20 September Deadline for the Ecobank Fintech Challenge – Apply Now

20 September Deadline for the Ecobank Fintech Challenge – Apply Now

Ecobank has launched the Ecobank Fintech Challenge to identify and partner with FinTechs that are ready to scale. Ecobank will provide successful applicants with support and access to opportunities across Ecobank’s 33 African markets.  

The Ecobank Fintech Challenge is open to all Fintechs on the African continent. It will offer participants the opportunity to participate in Ecobank’s  FinTech innovation fair and join the Ecobank FinTech fellowship. Other potential benefits for selected firms include:    

  • Access to 33 markets  Stand a chance to be among the top three winners at the challenge awarded with $15000, $12000 and $10000 cash prizes, respectively. 
  • An opportunity to partner with Ecobank locally in any of Ecobank’s 33 country ecosystem.  
  • Access to a dedicated team to support FinTechs with Ecobank’s API test to enable them to improve their products for the pan-African market. 
  • Access to a vast network of global and African accelerators as well as potential investors and mentors. 
  • Potential integration with Ecobank’s existing digital offerings such as Ecobank Omni, Ecobank electronic financial supply chain (eFSC), Ecobank Xpress, Ecobank Mobile APP or USSD, MasterPass QR, mVisa & mCash.  

To qualify, FinTechs should make sure their products address one or more specific pain points, including customer experience, financial inclusion, credit scoring, ecosystem aggregation, internal tools, payments or any other relevant product categories.  

Interested firms can apply by sending details of their product and a demo before 20 September 2021.  

For more information about the challenge and application details, visit: Ecobank Fintech Challenge 2021 


Tourism Incubator Program

Are you a young entrepreneur or start-up in the tourism and hospitality sector? Apply for the Tourism Incubator Program!

Tourism Incubator Program

Are you a young entrepreneur or start-up in the tourism and hospitality sector? Apply for the Tourism Incubator Program! 

Entrepreneurial Solutions Partners (ESP), in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation under its Hanga Ahazaza program, has launched its fifth call for applications for young hospitality and start-up businesses to join the Tourism Inc. incubator program. Twenty-five applicants will be selected for the program and receive skills-building, seed funding, and access to a co-working space along with information and networking opportunities.  

The tourism and hospitality sector is a significant contributor to Rwanda’s economic development and was among the most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. With this program, young entrepreneurs and start-ups will have access to support to enable them to bounce back from the effects of COVID and prosper in a post-COVID business environment. 

Interested applicants must meet the following criteria to apply: 

  • Must be a start-up (or have a start-up idea) in the tourism and hospitality sector (or be a supplier to the industry). 
  • Must be between 18 and 35 years of age. 
  • Must be based and operating in Rwanda. 
  • Women entrepreneurs are highly encouraged to apply.  

Apply here.  

ESP provides consulting and strategic advisory services to diverse clients, including governments, businesses, and development partners in Africa. It focuses on supporting innovative models and offers leadership training and entrepreneurial boot camps. ESP aims to enable innovative, scalable, and profitable enterprises to build prosperity. 

 


selling online

Are you interested in selling online? Register for the virtual e-commerce forum from ECOM Africa!

selling online

Are you interested in selling online? Register for the virtual e-commerce forum from ECOM Africa!

Join ECOM Africa  on September 21, 2021 to learn how to start or improve your online sales. Through the forum, businesses who are not yet conducting operations online will benefit from insights on ways to break into e-Commerce with lowerupfront costs.

Businesses whose operations are already digital will learn more about  online merchandising , selling tools, market outlets, and operational strategies that can improve their existing sales..   

The event includes speakers from development partners and diverse companies from East Africa, and will run from 9:30 to 17:30.  

To register, visit: ECOMEASTAFRICA 


Are you interested in business consulting services to address a business challenge related to going digital? Register for the Digital for Impact programme before 13th September 2021!

Are you interested in business consulting services to address a business challenge related to going digital? Register for the Digital for Impact programme before 13th September 2021! 

