I believe entrepreneurship strives in places where opportunity barely exists. Onibalusi Bamidele of YoungPrePro.com is a living testament to that. I’ve had the privilege of interviewing this 17 year old business man from Ibadan, Nigeria. For a guy almost half my age, he’s definitely no average kid. He’s already achieved what most men twice his age are barely accomplishing.
1. How did you start with your business online?
I started in 2009 when I was researching how Bill Gates became the world richest man. During the process I came to here about making money online and it became my next obsession so I started a product website in October (even though it didn’t make me a cent). After a lot of hardwork and no result I discovered it is time to try a new approach and I learnt about blogging and its benefit from Steve Pavlina and I started a blog on the 7th of January 2010 which I later dumped to create my main blog, YoungPrePro, on the 2nd of April 2010.
2. What was the most difficult obstacle you faced with your blogging journey?
My most difficult obstacle is getting the resources due to my country. It was difficult to get access to the internet (the good internet connectivity are very expensive) and the power supply isn’t stable – but I’ve been able to overcome all those.
3. Given a chance to return back in time, what would you do differently?
Nothing. Every thing I did, every mistake I made, every failure I experienced made me what I am today and I will be more than happy to go through it again.
4. How are you handling the financial aspect of your business? Do you have a mentor or adviser?
I presently don’t have a mentor for my business and I only spend money on what is really important for my business. For example, I buy a lot of courses and the design I’m using on my blog now is made for thousands of dollars. I believe the main thing is getting my message across and converting a large percentage of my visitors to subscribers – and I will spend any amount to achieve that. I haven’t spent a cent on marketing since starting my blog, though.
5. What are your core principles with the way you do your business?
I believe business should be based on passion and determination. If you’re not passionate about a business then you shouldn’t do it. And it doesn’t matter how passionate you are about something, you need persistent determination to make it a success.
6. What do you want to achieve in the next 5 years?
My main goal is to make my blog the top young entrepreneur blog in the world and I will give my all to make sure this is done.
7. What advice can you give aspiring bloggers and online entrepreneurs who want to succeed in this field?
Focus on your passion, get started and never give up!
You can find Onibalusi Bamidele blogging at YoungPrePro.com providing money making tips for his subscribers and visitors.
Note: I really sought Onibalusi because where he’s at, he has very limited resources and he faces a lot of challenges. English isn’t his primary language but writes well and you can see that he really puts his all for each article he publishes. He didn’t start earning significantly until about 8 months later, yet he persevered and what he has achieved now is the result of his hard work.
I hope this will serve as inspiration to all aspiring entrepreneurs. Wherever you are right now and whatever your obstacles you are facing, you only have two choices either you give up or you move on. Those that push on to the right direction succeed eventually. I wish you the best in your journey, I’ll see you at the other end of success!