By Banke Makinde
Entrepreneurs are said to be initiators, innovators and problem solvers that are driven by their desire to provide solutions as well as make a profit from their passion and expertise. It is only right that they find an environment to work in to encourage and simplify their objectives.
In this day an age of the ‘’millennial entrepreneur’’ that is well equipped with the knowledge and use of digital technology and mass media, our society is evolving to accommodate the ‘entrepreneur on the go’ and our restaurants are playing their part too.
With a steady incline in the rate of social eateries that are popping up in Lagos, we can’t help but notice how much of a suitable work environment they can make.
What does one really need to work remotely? Comfortable seating, a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, free Wi-Fi and adequate power sockets to plug your devices and you are good to go.
Coffee shops or cafes are notoriously known for encouraging professionals to come, order and stay. Whether you are leisurely enjoying a good book or catching up on some work, you are always welcome.
Here is a list of some popular café’s:
1436 SanusiFafunwa Street, Victoria Island
E-Centre, Sabo, Yaba
4B Musa Yar’adua, Victoria Island, Lagos
Violet Yough Close
26A Oju Olobun Close, Victoria Island, Lagos
26B Oju Olobun Close, Victoria Island Lagos
7 Caroline Atounah Street, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos
267A Etim Inyang Crescent, Victoria Island, Lagos
House Café – Mocca Café
12 Victoria Arobieke, off Admiralty Way, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos
282 Akin Olugbade Street, Victoria Island Lagos
Trocadero Square, Shop 11, The Rock Drive, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos
4A Akin Olugbade Street, Victoria Island, Lagos
33 Bishop Aboyade Cole Street, Victoria Island, Lagos
The Palms Mall, 1 BIS Way Street, Maroko, Lekki, Lagos
Novare Mall, 1 Cardinal Olubunmi Okogie Road, off Lekki Epe Way, Sangotedo, Lekki
Ikeja City Mall, 174/194 Obafemi Awolowo Way, Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos
There are a number of restaurants that also have a conducive atmosphere for professionals seeking to enjoy a good meal over a meeting or to settle in for a productive session.
Here are some restaurants that are well equipped to host you:
Toasties – Sandwich Shop
113 Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, Lagos
Crust & Cream
11 Musa Yar’adua Street, Victoria Island
273 Kofo Abayomi Street, Victoria Island, Lagos
Casper and Gambinis
Alibert Building, 19 Agoro Odiyan Street, Victoria Island, Lagos
Ikeja City Mall, Obafemi Awolowo Way, Ikeja, Lagos
Two major components that every entrepreneur should strive to cultivate are their social network and their resources. This will act as a constant source of motivation and direction and will increase their knowledge and access to opportunities and a variety of skill sets that could be significant to their growth. This is why networking is an essential part of business.
Co-working spaces bring together a broad selection of professionals and resources that have the potential to complement one another. They create the opportunity to network and identify other local entrepreneurs and discover unique local resources.
Some spaces regulate the mix of members to preserve diversity while others encourage professionals from a specific field to enable extensive knowledge sharing and networking.
19 Gbemisola Street, First Bank bus stop, Allen Avenue, Ikeja, Lagos
No 7, Ibiyinka Olorunbe Close, Victoria Island, Lagos
10 Ojora Close, Victoria Island, Lagos
15 Military Street, 4th Floor, Lagos
1 Towry Close, off idejo Street, off Adeola Odeku, Victoria Island Lagos