Category: Entrepreneur

Is coconut business profitable?

Before starting any business, it is important to do a background check on the profitability of that business.

Anyone interested in starting a coconut business will like to know if the coconut business is profitable or not.

I had the privilege of discussing the coconut value chain with one of Nigeria’s Agribusiness Experts. Ebun Feludu is a serial entrepreneur and she is in the trenches of the Food processing sector. Her business JAM – The Coconut Company specifically focuses on the coconut value chain.

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Coconut is a member of the palm tree family and one of the most important fruits in the world. The uses of coconut are numerous and vast. There is no doubt coconut is a money-making crop that you can get into if you are looking for a profitable business to venture in.

The coconut tree is a wonder tree that produces a lot of products. Below are a few of the products that come from coconut tree.

  • Coconut Oil
  • Coconut Milk
  • Coconut Cream
  • Coconut flakes
  • Coconut water
  • Coconut Flour
  • Coconut Sugar
  • Coconut Butter

Where is coconut grown

One of the most attractive and practical trees in the tropics is the coconut tree. It is grown in more than 90 countries, with Asia and the Pacific producing the majority of the world’s supply.

In terms of the overall area planted of coconuts worldwide, the Philippines, Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Malaysia, and Papua New Guinea make up around 80% of the total.

Where is coconut grown in Nigeria?

In the federation of states that make up Nigeria, around 22 of them produce coconut. However, Lagos, which accounts for around 70% of the nation’s output, Akwa Ibom, Delta, Edo, Ekiti, Ogun, Ondo, Oyo, Rivers, and Taraba States are the biggest producers.

Is JAM – The Coconut Company Nigeria’s the best coconut processing company?

One of the best coconut processing companies in Nigeria is the JAM the Coconut Company. The company factory is based in Okun Ajah and Badagry, Lagos, Nigeria.

JAM The Coconut Food Company is an integrated coconut processing business that provides products for the Nigerian and African markets for food, cosmetics, and medications.

Over one million coconuts have been processed into a variety of premium coconut oils, coconut snacks, and coconut beauty topical since the company started operations in 2016.

Some of the products the company offer includes virgin coconut oil, coconut cinnamon balls, coconut flakes, coconut oil with lemon, castor coconut hair oil, and activated coconut charcoal.

Their products can be found in various retail store in Nigeria including Shoprite, Hartleys, Grandex, Foodco, Ebeano, Blenco, Healthplus and Medplus to name a few.

The CEO of the company Ebun Feludu, received training in every aspect of the coconut value chain in Kerala, India. She used all the knowledge she acquired to establish a coconut processing company that has been going from strength to strength.

20 Businesses you can start with no money in the UK

Are you tired of working for someone else or looking for a side hustle? You probably want to start up a business because you love the flexibility and responsibility of running your own company. There are even several businesses you can start in the UK with no money.

Starting a new business might seem like a big task without the adequate financial capital to do so.

There are businesses you can do in the UK with no money. These businesses do not require a lot of materials, space, products, expensive training, degrees, or any fancy equipment.

In essence, most of the businesses listed in this article require, at a minimum – regular access to a computer, and the internet. In this article, we will give you the top 20 businesses you can start with no money in the UK that suits your skillset if you think creatively.

1. Blogging

This is generally not a new concept but monetized blogging is always a popular option for an essentially no-cost business. There are usually lots of options when it comes to making money from your blog. Some include partnerships in affiliate marketing, production of ebooks, offering webinars and online courses.

More so, certain blog niches are more popular and easier to monetize than others which makes some of these work better than others. For example, beauty, parenting, and food blogs are some of the most popular niches which are easier to monetize even though the competition is stiff.

2. Creating an eCommerce online store

This is arguably one of the most accessible cheap businesses on our list. An eCommerce store can make you a lot of money quickly compared to starting a business in other industries. Statistics have shown that the online retail market will continue to grow in 2022, with global eCommerce sales expected to rise to $5.9 trillion this year.

How do you start? Before selling anything, you first need a website. This can also be created for free on some channels including Wix, WordPress, etc. They have several templates from which you can build your ideal store. Then, you can start selling, which takes us to the next business “dropshipping.”

3. Dropshipping

Dropshipping is an easy business to start and a fulfilment model that involves the use of a third-party supplier stores and ships inventory to customers on your behalf.

It is one of the best and most profitable businesses to start because of its low overhead, hands-off, and scalability. This business does not require you to handle any products yourself.

All you need is to advertise the product in your eCommerce store and make sales. After which the order is then passed to your supplier.

Dropshipping allows you to curate products from one or more suppliers into your eCommerce store under a theme that focuses on a specific niche. When a customer purchases a product from you, the order is then sent to your supplier, who fulfils it on your behalf.

Do not forget that you are still responsible for your marketing, advertisement and customer service.

4. In-home child care

If you are someone who loves children and have a good setup or space. You can turn your home into an in-home childcare facility.

You should know there will be associated fees and licensing requirements that may vary state by state. But aside from these, the costs associated with starting a childcare business at home are minimal to none.

5. In-home dog care

In the same way, if you love caring for animals like dogs, consider setting up a dog daycare. You can operate during business hours, for people who need someone to watch their dog while at work, or out of town.

