Uche Pedro: A Richer You in 2016

Uche PedroYou know how you make a major New Year’s resolution, you look at the calendar, it’s almost the end of January and you still have not done anything about it?..Yeah, that’s what happened to me.

I made a commitment to myself to share more on BellaNaija this year. Yes, I actually currently spend 99% of my time working on BN. My laptop screen recently went bust because I was simultaneously trying to do this while wrangling our twins. Side Note: Why do babies produce so much saliva! Please keep your baby’s drool away from your laptop and phone screens. I totally learned the hard way.

While I do write on BN everyday, I have shied away from doing anything too public because I find that there is this “expectation of perfection” when you share knowledge. So let me be open and say that you will not find perfection here. I am not the perfect entrepreneur, not the perfect boss, not the perfect wife, not the perfect mum but I am passionate about all of the above and always try to be better than I was before.

In 2015, I realized that even though I don’t have it all figured out, what I do know is that lessons learned from triumphs and mistakes can help the next person.

Now that we have that out of the way, let’s get down to business!

Everyone is feeling the economic pinch at the moment and rather than going all philosophical, I will be sharing practical tips for YOU to make more money in 2016.

Some items may seem obvious, some you may have seen elsewhere but I really did not read any lists before coming up with these. These are all ideas that I have used myself and have seen others around me apply successfully.

Cheers to a Richer (Insert Your Name Here) in 2016.

It’s all about the Side Hustle
In 2016, having your 9 to 5 job or if you have been an entrepreneur for a while, your regular business simply isn’t enough. Having a side hustle will give you the opportunity to stimulate your creativity, meet more people and yes, make more money.

I worked on BN as a side hustle for years alongside very demanding jobs. Eventually, I had to leave my “main” job and my side hustle blossomed…
If you haven’t already, you need to start your side hustle in 2016. If you started and stopped, you may need to re-strategize and re-start. If you are stuck on what to do, keep reading.

Passion into Profit
Is there something you really love doing or have a natural flair for? It may be time to take it to the next level in 2016. It could be absolutely anything! It is usually easier to do something you love because for the first few months, there may be no financial reward and without passion, it will most likely fizzle out.

Comedians Craze Clown, Chief Obi and Oluwakaponeski aka Mama Tobi are great role models of Side Hustle meets Passion to Profit. Craze Clown is a medical student in Ukraine, Chief Obi is a full time student in the USA, Oluwakaponeski is a United States Marine and also about to start his Masters degree. Craze Clown Oluwakaponeski SUNDAZE-JRoom-December-2015-BellaNaija00200-5-600x400Yes, they have translated their passion for comedy into big bucks. All 3 recently got endorsement deals from NairaBet and Tecno Mobile respectively.

What do you love doing? I remember years ago, my friend Uzo Orimalade was an investment banker with a highflying job. I actually met her via BN as she was also a blogger at the time.
Uzo Orimolade Uzo's Food Labs

Uzo started her cupcake company – Cupcake Couture as a side hustle while she was working full-time. She said “I would get home from work, bake overnight and deliver to clients before getting to work.

She did this for over a year and eventually transitioned into full-time entrepreneurship. Today, she is the Founder of Uzo’s Food Labs – an innovative food company. I’m sharing Uzo’s story because there were no handouts or special help. She put in the work and got things done.

It does not have to be baking and cooking, it can be whatever…Just Start.

Professional Services to Startups & SMEs
Do you have a professional qualification or specialized skill? Yay! You can put it to better use in 2016. I can tell you this for free, there is a major gap in the startup and SME market for access to quality and affordable professional services.

I remember when we first tried to seek professional services (Legal, Accounting etc…) for BN, the really good companies were wayyyy too expensive while the ones we could afford were not of the quality that we wanted. If you are a full-time entrepreneur already, you may consider specialized offerings for startups and SMEs. If you work full-time, confirm that there is no conflict of interest and consider offering your services during your personal time to startups and SMEs.

Create your Personal Brand
Turn your nose up as much as you want to people who are “so out there”…Whether we like it or not, the world has changed. There is MAJOR financial value in creating your personal brand. Let’s say you are a doctor, you can start working on your brand and there are potential opportunities for endorsements, social media earnings and so much more.

Arese Ugwu

Arese Ugwu – She has a full-time career and has created a great personal brand as a financial guru for the younger generation

Omilola has built a great brand! Her "Do It Afraid" mantra is just so apt

Omilola has built a great brand! Her “Do It Afraid” mantra is just so apt

BN works with lots of Nigerian and international brands – many are moving away from celebrity endorsements and want more relatable figures. Basically everyday people who have created a special brand. Whatever your profession or focus – from being a housewife to a scientist working in a super complicated field, there are opportunities there but you have to build your brand value first. If you are starting from scratch on this, you may not be able to enjoy the benefits until the 2nd half of the year but it is worth it financially when done right.

A Million & 1 Online Opportunities
There are a million and 1 opportunities online. Seriously, please do not waste your time on the internet. Forget about all those weird schemes and being an online gambler. If you are willing to put yourself out there, consider YouTube. Top YouTube partners (the fancy name for people with monetized YouTube accounts) earn millions of dollars each year. Even regular YouTube partners can earn thousands of dollars each year.

I’ll keep it real, Nigerian content on YouTube will not get the type of numbers (exception is music video content) that can earn you millions – FOR NOW. However, if you can create content that connects to a global audience…Cha-Ching!

Alternatively, if you build a strong following in Nigeria like Sisi Yemmie has, you can certainly monetize through brand mentions which I regularly see on her Vlog or you can get direct sponsorship for your Vlog. Examples include Toke Makinwa‘s paid partnership with Durex on her Vlog channel.

I really like what Akah Bants is doing, he has massive potential.

Other opportunities online include innovative uses of Twitter, for example, Gidi Traffic which is a simple concept yet so influential and has even grown beyond its initial mandate.

Have you ever seen these Instagram pages with various themes such as what people wear to church, relationship goals, beautiful women, news, comedy etc…bet you were wondering, what is this about? Well, by just growing their Instagram pages, using user generated content and simply curating it, many make thousands each month from advertising.

There are really limitless legitimate opportunities online! (Caveat: stay away from get quick rich schemes and excessive online gambling).

With the combination of the last 2 points, being an online influencer is a major opportunity to boost your bank balance this year.

Uber
I created a special section for Uber because it is not a typical online business. Do you own a car? you may consider exploring the Uber Partner program in Nigeria.

Real Estate
Lots of young people get scared when they see the words – REAL ESTATE. This is because they believe it is totally out of their league.

Real Estate by Haven Homes

Real Estate by Haven Homes

I admit, the cost of real estate in Nigeria is alarmingly scary! In addition, our sky-high mortgage interest rates (side eye to the CBN) does not help however, you can still make money from real estate even if you are not a millionaire.

Referrals
Lots of real estate developers and agents give referral commissions. You do not need to be a real estate agent or anything like that. If you have a huge network or are specially gifted with sales skills, it can be very rewarding especially for high end real estate.
Please be careful so you are only involved in legitimate schemes because reputation is everything.

Flip This House
I used to be obsessed with home improvement shows and I am surprised that more people don’t do this in Nigeria. Do your parents or anyone you know have an old house which is being underused? Perhaps it is rundown. You can enter into a partnership, renovate the home and share the proceeds from the rent or sale. If you are a diva or fresh guy, this may not be for you. You need to get your hands dirty – paint, clean, install etc…

Climb the Real Estate Ladder
It may seem daunting but you can actually climb the real estate ladder in Nigeria. If you are a total novice, you need to start by studying the market. Castles and Lamudi should become your favourite weekly publication and website respectively. Visit as many sites as possible and learn online. This is a separate topic which I may discuss in a future post as there are so many layers. During this time, save as much as you can, when you are ready, consider investing in land in an emerging area. Make sure you do all your due diligence and you could sell months down the line for a healthy profit.

Develop your Special Skill
You may have a special talent which just needs a little fine-tuning and this may be the ticket to increasing your income this year. I’ll give an example, some people just have an eye for great design, they are not graphic artists but if you see memes that they have created, you will probably pick it over something by a professional. If you have a special skill, spend the first few months of this year grooming it. Perhaps take a professional course or apprentice with a professional. By the second half of the year, you may be able to sell your services.

Educate
People are eager to learn. You can monetize the knowledge you already have in so many ways. From tutoring to creating training courses to one-on-one training and webinars. This is a major opportunity.

Ride the Economy…Bad Economy = New Business Opportunities
Do you know that all our nation’s economic challenges are opening up new opportunities for business and innovation? Look around you, what are the issues people are facing? They are losing their jobs, it is difficult to send money and spend money abroad, our foreign exchange rate is super high etc…will consumers opt for local produce if it’s good value? Brainstorm…what legitimate ways can you create services that people will need at this time? If you crack it, you could cash in big time.

Review & Reorganize Your Finances
So let’s say you are unable to come up with anything new or even if you do, take a long hard look at your spending patterns and income. See how you can make your money go a bit further. Where can you save? Where can you safely invest? Simple reorganizing your current income, investments and savings will definitely make you richer in 2016.

The God Factor
I know a lot of BellaNaijarians are so disillusioned by churches and organized religion because of ballin’ pastors and questionable doctrines. However, this list is incomplete for me without God. In this crazy world we live in today, I have to say, this has been the centre of my life. True wealth comes from God.

Bonus – Giving and Just being a Generally Good Person
Giving and helping others never goes out of fashion. It really is a wonderful thing to do. If you want to be richer in 2016, give and just be a generally good person.

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I just heard some good news so I will be back on BN tomorrow!

All day today, I’ll answer questions in the comments section and hopefully help you define your plan for a Richer 2016!

Photo Credit: Haven Homes | Insigna Media | Uzo’s Food Labs | Omilola | Arese

461 Comments on Uche Pedro: A Richer You in 2016
  • lagos is my home February 1, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    Though i couldnt read it all blc i am at work .
    Just wanted to blow kisses to you Uche….from one twin mum to another, its not easy (The work plenty no be small ) but i am enjoying my double gifts from God .

    For all those wanting Twins , receive kisses too
    From your lips to Gods ears to 9 months bundles of Joy . Amen

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 1, 2016 at 3:07 pm

      Thank you!
      Love to your twins.

      • jules February 2, 2016 at 1:47 pm

        A BIG THANK YOU TO YOU UCHE……YOU’VE REALLY OPENED MY EYES.

    • ThatGhanaChick February 1, 2016 at 3:26 pm

      Kissing you right Back dear, I want twins sooo bad. lol and Uche this is your number one fun all the way in Ghana! your blog rocks!

    • Ada February 1, 2016 at 3:58 pm

      Amen!

    • Wale February 1, 2016 at 4:20 pm

      You have been consistent from day one and we have watched the site evolve and blossom. I have been a dedicated follower from start. You make us all proud and I hope you continue to set the trend and be an example for the youths in Nigeria to emulate. Good Work-Keep it Up!

      • Uche P
        Uche P February 1, 2016 at 10:31 pm

        Thanks so much Wale.

  • Ivy February 1, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    Great tips Uche-very detailed and helpful!

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 1, 2016 at 3:08 pm

      Great. Hope you can put 1 or 2 to good use.

      • iJo February 3, 2016 at 2:44 pm

        Thanks a lot for this Uche! I have been wanting to start up a Real Estate business but just don’t know what to do (area to focus on, how to get started, etc). I honestly can’t wait for your piece on RE. God bless.

        Xoxo

  • meemee February 1, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    Thank you!!! This has really inspired me. I have been trying to start a side hustle. Catering business since… I keep procrastinating. Not knowing how to start. But this week I am going to put a foot forward.

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 1, 2016 at 3:08 pm

      Yes o! You just need to start. Keep things simple, have a great attitude to customers and keep your initial costs low.

  • Solva February 1, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    Great article Uche. Very informative. For professional services for SMEs, attend The CEO’s Network (#TCNLagos). Sign up here: solva.com.ng/the-ceos-network/

  • purpliciousbabe February 1, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    WOW!!!!! you **HIT** the nail on the head….
    Hugs for sharing more..I like it. x

    • Viv February 1, 2016 at 3:02 pm

      I was thinking about you when I read this. This is your year hun. Go for it.

      • Uche P
        Uche P February 1, 2016 at 10:32 pm

        Yay for good friends! We all need our positive circle around us.

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 1, 2016 at 3:09 pm

      You are welcome! Looking forward to great things from you this year.

  • Bleed Blue February 1, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    Hi Uche, firstly it’s so great to see you pen a feature on your site.

    ABOUT DARNED TIME!!!!

    2ndly, I have to now scroll back up and read. 🙂

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 1, 2016 at 3:09 pm

      LOL Hey Bleed Blue! Thanks so much for your support over the years.

  • Bola February 1, 2016 at 2:27 pm

    Thank you so much for this beautiful article. My life can sure use most of these points this year. God bless you and yours ma’am. I love you.

  • IL February 1, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    Excellent read and very practical content. However, its so funny how you want people to achieve all these if when you “bellanaija” act as God especially on your instagram platform. Its one thing if one is paying for adverts and its another thing if you are so interested in the growth of others. Most people follow and appreciate everything you do and stand for, hell even see you as a role model. However, for some bizarre reason, you believe you are a judge of character by a persons post or what they ask you to share and you decided this one is not worth it or desperate and then you blacklist them. Most of these people sort after your page to expand and grow what they believe in but you guys have become so big that you can judge who is in a certain ‘class’ or not. I am sure if Linda Ikeji operated with that mentality, she will not be where she is today. Learn to give everyone a chance, you don’t know tomorrow! Have you guys ever considered that its just social media, you have no right to be a judge of someone you have never met and may never meet and even if you meet, what the circumstances may be. Hopefully in 2016, all pettiness are put aside. Everyone deserves a chance and like Lupita, “we all have valid dreams”

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 1, 2016 at 3:10 pm

      Thanks @IL, unfortunately we cannot feature everyone on Instagram. Our hearts are in the right place and there is really no conspiracy. Hopefully we can feature you or whoever you are referring to soon.

    • Confused February 1, 2016 at 7:24 pm

      First of all, your message was so incoherent that I could barely follow your point. If that’s how you’ve been writing and you’ve been expecting to be featured on BN, then you may need to look inward. Of course they have to have standards, what do you mean by they are acting like God? Are they supposed to allow all sorts of content on their site? Even forums have curators not to speak of an edited website. Please!!! You mentioned that it’s just social media? Exactly!

  • YoungandAmbitious February 1, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    I’m presently doing my youth service in a good organization with an accommodation in which i know for a fact that I will be retained after service. I need to make a huge decision to either quit and face my business because the job I do now is not what I love to do.
    I am very creative and very versatile but i am been restricted here because of my job description. I just feel there’s so much i have to offer out there, Going out there will be difficult because I know it’s going to be very rough starting a whole new page without support but I know I can do it. As a young lady, my parents think I’m way too ambitious.

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 1, 2016 at 3:12 pm

      I will say, listen to your heart. Everyone’s path is different and I certainly cannot tell you what to do.
      That said, when you are young without major responsibilities is a great time to explore. Alternatively, you can work for a year and grow your side hustle a little bit more.

    • Jaja February 1, 2016 at 8:13 pm

      please indulge me..where are you currently serving,I’ll be making a huge decision by next week by picking out 3 states for my nysc..please I really need a feedback,thanks and God bless. Will also appreciate a good feedback from others.

    • Jaja February 1, 2016 at 8:25 pm

      Please indulge me,I’ll be making a very important decision come next week,an important choice as I have to carefully choose 3 states for my nysc posting, if you wouldn’t mind,please tell me where you are currently serving and also I’ll appreciate a few pointers too. Uche P,I admire you a lot,God bless you.

      • Uche P
        Uche P February 1, 2016 at 10:37 pm

        I would say as long as you are safe, the state where you serve does not matter. It is more about the job…I guess you may not know your job posting until during NYSC Camp. That said, the NYSC year is a great time to give back to your community through charity projects, work on your business plan etc…

  • joyjoy February 1, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    God bless you.

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 1, 2016 at 10:37 pm

      Is this for me? Blushing…Amen!

      • ybbil February 2, 2016 at 12:39 pm

        hahah, this just made love you more. Much love to your twins and husband!

