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Meet The SUC Entrepreneur Episode 2

Our SUC Entrepreneur for the week is Adebukola Bassey of BMS Editorial Services.

SUC:
Can you give us a brief introduction about yourself?

Adebukola:
My name is Adebukola Bassey. I am an editor, proofreader and writer at BMS editorial services. I am an entrepreneurship enthusiast, which means that I dabble into other projects on the side apart from leading BMS Editorial Services.

Adebukola Bassey of BMS Editorial Services

SUC:
What counsel do you have for start-up business owners?

Adebukola:

There is always an easy way to do that thing; look for the best way and stick to it.

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SUC:
Can you tell us about the first sale or contract you got as an entrepreneur? What was your reaction?

Adebukola:
My first project was from a friend of mine who just completed his PhD project in the UK and sent it in for me to proofread. That was mighty generous of him, it made me feel good and it was confidence-enhancing.

SUC:
Where do you see your business in the next 10 years?

Adebukola:
BMS Editorial Services would have expanded into a suite of proofreaders, editors indexers, and bibliographers who work with different project teams and on their own to put their skills to good use on behalf of writers, businesses and scholars.

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SUC:
Tell us about one challenge you experienced as an entrepreneur and how you addressed the challenge?

Adebukola:

Networking was initially a really big challenge for me because I am an introvert I would rather have mediated communication than face-to-face communication for me to feel at ease.

Initially, I relied on referrals and digital publicity to get business but at a point, I had to tell myself ‘see this is something I really want to do for a very long time and I must build up to profitability and maintain it.

This means there has to be a steady stream of fresh clients who, of course, after having a good experience with the brand, would refer us to other potential clients but it was up to me to wade into fresh pools from time-to-time so that we would have enough business to sustain us


Relying on my training at the University of Ibadan as a communicator and all I was trained to be able to do as a public speaker, I have been able to overcome a lot of my reticence and shyness one event at a time and this has been helpful.

SUC:
How did you decide to take the entrepreneurial plunge?

Adebukola:
I took the job at a time when I was tired of chasing my dream job; I decided to make it myself so here we are.

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SUC:
What business tip transformed your business?

Adebukola:
Quick response to emails and canva.com

SUC:
You are currently dealing with the Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Tell us about it – why editors are at risk and what we should do to minimize the risk of the Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

Adebukola:

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is how the body tells us that the wrist and hand areas are under stress from excessive manipulation.

The early symptoms are numbness, tingling, or weakness in the affected hand. If left to fester, the symptoms increase as do the discomfort, pain and muscle cramp that may move towards the elbow.

To avoid work-related injuries, invest in your work tools and workspace. More specifically, try to avoid doing long, repetitive motions with your hand turned up at the wrist. For those who use tools, always be conscious of your grip and don’t pound on your keyboard.

SUC:
Has your location been a challenge in running your business? If so, how have you managed it?

Adebukola:
No, my location has never been a challenge. I work from home and I go for meetings where and whenever there is a need for it.

SUC:
What counsel do you have for the person that wants to start a business and isn’t quite sure what to do and how to get started?

Adebukola:

What is that thing you have been helping people do for free? You know those things that people be like, “please I know you do this thing well, please help me.” Even when they don’t pay. Find a way to monetize that thing and that’s how to get started. You may need to pivot later but start first.

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