In addition, if you would love to start a dog care business but do not have much experience with dogs, you can consider volunteering at an animal shelter first.

6. Freelance writing

Do you have a strong writing capacity? You can consider starting a business as a freelance writer with a site like Upwork, Fiverr, etc. You can write a few sample articles on whatever niche you decide. This will act as your portfolio and is also practice.

7. Freelance Proofreading and Editing

In the same vein, if you have a great eye for grammatical structure and enjoy editing for grammar and punctuation, you may want to consider starting a freelance editing and proofreading business.

As long as there is more written content, there will always be a need for editors. Therefore, if you have writing experience and a good eye, freelance editing may be a business idea to consider.

8. Logo And Image Design

If you are artistic with adequate photo editing skills, you can consider starting a logo or graphic design business by listing your services on websites like Upwork, 99Designs, etc. You can use any freelance websites available that can be used to help build a portfolio and a client base to start with.

Again, you can design a few sample logos and graphics.

Platforms like Canva have also made it really easy to start your graphics design journey. There are thousands of people making a living through it.

9. Consulting

Starting a consulting business requires you to have a social media marketing background or legal experience. It is always a popular free business to start. More so, the type of consulting you choose to offer will depend on your skillset.

When looking for a business to start, why not monetize that which you do better than anything else?

10. Errand runner

There is a website called TaskRabbit, it’s a site where you can ask anyone to do any task for you. You can employ a similar idea by starting a business called general errand-runner. For example, you can carry out the task for a person when he/she needs dry cleaning dropped off, groceries purchased, or old clothes donated to Goodwill.

If you do not want the headache that comes with starting a business from scratch, you can also register on platforms like TaskRabbit.

11. Website Designer

If you know how to build or set up professional websites, you are in luck. The demand for high-quality business websites is high at the moment. It’s the internet age and all businesses want to be online.

12. Programming

Programming is a skill that will always be in high demand and it is possible to teach yourself programming and build applications. There are paid courses you can take and you will also get hundreds of tutorials on Youtube.

If you are a skilled programmer, you can start this business with no money. You just have to source for clients. And you can get quality clients on freelance platforms.

13. Driving for Uber

If you own a car, specifically a modern car, you can start Uber driving in the UK. Your car is all it takes to become an Uber driver, along with at least three years of experience in driving with a clean driving record.

You can also register with other similar companies.

14. Music Lessons Or Tutoring

If you are great at playing a musical instrument or knowledgeable in a specific school subject, you can consider starting a tutoring business. In this business, the possibilities are endless as they enable you to specialize in your niche skillset or interest.

Freelance tutoring platforms can help you land your first client. Or you can put the word out to friends and family about your new business.

15. Language Teaching And Practice

Also, if you speak more than one language then you have a golden opportunity to start a business teaching the different languages that you know. You can also hold language conversation practice sessions.

Another business you can start with your language proficiency is translating or transcribing.

16. Virtual assistant

If you are an organized person and you know how to easily accomplish tasks promptly, consider becoming a virtual assistant. A virtual assistant is a person that handles scheduling, bookkeeping, and various other administrative tasks remotely from their home office. They are similar to freelancing as a writer, editor, designer, etc. A virtual assistant can build up their client base and experience on freelance websites like Upwork.

17. House sitting

You have probably done house sitting for friends and family before but you can still turn this into an actual profitable business. First, you need to buildup a reputation of respectful, trustworthy behaviour, keeping client needs, and think about what they would want in a house sitter before you begin.

18. Gardening and landscaping

If you have basic mowing, pruning, lawn maintenance skills and have a green thumb, you might want to consider starting a gardening or landscaping business.

In today’s world, the bar to entry for starting a landscaping business is fairly low. Therefore, the more complex the process (i.e more complex irrigation techniques and similar) may require additional learning, through a course, degree, or mentorship.

19. House or office cleaning

Cleaning businesses are incredibly appealing due to their low cost of entry and it essentially comes down to the cost of cleaning materials alone. More so, it can also be guaranteed that the cleaning job will always be in demand as time goes by. People just don’t have time to do these things themselves anymore.

20. Event planning

If you have event planning skills, you can make more money as an event planner by organizing and planning different functions like weddings, birthdays, housewarmings etc. Event planning is a lucrative business and requires little or no cost for a start.

Conclusion

Finally, for UK dwellers who would want to start their business at zero cost, this article has provided a guide and list of businesses that you can start with no money at all.

Why every YouTubers and Content Creators need a website

Owning a website or writing a blog post isn’t something most content creators consider.

In this article, I want to inform you about why you need to consider owning your own website if you are a YouTuber or content creator.

Please stay with me as we explore some of the reasons why you need to consider owning a website together.

About me

I am a blogger and also a YouTuber. I own Abundance Aware YouTube  Channel and I am Afrikan YouTube channel. Currently, my main focus on YouTube is I am Afrikan YouTube Channel.

The main point about this background information is to prove the point that I practice what I preach. In essence, I have a YouTube channel and a website.

Why do you need a website as a digital content creator

Website is your property

You might think you own a YouTube channel, Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter account. These are not your property. They belong to the shareholders of those organizations. This means you are just renting their space, you can be suspended anytime.

