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I am Student thinking of starting an online business and desperately looking for one who would be of help to me

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Hi Miriam,

Thanks for the question.

I feel, you are just at the beginning of your journey, and at this point there's no reason to think you are missing out. What I would suggest - is to continue investing in your skills, even as you look for business opportunities. There are some great online platforms - like UDEMY, PLURALSIGHT, COURSERA, etc. - which will allow you to hone your skills for the future; I recommend you go through these portals to identify your needs.

Secondly, for any business, it's crucial to understand the opportunity you want to take advantage off. For this, you would require to understand what you want to do with your online platform? It maybe as simple as creating an online support forum, or as complex as setting up a e-commerce business - but at the end of the day, you should be able to accept it from your core.

If you are looking for ideas - I suggest you start by observing your society, trying to understand common problems that plague the people. This would give you an insight into how your surroundings are structured. Your next challenge would be - to devise solutions for these problems preferably through the online platform that you mention.

Also, please ensure that you take into account all the legalities of Kenya as you move forward. It's critically important to have the right counsel when we are starting out on a new path.

Hope that helps. All the best for your future.

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Heya, that's really nice to see entrepreneurial energy at a young age. You are surely in the right direction. What kind of ideas do you feel like working on? It's all about planning and taking the right steps. Drop me a message and I can help you out.

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I would echo what's already been said. What type of business are you looking to start? What sets you apart from the competition? What passion/knowledge do you bring to the business?

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Even before you start or think of leaping into starting what you have shortlisted, apply below formula: Passion+ Purpose = Profit Passion- purpose = Business born to die sooner than expected Purpose-Passion = Business will losses

So weight your ideas on 3 P- Passion, Purpose & Profit. Then starts the interesting roller coaster.

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Even before you start or think of leaping into starting what you have shortlisted, apply below formula: Passion+ Purpose = Profit Passion- purpose = Business born to die sooner than expected Purpose-Passion = Business will losses

So weight your ideas on 3 P- Passion, Purpose & Profit. Then starts the interesting roller coaster.

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Excellent and solid advise has been given here by experienced professionals. I echo their statements.

I have had many clients who have ultimately utilized web sites and apps as tools to promote their business. But I have had virtually none that made a business out of a web site or app without a marketing plan to determine the viability of a business idea, its market, its competitive aspects, expenses, pricing and sales features before a web site or app is launched as a tool to operate it.

Here is a FREE article at the FREE site I maintain as an extension of my volunteer work that explains why:

https://www.smalltofeds.com/2015/05/are-you-driving-tools-not-car-in.html

Validate and plan first.

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Hi, glad to note that you are looking for income source even while being a student. Would suggest you to understand the areas you are having interest, connect with successful people in those domain. Understand what it takes. Match it with your why. You will get a path. If you want to explore digital distribution ping me

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