  • Dee February 1, 2016 at 2:41 pm

    Wooo maybe this is just the confirmation I needed… I have been told several times by friends about this YouTube of a thing but I don’t think I have the confidence to do it .. I don’t have a great topic area I can dive into either … So funny how my friends believe in me more than I believe in myself .they see me as this great you tuber lmaoo …So inspiring … Well done Uche for this…side hustle is my name then in 2016… I am so inspired… God bless you… *off to buy a camera*

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 1, 2016 at 3:12 pm

      @dee You might be the Nigeria’s first YouTube megastar…Just start. Remember to think global.

      • Promise February 1, 2016 at 3:36 pm

        Yeah but not the first we already have KSI Olajide…that makes millions on YouTube from playing FIFA☺

    • Author Unknown February 2, 2016 at 6:00 am

      Great youtuber doing what though? I didn’t realise Uche P was up in here. I would have been assisting her all day. LOL.

      • Uche P
        Uche P February 15, 2016 at 7:45 am

        It really depends on your interests. Thanks. May need the assistance soon.

  • mrs chidukane February 1, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    Very good article. This year started on a big low for me as after a very traumatic birth experience my baby died. It was so devastating, totally unexpected after a largely uneventful pregnancy and left me confused and disillusioned. However I have to refocus and move forward. The main reason I’m posting this here is because I’ve come to realize that it’s a very isolating experience and lots of women, more than you know have been through it. I’m trying to get a better job this year and identify a side hustle too so GO ME! Lol

    • Atoke
      Atoke February 1, 2016 at 2:53 pm

      Hey Mrs Chidukane,

      I’m truly sorry to read about your loss.

      Here’s a warm virtual hug. There are no words that can aptly soothe you through this difficult time.

      We hope and pray for a brighter tomorrow.

      XOXO.
      A.

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 1, 2016 at 3:13 pm

      @mrs chidukane So sorry about your loss. Praying for you and know you will have a blessed year ahead. Hugs.

    • Nuna February 1, 2016 at 3:14 pm

      No words. May God comfort you dear. I am pregnant right now and I cant imagine this situation. Hugs..

    • NIRA February 1, 2016 at 3:15 pm

      Awwww…. sending e-hugs your way nne! Take heart, and may this year end wonderfully well for you.

    • bruno February 1, 2016 at 3:37 pm

      @mrs chidukane.

      sorry for ur loss.

    • Mz Socially Awkward… February 1, 2016 at 3:37 pm

      Oh my sweetheart! 🙁 🙁 I’m truly sorry to hear it… truly sorry, dear Mrs. C.

      No way to even conceive of all that you’ve been through but I’m praying for joy to dawn in your life very soon. Must have been so hard for the whole family – your husband, the other kids… May the God of all Goodness reveal Himself to you unexpectedly and very soon. Our lives keep getting hit by such brutal knocks but it’s in that struggle to stand back up that we find unknown strength. With love from this end, nne, I’m rooting for all of us to finish strong in 2016. xx

      • nene+ February 1, 2016 at 6:03 pm

        So sorry Mrs Chidukane. May comfort, heal you and restore every beautiful thing to you.

        Stay strong. God will make you smile soon.

      • Somtoo February 2, 2016 at 12:18 pm

        So sorry dear. I cant imagine what you went through. God give you Grace at this time to move forward. Goodluck dear

    • Thatgidigirl February 1, 2016 at 3:56 pm

      Aaaawww so sorry for your loss. Hugs

    • Niyoola February 1, 2016 at 4:16 pm

      e-hugs.

    • Daybreak February 1, 2016 at 4:18 pm

      so sorry for ur loss. may God be ur comforter and put a smile on ur face again. e-hugs to u

    • Babym February 1, 2016 at 4:41 pm

      Oh my goodness, so so sorry to hear that Mrs Chidukane. U and ur family are in my prayers. I pray that God will continue to comfort you at such a difficult time. Biggest Hugs.

    • Honeycrown February 1, 2016 at 4:51 pm

      @Mrs Chidikane, very sorry about your loss. Wishing all the best in 2016 & beyond.

    • Californiabawlar February 1, 2016 at 5:07 pm

      I’m so so sorry Mrs. Chudukane! I pray for strength and comfort for you and your household.

    • papermoon February 1, 2016 at 5:44 pm

      Mrs. Chidukane, i pray for strength for you……in the mist of all this, God is faithful….he actually is.

    • Luqman February 1, 2016 at 5:52 pm

      Happiness and tranquility will be revolving around you. God is your strength.

    • Cynical February 1, 2016 at 5:52 pm

      @mrs chidukane,I’m so sorry for your loss. May God grant you the fortitude to bear the loss. Only God can console you @ this time. My prayers are with all mourning @this time.

    • Ada Nnewi February 1, 2016 at 5:53 pm

      So sorry for your loss mrs chidukane..I pray that God gives you beauty for your ashes…Loads of hugs..

    • Hawt Talk With Tosan February 1, 2016 at 6:01 pm

      Awwww so sorry about your loss. You are a brave woman. Don’t worry more will come.

    • Seun Akinlosotu
      Seun Akinlosotu February 1, 2016 at 6:44 pm

      Loads of hugs and warmth your way. I’m a Jesus baby so I’ll pray that God give you & your family a sense of peace that surpasses all understanding concerning this loss, and for your loss you shall have double restoration- Amen. Welcome to the mama twins club! I speak this prophetically & with thanksgiving on your behalf!. I’m sure we all look forward to hearing amazing news from you before the year runs out.

      -Seun

    • Fashionista February 1, 2016 at 6:57 pm

      Im so sorry for your loss Mrs C, I’m sending lots of strength and mighty favour from God your way. May God bless your little one, she or he lives in your heart, always remember that. Much Love

    • Abk February 1, 2016 at 8:42 pm

      Sorry for your loss, Mrs. Chidukane. I pray God blesses you more than your expectations. It is well. God will turn your trials to testimonies and grant you all that you hope, wish and pray for in Jesus’ mighty name, AMEN!

    • Madam olowo February 1, 2016 at 8:50 pm

      I am sorry for your loss Mrs Chidukane, I pray that God will give you a revelation of where your baby is to help you get through the days and years to come, she is safe,she is loved, you will meet again, I am sure you did a fantastic job raising her, well done!, take comfort my sister, shalom. Hugs xoxo

    • hadassah February 1, 2016 at 9:58 pm

      Lots of Love, Mrs C! Wish i could give you a very big hug right now. *no words*

    • Adaeze Writes February 1, 2016 at 11:13 pm

      So sorry about your loss. Be strong dear! The Lord is your strength.

    • Ndidi February 1, 2016 at 11:42 pm

      Very sorry about your loss dear. May God give you happiness, peace and joy. Lots of love

    • Idomagirl February 2, 2016 at 2:24 am

      So Sorry for your loss…Mrs C 🙁
      Sending lots of love your way….
      *hugs*

    • Jadore February 2, 2016 at 5:31 am

      I am so sorry about your loss and I pray God gives you the strength to deal with this heart break. Also, I pray this year God will grant you all of your heart desires. I too went though a miscarriage at 5 months and was very depressed for 2 weeks. I didn’t shower, i just stayed in bed and cried. Of course, I had to return back to work and I tried to move on, but I was still down and sad. Also, I felt alone but when i began talking to people, I realized that a lot of women have gone through miscarriages. I finally got pregnant again and had to do a cerclage which is to stitch my cervix so i don’t have my baby prematurely. I was told I had an incompetent Cervix. I can say by the special grace of God I delivered my son Last year. I was told by my doctors in the states that i will always have to get the cerclage done with all my pregnancies. Which is a surgery I have to do between 13 to 16 weeks pregnant. So don’t Give up on God, he will definitely see you through the next time around.

    • Author Unknown February 2, 2016 at 6:02 am

      God will bless you with kids in the future, if that is your wish. Take heart mrs chidukane. e-hugs

    • nwanyi na aga aga February 2, 2016 at 8:05 am

      Mrs Chidukane so sorry for your loss.. *hugs* The Lord himself will strengthen you, This year shall bring you better testimonies..Ride on dear..

    • Miss February 2, 2016 at 9:31 am

      So sorry for you loss. May God replace the sorrow with unspeakable joy. Amen

    • tunmi February 2, 2016 at 5:00 pm

      I’m sorry for your loss.

    • Bobosteke & Lara Bian February 2, 2016 at 9:24 pm

      Babim,
      When I did not see any comments from you on BN I figured you had had your baby and were busy nursing. I saw a weave on someone 2 days ago and remembered a comment you made on natural hair and weaves and it actually made me smile. To think that all these time you were going through this…

      I lost my cousin this year. She was 8 months pregnant. She and her baby died. She was 29 years old. I don’t have my cousin anymore but I’m glad we still have you and the circle of love that God himself has drawn around us all will continue to heal, mend, and soothe us all where we are broken. God bless you.

    • TA February 2, 2016 at 10:26 pm

      @ Mrs Chidukane,I don’t know what to say except that I’ll be praying for you and your family. So sorry for your loss my darling. Plenty hugs

  • blessing oriaku February 1, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    Nice write-up Uche…..my passion has always been to start an interactive health blog. This has really inspired me. Hope to talk to you one on one.

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 1, 2016 at 3:14 pm

      There is a major gap for specialist blogs especially with really great content. All the best!

  • Graciemama February 1, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    Hi Uche,
    Thanks for this post. It came right in time. I have contributed for bellanaija a coule of times (Grace Efezokhae). I will love to contribute more if there is some sort of financial compensation aside from the publicity BN gives a writer like me.
    BN should elp our side hussle too.

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 1, 2016 at 3:16 pm

      Hello Graciemama, Thanks. yes, I have read your articles. Every business had their business model and ours does not have a paid structure for external contributors. It’s up to each contributor to get the most value for themselves from our platform. That said, keep working on your brand and wishing you all the best.

      • Graciemama February 1, 2016 at 4:33 pm

        Thanks a lot.

      • Labo Daniel
        Labo Daniel February 3, 2016 at 6:30 am

        Hi Graciemama, a practical example on Uche’s comment is me 🙂 I write for them too (Ok so my last article was several months ago #coversface 🙂 ) and boy, have I leveraged on this platform or what? Now, I write articles for sites who reached out to me through my contact details on this platform and I earn up to $100 per 500 word article (Yup! well, at least it was the equivalent before USD went bust and since that was what I had in my head during negotiations, that’s my stoty and I’m sticking to it ) , I’ve gained access to free journalism trainings (Yes o! Even for me it’s unbelievable) and I also famz with it in several quarters and it opens the doors wider. So girl, work it and squeeze every juice out of it.. All the best and look forward to your next article

  • ToyBanks February 1, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    Thank you Uche Pedro, you’re a wise and smart woman- a gift for this generation worth emulating…I’m seriously feeling the real estate business o. God help me and I’ll quote your advice in my testimony!

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 1, 2016 at 3:17 pm

      Real Estate is such a great opportunity for young people. Don’t let anyone trick you into believing it is for “rich” people only. Study as much as you can before you take the plunge though,

      • Celeste February 2, 2016 at 9:11 am

        Thank you so much @ Uche P.
        I’m interested in the real estate opportunity. However, I don’t know how to do it with little income – I’m in the category of persons who see it reserved for the rich. I hope to read soon from you, as you promised, how people like me can start real estate business with scarce resources. Thank you

  • Semilore February 1, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    Seriously speaking how do I turn my passion for playing into profit. Playing like the type available at amusement parks, GET. I still cant figure it out + I don’t have the kind of money needed to run such outfits.

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 1, 2016 at 3:19 pm

      Hi Semilore, yes that is certainly a very capital intensive project. I know that several major amusement parks will be opening in Nigeria soon. I will suggest working closely with them, perhaps you can create a brand which hosts special events within these parks. That way, you build your brand and following then a few years down the line, it will be easier to convince investors to join your project.

    • slice February 1, 2016 at 6:14 pm

      Try starting somethg small in your area. It could be open only after school or on weekends. Get a couple games in thete, some old tvs and the kids have a place to drop in and have fun. Location is important for this type of business but don’t go for very expensive place for now

      • Uche P
        Uche P February 1, 2016 at 10:40 pm

        Great! Wishing you all the best.

  • GY February 1, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    Being successful in life is not about how much height you have reach in your career or life, but how many people you have impact matter most.. Thanks for this wonderful resources Madam Uche..

  • concerned February 1, 2016 at 2:57 pm

    Bless you Uche! Growing up in Africa, what with the problems of unemployment and stuff, we as young people are sometimes too afraid to take risks. It doesn’t help that most of the time the millionaires we see are middle aged people and pot bellied politicians. So many young people are wasting their lives searching for white collar jobs they will never find. Here in Africa, we put ourselves in boxes when sometimes we need to step outside our comfort zones and take risks. Young entrepreneurs like you make success so relatable. God bless you again

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 1, 2016 at 3:20 pm

      Hi @concerned, it really isn’t easy. I see why people are scared and holding on to their jobs while they may have major entrepreneurial potential. Thanks for the positive feedback!

  • Magz February 1, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    I agree a lil bit with what @IL said. I know the number of times i have tagged bellanaijaweddings on IG (especially for my MUA friends & designers), the end result, zero recognition! At least, my articles are being posted! I operate a food order (especially soup) business by the side and the fear of the possibility that BN may ask for fee to publicize me has held me back from approaching the team for publicity.

    The comedians that were mentioned actually became popular through already-popular figures helping them with publicity.
    It is easy to encourage side-hustlers with words but what matters most is the action! BN, please let us see that this year!

    • Fountain of Paper February 1, 2016 at 3:10 pm

      Put some money aside in your business as part of the “publicity” expenses. Plan for it, pay for it, and that covers that.

      There’s a cost attached to every aspect of business. It’s the “handout” culture in Nigeria that makes people get upset when they’re not given a free pass.

      Strategize. You’re running a business. Think that way.

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 1, 2016 at 3:26 pm

      Hi @magz, do you know that I have been told NO so many times in life and in business? For real, I graduated from uni with a distinction and had sooooo many job interviews with no call back.
      Even in business, many clients have cancelled campaigns, wasted time etc…

      What did I do? Do I say “oh no one is helping me…etc?”, NO, I simply worked harder and did my own thing. I also tried not to have negative thoughts and feel like they had a personal agenda against me. There was a particular client who we have now done a major project with. We would email and call for months, no reply. Today, we have an amazing working relationship.

      You and your friends do not need @bellanaijaweddings validation for your business. If you are amazing, you will be amazing with or without us. We really do not have any special agenda against or for anyone.

      Hope to feature you soon 🙂

      • Magz February 1, 2016 at 3:44 pm

        Thanks Uche, I understand better now

      • Tale Alimi
        Tale Alimi February 1, 2016 at 5:39 pm

        Dear Uche, firstly this write up is amazing and coming from someone like you who walks the talk, it holds a lot of credibility. I like your response to @Magz because we all need to know that no body owes us and we have to show up for our selves and show that we take ourselves seriously by the work we do and our willingness to be consistent and persistent. In due time, your gift will make room for you and bring you before influential people…

    • meemee February 4, 2016 at 10:36 am

      Hi Magz, your comment on your side hustle attracted me. we need to talk. 🙂 about your Food Order business. If you don’t mind, can I have your email?

  • RIFF RAFF February 1, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    Sorry o, oh my goodness!!! oh la la. saying a little prayer for you.

  • Okechukwu Ofili February 1, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    Awesome stuff. Good to see you writing. Lots of good advice.

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 1, 2016 at 3:27 pm

      Thanks @ofili
      Just about to read your article now

  • Juste Moi February 1, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    Just what I needed to remind myself of the resolution to Kick-start my side hustle. This week will not pass without putting everything in place by God’s grace

  • Puzzles February 1, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    So sorry for your loss, Mrs Chidukane. May God give you and your ever-loyal hubby the strength to cope with your loss

  • D February 1, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    Thanks for this piece, Uche… I needed a push today. I’m currently feeling a bit burdened with responsibilities, so it’s nice to be reminded that there are loads of opportunities as well.

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 1, 2016 at 3:30 pm

      @D, it can be tough to start anything new especially with so many responsibilities. However, our minds can be the biggest obstacle to our own success. You may need to try your very best to clear your mind of any clutter, set clear goals and just do it!

  • ThatGhanaChick February 1, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    Kissing you right Back dear, I want twins sooo bad. lol and Uche this is your number one fun all the way in Ghana! your blog rocks!