Obviously, the chance of you being suspended is very slim. As long as you follow their rules you will be fine. But your own website is your property which you cannot be suspended from.

Share your work

The big social media platforms do have rules and regulations that prevent you from sharing some kind of content. I am not suggesting you share inappropriate content. But there is some content that are appropriate to you which represents your values and beliefs.

You might be restricted to share them on general platforms like YouTube or Facebook. On your websites, you can share anything you want because it’s yours. You are the owner and decide what goes on there.

There might be some content you will like to create a video about but due to many reasons, you are unable to. It might be more convenient to write about it. Later on, when you have time you can create a video.

One of the most important books I read is Share your work. In fact, the book came at a very important time when I was considering shutting down this website.

Basically, your website is your real home on the internet. You can share whatever you are creating on your website. Your website gives you that feeling of the creator because over time you will be surprised how much valuable content you’ve created over a long period of time. 

I wrote about how a blog works and how to start a blog. You can read it if you want to create your website.

Make money

Websites do take a while to rank and show up on Google search. But if you are patient and create valuable content. Your website will rank and you can advertise on your website and earn money through Google Adsense and sponsor posts.

Your website can provide you with an extra source of income.

Improve your writing skills.

Writing is one of the most valuable skills for many reasons. Your writing skills will improve over time when you write on your website. Your primary content creation platform will also benefit from your improved writing skills.

Most content creation and social media platforms work on Search Engine Optimisation (SEO). You will learn SEO through running a website and that will benefit you a lot as a content creator.

What type of content to create on your website?

Ideally, you should consider creating content in the same niche as your primary social medial platform. For example, if your niche is travel and lifestyle on YouTube, you can write about travel and lifestyle on your website.

By doing that it will make your content creation easier. A good strategy is to convert your video content to website content.

For example, if you visit South Africa and you create a video about ‘10 things to do in Cape Town’. You can write 10 things to do in Cape Town and post them on your website. You can embed your video on the page of the article.

This strategy can even drive traffics to your YouTube channel from Google search. 

Sell physical or digital products and make money

A lot of creators are making money from their own digital and physical products.

If you have a product to sell. You can have the product on your website. When you mention your product on your YouTube channel, you can easily have a link to your website.

A lot of successful YouTubers and digital content creators own their websites either before or after they create their YouTube or Instagram accounts. They use their website to sell their products.

Some few examples are below

Build true followers

You can use your website to collect your follower’s emails. You can ask your followers to sign up to your email list. Remember your audience on YouTube are not yours, they are borrowed from YouTube.

If you have their emails via your website that’s when you can really call them your real and true followers.

Build integrity and credibility

When you are reaching out to sponsors or when they are finding out about you. Your websites where you have your information and other content you create give you more credibility and authority.

When should you start your website?

The simple answer is, as soon as you can. This is because the age of the website is one of the contributing factors to how Google ranks it and shows it to people searching for the information you are offering.

If you don’t have the finances as a new creator who is just starting off, perhaps you can just buy the domain and know it’s secure. Later when you can afford both the time and money you can then start to connect with a content management system and then start uploading content.

If you don’t have money at the beginning, my recommendation will be to start as soon as you get monetized on YouTube or any other platform you are creating content on.

By this time you have money coming in that can be used for expenses that come with owning a website.

Owning a website comes with some expenses. There are free websites but seriously such websites always have limitations so I won’t recommend them.

Does your website domain name need to be your YouTube channel name?

It’s highly advisable to have the same name across all platforms. I will highly recommend anyone just starting out in the content creation journey to have the same name across all platforms.

But if you are already on the journey and you are unable to secure a domain name that you already use on your YouTube or other platforms. This doesn’t mean you still can’t have a website.

I am more active on I am Afrikan and I am also still active here so not having the same name on your social and YouTube shouldn’t stop you from starting a website.

Final Though and Caution

Having a website as a YouTuber is important but not mandatory. As already mention above there are a lot of benefits to owning a website.

I cannot conclude this article without a word of caution. When you are just starting out, you should put a lot of effort into your YouTube channel. Be careful of doing too many things at the same time.

When you get monetized on YouTube, you can hire an editor or a writer that will help you produce content or manage your website if you start producing content on your website.

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30 Low Cost Small Business Ideas For 2022 UK

30 Low Cost Small Business Ideas For 2022 UK

If you want to get your hands on some business but are unsure of which one to start with, you have come to the right place. Today, we will be discussing the 30 low-cost small business ideas you should consider in 2022 in the UK. You can also scale up these businesses if you see good results.

Become a Voice Over Artist

Businesses and companies are always looking out for attractive voices to be their business’s voice. It doesn’t matter whether you are a male or female, there are always several voice-over gigs available in the UK.

Look out for freelance voice over jobs and sell your recordings.

You can get a pretty good amount from doing it. After that, you can start hiring voice-over artists from all over the world.

You can even end up opening your small voice-over agency, where you will be providing businesses voice over for different projects.

Start a Babysitting Business

Start a Babysitting Business

We now live in a fast-paced world and everyone is always busy nowadays, even parents. You can start a business of helping out parents by taking care of their children for a specific time period in the UK.

There are always people in need of babysitting services near you. You just need to let them know that you are available. They need to know how to find you.