The London Business School, in collaboration with the Growth Movement, a United Kingdom-based social enterprise, seek to support SMEs in Rwanda to address challenges post-COVID19 through their Digital for Impact programme. The programme will connect SMEs in Rwanda with top student consultants from the London Business School for business advisory services. Through the programme, SMEs in Rwanda will be assigned five business consultants to support them with tangible business solutions and recommendations to grow and pivot their enterprises. Additionally, SMEs will have the opportunity to network with London Business School’s extensive network of alumni and corporate partners and will earn a programme certificate from the institution. To be eligible for this opportunity, the business should:  

  • Be located in Rwanda or Uganda 
  • Have five or more employees Be fluent in English, have access to great internet and computer 
  • Be able to access virtual communication tools like Zoom, Webex, and others 
  • Have a digital-related opportunity or challenge 
  • Be dedicated to improving your business and outline a specific business challenge or project for the duration related to the “Digital for Impact” theme 
  • Be committed to completing all the sessions with your business consultant team 

For more information about the programme: LBS Programme. 

To apply for this programme:  Application Form 

 


Koroshya uburyo bwo gukora inyemezabuguzi

Koroshya uburyo bwo gukora inyemezabuguzi

Nubwo gukora inyemezabuguzi bishobora kuba atari cyo gice cy’ubucuruzi gishimishije kurusha ibindi, gukora inyemezabuguzi ni ingenzi ibyo ari byo byose kugira ngo sosiyete iyo ari yo yose ibashe kugumya gukora. Kubera ko icyorezo cyateye imbogamizi nyinshi mu micungire y’imikoreshereze y’amafaranga, ubu ni ingenzi kurusha mu bihe byose byahise, kugira uburyo bwo gukora inyemezabuguzi bukora neza. Hari uburyo butatu bwo kunoza imicungire y’inyemezabuguzi yawe.

  1. Gushyiraho uburyo bwo kwishyura bwumvikana

Mbere yo gukora amasezerano cyangwa kugira ubwumvikane mu bijyanye no gukora ubwishyu n’abaguzi bawe, ugomba kubasobanurira uburyo wifuza ko ubwishyu bwakorwa na politiki yawe. Urugero, niba ibyo wifuza ari uko wakwishyurwa mu minsi 15 umaze gutanga inyemezabwishyu, bibamenyeshe mbere. Ibi bifasha abakiriya bawe kudahura n’ibibazo no kudacibwa amafaranga mu buryo butunguranye kandi butabashimishishije mu gihe babonye inyemezabuguzi. Gushyiraho iki kigero cyo gukorera mu mucyo kandi bifasha ikigo cy’ubucuruzi kubaka imikoranire ihamye hagati yacyo n’abakiriya bacyo.

  1. Menya abakiriya bawe

Kugira ngo ubashe kwishyurirwa ku gihe no mu buryo bukwiye, ni ngombwa kumva imyitwarire y’abakiriya bawe n’ingorane zabo n’ibyo bakeneye. Ese bagira igihe runaka mu cyumweru cyangwa mu kwezi bishyurirwaho amafaranga n’umukoresha cyangwa n’abakiriya babo bwite? Ese bumva bifuza  kwishyura bakoresheje amafaranga cyangwa bakoresheje ikoranabuhanga? Kugirana ikiganiro kigufi n’abakiriya bawe bishobora gutuma ubasha guhuza uburyo bwawe bwo kwishyurwa n’uburyo babonamo amafaranga ndetse n’uburyo bifuza kujya bishyura; ibyo bikazagufasha kwishyuza amafaranga bakugomba. Ibyo kandi bishobora kugufasha kumva igihe abakiriya bakeneye ko ubaha  ibindi bicuruzwa cyangwa izindi serivisi nshya.

  1. Koresha ikoranabuhanga

Kubera ko ubucuruzi butangiye kugenda bukoresha ikoranabuhanga, sosiyete nyinshi z’ubucuruzi ziba zitegereje kwishyurwa hakoreshejwe uburyo bw’ikoranabuhanga kuko buzifasha kwishyurwa igihe icyo ari cyo cyose n’ahantu aho ari ho hose. Gushyiraho uburyo bwo kwishyurwa bukoresha  ikoranabuhanga bituma umuntu adatakaza umwanya mu gukora inyemezabwishyu, ibyo bigatuma yibanda cyane ku yindi mirimo y’ingenzi. Ibisubizo bikoresha ikoranabuhanga bishobora kandi gufasha umuntu kuzigama amafaranga asanzwe akoresha mu bijyanye no kugeza ibicuruzwa ku baguzi, amafaranga y’impapuro cyangwa amafaranga agenda ku bakozi b’inyongera cyangwa kuri gahunda zijyanye n’uburyo bwo gukora inyemezabuguzi.

