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Personal Life Update: Blogging, Work, University Life, Relationship

Hello lovelies,

After taking a poll on Instagram, many voted for me to do a life update especially the “curious ones” who want to know about my personal life/relationship life. I guessed many (some “amebo’s” = “being nosy” in Nigerian slang) noticed how I stay away from sharing personal life details on my social media. I mean, if it isn’t blogging or work-related, I try to keep my personal affair personal as much as possible, which is totally necessary for self-sanity. View Post

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Finally, I am really excited to share this with you.

I’ve been working on this e-guide for several months now and I can’t believe it is finally ready.

This is an e-guide put together for basically all bloggers especially beginners and newbies in the blogging industry. Although, it has only 12 pages, however, this is a timeless piece that will help you kick-start your blog correctly and guide you through your long-term blogging journey.

I know you read tips on my blog but this e-guide is stepping further than my regular blog-posts.

Blogging can look like a long walk to success but trust me, contents of this e-guide will help you through the rough paths. View Post


Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post

Featuring Tobi…..

Today, I am announcing the 4 lucky bloggers I have chosen for my 1-week FREE blog consultation in October. But, just before we continue I wanted to talk about these pieces I am wearing. So, when I got contacted by the fashion brand TOBI. I was a bit surprised as their brand isn’t strictly a “modest brand” and to think on their page, I didn’t really spot any modest blogger wearing their pieces. Wow, they must really love my fashion interpretation; my first thoughts. View Post


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:

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Entrepreneurial Inspiration

  • 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 but more detailed in terms of business planning. 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)

*Link to shop my look is below (Scroll down) | Photography by: Demi (IG: @msdemi_akin) 

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Camera: Sony A6000 | Edited by: Me

Shop my look: (Click brand name to shop – direct link)

Blouse: Primark

Dungarees: Primark

Scarf & Under-scarf: Ebay


Sandals: Ego (SALES)

Phone case: Ideal of Sweden

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How to start building your own business

Photographer: Instagram – @selmaabdull

(CLICK BRAND NAME TO SHOP) – Outfit details: JacketYourshores, TurbanBrothersandsisters, Bag Aily     

building your own business

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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Thank you for reading.

Maryam Salam xoxo (Instagram: @itsmaryamsalam)