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Making That Christmas Party a Success

Making That Christmas Party a Success

As the year comes to an end one of the ways to close it at the office is by having a celebration. This is a time to reminisce on all of the experiences you have had at the workplace, the good and the bad. When you realize you have spent more days at your workplace, more hours with your colleagues than with your family then you definitely see the point of having a party to celebrate. It can be fun but it can also be awkward. In all honesty who wants their boss to see them dancing on top of the tables after having one too many shots of tequila? What that means is that most people will be afraid to let loose with the fear of misbehaving in the presence of their superiors. That is nothing to worry about as they are also there to have a good time so let go and enjoy the party. Here are a few tips to make the party a success.

Notice

Your end of year office party can be truly amazing, and you understandably want a great turnout. Because this time of year can be busy for many people, it is wise to give your employees a save-the-date notice at least a month in advance. You can send out formal invitations approximately two to three weeks in advance. In these communications highlight the date time and venue of the party so people can be aware in advance.

Venue

Depending on how many staff members you have you may choose to have the party at the office or at a different location, it could be a restaurant or a garden. Should you opt to go with a public venue ensure you reserve your venue early enough as they may be in high demand at this time of the year. Also make sure that your venue has enough space available for all of your employees as well as their plus ones if they are allowed.

Theme

In most offices people wear either official wear or casual wear and since this is a party, some members may be confused as to what to wear to the party. Make things easier by indicating the required color and dress code. This will boost the confidence of those attending and possibly lead to a good turnout.

Decor

A holiday party would not be a festive event without the right decor. There are some fairly inexpensive ways to decorate a venue for the holidays. You can get everyone a Santa hat or bring in a fake Christmas tree. For a more festive feel ask your DJ to mix holiday tunes into the playlist.

Food and Drinks

Avail a variety of food, especially if you have a large group of people. Everyone should be able to enjoy their meals whether they are steak lovers or vegetarians. The same goes for drinks. This is why you need to plan early enough. You could go around the office asking your members what drinks they prefer so come that day everyone is attended to. If holding the party at the office organize for outside catering and if it is at a restaurant remember to ask about the available options when it comes to food.

Entertainment

It is very important to have entertainment during this time. It is a time to relax and have fun. The best source of entertainment is music. Organize to have a dj present to play music or to control the sound if people need to make speeches. You can also ask members to prepare short presentations to entertain their colleagues.

Transport

How will people get to their homes? That is a question you should ask as you plan for the party. Make arrangements for people to be dropped off in taxis or designated drivers especially if the party ends late in the night and alcohol is involved.

Final word

After a full year of having a cordial relationship with your colleagues it’s only right that you celebrate. Reminisce on your success and draw lessons from your failure as you gear up to do better in the following year.


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You Can Either Wait For Things To Happen Or Go Out And Make Them Happen

You Can Either Wait For Things To Happen Or Go Out And Make Them Happen

A story is told of a King who asked his subjects to always cover the ground he walked on with a carpet, of course this was before man knew what shoes were .So to overcome the hardships of stepping on uneven ground and stones the king required everywhere he stepped to be lined with a carpet. On seeing this one genius villager came up with the idea of shoes which saved the Kings warriors a lot of unnecessary work as the king was now comfortable with his shoes on and did not need the carpet anymore. 

Alex Njonde finished school and like any other graduate went on a job seeking mission and hoped his guardians would help him using their connections to make the job seeking process much easier. Unlike the Proverbial King, Alex’s expectations were crushed, the job he got was not fulfilling so he quickly realized there was no carpet that would be lined on his path and had to make his own shoes and so literally the young man got into the shoe selling business.

Having friends who were already into business Alex decided to use that opportunity to learn all that he could. For instance where to get the best shoes in terms of quality and prices, the location of his shop and what type of market to target. He learnt that the best target was the youth who are always in competition to keep up with fashion trends.

How does one start a business without capital? That was the big question on Alex’s mind.