You can even register with a babysitting agency. 

Start a Housekeeping Business

A disadvantage of living in a fast-paced world is the inability to delegate time to certain things. Housekeeping is one of them.

You must have neighbours who are out for most of the day. You can ask them if they need a housekeeper. And if they say yes, you could have your very first client.

If you continue doing this, this could be your small business.

Sell Print on Demand Products

Do you love wearing T-shirts? Then you can surely design some too. You can design some cute t-shirts and start selling. Thanks to print-on-demand services.

It isn’t even difficult to start. You can use Canva or other designing platforms to make t-shirt designs. After that, you can print them on t-shirts and sell them to customers.

You can do it all by yourself or find a local printer. You can look for the best print on demand sites to do it for you for free, and if it sells, you will earn a good amount from it.

It is important to note that these sites will collect a token from your sales. You can also sell through platforms like Etsy, Shopify and the likes.

Shirts aren’t the only things you can print on demand. Others include sweatshirts, mugs, stationery and more.

Become a Video Editor

Do you like watching Youtube videos? Aren’t you surprised by the number of content creators there?

Some of them are uploading every week which means they have to constantly be editing videos right?

Trust me when I say it isn’t easy researching, creating content and then editing it. I have a YouTube channel and I can say it isn’t easy.

Most content creators are so busy that they need a video editor for their youtube channel. You could be one too if you have skills in video editing.

You don’t even have to be an editing guru to start out. There are various YouTube channels for you to learn video editing as a beginner. With a quick download of a couple of the best video editing software or app for PC or mobile devices, you can get started.

Most will offer you free trial periods.

Be A Virtual Assistant

Be A Virtual Assistant

If there is anything that the Covid-19 pandemic showed us, it is that remote workers are important too.

Many businesses in the UK are looking out for people who will help them with their daily activities. As these are people from big companies, they often have a lot of small tasks to complete.

That’s why they look out for virtual assistants.

You can be a virtual assistant and manage emails, finances, make social media posts, handle social media etc.

Starting out, you can take free courses to brush up on your virtual assistant skillset as a beginner.

There are a lot of jobs available on websites like Upwork, Reed and the likes.

Start Online Tutoring

You don’t need to be a nerd to become a tutor; it’s also okay if you are though.

Teaching a subject online can bring you a handsome income every month in the UK.

Select which topic you are proficient in and start tutoring online.

There are many tutoring websites that are looking for online tutors. You can sign up on their website.

You can even find private tutoring gigs in your neighbourhood.

Sell Content Writing Services

Content writers are more needed than you think. Especially as more businesses start to embrace the importance of digital marketing. Ideally, all business websites must have a blog page.

You can find clients on freelancing sites like Upwork and Fiverr. You can also do your research on companies around you to see if they will be needing your services.

If your writing is excellent, you can surely get more clients and more jobs.

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Become a Stock Photographer

Do you like taking pictures and are proficient at it? If yes, then start creating a portfolio of your photographed images.

Make sure the lighting and quality are great. You can also improve your editing skills to take a step forward from other photographers.

You can post it on your social media so that people can see your talent. Your end goal should be to make people approach you to photograph them or their products.

Start a Translation Agency

If you are proficient in two or more languages, then that’s a great talent. Don’t let it sit there doing anything; utilize it.

You can open up your small business translation. You can create a profile on freelancing sites and eventually get potential clients.

If you want to scale this up, you can also hire multiple translators proficient in other languages. This way you can work with multiple clients and it can turn into small translation business.

This also opens you up to more opportunities.

Start a Dropshipping Business

Start a Dropshipping Business

If you want to sell products but don’t have much budget to start physically. You can always do it at a cheaper rate through dropshipping.

It takes a bit of a learning curve but it is a very lucrative business if you can figure it out.

All you have to do is set up an online store and look out for partners to get products from and ship orders to your customers.

Platforms like Shopify have various features that make dropshipping business easier for you.

It is a great small business idea if you can do it efficiently.

Home-based food service

Do you love to cook food? Try starting a home-based food service. Take orders from your customers and cook food at your home and deliver the food to their homes. You can also scale this business and hire more cooks, and can ultimately set up a restaurant.

Become a Decorator

Nowadays people like to party, plan surprises, celebrate but they don’t have enough time to decorate things on their own.

For this, they hire decorators. You don’t need to be a professional, a slight sense of colours and aesthetics can put a growing speed on your decorating business.

Become a DJ

Become a DJ

How’s your music knowledge and taste? Are you in touch with the latest music releases?

Do you know which songs would be ideal for playing on different occasions?

If you have a turntable and other equipment, you are good to go. Of course, you have to hone your skills first.

Look for events or celebrations you can DJ at. The best place to start is with family and friends’ events.

Sell Data Entry Services

There are many businesses looking for data entry operators to fill up their forms and records. It is an easy job to do.

You can also get a good income doing it.

Though it is somewhat competitive to get such a job, you can surely find it if you know where to look. Freelance platforms are the best place to start.

Start a Gardening Service

Is gardening your hobby? Have your gardens have brought healthy fruits, vegetables or nice looking flowers?

You can make it your source of income.

People can hire you to sort and groom their gardens.