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 1, 2016 at 3:29 pm

      Thanks so much! Children are such a blessing. If that is your wish, sending positive vibes your way.

  • isaid!! February 1, 2016 at 3:28 pm

    @mrs chidukanne, so sad to hear about your loss. May the lord bring you healing from the pain you must be going through. E-hugs. God bless.

  • Ade February 1, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    Thanks for this…really good write up and lots of good advice. I actually write a regular column for BN focused on Small Business, so your advice on ‘Professional Services to Startups & SMEs’ and ‘Create your Personal Brand’ is spot on!

    BTW, I run prognostore.com and if you’re a small business owner or own a retail store…watch out for my article coming out on Thursday on BN. Also a special promo slated for Friday. Goodies to power your business in 2016!

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 1, 2016 at 3:41 pm

      Hi @Ade, yes I definitely know about Prognostore and your column. Also saw your ad and discount offer for BellaNaijarians who are interested. Keep up the great work and wishing you all the best!

  • Queen Bee February 1, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    Wow thanks Uche, My morale dropped 100% this year as i lost my dad on the evening of 31st Dec 2015. been wondering if this year would do me any good, i work in an oil firm but i Loooovvveee makeup, been doing it by the side for years but i started as a business last year but the amount of makeup artists out there now scare me that i wonder if i would cope in the industry. i need a side hustle and decided to pursue it this year, this article just gave me the boost i need. Bless You, Any tips on how to stand out?

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 1, 2016 at 3:44 pm

      Hi @queen bee. That must have been so devastating. Hugs from me.
      You can definitely do so much with your business this year. Do not be scared about the number of makeup artists out there because you can find your unique niche and style. It is still a lucrative business.

    • ezinne osuawgu February 1, 2016 at 4:09 pm

      My condolences queen bee, sorry about your dad. I wish you good luck with your business. When you said standout, the only thing that came to my mind was specialization…. because everyone is doing everything, pick one aspect of makeup , anything! Give it your own unique spin…. does it make any sense?
      God loves you

      • Uche P
        Uche P February 1, 2016 at 10:42 pm

        Thanks for the great advice you shared. Spot on!

    • Ayoka February 2, 2016 at 12:10 am

      Queen bee, sorry for your loss. Want to stand out as a MUA? For real, be the best MUA for naming ceremonies. Make a recently delivered face with its unique puffiness and multiple tones your specialty.

  • kristin February 1, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    Oh dear.!! Mrs Chidukane, I am so sorry for your loss. God will give you double blessings for your pain. Please take heart.

  • Gwen February 1, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    Thank you for this Uche.

    This article is like reassurance for me cos Lord knows I’ve thought about some of these ideas and my daily devotional this morning prompted me to pray against and quit procrastinating.

    Uche, kindly shed more light on flipping the house. Partner with who?? I like the sound of the concept but don’t quite understand it

    I pray that this article will inspire more people and may the works of our hands be blessed.

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 1, 2016 at 10:46 pm

      Flipping houses is basically taking on a housing project especially older, rundown properties, renovating it and selling for a profit or renting at a better price point than prior to the renovations.
      It is very popular in the USA and I see lots of potential for it here in Nigeria. For example in Lagos – Yaba and Lagos Island are great spots.

  • @edDREAMZ February 1, 2016 at 3:44 pm

    a.k.a EDWIN CHINEDU AZUBUKO said…
    .
    I dont like too much talk on hw to make money abeg, give me money and see magic for urself……
    .
    .
    ***CURRENTLY IN JUPITER***

    • Cocolette February 1, 2016 at 6:27 pm

      Lmao…only ed dreamz can be oblivious to the seriousness of this article

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 1, 2016 at 10:48 pm

      @edDREAMZ…Yes o. No doubt. Who needs stress, just show us the money 🙂

      • Bee February 2, 2016 at 2:15 am

        Hahaha Uche got that no doubt drift!!!! Thanks for this inspiring article.

    • Tosin February 12, 2016 at 11:43 pm

      basically
      🙂 🙂 <3

  • Mz Socially Awkward… February 1, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    Uche, it’s a rare treat to read from you. And I’ll be watching out tomorrow for that good news you’ve promised to share. 🙂

    Re your last point, I have a friend who’s a committed believer in the principle of giving – as she says, “Givers never lack” – and I have to admit, it works a 100% for her. Homegirl is generous to a fault to everyone, including towards her own self and somehow, she stays replenished. It’s a life lesson I continue striving to emulate.

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 1, 2016 at 10:55 pm

      Heyyyy my NS 🙂 Mz Socially Awkward.
      Thanks for sharing your friend’s story.
      Hope to meet you soon, please hola whenever you are in Lagos.

      • iJo February 3, 2016 at 2:56 pm

        We should organize a BN hangout. At least the “hope to meet you soon” will reduce. Hehehehe!

  • k February 1, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    what i want is to start baking but the capital is been holding me back, i have spoken to people for support but nothing is forth coming, it can be very depressing wnen i plan to start in january and this is febuary yet no capital is forthcoming. i have thought of loan from banks and the payment plan isnt favourable i dont have any ”mommy or daddy” to help just on my own. it can really be frustrating asif your life isnt moving forward. people with parents to assist them dont know how lucky they are. *sad face*

    • treasure February 1, 2016 at 4:31 pm

      I don’t know what kind of baking you want to do and how much you need but how about advertising your services on your fbk page, send whatsapp BCs to all your contacts every other day, tweet, post on IG, etc. You may just get 1 or 2 small jobs from friends and family. Accept them no matter how little they pay and make sure you take really nice pix of the finished job. Do some more advertising with these pix and pray for favour and blessings. God is your father and mother and He will provide. This has helped me.
      Also, if you need say 20k, instead of asking 1 person for that, how about asking 4 people for 5k each or 10 people for 2k each… Reducing the amount helps, some people may just dash you the “small change”. Gather it little by little and start something. All the best.

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 1, 2016 at 10:57 pm

      Hi k, you do not need huge capital to start a baking biz except you are thinking of a commercial bakery which is a bit much to start with. Just start small, select 1 or 2 items that you bake really really well as your specialty, get your friends and family to taste test and share the word via social media. All the best!

    • Uberhaute looks February 2, 2016 at 12:06 am

      @K, I have a friend who started with as low as five thousand naira by making 50 naira Cup cakes. She’s now big.
      @mrs Chidukane, pls take heart. Everything happens for a reason. God will wipe your tears away with many joyful news very soon.
      @Mrs UchePedro, you know there’s this aura that permeates the screen when I see your pix.
      Anyways, due to the fact that the MUA market is really saturated, I’ve been discouraged countless times. Meanwhile, nobody wants to employ a 30+year old married mother of one even if she has a very good result.
      However, I have decided never to allow anything to distract me and I realise it takes patience, a whole lot of it to be where I want to be.
      Thanks for this write up. It has lifted my soul again to pursue my passion with no negativity.

      Uberhautelooks.blogspot.com

      • Idomagirl February 2, 2016 at 2:40 am

        The MUA market can never be oversaturated o.
        Don’t be discouraged at all, there are so many women out there and I don’t know a single one who doesn’t like to look and feel good.
        Just improve your skills and have a reasonable price point (some people are seriously overpriced), you’ll get customers.
        Also you say you’re 30+ , that shouldn’t deter you, I know there are many women in their 30s, 40s, 50s & 60s who need MUAs and may get along better with you, not everyone expects their MUA to be a 20 something year old.

        Basically, don’t give up. Goodluck. 🙂

  • Largerthanlifealice.com February 1, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    Thanks for this write up …it is indeed very timely i might be laid off soonest{in 2weeks} from my job due to the current oil price and all…Ive been worried sick on what i would do as i want to start my own stuff… i am considering uber partnership and a food cafe …. what do you think are the first major steps to take?
    what a fantastic figure you have after having twins im so envious ….

    • Koffie (Certified Foodie) February 1, 2016 at 4:59 pm

      Sorry about the lay-off but I’m glad you’re thinking of taking charge and not just sitting around waiting for the lay-off. I’d advice that you consider location as most important in establishing your food place. A business area might be good as people can have lunch there while you offer delivery service to others. You should look for a cook particularly good in a ‘speciality dish’ e.g Alice’s place is the to-go place for ewa-agayin or whatever whilst of course selling other stuff. I think that carves a niche for food people and creates popularity. I for instance can travel seven heavens to eat abula at Skye Bank, Ibadan or asun at The Place.
      Social media marketing too, some of us try new stuff to see if it’s worth the hype. I’m a certified foodie and look forward to sampling food from your cafe when you start. Even if you don’t get retrenched, I hope you start it.

      • Largerthanlifealice.com February 2, 2016 at 8:28 am

        thanks a lot koffie i appreciate your advise

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 1, 2016 at 11:01 pm

      that;s an old pic o but the 2nd one is with the comedians is new so the situation is not too bad.
      Ok back to the main topic, getting laid off is scary and a difficult time, Luckily, you have notice and I am guessing you will also get severance pay. The Uber details are on their website so take time to read through it and also learn from other Uber partner reviews online. A food cafe is doable but do you have any experience in the food business? You may want to get some before investing your savings into it. All the best!

      • Largerthanlifealice.com February 2, 2016 at 8:29 am

        thanks alot Uche

  • Amaka* February 1, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    Thanks a lot Uche P,hope you really write more this year
    I started my blog in 2014 n took a long hiatus last year,am definitely gingered to resume this year.
    I’m an Industrial Chemist(currently unemployed;I did ask for job seeker forum) am passionate about a lot of things; environment/nature,organisation/planning/decor,an eye for perfection. Am working towards saving up n getting more knowledge on this fields,the economy is such a sting. I guess am still curious abt how to really turn these passions into gold;the most cost effective practical way. Awaiting ur reply…thanks!

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 1, 2016 at 11:02 pm

      Hi Amaka, you are blessed because you have so many talents as listed. One of the down sides about being multitalented is that you can lose focus. Think deep about which of your passions you want to pursue. You can start small and build from there.
      Dont overthink it and do not be too worried about failing. Just get things going.

      • Somtoo February 2, 2016 at 12:38 pm

        Very spot on Uche. When you have alot of skills, you can loose focus. It took me awhile to realise that was my problem, I have held jobs as a customer service agent, telemarketer, Banker (operations) banker (marketer) researcher and now public relations. All these jobs i walked away from cos i always feel unfulfilled. The only one that has stuck now is public relations and that is because i decided to pursue a masters in it. I even stumbled into this career. I went to the school where i wanted to pursue a course with no idea what i wanted to read. I met a guy in one of the departments and we started talking. All he did was flip through the school brochure and handpicked a course for me (public and international affairs). I read up on it and decided on the spot that i would study that.

        Luckily for me, after i was done with the masters, i got offered a job to come head the public relations dept of a new company in nigeria with just my masters degree and my 5month stint in research and media. It took my getting a masters (very expensive one at that, side eye to that yeye school) to get me to focus. The pay isnt grand but the opportunity is a fantastic blessing. I cant thank God enough.

        Specialization is key. Im honing my skills now to include digital marketing and discovering rare tips on how to increase a company’s online presence cos i realise everyone has gone digital. im trying to not be generic

        I thought to share my story, maybe it will also help someone out there like me who is finding it difficult to focus. God has been good. 2016 is indeed our year of making molaa.

        I started blogging this year too. Its a scary thing. Will try youtube too. I love home workouts cos i dont have power for gyms. Maybe i could make that my youtube thing. hehehehehe.

        Thanks Uche. Time to do some research. we must make this molaa

  • God’s own February 1, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    I really love your writeup ma,it’s so thrilling and educative and I will really call it an eye opener
    I’m a young school business innovative developer and currently studying in premier university
    I had various ideas from agriculture down to food and beverages and to ict ,but funding has always being the limiting factor and moreova It isn’t that I don’t take up challenges /funding channels to get funds,but things in nigeria are always just manipulated.
    Looking foward to a better 2016 and I remain optimistic about my dreams
    God bless u ma

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 1, 2016 at 11:04 pm

      EVERYONE has funding challenges. Talk to billionaires and they too will be saying “I need funding for my next mega project” and you’ll be like what?!

      Anyway, the key is to start small. With whatever pocket money or savings you have, you can start a small business while in school.

  • osasodia1 February 1, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    Yes a richer Osas 2016. I like u more Uche for dis write up. I was askin my colleague what I need to do for more income along side wit my job b4 I came online. I lik real estate, event planning but no time for me to learn dese trade. From wat u wrote I think d online you tube is good, but how do I start it. Pls advise me on wat to do, where to go. Thanks n God bless our Bella twins….I need twins toooooooo, lolz.

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 1, 2016 at 11:06 pm

      Hiya osasodia1, event planning and real estate info is readily available online. For event planning, you may need practical experience so consider an unpaid weekend internship with an event planner or invest by paying for a weekend course.
      For real estate, there are so many facets. It really depends on what you are interested in.

      • Osasodia1 February 25, 2016 at 12:04 am

        Thanks Uche, I’m planning on going for the weekend course now.
        Will update u ASAP.

  • Bee February 1, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    Thanks for these business wisdom pearls Uche. I have been thinking of starting a side hustle this year and I’ve been getting so many offers from friends in the network marketing world… Fastrack biz club, GWT, Oriflame etc. they are actually doing quite well but I’m just worried about business viability. Is it something that could actually be called a side hustle? I know I have a passion for selling and convincing people… that’s what I do on my day job… network marketing??? Please advice me biko.

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 1, 2016 at 11:07 pm

      Hi Bee, this is a tricky one because the feedback about these schemes is really polarizing. Some people say it is the best thing while others accuse them of being pyramid schemes. Personally, I would seek a more sustainable business but that is just me. As I said, many have found success with what you mentioned.

    • rakel February 2, 2016 at 12:49 pm

      @Bee. if you are interested in Network marketing as a side hustle. i would suggest you go for AIM…Alliance in Motion. model and payment plan is realistic. There is a seminar/presentation on Saturday at LTV Premises,opposite coca cola, Agidingbi. Time : 12 noon. contact 08099929015 for more details. this might enlighten you if it is doable.

  • There shall be no loss!!! February 1, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    It is well with you dear and GOD will annoint you this year to recover all you’ve lost in JESUS name. Amen.

  • DLP February 1, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    Thanks alot uche, I am sending out this business mail now. Much love Uche

  • Olayinka Awofodu February 1, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    Thank you so so much Uche Pedro. Great Tips and Positive vibes for 2016.
    God Bless you and yours beyond your imagination.

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 1, 2016 at 11:08 pm

      Thanks so much! Wishing you a very great 2016.

  • margaret February 1, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    thanks Uche….. this is the best article i have read in 2016…. will find time and time about my side hustle… e-hugs..

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 1, 2016 at 11:08 pm

      Hi Margaret, so happy it had a positive impact. Now, don’t lose momentum, get things doing and work towards your goals.

  • The real D February 1, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    I took a deep breath while reading this. My sister and I have been seriously talking about side hustlers this year and late last year. My hubby and I are taking steps in deeping our feet into the real estate market but taking things slowly considering our vision and goals.

    But sisterly and myself are looking for another side hustle to bring to the table. We both have hectic work lives and will like to stick with our 9-5 jobs for the foreseeable future . However, we both agree that our target market for whatever we are bringing to the table: is the middle class.

    Ms. Pedro, thank you for this timely article, that just put the pep back in my step. I had started losing focus on this particular goal. I just sent her a Whatsapp message to schedule a “phone meeting” to throw around some ideas after reading this. I hope we are able to come up with something based on our strengths and hobbies.

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 1, 2016 at 11:10 pm

      That’s great @The real D.
      No matter how small, I will encourage you to get going with the business idea with your sis. All the best with the real estate investments with you hubby as well.

  • Babytohcute February 1, 2016 at 4:14 pm

    Thank you uche. The ideas I have. Well a little info will help. So please my people, what are the things I need for efficiency and effectiveness for all this souvenir jotters, books or if you have any website that can help? Where I stay is kinda a remote that’s why I’m asking, please help a sister. Thanks.
    May God bless our hustle this year.

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 1, 2016 at 11:11 pm

      Hi @Babytohcute, so sorry didnt fully understand your request. Please explain, sure BellaNaijarians will be glad to help.