“I decided to get a job as a sales person for my friend which acted as a stepping stone for me because I learnt how to deal with clients as well as saved money from my salary so I could eventually set up my own shop”

He started with capital of ksh. 1500. This amount was only enough to buy his first stock. What that meant was that he could not afford to rent a shop however that did not stop him. He went to the market got his stock and went on to sell the shoes at the verandah of his friend’s shop. The young entrepreneur says it has been tough especially with challenges such as the weather but he is hopeful that soon he will have a shop of his own.

“There is no venture without challenges so that is never a reason to quit. Before I went into this entrepreneurship I was employed at IMAX. I went to college and studied film production but right now I can tell you confidently that I don’t want to be employed again. I am able to watch my business grow seeing that all the efforts I put in are bearing fruits.”

Alex has been able to employ people to assist him especially in this jobless economy as he puts it. He is glad to be able to help someone earn an income. As more people continue to lose jobs and universities continue churning out graduates and no jobs in the vicinity many are resorting to entrepreneurship. The young man is not fazed by competition as he thinks it’s healthy but aside from that he is very confident in his skills and believes he has nowhere else to go but to the top.


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Progress is When You Don’t Let Gender Bias Define You

Progress is When You Don't Let Gender Bias Define You

Gender equality is not a women’s issue but refers to the equal rights, responsibilities and opportunities of women and men, girls and boys, and should concern and fully engage men as well as women. It is also used to refer to the equal participation of women and men in decision-making, equal ability to exercise their human rights, equal access to and control of resources and the benefits of development, and equal opportunities in employment and in all other aspects of their livelihoods.

Most African countries continue to lag behind the rest of the world on both men and women’s participation in development, in large part due to deeply rooted beliefs and discriminatory views about the role and place of men and women in the society, which relegate women to an inferior position relative to men and result in unequal power relations between men and women. Similarly men are considered to be the superior gender hence roles such as domestic chores and some jobs like secretarial are frowned upon by the said gender. 

These discriminatory views and harmful practices often prevent both men and women from achieving their full potential as productive members of society because they result in their fear of trying out new opportunities due to the stigma that is attached to their gender and the various roles that they shouldn’t be involved in.

Take for instance the number of women in formal employment, there are so many women in the entrant positions because they are perceived to be loyal and negotiate for a relatively low pay but can the same be said about women in the executive roles? Why are there so few women in managerial roles if they are loyal? It is in an effort for women to make everyone see them as strong and equally competent that they have started taking up jobs originally perceived to be for men.

Even in countries where women are playing a greater role in development, governance and politics, such as in Kenya, women are treated and judged disparately and more harshly, by institutions as well as the public, in comparison to their male counterparts. When women vie for political position insinuations are made of their incompetence simply because they are women. Sad thing is that even their fellow women also buy this narrative and that is why the phrase women are their own worst enemies is even popular in the country. It is because of this that there are few female politicians.

On the other hand because men are perceived to be the strong gender they cannot afford to be emotionally vulnerable lest they are told they are weak. They deal with depression and mental illness silently and others even end up taking their own lives since as a strong gender how dare you seek help when society is telling you deal with your issues like a man! 

While notable progress has been made to create gender awareness efforts need to be sustained and intensified. The government needs to show their support by putting in place policies that ensure equal access to education, economic opportunities, and leadership for girls and women. Awareness has to be created among men as well so that they understand that carrying out some roles in society does not make them any less of a man. Toxic masculinity is just as harmful to them as it is to women.


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Need Health Insurance In Kenya? Here Are The Top Companies And Tips On Choosing The Most Suitable One For You.

Need Health Insurance In Kenya? Here Are The Top Companies And Tips On Choosing The Most Suitable One For You.

We all become sick at some point in our lives. Research shows that many illnesses in Kenya are transmitted by insects, animals, and contaminated water. Well, we frequently come across any of these and are at risk of contracting one disease or another. This is where health insurance comes in. When you get sick, it might be an emergency, and you would need, in some cases, medical costs that you might not be able to afford at that moment. Health insurance coverage will lift the heavy load for you.

About Health Insurance in Kenya

Kenya is a leading country in Africa when it comes to health insurance innovations. Various health coverage companies have brought about an environment of healthy competition, which brings the consumer to choose from the very affordable and convenient health coverage plans.

