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TENTMAKERS ONLINE WEEKLY ROUND UP – EPISODE 2

EDITOR’S NOTE

It’s been a busy but fulfilling week. We started out with a Baking Hangout.

During the Baking Hangout, we had a quick “Accountants Collaborate” meeting. One of us shared about a Filling Station owner who did not know that his business was bleeding. A quote came out of the discussion.

“Sometimes, your cashflow makes you think you are making profit.
You need to understand the source of your inflow and outflow to confirm the viability of your business.”

As a business owner, you should get professionals looking at your books to help you determine the viability of your business. You can talk to our accountants.

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We have a wonderful line up of articles this episode. We hope you enjoy it.

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FRIENDLY HEALTH WORKER
1. FACTS ABOUT CHOLERA 

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FACTS ABOUT CHOLERA Today on #FriendlyHealthWorker, we'll talk about Cholera. Cholera is an infection of the small intestine by some strains of the bacterium Vibrio cholerae. Symptoms may range from none, to mild, to severe. The classic symptom is large amounts of watery diarrhea that lasts a few days. Vomiting and muscle cramps may also occur. Diarrhea can be so severe that it leads within hours to severe dehydration and electrolyte imbalance. This may result in sunken eyes, cold skin, decreased skin elasticity, and wrinkling of the hands and feet. Dehydration can cause the skin to turn bluish. Symptoms start two hours to five days after exposure. Cholera is caused by a number of types of Vibrio cholerae, with some types producing more severe disease than others. It is spread mostly by unsafe water and unsafe food that has been contaminated with human feces containing the bacteria. Undercooked seafood is a common source. Humans are the only animal affected. Risk factors for the disease include poor sanitation, not enough clean drinking water, and poverty. There are concerns that rising sea levels will increase rates of disease. Cholera can be diagnosed by a stool test.A rapid dipstick test is available but is not as accurate. Prevention methods against cholera include improved sanitation and access to clean water. Cholera vaccines that are given by mouth provide reasonable protection for about six months. They have the added benefit of protecting against another type of diarrhea caused by E. coli. The primary treatment is oral rehydration therapy—the replacement of fluids with slightly sweet and salty solutions. Rice-based solutions are preferred. Zinc supplementation is useful in children. In severe cases, intravenous fluids, such as Ringer's lactate, may be required, and antibiotics may be beneficial. Testing to see which antibiotic the cholera is susceptible to can help guide the choice. Source: Wikipedia #friendlyhealthworker #nigeria #naijaprofessionals #naijahealth #naijahealthblogger #naijahealthyliving

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2. ABC OF GOOD NUTRITION
Do you know the ABC of Nutrition? Learn your “nutrition letters“.

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START UP CORNER
1. START UP CORNER TRAINING CLASS 3 – BUILDING YOUR LIST PART 1

Someone asked me about building her list. I tried to scratch the surface here. We’ll continue in subsequent classes. Watch full video.

2. START UP CORNER TOP PICKS
A. Customer Relations 101
Shalewa was introduced to Helen by Ini. Helen needed Shalewa’s services. Shalewa added Helen as a Facebook friend and they transacted.

After the initial contract, Helen decided not to renew the contract and she clearly communicated that to Shalewa.
Shalewa is considering unfriending Helen on Facebook. Is Shalewa being petty or is that business as usual?
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B. A Few Social Media Engagement Tips
I get these tips from my service provider. I’m always happy to share.

C. Stop False Advertising

On Monday, as I was about to board a commercial bus, I heard one park tout say that the bus was “A/C bus” and I was like “A/C bus faya”. He laughed but he still kept advertising the bus as an “A/C bus” though it wasn’t. The thing is that because of the heat, if the bus was truly an “A/C bus”, it would have been a great differentiator. Except that it wasn’t.

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Are Hair Loss, Dry Hair, Gray Hair and Food Poisoning REALLY benefits? Please get someone to help you check your fliers before you send them out. 😂😂😂😂 I bet raw potato juice is awesome but I doubt that it does ALL (the good ones) that whoever wrote this claims that it does. Let me digress a bit. I'll be back to finish my thoughts on this flier, I promise. On Monday, as I was about to board a commercial bus, I heard one park tout say that the bus was "A/C bus" and I was like "A/C bus faya". He laughed but he still kept advertising the bus as an "A/C bus" though it wasn't. The thing is that because of the heat, if the bus was truly an "A/C bus", it would have been a great differentiator. Except that it wasn't. What the park tout did with his "A/C bus" claim and what whoever came up with this flier did is called FALSE ADVERTISING. "False advertising is the use of false, misleading, or unproven information to advertise products to consumers. The advertising frequently does not disclose its source. One form of false advertisingis to claim that a product has a health benefit or contains vitamins or minerals that it in fact does not… A false advertisement can further be classified as deceptive if the advertiser deliberately misleads the consumer, as opposed to making an honest mistake." Source: Wikipedia As a business owner, when marketing your products and services, you are very tempted to add false claims that would bring you more customers. In "saner climes", there are regulations against false advertising. As we are helping you build world class businesses in the Start up corner, we will like you to be mindful of false advertising. You may end up losing your business if people eventually know you as a false advertiser. Credibility is actually one of the things you are selling as a business owner. Let's file this as #UnsolicitedAdvice201900020 #StartUpCornerNG #naijabusiness #lagosbusiness

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D. Dealing With Chronic Debtors
Get a few tips to help you manage chronic debtors.

