Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Donclarte Dontsi, Founder of Jirri, located in Montréal, QC, Canada.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
Online-business coach for African professionals and business owners within STEM sectors.
Tell us about yourself
I came from Cameroon and am currently based in Canada. I worked for ten years in the global financial markets industry, and that's when I realized how Africa was missing big time on the distribution of wealth and power in the world. There are many macro explanations for this, but many of us in the African community can benefit by raising a lot more of our money/wealth goals. That's what I do. Helping my clients raise their income by +30% to +300% puts a smile on my face as I go to bed.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
Helping one of my clients literally triple their revenue after just two months of working together.
What's one of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner?
Not letting your rocky bank account at the beginning control or dictate your drive, and at the same time, stay on top of it daily!
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Be in the market, i.e., if you are starting out, pre-sell anything before launching it publicly or going all in - that means talking to people and see if they would buy your thing - by seeing here, I mean sending them a payment link and check if they made a transaction on your bank account.
- Level up your personal sales skills by at least 100% every year. Literally, you are literally always in sales mode from the moment you step out of bed. Some clients come to me, not wanting the be the face of their offers or products at the beginning - it's a pre-requirement that I ask of them before we start working together for them to be comfortable enough to sell their thing. If you are not your best self-sale advocate, then I won't be able to advocate for you.
- Hire help. Business coaches are not a scam, books are bought to be read, and Netflix is a no-go on your workdays.
Where can people find you and your business?
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