“My philosophy of life is to take one step at a time, not trying to outsmart life, and pulling everyone aroud me along as I grow in life.”
Hi, I’m Hafiz Akinde, an Award-Winning Writer, Author, and Online Business Coach. I’m a certified content marketing and direct-response copywriting specialist.
I began my professional career as a Field Support Engineer at a Telecom Company in Lagos Nigeria. I worked there for 2 years after which I decided it was time to move on.
At the time, I felt like I was boxed into some career I didn’t want to pursue for a very long time given the circumstances that surrounded the job. So I thought I should take that leap of faith and do something I really felt comfortable doing. And that was writing.
As a student, I took every opportunity to develop my writing skills. That led to my appointment as Editor-in-Chief of a campus organization. I even won a national essay contest.
So I figured out that it would be cool to pursue a writing related career that would give me the kind of flexibility I needed at that time and also fetch me good money as well. That was how I found freelance writing.
I did freelance writing fulltime for a full year; earning 100% of my income through writing. I created my writer website, Freelancing Pro to showcase my services and attract new clients.
As time went by, I felt the need to evolve, create more impact, and also diversify my income. So I delved into a few other online businesses. I wrote my first book as an internet marketer, I started ecommerce and created my very first online training.
Since then, I’ve gone ahead to write more books, create more courses, speak at events, consult for companies and small businesses. In 2018, I joined a online marketing company as a remote technical support expert.
There, I sharpened my knowledge on email marketing, digital products creation and customer support. I rose to the position of Technical Support Lead and that was my first experience managing people at a professional level.
“Recognise that every interaction you have is an opportunity to make a positive impact on others.” Shep Hyken
I have a certification in Content Marketing and Direct Response Copywriting. I’ve also directly worked with and learnt from Experts such as Igor Kheifets and Dennis Ray of Igor Solo Ads.
While working with different people, I’ve come to realize that the best way to grow is create a platform around what you do. That would help you serve people better and also project you as a thought leader in your industry.
So the next phase in my professional journey is the creation of a web agency and also to build my first Software as a Service business. My decision to tow this path is driven by my passion to solve problems through technology and innovation.
So, in summary, here’s a list of my achievements and qualifications:
- Winner of the Annual CMO Essay Contest, 2011.
- Certified Content Marketing Specialist
- Certified Direct-Response Copywriting Specialist
- Published 5 books (3 e-copies, 2 hardcopies)
- Created several free and paid online courses & training programmes
- Trained over 1000 people on digital marketing.
I’m very much open to business so feel free to reach out if there’s anything you’d like me to help with. Also, if you would like me to speak at your event or facilitate a corporate training for your staff, kindly send me an email at akinde.hafiz[at]gmail[dot]com