      • Babytohcute February 2, 2016 at 12:28 pm

        I want to go into making of souvenirs/gifts; jotters, bags and so on for weddings, birthdays, companies, celebrations sha. I’m about to learn the craft for bags but I don’t seem to get anything meaningful for the jotters when I search on google. Thus I want to know the equipment/machines I need for jotter, calendars and so on or a website.
        Thanks.

  • Thatgidigirl February 1, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    So true Uche, that there is a gap in professional services for SMEs and start ups. I do business development consulting for startups and SMEs including Business feasibility studies, customer development, marketing and strategy dev etc. It amazes me how so many entrepreneurs are running their businesses with very basic to no knowledge of what should be done legally, financially or even identifying the right ways to grow their business. My issue however is the alaroro and “I can do it on my own” mentality. Convincing them that they need these services is a problem, and when you finally do they would refuse to allow me to be great by paying something reasonable.
    Right now I just take joy in the testimonials and beg them not to tell their referrals the “embarrassing” price they paid….at least till my brand is known.

    • Koffie February 1, 2016 at 5:35 pm

      If you need someone to collaborate with in writing business plans for your clients, let me know.

    • Lady S February 1, 2016 at 5:42 pm

      Please could I get your email address /contact details?

    • Somiii February 1, 2016 at 7:11 pm

      Hi @thatgigigirl: Whats your business name and how can one contact you?

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 1, 2016 at 11:13 pm

      @Thatgidigirl, just keep at it and sooner or later, they will come back for your services. I had clients tell us years ago “we don’t do online”, see where we are today…

  • Cele-Ijesha February 1, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    Uche aya pedro, u have done well and written well. We love you and jelos u at the same time. Okare omo daa da. Aya to trim, to slim, ti ko lati gym, ki o to cream. Ile ise yin oni j’ona o, owo yin a ma r’oke o. We the residents of Cele-Ijesha down to Mile2 greet your hustle.

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 1, 2016 at 11:14 pm

      LOL. The post-baby-body struggles continue, don’t be deceived by packaging.

  • Niyoola February 1, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    Hi Uche. Been a fan since forever.
    <3 <3

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 1, 2016 at 11:15 pm

      Thanks @Niyoola. Appreciate all your support, when am I going to meet our BN fam?!

  • treasure February 1, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    The side-hustle is the truth! Personally, this year I plan to be more strategic about it. Not just sit and wait for whatever few jobs I get but to actually take the time to read and learn and make deliberate efforts to build my business. It is a lot of work (put me off for a long time) but this year no more procrastination! We making money this year…

  • Toyin Olaleye February 1, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    You should definitely write more! The genuineness came across so well in this piece… Thanks for the advice…and also for the platform to share my writing since 2012 I think…It really opened doors for me 🙂 ~

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 1, 2016 at 11:16 pm

      Thanks a lot Toyin. Wishing you a very successful year ahead!

  • cocozee February 1, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    Thanks Uche!I love this.I love books.any ideas? I have thought about a book cafe…so many ideas about books and getting started is the only prob! Funding ideas for startup?
    I am also interested in real estate.small studio apartments for young professionals and people starting life but again…. Funding?
    I need ideas on how I can turn my passion into a viable biz. Am looking at Lagos.
    Hi to tweenies.I pray I get twins when I marry. I have started taking yam a lot*side eyes* any other tips on how to have twins?lol.am serious o.

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 1, 2016 at 11:17 pm

      Hi @cocozee, all the ideas you mentioned are really viable. With a clear vision, the sky is your limit, the truth is funding is tough for everyone. You really just have to find a creative way to start without major funding. I know it is a tall order but it is doable. Wishing you all the very best.

  • Sisi Yemmie February 1, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    I couldn’t click fast enough when I saw an article from you, I was just nodding my head in agreement at each point you made and was so pleasantly shocked to see my name there! You have been my inspiration from when you were blogging before you moved to the website and I followed religiously! This article today has gingered me to pursue my passion relentlessly! Thank you so much! How are the twins? Please i’m waiting of you to write about real estate, I’ve had my mind on that for so long!

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 1, 2016 at 11:18 pm

      Sisi Yemmie, kiss kiss! I dont let the twins watch TV yet but we watch your weekly show together and they seem to like it LOL. You are doing so well and I know 2016 will be an absolutely amazing year for you and your family.

  • Tincan February 1, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    Awwwww, this is such a rare treat Bella. I remember reading your blog from back in the day, I’m talking 2006, you know, in the time of Babaalaye (or so), Mr Fine boy, Calabar girl, lightherlamp, Brocolli makes me puke and the list goes on. Look at you now. Same beauty that radiated from you still does – God bless.

    This article is soooo timely. 1st of Feb, was about to write myself off again and look what I find…
    Take care of you

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 1, 2016 at 11:20 pm

      Aww I miss those days. Mr Fine Boy is our friend in “real life”. Still begging him to make a comeback.

    • Arin February 2, 2016 at 2:30 am

      I also used to blog in those days and I remember the old blogspot and bloggers ( one of my articles from my old blog was featured by Bella when you were still on blogspot) .
      I have been inspired countless times by Bella and lindaikeji for what they have made out of their blogs. Writing is one of my passions and I still have a blog that I update sporadically. I have a successful and busy career offline which keeps me busy but still secretly dream of starting something up. I do not like putting myself out there is my greatest blocker.
      Well done Bella for turning this into what it has become. Wishing you continued success.

      • Uche P
        Uche P February 15, 2016 at 7:48 am

        Thanks Arin. Great to hear your career has gone well. Wishing you all the best.

  • Tincan February 1, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    Words are never enough but God bless and comfort you, Mrs Chidukane.

  • Shina Akande February 1, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    Awesome and motivating post. Thanks.

  • mrs chidukane February 1, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    Thanks guys for your prayers and kind thoughts. It was a real hard knock. Thank God for his grace and comfort.

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 1, 2016 at 11:21 pm

      More hugs from all of us. Praying for strength through this storm.

    • Lyrics February 2, 2016 at 10:28 am

      Accept my deepest condolence Mrs. Chidukane. I enjoy reading your comments and can tell that you’re a lovely and really nice lady. May the love you had for the your baby and the one she had for you, no matter how brief it was, guide you through this period of grief. Lots of love, hugs!

  • nne February 1, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    Great write up Uche, more grease. Please those of you that do business plan or feasibility studies, i have been looking for you. How does one connect with una?

    • love February 1, 2016 at 7:59 pm

      I have a referral- email ourconsultingfirm@gmail.com with more details of what you are looking for.

    • christi February 1, 2016 at 9:18 pm

      Hello Nne, am a business analyst, you can reach me via WhatsApp: 08030760961, BBM: 2B091768. shiningxty@yahoo.co.uk

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 1, 2016 at 11:23 pm

      I dont know how I genuinely feel about someone writing your business plan for you. Perhaps others have a different view but a business plan is very personal….
      Dont focus on having a perfect business plan. Find quiet time, put down your thoughts and ideas, take things from there.

  • Mandies February 1, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    This is the best gift you can give your readers. So apt with depth and absolutely thought provoking. Thank you for this Mrs P. Definitely looking forward to reading more from you

  • A disappointed reader February 1, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    Be honest. It is called niche market. Your standard has always been different to Linda’s. Though it is dropping drastically lately. & you are going to lose readers such as me. But you cannot be apologetic to inferior complex. Nigeria service providers churn out too much mediocre & expect customers/clients to be thankful for their effort. Yet they want to be appreciated like world class SMEs & corporations.

    It is your duty to continue to project class & encourage development, better quality & presentation from all vendors. Effort isn’t enough. Class doesn’t mean extravagance or noise. You need to project that as well. Because I have seen some extravagant events, content & etc on your site and IG which are purely distasteful. Extravagance can be class. Part of the job of classy blogs & magazine is to help shape & improve personal taste. That’s how some people learnt to have a simple, elegant & classy personal taste or an extravagant, effortless and classy taste & even every other odd but cool taste.

    I notice that on your IG, you sometimes post masquerade-like makeup. To me, you are promoting mediocre. You can’t please anyone. If you want to promote all regardless of standard, do so you definitely have a niche market for that.

    BUT if you have a standard & understand your niche market then stick to your standard. Go back to your old standard but with growth and improvement. No one can force Vogue to be like People magazine. They have different niche market. Target better companies for advertisement whereby you can make higher revenue.

    Think Prada vs Primark. Prada might not have as many customers as Primark. But it charges at a higher rate to make higher revenue. Because you already know your readers are certain types, target more classy corporations who know & understand your niche market & get your money. Stop doing “follow follow” as Nigerians say. It is a major problem for Nigerians, if you can’t beat them you join them mentality, at the detriment of their personal growth or their long term vision which I doubt many have. It is all about now now now for people with this type of mentality. You need to go back to your drawing board. This isn’t about bragging right. It is about longevity.

    How many gossip newspapers, blogs & etc has outlived classy magazines & blogs? Because I tell you it is all about time. Another major gossip outlet will show up. Work more on your long term goals. You may not buy a house in Banana Island soon but if you set your standard & stick to you, you will buy later & even pass down this business to your kids.

    Stop trying to compete with Linda. I am more interested in weddings and creative stuff outside entertainment & gossips. Try & create a different site for BN where you only feature weddings, home improvements & Home related issues with exclusion of the Aunty Bella stuff. You know a lot Nigerians need to have a maintenance attitude to even their apartment, budgeting & etc. You know they don’t know how to take ideas from big weddings. Why not show them how they can take ideas from big & input it into small. You have so much void & ways to create your own content rather than relying on others & competing with blogs that are not in your class.

    Right now your site is information overload and you have bad navigation support system. It is high time you expand the weddings & ordinary events that isn’t entertainment based & give it proper menu whereby people can easily navigate to low cost wedding & the carnival like ones. And please do it on a new site. Because I don’t want to see all your entertainment world nonsense again. Separate it. Keep bellanaija for entertainment, fashion, relationship discussions & Gossip. Take weddings, birthdays, bridal shower, home improvements and anything that inspires ideas and creativity for ordinary people to another sister site. Maybe bellanaijaweddings.com.

    I never wanted to comment on this site. In fact I am on the verge of not visiting again. You’ve turned it to a gossip site. Where is your high standard that you started with? Why are you competing with Linda? You just make people like me never want to be caught dead on your site for even a work related achievement. Yet you need content from people. Well, I am a private person so I will keep myself away from appearing physically on your site. but still I can assure you that you are going to gain Linda’s kind of readers & lose your core readers. If that’s what you want then you can carry on with this style of blogging.

    • Busarni February 1, 2016 at 5:38 pm

      Are you writing a literature review? Hian! Who told you she is competing with who you mentioned? Witches and wizard every where , go and take your mess and stop sounding senile. You are a private and you are still on the site.
      The world comprises of different class of humans if you feel you don’t like what is being dished out here you look the other way. It is her blog; you come person house wan teach her how to breast feed her child… Mtscheeew.

      • A disappointed reader February 1, 2016 at 6:27 pm

        I am entitled to my opinion. Thanks. I am only giving my feedback as a reader. Private people shouldn’t go out or read newspapers & etc right? You went out of context. I will leave it at this.

        BN, this was in response to your response to IL, who was comparing you to Linda. But I made a huge mistake commenting on your blog. I see that you are all about attacks for more views. Your blog is obviously not for me. You have your audience. Best wishes.

    • Babym February 1, 2016 at 5:46 pm

      Hian! With all this ur knowledge about what makes a successful blog, u suppose start ur own na abi how u see am???? Lol

      • A disappointed reader February 1, 2016 at 6:22 pm

        Because I don’t intend to own a blog.

    • Fountain of Paper February 1, 2016 at 6:31 pm

      http://www.blogger.com
      http://www.wordpress.com

      Free platforms.

      Start your own blog!

      Yes, you can!

      Yes.. you surely CAN!

      Be the change you want to see in the blogging space.

      • A disappointed reader February 1, 2016 at 6:45 pm

        This is like me complaining about how my ice cream is served and I am told to start my own ice cream shop, mind you, my profession is tailoring. I am just a consumer. And as such, I can have an opinion, give criticism and make suggestions. If they are not accepted, I can choose to continue to accept whatever is given or go and find another ice cream shop. I am ok with this. Thanks.

    • A disappointed reader February 1, 2016 at 6:38 pm

      You disappoint me once again BN. I write this from a constructive criticism point of view. I directly replied your comment to IL. I don’t know why it didn’t show right under it. My point to you was, don’t be shy about your standard. Some won’t like it but there are some of us who love it. Be bold about it. But if you want to continue with this style of blogging that disregard standard, you have your audience but people like me will find another blog that suits us. All my ideas to you are suggestions. & some were from technical point of view (you can google navigation support system). I didn’t need all the attacks you let on leash on me in your defense & effort to get comments & make money. But thanks. & once again best wishes.

      • A disappointed reader February 1, 2016 at 7:00 pm

        P.S. BN, rather than take this as a mean comment. Look at it from a logical & business point of view. On your IG, you have more followers on bellanaijaweddings than on bellanaijaonline. It clearly shows you who your audience are and what they identify the most with you. Weddings, Fashion & Makeup. & I realise now that the reason why my comment didn’t show under your comment which I responded to is because your system reloads a comment without acknowledging the parent comment whenever it is says your posting too fast even tho it was my first comment. Thanks. Have a nice day & I wish you the best in everything.

      • Babym February 1, 2016 at 7:27 pm

        Ok im now confused! Which one is this ‘attack’ u r referring too?? Loool, who attacked you? Bellanaija? How? U dont like ppls response to ur comment so u now believe bellanaija has conspired with her readers to attack you? Im very confused lolololol.

      • Busarni February 1, 2016 at 10:30 pm

        Jesus fix it please, bitter much!

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 1, 2016 at 11:25 pm

      Thanks @a disappointed reader
      I genuinely appreciate your comment. The level of detail shows how much you care about BN and for that, I am grateful.
      I will take time to read and reflect on everything you have shared.

    • Saint tracy February 3, 2016 at 9:05 pm

      You know it’s easier said than done. It takes nothing actually to start a blog. If you think there’s a gap in d blog industry you can get word press and start your own. Bellanaija didn’t ask you for permission to start their blog and if they have changed their content they do not need your permission. Sometimes criticizing is not the answer, if it’s easy as it seems start it.

  • concerned9a February 1, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    Not comparing her to other bloggers but that’s life….you see what I meant about Uche Bella being a role model..
    Practical advise….hope folks latch on to this…instead of waiting on monthly giveaways…

    • Leave Linda Out of it!!!! February 1, 2016 at 5:20 pm

      and you had to bring Linda into this, may I ask why??? Linda is helping in her own little way and quite right going by Uche’s last point – “giving”. You see givers never lack, maybe that’s why Linda is flourishing.

      • concerned9a February 1, 2016 at 8:44 pm

        Give it a rest Love…most Bloggers giveaway..why you mentioned her I still don’t know..
        My point is 9jas like too much freebies….always wanting something for nothing..

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 1, 2016 at 11:26 pm

      Thanks @concerned9a, anyone who knows me knows I am a Linda fan.
      We all have our ways of doing things, that’s what makes us unique.
      I appreciate your support and encouragement.

      • Author Unknown February 3, 2016 at 1:07 am

        But, are you a Laura Ikeji fan?

  • Jagbajantis February 1, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    Thanks for dropping these jewels, and success to you, Uche! I hope we get to meet sometime

  • Koffie February 1, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    Great points Uche, it’s good to read something from BN herself. @Mrs.Chidukane, I’m sorry about your loss and you’ll be in my prayers. Our words can’t erase your pain but I pray God Himself comforts you and gives you roses for ashes.
    I’ve been thinking a great deal about what to venture into and it’s even bad that there are quite a number of stuff I enjoy doing so I don’t know the one to monetize. I love teaching and I’m good at it, I enjoy editing website content, books and all for writers (I do this for a few people without any charge), I love erm, okay not so many. For teaching, I considered volunteering but with professional exams and a full-time job, I wouldn’t be able to honour the commitment but I intend to lecture/teach as a part-time job in the future after I have become more learned in my field. That leaves me with editing (I could also ghost-write). I’ll try to market that more and so it for non-friends so I can put a value on my services.

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 1, 2016 at 11:28 pm

      @Koffie, it seems like you already have the answers, you just need to select your focus area and get things started. All the best.

