in your listing. Click here to learn more

2. Sell on Etsy
After Fiverr, Etsy also allows its members to sell their products including poems online. You can create prints of your poems on paper in a frame or on a canvas and sell that way. You could also sell your own greeting cards. While this can take some patience and have some upfront costs, with the right marketing can be a good way to get your poems in the hands of others while getting paid for your work. You can learn more here

3. Sell on Digitalpoint
Digitalpoint is a digital marketplace where people from different part of the world swaps online services such as website, theme, premium article, eBook etc. Digitalpoint will help you sell your articles to different people at your price. All you need is to visit the page and create an account and post your ads including your article price, words length etc.

4. Sell on your website
Apart from submitting your writings to third-parties, you can build your own brand simply by creating a website. A blog (or website) allows you to publish thousands of articles. If you are a professional writer, you can hire a web developer to create a website for you, and by then you may have two options:

    – Premium content
If your article is very helpful and you want to earn from it, you can ask your readers to pay some amount of money before being able to read it online

    – By listing your articles
The second way is by listing your article as featured post on the top of your website including the sign of ‘premium article’, which means the article is for sell.

You can advertise/promote your website and articles on social media like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Reddit etc.


With regards for reading the article “How to Make Your First $1,000 as a Freelance Writer without Experience”, I hope you found it helpful and useful, and I’m eager to hear from you next time with your $1,000+. You should know that making money online is not too hard, or too easy as some people think. All what you need to do is to understand the concept and the lucrative ways for you to start. As you can see above, both VQR and the The Sun Magazine need rich contents in their platforms. It’s always good to start from the beginning, don’t dump Fiverr and Etsy, they’ll help you build your own platform in the future.

At last, I’ll be glad if I receive your messages in Flowdiary Blog email address, (available in ‘Contact us’ page). You can also contact for feedback or post it the comment box below. Thank You!

12 Tips to Boost Your Blogging Career

All bloggers have one thing in common: they want their blog to succeed. For most bloggers, success means converting loyal followers. Well, first, running a blog is really hard and time-consuming. Putting posts up is not going to result in money falling like rain (though judging by some of the people I’ve seen on paid trips, it can amount to a drizzle). You have to work for it. It takes persistence. Unless you hit the Internet “viral” lottery, you should expect to plug away for a least a year with minimal success.
No matter when or why you started your blog, a few tweaks here and there to your blog and your attitude can change things for the better. I’ll be sharing the top tips to improve your blogging career today, check out below:

1. Find a Niche

This little bit of advice has been bouncing around the Internet since the dawn of the first successful blog. Still, a lot of newbie bloggers don’t take this advice to heart, partially because a lot of new bloggers aren’t sure what to blog about and partially because others don’t know what a niche is. They just start posting on their blogs without knowing the secrets of the job.
Back when blogging in 2008, it was easy to maintain a general budget travel blog You could cover a wide range of travel topics and face little competition. There was only a handful of bloggers. Now, there are too many long-established blogs and websites to do that. (And you’d also be way behind in Google search results.)
Examples of niches include:
- Travel
- Parenting
- Health
- Finance
- Entertainment
- Beauty
- News
- Fitness
- Web Design
While it’s true that there are blogs on practically every niche, the key to really being successful and hitting your target audience is to narrow your topic even further. Find a hole in the market and focus on that. This will reduce your competition while making you a go-to expert in your niche. I recommend being as narrow and focused in your topic(s) as possible.
For example if you wanted to start a travel blog. Instead of focusing on travel in general, you might narrow your focus to a single country or city. That way, you become the number one go-to blog for people looking to visit that area. Moreover, focusing lets you become an expert. You can be the person to whom readers always turn for information on this subject or that destination, which allows you to cultivate a bigger presence online. Don’t try to be everything to everyone. Go narrow. Go deep.

2. Don’t Be Afraid to Self-Promote

Promoting your own project on social media or within your group of friends is intimidating for a lot of people. You don’t want to sound like you are bragging, and you definitely don’t want to come across looking like spam.
If you want to succeed, however, you have to get the word out there, and who better to do that than you? It’s all part of the marketing process, and bloggers have to learn how to use social media and blog commenting functions to market themselves.
Sometimes tooting your own horn isn’t all that bad. The key is to find a balance between self-promotion and humility. Many bloggers and social media enthusiasts suggest using 80 percent of your social comments and shares to promote other people’s works and 20 percent of it promoting your own products and services.

3. Invest in Your Blog

For a long time, I avoided spending any money on my website. I bootstrapped everything and viewed every expense negatively. “That designer would be nice but I can’t afford it. I’ll just create a crappier design myself.”
A blogging journey without investment in just like a city without buildings! All I meant here is that, you can't start a blog without investing, especially if you want to turn your blogging into a hobby. You will have to invest in your blog to enable it be a "BLOG" not a page. Just take a look at the successful business people on earth, you will find that they had invested which later drives them to the path of success.

4. Be Persistent

Most of the top successful bloggers started blogging around 15 - 10 years ago when blogging was literally unknown in some part of the world. And if you check their archives you’d observe something about them: they have been persistent. They have been publishing posts frequently and at predictable intervals right from their earliest days in blogging. Back then, using the internet was expensive, and attracting an audience was quite difficult. But they were persistent. They didn’t give up due to their passion for what they were doing. And today, that persistence has paid off.
Don't forget “Persistence is the key of success” – Mohiddeen Ahmad

5. Create Products

Businesses sell something — and so should you. Whether it’s a course, a book, t-shirts, tours, or just other people’s products via affiliate marketing, give your audience an opportunity to support your website. Offering products for sale allows you to be independent from sponsors and brand deals and not compete with other travel bloggers for spots on press trips (see below). It allows you to scale your website and your revenue. Many products offer value to your readers by going more in-depth and in detail than a blog post usually allows.
There are few travel bloggers that produce products. Most of the time, travel bloggers end up making money by creating sponsored content and getting paid to go on trips. That’s cool if that is something you want to do, but that is time-consuming and requires you to be constantly working (and it’s soul-sucking). You never have time to relax or do something for yourself. It’s not a hamster wheel you want to be tied to.
Products allow you to generate something once and earn revenue while sleeping, sightseeing, or getting a suntan on a beach!