Start A Pet Business

Start A Pet Business

Did you know the pet industry is a very lucrative industry? The industry is worth almost $100 billion in the US. Pet food has a market value of 2.9 billion British pounds.

You can decide to choose between a product or service-based pet business.

You must have seen your neighbour’s dog going out for a walk every other day. Sometimes their owner wants to walk them but can’t.

Your dog walking business will help you earn some extra money as well as will keep you healthy. You can also sell toys, accessories or offer grooming expertise.

About 33% of households in the UK own a dog so the opportunities are there.

Become An Event Planner

Are you the proactive type and like the hands-on approach? Event Planners are usually in high demand because of the sheer number of events happening every week.

Whether it is for corporate events, birthday parties or weddings, you will always be needed.

If you are just getting started as an event planner, plan events for your close ones. After that, use that as a portfolio to get more clients.

Listen to clients’ preferences actively and turn their expectations into a reality.

Write Ebooks

EBooks are in trend and famous to people all over the read. You can start writing a book and publish it on your own.

It really isn’t as difficult as you might think. I have written and self-published two books myself on Amazon.

Amazon actually has several features that can help you start out as a beginner.

You can write informative books, novels, DIY or storybooks; the choice is yours.

You can also share it on your social media platform and ask people to read it and give feedback. After that, start writing more books, and soon your business will be thriving.

With enough publishing experience, you can even start an editing and publishing business.

Start A Personal Trainer Business

Start A Personal Trainer Business

Are you into health and fitness? Why not train other people and make an income out of it?

Talk about your journey in exercising and find people who are interested in being trained by you.

You can book up a place or have a small gym or in house session to train your clients.

If one of your clients sees results, ask her if she can refer you to her friends. This way, you can grow your training business.

You will be surprised by the number of people in need of a personal trainer. In fact, the personal trainer industry is worth about £684 million in the UK.

Create and Sell Diy Stationery

Do you love creating stationaries like craft books, notebooks, planners? Then you can start your small business selling those.

You can take orders online through social media or list them on websites like Etsy. You can also sell this locally or in festivals and craft markets.

This small business will generate a good income for you.

Start A Diy Jewellery Business

Have a bit of knowledge in jewellery crafting or beads creation?

You can leverage this to start a small business. Sell your unique designs and earn a good income from them.

You can turn your Instagram account into your jewellery shop. You can also promote it to your friends and families.

A platform like Etsy is also quite popular for DIY jewellery and beads sellers.

Once people start to recognize your shop, you will get more orders.

If you can maintain your quality, soon your shop will be people’s choice.

Become a Bookkeeper

Bookkeeping involves managing the financial records of your clients.

To do this, you will need a laptop and a good internet connection.

All you need is to find a client and become his permanent bookkeeper.

You can also have multiple clients and work in your free time as this doesn’t take that much time.

Start a Hairdressing Business

You can start your hairdressing business at your home.

Free up space, get some scissors, gadgets, combs, hair products, straightener, curler etc and get started.

You can start with your friends and family then ask them for referrals.

This can be supplemented by selling hair extensions like wigs, crochet hair and the likes. You can even sell hair products on the side. Your clients will need them once you’ve built up trust.

Start A Bakery Business

Start A Bakery Business

With a bit of pastry skill, you are well on your way. Although, you need to find a way to hone your skill.

You can start selling from your neighbourhood and workplace.

Nowadays, people love to visit comfortable eateries, where the foods are delicious.

You can also set up a place like this with time.

You can start with a small area with mouth-watering baked items.

If you already have the skill, wait no more; get on your business plan today.

Start a Cooking Class

Do people around you love eating your food and can’t stop praising you? Then why not teach them some of your secret recipes.

You can start a cooking class in your home. It can be done virtually too.

You don’t even need much investment to start. And it will be worth it too.

Launch a Product or Food Delivery Service

Are you comfortable riding a bicycle? Then you should sign up as a delivery guy for a company and deliver food or products in your free time.

You will have to go to different places, get your body moving, but you will earn a good amount doing it.

After a while, you can look into also starting your own delivery business. Start hiring riders and link up with companies to deliver their products.

Launch a Website design Business

Most companies have a website; be it small or big.

Website designers will always be in demand because it is a very important aspect of digital marketing.

Thanks to content management software like WordPress, Wix and the likes, you can be on your way in little time.

There are also several Youtube videos you can watch as a beginner to start this journey.

If you already have knowledge about designing a website, wait no longer and start working as a freelance web designer.

The more you will create, the better you get and the more you will earn.

Start A Makeup Artist Business

With the right skill set and artistic flair, you can become a makeup artist.

It is important to note that this business path requires a bit of hard work to build up your client base. But which business doesn’t?

Nowadays, be it for a wedding function or a birthday party, people like to hire makeup artists.

You can start with your close ones and show off your skills on your social media. You will surely get people pinging you for a makeup appointment.

If you are interested in this business, Simply Business has an in-depth guide on this.

 

In Conclusion

These are the top 30 low-cost business ideas you can work on in 2022. It is okay to experiment with more than one but it would be better to build up mastery in one first. All of these businesses are profitable, and people in these industries are earning quite a good income.