  • juddy February 1, 2016 at 4:51 pm

    Amazing read, Thank you Uche

  • DJ Mobi February 1, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    Bad Economy = New Business Opportunities. I caught the rhema. This year is going to be amazeballs for me and its all thanks to you. Thanks Uche

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 1, 2016 at 11:29 pm

      Yes it will be amazing! Loving the positive outlook.

  • j’suis belle February 1, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    i just so luv bella and its like divine encounter i was just thinking about how to open my training center and enter into the cost for all that when this big time encouragement came am so glad GOD bless you dear and please just stay the way u cos thatz how i love u;

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 1, 2016 at 11:30 pm

      Thanks j’suis belle (sweet name by the way)
      Wishing you all the success with your training centre. Remember you dont have to start something massive, just take things step by step.

  • Roseline Nya February 1, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    Great points……..professionally written…..
    I do admire you………a lot…..Uche P

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 1, 2016 at 11:30 pm

      Thanks Roseline. I’m a fan of your work as well.

  • Saint tracy February 1, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    I am always giving my friends business advise. Midnight, when ever they always call to ask me my opinion. Thinking of how to monetise it and reach mire people. What do you think uche?

    • Tincan February 1, 2016 at 6:11 pm

      I’m with you. This is forever my problem. How do I (and if I were to be frank, should I?) monetize the gifts that I have?

      • Uche P
        Uche P February 1, 2016 at 11:32 pm

        Hi @saint tracy and @tincan
        You can definitely monetize in structured way.
        You could create a mini workshop and invite all those always calling you at midnight for biz advice, you could also create one-on-one paid coaching sessions.

  • Adimabuah February 1, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    When the boss writes… Aye a’gbo. One thing that stands BN out is class and loyal readership and followership. Mrs Pedro, God bless you. I have been tryna be an OAP since forever even though it’s supposed to be a side hustle. Been jamming brick walls. But I haven’t given up. Nothing is easy but impossible just got out of my dictionary and life. And please, BN is too gender sensitive. Please try give all of us equal rights. I de expect my reply o.

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 1, 2016 at 11:34 pm

      LOL thank you. We try to be supportive of the ladies and gentlemen.
      The OAP space is very tough to break into but not impossible.
      You can continue going for auditions etc.. but you can also consider flipping the script and creating your own original show, get sponsors and buy airtime.
      You can also consider an online podcast or YouTube show as well.

  • Californiabawlar February 1, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    I grew up a hustler…even though I didn’t need to, I never had one source of income since I was 16… I can sell water to the ocean…had big dreams of becoming a business mogul at 25. Now I’m way past 25 and I don’t know what happened…well, I got a couple of degrees but those were supposed to be plan B and I’m largely unfulfilled. Anywhoozies, the big 30 is here and early this year the Lord placed a easy to start non-time consuming idea on my heart…I’m starting next week! No procrastination this year… I can’t keep taking the wealth God has placed within me for granted.

    Thanks Uche! You’re an inspiration!

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 1, 2016 at 11:36 pm

      Californiabawlar…we must meet o!
      I love your comments, from the serious to the ratchet LOL
      Whoop! Excited about your new business and wishing you massive success

  • Kenneth February 1, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    Uche you are simply the best! The blogger in Nigeria undisputed! Thanks for the info already applying it to awomkenneth.com

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 1, 2016 at 11:36 pm

      Thanks!
      Feeling shy now with all the love today.

  • beabea bea February 1, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    it was so refreshing seeing you Uche. God bless you.

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 1, 2016 at 11:37 pm

      Thank you. I will really try to peep out more frequently.

  • j’suis belle February 1, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    @kenneth the best blogger in Nigeria and i totally agree

  • Busarni February 1, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    Aww my babe, so so sorry. God will give you strength. You know you are a strong babe.. Big e hugs..

  • Rachel February 1, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    Most times i feel like a total idiot! I have no big plans or wild ideas to help me get an income. My passion is acting but it is not happening now and even though i believe it will. I need a hustle, a serious one. My mother’s business of poultry farming just seized in November. The chickens just started dying. She is a cleaner at a fed office and it was from the chicken proceed she was able to pay our dues. Before the death of the chickens, I too, wanted to go into Poultry farming that was the only thing i thought of, it was expensive and the death bumped everything.
    I wanted to also learn the skill of baking, pop corn etc. I was unable to and had to settle for tailoring. I have no passion for that, it was a necessity to help my family as the first child. I lack interest in fashion and it hurts to think that i ended where I had no passion for. Most times i feel like a moving truck with no direction. I think and think of ideas. Nothing.
    Please any advice for me Uche, I really need help!

    • Seun Akinlosotu
      Seun Akinlosotu February 1, 2016 at 7:58 pm

      Hey Rachel,
      1. You are soooo not an idiot so please don’t think of yourself in that way, even if it’s sometimes.. Be positive about yourself. Speak positively to yourself, about yourself, and to situations.
      2. Did you try to find out why the chickens started dying? Did you do any research? There is soooooo much more, a million times more productive uses of the internet than reading blogs etc. which we are all guilty of. May I suggest that you start utilizing the web to your advantage? You would like to bake etc. but you found yourself in fashion (See Uche’s point about Passion for Profit). One of the advantages entrepreneurship gives you is the ability to make money while enjoying what you do. There are so many videos on YouTube that will teach you how to bake. I’ve seen people do this, and my jaw totally dropped at what someone could make in as little as a few weeks of watching the videos & practicing. There is a group on FB that I belong to called “So you think you can cook”, I’ve seen many success stories of women who had no idea how to make the most basic pound cake, but from that group they learned how to bake and make incredible designs.
      A makeup artist who did my face for a party last year was self taught from YouTube videos. I looked so good I didn’t even want to wash my face off that night!
      There are so many avenues to be self taught.
      The question is how hungry are you for this? Let your hunger to be financially secure, be happy at what you do, provide for your family, self fulfillment be your driving force. Become aggressive about your goals!
      Go to Youtube NOW!!!

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 15, 2016 at 7:58 am

      Hi Rachel, Seun already gave really great advice.
      When we are searching for success, the biggest factor begins from within. I do not want to sound like a motivational speaker but you need to think like a WINNER. From your message, you are sounding defeated. Please do everything possible to drop that.
      Once your mindset shifts, you can clear your mind and start strategizing. All the best!

  • Chinma Eke February 1, 2016 at 5:42 pm

    Awww Mrs Chidukane, sorry about your loss. God will restore joy to you. *hugs

  • Uche P
    Uche P February 1, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    Thanks for all the comments. I will reply each one (including the mean ones LOL) once I am done with “official hours” work.

    • bimbylads February 2, 2016 at 12:31 am

      you are awesome, I hope I get to meet you one day, one day 🙂

    • Middle Aged Profnl February 2, 2016 at 5:50 am

      Uche, it is really nice to read an article from you. I am a middle aged professional, and was attracted to your blog by the quality of articles and content. I do agree that I noticed some relaxation of your usual content standards. I put it down to your being away to nurture your precious gifts. That said, I do believe you should pay attention to content, there are loads of people interested in intellectually stimulating articles. This was the reason I became a regular visitor on BN. Lately, it appears you have more ‘fluff’. That said, I really admire your entrepreneurship, you’ve done a great job in motivating young people to set sail on their own.

      • Uche P
        Uche P February 15, 2016 at 7:59 am

        Thank you. Really appreciate the feedback and we promise to do better.

  • Hawt Talk With Tosan February 1, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    Uche your article was on point and really poignant. I live in Alberta Canada and the economic down turn has affected most people I know including myself. Although I started my blog last year, I decided to expand my hustle by adding a YouTube channel (Hawt Talk With Tosan) talking about trending issues around the world and Nigeria. I have a passion and gift for the theatrics so doing this has given me so much joy. You are right; you have to do what you love.

    Having a job, side hustle and 3 kids is not an easy feat but like you said one has to commit.
    Thanks Uche.

    Please watch my hawt new video youtube.com/watch?v=vcfIjV8MqQc

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 15, 2016 at 8:00 am

      Hey Tosan, Yayyy Calgary in the house. I lived there after uni.
      Congrats on starting your vlog. I have watched it and it has potential. Keep pushing. We may feature in BN soon so you can get feedback from BN Fam.

  • TOYIN February 1, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    Hi Uche, lovely write up, i must say. I have a question though. I’m a fresh graduate with no job, completed my youth service February 2015, been applying for a job all to no avail. No means of income, nothing at all. I need your candid advice please cos it’s becoming really frustrating. Thanks.

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 15, 2016 at 8:02 am

      Hi Toyin, yes this can be frustrating. In my previous 9-5 life, I interviewed hundreds of people in my brief career. Also within my role of BN, I have interviewed tons of people. Perhaps you need to rewrite your CV and improve your interview skills. Search online for tips.

      You can also use this opportunity to start a business. When you are young with relatively little responsibilities is one of the best times to explore.
      All the best!

  • ICON February 1, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    Hi Uche, I am so glad you are finally speaking and giving amazing advice… God bless you as you continue to grow… I set up an online retail store http://www.iconscloset.com 2 months ago after struggling with confidence as I had run a previous business. So far it has been really good… but most of my customers are Nigerians in nigeria… I am so thankful for their support but nervous of sustainability because of the dollar etc… But I think I have the best customers. Any advice on how to engage Nigerians home and abroad? Do you have high traffic from the US? As I would love to advertise with you to hopefully capture that market.

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 15, 2016 at 8:06 am

      Congrats on your e-retail site. It’s really awesome to hear that the business is going well. I just checked out your site and will browse some more later.
      Social media such as Instagram seems to be a leading tool right now. Create a community, repost photos of your clients, get social media influencers to wear 1 or 2 of your pieces (I see a style blogger on your page so you may have done this already).
      We are always happy to get new advertisers on BN so you are welcome to email – ads@bellanaija.com

      As per customers in the US, they have so many choices when it comes to online clothing purchases so you will need to have an x-factor to differentiate yourself from the crowd.

      All the best.

  • Ehiwarior February 1, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    Dear Uche,

    Thanks for this timely piece, I am commenting because I want you to say hello to me.
    Best regards to your bundle of joy.

  • busola February 1, 2016 at 6:17 pm

    Uche thanks for this article! This year I decided to take charge of my life and start a side hustle no matter how small,i started selling garri(yes,packaged garri) and the patronage has been amazing,it’s small but it’s a start and I know I’ll expand and get a shop soon.thanks for the words of encouragement. Please I want to ask a sincere question,please no bashing. What can I do if my husband doesn’t support my side hustle because he thinks it’s to small or it belittles me?thank you.

    • The real D February 1, 2016 at 9:25 pm

      @ Busola, I know your question is directed at Ms. Pedro, However, I would say just like the current quote on BN ” the best revenge is success” . Now I know he is your hubby so it is not necessarily “revenge” but the best way to prove him wrong is by succeeding. I know of entrepreneurs who started out in the living rooms, and kitchens and had partners who at the beginning were not exactly supportive but said partners have are now working for their spouses. Everyone wants to be part of a success story so once you begin to succeed trust me you would not have to talk him into supporting you and you can boldly say with God by your side you did it all by yourself. That does not take away from the joy and strength gotten from have full spousal support. Maybe others that have been in the same position will be able to give a few pointers on how to to deal with that but I will say keep pressing on don’t give in or give up with or without his support. Even if things don’t turn out the way you expect it to you will learn some valuable lessons.

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 15, 2016 at 8:10 am

      Hi Busola, congrats on starting your side hustle. Just goes to show it doesn’t always have to be the most glamorous businesses.
      I would not want to comment on something as sensitive as your marriage but your choice of words such as “belittles” has me a bit concerned there may be a bigger issue beyond the side hustle concerns. Sorry if I am overreacting but I believe a spouse should be supportive and nurturing.
      Marriage is such a complicated institution, perhaps you can consider structured counselling and of course prayer is always vital.

  • DeeD_Y February 1, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    Really inspiring! I’ll put it out there- my unique skill is my ability to read material, understand and creatively construct research articles- on any topic. It may seem funny but it’s true. Hit me up for a free trial! #2016sidehustle

    • Duk February 2, 2016 at 8:21 am

      Hay what are your contact details pls? Im in grad school and oh thestruggle to keep up with weekly reading assignments is real! I barely understand what im reading half the time. I’m willing to pay as long as I receive good service and pricing is reasonable Oya details please. Thank you

      • Dee_DY February 7, 2016 at 12:16 am

        Please send your material to -dduke23@gmail.com with details of the desired format or rubric. Looking forward to a buzz,

      • DeeD_Y February 7, 2016 at 12:20 am

        Thank you. 🙂

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 15, 2016 at 8:11 am

      That’s so cool. Hope you signed up 1 or 2 clients from BN.

      • Dee_DY February 28, 2016 at 10:19 pm

        Hi Uche P, I really loved your article! Never actually said thanks for the inspiration!
        None from BN yet, fingers crossed though!
        Massive Hugs!!!

  • Matilda February 1, 2016 at 6:21 pm

    Ughhhh… i love love love this article… I’ve been ‘wanting’ to get a side hustle for the longest time… i use the word wanting rather than trying because i do not know what i want to do… ive always said that i do not have an ‘entrepreneurial spirit’, you see, i am very academic and do not know how to do business… people have said i should turn this to a business but what can i do with my academic brain? i do not like to teach, so teaching centre is out of it…. opening a consulting firm… hmmm??? i know i learn very fast so i can pick up a skill (and be passionate about it too) but i just don’t know what to do…. I need help Uche! my 8-5 just isn’t cutting it anymore, I’m bored and need something to stimulate me

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 15, 2016 at 8:12 am

      Hi Matilda, being academic something many wish they could be. I do not have any specific suggestions for now but know that there is something special and potentially lucrative you can explore. Consulting is a good idea as you suggested, you will just need to choose your focus and build your credibility.

  • Lulu February 1, 2016 at 6:26 pm

    Hi Uche,
    I thoroughly enjoyed your piece on having a side hustle, I started a fashion and style blog last year and I have a YouTube channel but haven’t been able to record new content due to financial constraints and lack of a camera. Sighs. It does seem like there are loads of fashion and style bloggers as I’m trying to carve my niche aside my other hustle such as voice overs, presenting etc
    Just got out of a job this year and trying to focus on building my media brand.
    Any word of advice?

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 15, 2016 at 8:13 am

      Hi Lulu, one of the joys of YouTube is you really do not need to start with any fancy equipment. Use your phone. The content matters much more. You can start saving to buy a camera later. All the best.

  • Seun Akinlosotu
    Seun Akinlosotu February 1, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    Loads of hugs and warmth your way. I’m a Jesus baby so I’ll pray that God give you & your family a sense of peace that surpasses all understanding concerning this loss, and for your loss you shall have double restoration- Amen. Welcome to the mama twins club! I speak this prophetically & with thanksgiving on your behalf!. I’m sure we all look forward to hearing amazing news from you before the year runs out.

    -Seun

  • A disappointed reader February 1, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    This is like me complaining about how my ice cream is served and I am told to start my own ice cream shop, mind you, my profession is tailoring. I am just a consumer. And as such, I can have an opinion, give criticism and make suggestions. If they are not accepted, I can choose to continue to accept whatever is given or go and find another ice cream shop. I am ok with this. Thanks.

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 15, 2016 at 8:15 am

      @a disappointed reader, it’s been a few weeks since your comments and I still appreciate everything you stated.
      We learn each day and honest feedback helps us improve. Look out for us over the next few months.
      x

  • smackdown February 1, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    Its all about the side hustle. God bless your hustle everyone!!!

  • Keeks February 1, 2016 at 6:52 pm

    Thank you Uche for this amazing write up..detailed and hit home..My mum was a school teacher.lost my dad and my mum brought us up without any help from anyone except her side hustle which was selling clothing materials from Aba..Mum’s is 65 and retired but she still sells these materials..on a even larger scale and she has people who bring them in..im a banker and this economic crunch is been screamed daily in our ears. Makes me think it’s time I picked up my measuring tape and add a bit of sophistication to mama’ side side hustle..thank you for this..

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 15, 2016 at 8:16 am

      God bless your mum. Stories like hers are really “the Nigerian story”. Very inspiring.

