November is Entrepreneurship Month on Afri-love

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Before the productivity vacuum that is December (for all good reasons of course – celebration, family, rest, reflection etc.), this seems like the perfect time to devote to complacency-shaking, butt-kicking inspiration and knowledge, with regards to entrepreneurship.

When I use the term "entrepreneurship", I refer to all entrepreneurial people – whether they are employed by somebody else, cultivating a side hustle or running their fully-fledged own thing. So, if you're reading this blog, I'm pretty sure that includes you.

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Don’t Hire Somebody to Create Your Website – Do it Yourself in Minutes

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Getting a website is pointless …

We can all agree that, if you've got something to share with others – be it a product, service, idea or philosophy – you need to make it accessible to your audience. 

 

… Unless your audience lives more than 2 miles away.

I think the majority of us can also agree that, in this day and age, having some kind of online presence is a no-brainer. Especially if your product, service, idea or philosophy is one that can add value for people who may be hundreds or even thousands of miles away from where you are.

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Diaspora ChangeMakers: the RSA’s New Leadership Project Needs You!

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A couple of months ago I went to the RSA to participate in a brainstorm for a project they had in the works and I'm so pleased that it is finally live. Diaspora ChangeMakers will identify and bring together the UK's most promising individuals of African origin with a desire to support African communities (on the continent and in the diaspora). 

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7 Common Excuses that Prevent Our Success (Demolished with Help from Jim Rohn)

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At a friend’s recommendation, I recently read Five Major Pieces to the Life Puzzle by Jim Rohn and it was so timely in so many ways:

  • It offered the very affirmation that I needed in order to make the tough decisions that will propel me forward in terms of my well-being, my business and my life as a whole
  • It reminded me of the importance of lessons previously learned but forgotten (or foolishly ignored)
  • It inspired me to make these few remaining months of the year count like never before!

The things that had prevented me from reaching this point of confidence and conviction: excuses, that don’t really stand up in the light of day. For that reason, this post is for me – as a very public reminder for the times when I find myself falling short in terms of the respect, graft and love that I owe myself. It is also for any of you who can relate to the situation of your activity and/or results not matching up with your ambition. Here’s some of that good old tough love, seasoned with some of my favourite quotes from Jim Rohn’s book. In no particular order …

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The Best Tip for Being Productive in the Pursuit of Your Dreams

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Taking yourself out of your usual environment, every once in a while, is a great way to get some perspective on your life. It is often during these displacements that I learn new things about myself or remember old lessons (you know how we humans forget!).

I was away in New York for most of July. It wasn't a holiday as I spent most of it busy working and, despite this, or actually, because of it, I came to some game-changing conclusions.

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Labour/May Day Special: Posts for those who’ll be resting and posts for those who’ll be building

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For many of you around the world, today – labour day or May Day – is a holiday. Free time for you to spend relaxing, with yourself or with family and friends, and for some of you, extra time to spend working on building that idea you've been nurturing and perhaps even executing. 

Whether you're taking a break from your labour or indeed hustling to transform its shape, here's some inspiration for you via popular posts from the Afri-love archives.

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Ways to Use Pinterest as a Creative Tool

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Pinterest is much more than just a place to salivate over pretty pictures. My obsession with beautiful things aside, what keeps me going back to use the social media platform, again and again, has to do with its function as a creative tool. 'Tool' you ask? Indeed! You may actually be able to justify adding Pinterest to your timesheet. Here are some ideas of how you can use the platform towards more productive ends (not that the act of seeking inspiration can't be productive – context is everything).

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Asilia Training Series Debut: Project Web, 10th April, Nairobi

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Over the past two and a half years at Asilia, we've learned a heck of a lot and we've always been keen to share that learning with other entrepreneurs and passionate people, so that they can avoid some of the pitfalls themselves. Increasingly, particularly with the Kenya side of the business, we've been approached by people who are frustrated by the whole website creation process. Whether it's designers and developers gone rogue or a struggle to manage the various aspects that are involved in producing a great site. 

We've conspired with some of our collaborators and are happy to announce the first session in Asilia's new training series: Project Web – a one-day course in executing website projects. This is an opportunity for designers, developers, project managers, account managers, students and other web enthusiasts to learn from an international agency and professionals who have worked in the industry for over 10 years.

 

What will you get out of it?

  • An understanding of how to effectively manage website projects
  • An overview of the different components involved in website creation, from pre-project; planning and specifications; design; development; data entry and testing and; deployment and maintenance
  • Learning on how to manage enterprise-level projects across several teams and/or organisations
  • An introduction of how to coordinate and work with international clients and/or teams
  • A take-home course pack containing material covered on the day and additional resources that you can reference when working on your website projects

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Getting Down to Business at the 2013 Women of the World Festival (WOW 2013)


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In a little over a week, the 2013 Women of the World Festival at London's Southbank Centre begins. Last year was my first experience of WOW and I listened to a myriad stimulating talksI spoke and shared ideas, learned that I'm funny and embraced my reticent inner fashionista! I'm incredibly excited about doing it all again and this year's line-up of events is even more enticing than before.

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3 Tried and Tested Productivity Tools

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I'm on a real productive streak at the moment and several things come to mind as possible factors:

  1. It's finally summer in the UK. At least for this week. That means I'm getting more sun (and necessary vitamin D) and finding more excuses to go outside. As somebody who works from home, I find it very easy to spend all days indoors without realising it!
  2. My changing diet. I've been pretty much primal for several months now but after finally reading Mark Sisson's The Primal Blueprint, I was inspired to go 21 days straight with no grains and no sugar (I'll be sharing why and how it's been next week).
  3. Exercise. Something that I stopped doing regularly a few months ago (because of travel, life and if I'm really honest, not being bothered enough to prioritise it). But as I make diet changes, I am also making other lifestyle changes and that involves a whole lot more moving (I'll be sharing more about that soon too).

All in all, I'm feeling good and that usually translates to getting more, quality, satisfying stuff done. I constantly have several things on my plate, what with running a business, managing staff and client projects, keeping up with chores, working on Afri-love and trying to have a life. 

I don't want to say I couldn't do all this without my trusty tools (I don't want to give up total hope on human potential) BUT, right now, the following productivity tools are a godsend:

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