Some few months back, when I decided entrepreneurship was the way to go, litle did I know there were so many hurdles to cross. Like Whitney Houston’s aunt sang “many rivers to cross, but I can’t seem to find my way over…”that has been my song while I was trying to scale some of the hurdles involved in starting my business.
Yes, I know what it is I want to do but, there are about 5 or 6 ideas cooling their heels in my notebook and waiting to be unleashed on the deserving public. So what hurdles am I talking about?
First is the issue of setting up a website. I’m sure you’ll agree it’s easier for a camel to pass through the eyes of a needle than a budding entrepreneur try setting and designing a website in our country. In the course of writing up my concept, I had gone to see a website designer and over lunch, after telling him about my concept, he gave me a bill of $2,500. I simply couldn’t believe I had to part with so much money. So, I went back to my drawing board and began to search for an affordable option online. I fell in love with Yahoo, Vistapages, Bluehost and a couple of great web hosting companies for small business and I couldn’t believe all the great bundles each offer came with.
Seondly, after I had decided on the web hosting company, i was going to pitch my tent with, payment was another hurdle. Has anyone tried paying with a Nigerian debit Mastercard, it’s hell. Most times, they kept bouncing my card till I finally got a colleagues wife who resides in America to pay on my behalf. Whew! that was tough. So, for the next two years, I won’t have to bother my head about late payments and all of that.
Now, I can go ahead with the next stage…designing my website. If you ask me it’s been fun. Never knew I had the aptitude to become a webdesigner. Anyway, that’s another story for another day. I’ll keep you posted on my journey towards entrepreneurship.