Family and Individual insurance plans can help you cover expenses in the case of any serious medical emergencies, and will further help you and your family to stay on top of preventative health-care services across the globe. Having a health insurance plan can save you tons of cash on preventative care, doctor’s visits, prescriptions drugs, and other frequently arising health-care services. The Standard health insurance plans for single individuals include costs like a monthly premium charge, annual deductible cost, and may also include coinsurance. Apart from this, you should also get enrolled with the NHIF for full potential.

Insurance companies In Kenya

  1. Jubilee Insurance

Founded in 1937, Jubilee insurance has evolved not just providing motor insurance but also affordable health coverage for Kenyans. They have a product particularly tailored for individuals and families. With their innovative J CARE product, you have the option to choose where and how you will receive your treatment. On top of this, you will also have the “JubiCare App” with easy to use interface.

Jubilee health coverage is available for all individuals aged between 1 month and 17 years for children and 18 to 60 years for adults. However, interested adults over 50 must have a medical examination from their certified centres before enrollment to the program. 

  1. UAP Insurance

The company is not just a regular health insurance coverer. You will have the option to choose from a plan that best suits your needs. Some health coverage plans offered by UAP insurance include:

  • Afya Imara Junior: This is specially tailored to cover your children below the age of 19.
  • Afya Imara Executive: Offers a worldwide coverage plan that extends up to Ksh10 million for individuals and up to Ksh. 20 million for Families for inpatient services.
  • Afya Imara Seniors: This plan covers individuals between 66 and 80 Years of age.
  • Afya Imara County: You will be covered within county-level hospitals across Kenya.
  • Afya Imara: Covers treatment across Africa and overseas, get up to Ksh. 5 million for inpatient services.
  1. Madison Insurance

This health insurance company in Kenya covers individuals between those ages of 3 months up to 70 years old. However, only individuals below 55 years of age can get enrolled in this health coverage plan. Also, their payment policy is quite flexible. There is no waiting time in case of accidents, 90 days for surgery, and 30 days for illness.

  1. APA Insurance

They have an affordable and comprehensive health insurance plan called Jamii Plus & Afya Nafuu. This health coverage combines Pre-existing, accidental or reconstructive surgery, Chronic, Congenital, cancer treatment, HIV/AIDS-related conditions, organ transplant, lodger fees, among many more others.

Here are other benefits of Jamii Plus & Afya Nafuu

  • Outpatient cover
  • Post hospitalization benefit
  • Maternity cover
  • Overseas inpatient referrals covered on credit under the listed hospitals
  • Dental & Optical Cover
  • Last expense cover
  • Personal Accident Benefit Cover
  1. Britam Health Insurance

Their medical insurance is popularly known as Mediflex. It covers both inpatient and outpatient services. Britam health insurance plan exceeds just personal Insurance. It also offers its services to NGOs, any registered company, and Chamas with over 10 members.

  1. Sanlam Kenya

It was formerly known as Pan Africa Life insurance. The company has its branches in all major towns in Kenya and is a market leader in life insurance. In the section of health insurance, the company partnered with Bonitas and Fedhealth medical schemes to provide a flexible medical plan for both individuals and families.

  1. Heritage Insurance 

This is another top health insurance company in Kenya. They enable you to choose from personal or family cover. Their plans are also diverse and include:

  • HERITAGE FLEXI: Covers family or individual with residency in Kenya.
  • BLUE: Plan tailored to suit health benefits to employers in Kenya and Africa at large.
  • BLUE CORE: Covers inpatient, Chronic Care, and other Major diseases 
  • BLUE LITE: Covers Kenyan families residing in The country for outpatient services, chronic diseases, etc
  • BLUE CLASSIC: Covers a vast East Africa region i.e., Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, Tanzania, and Southern Sudan.
  • BLUE PLUS: Plan covers the entire Africa region
  • BLUE ELITE: This plan covers the entire world, USA, Europe and is suitable for international business persons.
  1. Resolution health insurance

Just like the other health insurance companies in Kenya. They also have individual and family packages to choose from. Plans include;

  • Harmony Plan: Provides high-quality in-patient services shared within a family.
  • Value plan: Provides high-quality, in-patient healthcare services for individuals.
  • Outpatient Plans: Provides a wide range of outpatient services for their clients.
  • Faraja Plan

Final Word

Choosing the health insurance company in Kenya may be a hurdle. That doesn’t mean that you should opt-out of the services. Here is a quick checklist I came up with that will ensure you go for the best option.