Bumwe mu buryo bw’ingenzi bukoreshwa mu gukora inyemezabuguzi hakoreshwa ikoranabuhanga burimo  Zoho Invoice na Pesapal igufasha gushyiraho uburyo bwo kwikoresha , gukurikirana, no kugenzura ibyerekeranye n’ubwishyu.

Streamlining  the invoicing process

While invoicing may not be the most enjoyable part of running a business, it is crucial to keep any company running. With the pandemic creating many challenges in cash flow management, it is now more important than ever to have a strong invoicing system. Here are three tips to improve your invoice management. 

 

1. Establish clear payment terms 

Before entering into a contract or payment agreement with a client, make sure to explain your payment terms and policies to them. For example, if your terms are to receive payment within 15 days of issuance, let them know that up front. This allows your clients to avoid unwelcome surprises and fees when they receive invoices. Establishing this level of transparency also helps to build a stronger relationship with your clients. 

2. Know your clients 

To ensure you receive payments in a timely and convenient manner, it is important to understand how your client behaves and their concerns and needs.  Do they have a particular time of the week or month when they receive payment from an employer or their own clients?  Do they prefer paying via cash or mobile money?  Having a brief conversation with your clients can allow you to tailor payment terms to their cash flows and preferred methods of payment, which will make it easier for you to collect what is due. This can also help you understand when  clients  might  require new deliveries of your product or services. 

 

3. Go digital 

As businesses start shifting online, many companies expect digital payment solutions that allow them to make payments at any time from anywhere. Providing an online payment solution can save time in the invoicing process, allowing you to focus more on other important tasks. Digital solutions can also help you increase savings by reducing your expenses on delivery fees, paper costs, or additional staff or programs to handle the invoicing process. 

Some useful online invoicing platforms include  Zoho Invoice  and Pesapal,  that help you automate, track and organize payments.  

 

 

 

 

 

 


KCB Bank,

SME Response Clinic iri gufatanya  na Banki ya KCB  

SME Response Clinic iri gufatanya  na Banki ya KCB  

SME Response Clinic yafatanyije  na Banki ya KCB Rwanda mu bikorwa byayo bikomeza byo kwegereza ba rwiyemezamirimo ibigo by’imari bitanga serivisi z’imari n’izitari iz’imari kugira ngo babashe gukemura ibibazo bafite muri ibi bihe bya COVID-19 na nyuma yayo.

Binyuze muri ubu bufatanye, ba rwiyemezamirimo bazajya babonera amakuru ku gihe ajyanye n’ibikorwa by’imari bya KCB na serivisi zitari iz’mari z’iyo banki nka Biashara Club itanga serivisi z’indobanure, amahugurwa, inama nyunguranabitekerezo ku bijyanye n’ubucuruzi, n’amahirwe yo guhuza abantu n’abandi. Binyuze muri ubwo bufatanye, abasura SME Response Clinic bazahabwa umurongo wa telefoni  bashobora gukoresha mu buryo butaziguye bavugana n’ikigo. Uwo murongo ni: +250788140000.

Tunejejwe n’amahirwe ubu bufatanye bushobora kugeza ku kigo cy’ubucuruzi cyawe kandi tubijeje ko  buri gihe tuzajya tubagezaho amakuru mashya ku bijyanye n’ibicuruzwa na serivisi za KCB!

The SME Response Clinic Partners with KCB Bank  

The SME Response Clinic has partnered with KCB Bank Rwanda as part of our ongoing efforts to bring entrepreneurs even closer to financial institutions that offer access to finance and non-financial services to meet business needs through COVID-19 and beyond.  

Through this partnership, entrepreneurs will have access to timely information on KCB Bank’s financial products as well as non-financial services such as KCB Bank’s Biashara Club, which features preferential offerings, trainings, business workshops, and networking opportunities. Through the partnership, SME Response Clinic visitors will also have a direct line to the institution at +250788140000. 

We are excited about the  opportunities this partnership can create for your businesses, and we look forward to providing you with regular updates on KCB Bank’s products and services! 


