Tell us about yourself
- My name is Goodness Kayode, I run Sprinble alongside Olamide Olayinka. I studied English in OAU, but I found light in tech. I was a crazy dude always trying to learn and learn, I had a lot of obstacles, I eventually got a system and started coding. I did coding basically. I started building things, I started staying late at night to make sure things work, I was greatly disadvantaged studying English, I had to move with people in the tech world. I was part of I-Lab. I learnt a lot of things and met a lot of people, learnt a lot of programming languages, I was able to do some startups, some failed while some thrived. I had a company that was dedicated to helping student developers and people who had interesting developments and needed a room for them to grow and we were able to do about 100 between 5 to 8 months. I also worked at Accounteer; a smart cloud accounting solution based in Belgium but with offices in Nigeria. I also do a lot of writing, I write on some international platforms, I also do some consultancy for some businesses
What does your business do
- Sprinble is a digital agency, we do three things, I call it the three D’s; development, designs, digital marketing. Development means software development (Web,mobile,desktop technologies), we have been doing some weak AIs which we will soon push out. Designs involve creative designs, proposals, branding, animations, illustrations and so on. Under digital marketing, we do search engine optimization, email marketing, content development, social media marketing, PPC/CPC…
Why did you decide to be an entrepreneur
- For me, since when I found this tech part, of course I didn’t know anything about it until I was in the university. I actually wanted to be able to build a lot of solutions. The idea was just having a number of businesses powered by tech and you know it is solving problem. While I was working at Accounteer, I was focused on only one product and I wanted to do more that makes me go beyond one industry. That was what made me start my own thing. I was prepared and I knew it wasn’t going to be sweet, it was a very hard choice leaving a job with a monthly salary to start my own thing. I knew I want to do it when I could put my money and do the registration of businesses and I was confident about telling people about my business.
What did you start your business with
- I started with my money, it was only me at that point, I did branding and company registration at that point with my money before I got my first client and then I got the second and then the third client and that was when I saw I couldn’t do this myself and that was when hiring came in
What entrepreneurship myths would you like to debunk
- People think an entrepreneur life is very easy; you can do as you please. But that’s not true because if you are serious business person you would want to make sure everything works. If your client calls you around 1am, you should pick your call because you need to pay salaries at the end of the month. So it’s not a get rich quick scheme or a ponzi scheme, of course the whole idea is to get rich but don’t expect to get rich immediately. It’s not about getting wealthy but rather about building stuffs that are solid, maintaining relationships with clients. Making sure things work out well. It is not about you but about other people, you know you are trying to solve a problem and people are willing to pay you for it, it’s a lot of sacrifice, because today it can be fine and tomorrow it’s not. You have to prepare your mind. It’s not a decision you take for the sake of taking but it’s a decision you take and you are intentional about it.
What is your greatest lesson so far in Entrepreneurship
- To learn every day and be prepared for everything. You must have planned your day to go like this, and a lot of other things pop up. Things will not always work right but you have to make sure you make them work right. Take each day as it presents itself. However you can set goals also.
What is your advice to prospective entrepreneurs
- You can be a CEO and you are the only one in your company, but once you have a lot of people working for you, it becomes a lot of work, you have to manage them, you have to make sure money is coming in almost every time because once there is no cash flow in a business, it dies. Entrepreneurship is not as easy as people think and you have to think about it very well before you do it also you have to be prepared for the ups and downs
How would you know if you are cut out for the entrepreneurship life
- I feel we can only have 10% entrepreneurs and not 90% entrepreneurs. Not everybody is lucky starting business without having a corporate job experience. Some people need that experience. You don’t just wake up one morning and say you want to be an entrepreneur. You need to have people you can fall on in away. You need family and friends you actually can rely on, your family doesn’t have to be rich for you to be an entrepreneur. You need to be sure you can handle anything that comes. It’s a good idea to get a corporate job first, it will reflect a difference in the quality of your work. If you don’t have that experience of working in another place and trying to better what has been done at your former places of work and then you won’t have something to compare. It gives you opportunity to learn from the mistakes of your CEO and how you can improve on that
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