  1. Go to your geographic marketplace and view your health plan options side by side.
  2. Decide which type of health plan is best for you and your family.
  3. Eliminate cover plans that exclude your doctor or any other local doctors in the health provider network.
  4. Determine whether you need more health coverage and higher premiums, or if you choose lower premiums and higher out-of-pocket costs.
  5. Ensure that any plan you choose will pay for your routine and necessary care, like your prescriptions and specialists.

Author

 Briton Ochieng’. A student and tech enthusiast who loves talking about gadgets and business. 


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TIPS FOR CONSTRUCTING RENTAL HOUSES

TIPS FOR CONSTRUCTING RENTAL HOUSES

Judging from the many buildings sprouting all over the country it’s clear that the business idea of rental houses is here to stay. Rental houses offer financial security since the risk is low once they are in operation, unlike quick money business like owning a matatu which can collapse in seconds through incidents such as theft or accidents. So what are some of the things to consider when constructing rental houses?

1. TAKING A LOAN FOR THIS IS A NO-NO

Rental houses are an investment that takes longer for an investor to start realizing returns especially if you factor in other associated costs such as maintenance, agent’s fee and the loan interest. What this means is you may end up using all the money you get monthly on repaying the loan and taking care of other expenses. If you start making returns on an investment after 50 years and you built it when you were let’s say 40 years, do the math. The most reasonable period that one should be able to recoup their initial investment should not be later than 10 years from when they finish construction

2. LOCATION

What is the point of putting up a house and you don’t get tenants? One of the reasons for this could be the location of your building. Remember, buildings that are closest to social amenities fetch a higher amount in terms of rent. So when buying land after you have made due diligence and are assured of no drama such as court orders behind that land, see to it that it is at least close to the road. Also, do your research to find out who are your potential tenants. Do not put up an executive 5 bedroom flat in an area highly populated by university students thinking you have a ready market.

3. LEGALITIES

Before you construct a commercial building it is important that you get to know the building regulations of that area. This means you may have to involve the Local authority. A survey has to be conducted by the relevant bodies to establish whether the building is appropriate in that location. Is the land a public land or not? Are you putting up a club near a learning institution etc? Woe unto you if you don’t heed to their instructions and build where you are not supposed to. Chances are that your building will be demolished in the future and you will have no one to blame but yourself.

4. DON’T BE AFRAID TO GET YOUR HANDS DIRTY

To save on some maintenance cost you could learn to do some tasks like fixing broken electrical sockets and a clogged pipe as this will save you time and is way cheaper as compared to hiring contractors.

FINAL WORD

Make sure to involve professionals in every step of the construction process from architectures to the laborers. Avoid shortcuts as they can be costly in the long run. There is no venture without risks so be prepared and handle every challenge as it comes since the benefits are also in plenty.


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When we change the beginning of the story, we change the whole story

When we change the beginning of the story, we change the whole story

In Kenya like many developing countries providing holistic ECD interventions remains a major challenge for children under eight years. Yet, a child’s development is greatly shaped by the environment they grow in. They need a stable environment that is sensitive to their needs emotionally supportive and stimulating. Currently most children are affected by poverty and some of their basic requirements are not a priority. To some parents, food, clothing and shelter are considered enough. However, is it?

Mrs. Lily Oyare, the founder of Little Rock ECD centre noticed a gap in the knowledge of parents living in one of the largest slums in Kenya, Kibera, when it comes to their children’s needs and decided she had to do something. Having been a teacher for many years she had interacted with children and knew how important education was but most importantly knew how other aspects such as nutrition, nurturing care and positive guidance among others were equally important. Together with her team of caregivers, they have dedicated their time into giving children a better start at life and making up for lost time with those who never had the opportunity.