Inama  4 zagufasha gucunga ubucuruzi bwawe mu gihe hakiriho ingamba zo kuba abantu bategetswe kugera mu rugo mu masaha runaka

Inama  4 zagufasha gucunga ubucuruzi bwawe mu gihe hakiriho ingamba zo kuba abantu bategetswe kugera mu rugo mu masaha runaka

Icyorezo cya COVID-19 cyateje ibibazo byinshi, none imbogamizi zikiriho zifitanye isano n’ingamba zo kuba abantu bategetswe kugera mu rugo mu masaha runaka mu rwego rwo gukumira ikwirakwira ryacyo. Muri iki gihe, abantu ntibaba bemerewe kugenda kuva saa yine z’ijoro ukarangira saa kumi za mu gitondo. Ibi byahinduye cyane amasaha y’akazi n’imiterere y’uburyo abaguzi baguramo ibicuruzwa. Iyi ngamba ishobora kugutera ingorane nk’umucuruzi. Dore rero ibintu ugomba guhora wibuka:   

  • Menyesha abakiriya  bawe, abakozi bawe, n’abafatanyabikorwa bawe nk’abakugemurira ibicuruzwa  impinduka zigenda ziba muri gahunda z’akazi kawe. Shaka uburyo wajya ufungura ibikorwa by’ubucuruzi mbere kandi ubifunge hakiri kare kugira ngo abakozi n’abakiriya bawe babashe kugerera imuhira ku gihe kandi ibyo ni ubikora,ugomba kubibamenyesha wifashisije  uburyo bunyuranye bw’ihanahana makuru. Hamagara bamwe mu bakiriya bawe b’ingenzi, cyangwa utange ubutumwa ukoresheje Whatsapp cyangwa imbuga nkoranyambaga.   
  • Koresha neza serivisi zawe zo kugeza ku bantu ibicuruzwa byawe. Abakiriya  bawe bashobora kutabona umwanya wo kuza ku iduka ryawe kubera ko baba nabo bahuze bacunga akazi kabo, imiryango yabo n’ibikenewe mu ngo zabo, banita ku buzima bwabo. Shyiraho uburyo bwo kugemura ibicuruzwa byawe aho bakorera cyangwa mu ngo mu gihe kubikora bidahungabanya  umutekano.  
  • Niba ubishoboye, tekereza uburyo abakozi bawe bajya baza ku kazi basimburana. Kora ku buryo bose cyangwa bamwe muri bo bakorera mu ngo zabo kandi ubafashe kujyana n’uburyo bushya bwo gukora. Shaka uburyo wabaha ibikoresho by’akazi nka murandasi kugira ngo iborohereze akazi no guhanahanamakuru.  
  • Koresha cyane imbuga nkoranyambaga. Abantu bakoresha murandasi muri iki gihe kurusha mbere, bityo rero hari amahirwe agenda arushaho kwiyongera yo kugera ku bakiriya bashya n’abasanzwe ukoresheje uyu muyoboro. Dore zimwe mu nama zagufasha gutangira  iyamamazabikorwa rikoresha imbuga nkoranyambaga 

Ibitekerezo bishya? Bitumenyeshe? Bitugezeho mu bwisanzure unyuze kuri imeyili ikurikira:  musa.kacheche@consumercentrix.com 

Four tips to help you to manage your business with the ongoing curfew.

The COVID-19 pandemic has created much uncertainty, and an ongoing challenge is the curfew implemented as a preventative measure. Currently, the curfew starts at 8 pm and ends at 4 am. This has dramatically changed the working hours and consumption patterns of customers. This can create challenges for you as a business owner, so here are some things to keep in mind:  

  • Communicate changes in work schedules to your customers, employees and business partners like suppliers.  Consider  opening a bit earlier and closing sooner to allow both customers and employees to have more time to get home, and if you do, make sure you get that message out across various channels Call some of your main customers, or communicate through WhatsApp or social media.  
  • Tap into delivery services for your products. Your customers may not get time to visit your shop since they are also busy managing work, family and household needs, and  looking our for their health. Provide an option of delivering your products to their workplaces or homes where it is safe to do so.  
  • If you can, think about having employees come in to work in shifts. Have all or some of them work from home and support them to adjust to their new working environment. Consider providing them with work tools such as internet to facilitate their work and also communication. 
  • Get active on social media. People are spending more time on the internet than ever, so there is a growing opportunity to reach new and existing customers through this channel. Here are a few tips to kick start your social media marketing 

New ideas? Feedback for us? Feel free to share with us s at musa.kacheche@consumercentrix.com 


Ese byarakugoye gutandukanya ubuzima bwo ku kazi n’ubuzima bwo mu rugo kuva icyorezo cyatangira? Dore inama zafasha abacuruzi bato gushyiraho imbibi  z’ubuzima.