 

Entrepreneur Story: Renowned British-Ghanaian Architect David Adjaye In Focus

One thing I have come to understand recently is that it is possible to lead a life of influence and still be very lowkey. Most people have attributed being rich and influential with living an affluent life. But you have people like David Adjaye who prefer to live under the radar. I call them the ‘minimalist rich people’.

Maybe if David Adjaye lived and grew up in Ghana he would also be a household name.

So Who is David Adjaye?

Sir David Frank Adjaye is one of the most creative and talented Ghanaians that I know of. He is an accomplished, world class and well acclaimed architect with an enviable global portfolio. He might not be a famous name in Ghana but he is renowned worldwide in the architecture field.

David Adjaye was born on 22 September 1966 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania where his dad was a diplomat. Thanks to his dad’s career he once lived in Tanzania, Egypt, Yemen and Lebanon. They would eventually settle in London, United Kingdom.

Being a lover of art, he pursued his education in this path. He graduated with an B.Arch. from London South Bank University in 1990 and an M.Arch. from the Royal College of Art in 1993. After graduating from the London South Bank University in 1990, he got nominated for the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) President’s Medals and would go on to win the RIBA Bronze Medal for the best design project carried out at BA level worldwide.

He has attributed much of his architectural designs to his early travels with his father. It allowed him to develop a unique cultural sensitivity and exposed him to a variety of architectural styles.

He worked with a few architectural firms while in school and would go on to partner with William Russell to form Adjaye and Russell in 1994. In 2000, he went on to set up his own practice, Adjaye Associates in London. Today, they now have offices in New York, Ghana and Berlin.

His works have earned him a number of honors and awards. A few examples are the Design Miami/ Designer of the Year award in 2011. In 2007, he was appointed as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE). 10 years later he became knighted for his contributions to architecture in 2017. In 2021, he won RIBA’s 2021 Royal Gold Medal, this is one of the highest accolades in the field.

Earlier in his career, his projects focused on retail establishments, restaurants, studios, and private residences. He would later expand to large-scale public buildings.

10 things you must know about David Adjaye

  1. Most of his works are inspired by his childhood travels
  2. He was also influenced by his younger brother’s wheelchair needs. It forced him to contemplate what he called the “social responsibility” of architecture.
  3. In his early adulthood, Adjaye embarked on a ten year project (1999–2010) of photographing and documenting fifty-four major African cities. The images were published as a seven-volume set, Adjaye Africa Architecture: A Photographic Survey of Metropolitan Architecture.
  4. He was knighted in 2017 for his services to architecture; becoming one of only a few architects to have been bestowed such honor.
  5. He is the first Black architect to win the RIBA Royal Gold Medal in its 173-year history.
  6. Adjaye’s favourite tool is his blue Rexel Cumberland pencil. He prefers it sharpened in a carpenter’s style with a knife.
  7. He is a part-time musician. He even has a collaborated record with his brother, Peter Adjaye.
  8. He has a belief that architecture is a ‘Robin Hood’ practice. He says, “for rich people we make things grittier, for poor people we make them glossier.”
  9. He has also designed furniture, clothing, textiles and trophies. He collaborated with Creative Director, Dorothy Cosonas to design textiles for Knoll. He also designed Monoforms, a furniture system based on the language of form and not technical detail. He also designed the Washington Furniture Collection, and the Moroso Double-Zero collection.
  10. Basket player Steph Curry designed sneakers influenced by Adjaye’s NMAAHC (the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture).
  11. He is creating a first of its kind campus in Sharjah for The Africa Institute.
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David Adjaye’s Best Projects

Some of Adjaye’s most popular projects are;

  • National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC
  • The Idea Stores in London
  • Francis A. Gregory Neighborhood Library and the William O. Lockridge / Bellevue in Washington DC
  • Museum of Contemporary Art Denver
  • The Aishti Foundation 
  • The Moscow School of Management Skolkovo
  • Home designs  for Alexander McQueen, Jake Chapman, Juergen Teller, Ewan McGregor, and Tim Noble and Sue Webster.
  • The Abrahamic Family House in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
  • National Cathedral of Ghana in Accra, Ghana
  • Princeton University Art Museum

David Adjaye’s Awards, honors  and Recognitions

  • RIBA Bronze Medal for Architecture Students – 1990
  • Design Futures Council Senior Fellow
  • Design Miami/ Designer of the Year Award – 2011
  • Powerlist: Britain’s Most Influential Black Person – 2012
  • Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts at MIT – 2016
  • TIME Magazine‘s 100 Most Influential People – 2017
  • Ghana Legacy Honors Impact in Architecture Award
  • AJ100 Contribution to the Profession Award – 2018
  • Thomas Jefferson Memorial Award – 2018
  • Louis I. Khan Memorial Award – 2018
  • Isamu Noguchi Award from the Noguchi Museum. – 2020
  • RIBA Royal Gold Medal – 2021
  • World Economic Forum’s 27th Annual Crystal Award – 2021

Author Life

Away from architecture, David Adjaye is also an author. Some of his books are,

  • Adjaye Africa Architecture: A Photographic Survey of Metropolitan Architecture
  • David Adjaye: Houses: Recycling, Reconfiguring, Rebuilding (2005)
  • David Adjaye: Making Public Buildings: Specificity, Customization, Imbrication (2006)
  • David Adjaye: A House for an Art Collector (2011)
  • David Adjaye: Authoring: Re-placing Art and Architecture (2012)
  • Constructed Narratives: Essays and Projects (2016)
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will.i.am: Untold Entrepreneur Success Story

Being an entrepreneur isn’t easy as it’s often a frustrating rollercoaster of ups and downs. But then being a celebrity offer a similar journey.

