What’s Your “ONE THING”?

Key Text: Psalm 27:4

“One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in his temple.”

New entrepreneurs face a lot of pressures and are usually in a haste to quickly succeed. And so, one of their greatest temptations is to get their hands into tons of businesses, projects and activities; spreading themselves too thin and splitting their limited resources (time, money, emotions) amongst so many engagements all at the same time.

Unfortunately, many of us have failed to achieve excellence not because we do not have the ability and/or resource that will enable us do so, but because we are caught up in the web of “Seeking too many things” all at the same time. Continue reading

Ask For The Deal!

Key Text: Luke 14:31-32

Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Won’t he first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace.

Whether you are trying to get a good discount, trying to get a salary raise, maybe trying to get the lunch time you want, or convincing your significant other to go to a party with you; we all negotiate all day long. We may not like to do it, but we have to do it anyway.  Negotiation is a skill that you must learn to survive in business and get the best out of your personal life. If you don’t ask, you will not receive. Continue reading

Just Before You Pay!

Key Text: Proverbs 25:5 GNT

Plan carefully and you will have plenty; if you act too quickly, you will never have enough.

Have you ever gone to the market without planning to buy something, but when you saw it, you loved it and you just bought it? The purchase was plainly emotional buying and it made you feel good; many of us are guilty of that. In fact many people visit the store sporadically and now use shopping as a therapy for feeling good. Anyone who has formed the habit of spending before thinking is headed for financial disaster.

One of the major reason businesses and individuals are stuck is because they do not have a clear cut budget. A budget is principally assigning responsibility for every dollar that comes into your hands. It’s telling your money where it should go. Solomon who was the wealthiest in his time gave this insight in the text above “…if you act too quickly, you will never have enough.” It’s very important to plan carefully! Continue reading

Set The Records Straight!

Key Text: John 21:11

Simon Peter went up and dragged the net to land, full of large fish, ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY THREE; and although there were so many, the net was not broken.

One of the ways to know whether or not you are growing is to keep proper records of the resources that pass through your hands. Unfortunately, many people do not want to be bogged down with details and only few will take their time to keep proper accounts of the state of affairs of their business or their personal lives.

Jesus had a treasurer to keep records of resources, and the scripture talks about God keeping “Books” in heaven, even though He is All-Knowing. All these point to the inevitable importance of record keeping. Continue reading

Bring Out Your Calculator-Plan!

Key Text: Proverbs 24:3-4 TLB

Any enterprise is built by wise planning, becomes strong through common sense, and profits wonderfully by keeping abreast of the facts.  

Research has shown that only about 3% of adults plan their future. Yet those 3% accomplish five to ten times more in their lifetime than do the other 97%. It is sad to know that more people plan their vacation than plan their lives.

The creation story brings to bear the power of strategic planning: God created the firmament before he made the birds; He made the seas and oceans before the fishes were created to inhabit it. Man was created after plants and other things were put in place to sustain him. The magnificent creation of the universe was achieved by the power of Planning. Continue reading

Name Your Price!

Key Text: 1 Kings 5:6
“Now therefore, command that they cut for me cedars from Lebanon, and my servants will be with your servants; and I will give you wages for your servants ACCORDING TO ALL THAT YOU SAY, for you know that there is no one among us who knows how to cut timber like the Sidonians.”

One big complain amongst employees and entrepreneurs is that of having to settle for less compensation for the services they provide either in their workplaces or with their clients. To win contracts and gain market acceptance, companies now engage in unhealthy price wars, which often lead them to cutting corners and ultimately under-performing on their promises. It seems that earning the respect of naming your price is now out of reach. Continue reading

Love in the Air

Key Text: John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Loving without giving anything is questionable. True love has more to do with the other party than with you; it’s more of GIVING than GETTING. Whatever you do with a selfish desire is LUSTFUL.

Giving is not limited to exchanging gifts; it involves offering goods and services that will make the life of someone else better. If you truly love you will you will be moved into action. Continue reading

10 Businesses you can start while still in School

Student Businesses

Are you still in school and looking for some ideas that can make you some extra income? Probably your parents ain’t sending you enough money, or you just want to try out your entrepreneurial skill: below are a few ideas you can get started with. Every business or venture needs dedication, and it’s not different whether or not you’re still in school.

1. Tutoring

Well, to make money from this you must “sabi book” be good at a particular subject. You can offer special classes for a little fee from people. You can be a private teacher of a secondary school (High School) or Primary school student. This is a very good option especially if you are good at Mathematics and core sciences. Continue reading