“It has been a long journey. We have seen great impact of our programs in these children. Little Rock is an all-inclusive centre. What that means is that we have children with special needs as well as normal kids, so our curriculum is tailored to cater to all these different needs. There are kids who joined us when they were malnourished. Others as old as two years could not move about on their own. We were afraid they wouldn’t make it but thank God and the tireless efforts of the caregivers, these kids are now thriving. Most of the issues we had to deal with are issues that could have been avoided if parents paid more attention to their children,” Ms. Evelyn the Operations Manager at Little Rock ECD Centre states.

ECD centres are doing their best to correct some mistakes committed by caregivers but how many ECD centres are there as compared to children in need? From my interactions with the Little Rock community, one thing is clear; parents need to step up. Most programs at the centre have been birthed from the need they observed on a daily basis. Poorly groomed hungry children with low self-esteem. All these are issues that parents can handle but because of their lack of awareness, their children are paying the price. We could all sit back and chastise these parents but how is that helping? What is more important at this juncture is to come up with a long lasting solution that will save the future generation.

In conclusion, we all have a role to play in shaping up the young ones. As the saying goes, it takes a village to raise a kid. Indeed it does, so let’s step up our game.


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How Mama Makena’s Resilience in Entrepreneurship Enabled Her to Give Her Children an Education.

How Mama Makena’s Resilience in Entrepreneurship Enabled Her to Give Her Children an Education.

Starting a business can be difficult for some people and a little motivation can go a long way into helping such people to make up their minds. What could be a better motivation than kids who want to eat and go to school!

This is mama Makena’s story a woman who has had to put on a man’s pants just to ensure that her kids don’t lack anything important in their lives

A former employee, mama Makena had to embrace entrepreneurship when she realized her meager salary was not going to cut it. With kids to take care of and school fees to be paid she had to do something. She took a bold step and quit her job. She then brainstormed on the business idea that would work for her that is when she settled on running a shop.

“The first thing I had to do was to look for a kiosk, I found one but the owner demanded for a six months’ rent even before the start of business”

A mother of five says that did not deter her. She paid the amount using her savings and with a capital of ksh. 3000 her shop was up and running. Her stock included milk sodas bread among other products and she would buy them at Highridge.

Located along Mathenge Drive mama Makena’s clients include area residents, manual laborers within and even those who drive by. The business has grown since it begun and now the products are delivered to her shop daily by the suppliers who are paid upon delivery.

When asked about any challenges she has faced she acknowledges there have been good times and bad times, “I don’t dwell on the bad times, rather I focus on finding a solution to the challenges” if anything she says the positive outweigh the bad.

“I have been able to pay my children’s school fees through this shop. They are all finished with college except for the last born who is in form four and am also confident that she will go up to college.”

When asked about any advice she has for entrepreneurs like herself she urges them to keep moving forward and look towards growth and for those planning to start a business,

 “You can start a business with as little as ksh. 500 don’t wait for a lot of money before putting up a business that is just an excuse. Some of the successful people we know also started out small. So just do it!

Mama Makena is hopeful that if her business continues doing well she may be able to buy a piece of land and build her own house.


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Tips on Workforce Empowerment

Tips on Workforce Empowerment

Hiring the right employees is just the first step to creating a strong workforce. The next step is to ensure they are engaged enough to stay. High employee turnover costs business owners in time and productivity. Below are several tactics you can use to retain your employees.

1. Provide opportunities for growth and learning

Ensure that the work you give your employees is challenging and stimulating. Tap into their passions and allow them to focus their energy and time on projects that challenge them and improve their skills. Let them know what career development plans you may have for them and what opportunities are available for them to grow with the company.

2. Make the expectations and goals of the company clear.

Make sure that the company’s vision and strategy are clear so employees know how they fit in the big picture. While this may seem basic, but it’s easy for employees to find themselves lost within the organization if they are not entirely clear on what their jobs entail leading to dipping morale.