Ese byarakugoye gutandukanya ubuzima bwo ku kazi n’ubuzima bwo mu rugo kuva icyorezo cyatangira? Dore inama zafasha abacuruzi bato gushyiraho imbibi  z’ubuzima.

Kuva icyorezo cyatangira, ibigo by’ubucuruzi bito byahanganye n’ibibazo bitarangira byo guhagarika ibikorwa byabyo bitewe n’ingamba za guma mu rugo kimwe n’izindi ngamba zigamije gukumira ikwirakwira ry’icyorezo. Kuri byinshi mu bigo by’ubucuruzi, ibikorwa byabyo byagiye mu ikoranabuhanga, ibyo bigatuma bigomba kuba biri buri gihe ku murongo w’itumanaho amasaha 24 kuri 24 mu cyumweru cyose. Izi mpinduka zatumye bikomerera benshi mu bafite ibikorwa by’ubucuruzi gushyiraho imbibi hagati y’ubuzima bwo ku kazi n’ubuzima bwabo bwite; ibyo bikaba byagombye kuba urufunguzo rutuma ikigo cy’ubucuruzi gikora neza bikanazana umwuka wo kumva umuntu amerewe neza.   

Dore zimwe mu nama zagufasha gushyiraho imbibi z’ubuzima bwiza, ibyo bikagufasha guhorana ingoga, gukorana umurava, no gutanga umusaruro.

  • Niba ukora mu iduka cyangwa ahandi hantu, fata umwanya wo gutekereza uri mu nzira werekeza cyangwa uva mu bucuruzi bwawe. Benshi mu bacuruzi batangiye kugenda n’amaguru berekeza cyangwa bava mu rugo kugira ngo birinde ibibazo bijyanye no gutwara abantu n’urucucike rw’abantu. Koresha iki gihe neza wibaza ku byagenze neza uwo munsi, utekereza ku ngorane wahuye nazo n’uburyo wazikuyemo kandi unategura ibintu ugomba gutegereza imbere. Ibi bitekerezo by’akanya gato bishobora kugufasha kugumya kugenzura ibikorwa by’ubucuruzi bwawe, ukagumya kugira ibyiringiro bizima, ari nako bikubuza gutekereza cyane ku bibazo bijyanye n’akazi igihe uri mu rugo.  
  • Niba ukorera mu rugo, shyiraho amasaha y’akazi ko mu biro- teganya ibiruhuko byo gufatiramo amafunguro n’akaruhuko gato uri kure ya mudasobwa yawe cyangwa telefoni yawe. Inanure cyangwa utembere akanya gato nyuma ya buri saha cyangwa y’amasaha 2. Izi ntera zishobora gutuma utarangara bya hato na hato, ukanagabanya n’igihe gipfa ubusa. Imyitozo no gufata amafunguro ahoraho na byo ni ingenzi kugira ngo ubashe kugira ibitekerezo bitanga umusaruro.  
  • Gukorera mu rugo byahindutse ibintu abantu benshi badashobora kwirinda, kandi noneho ibyo bigatuma abantu bumva ko akazi gasimbura ubuzima bwo mu rugo. Mu rwego rwo kwirinda ibingibi, shyiraho ahantu hihariye ho gukorera. Gushyira akameza gato cyangwa ameza manini ahantu hihariye hagenewe gukorerwa gusa bishobora gutuma umuntu yumva yitaruye, ibyo kandi bikanamufasha kugaruka mu buzima bwe bwite igihe amaze gukora akazi k’umunsi. Ibyo binaha umuryango ikimenyetso cy’uko umuntu ari mu kazi bikanagabanya ibintu byose bishobora kumubuza gukora.

Nubwo ari nta n’imwe muri izi nama zakemura imbogamizi zo kugera ku gipimo gikwiye hagati y’akazi n’ubuzima ubwayo, kuzitabira ni umwanya mwiza wo gutangira. Tumenyeshe  uko zikora ku bikwerekeyeho wifashishije iyi imeyili:  musakacheche@consumercentrix.ch

Has it been tough to separate work and home life since the start of the pandemic? Here are tips for small business owners to create healthy boundaries.

 

Since the pandemic started, small businesses have dealt with ongoing disruptions in business activities caused by lockdowns and other preventative measures. For many, operations have gone virtual, which can lead to being online 24/7. These changes have made it hard for many business owners to set boundaries between work and personal life, which is key to a successful business and a sense of well-being.  

Here are a few tips to help you set healthy boundaries, which can help keep you energized, motivated, and productive.  

