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Ten ways to hone your delegating skills

The ability to delegate is as crucial to business owners as planning, selling and prioritisation skills. Without it, the business will always remain in the realm of the freelancer – small, stagnant and wholly dependent on one person, says Gugu Mjadu, executive general manager of marketing at Business Partners Limited. She offers ten tips on how business owners can hone their delegation skills. 1. Build trust The single biggest stumbling bl...
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Ten financial tips for business owners in hard times

Financial management naturally tends to slip down the list of priorities for business owners when the economy is booming, finance is cheap and clients are plentiful. But when the tide turns, your ability to control your finances, especially your cash flow, becomes probably the most important survival tool available to the entrepreneur. Veroshen Naidoo, area manager at Business Partners Limited, suggests ten ways for business owners to impr...
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Becoming a mentor

If you are a veteran in the SME sector, are running a very successful business or just feel you have something to offer a budding entrepreneur, you may consider becoming a mentor. Let's look at the characteristics of a good business mentor. Mentorship is all about giving back and contributing to the growth of someone who may be where you were as a would-be business mogul. Most entrepreneurs who are starting out or struggling, can't afford t...
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Ten ways to counter dead-season anxiety

It is not surprising that many business owners in seasonal industries such as tourism call the quiet months of the year the “dead season”. There are many reasons why they often view it with dead: revenue dries up, staff whittle away and expensive business assets stand idle. For Gerrie van Biljon, executive director of Business Partners Limited (BUSINESS/PARTNERS), the main cause of dead-season anxiety is a lack of preparation. T...
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Tourism associations and organisations

There are various organisations and associations that look after the interests of small businesses; helping entrepreneurs get off their feet and providing insight into the industry. These organisations also regulate the tourism industry and how it is operated. Association of Southern African Travel Agents (ASATA) ASATA is a representative forum that promotes professional service with security for both members and their clients. Their emph...
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Four steps to create an inclusive work environment for your business

Business owners are lucky that they create their own work environment, unlike managers in large corporations who step into rigid, pre-created cultures. However, many business owners allow the working culture in their businesses to flow organically from their personality, without giving much thought to how it could be perhaps better engineered. Kgomotso Ramoenyane, executive general manager: human resources at Business Partners Limited (BU...
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Thinking of becoming a momtrepreneur?

Many mothers are hesitant to become entrepreneurs because they're afraid of the many risks involved and that it will do their family life more harm than good. These are valid concerns, but there are also good reasons for why starting a business may do exactly the opposite. Tough economic times, retrenchment, the need for change... whatever your reason, you may be thinking about starting your own business. But how do you include the t...
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Ten start-up pitfalls, and how young entrepreneurs can avoid them

Starting and growing your own business is potentially an immensely enriching career path for a young person to choose, not only financially, but also mentally and socially. While entrepreneurship is an exciting career, entrepreneurs, particularly the youth, also need to be aware that it is a difficult path. Anton Roelofse, regional general manager at Business Partners Limited (BUSINESS/PARTNERS), points out ten common pitfalls of starting ...
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Six ways for businesses to become pillars of the community

Many businesses make a point of giving, from sponsoring sports gear to donating goods to a nearby charity. By helping out in this way, the thinking goes, the business fosters goodwill and loyalty in the community. But charitable giving is merely the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the ways in which businesses can contribute towards the welfare of the communities and cement their position as good corporate citizens. Gugu Mjadu, executive ge...
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What makes entrepreneurs go the distance?

Building your own business is not a sprint, but a marathon, with hills, headwinds, heat and dust. Those who succeed are not necessarily the fastest or the strongest. The successful ones are those who are able to endure. Anton Roelofse, regional general manager of Business Partners Limited (BUSINESS/PARTNERS), has over many years seen hundreds of entrepreneurs set out on their own business marathon. He has come to recognize nine characteristics t...
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