6. Extend Your Blog

To get people to stick around and keep coming back, it’s worth extending your reach outside of simple blog posts. This helps you reach more people who enjoy other forms of content and contact, and it keeps your blog from getting boring.
Examples of ways to extend your reach include:
- Hanging around industry forums or social media
- Sending out newsletters
- Starting a podcast series
- Releasing videos

7. Create Quality Content

People have been saying it for years, and the saying still holds true. Content is king. Without well-written and engaging content, your blog isn’t going to go anywhere. Yes, your blog design and your marketing tactics are important, but they’re practically useless if you don’t have quality content. People may come because of the marketing, but they’ll stay when you deliver content they need.
Pro tip: Creating content users “need” can encompass anything from teaching them something to providing entertainment. While blogging about yourself can have its benefits, you should always be focusing on solving the readers problems first (whether they want a good laugh or are looking for advice). Satisfying their needs is what will drive readers to subscribe to your blog.
Have you seen success with other techniques? Let us know what you’ve done with your blog that your readers love.

8. Action – Work Hard

The only reason why the most successful bloggers in the world are today being referred to as “bloggers” is that they started blogging in the first place. They took action quickly at a time when blogging wasn’t popular and they have now achieved enviable successes. They didn’t balk. They didn’t wait for the “perfect time.” And they didn’t keep searching for information on how to blog. They started somewhere. If they hadn’t taken that action, they wouldn’t have gotten any results.

9. Learn From Experts

I know practices makes perfect, but no one is perfect. No one should be taken to university without having the first school leaving certificate. You can start your social media marketing by learning some tips and strategies from experts. Some experts has 2-3years experienced in that field, while you are just starting. So learning from them will help you launch your successful SM marketing. Read what experts have to say, learn what works, and apply the tips you pick up to your blog. If someone has been there and done that, why try to learn that through trial and constant error? Read the best way to do it… and do it!
There are LinkedIn Groups, Facebook Groups, Tweet Chats, and Google+ Communities. Joining these communities brings you together with like-minded persons, and you can learn from each other.

10. Read a lot, Write..

A blogger should always willing to learn, read and write. Most bloggers share their experience just for others to learn. Do spend some time to read other blogs so that you can increase your knowledge too. I am always shocked at how few travel bloggers develop their skills by reading. Very few read any marketing, strategy, business, or self-development books.
Running a blog is running a business, and if you don’t go to “school” and constantly learn, you’re going to fall behind. Every successful person I know is a voracious reader. They constantly try to improve their skills and knowledge. You must always be student. You must always learn. I read a lot besides travel books. I consume marketing books, management, writing, history books, and biographies. Even if you only get one idea from the book, that book was worth it. I read at least one book a week and am often reading multiple books at a time. Travel, history, business, fiction.

11. Have a Budget

Do you have a budget or negotiate a business plan? Its always good to have a budget for your blog – negotiate a business plan. This will help you manage/start your successful business in blogging.

12. Make Social Media Your Friends

I know you have been on social media for a long time, and I’m sure that you have been seeing different bloggers sharing their blog posts. Its time to make social media your friends, share you blog, communicate with top bloggers, learn from experts.


By incorporating these tips into your approach when you first start out you will dramatically increase the likelihood of you becoming a successful blogger + boosting your blogging career. You should take your blogging business seriously to achieve you goal.

The Opening Gates of Success

The opposite of failure is success. Everyone on earth is looking for the path of success. Digital era’s entrepreneurs defined success as “the opposite of failure which takes person to a higher and unexpected level” Nowadays, the most successful and influential people on earth are entrepreneurs. Do you know? Entrepreneurs are the people who take risks in businesses, to manage, organize and run a company or small business in the hope of a profit. Still, the world’s successful entrepreneurs are the image in the world. Every successful person in the world has a success story, some are from rag-to-rich. I’d like to bring you some of the lessons one have to learn in their stories.

Table of Content:

1.0: Introduction
1: Jack Ma
2: WhatsApp Developers
3: Google and Yahoo!
4: Larry Ellison
5: Mubarak Muyika
6: Bill Gates
7: Aliko Dangote
8: Mark Zuckerberg
9: Mike Adenuga


What kind of life challenges have you ever faced? As stated above, every successful person has a success story, his failure.. Today’s article is all about the story of the top successful people in the world and what drives them to there. Here is the outline below:

Jack Ma

Before I ask, I know you have been hearing the name “Jack Ma”. And the question here is; do you know his success story? Have you ever read his biography? Ma become the global icon in entrepreneurship as well as the most and influential successful entrepreneurs in the world, because of his persistent that took him to where he is now – the richest man in China as well as one of the wealthiest people in Asia.

Before he attend a college, the exam entrance took him four years to pass, the failed three years, and it was just the beginning. He stated that he applied for 30 different jobs and got rejected. “I went to KFC when it came to my city. Twenty-four people went to the job, twenty-three were accepted, but I was the only guy who was rejected.” Not only this, he applied 10 times for Harvard and got rejected.

Jack Ma’s success story began when he went to the United States together with his friends and get introduced to the internet. He first launched his website which was related to his country, China. He had received emails from some people from China, guess what? They were all wishing to know about him. The internet was almost unknown at China from that time. Ma, his wife and friends realizes that he internet is a great offer. They started a Web Development Company, China Yellow Pages, and within three years, the company made $800,000.
Lesson:Persistence – The only thing that drives Jack Ma to one of the most successful and wealthiest people in the world is persistence. You’ve seen it. He struggled in many terms, got rejected, but he didn’t give up and that persistence has paid off.

WhatsApp Developers

Brian Acton and Jan Koum founded WhatsApp in 2009. They both worked at Yahoo, and left in 2007. Koum was born in 1976 in Kiev, Ukraine to a Jewish family. In 1992, Koum at the age of 16, moved to Mountain View, California with his grandmother where a social support program helped them with an apartment. At first, Koum’s mother worked as a babysitter, while he himself worked as a cleaner at a grocery store. When Koum turns to 18, be became interested in programming, and enrolled to San Jose State University. Koum met Brian Acton when Koum was hired by Yahoo as an infrastructure engineer in 1997, while Acton was serving as a security tester at Ernst & Young and shortly became friends.

As the story goes, one day, Koum bought an iPhone in 2009, and realized that the then-seven-month-old App store was about to spawn a whole new industry of apps. At last, he and Acton founded and incorporated WhatsApp on 24th February, 2009. Before this, they both applied to work on Facebook but got rejected. Finally, the Facebook, Inc. acquired their startup (WhatsApp) in February 2014 for $19.3b.