3. Provide some small perks.

Google became famous for providing free gourmet lunches and massage rooms onsite to make their employees happy. While that might not be feasible for every company, especially in Kenya, organizations might consider smaller perks such as on-site daycares and corporate members to gyms.

4. Create open communication between employees and management.

Open communications through regular meetings and an open-door policy where employees are encouraged to speak frankly, ask questions and offer new ideas.

5. Offer financial rewards.

Consider offering stock options or other financial awards for employees who meet performance goals and stay for a predetermined time period, like 5 – 8 years. Also, provide meaningful annual raises and bonuses. Nothing dashes employee enthusiasm more than no raise over a long period of time. Or, if you don’t want to be stuck with large permanent increases, you can create a bonus structure where employees can earn an annual bonus if they meet pre-specified performance goals.

6. Mentorship programs

Pairing a new employee with a mentor is a great idea for onboarding. New team members can learn the ropes from a veteran with a wealth of resources, and the new hire offers a fresh viewpoint  to experienced staff. Mentors shouldn’t be work supervisors, but they can offer guidance and be a sounding board for newcomers, welcoming them into the company culture. 

Final thoughts

Strengthening your business starts with keeping your employees on board. When you focus on employee retention, not only do you wind up with a team that knows how to do the job well, but you also get to save the money you would have used to replace them.


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How Mike Osweto of Siko Tech Solutions is revolutionizing the world of entrepreneurship

How Mike Osweto of Siko Tech Solutions is revolutionizing the world of entrepreneurship

Technology is dynamic and it keeps changing and improving every now and then. It’s unfortunate that people are afraid of change and it takes them a little longer to embrace the changes that come with new technology. This is what motivated Mike Osweto to start Siko Tech Solutions ,a company that deals with providing IT services which include computer network, website design, social media and marketing services, branding services etc.He observed that some businesses were still using the traditional forms of marketing which have been rendered redundant so he saw the need to introduce new technology to business.

“When I noticed how many people were coming to me for help in various IT services and the limited knowledge they had on it I knew there was need for evolution. Most of this people were using the traditional way of marketing or branding and for me helping people is as addictive as it is therapeutic. To get to where I am it took the guidance and mentorship of other people so it was only fair that I give back in this way.”

Having worked in an IT company before, Mike was able to pick up the necessary skills he needed to open up his own venture. He also consulted Youtube a couple of times just to cover all his bases. The next step involved identifying the gaps and the exact IT services that most people needed help in. He runs his venture with the help of his  three employees and  sometimes outsources when there is more workload.

Osweto emphasizes that you don’t need a good education to be a successful entrepreneur but hard work, hunger to learn and having an understanding of your business will do it for you.

“One needs to understand their business in depth, the demands the trends etc. Another thing is understanding the customer needs. The customer is the reason you are in business no customer means no business so always remember the customer comes first. Ensure they get their service or product the exact way they ordered it and always deliver on time”

Some of the challenges he has faced just as with any other business includes inadequate finances. To overcome this challenge he learnt to work with what he has. He makes sure not to take over ambitious projects when he doesn’t have the funds. Another challenge is brought about  by communication breakdown and this he solved by ensuring he works with contracts that make it easier for both the client and him because  they are bound by the document that also provides clear guidelines.

The techpreneurs’ motivation comes from his urge to succeed and help others. He attributes his success to God and hard work. He adds that it’s been a tough journey but all the benefits make it worth it.

“I get to enjoy being my own boss and the financial freedom that comes with it. I also get to horn my networking skills, through interacting with different people that I would never have interacted with had I been working somewhere in an office.”


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Tips on how to increase Social Media Engagement

Tips on how to increase Social Media Engagement

Social media is the most affordable marketing tool and if used correctly could have a positive effect on your business. Here are our top 8 tips to social media engagement that you should know.

1. Don’t talk just about your brand.

People appreciate when they can learn something by visiting your page instead of being told to buy your product all the time.

2. Participate in questions and answer sessions.

Actively participate in answering any questions that come up. Do your research and give correct information in terms of metrics, statistics etc.

