A 23 year old who is the founder of onsale.com.ng, an E-commerce store that deals on Fashion wear with its office in Omoku, the Capital of Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Areas of Rivers State, Nigeria.
Recently, we spent time with Solomon Wokoma who preferred to be called Solomon Gladstone. According to him, Gladstone is the father’s name and he preferred to be known as Solomon Gladstone rather than “wokoma.” And he walked us down through his riveting but challenging road to Onsale an ecommerce platform.
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ASIDE BEING THE FOUNDER OF ONSALE WHAT ELSE DO YOU DO?
Well, I’m currently a level 300 student of the University of Nigeria Nsuka in the department of Electrical / Electronic Engineering. I’m also self-developed Web Designer, Developer and a Programmer. I developed web and programming skill out of passion without visiting any ICT Institute or a tutor to put me through it. And using my self-developed skill, I skillfully designed onsale.com.ng
HOW DID THE BUSINESS IDEA COME ABOUT?
Well, I conceived the idea out of frustration. Firstly, I realized that there are a lot of buying and selling platform lately, but their prices are way too expensive. Then I thought to myself that if I could give the people this same product with the same quality at a cheaper price, that sooner, I will be in competition with these other platforms and even top them someday.
So the first plan was to get the platform, which will house the product. That gave birth to www.onsale.com.ng
The second was to showcase the products since I already know how to get them at a cheaper price.
HOW DID YOU COME ABOUT THE NAME OF THE BUSINESS?
Well. It didn’t take me long to come up with the name of the business. Since it’s a buying and selling platform I just had to think deep and I realized that everything is on sale. I remember, a friend once told me that everything is on sale for the right price. And I thought ONSALE is a good name for people to remember, even for non-literates. So I decided to use ONSALE at www.onsale.com.ng, which is what I also use in my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/onsale.
IS THIS YOUR FIRST ENTREPRENEURIAL VENTURE?
No. I have tried so many other things numerous that I can’t even mention and they have failed. But ONSALE I’m determined to make it succeed. The causes of the failure of previous ventures have indeed equipped me for success with ONSALE.
WHAT IS YOUR DRIVE TO BECOME AN ENTREPRENEUR?
Well, one doesn’t need a prophet to tell him/her that there are no jobs or the jobs are either reserved for few or are limited in supply in this country (Nigeria). So I asked myself, what will be the plan? Cause I already have lots of bills to pay. Like my college funds, feeding and other things. So I thought of a way to be independent because I don’t want to be a man with no value, a living but dead man. So I guess my driving force is ESCAPING POVERTY, because poverty is worse than death. Yes, one needs to escape that plagues. And that should be everybody driving force in life.
HOW DID YOU RAISE FUND TO START ONSALE?
Raising fund is one of the hardest things so far. Truth be told, I haven’t even raised enough capital for it. Prior to this time, everything I used in starting ONSALE was all lent to me by vendors. However, the profits made so far from ONSALE have witnessed an increased sale which has led to an increase in their own stores.
IS CAPITAL YOU MAJOR CHALLENGE?
Yes, capital! It is a major issue. This is because; I need it to execute my plans. However, I’m not being deterred by it. With my plans, I sure capital will come soonest.
DO YOU ACCEPT PRODUCT LISTING ON ONSALE?
YES, it is an open platform. If there is anything you need to sale that is legal, we accept it. All you need do is to send us a message either via whatsapp +234-706-535-3802 or Facebook page at www.facebook.com/onsale. EVERYTHING is absolutely free, ranging from product placement to sale.
HOW DOES A VENDOR GET PAYMENT FOR ITS PRODUCT SOLD?
Once posted and a customer buys it, our policy is that we don’t remit the money to you hurriedly until our customers confirm that they have received the product in good condition. Thereafter, you have no problem with the money; we will do a bank transfer to you within 2 days.
DO YOU WELCOME INVESTORS?
Yes, ONSALE accepts investors. So far, the people who invested have thanked onsale. Because, of the rate of success, which they generated within 2 weeks of investing. This even made them pull back their profits to the business.
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