3. START UP CORNER ENTREPRENEURS OF THE WEEK
Meet our entrepreneurs of the week.

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TESTIMONIES
If you missed any of our #TestimonyThursday posts, you can catch up.

TESTIMONY THURSDAY 5

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It's #TestimonyThursday again. Today, I want to talk about a young lady I met on Facebook. To be honest, I can't remember if I sent her the friend request or if she sent the friend request. All I know is that one of us sent the request and the other accepted. I found her really engaging. However, I felt she could use her online presence more productively but I kept my opinions to myself. She responded to one of my posts about learning to maximize one's online presence. She reached out to me and I gave her the list of available opportunities. The list is longer now than it used to be when we chatted, lol. She chose a few options but as we chatted, I learnt she didn't have a means of identification. In my mind, I was like "How can someone that wants to earn not have a means of identification?" I felt she was unserious but we soldiered on. I signed her up for a few opportunities. I had to refund her for one of the opportunities as I love my peace. That could have soured our relationship but I'm glad I was mature enough to still keep the relationship door open. We continued as Facebook neighbours for a few more months. She would place her Jumia orders through me. I learnt along the way that she is a domestic violence and abuse (DV) survivor. It explained a few of the "unseriousness" I felt she was exhibiting. See DV is not something to wish on your worst enemy. It damages the soul of the victim. I'm glad she walked out and found her true self again. She will tell us the full story when she is ready. My heart leapt for joy when she sent me a message about starting a business where she runs errands for busy people. I left what I was doing that day to call her. That's how happy I felt. My heart always sings whenever I see her taking giant steps in her business. I love how receptive she is of comments. I love how calmly she takes constructive criticism. Today, I celebrate Oluwatobby, CEO of Swift Errand And Tasks. @swift_errand_nd_task is my testimony today.

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TESTIMONY THURSDAY 6

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Testimony Thursday Today, I'll like to share the story one of my senior colleagues shared with me yesterday about how he got his first job. He did his NYSC with one of the multinationals in the country. He was diligent and very productive in the department he served in. After he had been discharged from NYSC and the company had given him his discharge letter, the site manager of one of the contractors working for the multinational came to him to ask him for some information. Giving out the information would have required my senior colleague to use his log-in details. He refused to log in and get the requested information. Of course, the contractor site manager was not happy about it. My senior colleague said that when he got home that night, he was not too pleased with how he left things with the contractor site manager. The next day, my senior colleague went to the contractor site manager to explain to him that the multinational had discharged him so logging into their system was not ethical, though his log-in details were still valid. The contractor site manager immediately head hunted my senior colleague, without a formal interview where stories of "You smell nice" could have spoilt the flow 🤣🤣 Your diligence, skill and faithfulness will set you apart and cause you to stand before kings, not obscure men, in the workplace. #TestimonyThursday

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TESTIMONY THURSDAY 7

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#TestimonyThursday Today, I'm thankful for Modupe Rahmon of @code35services I met her at a hangout that our mutual friend, Sis Biodun, organized when she was in town. I think I spoke with Modupe the most. We talked about a wide variety of things and we exchanged WhatsApp numbers. We also connected on Facebook. The plan was for me to be her natural hair "mentor" but as usual, I fell by the wayside 😂. We continued doing our "Facebook love" until early this month, Modupe sent me a message asking for us to meet so she can discuss her business ideas with me. My schedule that day was packed but Modupe made the meeting happen by her tenacity. We talked through the ideas and came up with a few action points. In less than a month, Modupe has started the registration process for Code 35 and we just got the logos done. Please swipe to see the logos. You can send a message if you'll like to get your own logo at pocket friendly prices. Modupe has made my month. Code 35 is my Start Up of the month. They provide cleaning services for construction sites, etc. You can send a message if you'll like to do business with Code 35. Watch out for Code 35. They help your construction sites smell nice after building. #StartUpCornerNG