Acton and Koum failed to work on Facebook, but now Koum is serving as the Managing Director of Facebook and own $2.4b in Facebook stock, and still the CEO of WhatsApp.
Lesson: Life – Expect the Unexpected. Jan Koum had never thought that he could be the MD of Facebook, in addition to owning $2.4b Facebook stock.

Google and Yahoo!

Do you the company that ruled the internet for over 10years? In 90s, Yahoo was the company that referred to as the icon of the web. It fails, and succeed – this is business. Back to 1998 when Google’s Larry Page and Sergey Brin approached Yahoo when they were making the rounds for backing in Silicon Valley. But Yahoo weren’t interested. Beside this, in 2002 Yahoo had the opportunity to purchase Google for $5bn. But Yahoo weren’t interested again that the price was too high. As the story goes, Yahoo was nearly able to acquire the popular social network, Facebook for $1bn in 2006, but due to a faltering stock price, Yahoo lowered its offer to $850m, allowing Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to walk away from the deal.

Larry Page and Sergey Brin founded Google in January 1996 as a research project when they were PhD students at Stanford University. In 2016, Verizon announced it was acquiring Yahoo for $4.85bn!
Lesson:No one knows tomorrow – You see how Yahoo refused to buy Google in 1998, and in 2002 at $5bn. What do you think if Google is to be sold today? And Yahoo’s biggest mistake to date was refusing to buy Facebook for $1bn in 2006, it lowered the price to $850m. Today, Facebook can acquire Yahoo hundred times with it’s parent company, Verizon. Don’t loose an opportunity when you have it.

Larry Ellison

Larry Ellison was the founder of Oracle Corporation. The 73-years-old man, and the seventh-wealthiest person in the world with a fortune of $60.6bn (as of August 2017). He was born to a Jewish mother, while his father was the US Army Air Corps pilot. Unfortunately, Ellison contracted pneumonia at the age of 9-months, his mother gave him to her aunt for adoption. Guess what? He did not meet his biological mother until he turns to 48-years-old.

Ellison studied at University of Illinois to his second year, without graduating and moved to California in 1966 because his adoptive mother had just died. Ellison again attended University of Chicago for one term, where he first encountered computer design. While working at Ampex Corporation in the early 1970s, he became influenced by Edgar F. Codd’s research on relational database, which led to the formation of Oracle in 1977.

In November 2016, it was reported that Oracle acquired NetSuite for $9.3bn as Ellison owned 35% of NetSuite at the time making him $3.5bn personally. Today, Ellison is the fifth-richest person in the United States as well as the seventh in the world.
Lesson: Orphanage – When it comes to success, it doesn’t matter an orphan or else. Ellison was a paternal orphan who was adopted for 47years.

Mubarak Muyika

The 1994 Kenyan born, a programmer and internet entrepreneur. He is the CEO of Zagace, a company which runs an app store for businesses to access software for accounting, human resources management and marketing. Muyika was born and raised in Western Province, Kenya. His father died in 1996 when he was 2-years-old. Muyika’s orphanage started after the death of his mother in 2004 when he turns to 10-years-old. Muyika’s adoptive parents, his aunt and her husband operated a small book publishing and distribution company, called Acrodile Publishers. Muyika taught himself how to bild a better website for the company.

In 2011, Muyika at the age of 16, founded Hype Century Technology & Investment Limited, a company focused on website creation and webhosting, to which led him received an award, Anzisha Prize from African Leadership Academy for young entrepreneurs
Lesson: Orphanage – Still, Mubarak Muyika proved that an orphan could do better.

Bill Gates

Have you ever asked yourself why Bill Gates is still the richest man in the world and what drives him to there? If not, you have to ask yourself
a such question to stop doubting. A 1955 born to the William Henry Gates family, a prominent lawyer. Early on his life, his parents had a law career in mind for him. Gates’ parents feared that their son might be a loner, because of his loneliness. But when time passed, his parents’ desire became useless when he started showing love on computers and programming.
Lesson: Parents’ Desire – Gates’ parents had a law career in their mind. But their desire didn’t fulfil. In life, no everyone’s ambition is fulfilled. Gates’ natural desire is to become a programmer as well as the richest person on earth.

Aliko Dangote

Do you know the person bearing the name – Aliko Dangote? Or have you ever wondered why he remains the richest person in Africa? Aliko Dangote was born in 1957 to a business oriented household in Kano state, Nigeria. His grandfather, Sanusi Dantata was one of the wealthiest men in West Africa at the time. After the death of Dangote’s father, his grandfather, Sanusi Dantata took and became his de facto guardian. Living with his grandfather exposed him to the different rudiments of entrepreneurship. He learnt about marketing, customer relationship and more. After he earned his first degree in Business Administration from Al-Azhar University, Cairo, in Egypt, in 1977 when he was 21 got a loan of N500,000 ($2,500) from his grandfather to start trade in commodities. He took the loan which was to be repaid within 3years to Lagos with his uncle. At that time, N500,000 could buy one hundred Mercedes Benz in Nigeria. Dangote started importing rice and sugar from different countries; Thailand and Brazil.

As he sold these commodities to the locals, his business growth quickly exploded with high revenues, sometimes reaching net profits of $10,000+ daily. You know why? He returned his grandfather’s loan in 3months instead of the agreed 3years.
Lesson: Taking Risks – Risk is not only jumping down in an airplane, but one of the top habits of entrepreneurs. Dangote’s loan of N500,000 at that time was very risk, but he did not loose a chance to win.

Mark Zuckerberg

The 33-years-old programmer, born in 1984 in New York, United States. Mark Zuckerberg was the founder of the world’s second largest most visited website, Facebook. He co-founded Facebook together with his college roommates at Harvard University on February 2004. Zuckerberg is the fifth richest person in the world with a net worth of $71.5bn (as of September 2017). In 2004, Zuckerberg dropped out of Harvard in his sophomore year in order to complete his project, i.e to manage and build Facebook.

Zuckerberg and his friends moved to Palo Alto, California in Silicon Valley where they leased a small house that served as an office. Then Zuckerberg met Peter Thiel, who invested in the company. This gave them the opportunity to found an office, and they found their first office in mid-2004. Zuckerberg reported that their group decided to return to Harvard but eventually remained in California. On 28th May, 2017, Zuckerberg received an honorary degree from Harvard University. He posted on his Facebook wall “Mom, I always told you I’d come back and get my degree”
Lesson:Succeed without degree – Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs etc proved that it doesn’t matter with or without a degree in order to succeed.

