entrepreneurial

Lately, I have been doing lots of self-educating in terms of growing a business and staying motivated as a young entrepreneur. Apart from following several entrepreneurs and business guru’s on social media. I like to take time out daily to read about what is going on in the business industry in general and entrepreneurship.

I believe researching about your business or industry isn’t just a one-time task. This is something you need to continuously do every-day in order to keep growing your business, enriching your knowledge and improving your entrepreneurial skills.

I’ve just recently started getting into hard-copy books reading but most of my readings happen online as it’s more convenient and suitable for learners on-the-go. So, let’s go straight into it. My top 5 websites are:

Entrepreneurial Inspiration

  •  Entrepreneur.com is great for start-ups and general knowledge about how to improve your entrepreneurial skills and think like a successful entrepreneur. My favourite section on their website is the ‘How to’ which is more like a DIY/easy to learn tricks on becoming a better business owner. Secondly,
  • Inc.comis similar to entrepreneur.com but more detailed in terms of business planning. Inc.com has categories such as Start-ups, grow, marketing, innovation etc. It’s great for days you really want to learn and research more about a specific sector of your business. Thirdly,
  • Quora: This can be described as twitter version for entrepreneurs. It is very interactive and active. This is a platform to ask questions about some topic or particular sector that isn’t very clear to you. You can read about people’s experience and opinion about a specific problem which is more relatable. Next one is,
  • Linked In: I know it is mostly known for networking but if you go to the home section, you can actually read about latest news and activities happening in your industry and sector. Depending on who you are following, it’s a great way to keep track about a particular person or company. Finally,
  • Business Insider UK: I love this one particular because it is focused on a smaller geographic. I am not sure if there a is business insider for every country but it’s a great platform to learn about your local industry and market. I believe as an entrepreneur, your target shouldn’t only be international but local and vice-versa. I might not have a business in the UK now but it gives you a local perspective of a particular business which you can get inspiration from to use in another country.

If you are building a business or wish to start a business soon, you should definitely check out these websites.


Please share your favourite entrepreneurial inspiration sources below, I would love to check them out…

Thank you for reading and please, don’t forget to comment + check out my last post where I shared a step by step guide on what you need to include in your business plan HERE


Maryam Salam (Instagram: @itsmaryamsalam)

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Dungarees: Primark

Scarf & Under-scarf: Ebay

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Sandals: Ego (SALES)

Phone case: Ideal of Sweden

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Few weeks ago I talked about my decision to be more modest in my dress and choice to start covering my hair. Although, it seems like this was triggered by the month of Ramadan. But, no, it was just the perfect timing to talk about it [If you didn’t see it, check out my Instagram @itsmaryamsalam – Yes, I changed my Instagram name]

I can’t thank you guys enough for the love and support. For real, I was blown away with your comments. I didn’t expect to get so much support and love. I really felt the power of social media and made me realise, it isn’t just about numbers or followers, you guys are the real MVP.

Kartel Watches

In today’s post, which I took the pictures a while ago. I am rocking this gorgeous wrist-watch sent to me by kartelwatches #Ad. It’s a Scottish brand who produce high-quality watches for both men and women with varieties of style. All their watches has 3 years warranty and free worldwide shipping.

Here, I am rocking the ‘KT-TARBERT 40MM-HTSBG‘ in green. You can read more about it here!

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how to write a great business plan

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After several demands and questions, I have decided to officially start a business section on my blog. A quick disclaimer before we start: I AM NOT AN EXPERT. Everything I will be sharing in this section comes from what I’ve learnt, read about and practice myself.

I have always loved anything related to business which made me to study Fashion marketing & branding (It basically business development) in University. If there is any book or website you can catch me reading, it has to be about business/entrepreneurship in a whole. While in Uni,  I can remember writing at-least 4 – 5 business plan a year as I didn’t have exams but continuous course works which usually is around new start-up and business developing.

So, let’s dive into it. How do you write a great business plan for your new business idea? Firstly, what is a business plan?

A business plan is a draft which explains what your new business will be about and how you intend to achieve your business goals, aims and objectives. This document/draft should be able to help anyone at all understand your business.

Why is it important?

A business plan is very vital for every business as it helps you structure your business. It helps you understand the direction of your business  including your customers, competitors, production, distribution and keep your team on track.

