Tune in to John-Paul Iwuoha's unique podcast for practical tips, advice, and insights that'll improve your chances of starting, growing, or turning around your business. If you're an African entrepreneur, or you do (or plan to do) business in Africa, you'll love how John-Paul thinks and talks about strategy, exploiting business ideas and opportunities, market entry, sales and customer acquisition, growth, expansion, raising capital and funding, developing strong business systems, leadership, and hiring capable and loyal people on your team. John-Paul is a business transformation specialist who has worked with dozens of entrepreneurs and business owners to overcome tough business problems. He has been featured on CNN, The Huffington Post, Business Day, and several local and international media. He was named by LinkedIn as a Global Top Voice on Startups & Entrepreneurship.
BIG ANNOUNCEMENT: The Birth of Activator HQ & Exciting New Changes In My Life And Business
I've been away from the podcast for a year due to an unplanned sabbatical. I'm back with great news and an important announcement.
10 years after launching Smallstarter Africa, we have re-launched as Activator HQ. Our mission to support entrepreneurs is the same, but our new strategic focus is to make it easier and faster for our audience to start and grow businesses in promising (but difficult) environments like Africa.
In this re-launch episode, John-Paul Iwuoha explains the rationale for the re-launch, what to expect, and some great news. He hit an ambitious weight loss goal, and welcomed a baby girl this year! 🥳🥳💃🏽
There will be many takeaways for you in this interesting episode.
Check out the new website at activatorHQ.com.
SBP 097: How To Repair A Business That Makes Money (Sales) But Is Not Profitable
It’s frustrating to run a business that feels like a leaking bucket.
That’s the situation in businesses that make money from sales, but there’s hardly anything left as profit.
In this episode of the Smallstarter Business Podcast, I explore the common suspects in these kinds of businesses.
I talk about how to look at your business data, and how to troubleshoot everything from sales, expenses, and overhead costs.
You’re going to find this quite interesting.
SBP 096: The Art of B2B Sales: How To Sell And Do Business With Big Companies & Organisations
Big companies can make great customers.
They have deep pockets. They’re less price sensitive, and they are more likely to work with you for the long term.
That’s why B2B sales can be an important growth opportunity for your business.
In this episode of the podcast, I explore the opportunities and considerations for targeting B2B customers and 5 practical tips to help you successfully land your first big client.
You’re going to learn interesting stuff!
SBP 095: 5 Tips For Enduring The Psychological Stresses Of Building A Business
How do you deal with the mental, psychological and emotional stresses of building a business?
Building a successful business is a marathon that takes a toll on your mind. That’s why you need endurance and coping mechanisms to support you.
In this episode of the Smallstarter Business Podcast, I explore 5 effective mental exercises that can help entrepreneurs cope with stress.
Sometimes, the problem is not the problem. It’s often the way you see the problem that’s the real problem.
You’re going to learn a lot from this!
SBP 094: How To Start A Business In A Crowded Or Competitive Market
99.99% of businesses sell a version of a product or service that already exists.
This means that if you plan to start a new business or launch a new product, you will likely be facing a crowded or competitive market.
Crowded markets can be a big advantage and a huge opportunity for newcomers. However, they also come with dangers and risks you need to watch out for.
In this episode of the Smallstarter Business Podcast, I explore the nature of crowded markets, their upsides, and their risks.
I also explore 5 specific strategies you can deploy to increase your chances of success when you enter a crowded or competitive market.
SBP 093: How To Make Customer Service Your Biggest Competitive Advantage (A Masterclass)
Many small and mid-sized businesses are failing at customer service.
This is a big opportunity for you because improving how you serve your customers can become a strong competitive advantage for your business.
This episode is a mini-Masterclass in how you can achieve this.
You’re going to unlearn some of the misconceptions you may have about your customers, and how you can serve your customers in a way that makes them loyal, protective, and promoting of your business.
This is a really exciting episode.