The dream of an average youth in Africa is to become an entrepreneur and a successful one for that matter. For one to achieve the dream of becoming an African entrepreneur, he or she should brace up because it’s an uphill task, which is achievable and rewarding if driven by will, determination, and passion
It is very normal and I strongly believe that every young person in Africa should start thinking of developing entrepreneurial skills. This is because by developing these skills, you will have control over certain aspects of your life such as your destiny, your choice of career and above all, you will have an opportunity to impact other’s lives in Africa and beyond.
Becoming an entrepreneur in Africa, where there are a lot of challenges such as finance, infrastructure, and logistics that take more than saying you want to be an entrepreneur.
If you seek to become a young African entrepreneur, you must be willing to put in effort and time to make it work. Let’s be honest here – entrepreneurship is a very high-risk career choice and also a very rewarding venture as well when you have determination, persistence and above all passion.
I am Jijong Emmanuel and I will like to share with you these 5 steps in becoming a young successful African entrepreneur in 2017. These steps have worked for me and I’m convinced they will also work for you provided you commit you energy and time to master them.
1.Choose a Field You Are Passionate About
The number one reason people fail in business is that they choose a career they are not passionate about, as a result, they give up immediately they start facing challenges in business.
According to Larry Alton of entrepreneur.com, passion is key to keeping a business strategy moving and I support his idea 100%. So if you want to become a young successful African entrepreneur, the first thing to do, is to choose a field you are passionate about. This because passion is the only engine that will drive you toward persistence and above all, toward success.
Nothing happens until you take action. What I often see are people who want to become entrepreneurs but keep saying “I will Start one day.” Nothing happens unless you start saying “I must start today.”
Just take action and start something. It must not be perfect from the start. Just start building your project while having a clear vision of what you want to achieve in future.
3.Learn from a proven mentor
I always tell people that the best way to learn something is to learn from someone who has done it before and has a proven track record that works.
Look for someone who is or has been where you want to be and work with him or her because by so doing, you will learn the mistakes and obstacles he overcame when he started his journey in the entrepreneur world. Find someone you know will be more than happy to teach you and learn from him. This will help you avoid some of the mistakes he made.
4.Make a plan
One ingredient in becoming a successful entrepreneur, irrespective of whether you are old or young, is planning. Many entrepreneurs always fail to plan their businesses which often lead to business failure.
As a young entrepreneur, planning can help you understand your business strategy better. Your business objective will be clearer and above all, planning your business will help you better manage and track your cash flow within the business.
5.Build your Team
Finding the right people with the right skills is essential for your business especially when you are trying to promote your brand.
But one thing I often see young entrepreneurs do is, they try to do everything themselves. Don’t do that! Did I just say that? If you doubt, just check it down the path.
Share your ideas with people, build a team because by so doing, this will help you increase productivity and above all increase your talent base.
Being an entrepreneur in Africa is not easy especially when you don’t have the resources and the connection.
I hope you learned something and would make good use of these 5 steps in becoming a young successful African entrepreneur in 2017.
Please if you have any question or think there is some information I should add, please leave a comment below and I will be more than happy to reply.EN FR