Entrepreneur with a 9–5er: How to make it work

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3 min readApr 21


Being an entrepreneur and a 9–5er in Africa requires a different skillset than in other parts of the world. The challenges that entrepreneurs face in Africa are unique, but so are the opportunities. The first challenge is funding. Most entrepreneurs in Africa do not have access to traditional sources of funding like banks or venture capitalists. This means they must rely on personal savings or loans from family and friends.

A second challenge is access to a larger market. Africa is a continent with 54 different countries, each with their unique challenges and opportunities. This makes it difficult for entrepreneurs to reach customers beyond their local market. However, with the rise of e-commerce and digital marketing, entrepreneurs in Africa can now sell their products and services to customers all over the world.

The time management factor is one challenge that an entrepreneur doubling as a 9–5 worker in Africa will certainly face. Most people in Africa work long hours and have limited free time. This means that entrepreneurs have to be able to balance their work responsibilities with their entrepreneurial goals. This requires prioritizing time and being disciplined with a schedule. Entrepreneurs may have to wake up earlier or stay up later to work on their business, but it’s worth it if it means achieving their dreams.

Another challenge is finding the right business idea. Entrepreneurs in Africa need to choose a business that solves a problem in their community or provides a service that is in demand. It’s important to choose a business that complements their skills and interests, while also being financially viable.

One way to overcome these challenges is to start small. As an entrepreneur in Africa, you do not have to quit your job and jump into entrepreneurship full-time. Instead, start with a side hustle or a part-time business. This allows you to test the waters and see if entrepreneurship is really for you. It also gives you the opportunity to build a client base, establish a brand, and generate income.

Another key to success is networking. As an entrepreneur in Africa, it’s important to build relationships with other professionals in your industry. This means attending networking events, joining professional organizations, and connecting with people on social media. Networking will help you find clients, get advice, and grow your business.

Ultimately, being an entrepreneur and a 9–5er is challenging but is a rewarding experience. It requires a lot of hard work, dedication, and perseverance. But if you are willing to put in the effort, it will lead to financial success, personal fulfillment, and the freedom to live life on your own terms. So, if you’re dreaming of being an entrepreneur in Africa, don’t let limited resources hold you back. With the right mindset and the right strategies, it’s possible to turn your dreams into reality.

We’ll be conducting a twitter space on Friday, April 28 2023, 6pm WAT discussing, “Being an Entrepreneur and a 9–5er: a dream or a reality,” At Spurt!, we have amazing staff members with thriving businesses, and it would be a pleasure to share with the public the tips and tricks of navigating a full time job at the same time as a business. We also have a 9–5er and entrepreneur outside the Spurt! base who will also be bringing us through a different narrative. At Spurt! we utilise our expertise to encourage and support individual financial development in Africa. Join us on Twitter @spurtxtools as Pearl @Pearl_connects, alongside Princess, @iam_____osas, Tolani @tolans_kitchen and Kaosarat @reniks_bakes take us through this interesting learning conversation.

To register; click this link to register; https://bit.ly/BeinganEntrepreneuranda9-5er