Why Your Good Business is Informal

For starters, the informal sector is potentially the largest ‘employer’ in Kenya today. Its contribution to national income is very large despite there being very little accounting for it. However, by being informal, then there is very little support that goes to the sector from government. Not even the basic amenities. Ever wanted to use … Continue reading Why Your Good Business is Informal

How to Make a Business Plan

It is severally and strongly so, recommended to have biz plan as you venture into business. Many entrepreneurship promotion organizations offer training on how to go about developing one. So much material and templates online for self-help. However, you will also get professional assistance from consultants if you need. A good plan will need you … Continue reading How to Make a Business Plan

A Board for your Biz? Why and How to Get One

What is more challenging to an entrepreneur than carrying all the responsibility for your biz on your shoulders? Unlike in employment where you have the benefit of supervisory management, as an entrepreneur you are everything. Your life, that of your biz, employees, suppliers and even buyers depend on you. Most often, you do not possess … Continue reading A Board for your Biz? Why and How to Get One

Choosing the Right Business Partner (2)

As we have seen in the previous article… Every business can benefit from having a partner. The difference however, is how it goes about recruiting a partner and what the partner brings in to the biz. You want to get someone who really brings value into the biz and essentially someone who know comfortably well. … Continue reading Choosing the Right Business Partner (2)

Choosing the Right Business Partner

The Chinese (or Africans if you like) have a saying that if you want to go faster walk alone but if you want to go far walk with others. Well, business is a little complicated and this saying wouldn’t fit in directly. While it’s true that it’s better to work in a team of founders, … Continue reading Choosing the Right Business Partner

Building Your Business on Values

Values is a set of principles that give character to your biz and define what your biz is all about. Values empower both your partners, staff and customers towards ensuring that your biz is able to meet the needs and expectations of its stakeholders. A rational being will have a set of natural principles that … Continue reading Building Your Business on Values

How to Run a Successful Freelancing Business

So. You have studied and eventually graduated? Congratulations, you are among the roughly 500k Kenyans graduating from our colleges and universities every year. Usually, the feel good lasts only a few days after graduation. You hit the streets searching for a job and realize there aren’t as many jobs. Nothing stretches the soul like the … Continue reading How to Run a Successful Freelancing Business

Six Ways to Keep Your Employees Motivated

So. You have really decided that it’s time to get employees to help grow your business. While your biz has previously been easy and flexible, now you find yourself having a team of other people looking up to you as the owner and also as employee No. 1. You have to keep them motivated and … Continue reading Six Ways to Keep Your Employees Motivated

Five Affordable Employee Plans for Small Businesses

Imagine this. You are a founder/entrepreneur who has been having to pull 80 hour weeks. You find most of your time taken by menial and routine work in the office. The question of hiring extra staff is even out of your mind completely. In any case, your hustle is still small enough for you alone … Continue reading Five Affordable Employee Plans for Small Businesses

What is Success in Entrepreneurship?

The other day, I was in a Matatu busy “reading” facebook when this strange number called me (is strange even the right thing to say?). The caller was a young founder who was curious. He didn’t waste too much time on the preliminaries (I trained them on making savings on calls), he shot straight, “Mwalimu, … Continue reading What is Success in Entrepreneurship?