Olajide Bamidele is the South West Regional Manager of 360Pera Solutions. He spoke to IBPulse.com on the business prospects of Ibadan.
What does your company do?
360Pera is an unlimited business solution and financial empowerment platform aimed at helping people to build worthwhile and sustainable personal businesses and also become financially independent. The 360pera site is an avenue for sellers of everyday products and service providers to showcase there products and services to a pool of customers from their city, starting from Ibadan.
It is an avenue for people to search for and access quality everyday products and services at affordable prices from the comfort of their homes and offices. It is also an avenue for people to generate a passive income for themselves.
Why did you start in Ibadan?
We started in Ibadan because a lot of online activities are being originated from Ibadan recently and people have to patronize websites that does not have any office in Ibadan to buy online. Also, people need to be more sensitized about buying online in this part of the country.
The city has been said by many people to be hostile to new type of businesses and we want people to understand it is just an imagination, it is not real.
How has the response been to your brand?
Well so far, we’ve been having a tremendous turnout from vendors (people showcasing products and services) and on the people buying we are seeing increase in numbers on a daily basis.
How can interested individuals get on board?
To display your products and services, it is free but your products or services will have to meet a few conditions. To buy from the website you only need your regular ATM Cards, Verve, Visa or Mastercard.
To become a member so as to enjoy discount on sales and services and also participate in our financial empowerment program, you will need to register under on of our three categories – standard, mini and students categories.
How many businesses are on your platform currently?
We have over 50 businesses with over 1,000 products and services already and over 200 undergoing review and verification process; and our marketers are always on the streets getting more businesses on board.
Who essentially pays for your services?
Essentially buyers both members and non members
Why didn’t you choose Lagos to start operations? What attracted you to Ibadan?
A lot of things have been started from Lagos and they eventually spread to Ibadan, but not many innovations have been propagated from Ibadan in recent times. Apart from that, Ibadan is the next place businesses are beginning to look at for investment in the south western part of the country after Lagos, so we are positioning ourselves for this phase of development.
Another reason is that Ibadan is more accessible than Lagos, in terms of delivery. If a business is able to survive in Ibadan, it can survive anywhere in this country.