  • Seun Akinlosotu
    Seun Akinlosotu February 1, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    Yayy.. super excited to read this article. I’m not sure which I’m more excited about, Uche writing or the fact that many lives will change haven read the article.
    It’s such a great pleasure seeing this brand (BN) Uche has built. I recently turned on an old old laptop of mine & still saw a link I had saved to an old article from the Bellanaija Blog days…the mid 2000’s back in college..final year for that matter. We couldn’t wait for lectures to end so we could go to the library – obviously not to do homework but to see what Bella Naija could have posted while oga lecturer went on and on and on, not realizing some of us just wanted to get outta there…lol.. ohh those days!.
    Congratulations Uche. And to everyone who had been sitting in some sort of decision valley, here you go, this is the nudge you need to come out of there & get moving. At least try, if you fail, you fail. You’ll try again & some day encourage others just like you have been today!

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 15, 2016 at 8:17 am

      Thanks so much Seun. Also thank you for the supportive comments you left for others on this post. Enjoy your week.

  • Chioma February 1, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    So happy to see an article by you Uche! I followed you back when you were still bellanaija@ blogspot ( I also blogged actively then) and so very proud of you! love love love this article and will def take some advice from here.

  • Ije B February 1, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    Go Uche, I’m really impressed and surprised, seeing as you are internet-shy?! lol. But this will surely inspire thousands if not more. You have a lot of following behind you, so well done for sharing ideas from yourself ;0)

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 15, 2016 at 8:18 am

      Thanks Ije B. LOL Am I really internet shy?! Guilty, I guess. Have a blessed week.

  • Uber bella February 1, 2016 at 7:09 pm

    Hi Uche. Such a privilege to read this, coming from you. Your write up is so on point. I totally agreed with everything. You and your team are great inspirations. Keep up the good work.

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 15, 2016 at 8:18 am

      Thanks Uber bella. Nice name too.

  • ladiva February 1, 2016 at 7:21 pm

    Thank you uche,that write up was an eye opener for me,God bless you real good.I am a professional and also have a side hustle in nigeria,but I relocated to another country,right now am trying to write my professional exams and at the same time trying to continue my side hustle but it’s a bit difficult because I don’t know people so building my client list is not easy but am really working on strategies on breaking into the market this year.thank you again uche

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 15, 2016 at 8:21 am

      Hi ladiva, personally, I believe we do not have to do everything at once. I get the feeling you are being too hard on yourself. Moving to a new country and writing professional exams is really challenging. I would suggest settling in for a few months before you pick up your side hustle again. I do not know the specific details but from my experience, I typically take a step back in certain scenarios to avoid burning out.

      Wishing you all the best.

  • Olivia Ruth February 1, 2016 at 7:25 pm

    It’s a delight to see you on here Ms BN.
    You are in a different phase in life now and are a mum and all 🙂
    But when you were like let’s say working your first job and you started BN on the side,
    Looking back, what are your best tips for managing a full time job while cultivating your side hustle? Would you share one of your toughest challenges of juggling both and how you managed to stay on course?
    Thank you!

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 15, 2016 at 8:22 am

      Hi Olivia, my case my be different because it was simply driven by passion and not profit. That said, being uber organized and structured with your time would be a vital tool.

  • Tola Oyewole February 1, 2016 at 7:33 pm

    I needed it right now. This year is running fast than anyone thinks. Thank you so much for the inspiration writeup. I have taking away some things to pen down in my personal diary. .no more talking now action.

    I respect your privacy Mrs Uche Pedro, you keep your life away from the media. even though, you have the power to post and post on your website or instagram. Instead you live a simple life. You have a good privileged background but choose to live to avoid unnecessary drama. A role model to the younger ones like me. dedicated, visionary, futuristic, not perfect but always striving to be better each day.

    Keep shining and elevating. love always.

    • Bee February 2, 2016 at 2:32 am

      Haaaa Tola is this you!!!! Where have you been? Everyone has been trying to get in touch. Happy to read from you here. Please reach out. God bless. Bisola

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 15, 2016 at 8:23 am

      Thanks Tola. I just do what feels authentic to me.
      If tomorrow, Instagramming every aspect of my life feels like the right thing to do, I will do it o LOL.

  • Daniel February 1, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    Great write up! A better us all in 2016.
    @Tincan – Those were the days…. naijafineboy, bimbylads, overwhelmednaijababe, babaalaye, boorish male & bella made the internet so much fun!

    • Seun Akinlosotu
      Seun Akinlosotu February 1, 2016 at 9:46 pm

      ohhhh shoot, I remember naijafineboy & Bimbylads especially! Where are they?

      • Atoke
        Atoke February 1, 2016 at 10:29 pm

        Hahahah NaijaFineBoy and Boorishmale were the highlights of Blogger for me.

        Bimbylads is Abimbola Dare… Published author and all round awesomeness!

        Kai, Blogger was sweet that time shaaaa

      • bimbylads February 1, 2016 at 11:51 pm

        Im still here o!!! I write Christian Fiction now as Abimbola Dare!!Thanks for remembering me!!

        @ Atoke: Love u long time, xx

      • Seun Akinlosotu
        Seun Akinlosotu February 2, 2016 at 2:53 pm

        OMG Bimbylads, you are Abimbola Dare???????? I have and read The Small Print!! Amazing book!
        Awww.. I’m so happy to hear you’ve moved on to even greater things! Okay now I have to go and read When Broken Cords Sing, hehehe let me be acting all familiar here!
        @Atoke, I know right! I feel like Blogger at that time was like a lot of kids from multiple schools being unleashed onto one huge playground. No fences separating schools. It was so fun! Sighhh.. I want my 20’s back ooo…sob…sob..sob..

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 15, 2016 at 8:23 am

      Yes! It was such a great time. It feels good to know that everyone is doing well.

  • Michelle O February 1, 2016 at 8:03 pm

    Great Stuff Uche! i loved this article form start to finish. Often times we don’t realize our God given talents and potential until we someone who ” reminds us of ourselves” doing well in a particular area. I have been inspired through this article and I hope to have the oppurtunity to refer back to this article when it works out for me. Keep up the great work and thanks for being an inspiration to many.

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 15, 2016 at 8:24 am

      Thanks Michelle. Have a great week.

  • naomi February 1, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    can i just say i LOVE you Uche! keep being an inspiration to young ladies like me and stay blessed in all that you do!

  • Olusegun Isioye February 1, 2016 at 8:13 pm

    Good piece Uche.Keep up the good work.

  • Chynwa February 1, 2016 at 8:36 pm

    Uche Pedro! U are such a wise woman. God must bless u for this article (I’ve picked two dat I need to launch asap) nd this site. God knows this site is the one ‘addiction’ I have- I have learnt so much and connected with so many ‘people’ through various platforms that are helping me as a person. U v started my February on the best note. God bless u and urs real good and kisses to ur children

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 15, 2016 at 8:25 am

      Hey Chynwa, it has been a few weeks since this article was written. Hope you are still fired up! Keep driving towards your goals.

  • @A disappointed reader February 1, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    so i’m reading the comments and thinking..wow for once we are all having civil online conversation with constructive criticism, no flattery, fighting etc
    then A disappointed reader comments and yes one person is bound to express themselves in a much higher tempo but I scrolled and realized that A disappointed reader kept commenting!
    i don’t want to believe A disappointed reader is a competitor to BN because i believe other popular bloggers are responsible and hard working thus won’t degrade themselves to such
    my question to disappointed reader is this “who are you disappointed in BN or your own life?”
    life is tough and you are obviously going through hard times but trust me you are not alone
    its been one thing after the other since last year for me and today I felt like i should just get up and run but all I could do was cry (for ONLY 2 seconds) as I had to clean my eyes and continue work. lol
    I used to complain and frown when things were difficult in my family but then years went by and i thought to myself wait ohhh, i am now finishing university does it mean that if things are difficult then i will never smile or be happy? ahhh I call myself advise sharp sharp
    A disappointed reader, life is tough already so we don’t always have to fight. once in a while lets play and be happy even Oga Bruno empathized with Mrs C. lol.
    so please calm down, we are not saying BN is perfect but for now lets focus on a good thing in the midst of all the madness around us
    Uche, thanks for stepping out of your comfort zone, opening yourself to scrutiny and writing this article..you made me smile after a day of tears.
    BN commenters you all make me believe in the future of our nation
    One love and God bless all our hustles!

    • Babym February 1, 2016 at 9:36 pm

      May God bless you darling! U echoed my thoughts well. I pray u have your most fabulous year yet! Big hugs.

    • A disappointed reader February 2, 2016 at 1:54 am

      Hello. I am not angry or fighting anyone or having issues in my family or my life. Pls kindly go back and read the indirect jabs that were commented as response to my feedback. I replied everyone of them politely & didn’t bother fighting. As for telling BN off for personal attack, I was referring to BN accepting those kind of comments. They never used to do that. It is partly why I don’t bother commenting on here.

      I wrote my comment in response to an original comment Uche replied where she was compared to Linda because she sometimes doesn’t promote certain vendors. If you read all my comments properly or you scroll up to IL’s comment you will understand everything I wrote better. Including my replies to those who were indirectly defending BN. I wrote my comments because I want BN to go back to its previous standard, simply because I believe they can do it & make loads of money & keep their business going. I understand how things work in Nigeria, if one business is able to brag with certain achievements, other businessess are under pressure to show they are in that calibre. The pressure comes from the public and even corporations who wants packaging and effizi.

      I wrote my feedback because Uche said she will read and reply everyone. It was my way of finally sending her my feedback. I see BN as Vogue and other gossip blogs as News of the world. Where is news of the world today? It was so popular when I was younger. Wasn’t it the one that broke the news of the Beckham’s family turbulent twice? I like Primark & I love Prada. My analogies are all from business point of view. If gossip blogs get more money because they have content that drives more followers then BN should see itself as Prada who needs to target better corporations, charge more for advertisements & therefore be able to earn as much as or even more than gossip bloggers by sticking to its own original standard and class. This is pure business reasoning. Low demand, higher cost. High demand, lower cost. That’s the logic.

      Plus, haven’t you seen the comment section lately. It has even gotten worse since the whole news of Linda buying a house in Banana Island. Even the posts! I am sure BN knows what I am talking about. I plan to stick with BN for the long run if BN sticks to their classy standard. I am part of your core readers. I came with BN from blogspot. I have been reading BN as far back as 2008. & I pray BN is able to convince & meet those big corporations that will take them serious and pay them their worth.

      I don’t run a blog. If I am competing with BN with all I wrote, that I see as ideas (which will be seen as weaknesses by business sharks) I will go & use it for my blog rather than share them with Uche. Plus competition isn’t hate or envy, it is business. It is normal. That’s how the business world runs. BN needs readers, so does Linda & other blogs. & either you like to accept it or not they are all competing for our attention. They need to drive traffic to run their businesses. So they are all competitors. But once they all understand their niche market then can focus on how best to get more of their type of audience & have their loyalty. & I am simply telling Uche not to start blogging like gossip bloggers but to focus on what BN strengths are. Vogue competes for market with Harper Bazaar. They are doing so via content, strategies, professionalism & creativity. It doesn’t mean one is pulling anyone down. This is business.

      Furthermore, if you notice, I had stopped replying comments ages ago. I felt the need to reply because it is exactly that kind of attitude and replies that enable service providers in Nigeria to keep churning out mediocre. When you complain someone will go & pat them on the back while telling them to disregard your complaints and opinion or they directly or indirectly talk down at you. That isn’t good. Business needs to grow & be challenge for improvement. I want BN to grow but by sticking to how it started. Classy standard. It is her choice though. If she decide to carry on this way I can’t force her not to. I will just accept that it is now a blog that isn’t for my type of reader. & look for a new blog that suits. That’s what I meant in all my comments. & I don’t like that you were trying to psycho-analyse me. But because of the nice approach you used in writing me, that’s why I decided to reply this. Thanks. Have a good night. Cheers.

    • A disappointed reader February 2, 2016 at 2:13 am

      P.S. my initial comment wasn’t meant for other readers. I didn’t expect anybody to have time to read it. It was meant for Uche, she did state that she will be replying comments. I hoped she will read it. & if you read one of the comments in respond to mine, I was referred to as witches and wizards & told to take my mess away. This is the kinda stuff that made me tell BN I will never want to be physically posted on their blog, not even for a work related achievement because I can only imagine the kind of comments they will be accepting with this their new blogging style for the last few months. Anyway. Cheers.

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 15, 2016 at 8:25 am

      thank you.

  • babygiwa February 1, 2016 at 8:52 pm

    Mrs C, may God comfort and heal your family. You’ll laugh this year by his special grace. Amen.
    Thanks for this article, Uche, I want to work in the Human Resources industry but I am also currently thinking about my talents and hobbies in order to start planing towards making my side hustle -ism a reality. Lol.
    So help me God.

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 15, 2016 at 8:25 am

      Amen. Please let us know how it goes. Wishing you all the success.

  • ronke February 1, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    This article came at the right time for me Uche. I rcently graduated from the Univeristy and I just started learning how to sew in order to have a side hustle. The problem is I’m scared that when I finally start sewing for people, I won’t get customers because I dnt thnk I have good business skills. I am really doubting myself.

    • Natu February 1, 2016 at 9:37 pm

      Fear is your worse enemy!!! If you feel that your business skill are not good, maybe you should spend some time reading business books.

    • Madam olowo February 1, 2016 at 9:44 pm

      Do it afraid, darling…

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 15, 2016 at 8:27 am

      Other BN Fam have said it all. Just do it.
      Believe me, I get scared all the time and have to start counselling myself. We all those feelings of doubt and concern but do not let that stop you from moving forward.

  • mrs chidukane February 1, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    @busola, use your husband’s disdain for your side hustle as fuel and grind harder. By the time he sees what you have made of it, he will eat his words /repent of his ways.

  • Abi February 1, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    Aww love you Sisi Yemmie- when I feel quite home sick and low- I go to your website to hear your voice?. Always makes me feel better. Yesterday – another low day- listened to your vlog back in 2013- how you have changed! This mum thing is real- matures you sharpish!!! Lols.

    Love you Uche- fan from 2006?.

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 15, 2016 at 8:27 am

      Thanks Abi. Yes, Sisi Yemmie rocks

  • blessing oriaku February 1, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    Thank you Uche,will keep you posted when I start and I hope you feature me one day on site. Say hi to the twins for me. Cheers.

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 15, 2016 at 8:33 am

      Thank you. I do. Have a great day.

  • yvee February 1, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    This is a sign oh, I need to start my side hustle.

  • Babe February 1, 2016 at 9:43 pm

    Thanks for the article , it was really encouraging, I’m an embryologist but I’ve anchored about 3 weddings and people ask if I’m a professional compere , I’ve been thinking of turning this gift to a side hustle, but I get discouraged cos I feel I’m not the kind of comeidaian mc,I’d rather be a formal compere . ok so since 2016 is a year of side hustles , kindly contact cheboz1111@gmail. com for your events . I hope this finally pays off.

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 15, 2016 at 8:35 am

      Your 2 career choices are so awesome. While there seem to be a lot of MCs, there are still visible gaps that you can fill. Wishing you all the very best!

  • iDealHOSA February 1, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    Just to say Thank you! This will help a lot of people.

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 15, 2016 at 8:35 am

      Thank you. I appreciate your support.

  • Jasmine February 1, 2016 at 10:00 pm

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and it could not have come at a better time. Thanks for this Uche. More grease to your elbows.

  • hadassah February 1, 2016 at 10:05 pm

    Mama twins! This is your first BNarticle I’m reading *doing cartwheels*. Yeah, great plan you have for BN in 2016.lots of readers like i would definitely love to read more from you. Very insightful ideas, thanks for sharing. I’m actually currently trying for register to be an Uber partner . I’ve done a lot of research and hopeful it all goes well. Would digest your other ideas later. Danke.

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 15, 2016 at 8:39 am

      Thanks Hadassah, have you been able to register with Uber. Will be great to get feedback on how that went so others can learn as well.

  • Niola February 1, 2016 at 10:21 pm

    Oh Daniel such euphoria ;calabar girl ,confused girl ,Vicky etc and seun the ones I know are doing well .loool Yes seun I remember those days..we the jand ones hooked up for dinner then Kai oo ..so much fun it made all those boring days at work worth it….

  • R February 1, 2016 at 10:23 pm

    Uche, great write up. Thanks a lot for sharing. It’s a very motivating read, and I will definitely be acting on this.