Mike Adenuga

The second-richest person in Nigeria and third in Africa, Mike Adenuga was born in 1953 in Ibadan, Nigeria. Adenuga’s father Michael Adenuga was a school teacher, while his mother Juliana Adenuga was a businesswoman of royal Ijebu descent. Adenuga worked as a taxi driver to help fund his university education. It was reported that when Adenuga earned his first degree in Business Administration in Pace University, New York, took over his mother’s small business and sold laces, coca-cola, and other commodities. In 1990, Adenuga got an oil drilling license from Nigerian government and realized he had stuck gold, when in 1991, his company discovered oil in shallow waters of south western Ondo state, Nigeria.

Today, Adunuga has investment in telecommunications, banking and oil and gas. His company, Globacom is Nigeria’s second-largest telecom operator, and also in Ghana and Benin. His net worth is estimated to be $5.8bn (as of 2017)
Lesson: Poor people also succeed – In life, not only the rich kids succeeds. Adenuga was once a taxi driver, he had never dreamed to be on the stage today.

11 Proven Ideas to Grow Your Business

Are things going well with your start-up? Thousands of businesses founded every year, only a small percentage make it through the challenging business climate to establish themselves as going concerns. In fact, over 90 percent of businesses will fail within their first three years of operations. Do you know why? The answer is clear and I’m going to give you the top proven ideas to help you grow your own business.
Small business is the backbone of developed and emerging economies throughout the world. However, only the most resilient and talented entrepreneurs will be able to found companies that can successfully navigate the business environment.
If your company is beginning to find some stability in the marketplace, then it’s time to consider the options you have available to expand your firm. Growing your business into a profitable and sustainable company will take even more dedication and discipline than was required of you in the start-up phase.

Table of Content:

1.0: Introduction
1: Create Online Activity
2: Start with a Plan
3: Hire the Right People
4: Invest in Yourself
5: Expand Globally
6: Expand to the Internet
7: Target other Markets
8: Merge with another Business
9: Use e-Mail Marketing
10: Ask an Advice
11: Pay Attention to Deal
12: Conclusion

14 Top Mistakes of Entreprenuers

1.0 Introduction

When you first started your business, you probably did a lot of research. You may have sought help from advisors; you may have gotten information from books, magazines and other readily available sources. You invested a lot-in terms of money, time and sweat equity-to get your business off the ground. what?
For those of you who have survived startup and built successful businesses, you may be wondering how to take the next step and grow your business beyond its current status. There are numerous possibilities, 9 of which we'll outline here. Choosing the proper one (or ones) for your business will depend on the type of business you own, your available resources, and how much money, time and sweat equity you're willing to invest all over again. If you're ready to grow, we're ready to help.
Take a look through these ideas for growth and choose one that you feel will work with your business model:

1. Increase Online Activity

Are you using your online presence to its full potential? Apart from traditional SEO tactics like link building with authority sites, you should be focusing your attention on your social platforms as well. Do you have an extensive social media marketing plan?
If not, it’s time to sit down with some online marketing consultants to develop a comprehensive online marketing strategy that can create communities around your brand and product. Leverage the reach of influencers in your niche and partner with them to endorse and recommend your products.
Increasing your online marketing activities is one of the most cost-effective ways of growing your company and catching the attention of your target market.
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2. Start with a Plan

Second and the most important strategy or idea to boost your business is to start it with a plan. If a business wants to be successful in driving sales and leads from social, they need to have a clear digital strategy that incorporates social media. What most people didn’t understand nowadays in business is “a business plan”. That is why they have been failing to grow the business as the world’s entrepreneurs shares that the one of the top secrets of business growth is to start with a plan.
Your business plan should include your growth strategy. Review your previous plan for the start-up phase and make any alterations to your projected forecasts and financials that you think are necessary. Keeping your business plan updated is important if you want to find funding for your growth ideas.

3. Hire the Right People

Before you can even think about your company's growth trajectory, you need to ensure that you have a solid staff that can help you achieve it.
“With a small business looking to grow, it's important to have the right players at the table,” said April Davis, founder of online dating service Cupid's Cronies . “They need to be people who aren't afraid to roll up their sleeves. The words ‘That's not my job,’ do not exist in their vocabulary. They have to be dedicated to the mission.”

4. Invest in Yourself

In the early stages of your business, you'll likely see a very lean profit margin (or no profit at all), so any money you do make should go directly toward helping you grow.
“A startup's ability to invest in itself accelerate growth” – Lanng “In those early years, it's critical to make sure that you're redirecting any revenues back into the company. It's vital to invest early and heavily in order to grow quickly.”
Investment in yourself is one of the most important strategies which will help you to grow your business

5. Expand Globally

Not only did FatWire grow in terms of customers and sales, it also experienced global growth simply as a result of integrating the best of the divine and FatWire technologies. “FatWire finally has international reach – we’ve established new offices in the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Spain, Holland, Germany, China, Japan and Singapore” says Fasciano. This increased market share is what will allow FatWire to realize sustained growth.
On the other hand, you don't need to acquire another business to expand globally. You just need to prime your offering for an international market the way FatWire was primed following the integration of its technologies with divines.
You'll also need a foreign distributor who'll carry an inventory of your product and resell it in their domestic markets. You can locate foreign distributors by scouring your city or state for a foreign company with a U.S. representative. Trade groups, foreign chambers of commerce in the United States, and branches of American chambers of commerce in foreign countries are also good places to find distributors you can work with.

6. Expand to the Internet

Bill Gates said that “By the end of 2002, there will be only two kinds of businesses: those with an Internet presence, and those with no business at all”
Landing your Web site in search engine results is key-more than 80 percent of traffic comes via search engines, according to Falkow. “As there are now more than 4 billion Web pages and traffic on the Internet doubles every 100 days, making your Web site visible is vital,” she says. “You need every weapon you can get.”
Design and programming are also important, but it's your content that will draw a visitor into your site and get them to stay. Says Falkow, “Putting together a content strategy based on user behavior, measuring and tracking visitor click streams, and writing the content based on researched keywords will get you excellent search results and meet the needs of your visitors.”