Is that why celebrities often find it easy venturing into business? Or is it because of their star power? will.i.am’s entrepreneurship journey is a remarkable one.

will.i.am, a member of Black Eyed Peas has had a really good career. The group was made up of will.i.am, apl.de.ap, Taboo, Kim-hill, Sierra Swan, and Fergie at different times.

In fact, the group at the peak of their power were one of the most talked-about in the music world. With over 75 million records sold, they were indeed a powerhouse.

I gotta feeling…that tonight gonna be a…” or people killin’, people dyin’
children hurt and you hear them cryin’
…where is the love…”. If you ever sang along to those lines then you know who black-eyed peas are.

Enough about the group. We are here for the remarkable transition of the leader of the group, will.i.am’s from a musician to a successful entrepreneur.

Background History

William James Adams Jr. was born on March 15, 1975. He is known professionally as will.i.am but also goes by will 1x, Zuper Blahq, and illwilly.

He is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, and actor. He is also the founder and leader of the musical group, Black Eyed Peas.

Growing up, he never knew his father. His childhood was spent in a low-income neighbourhood with his mother. The first person who recognized his dream and gave him support was his mother.

For him to reach her lofty dreams of him, she enrolled him in better public schools around the west side of Los Angeles, where he got the opportunity and stage to be who he is now.

When will.i.am reached high school he discovered his passion for music. Black Eyed Peas was initially founded by will.i.am and apl.de.ap has a dance group. They would later transition into a rap duo.

A few record deals and member additions and we have the Black Eyed Peas that we all love and adore today.

will.i.am standing in front of his collection of glasses

will.i.am’s Path To Success As An Entrepreneur

To will.i.am, innovation was second nature. This idealistic nature of him is what lead him to secure a great deal with Intel. He was named director of creative innovation in 2011.

His entrepreneur story began with him designing his digital camera, foto.sosho camera, for iPhone which had a more powerful lens than the regular cameras at the time.

He didn’t design these cameras because he suddenly had an enlightenment that people would appreciate his product. It is because he thought it would help him shoot better photos for himself.

The foto.sosho camera covers the back of the device and had an impact on how its cameras functioned. His hardware converted the built-in 8-megapixel camera to a 14-megapixel camera with added filters and lenses. Not only that, it came with a keyboard that helps with sharing and tagging pictures taken by the phone.

This innovative idea earned a collaboration with an app similar to Instagram, the now popular social media platform.

His ideas and creativity didn’t stop there. He collaborated with Coca-Cola in launching the Ekocycle project, which had the idea of manufacturing products with recycled materials. This shows that his ambition and creativity wasn’t bounded in profit-making routes only.

will.i.am wearing Bluetooth mask

By collaborating with one of the biggest company in the world, he paved the way in building a sustainable eco-friendly environment, and people appreciated and admired that.

This movement inspired people to recycle but was also a highly profitable movement at the same time. The earnings shared by the company and him was later donated to their favourite charities.

will.i.am’s love for charity has seen him award a whooping sum of $550k to 37 scholars through his i.am Scholarships program.

Other investments of his are Shellano Group, in Honest dollar, and in a Music Messenger called Series A round. He invested about $13m in all three companies. $5m in Shellano, $3m in Honest Dollar and $5m in Series A respectively.

He was also a founding shareholder in the largest headphone manufacturer, Beats Electronics. Wow indeed!

In 2017, he linked up with Atom, a Durham based app-only startup bank. He was named as a strategic board advisor.

His entrepreneurship journey has seen him create more than 150 jobs through his companies.

His path wasn’t all successful, some projects of his failed. For instance, he had an idea of launching a social media platform for fans of music called DipDive. This was a collaboration work with iPhone.

When he asked about the possibility of this idea failing, he gave the following response, “Well, then I’ve made something cool for myself.”

Even though the idea was a failure, people labelled him as a bold risk-taker. It showed that he is not just an entertainer but a multifaceted individual. He showed that the musicians are more than what people perceived them to be.

People used to think that artists or musicians were only creative in their respective fields. To those who think like that, will.i.am is a perfect example that shows that musicians can also embody the intellect and entrepreneurship character towards success.

Don’t forget he is the first artist to send a song to Mars in collaboration with NASA’s Curiosity Mars Space Lab. I guess you can say he is an out of this world thinker.

Xupermask

In 2021, wil.i.am in partnership with Honeywell launched a Bluetooth mask with the brand name Xupermask.

Xupermask is an evolutionary new era smart masks. It combines face technology with integrated audio engineering to bring safety, enjoyment, and pleasure to users.

