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Everyday, millions of litres of used cooking vegetable oil are wasted and flushed down the sink in home kitchens, restaurants and hotels around the world. What a waste! Especially as all that used oil can easily be converted into biodiesel, a fuel just like ordinary diesel, that could power trucks and machinery.   Biodiesel is a cleaner and better performing fuel than diesel, and it’s a surprise it’s not very popular in Africa yet. In this article, I’ll introduce you to biodiesel and why its demand is growing around the world. I’ll also share an inspiring success story of one African entrepreneur who’s already exploiting the promising potentials of biodiesel in his country.   In this article, you’ll also learn how biodiesel is made, and all the ingredients, tools and knowledge you need to produce this revolutionary product. Hint: I have included two tutorials to help you fully grasp the basics. This article is a great read. I know you’ll enjoy it!
Many people who read this blog don’t know much about me. In the past few years since I launched Smallstarter, I have written over 100 widely-read articles on business and entrepreneurship in Africa. I am very passionate about the business ideas and success stories I share, and hope to inspire a generation of young African entrepreneurs.   In today’s world, it’s common that ‘experts’ hardly practice what they teach. I’m not one of them. In my experience, there’s often a huge gap between theory and practice. That’s why the best way to learn, is to do. That way, the knowledge I share with the world is proven and practical.   I live in a country where agribusiness has been ignored for decades. Most young people in Nigeria, and even across Africa, hardly dream of working in agribusiness. Almost every young person in the urban areas wants to wear a suit and work in an office. I used to be one of them (mentally, at least).   In this article, I’ll share some of the insights I have learned from my four years as an urban farmer in Lagos, Nigeria. It’s been a tough but hugely exciting experience. By sharing these…
Everybody needs shoes. We don’t just buy them to protect our feet; shoes are a popular way to express our style and fashion sense.   With a population of over one billion people, Africa remains a virgin market for the footwear industry. It’s not just the size of Africa’s market that’s attractive to the footwear industry. Africa is also richly endowed with the raw materials, impressive talent and affordable labour that gives it the edge to build a multi-billion dollar footwear industry.   African countries like Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria (just to mention a few) are leading the footwear revolution on the continent. Ethiopia, for example, is already home to more than 30 tanneries and several manufacturers that produce shoes and other leather goods for both the local and export markets.   In 2013 alone, Ethiopia earned over $30 million from shoe exports, which ranks it ninth in the global leather goods industry. And this is only the beginning. As more countries join in, the value of Africa’s footwear industry could grow to $1 billion in the next decade.   In this article, you’ll see how 10 “Made-in-Africa” footwear brands are taking the continent by storm. You’ll also see…
Entrepreneurship is about solving real problems that people face in their lives. The more difficult the problems you can solve, the greater the rewards you’ll get from the market. Africa’s nanny problem is one of those huge problems that parents across the continent are desperate to solve.   Nannies take care of children and provide this very important service in many homes around the world. The problem is, in most parts of Africa, the nanny service is largely informal, unregulated and low quality. As a result, nannies now constitute one of the biggest sources of security dangers in the homes they live in and the children they are hired to care for.   In this article, we’ll take a deep look into the seriousness of the nanny problem across Africa. We’ll also see why the demand for nanny services is huge and growing on the continent, and how smart entrepreneurs can create innovative solutions to these problems and build viable businesses out of them.   This is a very detailed, and well-researched article. I’m sure you’ll love it!
