Ufuoma Natalie Onyenokwe, also known as Savvy Creative, is a virtual assistant that provides online business support services to female professionals and entrepreneurs.
On how she started, she says, “I have always been a serial entrepreneur and I needed to add another business to my side hustle. In the process, I discovered I could actually assist busy business owners with their businesses from doing things I love which involved offering administrative and technical support services remotely.”
Her challenge borders on many Nigerians not seeing the need for a virtual assistant. “Many Nigerian business owners are yet to see the need to hire a Virtual Assistant (VA) to take on tasks they don’t know how to do or don’t have the time to do. A lot do not even know VAs exist. They try to do everything themselves to get their businesses moving and with that, they pay little attention to the core aspects of their businesses. At the end, it is quite difficult to reach goals or targets they set for themselves. So the challenge comes with trying to make people see the need to get help in their businesses by hiring a VA.”
Ufuoma draws her inspiration from Nigerian women entrepreneurs who have built their businesses from scratch. “People who have used their passion and skills to make a better life for themselves and the people around them always inspire me. My mother is number one, Mrs. Mabel Akakporo. I got my entrepreneural spirit from her. Others are Mrs. Temi Ajibewa (Millionaire housewife), Mrs. Tara Fela-Durotoye, Mrs. Adesuwa Onyenokwe, Miss Genevieve Nnaji, and Mrs. Omotola Jalade- Ekeinde. There are several of them doing absolutely amazing things. Nigerian women are awesome. I see them, I read their stories, I am encouraged daily and I am inspired.”
On the project she embarked on that increased her confidence in her abilities, she says, “I started my business as a Virtual Assistant in October, 2017 and the things I’ve achieved so far have been amazing. If only I had started earlier, still, I’m grateful for how far I’ve come. I’ve taken on clients from home and abroad and worked on projects that turned out excellently … for confidentiality sake, we do not mention names. In doing these projects, I’ve challenged myself and pushed myself to points that I never even knew I could get to. It’s been a learning curve for me and I get better by the day.”
Now, she is looking for the opportunities to partner with other Virtual Assistants or entrepreneurs whose businesses complement hers to take on bigger projects.
With regards to empowerment, Ufuoma says she is currently giving back in my own little way. “Ideas and opportunities I wished I knew existed years ago, I share with others. I hold free trainings on WhatsApp and Telegram groups for youths who want to start something for themselves and make their lives better. I believe the Nigerian youth can be empowered if the government provides stable power supply so those who are already making an honest living for themselves can have regular source of power to run their businesses; make quality education cheap and affordable and make access to business loans fast and easy as opposed to the many bottle-necked processes involved. A lot of youths will do much better for themselves if they have the support via funds/loans to start up businesses for themselves or run projects. If you want to empower them, make these things available and easily accessible. There is nothing compared to having your own thing going for you. It keeps you busy and clear headed. Makes you more responsible and helps you grow and mature in ways you cannot even imagine.”
You can reach her by following her on Instagram at www.instagram.com/savvycreative. You can also have access to her directly via the link on her bio on Instagram.