21 Questions on Enterpreneurship
21 Questions on Entrepreneurship by Charles Odii is a book on entrepreneurship that teaches practical steps to starting and running a business. The book answered with details that help clarify concerns on issues like funding, taking risks, start up resources as well as providing the reader with templates on essentials like business plan, entrepreneurship check list, choosing the right location and coping as an entrepreneur.
In this compilation of responses to “Ask Charles”, an Online mentoring session by Charles Odii, Founder of SME100Africa. SME100Africa is a social enterprise founded to ensure young entrepreneurs in Africa succeed regardless of their socio-economic background. Charles Odii has delivered a well thought out, comprehensive and useful guide for today’s entrepreneur in Nigeria.
Ask Charles. Yes, Do it! He is the one who has the experience, the knowledge, the humility, the patience, and the passion to give you the needed advice. As he writes: “business is a dark room”. Charles's book is the light, the guidance for all willing to start a business and become an entrepreneur. With this book, he chooses to answer the basics of how to fight your business monsters. It is a practical, easy-to-understand, and use, way of learning. When asking for advice, it is important to consider who you ask. Charles Odii is a role model. His own story gives him all the credibility needed to advise you on how to; grow your potential, engage in a successful business, learn from your failures, and believe in success. As early as possible it is crucial to get a mentor, but a good one is hard to come by. If you read this book, you will feel that you have found your personal - virtual - mentor who is always there in your pocket or on your devices to answer all your dilemmas and challenges. So keep it and share it with others, as you may not be only one who needs these insights, and this book fills the gap.
— Veronika Pistyur
Co-Founder Bridge Budapest , Hungary.
This is a book every entrepreneur who is looking to stay active and ahead of the game needs to have in their arsenal. Read it, master it, and most of all... apply it!
— Blondie Okpuzor
Founder BathKandy Co., Nigeria.
The most important factor is to find your “WHY?”. Why should I be an “Entrepreneur”? Inspired leaders regardless of their size of business or industry, know their “WHY?”; that is how they communicate from the inside out. I do highly recommend reading the book “21 Questions on Entrepreneurship” as it will provide you not just the “WHY” but also the “WHAT” and “HOW”.
— Dawood Marafie
Founder and Board Member Asian Entrepreneurs Alliance/Founder Emtidad Co., Kuwait.
Read every page of this book, I assure you – you will reap the rewards for years to come. What Charles has put together here is a blueprint for anyone who either intends to start a business, has one and is looking to expand or is stuck at a point and needs some insight on how to overcome a hurdle. This book is complete and detailed. Spiced up with stories of his personal experiences, the book brings home many concepts that define entrepreneurship in the most clear and concise way.
— Brian OJI
CEO Inversion STC, Nigeria.
This book should encourage you to know:
How to start your entrepreneurial journey.
The common mistakes entrepreneurs make and how to avoid them.
How to identify your unique selling proposition.
How to motivate your employees as a small business owner…and lots more.
It's a good resource for every aspiring or already entrepreneur
— Dr Omotola Jalade Ekeinde
Actress, Real Estate investor, Nigeria.
Do you value the perspective of entrepreneurs? Read as Charles delivers perspective gained from entrepreneurs all across the world. What you can find inside are applicable lessons from Charles to aid your entrepreneurial journey.
— Todd A. Rose
Liaison for the International Visitor Leadership Program, a professional exchange program funded by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. USA
One of the most rewarding career paths is entrepreneurship: following your passion, being your own boss, getting to be a leader, disrupting markets, and making tons of money! It's true, that's what most literature about entrepreneurship tells you: entrepreneurship is awesome! What they don't always mention though, is that 9 out of 10 start-ups fail. The leading cause of failure: incompetence and lack of knowledge and experience. Most entrepreneurs spend half their career learning from their mistakes. Luckily, people like Charles Odii and organisations like SME100Africa will save you the hassle of failure and take you straight to success. Charles has travelled the world and gathered knowledge from entrepreneurs all over the globe. After listening to the challenges of his compatriots, he tailored it to the African experience and aggregated it in this A-to-Z guide of being an entrepreneur.
— Joey Zeenny
Digital entrepreneur, co-founder of Gtlogic, Crab Notion, Lebtivity, Jellyfish Labs, Lebanon
This book was a God send. I cannot tell you how pivotal Charles’ advice was when I made the decision to quit my role at one of the top Private Practices in London and start my own Multinational Practice. As someone who is based in London primarily, the advice within these pages can be applied anywhere you are. It is clear, gives real pointers, and the tables and tools keep you accountable. This is a must have for anyone looking to start a successful business.
— Tomi Agboola – Odeleye
Director of The London MDT Practice, UK.
This book should be mandatory reading for all entrepreneurs, and the same goes for business owners who want better entrepreneurial instincts. I am delighted to be able to share this book, which you will find incredibly helpful in structuring better business concepts when you decide to start your own business. I applaud Charles for his achievement - and for his continuing contributions as a mentor and entrepreneur who devotes his time immensely to build the motivated community in Africa, and is a critical friend to many members of Nigeria's start-up scene. 21 Questions on Entrepreneurship elaborates on all the possible challenges a nascent entrepreneur might face at the beginning of their journey, with a wide range spanning building company culture, finding market positions to dealing with the possible legal problems. This is an excellent book. If you are an entrepreneur, 21 Questions on Entrepreneurship is the book for you.
— Mandy Chung
Co-founder, Women in IoT, Taiwan.
A Start-up business is “a temporary organisation looking for ways to survive”, and for any start-up business to survive, it must walk-through particular processes, consider certain principles and adopt a solid spirit; all of these have been thoughtfully put together by Charles in this Book. Charles has transformed his passion, in-depth knowledge and remarkable experience in the entrepreneurship and business start-up domain into interesting conversations, convincing arguments, and practical steps. I think all business start-ups should retain this book in their libraries as a solid and ongoing reference.
— Raed Abdulla
Head Risk Management Tamkeen, Bahrain.
If you want to hear it is easy to be an entrepreneur, then this is not the book for you. On the other hand, if you want a realistic manual on entrepreneurship this is a must have! The 21 Questions are answered with details that help clarify concerns on issues like funding, taking risks, start-up resources as well as providing the reader with templates on essentials like business plan, entrepreneurship check list, choosing the right location and coping as an entrepreneur. In this compilation of responses to “Ask Charles”, Charles Odii, founder of SME100Africa, has delivered a well thought out, comprehensive and useful guide for today's entrepreneurs.
— Nonny Ugboma
Executive Secretary, MTN Foundation, Nigeria.