    For all those who have started, are looking to start that business, and need funding, you can apply for the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme here – tonyelumelufoundation.org/teep/ . Funding of at least N850,000 will be provided to successful applicants, with opportunities for further funding also available.

    Don’t hesitate, just do it afraid!

    All the best.

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 15, 2016 at 8:40 am

      Thanks for the tips R. I recently attended a TEEP event and the feedback from alums was very positive.

  • l February 1, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    there are people who read and do or who read and don’t do…lol

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 15, 2016 at 8:40 am

      True. BellaNaijarians are all doers though 🙂

  • JJ February 1, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    @Lulu
    Sorry I don’t enjoy commenting on blogs so much. What’s your email address? We can maybe share ideas via that medium.

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 15, 2016 at 8:41 am

      If you email me, you will stop liking me ASAP lol, My weak point is answering emails. It’s bella(at)bellanaija.com anyway.

  • Blackbeauty February 1, 2016 at 10:54 pm

    This year, I would like to make my money work for me. Make some good investments. I would like some good financial advice please for a modest investment. Not too keen on T-bills though.
    Fantastic article Uche. Pls write more.

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 15, 2016 at 8:42 am

      Thank you. All the best with your investments,

  • Louise February 1, 2016 at 10:58 pm

    Uche pls i would love to discuss a business idea with you. How do I get it across to you.

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 15, 2016 at 8:43 am

      bella(at)bellanaija.com but I confess that my email response culture is in need of great improvement.

  • Adaeze Writes February 1, 2016 at 10:59 pm

    Thank you so much for this Uche! I am saving this page and in fact copying and pasting the tips above. I love the write-up but most of all, I love the sincerity in your write-up. 2016 is going to be a bigger year for entrepreneurs and those with side-hustles and most of all, for all those dedicated to their crafts.
    God bless you for this and God bless your beautiful twins too.

    For amazing stories, visit adaezewrites.com

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 15, 2016 at 8:44 am

      Thank you. Your blog is great. Also read your Epilogue. Wishing you all the very best!

  • Singing from the Darkside February 1, 2016 at 11:11 pm

    My heart almost sank when I kept scrolling down and noticed your comments were fading… then I saw your new one reassuring us that you’d reply 😀 So here goes mine:
    I am a Singer and for some years I’ve been following the music industry in Nigeria. In fact I have done some work as far back as 2009 in Nigeria but I felt I didn’t have a sense of identity or direction then and mostly was unable to pursue it vigorously. Overtime, I’ve been working on improving my vocals and writing and have also been doing gigs (I live in Canada).
    From my research, ridiculous amounts money is needed to do the publicity rounds required to get your records to play on radio (and well-established blogs). I know YouTube is great too, but our tight internet infrastructure in Nig doesn’t help you reach a broader audience if you are not a KNOWN. My income cannot measure up without a record label’s backing. I’m grateful for my job in these harsh times although my heart is so far away and my nights are tormented by what I’d rather be looking forward to each day.
    How can I help myself? I have not been back in years and don’t have the clout to navigate the territory alone. I am absolutely petrified that when I get on it, I will not be accommodated as a female singer trying to break in past 20s.
    Thanks for your openness in this article.

  • tbellz February 1, 2016 at 11:25 pm

    Can’t believe I read everyone’s comment.
    I started thinking about side hussles when my CGPA dropped from 2:1 to 2:2(cos the labour market favours only first class and second class upper) so during my I.T,I learn tailoring because am obsessed with fashion I taught my parent won’t support me because I lost my brother that year (he died where he was learning how to mix fish food because he own a fish pond) I also learnt how to bake cake and small chops and bead during those time I learn from you tube and people too. My challenge is I have a small stature, I’m 21 and I look 16. I’m good with everything and I have this fear of letting people know what I know how to do. fear of being outside there.

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 15, 2016 at 8:56 am

      Hello tbellz, May your brother rest in peace. Amen.

      As per your business, your seem to be doing really well. Your young look is an asset, sure you will appreciate it later when others are buying anti-aging creams lol.
      Anyway, just keep doing your thing and everything will be alright.

  • Lin February 2, 2016 at 12:11 am

    Thanks Uche for this, wanna comment first before going back to absorb each point. Was literally smiling as i opened your debut post on your website.

    I am fundamentally an academic, but I have so many business ideas that somehow i have never really gotten around to keeping active and sustaining. I have always wanted to run a blog as a side hustle, i am introverted but i contemplated Youtube at a time – opened an account but haven’t posted anything, also delved into makeup as side hustle but jobs weren’t coming in regularly. Anyway my take from this is to believe in my dreams and still take on a side hustle no matter how daunting and be persistent, dedicated and peserve and someday it will yield fruits,

    PS: Pls how is money earned from Youtube?? thanks

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 15, 2016 at 8:59 am

      Hi Lin, you have lots of options. I think committing to 1 side hustle fully will go a long way.
      As explained in the article, YouTube earnings come from being part of their partnership program – though you need to get million plus hits to make any real money. Alternatively, if you stand out in a niche, you can get direct sponsorship/advertising.

  • Adi February 2, 2016 at 12:40 am

    Thank you for writing up this post. I have learnt a lot. I had to stop what I was doing to focus on your inspirational words of wisdom. I wanted to ask if wrote a proposal to to companies telling them about BN in order for them to Advertise on your website at the beginning or did the advertisers approach you first. If you don’t mind answering this question how much traffic did you have on BN site b4 Advertisers approached you?

    Thank you for this post and your time, looking forward to your reply.

    Kind Regards

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 15, 2016 at 9:01 am

      Hi Adi, we created an ad card so we were prepared when advertisers came to us. Yes, we approached a few companies but it was mainly the other way around.
      BN pioneered online monetization in Nigeria by creating a list of services and products on offer.
      In terms of hits, it was more about our relevance rather than specific numbers at that point.

  • Og February 2, 2016 at 12:47 am

    Hello Uche, thanks for this message. Power to you! Referring to the RealEstate section above, I am currently looking for Independent Sales Agent to sell some special properties I have. Referrals are welcome.

    • Blackbeauty February 2, 2016 at 1:27 pm

      Hi,
      Myurbanplaces.com is a great starting point. You can either market it yourself or contact them to do it for you – 09035989415.

    • Chynwa February 2, 2016 at 2:27 pm

      Hi Og. I’m not particularly an Independent Sales agent but I know one or two people who might want to buy. Where are the locations? U can reach me on chymax06@yahoo.com

    • Mrs Somebody February 3, 2016 at 11:24 pm

      Hello Og. I am an independent real estate agent. Send property details to odooku@yahoo.com.

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 15, 2016 at 9:02 am

      Great to see options from other BN fam. All the best.

  • Bb February 2, 2016 at 12:49 am

    This is one of the realest piece ive read this year. Perfect timming too.
    Keep keeping up Uche, this really geared me up.I’m a lady who loves biz and has passions for a lot of things. I won’t wait for huge capital to start, il start with whatever i have now!
    This year I’m definitely going after my DREAMS

  • christi February 2, 2016 at 2:12 am

    Totally inspiring!!! Am a business Analyst/Project manager I offer business plans/proposals writing and feasibility studies services SME’s in d house PLEASE patronise me. I also freelance as a landed property sales agent, After d land I bought @ Ibeju Lekki @ 600K last september now worth’s 1.2M ds January this inspired me to train as a property sales agent so I can help others benefit from the opportunity.(Up to 3years payment in installments is allowed which makes it easy to acquire no matter ur income size). shiningxty@yahoo.co.uk. 08030760961, BBM: 2B091768. Thank U BN Fam!!!!

  • Dr O February 2, 2016 at 2:18 am

    Uche on point! Followed you since 2006 back in your blogspot days with the black background. You were in school somewhere, and it’s amazing to see how far you have come!
    You are so right! Though I don’t live in Naija, I am a doc with side hustles. In another couple years, side hustle prob will be my full time gig and I can do global missions for free part time! Happy dance!! Salary is not wealth. Wealth is passive, it’s when you can sleep and still get paid! There are so many opportunities out there, it’s insane! Knowledge is power!

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 15, 2016 at 9:03 am

      Awesome Dr O.
      When people say all sorts of things about Nigerian men and women, it is people like you we should see mentioned instead. Keep the flag flying!

  • Idomagirl February 2, 2016 at 2:45 am

    Hi Uche!*waves*

    I really like this article and I’m excited to read more stuff from you this year 😀

    I’ve had so many ideas in my head, especially in the past few months (as a result of the tight economy lol), but the biggest challenge is taking these ideas to the next level.
    Anyway, thanks for this piece, it’s the extra boost I need. 🙂

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 15, 2016 at 9:04 am

      Hey Idomagirl. Please email me, let’s meet up for lunch this month.

  • Bee February 2, 2016 at 2:46 am

    Thank you agian Uche. So here is my question. I used to sell clothings and accessories and I had so much passion for it back then, and boy did I sell? My oh my!!! But then I relocated to Canada 4years now… Things have been on hold since then. One of my 2016 goals is to revive the business. So I thought why not partner with Konga,Jumia.et.c Can anyone please advise? I will appreciate if anyone who has worked /partnered with this company can respond to me. Thanks.

    • Abk February 2, 2016 at 1:44 pm

      Konga and Jumia are Nigeria’s trusted online platforms. I have a family member who sells on both flatforms (not clothes) and makes so much money. I don’t know how you can do that from Canada though. You have to get very involved to enable you get your money, monitor your accounts and the likes. Also, as a merchant you have to be sure orders are shipped out promptly. They also have a percentage they take for commission. It’s very rewarding but I’m not sure how you’ll be able to do that from Canada. All the best with your dreams, plans and goals. God bless you, Amen.

      • bee February 2, 2016 at 8:30 pm

        Thank you so much for your response. I will further research into it, send them an email even. Thank you kindly Abk. God bless.

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 15, 2016 at 9:05 am

      Hi Bee, I do not have direct experience there. Hopefully someone can share theirs. How’s Canada?

  • Enkay February 2, 2016 at 4:28 am

    The original Naija belle has spoken. Hehe. Uche, long time. You are just an all-around great person. I frequently think of your very first blogspot article and marvel. It’s been what, 10 years o. Thanks for past opportunities.
    To all dreamers, dream, and then act. God bless you all!!

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 15, 2016 at 9:05 am

      Thank you! Is this “the” Enkay?

  • uche February 2, 2016 at 5:36 am

    Losr my job.attennded a photography school with the last money I had.10 months down the line,I have not done anything with my photography knowledge,all because I don’t know where to start.help.

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 15, 2016 at 9:05 am

      Hi Namesake…how is this possible? What’s holding you back?

  • daphne February 2, 2016 at 7:32 am

    Thanks Uche for this piece…was your wedding column that got me here n even though I barely comment buh BN is different from the rest…thanks for this piece u just shared..may God bless you

  • Bla Bla my friend February 2, 2016 at 8:09 am

    As I write this feedback ,am short of words. What more can I possibly say that no one haven’t emphasize on. Sister Uche you’re such a rare gem for giving out this free tips on how everyone of us can better ourselves in our career path . We all have dreams. I pray all our dreams and side hustle shall works out and favor us at the right time.
    @k who needs some money to start cake baking u can email me or let me know how to reach you and give out from what have got. No amount is too small to start something u passionate about.

  • Bian_Manuel February 2, 2016 at 8:24 am

    I could have just passed but then Uche, your post exploded on my time… you’ve said it all for anyone who is willing to advance… Bigger you I pray.

  • Olufunke February 2, 2016 at 8:28 am

    wow… i’m so amazed. really i’ve not been reading people’s comments but Uche’s replies. Been looking forward to you posting something up here actually and i’m glad you did this time. You replies have helped so much you cant imagine. Wishing you and all Bellanaija household great wealth and more blessings. Bellanaija has been a blessing to me since 2010. Thanks BN

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 15, 2016 at 9:12 am

      Thank you.
      We hope to do even better from now going forward.

  • Douglas February 2, 2016 at 8:44 am

    Seriously I am inspired Uche!…I am a blogger who’s been blogging since 2012 you might have come across my blog once I don’t know. I have done everything I can do, stayed up all night done a lot of thing. I started blogging back in the University and it was amazing how I survived channeling all my passion into the blog and how I survived making sure i stayed connect to the internet 24hrs everyday with the high cost of internet on this part of the world. I have had times I couldn’t afford the internet but I save up my pocket money and spend them on the internet just to be back. There are times my site have been down for weeks but I hustle to get it up there again.

    I have felt discouraged times without numbers but i always have had people encouraging me to keep on. I feel sad because when I started blogging, the buzz about blogging wasn’t this high and there are blogs seemingly doing better than mine now but I have done everything i feel is possible but there’s just that one thing missing that i can’t figure out. I don’t know why i still haven’t made one of the top blogs yet but till today, I am still consistent. I am done with NYSC and I am out there looking for a job but I still spend time blogging.

    Blogging even made me learn other things on the internet and I have tried out Youtube monetization but Nigerians aren’t ready for Youtube yet, I also had to learn CMS web design and I have arguably one of the best designed blogs out there but I still just can’t find that one hing I am doing wrong and I would appreciate if you could help not just as a fan but as a fellow blogger. I have considered ditching mine to work for other blogs several times, I even considered applying for yours when you had a job opening but I am stuck on my blog, my first love. – gossipboyz.com.ng

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 15, 2016 at 9:19 am

      Hi Douglas, wow. Thanks for your comment. You have certainly put in the work and deserve the reward.
      To be honest, the entertainment/showbiz blogging space is crowded and now “big money” international companies have joined the space which makes differentiation even more challenging.
      You may want to consider specialization. How about you focus on men rather than general gist/gossip.
      With a specialized site, you do not have to have as much traffic, instead, you just need to show advertisers you are reaching a targeted audience.
      All the best!

  • LagosBoy February 2, 2016 at 8:51 am

    Thanks Uche. Such a great advice and very thoughtful..

    I am a very enterprising person and a professional 8to5 guy. The issue is I have been concentrating on building my own small house and save myself some future rents. That’s a good news abi? Oh yea..!

    The issue now is that, I rarely spend money on nothing else apart from this project as I would like to finish ASAP and I have not had time for my side hustle. I have to be on site every weekend to ensure work is going on accordingly and materials are not being mismanaged. Yes, this helps alot and I have been able to save huge amount of money compared to what the QS professional advised.

    My question is, how do I balance monitoring/finishing this project and side-hustling? Do I just spare some money and time while the project is going on or I wait till the project is completed to face my hustle 100%????

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 15, 2016 at 9:23 am

      Hi LagosBoy, yayyyy as per your house. It is a great achievement and it shows you have your priorities in order.
      I personally believe “life is for living”, doing too much may just stress you out. I would suggest finishing your project then picking up your side hustle soon after. Invite us for the house warming 🙂

  • OddB February 2, 2016 at 9:16 am

    Hi Uche. I write poetry. Pretty good poetry if I may add. I had noticed the absence of that on the blog a while back and sent a mail with an attached piece I had written for its consideration on the blog. I did not get any response at that time but would still be interested if there are opportunities for that.

    If you don’t mind, I could send you up to five pieces I have written for your review and consideration. Having my pieces on BN is actually one of my goals for this year.

    Much love.

    OddB
    Oddmrb@gmail.com

    • Atoke
      Atoke February 2, 2016 at 9:57 am

      Hiya,

      Unfortunately, we don’t currently have a structure in place for poetry submissions (and publication). As much as we like to cover a wide scope of features, we’re constrained by certain factors.

      Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further enquiries.

      Cheers.

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 15, 2016 at 9:24 am

      hey OddB, this Atoke is so strict isn’t she 🙂
      We do not feature poetry for now but that could change.
      Hope to read your poetry soon.

  • nwanyi na aga aga February 2, 2016 at 9:21 am

    Uche Bella Thanks a lot for your piece. Very encouraging, very insightful. Your site has really been inspiring. Your work truly is worth emulating.
    Sometimes I think someone of us are made for the desk, not entrepreneurship we cant blow, other times I feel lika lai!Lai! do they have two heads, we too can make it jor..Lol!I am into real estate. But truly the cost is not easy. I look at how far I have gone, and I wonder if I can complete the hustle. I have decided to take a breather this year. Maybe next year I will start the building the event center. I truly wished I would have that outfit standing before the big 30 came but I don’t care anymore. Last year was very tough. The project sucking in money and more money yet no profit. You keep hoping and hoping. I will rest this year unless my main income increases. next year I will start again. I hope I make it before that age mark. If I don’t its ok, if I do I will be elated. I have decided to take apprentice for photography and probably take one or two papers off the long lingering ACCA this year. Next year we will begin the side hustle. Holla to Arese and money tips. I keep reading and try to implement. To see if my side hustle will grow. I wish it does.