Every year, over 20 million young Africans join the labour force. This army of young men and women, many of them university graduates, join an already overwhelmed pool of unemployed people ‘looking for jobs.’ If the current trend of unemployment continues, up to one billion Africans may need jobs by the year 2050.   I love the optimism and fighting spirit of those who are looking for employment. But the honest truth is, just about three in ten people will ever find jobs in the current market. The available jobs out there are just not enough!   Unemployment in Africa is a major problem and a ticking time bomb for the continent. When young, vibrant and able-bodied people cannot find jobs to earn an income and take care of themselves and those who depend on them, the frustration that ensues is very likely to lead to damaging consequences for the society and economy.   I am very passionate about Africa’s business potentials and how this generation of young Africans can dramatically change the future of our continent. So, when Henry Koge, my good friend and Founder of Teach Connect, invited me over to Cameroon to speak about business and entrepreneurship…
One of the secrets to business success is knowing how to set the best prices for your products. If you set your prices too high, you may scare away customers and favour your competition. If your prices are too low, you may be losing profits and running your business at a loss.   Is there really something like a ‘best price’. Can entrepreneurs set prices that attract customers and guarantees good profits? The good news is, it’s possible! But you’ll have to know the strategies to apply and in what markets to apply them.   In this article, you learn the five major ways to evaluate your target market, know your customers, and set prices that will appeal to them. If you can do this, you would have conquered a serious problem that over 70 percent of businesses still suffer from.   Ready? Let’s find out the five secrets that will help you set prices that target the sweet spots in your market…
Most people don’t want to spend their time doing boring work. It’s an interesting trend that’s catching on across Africa, especially with people who have busy lives in the urban areas. Nowadays, fewer people want to do their laundry, wash their cars or clean their own homes. In fact, they’re willing to pay somebody else to do all these work.   It’s not only households that are outsourcing their ‘boring’ work. Organisations like schools, offices, factories, shopping malls, hotels etc. are willing to pay for professional cleaning services too! And that’s where you come in.   This article reveals why professional cleaning services is really taking off in Africa and how you too can start an interesting business in this industry. We’ve also included an interesting success story that’ll leave you inspired.
When most people think of agriculture in Africa, images of poor and overworked farmers with crude tools on a rural farm readily come to mind. Many, especially young Africans, still think that agribusiness is a poor man’s occupation. Nowadays everybody wants a white-collar office job in the city. Agribusiness is hardly on anyone’s mind.   Did you know that Africa sits on an agribusiness goldmine but most people just dont’t see it? If you’re one of the blind, allow me to open your eyes with a few exciting facts you need to know about agribusines in Africa…  
There are two myths that are often associated with success in business. One is that you need a considerable amount of capital. The other is that it could take you many years to beat the odds of success when you start with nothing much in hand.   Because of these myths, many people have become paralyzed and as a result, too many never start. If you are one of them, let me today introduce you to five entrepreneurs who made it BIG in Africa with about $100 or less in hand and who now earn a considerable amount after just having started a few years ago. I am telling their stories here so you can start believing it’s possible to achieve anything in Africa! Let’s meet them…
Uncollected trash is a very big problem in developing regions of the world, especially Africa. According to a World Bank Urban Development Series report, Africa currently produces just about 70 million tons of waste every year. With its rapid urbanization and growing economies, waste production in Africa will exceed 160 million tons by the year 2025.   Waste is a problem because it causes pollution, disease and environmental crisis when it’s not properly disposed. The good news is, most of the waste produced in Africa can be recycled and reused to create new products. Sadly, only about 10 percent of the waste generated every day in Africa is collected. The rest usually ends up in illegal dump sites, gutters and drainages in Africa’s cities.   Did you know that in the USA and Europe, waste collection and recycling is a multi-billion dollar industry? In this article, I’ll introduce you to five amazing African entrepreneurs who are building successful businesses in the waste recycling business. They are the young men and women who are creating jobs, building wealth and saving Africa’s natural environment. Let’s meet them...
Last month, a new gym opened in my neigbourhood. I always have my antennas up for interesting business ideas and this one surely caught my attention. The entrepreneur behind this new gym must have discovered a significant potential for the gym business in my neighborhood. In fact, I’m not surprised. Every morning and evening, it’s common to see young and not-so-young men and women taking a brisk walk, jogging or indulging in some form of physical exercise.   I decided to do some research into the fitness business in Africa. Is there a trend and growing demand for physical fitness and weight loss services in Africa? How large is the market? Who are the best potential customers to target? And what are the important things to consider in order to succeed in the fitness business in Africa? In this article, I’ll introduce you to this interesting industry and its amazing business potentials in Africa.
Are you looking for capital to start a new business or grow an already established company in Africa? Have you tried other alternatives and sources of funding but failed? Is capital your biggest headache and obstacle right now? Smile, we’ve got good news for you.   As part of the research for our new book, 101 Ways To Make Money in Africa, Dr. Harnet Bokrezion and I have put together the largest and most detailed information on 50 Organisations that focus on and provide millions of dollars of funding to entrepreneurs and businesses in Africa every year. The problem is, not many people know about this.   Whether you’re looking for a grant, loan or investment in your business idea or company, you will surely find several organisations within this list that are willing to help you. However, it’s not automatic. There are a couple of things you’ll need to know in order to successfully apply and get the funding you want from these organisations. All of these are covered in the book.   Let’s meet these amazing organisations…  
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