One day I asked one of the most inspiring Kenyan entrepreneurs I know what she thought makes it hard to succeed in businesses in Kenya. We do business at all accosts and that is not good, she told me. Now that is deep and confounding. Some branch of entrepreneurship advocates for you to do all … Continue reading Doing Business at All Cost Will Cost You Your Business
Professional Minimums in Business
You have heard that first impressions last and that they matter. One can adjudge you professional or not in the few instances they interact with you or your company. For most small enterprises especially, impressions aren’t things they care too much about. They are busy seeking looking for money to do business, and orders etc. … Continue reading Professional Minimums in Business
When Success is a Danger to the Business
Success in business as in all other areas of life is usually a journey and not a static point. However, there will be good indications that your business is succeeding. You will experience positive customer numbers, sales volumes and revenues and even profits. As an entrepreneur, apart from experiencing heightened levels of independence you will … Continue reading When Success is a Danger to the Business
Innovation 101 for SMEs
Let’s try this. Can you tell the difference between creativity, Innovation, Invention, discovery, technology? Well, it’s not important that you are able to tell the fine differences, that’s for academics. However, its not bad to also have a basic understand of the same. Creativity for me is a disposition (tendency, character) that precedes and is … Continue reading Innovation 101 for SMEs
The Youth and the Big 4 Agenda
The operationalization of the Agenda is dual in nature; 1. There is the direct investments by government in these sectors (approx. 400B as set out in the budget for FY 2018/19. This money is spread across different government departments. Follow it there through tenderpreneruship and AGPO 2. The biggest chunk of the investments will however … Continue reading The Youth and the Big 4 Agenda
Does Sustainability Matter in Your Business?
I was recently talking to a friend who couldn’t understand why I limit my farming venture by use of drip irrigation when I have the possibility to use fallow irrigation and have much more produce. It’s a tricky question because here we are choosing between the immediate returns and the long run possible lack … Continue reading Does Sustainability Matter in Your Business?
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
Is Agriculture the Solution to Youth Unemployment?
An attempt to discuss the youth unemployment in Kenya immediately stumbles upon roadblocks and diversions and one ends up going in circles. While the official operationalization of the word “youth” is anyone within the age of 18-34, most of the data on the rate of youth unemployment covers the ages from 16 or 19 to … Continue reading Is Agriculture the Solution to Youth Unemployment?