    • Somtoo February 2, 2016 at 12:41 pm

      Wish you the best nwanyi. Keep your head up. Na wa. God help us. All of us that the fear of turning 30 is paralysing. Lol. Let me even turn the 30 sef and rest. Lets see what will happen. LOl

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 15, 2016 at 9:28 am

      Nwanyi, you know you are doing really well…right? You really are. I support your idea of taking a breather for a few months. Our wellness and state of mind is so important. I believe we new generation “achievers” put so much pressure on ourselves leading to burnout and potentially a quarter life crisis.

      Just take time out, relax, maybe take a holiday. Refresh your ideas, reflect on all your projects and then re-start with a new perspective. All the very best!

  • Moyo February 2, 2016 at 9:22 am

    i sent a comment yesterday but it wasn’t posted, please accept my condolence, mrs chidukane over the loss of your baby, may God strengthen you and keep your family in Jesus Name. My Mm passed away on 29th December and I am yet to come to terms with it. She was such an integral part of my life. I hope to chart a new beginning this month, Dear Uche, I am a lawyer but I am also good at organising events. I need to find out how to do this first as a side hustle and as then full time,

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 15, 2016 at 9:30 am

      Hugs as per your loss.

      Relating to your side hustle, have you taken a course. You can take a weekend course with an established event planner.

      • Moyo February 16, 2016 at 10:53 am

        thank you so much for your response, I will look out for courses online and established event planners. I will also appreciate if you know any to nudge me in the right direction.

  • Engr. Anastacia February 2, 2016 at 9:53 am

    I discovered bellanaija when I was serving in 2011. Though I rarely comment Since then not a day goes by without I visiting the site. My then boyfriend and hubby now has given up trying to separate us. Lol.
    Uche Pedro your site is truly an inspiration and showcases the best of Nigeria and Africa in a whole. And yes your website has this class and content that attracts intellectuals and professionals ( so pls less of the tacky , sleazy news I like amebo like every Nigerian ) But bellanaija started with a standard so pls maintain and even upgrade it. Good work all through. I hope you guys grow beyond all your frontiers. Another suggestion , it would be good if we had a section or articles for real estate, maintenance of facilities, utilities, Road safety and awareness etc maybe it’s d engineer In me talking. Finally I tap into d anionting of your twins ooo. AMEN

    @Mrs. Chidukane, my heart goes out to you. God will clean your tears with joy and joy. E- hugs

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 15, 2016 at 9:33 am

      Thanks Engr. A,

      I appreciate the feedback and we are making positive changes this year. All the very best to you too.

  • busola February 2, 2016 at 9:56 am

    Thank you very much @ the real D and Mrs chikudane,God bless you . I won’t give up on my side hustle.

  • Ijeoma February 2, 2016 at 11:11 am

    Hi Uche,

    Thank you for this post. I appreciate the fact that you mentioned putting God first. I am also starting a business this year and praying for the strength to manage it with my 8-5 job……
    I love how you have kept your private life private and I look forward to more articles from you. Wishing you and the team all the best in 2016. The sky is the limit.

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 15, 2016 at 9:31 am

      Thank you Ijeoma. I will try my best.

  • christi February 2, 2016 at 11:22 am

    Mrs Chidukane…D Lord replenish u and perfect that which concerns u in Jesus Name. Amen… I feel like have know u forever(I always look out for ur comments on Bellanaija) U inspire me tru ur realness!!!

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 15, 2016 at 9:31 am

      Thank you and thanks for the kind words for Mrs C.

  • CHRISTIANA February 2, 2016 at 11:31 am

    This just got me thinking

  • christi February 2, 2016 at 11:36 am

    Thank you Uche, this is more like a wake up call God bless u richly!!!! Dear BN Fam…for your Business plan/proposal /Feasibility studies kindly reach me on: shiningxty@yahoo.co.uk , 08030760961 BBM: 2B091768. I also freelance as a Genuine landed property sales agent. Please patronise me

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 15, 2016 at 9:32 am

      That’s awesome. Wishing you success this year and beyond.

  • Elvis Boniface February 2, 2016 at 12:02 pm

    This is great insight Uche. Thank you and do share more regularly!

  • Aijay…… February 2, 2016 at 12:10 pm

    I love everything you wrote. This year is the year to start the side hustle I have been dreaming /thinking about. And you just gave me an idea. God bless you for this.

  • Babytohcute February 2, 2016 at 12:32 pm

    @Uche, I want to go into making of souvenirs/gifts; jotters, bags and so on for weddings, birthdays, companies, celebrations sha. I’m about to learn the craft for bags but I don’t seem to get anything meaningful for the jotters when I search on google. Thus I want to know the equipment/machines I need for jotter, calendars and so on or a website.
    Thanks.

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 15, 2016 at 9:25 am

      Hiya, there are different directions for this biz idea. Do you want to be more of a printer or do you want to explore the creative side?
      If it is the creative side, you can consider designing items and using 3rd party printers so you do not have to invest in equipment straight away. Check out Printivo.com

  • Ndidi February 2, 2016 at 12:35 pm

    This year I want to start my own blog. The dilemma is this; should I use my name or a made up name? Bella Naija is a made up name, and now u are coming out more as Uche Pedro. If u could do it over again, what would it be?
    I know a name is a small thing to worry about in in blog, but it’s kind of a big deal to me, and I would really like to get good advise on this.
    Awaiting ur reply…
    Thanks in advance.

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 15, 2016 at 9:20 am

      For me, definitely not with my name. I would totally go the same route if I were to do it again. Thankfully BellaNaija is bigger than me and I am happy that way. Less stress, less pressure 🙂

  • ybbil February 2, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    hahah, this just made love you more. Much love to your twins and husband!

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 15, 2016 at 9:20 am

      Thank you! Love to your family too.

  • Ugochic February 2, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    Hi Uche,

    Really nice reading your article, you captured quite a lot. Thank you so much for sharing. I’m a professional in the aviation industry but I recently started putting structures in place for my side hustle. You were so right when you mentioned provision of professional services to startups and SMEs. My side hustle is primarily providing affordable services to SMEs. I just know that little by little it would eventually be totally worth it.

    Passion is really important for the days ahead where there would be disappointments. Your love for what you do would be what would take you further.

    Thanks once again I look forward to doing business with you in future.

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 15, 2016 at 9:34 am

      That’s truly awesome. Please let us know how it goes.

  • Blackbeauty February 2, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    Hi,
    I have no experience with photography but I think yours is pretty easy. You’ve got the training and tools I believe, next step start advertising your services on social media. Look for someone friend, relative, and offer to cover their event at a reduced price and give it your all. Even if you have to charge the barest minimum to cover the things you need to get the job done, go ahead. Despise not the days of little beginnings. Its an avenue to build your portfolio. Just go for it.

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 15, 2016 at 9:21 am

      Thanks for sharing your tips with @uche the photographer.

  • Blackbeauty February 2, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    Earlier comment in reply to UCHE.

  • X-Factor February 2, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    Thank you Uche for helping to bring a most useful perspective to my thoughts for 2016 BN rocks….God bless you

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 15, 2016 at 9:13 am

      Thank you. Thanks for all your support. BN is really striving to do better.

  • jules February 2, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    I receive and tap into this blessing. Amen

  • Oge February 2, 2016 at 3:08 pm

    My passion for what I do as side hustle has been fired up more. I am confident in what I do while working full time – I got my apartment, started my land purchase from side hustle…God Bless You Uche for this wonderful and inspiring post.

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 15, 2016 at 9:35 am

      Wow Oge. That is so good. Please share how you did it. There is so much power in learning from each other.
      All the very best!

  • Onyie February 2, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    This right here is why i love this blog. Thanks much for this Uche.

    I just completed my masters and i’ve been thinking about what to do. I enjoy business development and accounting…common skills to have but my passion for biz dev is in the strategy aspect of it and i’m looking at accounting in terms of use of software to integrate processes. I know small businesses need help with these two skills but i’m a very quiet person so getting myself out there has been a huge problem. Maybe you can write about this in your next post? Anyhoo i’m definitely going to try harder this year and hopefully succeed in building a strong personal brand for myself.

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 15, 2016 at 9:38 am

      Hello Onyie, you already have the skills, now is just the time for the next stage which is the structured business. How about you start by taking on 1 or 2 clients, charge a minimal fee and learn from the experience of working with them as well as building your portfolio of work done.

      Regarding your personality, I believe that our uniqueness is our strength. We cant all be the same. You may be shy but be confident and speak with conviction especially when trying to win a new client. All the best!

  • kemi February 2, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    Thanks Uche for this. u have no idea how dis article is going boost my morale towards my decisions this 2016. Thanks for also giving examples as i usually get tired of reading long articles on finance tips and its likes. Please more meaningful and illustrative articles and all the best this 2016

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 15, 2016 at 9:13 am

      Thank you Kemi. Hope you have been able to use 1 or 2 tips since the beginning of Feb.

  • Demi February 2, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    Hello Thatgidigirl,

    I am interested in the services that you offer, kindly drop your email so we can communicate better. Thanks

  • Mo February 2, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    Thank you so much Uche . I have been struggling with a lot of ideas for about 2 years. I gave excuses from not have income to having no one to support or believe in me but this year I decided to get my life!
    Right now I am currently working hard to save up and get my finances right in order to put myself out there. I have to admit that fear is part of what my problem is but after reading this I am so fired up. I thank you for being a good role model and please continue to do the good work. I am always reading and I always have a pocket book at work to write down any ideas that come to my head so that even if my brain forgets my ink will still be intact.
    One question I have is do you think it is a good idea to work on multiple ideas at the same time?
    I’m sure sometime I will buzz you up and thank you for being one of the people that encouraged me to face my fears.

    xoxo

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 15, 2016 at 9:39 am

      Hi Mo, this is an important question which there is no perfect answer, My personal opinion is to be as focused as possible. You can explore different ideas but you will need to commit to one in order to have real impact.

  • veelafee February 2, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    amazing write up, took my time to read it all the way to the end

  • Yemmy February 2, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    You know a Boss when you see or hear one , I love your write up , anyone who has read rich dad poor dad knows it’s in tough times people become rich but one has to see the opportunity not the disadvantage . I hope this encourages a lot of us to try and think outside the box and something different . God bless you

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 15, 2016 at 9:11 am

      Thank you Yemmy. I have actually never read that book. It’s been on my to-read list for so many years.

  • Constantlytiredworkingmum February 2, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    I love this! I’m so sharing this with my husband, not easy working and raising children, but i can do this. Yes i can!

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 15, 2016 at 9:07 am

      Yes you can o. Being a mum isnt easy. How do these children have so much energy?! Anyway, I am always grateful for the blessing.

  • ForTheRightsOfMen February 2, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    Brilliant note. Thanks Uche. God bless you

  • tolu ajibola February 2, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    @JJ Sure I am welcome to ideas, my email is luluscripted@gmail.com

  • Chioma February 3, 2016 at 12:52 am

    A great piece with lots of learning insights i must say. I started my blog when i was on one year maternity leave, got bored sitting at home looking after my baby and homemaking without anything else. I read and researched a lot on how to create and design a blog before coming up with what i have now (still praying it doesn’t collapse on me one day), as i never had any previous experience or background.
    I still see it as a passion and sharing what i love doing for my kids with others. I don’t know how it will generate income for me, expect maybe writing a book which is a long term project i presume…i won’t mind getting ideas from you please. For now, i will keep doing what i love doing and keep looking for other income generating sources.

    To Mrs Chidukane, thanking God you are alive, so the best is on the way for you. It is an experience many people have had but you will never hear it till it happens to you. I had a similar one, though earlier and lots of stories from others gave me strength then. Giving you a big hug of strength and faith…you will testify soon.

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 15, 2016 at 9:09 am

      Hi Chioma.
      Great job crafting your blog during your maternity leave. Check out the Mustard Seed for ideas. There are so many solid examples of how people have taken their passions in the childcare/child development space and turned it into successful ventures.

  • Uche P
    Uche P February 3, 2016 at 10:28 am

    Wow…Thanks so much everyone. I still have to respond. Will be back this evening.

    • Tosin February 15, 2016 at 9:38 am

      Respect. You came back, did you best, gave some people specific tips. God bless you big time. Amen. (Nne ejima 🙂 / Mama ibeji )

  • Pasch February 3, 2016 at 1:58 pm

    Thanks for the tips, Am into photography and it seem as if its not moving anywhere even though its a side hustle i want to do it full time pls how do i go about it i could really use your help.

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 15, 2016 at 8:32 am

      Wow. How is this possible? Photography as a side hustle is one of the biggest wins right now. Get someone to genuinely critique your work. Perhaps you need to improve. Also go hard on social media. Offer to be a free 2nd shooter to build your portfolio. All the best!

      • Pasch March 1, 2016 at 3:27 pm

        Thanks Uche, I wouldn’t mind having to cover an event or be a second shooter for any of your events FOC of course. We must make it this 2016.

  • oluwaseyi February 3, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    Hi Uche, lovely article here..it looked like the article was directed at me..I have certainly picked a number of things from here, God helping me, 2016 would be a great year. btw, i was the supposed graphic artist you met today , many thanks for the advice, looks like God spoke through you, may God bless you richly.

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 15, 2016 at 8:31 am

      Thank you! Hope all is going well so far.

  • Metche February 3, 2016 at 7:19 pm

    Thanks so much for this inspiring tips. I have been trying to start a side hussle ever since but dont really know what to do. So this 2016 I decided to learn how to braid all types of hair from bob marley to weaves of all types. But I really need to do something else but i cant think of anything for now. Pls may be you can assist me to make a choice. Will be very grateful

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 15, 2016 at 8:31 am

      Just do what feels natural to you and create a viable business model. Yes it is easier said than done but you can do it.

  • Ktemi February 3, 2016 at 11:15 pm

    The real BellaNaija,

    I am also one of your old time loves!! And I do agree with some of the sentiments of a disappointed reader in that you are vogue. I don’t like gossip but I absolutely love weddings and that is why I keep coming back. I got a lot of inspiration for my wedding from BellaNaija.

    & that was why I was majorly disappointed when I didn’t see your wedding pictures. I thought you will put at least a few ( though understand your reasons from your intro). And u hid them well, see the way I was scouring the Internet chai.

    It will still be nice to see some, will make wedding lovers like us happy as I know it would have been a tasteful wedding. Saw a pic of ur dress and it looked amazing ?

    May God continue to give you wisdom and direction to make your brand stand out more n more. Amen

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 15, 2016 at 8:30 am

      Hi Ktemi,
      Thanks for your message. I really have no excuses as per any of the points raised. I will just try to do better in the future 🙂

  • molly February 15, 2016 at 6:13 am

    Uche P,, you lied, you never responded. Why lie? Why?

    • Uche P
      Uche P February 15, 2016 at 8:30 am

      LOL. I see what you did there. Have a great week.

  • Uche P
    Uche P February 15, 2016 at 9:40 am

    Thanks so much! Wishing everyone a RICHER and very blessed 2016 xo

    • mrs O. February 15, 2016 at 6:20 pm

      You too.. Mrs. P! And thank you for the insightful article.. storing the information for use now and in the nearest future.. xx

  • Omobola Sanya March 17, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    Hello Uche P, I am so excited about your article and it is spot-on for me. My husband and I decided to start using our professional skills in (Information Technology & Human Resources) to help SMEs in their startups especially as must companies need good IT and HR. We have both worked in multi-nationals both local and internationally. As you said a lot of them cannot afford the big firms that offer such professional services. We started out charging as low as N50,000 to help SMEs build a good foundation for their companies by offering our professional services to SMEs who are our target customers, and we are so excited at the results we are getting.
    Thank you for this article, it has encourage us the more to continue in the vision we have. God bless.

  • Kristy April 2, 2016 at 11:26 pm

    I’m so impressed with this website and everything you have done. You have always been driven and are extremely deserving of all your success. Congrats on the birth of your twins. I wish you continued success in the future.

  • @lonitagram September 3, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    Thank you! @uchepedro
    #my2017tips

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