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MEET THE SUC ENTREPRENEUR – EPISODE 3

Our SUC Entrepreneur for the week is Bless Garba.

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

Bless:
My name is Bless Garba and I am an entrepreneur and small business owner presently based in the north eastern states of Nigeria.
I run a service-based business online where I guide employees who want to transition into running their business or side hustle.
I am also a full time employee of the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Bless Garba

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

Bless:
I’ll share about my first time experience as a service-based business.
I posted about a class I was going to host and one of my contacts reached out to me that he was interested in the class and paid for it.
I was extremely happy and it made me realise making money online is possible.

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

Bless:

  • Build capacity, don’t go into any entrepreneurial journey blindly or emotionally.
  • Learn how to leverage on others in your journey to the top that is because you can’t get far in business without the backing of a strong team.
  • Just trust the process and keep pursuing your dreams until you are successful.

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“Build capacity, don’t go into any entrepreneurial journey blindly or emotionally” – Bless Garba

“Learn how to leverage on others in your journey to the top that is because you can’t get far in business without the backing of a strong team.” – Bless Garba

“Just trust the process and keep pursuing your dreams until you are successful.” – Bless Garba

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

Bless:
I see my businesses as a household name known for guiding employees transition into entrepreneurship without pain.
Mentoring and guiding young people to attain financial freedom.

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

Bless:
For me I will say it was as a result of growing up with career civil service employees.
I saw their plight and was moved to start something that would matter in the future especially after I retired from active service.

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

Bless:
When I started in business I wasn’t aware of the world around me and the need to grow my entrepreneurial mindset so I wasn’t ready for the journey.
This made me feel like a failure over and over again.
I braced myself to get a paid coach and mentor to guide me through the process and today I am better off as an entrepreneur.

“I braced myself to get a paid coach and mentor to guide me through the process and today I am better off as an entrepreneur.” – Bless Garba

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?

Bless:

  • Get a coach, or guidance of someone who has been on the entrepreneurial niche you’re venturing into.
  • If you can’t afford a coach, develop yourself by attending affordable classes and reading books around the business you want to venture into.
  • Starting a business is a tough journey; you must be prepared to trust the process when things look like nothing is happening.

“Get a coach, or guidance of someone who has been on the entrepreneurial niche you’re venturing into.” – Bless Garba

“If you can’t afford a coach, develop yourself by attending affordable classes and reading books around the business you want to venture into.” – Bless Garba

“Starting a business is a tough journey; you must be prepared to trust the process when things look like nothing is happening.” – Bless Garba

SUC:
What business tip transformed your business?

Bless:
There are numerous tips I have been exposed to when I went online but this one made a great deal to me.
“Success leaves clues.”
Learn to follow those who have been successful in their business and career and you will be next.

‘There are numerous tips I have been exposed to when I went online but this one made a great deal to me: Success leaves clues.”

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

Bless:
Yes location has affected me in business.
Being a business owner has not been easy especially in the north eastern states of Nigeria.
Here, many are yet to realize that there is a price for self development. This is the reason I decided to take my service-based business online.
I am learning numerous lessons from this experience on how to position myself so I can capture the world and make it my marketplace.
The mindset is to make the best of where I find myself.

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