7. Target other Markets

Your current market is serving you well. Are there others? You bet. "My other markets are what make money for me," says McGuckin. Electronic and foreign rights, entrepreneurship programs, speaking events and software offerings produce multiple revenue streams for McGuckin, from multiple markets.
“If your consumer market ranges from teenagers to college students, think about where these people spend most of their time,” says McGuckin. “Could you introduce your business to schools, clubs or colleges? You could offer discounts to special-interest clubs or donate part of [your profits] to schools and associations.”
Let your imagination take you where you need to be. Then take your product to the markets that need it.

8. Merge with or Acquire Another Business

In 1996, when Mark Fasciano founded FatWire, a Mineola, New York, content management software company, he certainly couldn't have predicted what would happen a few years later. Just as FatWire was gaining market momentum, the tech downturn hit hard. “We were unable to generate the growth needed to maximize the strategic partnerships we'd established with key industry players” – Fasciano says. “During this tech 'winter,' we concentrated on survival and servicing our clients, while searching for an opportunity to jump-start the company's growth. That growth opportunity came last year at the expense of one of our competitors.”

9. Use e-Mail Marketing

Target created a smart data mining tool that can almost accurately predict if a regular buyer is pregnant, and at what stage. This even drove a dad mad, to accuse Target of sending newsletters, recommending baby items to his teenage daughter, whom unknown to him, was actually pregnant. How did Target figure this out? The answer lies in probabilistic statistics harnessed from big data.
The best email campaigns are the types that sends the consumer, product recommendations and deals, based on their shopping behaviors.
A person who ships a car, probably needs someone to clear it from the port. A person who buys a Virtual Reality Headset, is probably looking for a badass war game to play it with. And a person who purchases a suit, probably also needs a great shoe, tie, or wrist watch to rock it with.
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10. Ask for an Advice

From Mark Zuckerberg, late Steve Jobs, Bill Gates to Michael Jordan, mentorship is a fact they all mention and is what enabled them to get where they are. You can get advice from financial institutions, professionals, and industry gurus, among others, but have to seek advice before making major moves.
Indeed advice from experts will move you on, as stated above that one should learn the way experts manages their own startups.

11. Pay Attention to Deal

Everything that goes into your business has an impact on your success. As such, make sure you have an eagle’s eye over everything that is going on. When negotiating, ensure you have legal and financial experts to extrapolate technicalities and make things clearer lest you end up in legal murk, which portends failure.

12. Conclusion

When you read these 11 ideas to grow your business you should understand that business is not a playground, and I’m very sure that these methods would work for you if you can be persistent to achieve your goal. I hope this article would be helpful, thanks for reading!

13 Tactics To Set-up a Successful Social Media Marketing

As a social media manager, your role is to increase the company’s sales by bringing in more people. That means that your mannerisms on social media and your ability to reach the right audience mater. Done right, social media marketing can be the biggest source of income for the business

Table of Content:

1.1: Introduction
1: Start with a plan
2: Be consistent
3: Create quality content
4: Share images and videos
5: Measure your performance
6: Learn from experts
7: Be active and responsive
8: Keep bloggig
9: Include location
10: About section
11: Contests and promotions
12: Use SMM strategies
13: Determine your brand

1.1 Introduction

Many people fail as a result of launching a new business. I will say the first reason was not knowing the steps to successfully launch that business. And, this is not the reason for your giving up. Though, consider it as life circumstances and remember that no business is built without some challenges. Here, I’m going to list these 13 tactics which will definitely help you launch a successful social media marketing from home. These are:

1. Start with a Plan

Even though social media marketing looks pretty straightforward, you need a plan. You cannot use the same words and structure across the different social media platforms. When creating the plan, determine the reason why you are on social media and the best platforms you can use to reach your target audience. If looking to reach clients looking for an injury lawyer in Vancouver, you should have a plan for LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. In most cases, having three main social media platforms is better than having five or more.
I’m still worry that 40% of small businesses have no strategy in place for social media marketing. If a business wants to be successful in driving sales and leads from social, they need to have a clear digital strategy that incorporates social media.
Each social network has different audience demographics, so businesses should strategically choose which outlets to utilize based on their target customers. Once the appropriate social channels selected, take a look at what is working for competitors, and start to create a content calendar. This helps businesses organize, plan ahead and stick to a regular social content schedule. A standard business plan include:
I. A description of your business
II. Description of your product
III. Analysis of your target market

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2. Be consistent

Social media users are hungry for new content, and they will follow you for as long as you feed them. You should develop a routine schedule. In your marketing plan, establish a plan for posting content on the different platforms. You should also consider getting influencers.
Know why you’re posting, and who you’re posting for. Be consistent about how you use the platform and your follower count will grow organically.

3. Create Quality Content

Quality content engages audiences, is shared across multiple platforms, and garners more interest in a brand. It also makes a difference when it comes to SEO.
Before posting content on social media, make sure it is relevant, entertaining and helpful. Even when you follow the suggested content on social media, ensure that you have high-quality content relevant to your audience.
With content continuing its reign, it is important to remember that writing like a king not only takes a sense of humor, but also an authoritative knowledge of the subject, the audience, the medium and practice (and in the examples, a sense of humor). Marketers should not be afraid to experiment to see what works best for them, whether they are successes or failures.

4. Share Images and Videos

When it comes to social media marketing, e-Commerce and affiliate marketing videos and images attracts more people to your products as it play a significant role. Just keep the content relevant and use high-quality images and videos to drive engagement. Pinterest and Instagram rely on images while Facebook does well with good videos and images. Sharing it will help boost your marketing. Remember, sharing is caring.

5. Measure Your Performance

You should be able to check the social media reach of your content, the engagement, impressions, views, clicks, comments, likes, and mentions. It is important to track these metrics daily to know when to shift strategies. Apart from measuring your performance, you can make social media management easier by using a social media tool like Buffer or Sprout Social to publish, schedule, collaborate and track your content.

6. Learn From Experts

I know practices makes perfect, but no one is perfect. No one should be taken to university without having the first school leaving certificate. You can start your social media marketing by learning some tips and strategies from experts. Some experts has 2-3years experienced in that field, while you are just starting. So learning from them will help you launch your successful SM marketing.
There are LinkedIn Groups, Facebook Groups, Tweet Chats, and Google+ Communities. Joining these communities brings you together with like-minded persons, and you can learn from each other.