  • If you are working from a shop or other location, take time to reflect on your way to and from your business. Many business owners have begun walking to and from home to avoid transportation issues and crowding. Use this time well by asking yourself what went well for the day, thinking about any challenges you faced and how you responded to them and planning something to look forward to. This quick reflection can help you stay on top of your business activities, maintain a positive mindset, and avoid worrying about work when you are home.  
  • If you are working from home, set office hours—schedule breaks for meals and a quick break from your computer or phone. Stretch or take a short walk once every hour or two. These steps can make you less vulnerable to distractions, eliminating wasted time. Exercise and regular meals are also important to a productive mindset.  
  • Home offices have become inevitable for many, and unfortunately, can lead to feeling like work is taking over your home. To avoid this, create a designated space in your home to work. A small table or desk in a specific spot used just for work can create this sense of physical distance, making it easier to return to your personal life when the work day is done. It will also send a signal to your family that you are working and minimize the likelihood that you are disrupted. 

While none of these tips will solve the challenges of achieving a good work-life balance on their own, they are a strong place to start. Let us know how they work for you via this email musakacheche@consumercentrix.ch.

 

 


Interested in enhancing your business’ digital footprint? Apply for the Digital Launchpad program today!

Interested in enhancing your business’ digital footprint? Apply for the Digital Launchpad program today! 

 

Norwegian Agency for Development (NORAD), in partnership with Africa118, is inviting entrepreneurs to apply for the digital launchpad program. The program will support over 3,000 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in six African countries including 250 in Rwanda with access to training in financial literacy, digital marketing, and investment readiness as well as support with e-commerce and access to financing. The Digital Launchpad project targets SMEs with less than 50 employees and limited digital marketing expertise with a particular focus on businesses involved in export, agribusiness, and fisheries and agriculture, among others.  

 

Why should you join the program?  

By joining the program, your enterprise will benefit from the following support:   

  • Receive in-depth digital skills and financial literacy training 
  • Engage in digital marketing campaigns to grow your business 
  • Develop a professional website and a business profile to improve your online visibility 
  • Access to professional emailing services on Google workspace 
  • Participate in expert business mentorship and coaching 
  • Receive assistance in building business networks 

 

Who is eligible?  

The program is open to SMEs that meet the following criteria:   

  • Legally registered businesses in either Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, or Ghana 
  • Employ less than 50 staff 
  • Possess limited digital marketing expertise 
  • Confirm availability to attend the scheduled training, coaching acceleration, and mentorship activities 
  • Demonstrate the willingness to contribute 50% of the cost ($200) for services offered in year 2 and 100% of the cost ($400) for assistance in year 3  
  • Commit to participate for the entire 3-year program duration from 2021 to 2023 

NB: The program will give priority to women and youth-owned businesses.  

 

How to apply

Eligible enterprises can apply here.  

Applications are received on a rolling basis. 

 

For more information contact:  

Phone: +254 729 905156 

Email:  digitalaunchpad@africa118.com 

Visit: https://digitalaunchpad.africa118.com 

 


Has it been tough to separate work and home life since the start of the pandemic? Here are tips for small business owners to create healthy boundaries.

Has it been tough to separate work and home life since the start of the pandemic? Here are tips for small business owners to create healthy boundaries. 

Since the pandemic started, small businesses have dealt with ongoing disruptions in business activities caused by lockdowns and other preventative measures. For many, operations have gone virtual, which can lead to being online 24/7. These changes have made it hard for many business owners to set boundaries between work and personal life, which is key to a successful business and a sense of well-being.  

Here are a few tips to help you set healthy boundaries, which can help keep you energized, motivated, and productive.  

  • If you are working from a shop or other location, take time to reflect on your way to and from your business. Many business owners have begun walking to and from home to avoid transportation issues and crowding. Use this time well by asking yourself what went well for the day, thinking about any challenges you faced and how you responded to them and planning something to look forward to. This quick reflection can help you stay on top of your business activities, maintain a positive mindset, and avoid worrying about work when you are home.  
  • If you are working from home, set office hours—schedule breaks for meals and a quick break from your computer or phone. Stretch or take a short walk once every hour or two. These steps can make you less vulnerable to distractions, eliminating wasted time. Exercise and regular meals are also important to a productive mindset.  
  • Home offices have become inevitable for many, and unfortunately, can lead to feeling like work is taking over your home. To avoid this, create a designated space in your home to work. A small table or desk in a specific spot used just for work can create this sense of physical distance, making it easier to return to your personal life when the work day is done. It will also send a signal to your family that you are working and minimize the likelihood that you are disrupted. 