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TESTIMONY THURSDAY 8

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It's #TestimonyThursday again. I remember when I started work as a trainee. We would get to work and there would be nothing of value assigned to us as no one wanted a trainee to mess up their work. Many of the other trainees were comfortable to spend the day surfing the internet. For me, I could not wrap my head around waking up early, taking my bath, getting dressed, leaving home and coming to the office to do what I could easily have done at home. I used to trouble my then supervisor for work. I did not allow him drink water and drop cup (politely of course). I would ask him if he had any work for me to do. That sometimes required me to leave the very comfortable office in Ikoyi where there was less work to "squat" with friends in the V/I office where there was a lot of work. I would see my supervisor and bother him a bit before going to bother my senior colleagues. At some point, some of my senior colleagues mentioned how they were overwhelmed by work on the project they were working on. I offered to relieve them, though someone else would get the credit. I was that hungry for work experience. I didn't stop bothering my supervisor, even with the work I was doing to relieve my senior colleagues. He would discuss practically every opportunity that landed in his email with me, just to get me off his neck. I practically had the right of first refusal. This is a person that many people complain about how terrible he is as a boss o. I took time to pray about my work. (I still do). I also took time to study him and to locate his so-called "mumu" button. I would ask him the right questions that would prompt him to share his own challenges. I'll let him talk till he was done. I would proffer solutions to his challenges. When we are done, I would then mention how I needed to be trained as a Trainee. We would laugh about it but the message would stick. I learnt that lesson back in University. I am learning to apply it also in my business. That's another day's testimony. What business/career episodes are you grateful for? Share with us. Have a blessed and productive day.

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REAL ESTATE REVOLUTION
1. PROPERTY OF THE WEEK
Berry Court Transformation Estate is a modern arena to beautify the red roof city and make it an abode of luxury lifestyle

2. FIRE SAFETY TIPS

“Screens DO NOT prevent children from falling out. Windows must operate easily for emergency exits in case of fire, but should be made ‘childproof’”

3. FIND AFFORDABLE PROPERTIES

Get pocket friendly real estate at a click.

4. NIGERIAN REAL ESTATE NEWS

Lagos Building Collapse – Another Avoidable Tragedy!

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TTM FOOD STORE
1. FIVE PROBLEMS MANGOES CAN SOLVE IN YOUR LIFE
Damilola tells us about five problems mangoes can solve in your life.

2. RECIPE OF THE WEEK

Edeeth shares her Okra Soup With Ugba and Iru (Locust Beans) recipe.

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MOTIVATION CORNER
DON’T BE CHEAP

Having a great escape plan from your present failures is likely an amazing inspiration for wealth creation.

It should be the motivation needed to push your future goals and dreams of having a Wealthy Lifestyle of Choices based on your own terms out there.
Read more

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MONEY MATTERS
1. HOW TO CELEBRATE YOUR BIRTHDAY WITH 20K OR LESS

You don’t have to break the bank to celebrate your birthday. Read and join the conversation.

2. SAVINGS CORNER
If “I want to save more” is on your 2019 goals, you should join me on this journey.
Click here to get started.

Watch this video for explanations on how to navigate the website.

 

4. EIGHT WEALTH BUILDING LESSONS FROM THE RICHEST MAN IN BABYLON

Tony Aspire shares eight lesson gleaned from George Samuel Clason’s “The Richest Man in Babylon”
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TTM PROFESSIONALS
1. BUSINESS AND CAREER FORUM LESSONS – PART 2
Here is Part 2 of the 13 part series from a Business and Career Forum I recently attended.

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Business and Career Forum Lessons Part 2 Here is Part 2 of the 13 part series I promised from the last Business and Career Forum I attended. 1. Entrepreneurship is not gender specific. We should open up the space for everyone. 2. There is a gap in the area of mentoring female entrepreneurs. Successful men rarely mentor female entrepreneurs because she is typically viewed as a sex symbol that they can get something from. 3. Ladies, you do not need to lower yourself in order for you to rise. 4. One of the most limiting things in business is the fear of failure. 5. Learn to encourage your spouse, even if things don't turn out right initially. Stay tuned for more of the 13 part series.

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2. MEET THE TENTMAKER
We continue with our “Meet The Tentmaker” segment.

Tentmakers are every day people who have a strong desire to maximize their lives and their online presence.

Our guest is Gift Osademe. We hope you enjoy the excerpts.

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TTM DEALS AND OPPORTUNITIES
These deals and opportunities will help you maximize your online presence.

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TTM BOOK STORE
1. FUN TIME – HOW MANY WORDS CAN YOU FIND

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How many words can you find? #ttmbookstore

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2. SELF PUBLISHING PODCASTS

Episode 1

 

Episode 2

Episode 3

3. FOR AUTHORS

If your book is in any of these categories, you should apply for the Fifth North Street Book Prize .

  • Mainstream/Literary Genre
  • Fiction
  • Creative Nonfiction & Memoirs
  • Poetry
  • Children’s Picture Book
  • Graphic Narrative

You should also join us in the TTM Book Store Club

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TTM GROOMING SHOP
1. LESSONS FROM MOTHERS – A CELEBRATION OF MOTHERHOOD

Last year, I asked on Facebook
“Tell us one positive lesson you learnt from your mother.”
The answers from our 41 respondents are worth saving for future reference.

2. FIFTEEN FACTS ABOUT FULFILL JEWELRY
Here are fifteen facts you need to know about Fulfill Jewelry.

3. KIDDIES CORNER
Janelle and Joella Shaking The Table Of Parents “Keeping” Money For Their Kids. Sweethearts, please shake gently, some of us are eating on the table. Thank you.

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