7. Be Active and Responsive

As customers and fans flock to a business’ social sites and post comments, they are going to expect the company to be social as well. Microsoft and Xbox support are two of many examples of businesses using Twitter for customer relations.
The Xbox Support feed is one of the most active and responsive brand feeds found online. It boasts an impressive 1.3 million tweets calls itself the most responsive brand on Twitter.
It is important to remember however that just responding is not enough. Automation has the ability to get brands in trouble because it can lead to inappropriate responses. For example, companies that respond to every mention with a boilerplate response could inadvertently promote negative attention or come off as uncaring. When it comes to public perception, this is a big issue because consumers demand to feel like they’re interacting with a human on social media, not an automated response.

8. Keep Blogging

Blogging on regular basis is important for a meaningful presence on social media. If you don’t plan to share interesting as well as relevant information according to the use of every social media handle, nothing shall work for you in the long run. If the content that you publish in the form of blogs, articles or healthcare tips can match the interests of your target audience, you’re definitely going to gain a large online community. Apart from blogging, once in a while you may also need to add other content (photos, video, podcasts, etc.) to engage audiences within those specific networks.

9. Include Location

Most of the medical practitioners don’t update their location, tags and timings while targeting the right audience. As the only goal is to primarily attract the right audience to your practice, updating the Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and the Pinterest Profile with the right description and location tags is extremely important. Encouraging patients to “check – in” to your location using Facebook will bring in authenticity to your practice and attract other prospective patients to know about your practice. Checking in has relatively become old on Facebook but it still works as good as a “word of mouth” referral marketing form and will continue to do so unless a new feature is introduced by Facebook.

10. About Section

It’s important to focus on basics where the right keywords are still not tagged by most of the medical practitioners while creating a fan page on Facebook or a tab on the website that focuses on the nature of work of the dermatology medical practitioner.
The words you use to describe your practice should reflect the natural conversational language that your audience use. Similarly, the About page of your website should not just focus on keywords such as aesthetics, but rather on answering questions that typical patients would ask. Think about some of the common questions that your patients have asked in the past and update your practice’s About page with content that provides those answers.

11. Contests and Promotions

May be offering a free consultation on a new service introduced with a ‘limited time only’ offer can create a buzz to promote the new set of services offered. Though free services should be avoided to be given and only a service against a contest won will create a buzz in the head of the prospective buyer where he or she will be inquisitive to find out what he or she have won. For the purpose of audience engagement, encourage your Facebook fans to submit photos of themselves, or share stories for a chance to win.

12. Use SMM Strategies

It’s important to have meaning and direction for your social media accounts. You want make sure that you strategically choose the content you post, how you post it, and the tools you use so that you can gain meaningful followers and produce sustainable results.
Think about your customer by outlining the personality types that are likely to purchase your product or service, including overall lifestyle, and add value for them online.

13. Determine Your Brand

Highly visual platforms are great places to tell a story and people want to see the whole thing. Show them what you’re about, how your product is made, your company culture, etc. This will also help to setup your successful social media marketing.
Basically you’re showing off how great it is to do what you do.

How to Receive Foreign Online Payment in Nigeria

Nigerians and other African countries indeed are exempted from most online services and this is because of so many reasons. For Nigerians, they are exempted because of the antecedents of the whites in the hands of Nigerians online.
That is, many people who started an online business in Nigeria spoilt her reputation online. They engaged in dubious activities online like scamming the whites (popularly referred to as Yahoo Yahoo), trying to break some security measures put in place by site owners, and many others you can think of.
Another issue that led to the exemption of Nigerians is the Nigerian government’s policy that barred transactions through PayPal and other online money exchange sites. As a result, many people in Nigeria are not interested in receiving international online payment as PayPal is not available.
In this article, we would look at the various ways through which you can get your money in Nigeria from different online services that earn from. Do you wish to continue? Ok, lets get started:

Table of Content:

1.1: Introduction
1: Payoneer
2: Cheque
3: Skrill
4: Western Union Money Transfer
5: Wire Transfer

1.1 Introduction

No doubt, you can receive foreign online payment from the different websites in the world through anyone of the following payment services listed below.

1. Payoneer

Payoneer is another foreign money exchange service that still accepts Nigerians. They do so by assigning virtual U.S checking account to every person that registers with them and with this, you can receive payments online using your unique checking number and routing number.
Payoneer card allows you to receive direct payment from freelance sites and affiliate networks. Also, individuals can load funds directly to your card from another credit/debit card.
Once you have the funds on your card, you’ll get an email notification from Payoneer, and you can withdraw your funds instantly from any ATM that processes Mastercard-issued cards

2. Cheque

If you’re planning to venture (or you’re already) into some affiliate marketing programs, such as Amazon affiliates, receiving a cheque may be an option for you (note that Amazon pays directly to Payoneer cards, though). This option is suitable for freelancers, too.
Once you request your payment (from the company or individual you’re dealing with), a US cheque (check) would be sent to your mailing address, you can go and cash it in the bank where you have a domiciliary account.
Receiving funds through cheques may take weeks, depending on the bank you use as well as the issuing bank. So, this payment method may not be suitable if you need the funds urgently.

3. Skrill

The second most popular and largest e-payment service in Nigeria, based in United Kingdom. Skrill is also a payment service just like PayPal and is still available for Nigerians to receive funds from anywhere in the world. It can also be used to make purchases if the said service allows the use of Skrill.
Skrill allows you to fund your account with Naira just like PayPal, but it is worthy of note that you will not be allowed to access all the features of Skrill until you verify your account. You can withdraw funds from your Skrill account directly to your Nigerian bank account at any time.

4. Western Union Money Transfer

Although this method is not available on some online money making platforms, it is also ideal for receiving money from your business partners, freelance clients, friends and family members abroad. To do this, you will be required to provide valid government-issued ID card before you are allowed to receive the payment.
This method is not advised if you are receiving a small amount of money because of the service charges on the service. You might end up losing so much money in the process after all charges are deducted from it

5. Wire Transfer

Wire transfer is another great and effective option to receive money in Nigeria from almost all online money making ventures ranging from AdSense payment, affiliate marketing sites, etc. This involves the sending of the money in either dollar or euro format to your domiciliary account.
What is a domiciliary account you may be asking? This is an account that has the ability to receive foreign currencies depending on the one you specified when you are creating the account. Almost all banks in Nigeria provide this type of account service to their customers.
It requires $100 to open this account but if you do not have the dollars, you can bring a Naira equivalent of it. There is no need to fear because, at any point, you can close down the account and withdraw the whole money in it.
Some affiliate marketing firms, AdSense, and other online money making ventures accept this type of transfer. You only need to get the details for your domiciliary account and provide them on the said site, and then request for payment. The payment might take some days or a few weeks before they arrive depending on the bank.