How To Write A Great Business Plan For Your New Business

Key sections of a Business plan:

  • A description of your business: Quick overall description of your business and exactly what you want to do. The best way to break down this part is having 3 major aims that summarise what your business will stand for.
  • Your objectives: Just ask yourself: What do you intend to achieve with this business? What message do you want to pass with your business? When people think of your brand, what are the first few words you want them to associate with your business? Then write it all down, thats your objectives.
  • Your business  owned or needed skills/tools: What do you have now to achieve your business objectives? What skills or tools will you be needing excluding money. For example to have a Digital primarily based business like The Blogger Point, at the beginning, tools owned where laptop, camera but then I needed to open a website to start: domain name (I can do another post of picking the right name for your business later. If you want it, please comment below), hosting, social media profiles etc.
  • Your target audience: Who do you want to sell or push your products or services too? Age, gender, class, status etc (I can do another post on ‘How to determine your target audience if requested, trust me NO BUSINESS target everyone)
  • Your competitors: You are not aiming to know your competitors to copy them but to study what they are doing, what’s already in the market and find a GAP. your aim is to tamper into this section no-one is paying attention to and make things happen differently
  • Your market/industry: This is just basic. Before you start any business, you need to study the market, know whats going on and what businesses are doing. This isn’t just a one time thing, throughout your business, you should stay updated with your market/industry activities both globally and locally.
  • Operational plan: How do you intend to pass your message and products/services out? Think about promotion, marketing distribution, and branding (If you understand the marketing and branding of your business, trust me, you will go a long way)
  • Financial/Cash-flow: This is one of the most interesting and not-so-fun part. You need to have a break down of how much you will need to start up, detailing what exactly you will spend money on and most especially, how you intend to make this money back. Its called your business cash-flow (I can do a breakdown post of what exactly should be in your cash-flow, just comment below if you want it)

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How to start building your own business

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Ever wondered why lots of qualified lawyers or doctors are musicians or comedians after spending several years in University? 

A year after graduating from university, spending 3 years studying Fashion Marketing and Branding (Ignore the word ‘fashion’, its was basically Business Development) which I loved studying and enjoyed every bits of it, got me thinking of how I got myself in this 9 to 5 Marketing Job I completely ‘Hate‘ (Marketing here is slightly better than in Nigerian but I still hate it).

Listen, I am not saying everyone practising what they studied hate their jobs but I am pretty sure a large amount of ‘Creative people‘ involve in either fashion, beauty, blogging, YouTube or entertainment dislike the 9 to 5 lifestyle. 

Oh, you think everybody hates 9 to 5? Well, you would be surprised some people actually love this lifestyle. They think it’s structured and at least they are sure of having a stable income unlike most creative people bossing it off out there.

Why You Seriously Need To Start Building Your Own Business As A Creative Person!

Obviously, everybody knows what you studied in class is different from the real-life workspace but that’s not the problem. Take a minute and think deeply? :”Why would anyone spend 6 years studying Law to become a full-time artist or YouTuber?

Boredom! Yes, If you have a passion for fashion, beauty or entertainment. Most jobs give limited space to be creative. You will get bored to the extent of questioning your whole educational years. I am not saying going to University most especially isn’t worth it because it surely is. But, you need to start building your own business on the side as early as possible because somehow passion always finds a way to overpower your qualifications in a long run.

Either you are still a student or already working, you need to start investing in your passion. It is NEVER too late. Stop thinking of it as just a hobby but how to turn your passion into a business. If you are really good at what you do and have a strong belief in it, why not make a living out of it?

Know what your strengths are and use them to build something major!

Don’t wait until the stress of waking up every-day at 4 AM to beat Lagos traffic for that 8 AM start and 10 PM finish knock you out!

Start  Now!


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4 Important Blog Pages You Should Have

Apart from the fact that these pages make your blog look professional and legit. These are important blog pages you need to have if you plan to work with brands and affiliate links. It’s all part of branding and facilitate ways for brands to get in touch with you. Let’s get straight into it:

  1. About me: This is a page that should contain all details about you, what you do, hobbies and aspirations either related to blogging or not.
  2. Contact me: Facilitating how people can get in touch with you is very important. You never know who can come across your blog. There is nothing as frustrating as a blogger you can’t find their contact details on their blog. Not everybody will have the spare time to DM you on Instagram to ask for your email address.
  3. Privacy Policy: This is very important especially when you are collecting people’s details such as email addresses either for a newsletter or personal contact. Privacy Policy is also part of Google Adsense requirements for qualifications. There are several free policy privacy generators online that can help you generate a policy for your blog after asking for few details. Click HERE to try out an easy one.
  4. Collaborate/Testimonial: This is a page you want to use to reference all your previous collaborations. You can add the name of brands you’ve worked with along with logo or picture, tagging the link to the post you provided for them. This can be called your online collaboration portfolio.

Thank you for reading.

Maryam Salam

Instagram: @itsmaryamsalam

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