While none of these tips will solve the challenges of achieving a good work-life balance on their own, they are a strong place to start. Let us know how they work for you via this email musakacheche@consumercentrix.ch.

 

 

Ese byarakugoye gutandukanya ubuzima bwo ku kazi n’ubuzima bwo mu rugo kuva icyorezo cyatangira? Dore inama zafasha abacuruzi bato gushyiraho imbibi  z’ubuzima.

Kuva icyorezo cyatangira, ibigo by’ubucuruzi bito byahanganye n’ibibazo bitarangira byo guhagarika ibikorwa byabyo bitewe n’ingamba za guma mu rugo kimwe n’izindi ngamba zigamije gukumira ikwirakwira ry’icyorezo. Kuri byinshi mu bigo by’ubucuruzi, ibikorwa byabyo byagiye mu ikoranabuhanga, ibyo bigatuma bigomba kuba biri buri gihe ku murongo w’itumanaho amasaha 24 kuri 24 mu cyumweru cyose. Izi mpinduka zatumye bikomerera benshi mu bafite ibikorwa by’ubucuruzi gushyiraho imbibi hagati y’ubuzima bwo ku kazi n’ubuzima bwabo bwite; ibyo bikaba byagombye kuba urufunguzo rutuma ikigo cy’ubucuruzi gikora neza bikanazana umwuka wo kumva umuntu amerewe neza.   

Dore zimwe mu nama zagufasha gushyiraho imbibi z’ubuzima bwiza, ibyo bikagufasha guhorana ingoga, gukorana umurava, no gutanga umusaruro.

  • Niba ukora mu iduka cyangwa ahandi hantu, fata umwanya wo gutekereza uri mu nzira werekeza cyangwa uva mu bucuruzi bwawe. Benshi mu bacuruzi batangiye kugenda n’amaguru berekeza cyangwa bava mu rugo kugira ngo birinde ibibazo bijyanye no gutwara abantu n’urucucike rw’abantu. Koresha iki gihe neza wibaza ku byagenze neza uwo munsi, utekereza ku ngorane wahuye nazo n’uburyo wazikuyemo kandi unategura ibintu ugomba gutegereza imbere. Ibi bitekerezo by’akanya gato bishobora kugufasha kugumya kugenzura ibikorwa by’ubucuruzi bwawe, ukagumya kugira ibyiringiro bizima, ari nako bikubuza gutekereza cyane ku bibazo bijyanye n’akazi igihe uri mu rugo.  
  • Niba ukorera mu rugo, shyiraho amasaha y’akazi ko mu biro- teganya ibiruhuko byo gufatiramo amafunguro n’akaruhuko gato uri kure ya mudasobwa yawe cyangwa telefoni yawe. Inanure cyangwa utembere akanya gato nyuma ya buri saha cyangwa y’amasaha 2. Izi ntera zishobora gutuma utarangara bya hato na hato, ukanagabanya n’igihe gipfa ubusa. Imyitozo no gufata amafunguro ahoraho na byo ni ingenzi kugira ngo ubashe kugira ibitekerezo bitanga umusaruro.  
  • Gukorera mu rugo byahindutse ibintu abantu benshi badashobora kwirinda, kandi noneho ibyo bigatuma abantu bumva ko akazi gasimbura ubuzima bwo mu rugo. Mu rwego rwo kwirinda ibingibi, shyiraho ahantu hihariye ho gukorera. Gushyira akameza gato cyangwa ameza manini ahantu hihariye hagenewe gukorerwa gusa bishobora gutuma umuntu yumva yitaruye, ibyo kandi bikanamufasha kugaruka mu buzima bwe bwite igihe amaze gukora akazi k’umunsi. Ibyo binaha umuryango ikimenyetso cy’uko umuntu ari mu kazi bikanagabanya ibintu byose bishobora kumubuza gukora.

Nubwo ari nta n’imwe muri izi nama zakemura imbogamizi zo kugera ku gipimo gikwiye hagati y’akazi n’ubuzima ubwayo, kuzitabira ni umwanya mwiza wo gutangira. Tumenyeshe  uko zikora ku bikwerekeyeho wifashishije iyi imeyili:  musakacheche@consumercentrix.ch