Sometimes a business idea isn’t something you spend days racking your brains to come up with.
Instead, it could stem from that interest that keeps you awake at night, or even the ‘Aunt Agony’ questions that you find yourself at the centre of.
Because if friends trust your skill on something, chances are, others might too, and that’s exactly what Uduak Odungide discovered.
We are excited and honour to feature an amazing Uduak Odungide, She is an Accountant by profession and a serial business woman.
Uduak has a B.sc in Accounting from the University of Uyo and MBA from OAU Ile-Ife.
She’s is popularly known on Instagram as Ogbonge palm oil seller (Online foods store) and Ogbonge town carrier ( Where she help both Big and small organisations advertise their businesses through marketing videos)

WHAT INSPIRE YOU TO START THIS BUSINESS? It was my ability to sell other people’s products that inspired me to start my own business. I discovered while helping them sell their products.

Meet our Mumpreneur of the week – MORENIKE MOLEHIN

FROM HAVING AN IDEA TO STARTING YOUR BUSINESS, SHARE YOUR JOURNEY WITH US?

My uncle told me he sells palm oil in Abuja in smaller quantities which he gets from the village. After my mother in-law’s burial, I had fifteen thousand nairas which can buy four of 25 litres oil, I bought it. When I came to Lagos I turned the palm oil into smaller quantities and took it to the office. Being the seller I was, I was able to sell them all out in a week. Presently we sell over a hundred gallons.

GREAT IDEAS DON’T ALWAYS MEAN GREAT SALES, HOW HAS IT BEEN MARKETING YOUR SERVICES?

I started first, selling to my colleagues but realized that I needed to expand my market. So I did a course on social media marketing then after I started my Instagram page where most of our sales come from. I also use word of mouth a lot… marketing to people

WHY DO YOU LOVE WHAT YOU DO? THERE ARE SO MANY OTHER BUSINESSES YOU COULD HAVE EXPLORED, WHY THIS BUSINESS?

 I love what I do because am good in it, doing it with ease, am happy…..

Meet our Mumpreneur – SEUN SANGOLEYE

DID YOU  DISCOVER NEW THINGS ABOUT YOURSELF IN THE COURSE OF STARTING AND RUNNING YOUR BUSINESS?

advertising my products online made me discover I could help someone advertise his or her products as lots of people in business are too shy to talk about their products

HOW DID YOU RAISE THE CAPITAL TO START YOUR BUSINESS? From my personal savings

WHEN YOU STARTED THIS BUSINESS, DO YOU ENJOY SUPPORT FROM OTHER FEMALES?

At early start-up or early days of my business I didn’t, but  when I went for training, during the course of the training I discovered the right women, mentors who have supported me

HOW ARE YOU BEING ABLE TO TRANSLATE FROM PAID EMPLOYMENT TO STARTING YOUR OWN BUSINESS?

 I am still on paid employment and thankful for grace to run both for now

WHAT IS THE ROLE OF HAVING A MENTOR IN BUSINESS SUCCESS STORIES?

Yes, it does, as am able to employ patience in raising my kids the same does in my business to my customers. Patience is one of the keys or quality of a  good customers service.

WHAT ARE THE CHALLENGES YOU FACED AS A YOUNG BUSINESS WOMAN AND MOTHER?

I face challenges of keeping book records, separating my personal income from my business income and also searching for the right staff.

WHAT DO YOU THINK ARE THE MOST ESSENTIAL SKILLS FOR WOMEN TO START  BUSINESS IN NIGERIA?

The essential skills is knowing your business well, as to know how to sell and how it can sell in the Labour market and workforce in general, using the products you sell, because what you don’t like you can sell…have passion for what you do, loyalty, be friendly, customer satisfaction first, good products and also trainings, a necessity before  starting out and while in business.

HOW PROFITABLE IS RUNNING YOUR KIND OF BUSINESS?

 It is profitable but  you must have the skill of knowing the off-peak and on peak seasons

DO YOU THINK BEING A MUM CONTRIBUTES TO YOUR SUCCESS IN BUSINESS?

Yes, it does, have been able to employ patience in raising my kids the same does in my business to my customers. Patience is one of the keys or quality of a  good customers service.

HOW DO YOU  MANAGE FAMILY WITH  RUNNING YOUR OWN BUSINESS?

Though it’s really not been easy, presently I have a timetable that I try to adhere to and I also want to attend some training that will help guide and enable me to balance family and business.

 Any advice or tips for Aspiring mumpreneur? 

 My advise before you start a business, is to go for training to educate you on the business, how to start and all it entails… this will help you, avoid many mistakes. You can also look for someone in the same field or industry of the kind of business you want to go into and learn from the person.