7 Important Lessons Everyone Can Learn From will.i.am

  1. Your background, race, creed, or affluence can’t stop you from reaching your goals.
  2. Obstacles and hindrances you face are what you make of them.
  3. Here is the formula for success: planning + ambition = success. After you reach one goal plan another one. Every success should be a cycle.
  4. Failure shouldn’t stop your ambition.
  5. Teamwork makes the dream work. Changes you make to attain success, should also be impacting your team positively as well.
  6. Be an evolving person. The world constantly changes, so you must stay open-minded.
  7. Have an inclusive road to success. Always give back to the community.

Conclusion

Success should not be labelled as for the destined. Commitment, hardwork and vision will get you anywhere you want. will.i.am had his goals clear and concise and used up opportunities he got along the way to be who he is today.

From designing cameras to investing in startups, he has shown an entrepreneurship range we never expected of him.

The road to success is a high road filled with hope and despair. But the end will always justify the means.

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Adebayo Ogunlesi: Influential Nigerian Billionaire Entrepreneur

“As I dey hustle like Adebayo Ogunlesi, no go talk say me I too lazy.” Like is quickly becoming the case with some of Burna Boy’s recent music releases, upon hearing this verse, people started searching for Adebayo Ogunlesi. And he was in fact a trending topic on Twitter for a while.

For someone so wealthy you’d think most people would have heard about him. So it was somewhat surprising that the average Nigerian didn’t know much about Adebayo Ogunlesi before Burna Boy’s verse in Wonderful. I guess that is the difference between wealthy Africans in Diaspora and the ones living in and making their money from Africa. Can we call it relevancy?

I think we can call it relevancy. Because this Burna Boy’s song wasn’t the first time his name has been thrown into the limelight. Many may not remember it but he was once appointed by Donald Trump in 2016. He was a member of his Strategic and Policy Forum. Yes really, Donald Trump. The forum was disbanded around August 2017.

Short Biography of Adebayo Ogunlesi

Ogunlesi was originally from Makun, Sagamu, Ogun State in Nigeria. He is the son of Theophilus O. Ogunlesi and was born on December 20, 1953.

He would later go on to attend King’s College, Lagos, Nigeria for his secondary school.

Adebayo Ogunlesi has been married to a British-born optometrist, Dr Amelia Quist-Ogunlesi since 1985. They are blessed with two children.

In 2012, He was appointed to the Board of Directors at Goldman Sachs and he became their Lead Director in July 2014.

Since 2013, Mr Ogunlesi has made over 10 Goldman Sachs trades according to Form 4 filed with SEC. As of 2020, Mr Ogunlesi owned about 5,889 units of Goldman Sachs stock which is worth over $1,930,179.

On May 13, 2016, he made his largest trade by exercising 13,012 units of Goldman Sachs stock. It is believed to be worth over $4,264,813. As of 2020, he still owns about 66,677 units of Goldman Sachs stock.

Anyways, let’s get on with some facts about Adebayo Ogunlesi, our underrated Billionaire. Let’s get familiar.

  1. He was appointed by the former American president, Donald Trump, as part of his Strategic and Policy Forum.
  2. Mr Adebayo Ogunlesi is a proper scholar with an impressive array of academic accomplishments. But that is really just a trait that runs in the family. His father, T O Ogunlesi was the first Nigerian professor of medicine at the University of Ibadan. B A in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University, a JD from Harvard Law School, and an MBA from Harvard Business School are just some of Ogunlesi’s academic highlights.
  3. He is the Chairman and Managing Partner of Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP). It is a New York-based independent investment fund with more than $35 billion in assets under management and investments.
  4. He first became a household name in 2010 after GIP bought Gatwick Airport. Gatwick Airport happens to be London’s second-largest airport. It is because of this accomplishment he now popularly referred to as ‘the Nigerian who bought Gatwick Airport.’
  5. In 1983, Ogunlesi worked for a New York law firm, Cravath, Swaine & Moore. He would practise law for only nine months. He was invited for discussions and offered a job by First Boston, an investment bank. His years at First Boston would later become the foundation for his growth. It was where he was well-groomed into the man that is now highly sought after.
  6. Credit Suisse bought First Boston in 1997 and renamed it Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB). He was once spoken of in glowing review by the chief executive of CSFB, John Mack thus: “Bayo Ogunlesi is a banker of powerful intellect, integrity and innovation. He has a broad global perspective and a keen understanding of complex financial transactions. Our clients worldwide have benefited greatly from his strategic insights.”
  7. Ogunlesi spent about 23 years working with Credit Suisse. He held top positions in like executive vice-chairman, chief client officer and the global head of investment banking.
  8. Mr Ogunlesi was also once described as one of the smartest money managers of Wall Street. He was profiled by Time Magazine in 2002 among 15 Most-promising Young Executives in its list of 2002 Global Influentials. He was also once ranked by Fortune as the Seventh Most Powerful Black Executive in the United States.
  9. Adebayo Ogunlesi studied Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Oxford University, where he graduated with honours. During his time at Harvard Law School, he became one of the first two editors of African descent, to serve together on the influential Harvard Law Review.
  10. For someone with so much international success, Ogunlesi has never really directly worked with the Nigerian Government at a full capacity. But he has been at the vanguard of championing African economic renaissance. He also served as an adviser to former President Olusegun Obasanjo in an informal capacity, particularly on privatization matters.
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