The Complete Guide to Start an e-Commerce Business in Nigeria

Multiple e-Commerce businesses spring up everyday, with several selling items from different categories. While there are already big players in the Nigerian and African e-commerce industry, there are thousands of observers trying to get accurate financial information on the costs and how to start an e-commerce business in Nigeria or Africa.
Many blogs and financial websites write about the e-commerce industry, but the cost implications are never clear, and as a result, a lot of people trying to start an e-commerce business in Nigeria lose a lot of money because they were misinformed. Here and now, you will learn the mistakes new e-Businesses makes, the top strategies of running a successful e-Business and the total amount needed to start the e-Commerce business here in Nigeria. Are you ready? Lets get started:

Table of Content:

1: The Mistakes New E-Commerce Businesses Makes
2: Top E-Commerce Marketing Strategies
3: The Costs of Building an e-Commerce Business in Nigeria

1. The Mistakes New E-Commerce Businesses Makes

As the African market slowly shifts towards the online space, more e-commerce businesses are springing up everyday. While a large amount of online stores is essential, both for a healthy competition and better customer incentives, not paying attention to some important factors can hinder the growth of many players.
There’s a baseline that must be met by new e-commerce businesses in Nigeria or anywhere in the world. Launching without paying attention to these conditions wouldn’t just be both fool-hardy and reckless for any entrepreneur that makes the plunge, but could put the founder out of business as soon as possible. Now, let’s see the 3 biggest mistakes new e-Commerce businesses makes:

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I. Launching with an empty online store:
This is the problem many new e-commerce businesses have. They launch with little to no product items listed on their websites. If your online store is going to sell only a very few selected items, then the website should be well designed to look like it only sells those few items.
Imagine a brand like Chanel building a website that looks like Amazon’s. It’s a total no-brainer, knowing they release only a few collections per season.
First impressions are everything. When you launch an empty or low-volumed online store and start using various marketing strategies to get visitors to your website, upon arrival, they’d skim through, leave, and probably never return. Without the right resources in the right basic volume for the right type of customers, you’d be throwing your efforts to the wind.

II. Immediately spending a lot of money on ads:
This is probably the biggest mistake many new e-commerce businesses makes. Because you see the largest players spending hundreds, and sometimes thousands of dollars everyday on both online and offline ads, you take the little startup capital you have, and begin to flush it down the ad drain.

In the below topic, you will see how to spend money on ads and not immediately after launching your e-commerce business. Social media advertisement may help you to get started as a new business before spending thousands of money on ads.

III. Not gathering enough data on time:
Many new e-commerce businesses don’t know their average daily page views, daily unique visitors, what pages get visited the most, what items get purchased or returned the most, what items get ignored or inquired about the most, what their real daily running expense costs are, their customer acquisition cost, what customers have to say about their service, and a lot more.
Data is very crucial to the growth and survival of any business. Operating without data is like walking blindly. You don’t really know where you’re headed, so what you’ve got are your instincts and feelings. The sad truth about basing decisions on hope or feelings is that hope is not strategy, and mostly only leads to endless disappointments. You strategize so you may control what comes next, and that’s the best course of action for any new business or executive.
Without the right data, your business could come to standstill and eventually crash out. Keep records by using tools like QuickBooks, Google Analytics, Survey Monkey, and a host of others. Then a good understanding of your data will lead you in the right direction.

2. Top E-Commerce Marketing Strategies You Should Know

The e-commerce industry is a hard nut to crack for many entrepreneurs that dare to get in. In countries like the United States (US), the long rooted history of e-commerce has gradually made it one of the most assuring internet businesses anyone could venture into. But in countries in the developing world like Nigeria and India, the industry still faces tremendous set-backs.
How then do small businesses with ambitions of becoming one of the future largest players in their local e-commerce market scale, or the very least, generate some reasonable revenues? What marketing strategies should these online small business owners execute to turn a profit?
While major players already with funding from angel investors & venture capitalists burn through thousands of Dollars monthly to barely achieve a positive cashflow, a few other really small unknown e-commerce companies have silently turned a reasonable profit for their size, even with the widespread clamour of unprofitability. Below are the top e-Commerce marketing strategies:

I. Start with a Plan
If a business wants to be successful in driving sales and leads from social, they need to have a clear digital strategy that incorporates social media. Each social network has different audience demographics, so businesses should strategically choose which outlets to utilize based on their target customers. Find a seat, pen and a book, and start writing your business plans!
When you’re starting an e-Commerce business, you should know how much you will invest in the business, and how much are you expecting to earn. Most of small business fails as a result of lack of business plan, and it is the greatest mistakes entrepreneurs makes at the beginning of their business.

II. Start from an online marketplace
Every successful business today, started small. Whether it was from a small store down the street, from an apartment, or from a store on an online marketplace like Jumia, Konga, Amazon, Ebay, and the likes. The importance of starting from an online marketplace, is to test your product focus, and also increase the volume of your merchandise.
Rather than chase down every investor you see around the corner, that’d most likely not pay attention to what you have to say, start by selling your products on online marketplaces. As they sell out, you’d learn more of what people want the most; the category, the colour, the style, and adjust your marketing strategies to focus your product re-stock preferences to those items.
Make sure you use your proposed brand name as your store name on the marketplaces, so that when you eventually launch your e-commerce business, some of your store’s existing & future customers, can always find you through google to see if you offer better prices on your website, and what other exclusive products you may have for sale. The great thing about this model, is that you don’t get to spend a dime yet, on ads, but you get enough time to triple, quadruple, or even quintuple the volume of your products before you fully set out to launch your own e-commerce website. And even after you’ve launched, remain on the marketplaces till you’ve fully figured out how to be fully independent of anyone.

III. The mobile experience is everything
While a larger population of Americans place product orders from their computers than their mobile phones, over 75% of Nigerians, place their orders strictly from their mobile phones. A great mobile experience in a developing nation as Nigeria or India, can never be emphasized enough!
Any e-commerce business that doesn’t have a wonderful, easy-to-use, and concise mobile site, can already be considered a failure. In an economy where almost everyone only makes product inquiries and purchases from their mobile phones, it would be outrightly dumb to not have a great-looking & fast-loading mobile site.
While a responsive e-commerce website is good, building a standalone mobile website to compliment it, is even better. The core reason is, the demographic that would visit the mobile website majorly only want a good-looking, but simple interface, that shows them only what they want to see immediately. And most often, the mobile-responsive look of the online store, doesn’t motivate the local users.