3. Share only relevant content.

There are too many jokes and memes out there already no need to add your page to that list. Tailor your content specifically for your audience.

4. Engage your followers

Create a conversation and actively participate, do not check out in the middle of the conversation leaving your followers to carry on with the conversation on their own.

5. Personalise your response

Address each user who mentioned you by their name. There is always that feeling of joy from being acknowledged

6. Show your feelings

Make use of emojis, images, Gifs etc. in your posts to liven up responses and show users your message tone.

7. Post frequently

Just like any other relationship, there needs to be constant communication for it to thrive, your followers need to know that you are consistent and always there to respond to their questions and comments.

8. Add hashtags to your posts

This will make them more interesting and easy to be found during searches


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10 Tips to Nail Your Next Job Interview

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If you are reading this and you have a job interview coming up, congratulations because you are only one step away from your dream job. However, let’s not lie that you are not a little terrified or nervous. To help you ace your interview, here are 10 tips…

Do Your Homework

Before going to any interview, it is absolutely essential that you know the background of the company you hope to work with. This shows that you are genuinely interested and you can also come up with your own set of questions for the interviewer.

Be Prepared with examples

You might be accomplished but that is not enough until you can prove it. Every question you get asked, have a practical example to back your answer. Practice this beforehand so that you don’t hang.

Go back to the job description

If you applied for the job online and you get called back, go back to the job description and study it just to be sure you have the right traits. This way, you get to predict what questions you will be asked.

Be Yourself

What I say to myself is if something is yours, then it is yours. You don’t have to fake it or put up a persona. Also, if you fake it, it reflects and you come out as inauthentic which works against you.

Eye Contact, Eye Contact, Eye Contact

Do you want to come out as confident during your interview? Eye contact will take you there. Maintaining eye contact also helps you connect with your interviewer.

Nail your first five minutes

From the time you enter your interview venue, your opportunity to nail your first impression starts. Be polite and friendly to everyone you meet from the watchman to the receptionist, into your interview room.

Be Punctual

You have probably heard this before but there is nothing that makes a good first impression than being on time. This also shows the interviewer that you respect their time.


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Tips On How To Spend Less Money

Tips On How To Spend Less Money

We could all use some tips on how to spend less and save more money. Today, we round up 10 tips on how to spend less money.

1. Cook Your Own Food

Eating Out can be very expensive. If you live in a major town, a plate of fries for example will cost you Ksh. 100. If you make your own food, the same Ksh. 100 to buy enough groceries to make you a decent meal that can last you more than one meal.

2. Buy Products In Wholesale

Instead of doing your shopping in the supermarket where you buy one item at a time, buy wholesale instead. It is much cheaper and you will have enough supply to last you months.

3. Sign Up for Loyalty Cards at Your Supermarket

It may take months to save up money on a loyalty card but ultimately it will pay off and you can use your points to buy something worth it.

4. Carry packed lunch to work/school

Do not spend that 100 bob or 200 bob on lunch. This way you get to save that money by carrying packed lunch.

5. Do not buy bottled water

If you know you are going to be out and about during the day, you will definitely get thirsty and spend 30 to 50 shillings on a bottle of water. Why not carry water from home instead?

6. Track your expenses

At the end of the day, be accountable for every coin that you have spent. This way, you do not stay wondering where all your money went.

7. Save as little as Ksh. 100 a week

You do not need to save thousands in order to progress. Saving that 50 bob or 100 bob goes a long way.

8. Do not impulse buy

Whatever you spend your money on, make sure it is thought out and budgeted for.

9. Avoid debt

Even if your debt is that 20 bob that you owe mama mboga, that is enough to derail you financially. So avoid debt as much as you can.

10. Buy 2nd hand clothes

If you live in a major town, you will notice that in the evenings there are a lot of affordable clothes and shoes being sold in the streets. Take advantage of this. Another obvious way is to familiarize yourself with cheap markets such as Gikomba and Muthurwa where clothes are cheaper.

Final Word

Feel free to share your money hacks with us in the comment section.