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Picking a fight with your boss is one way to ensure that your next appraisal is going to be hell. We suggest an easier path that will allow you to part with dignity. Start your own business!
Before you take the plunge and start ranting at your boss please read on...
AAs CEO of Think Startup (a not-for-profit that provides free advice to African Entrepreneurs), I have spent the last year and a bit thinking about and engaging with startups in Africa, as well as African entrepreneurs. Here are a few insights I thought would be useful to share.
African Startups matter to African development in the same way that Small-to-Medium Enterprises (SMEs) mattered during the period of Western development and industrialization, and still matter. The idea of capitalism, the real beauty of it is that every society contains at every time, an untapped source of creativity, knowledge, talent and dynamic energy.
LLet’s face it. Sooner or later you are going to have to start selling, but first you have to learn to handle rejection. After all, every "no" takes you one step closer to "yes". And you will have to pluck up the courage to ask for the sale in the first place.
If you want a successful business you had best face up to the fact that you will have to sell. Don't worry. Sales is a time-honoured tradition. And it’s well known as a skill that can be learnt. To get you in the right frame of mind we have put together some handy introductory guidance.
TThe aspiring entrepreneur wanting to start a business needs to be well-informed. The problem is, as we know from the recent presidential election in the USA and the Brexit campaign in the UK, rogue news abounds.
The internet is an amazing resource but comes with its own challenges- chief among which is that there is no editorial standard or filter to weed out the bogus from the real.
TTo succeed as a enterprise start up you need to innovate, disrupt markets & solve problems in radical new ways. Or perhaps it would be a whole lot easier and just as profitable to take an existing business model and simply improve on it?
Is it easier to learn from the experience and mistakes of others than trying to disrupt a market? Can one just "do it better" to give oneself the competitive edge?