IV. Use smart email marketing
Target created a smart data mining tool that can almost accurately predict if a regular buyer is pregnant, and at what stage. This even drove a dad mad, to accuse Target of sending newsletters, recommending baby items to his teenage daughter, whom unknown to him, was actually pregnant. How did Target figure this out? The answer lies in probabilistic statistics harnessed from big data.
The best email campaigns are the types that sends the consumer, product recommendations and deals, based on their shopping behaviors.
A person who ships a car, probably needs someone to clear it from the port. A person who buys a Virtual Reality Headset, is probably looking for a badass war game to play it with. And a person who purchases a suit, probably also needs a great shoe, tie, or wrist watch to rock it with.

V. Build a social media engagement
Most people at some point, have experienced a time when an Instagram account was trending for having unbelievable items at very low prices. What’s more? These Instagram accounts from time to time, could post a photo of the team outing, a cute puppy, what they’re having for lunch at the office, and other enticing creative content. A perfect example, is Asos.
A social media experience that would make your followers wish they could be a part of your team, is an absolute win. This first means that they’re already in love with your brand, are probably already your customers, and constantly profess their love for your brand to many people in their circle.
The key to growing a great social media experience is to curate interesting content people would love to talk a lot about, and also share.

VI. Consider free & fast shipping as a bonus
The phrase, “free shipping”, has closed a lot of sales. People feel a bit more motivated to buy, if they know they probably won’t be paying any shipping cost; especially when the free shipping clause can be effected after their purchase meets a reasonable minimum price. But what marketing strategies motivate people to act, even better than free shipping? Fast shipping!
According to some scientific researches, fast shipping motivates more people to place orders, than free shipping. People would pay a little more to save their time. Although the demographic covered in this research may not have similar cultures to many other demographics around the world, offering both free & fast shipping, could improve your chances of converting a potential customer.
In the developing world, free shipping has more impact over fast shipping. Since the per capital income is low, people want to save even more money, and wouldn’t mind waiting a little longer to get their orders delivered. The only downside to this, is that free shipping would cost every retailer a lot more, and some customers might change their minds about the order, before it gets delivered. So what’s your best bet? Offer both free & fast shipping!

VII. Try social Ads
Advertising on Facebook has proven to be one of the most effective channels to promote an online business, and grow its sales. For fashion based businesses especially, the two best environments to try out your advert marketing strategies are both Facebook & Instagram.
Most people on Instagram only want cheap, but great-looking items. So you’d have to channel your ads correctly. Advertising if done wrong, could tank your operating budget. Find someone experienced with the gimmicks of social advertising, and have the person put you through on how to achieve a lot more with a lot less (at probably $0.01 per click).
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These e-commerce marketing strategies are already being used by multiple small businesses to grow their online revenues. You too can use them today to build your own e-Commerce business successfully. Now, let’s see the cost of building and e-Commerce business in Nigeria.

3. The Cost of Building an e-Commerce Business in Nigeria

Here, I’ll be breaking down the total setup and running costs for anyone who needs information on how to start an e-Commerce business in Nigeria. This will help you better plan and adjust your budget before you take the big step.

Here’s a detailed cost estimate on how to start an e-commerce business in Nigeria:
1. Website Setup: N12,000 ($33)
First thing you will need to do is to setup the website for your e-Commerce. A domain name for your website is compulsory – not higher than N4,500 ($12.64). Setting up your website include the designing of logo and banner, shopping cart - You can start with WooCommerce powered by WordPress, OpenCart or PrestaShop. This shopping cart are free to use. Website hosting, which may costs you about N1,406 ($3.95)
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2. Small Office Space:
Free (Start your e-commerce business from your apartment. Don’t rent an office space. You are very likely to regret it if you rent an office. Hardly will any customer visit your office. As your e-Commerce business grows, you can expand and move out).

3. Office Furniture
After you get a small office space, the next thing remain for you is to buy your office furniture. (Four office chairs and a table). These are the office furniture needed in your small office and will not cost you less than N40,000 ($112.36)

4.Communication Tools
In order to run your e-commerce business wherever you are in the world, you’d need to communicate with your customers or have the full administration access on your e-commerce website.
These include; two laptop computers (N194,000 i.e $544.94), Internet Modem (N6,000 i.e $16.85), Internet Monthly Subscription (N12,000 i.e $33.70). The total amount will be N200,012 ($561.83). If you already have computers, even better. Remember, the goal is to totally cut costs.

5. Shipping and Delivery
You can’t depend on the couriers for everything. You’d need to handle most of your local deliveries yourself to cut cost and better build a good reputation for really fast deliveries. I recommend a bike to get started, and even two delivery bikes will costs you N40,000 ($112.36).
For everyone else, we’re going to need a courier and shipping services. Post office in Nigeria are not functional and very slow so you can’t use them to deliver your products except you want to go bankrupt soon. Still, dispatch rider is needed. The salary here depends on the salary both you and the staff negotiate. You could pay him as much as 100,000 and even lower. It’s up to you.

6. Company Registration
For establishing your new e-commerce company you should consider registering it. Registering a business in Nigeria can give you a lot of benefits, and the process is easier than you think. This will not cost you N21,000 ($58.98) only.

7. Advertisement
Advertisement is one of the top steps to grow your e-Commerce business. To get in front of your potential customers, you need to rank very high in search engine results by optimizing your product listing using keywords or frequently used search terms. The best way to stay on Google front page is through Google Adwords, so utilize it to increase your sales. Also your potential customers are on social media make use of adverts to reach them on their profile or timeline. Let them know you exist and have solutions to their problems.

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These amounts could vary. They could be slightly lower or multiple times higher, depending on the e-commerce business plan and budget. These costing are based on an exchange rate of N356 to a Dollar in Nigeria.
Marketplace still remain the best place to start your ecommerce business in Nigeria. However, limiting yourself and business to marketplace is a dangerous gamble that you will loss on the long run. You don’t really need to build your ecommerce website in a rush when you start. You can use marketplace to test your product idea because they have millions of buyers ready to make a purchase decision immediately.

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