By Laju Iren
Online is the convenient way to do business. Many people will testify of the capacity of online ads to provide access to customers at a cheaper quicker, rate. One of such is Mr. Femi Oriowo, a business developer and an avid OLX user who says he has not only sold over 500 items on the platform but also secured his current job through OLX.
“I heard about OLX on the radio in late 2013,” Oriowo told Glamtech, “I have been using the platform since then. It has been such a wonderful experience; I have been able to sell over 500 items including phones and electronics on the platform.”
The catch for him is the speed at which he gets things sold on the platform. “The fact that there are no middle men involved allows me to increase my profit margin considerably,” he added. Oriowo said the platform also gave him the right networking opportunities to move his career forward. His words: “Earlier this year, I met someone who bought a laptop from me, we later became friends and now I am the Business Developer Manager in his company, the opportunities with OLX are endless.”
With the high unemployment rate amongst Nigerian youths, Oriowo believes that young people can comfortably earn a decent side-income by selling on OLX starting with little capital. He said: “It’s a good way to start-up the ladder to being self- employed and self-reliant. OLX gives you the exposure you need to get your goods sold, provides excellent user support and what’s more, it’s free. You also get to develop and hone your entrepreneurial skills.”
Doing business online is not without its challenges, one of which is the issue of security, but Oriowo believes the company is doing its best to ensure that transactions on its platform are becoming more and more secure. “OLX, like every other online marketplace has had its share of invasion from unscrupulous elements called scammers; but with the safety measures recently being implemented, scamming on OLX is sure to become a thing of the past,” he concluded.